DC Cool

Here's what you need to experience the local side of the District, from hot restaurants to the best vintage shops and Instagram spots.

Exploring Shaw’s Alleys & Offshoots

In the 19th century, hundreds of intersecting alleys existed behind DC’s blocks of rowhouses. The brick-paved zones were home to stables, workshops and working-class dwellings. Today, many of these alleys are gone, but a few remain – and they’ve become some of the hottest areas for bars,...

La Colombe in Blagden Alley - Shaw Neighborhood - Washington, DC
20+ Hot Restaurants to Try Now in Washington, DC

In case you missed it, the nation's capital has officially become a top tier foodie destination with a stream of accolades. The city was anointed with its first Michelin Guide , named Bon Appétit magazine's restaurant city of the year and Zagat 's hottest food city in 2016 and three restaurants,...

The Dabney - Shaw - Blagden Alley - Washington, DC
12 Must-Visit Nightlife Hot Spots on U Street

With an unparalleled music and nightlife scene, U Street draws locals and visitors looking to stay up late and have a good time. From underground dance clubs (there's more than one in this 'hood) to industrial-chic spaces where you can sip artfully crafted cocktails and everything in between, this...

930 Club - Washington, DC
13 Unique Hotel Experiences in Washington, DC

The DC area has a wide variety of places to stay , from budget-friendly hotels to boutique hotels and five-star, luxury-filled hotels. Book a unique experience next time you stay in the nation's capital with any of the distinct lodging options below.

Four Seasons Patio
20+ Rooftop Bars & Restaurants to Check Out in Washington, DC

It's always the right time to head out on the town, find the nearest rooftop bar and order up your favorite cocktail or draft beer. Feel the breeze and ease back at these District locales, who have set up shop up top for your warm weather pleasure.

DNV Rooftop at The Donovan  - Rooftop Bars in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat in DC's Shaw Neighborhood

A short walk from Howard University from the north or Mount Vernon Square from the south, the ultra hot neighborhood of Shaw has made a name for itself with its mix of eclectic retail, raved about restaurants and bragging rights to some very cool African American jazz history. No national chains...

The Dabney - Michelin-Starred Restaurant in Washington, DC Shaw Neighborhood
9 Distilleries You Should Know About In & Around Washington, DC

It seems fitting that in close proximity to where Congress ratified the amendment that bought Prohibition to an end is a thriving vodka, gin, rum and bourbon distillery scene. In recent years many DC locals have turned their hand to craft distilling. See how spirits are made and sample the end...

Republic Restoratives Distillery - Washington, DC
What to Do on a Snow Day in Washington, DC

In Washington, DC, there’s a snowball fight association, sleds are MacGyvered to great (and not so great) effect and legendary restaurants and bars dare to deliver a cozy ski lodge atmosphere 70 miles from the nearest slopes. Here are a few must-dos the next time you encounter a snowstorm in the...

Color Me DC: 15 Ways to Embrace Color in Washington, DC This Spring

Pink is perhaps the most popular color in DC come springtime, as the city’s famous cherry blossoms bloom. This spring, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has added even more color to DC’s slate with the incredible Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit, which incorporates bright colors,...

@sararassi - Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors Exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum - Things to Do in Washington, DC
11 Wine Bars to Get Your Vino Fix in Washington, DC

Ready for a glass of red? A bottle of white? Maybe some frosé? Us, too. Take your pick of these standout wine bars – where you can have your pick of fantastic bites, too – in Washington, DC.

Vinoteca - U Street Wine Bar - Washington, DC