Social Club

What to Do in DC, for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime

Published On 05/26/2016 Published On 05/26/2016

10am: Get breakfast at Campono
Load up for the day with wood-fired, Neapolitan pizzas, including one with a whole fried egg in the middle. View on Map

10:30am: Explore the Renwick Gallery
The current experience art exhibit, WONDER, is currently one of the the most Instagrammed spots in the city. It runs through July, after which the museum will reintroduce the permanent exhibit -- on-hold since some pretty extensive renovations to the building. The best part? This, like all the Smithsonian museums, it’s 100% free. View on Map

12pm: Grab lunch at David Chang’s Momofuku CCDC
Virginia native David Chang is mostly known for his New York restaurant empire, but he came back home this fall -- or close enough. Ever since, tables have been filled with happy patrons downing bowls of ramen and beef noodle soup. Tables are hard to nab for dinner, but lunch is considerably easier, when our nation’s tireless legislators are eating sandwiches at their desks. View on Map


11am: Brunch Viennese-Style at Kafe Leopold
If there’s one thing DC knows how to do, it’s brunch. Class it up a bit with a Viennese style breakfast, and if you can swing it, a seat by the fountain. The coffee and drinks in general are strong, and the cafe is adjacent to some of Georgetown’s best shopping. View on Map

1:30pm: Overdose on oysters
You’ll be ordering all the seafood at Fiola Mare. Try the “Frutti di mare platter” and get ready for an overwhelming amount of oysters, mussels, and lobster. There’s also a top-notch wine and cocktail list to go with it. View on Map

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3:30pm: Drive a hard bargain at Eastern Market
The only operating traditional market left in DC is the spot for fresh produce and food, and bargains aplenty at the Saturday-Sunday flea market. Don’t be afraid to haggle! View on Map

5pm: Line up for Rose’s Luxury
Okay, this is serious. Dinner at Rose’s Luxury is not for the faint of heart. If you want to ensure a table at this no-reservations restaurant, run by Chef Aaron Silverman, line up at 5pm. It’s well worth the wait; Silverman is a 2016 James Beard award-winner, for dishes like his pork sausage, and habanero-lychee salad. View on Map

U Street

1pm:  Drink lavender latte at Compass Coffee
Yes, a lavender latte may seem a bit out there, but trust us here and you’ll wonder how you ever coped with non-herbaceous coffee up til now. Compass Coffee is also the type of place where you can take advantage of some free wifi, like the many regulars who make this their daily work spot. View on Map

2pm: Explore the African-American Civil War Museum
Get up on some important history at this tribute to the more than 200,000 African-American soldiers who fought for the Union in the American Civil War. Then check out the war memorial across the street, directly adjacent to the U Street Metro station. View on Map

4pm: Down a half-smoke at Ben’s Chili Bowl
It’s practically a rite of passage to eat at the iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street, and the half-smoke is something unique to DC. It’s a half-pork, half-beef sausage that’s usually covered in globs of chili. Ben’s gets credit for being the original, so pay your respects, saddle up to the bar, and try not spill chili on yourself. View on Map

Dupont Circle

2pm: Get lost in a stack at Kramerbooks
Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle has a whole section dedicated to Washington authors, should the city have whet your appetite. If you’re in for the long haul, there’s also a cafe and restaurant located in the rear. View on Map

4pm: Escape to the Iron Gate
Take your new book to the back patio of Iron Gate and order up some Greek snacks cooked by Chef Tony Chittum. The restaurant’s terraced grape vine that provides ample shade (no, we can’t help you with the humidity -- nothing can). View on Map

6pm: Indulge at Larry’s Ice Cream
Who says you can’t have ice cream for dinner? End your day with a double scoop in a waffle cone. At Larry’s Ice Cream, decadence is actually flavor; it’s a dark chocolate concoction that’s been on the menu for decades. Take your ice cream to-go, and sit by the Dupont Circle fountain. Did someone say “Instagram moment”? View on Map

5pm: Grab a cocktail at Two Birds, One Stone
Bartender Adam Bernbach is obsessive about a good drink. He designs and hand-draws his cocktail menu each week, which should tell you everything. Two Birds, One Stone is also the kind of place that’s just hidden enough -- in the basement of sister restaurant Doi Moi -- to stay on the chill side of too crazy. View on Map

7pm: Dine like a Parisian at Le Diplomate
Get ready to be transported to France at this legit bistro, which serves some of the best Foie Gras mousse and ratatouille in the city. View on Map

Foggy Bottom

2pm: Skip the meat (or not) at Beefsteak
This fast-casual restaurant by Chef Jose Andres isn’t vegetarian, but veggies and grains are the star component here, so get your 5-a-day. It’s usually packed during the lunch-rush, so time your visit in the early afternoon. Order up a beefsteak burger -- a thick slice of perfectly ripened beefsteak tomato between two buns. View on Map

6pm: Take in a free concert at the Kennedy Center
After you return your bike, head over to the Kennedy Center for the free, daily concert series, held at the Millennium Stage. The show starts every evening at 6pm, and you can check the schedule beforehand to see who’s playing. View on Map

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9pm: Get das boot of beer at Dacha
Start out at this outdoor German-themed beer garden, open from March to November, and whenever winter temperatures are oddly spring-like. Dacha is most notably the place where you can buy gigantic steins and boots of beer, which are always fun, especially with a sausage platter on the side. View on Map

11pm: Rooftop of DC9
This small music club plays hosts to local rock bands and DJs, and the fun dance vibe is a constant. If the current act isn’t your thing, still head there for the killer rooftop. View on Map

1:00am: Ivy and Coney
A Chicago- and Detroit-themed bar that specializes in tubed meat does exist, and it’s right here. Order up a Chicago dog or Coney dog for just $4, chat with a a Midwestern transplant (always a good bet), and catch the Cubs or Tigers baseball games. View on Map



7pm: Taste some whiskey at Boundary Stone
This neighborhoody bar is all about whiskey without the snobbery, and offers its very own brand beside the usual Scottish, Irish and American suspects. Pair your selections with fried pickles, pork nuggets, or honey hot wings. View on Map

8pm: Get dinner at The Red Hen
Save some room for The Red Hen, as Chef Mike Friedman makes a mean bowl of pasta, like… squid ink linguini and ricotta cavatelli. Sit at the bar for views of the open kitchen and wood-fired grill. View on Map

10pm: Make last call at Showtime
Close out the night at this cash-only dive bar, which serves beer for $3 a can. It also has one of the best jukeboxes in the city, especially if throwback Motown is your thing. Even better, song selections are free. View on Map

Foggy Bottom

Campono from Bob Kinkead offers 16 creative pies divided into two categories: Pizza Bianca and Pizza Rosso. Try The Levante which brings a bite of the Eastern Mediterranean with its spicy ground lamb and l...more

Momofuku CCDC
$$ Washington DC

You have Chef David Chang to thank for bringing this New York favorite to DC. His popular ramen joint lives at the chic CityCenter development, where you can grab a seat at the bar, noodle bar, in the main...more

Fiola Mare
Washington DC

Waterfront view? Check. Fresh fish flown in daily from just about every ocean? Check. All the TLC that Fabio Trabocchi typically folds into his food? Also, check. Caviar, stacks on stacks of frutti de mare...more

Compass Coffee
$ Washington DC

Compass Coffee takes their brew seriously. At this minimalist space in Shaw, two former Marines roast their own beans on-site, with multiple blends and single-origin options to choose from. The team travel...more

Ben's Chili Bowl
$ Washington DC

Ben's Chili Bowl has been an iconic part of the DC food landscape since first opening its doors in 1958. Its hot dogs, burgers, and subs are time-tested, Obama-approved classics. Of course, you're really t...more

Rose's Luxury
$$ Capitol Hill

Situated in a converted townhouse on Capitol Hill, Rose's Luxury is a twinkle-lit, farmhouse-chic restaurant that draws crowds for its bold small plates. Unfortunately for those crowds, it doesn't accept r...more

Iron Gate
$$$ Washington DC

This is easily one of the most beautiful restaurants in DC. From the lamp-lit stone entryway to the back courtyard complete with a gazebo, Iron Gate in Dupont Circle was made for dining al fresco. Chef Ant...more

$$ Washington DC

Considering its name, you'd expect this Foggy Bottom-adjacent spot to be a masculine, meat-centric spots where artery-clogging, beefy burgers and juicy steaks reign supreme. However, it's quite the contrar...more

2 Birds 1 Stone
Washington DC

Situated in Logan Circle, 2 Birds 1 Stone may be hidden beneath Doi Moi off bustling 14th Street, but it’s far from unknown in the DC cocktail world thanks to its expertly crafted concoctions. The chic, of...more

Le Diplomate
$$$ Logan Circle

Le Diplomate is a Logan Circle brasserie from acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr, meaning you can count on its traditional French dishes to be consistently excellent. From hors d'oeuvres like fresh oyste...more

Boundary Stone
$$ Washington DC

Named for the mile markers that once shaped the city, Boundary Stone encapsulates DC style with exposed brick, original tin ceilings, oak bars, and even a stained glass DC flag. The Bloomingdale American...more

The Red Hen
$$$ Washington DC

The open kitchen, bare brick walls, and simple, maple furnishing make you feel like you're in your own home when you eat at The Red Hen, as does the comfort of their classic Italian and American dishes. Ju...more

Dacha Beer Garden
$$ Washington DC

It turns out Russian owners Ilya Alter and Dmitri Chekaldin know a lot about German beer -- their friendly, open-air Shaw garden offers a broad selection of international suds, plus a menu that not only fe...more

DC9 Roofdeck
Washington DC

U Street's favorite venue's just unveiled an all-new, all-wood roofdeck nicknamed "The Sauna Bar": it's got a 20'x30' standing area, will host occasional DJ'd concert after-parties, and has a fully stocked...more

Ivy and Coney
$ Washington DC

Ivy and Coney is a homey dive bar in Shaw that delivers a relaxed neighborhood vibe, delicious hotdogs, and a menu that includes nothing over $6.

The Renwick Gallery is a part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, showcasing mostly contemporary artists. The exhibitions switch up regularly, so it's worth multiple visits, especially considering that...more

Kafe Leopold
$$ Washington DC

With a menu filled with hard-to-pronounce dishes, Kafe Leopold + Konditorei serves some of the best European-style cafe food for miles. If you're looking for breakfast near the University, look no further...more

Key Bridge Boathouse
$ Washington DC

If you ever find yourself looking for something to do in the Georgetown area, heading out on the Potomac is a great way to enjoy the sights and get away from the city. The Key Bridge Boathouse offers renta...more

The African American Civil War Memorial & Museum pays tribute to an underappreciated group in American history: Black soldiers who fought in the Civil War. Exhibits include first-hand accounts of soldiers...more

Eastern Market
$$ Washington DC

The Eastern Market is a massive celebration of all things food, centered around a huge indoor market selling any ingredient you could hope for. Add to that a Tuesday farmer's market, a weekend outdoor mark...more

While Kramerbooks is something of a literary haven in of itself, the adjoining (aptly named) Afterwords Cafe draws a whole new crowd of bibliophiles to the landmark Independent book-depot. Offering an all-...more

Larry's Ice Cream
$$ Washington DC

Larry's Homemade Ice Cream is exactly what it sounds like and more: delicious homemade ice cream with tons of unique flavors (try the "Decadence" flavor), plus cookies, cupcakes, a baklava. They can be a b...more

Washington DC

This Bloomingdale spot is one of DC's most beloved dives, thanks to its funk & soul jukebox, weekly live music, and dirt-cheap beer. Painstakingly curated by owner & DJ Paul Vivari, the jukebox contains mo...more