...Or eat your way around a food hall
Perfect for pleasing a variety of palettes and picky eaters, food halls are at the height of popularity right now. Within the city there’s the tried and true Eastern Market on Capitol Hill, the family-friendly Union Market with its 200-year legacy, and newcomer La Cosecha practically right next door -- a Latin American food hall and marketplace. Don’t forget about the suburban outlier and Asian food hub The Block in Annandale, and Tastemakers in Brookland.
Relive your college years partying in AdMo or on U Street
The best places for after-dark shenanigans are hands down Adams Morgan and U Street. Find dive bars galore (including some of our objectively best bars in the city), karaoke, live music, jumbo slice, and pretty much anything you want in these two happening neighborhoods. Just be ready to party like a frat boy.
If San Francisco has Napa Valley, DC has Loudoun County. Draw straws to pick a DD or jump in a limo rental and make your way out to the green rolling hills of the Northern Virginia countryside where there are wineries everywhere you turn. Some highlights include Greenhill, Tarara, Stone Tower, Quattro Goomba’s, and North Gate. If you don’t feel like leaving the city, you can always sip a DC-made rosé on the southeast waterfront at District Winery.
Do a distillery crawl
Ivy City is DC’s unofficial distillery district, with four within walking distance from one another. There’s Green Hat, One Eight, Republic Restoratives, and Jos. A. Magnus. And throw Atlas Brew Works in the mix for good measure. If you hit them all and are somehow still thirsty, bounce around to some of the city’s other top shelf distilleries, like Cotton and Reed, District Distilling, or Don Ciccio & Figli.
Throw back some local brewskies
The city is chock-full of great local craft breweries, so you’d be remiss not to give your guests a taste. Take your pick from the pack: 3 Stars, Atlas, Bluejacket, DC Brau, Right Proper, and more. Neighboring suburban breweries like Port City are also worth a stop.