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,...

Colorful street art mural in Shaw's Blagden Alley - Historic alleyway in Washington, DC
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
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
13 Great Beer Gardens to Check Out In & Around Washington, DC

DC’s booming food and drinks scene has helped to propel a buzzworthy beer community . Check out these open-air beer gardens in and around Washington, DC offering suds, snacks and convivial settings for downing a cold one alfresco.

Friends around fire at Wunder Garten in NoMa - The best beer gardens in and around Washington, DC
Mark Your Calendar for These 20+ Winter Concerts in Washington, DC

Many of Washington, DC’s amazing music venues will welcome dozens of great artists from numerous genres to their stages throughout the winter. Check out what’s in store below and start planning your musical adventure in the nation’s capital. • • • Panic! at the Disco – Jan. 20 Panic! at the Disco...

@bandoftomorrow - Concert at the historic 9:30 Club - Concert venues in Washington, DC -
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. During happy hour or any hour, feel the breeze and ease back at these District locales that have set up shop up top for your warm weather pleasure.

The best rooftop bars and restaurants in Washington, DC - Friends enjoying cocktails on the O-Ku rooftop
5 Jazz Venues In Washington, DC That Are The Bee’s Knees

The online etymology dictionary credits jazz sax player Lester Young with coining the use of “cool” as an adjective to describe jazz, which helped give rise to the now oft-used descriptor. Young used to flash his sax chops in Washington, DC—sometimes at Olivia Davis’ Patio Lounge. Unlike that jazz...

Howard Theatre - Live Music Venues and Concert Halls in Washington, DC
7 Record Shops In & Around DC That Will Satisfy Your Vinyl Fix

The intimacy of purchasing and listening to music has been dulled over the last decade, as the modern consumer browses streaming services, YouTube and the iTunes store in a frivolous search for something catchy. For those of us who still prefer the dropping of a needle, then hearing an artist’s...

Som Record Store on 14th Street - Where to browse records and vinyl in Washington, DC
18 Budget-Friendly Date Ideas in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital is quite the place to have a low-cost date night or romantic getaway. From its majestic monuments, memorials and museums to its world-class venues and attractions, Washington, DC has everything that a couple could want in the perfect date night – including a wealth of...

@pearlrough - Couple standing in front of Lincoln Memorial at night - Romantic attractions in Washington, DC
19 Adventurous & Fun Date Ideas in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital is quite the place to for an adventurous date or fun romantic getaway. From its national parks and outdoor adventures to exciting culinary journeys and more, Washington, DC has everything that a couple could want in an excursion. Read on for date suggestions that go beyond the...

Couple in Rock Creek Park - Free Outdoor Activities in Washington, DC