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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.

DC 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
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 Beer Gardens to Check Out In & Around Washington, DC

DC’s booming food and drinks scene is helping 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 al fresco.

Sauf Haus Biergarten in Dupont Circle - Beer Garden in Washington, DC
Dog-Friendly DC: The Best Places to Bring Your Pets in Washington, DC

If you’ve brought your dog along for your trip to Washington, DC, have no fear: there are plenty of places that welcome and cater to canines. We’ve compiled a list of dog-friendly restaurants, hotels, scenic parks and shops that will be perfect for your pup. Places to Eat and Drink Pinea at the W...

@russ_the_bustagram - Dog in front of Lincoln Memorial - Dog-friendly places in Washington, DC
19 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
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, who have set up shop up top for your warm weather pleasure.

DNV Rooftop at The Donovan  - Rooftop Bars in Washington, DC
18 Things to See & Do at The Wharf in Washington, DC

Home to the nation’s longest continually operating open-air fish market, The Wharf has transformed into one of DC’s most exciting waterfront destination. The sustainable entertainment, dining and retail connects the rest of the District to the Southwest Waterfront , The Wharf features an accessible...

Recreation Pier at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront - Dining, Shopping and Entertainment Destination 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.

District Winery - Winery, Bar and Restaurant on the Capitol Riverfront in Washington, DC
Emoji DC – A Free iOS & Android App

Updates Coming Soon in May 2017: Just in time for summer, step up your texting game with fun summer-themed stickers. Not only can you see the sights in Washington, DC, but now you can also share them with your friends! Download Emoji DC for free for your smartphone from the App Store on your iPhone...

Download Emoji DC for free for your smartphone from the App Store on your iPhone or Google Play on your Android
Where to Find the Best Brunch in Washington, DC

Brunch is decidedly a thing nowadays. But here’s the catch: you have to know what you’re looking for. Do you want lick-the-plate-clean food? Or is it bottomless mimosas first, food second? Maybe you want a (drag queen) performance with a side of eggs. No worries. DC has it covered with these top...

Founding Farmers - Dining in Washington, DC