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Justin’s Guidebook

Justin

Justin’s Guidebook

Local Restaurants
These are some of our favorite restaurants and cafes within walking distance of the house
Excellent Thai restaurant with an outdoor patio serving noodle bowls, rice dishes, street food & cocktails in a hip, urbane space.
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BKK Thai Cookshop
1700 New Jersey Ave NW
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Excellent Thai restaurant with an outdoor patio serving noodle bowls, rice dishes, street food & cocktails in a hip, urbane space.
Great BBQ restaurant serving sandwiches & combo platters plus veggie sides, beer, wine & bourbon drinks.
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DCity Smokehouse
203 Florida Avenue Northwest
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Great BBQ restaurant serving sandwiches & combo platters plus veggie sides, beer, wine & bourbon drinks.
One of the best local places to get brunch on the weekend, this casual restaurant has a great outdoor patio too. Just be aware that they are especially busy on weekends so you might need to wait a bit.
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Big Bear Cafe
1700 1st Street Northwest
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One of the best local places to get brunch on the weekend, this casual restaurant has a great outdoor patio too. Just be aware that they are especially busy on weekends so you might need to wait a bit.
Despite the name, this local bakery and café has some of the best breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Additionally, they always have delicious baked goods besides cookies, and their enormous cinnamon rolls are incredible. Highly recommended for breakfast or lunch
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Uncle Chip's Cookies
1514 North Capitol Street Northwest
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Despite the name, this local bakery and café has some of the best breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Additionally, they always have delicious baked goods besides cookies, and their enormous cinnamon rolls are incredible. Highly recommended for breakfast or lunch
Featured in the 2018 Michelin guide, Convivial is a beautiful restaurant serving imaginative French-American fare & craft cocktails. Killer brunch on weekends.
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Convivial
801 O St NW
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Featured in the 2018 Michelin guide, Convivial is a beautiful restaurant serving imaginative French-American fare & craft cocktails. Killer brunch on weekends.
Perfect for a date or a business meal. Michelin-rated Italian restaurant. Reservations can be hard to come by, but they keep a walk-in list. For best bets, walk down and put your name in around 5:30. You can either hang out at the bar or go to another area restaurant for a drink and they’ll text you when your table is ready.
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The Red Hen
1822 1st St NW
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Perfect for a date or a business meal. Michelin-rated Italian restaurant. Reservations can be hard to come by, but they keep a walk-in list. For best bets, walk down and put your name in around 5:30. You can either hang out at the bar or go to another area restaurant for a drink and they’ll text you when your table is ready.
Consistently rated as the #1 local watering hole in DC. Pub fare and good drinks, serving local craft beer DC Brau. Live music at times throughout the week. Patio seating available, weather permitting.
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Boundary Stone
116 Rhode Island Ave NW
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Consistently rated as the #1 local watering hole in DC. Pub fare and good drinks, serving local craft beer DC Brau. Live music at times throughout the week. Patio seating available, weather permitting.
Japanese / Thai restaurant. Great food at a reasonable price. This is our personal go-to, with consistently delicious food. Offering sushi and other Japanese fare along with Thai, it’s hard not to find something to enjoy. Patio seating available, weather permitting.
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Aroi
1832 1st Street Northwest
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Japanese / Thai restaurant. Great food at a reasonable price. This is our personal go-to, with consistently delicious food. Offering sushi and other Japanese fare along with Thai, it’s hard not to find something to enjoy. Patio seating available, weather permitting.
Artisanal pizza. With pizzas named after each of the area neighborhoods, Bacio offers a wide variety of traditional, non-tomato, and gluten-free options. This is our hands-down favorite pizza place. They don’t do delivery, but their order-out pizza is usually ready in less than 20 minutes. If you choose to dine in, they have indoor and outdoor patio seating available.
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Bacio Pizzeria
81 Seaton Place Northwest
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Artisanal pizza. With pizzas named after each of the area neighborhoods, Bacio offers a wide variety of traditional, non-tomato, and gluten-free options. This is our hands-down favorite pizza place. They don’t do delivery, but their order-out pizza is usually ready in less than 20 minutes. If you choose to dine in, they have indoor and outdoor patio seating available.
Stylish neighborhood bistro with a southern European inspired menu and wine-focus, a popular patio great for sipping wine or a special night.
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Tyber Creek Wine Bar & Kitchen
84 T St NW
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Stylish neighborhood bistro with a southern European inspired menu and wine-focus, a popular patio great for sipping wine or a special night.
The neighborhood bakery and café, this is a great spot for a coffee or a sweet bite!
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Sylvan Cafe
104 Rhode Island Ave NW
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The neighborhood bakery and café, this is a great spot for a coffee or a sweet bite!
Take out only—but oh my word is it good! This is Korean fried chicken (similar to Bon Chon, if you’re familiar), but even better. They’re highly specialized—Korean fried chicken and wings, burgers, and cheesesteaks. You know they’re good because they don’t have sit-down and their website doesn’t work!JBut you can give them a call at (202) 232-3468 or just stop by.
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KoChix Chicken
400 Florida Avenue Northwest
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Take out only—but oh my word is it good! This is Korean fried chicken (similar to Bon Chon, if you’re familiar), but even better. They’re highly specialized—Korean fried chicken and wings, burgers, and cheesesteaks. You know they’re good because they don’t have sit-down and their website doesn’t work!JBut you can give them a call at (202) 232-3468 or just stop by.
Bars
In addition to some of the amazing spots just around the corner listed above, DC has a huge list of amazing places to find a great drink. Some are outright bars, others serve food, but all are worth your time. This is not an all-inclusive list, simply something to whet your appetite!
Local favorite tavern with outdoor patio and gastropub fare, one of the closest within walking distance
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The Pub & The People
1648 North Capitol Street Northwest
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Local favorite tavern with outdoor patio and gastropub fare, one of the closest within walking distance
This two-story bar has simple, classic drinks and a low-key atmosphere, plus a tiki bar upstairs and snacks galore. To sum it up, it’s just the right amount of quirky and cool. Super friendly bartenders will even pour you samples of beer to taste before you order (if you ask nicely)!
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The Passenger
1539 7th Street Northwest
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This two-story bar has simple, classic drinks and a low-key atmosphere, plus a tiki bar upstairs and snacks galore. To sum it up, it’s just the right amount of quirky and cool. Super friendly bartenders will even pour you samples of beer to taste before you order (if you ask nicely)!
Perfect for happy hour, which takes place every weekday from 4–7pm. This funky bar is decorated with old school vinyl records, maps, and train parts.
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Lost & Found DC
1240 9th Street Northwest
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Perfect for happy hour, which takes place every weekday from 4–7pm. This funky bar is decorated with old school vinyl records, maps, and train parts.
If you’re from the Midwest, you’ll want to check out this bar. Memorabilia from the owners’ hometowns of Chicago and Detroit are sprinkled throughout, and the menu has offerings like a Chicago Dog and plenty of Midwestern beers. Prices here are cheap (only $4 for a microbrew!), and the rooftop deck has its own bar, perfect for those warm summer nights in the city.
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Ivy and Coney
1537 7th Street Northwest
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If you’re from the Midwest, you’ll want to check out this bar. Memorabilia from the owners’ hometowns of Chicago and Detroit are sprinkled throughout, and the menu has offerings like a Chicago Dog and plenty of Midwestern beers. Prices here are cheap (only $4 for a microbrew!), and the rooftop deck has its own bar, perfect for those warm summer nights in the city.
A beer garden with a 3-story mural of Elizabeth Taylor on the wall, what’s not to love? Dacha is one of our favorite places to spend a lazy afternoon, with a HUGE selection of European beers, a long list of cocktails and wines, and a delicious menu of German pub-style food. They have umbrellas, heaters, and water misters to give the perfect amount of climate control year-round—but if it’s a beautiful day, get there early or risk a wait to get in.
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Dacha Beer Garden
1600 7th St NW
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A beer garden with a 3-story mural of Elizabeth Taylor on the wall, what’s not to love? Dacha is one of our favorite places to spend a lazy afternoon, with a HUGE selection of European beers, a long list of cocktails and wines, and a delicious menu of German pub-style food. They have umbrellas, heaters, and water misters to give the perfect amount of climate control year-round—but if it’s a beautiful day, get there early or risk a wait to get in.
Cocktail bar and lounge boasting great music and the vibe of an old study. They specialize in classic & creative drinks as well as offer trendy bites like kolaches and fancy popcorn. You may not eat a full meal here, but you certainly could spend several hours none the less!
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Truxton Inn
251 Florida Ave NW
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Cocktail bar and lounge boasting great music and the vibe of an old study. They specialize in classic & creative drinks as well as offer trendy bites like kolaches and fancy popcorn. You may not eat a full meal here, but you certainly could spend several hours none the less!
Super busy and incredibly popular hangout that frequently has a line around the block by midnight on Friday and Saturday nights! The first floor is a British pub offering all you’d expect from a British pub, but the upper floors and roof deck are known for guest DJs, college parties, and good drinks.
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Brixton
901 U Street Northwest
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Super busy and incredibly popular hangout that frequently has a line around the block by midnight on Friday and Saturday nights! The first floor is a British pub offering all you’d expect from a British pub, but the upper floors and roof deck are known for guest DJs, college parties, and good drinks.
Markets
The closest place to buy essentials, spirits, or groceries
Less than a block away (out the front door, make a left and one block down). Don’t be put off by the exterior of this market, there are a lot of essentials that can be procured here for reasonable prices.
3rd Street Market
301 P St NW
Less than a block away (out the front door, make a left and one block down). Don’t be put off by the exterior of this market, there are a lot of essentials that can be procured here for reasonable prices.
Closest wine/liquor/beer store. Wide variety of all, and good prices.
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Bloomingdale Wine & Spirits
1836 1st Street Northwest
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Closest wine/liquor/beer store. Wide variety of all, and good prices.
Closest Grocery store within walking distance, but which also has parking available on-site.
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Giant Food
1400 7th Street Northwest
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Closest Grocery store within walking distance, but which also has parking available on-site.
Great local mini Grocery with an all-day cafe counter, focusing on DC local foods and produce.
Union Kitchen Grocery
1251 9th St NW
Great local mini Grocery with an all-day cafe counter, focusing on DC local foods and produce.
Things to Do
Whether you’re from DC or just visiting, you’re bound to find something amazing to do! One of the resources we enjoy is a website called Things to Do DC (https://thingstododc.com). Every month there are embassies hosting cultural events, museums hosting special after-hours parties, guided tours, food and wine tastings, you name it!
Our Favorite museum in DC, it houses dinosaurs, the hope diamond, and so much more. Free like all Smithsonian museums, this one can’t be missed!
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史密森博物馆
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Our Favorite museum in DC, it houses dinosaurs, the hope diamond, and so much more. Free like all Smithsonian museums, this one can’t be missed!
If you’re a fan of modern & contemporary art, this is the museum you need to visit. It also has serene sculpture gardens and is located right on the National Mall.
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赫施霍恩博物馆与雕塑园
Independence Avenue Southwest
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If you’re a fan of modern & contemporary art, this is the museum you need to visit. It also has serene sculpture gardens and is located right on the National Mall.
There are dozens of restaurants and shops in this awesome DC market. You will find every type of cuisine here; We personally love Buffalo & Bergen's knishes.
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Union Market
1309 5th Street Northeast
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There are dozens of restaurants and shops in this awesome DC market. You will find every type of cuisine here; We personally love Buffalo & Bergen's knishes.
Screens popular new releases as well as indie and foreign flicks. Each theater is a small intimate space with reserved plush seats and state-of-the-art projectors. The front of the house has a cocktail lounge, and you can take your drinks into the theater with you.
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Landmark's Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
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Screens popular new releases as well as indie and foreign flicks. Each theater is a small intimate space with reserved plush seats and state-of-the-art projectors. The front of the house has a cocktail lounge, and you can take your drinks into the theater with you.
The largest major movie theater which is close to the house, if the Landmark doesn’t have the movie you want to see this is the theater to go to.
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Regal Gallery Place & 4DX
701 7th St NW
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The largest major movie theater which is close to the house, if the Landmark doesn’t have the movie you want to see this is the theater to go to.
Watch some of the biggest stars or best indie acts in this small, open-floor concert venue. Ever hear of those super up close and personal “secret performances” artists sometimes give? This is one of the venues they do it in! The 9:30 Club has been named the # 1 nightclub by Rolling Stone, Billboard and Pollstar, more than any other club in the nation, and it’s the most attended club of its size in the world. Check out their lineup and buy tickets in advance.
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9:30
815 V Street Northwest
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Watch some of the biggest stars or best indie acts in this small, open-floor concert venue. Ever hear of those super up close and personal “secret performances” artists sometimes give? This is one of the venues they do it in! The 9:30 Club has been named the # 1 nightclub by Rolling Stone, Billboard and Pollstar, more than any other club in the nation, and it’s the most attended club of its size in the world. Check out their lineup and buy tickets in advance.
Owned by the 9:30 club (along with a number of other venues), The Lincoln Theatre, was a cultural center of D.C., predating and influencing Harlem’s renaissance. Washington natives Duke Ellington and Pearl Bailey were joined by nationally acclaimed artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, and Sarah Vaughn who performed regularly on the storied stage. It offers a wide variety of acts, from music, to comedy, to performance art and more.
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林肯剧院
1215 U Street Northwest
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Owned by the 9:30 club (along with a number of other venues), The Lincoln Theatre, was a cultural center of D.C., predating and influencing Harlem’s renaissance. Washington natives Duke Ellington and Pearl Bailey were joined by nationally acclaimed artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, and Sarah Vaughn who performed regularly on the storied stage. It offers a wide variety of acts, from music, to comedy, to performance art and more.
A dinner theater with an incredible history, the Howard Theater now offers music and dance parties of all kinds as well as African-American theater and a Sunday gospel brunch.
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霍华德剧院
620 T Street Northwest
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A dinner theater with an incredible history, the Howard Theater now offers music and dance parties of all kinds as well as African-American theater and a Sunday gospel brunch.
Showcases contemporary art and hosts exhibitions, workshops, and performances.
Washington Project For the Arts
2124 8th St NW
Showcases contemporary art and hosts exhibitions, workshops, and performances.
An artist-owned organization that provides exposure to local creatives by putting on shows and exhibits and offering educational opportunities to artists and art lovers alike.
Foundry Gallery
2118 8th St NW
An artist-owned organization that provides exposure to local creatives by putting on shows and exhibits and offering educational opportunities to artists and art lovers alike.