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

10 Things to See & Do in Shaw

African-American history runs deep in Shaw , a rowhouse-, restaurant- and retail-filled neighborhood northeast of the White House. Duke Ellington was born here, and he and other stars of “Black Broadway” played at nearby theaters that are still standing. These days, the zone is just as well known...

Crowd Outside Historic Howard Theatre in Shaw - Events in Washington, DC
40+ Things to Do This January in Washington, DC

Events Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues – Jan. 7 One of the best teams in the NHL’s Western Conference comes to Capital One Arena to take on DC’s beloved Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin and the Caps are currently in playoff position, as are the St. Louis Blues, who are led by high-scoring...

Washington Wizards Basketball Game at Capital One Arena - Professional Basketball in 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
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.

District Winery - Winery, Bar and Restaurant on the Capitol Riverfront in Washington, DC
Made in DC: 20 Local Businesses That Deserve Your Attention

The best keepsake from a great vacation is a product or experience that truly embodies the city that you visited. With that mind, we’re featuring DC businesses that reflect the city’s entrepreneurial streak while producing a notable product. Each of these vendors are members of Made in DC , a local...

District Doughnut - Made in DC - Shop Local in Washington, DC
17 Unique Date Ideas in Washington, DC

Sure, you know about the monuments on the National Mall by moonlight and fireside dining at DC’s coziest restaurants , but do you know about historic mansions and gardens in the city’s northwest quadrant or the only major museum in the world dedicated to women in the arts? Venture off the beaten...

@jcwhittington_ - Couple kissing at Smithsonian American Art Museum's Electronic Superhighway - Unique date ideas in Washington, DC
11 Historic Hotel Bars with Character & Cocktails

In its more than 200-year-history, DC has been home to hotels from humble 18th-century rooming houses to grand 19th-century overnighters. Raising a cold glass of something at a historic hotel bar is a time-honored tradition, and it’ll land you both in good company and in atmospheric surrounds.

Off The Record at The Hay-Adams - Historic Bar in Washington, DC
The 7 Best Snow Day Activities & Things to Do in Washington, DC

In Washington, DC, even major blizzards don’t stop District residents and visitors from donning their snow gear and taking to the streets to play. Join in a snowball fight, sled in the shadow of historic monuments and memorials or start your own snow day bar crawl at award-winning restaurants and...

Family on snowy Washington Monument grounds on the National Mall - The best snow day activities in Washington, DC
Neighborhood Guide to Winter Restaurant Week in Washington, DC

Winter in the District would not be complete without Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, which runs from Jan. 22-28, 2018. Throughout the promotion, over 100 restaurants across the DC area offer three-course, prix-fixe meals for brunch, lunch and dinner, with brunch and lunch priced at $22 and...

Doi Moi 14th Street Washington, DC
Meet Me at 9:30: A History of DC's 9:30 Club

The 9:30 Club is a beacon for live music in the nation’s capital, a place where both renowned and up-and-coming artists from nearly every musical genre come to play. The venue is legendary in DC – the original club opened at 930 F Street NW in 1980 and moved to its current digs at 815 V Street NW...

9:30 Club Washington DC - Credit Lisa A. Walker