24. Experience a DC festival
Everyone knows about the Cherry Blossom Festival, and while it’s undoubtedly a good time, try the DC Jazz Festival or Smithsonian Folklife Festival instead. The Folklife Festival celebrates DC’s multiculturalism unlike anywhere else.
25. Go to a speakeasy
The capital has continued the only good tradition of the Prohibition era: the speakeasy. DC has no shortage of options. The Gibson, PX, and The Columbia Room are all fine choices, but for the best move, try Dram & Grain. Located under Jack Rose, it offers one-off cocktails and incredible service.
26. Go to a think tank discussion
You live in the nation’s capital, so educate yourself. Think tanks like the Brookings Institution and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace constantly host intriguing and informative discussions. Find an issue you’re interested in and get some knowledge. The fact that many of the discussions have open bar receptions afterwards does not hurt.
27. Enjoy craft spirits and brews
DC is a great craft beer town, but there’s some hard stuff to be found, too. There are plenty of great brewers to support, and if you want to make the most of an afternoon, head to Ivy City for a great tour twofer. In one building, you’ll find the Jos. A. Magnus Distillery, which makes bourbon and gin based on a pre-Prohibition family recipe, and downstairs there’s Atlas Brew Works and its 2600sqft taproom. Just remember that old adage about liquor before beer.
28. Bowl at the White House
OK, so it's actually in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, but this two-lane bowling alley built for Harry Truman is still technically on the White House grounds. The Secret Service doesn't allow walk-ins, so you'll have to be invited by a White House staffer and pass a few background checks to score access to this retro recreational spot.
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