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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.

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
7 Places to Get the Best Views of Washington, DC

The nation’s capital has no shortage of great rooftop bars and restaurants , but it also includes some especially iconic cityscapes with marble memorials and sweeping National Mall vistas. While the Washington Monument gets some modern upgrades for its elevator, visitors can still get a bird’s-eye...

Terrace Overlooking Potomac River from John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Where to Get the Best Skyline Views in Washington, DC
5 Pokémon Go Tips to Become the Very Best in Washington, DC

Since launching this July, the mobile game Pokémon Go has become a viral sensation, and that couldn’t be more true anywhere than in the nation’s capital. As one of the most walkable cities in the U.S., Washington, DC is primed for the free-to-download, augmented reality game in which users stroll...

Pokémon Go - Washington, DC
Exploring Shaw’s Alleys & Offshoots

In the 19th century, hundreds of intersecting alleys existed behind DC’s blocks of rowhouses. The brick-paved zones were home to stables, workshops and working-class dwellings. Today, many of these alleys are gone, but a few remain – and they’ve become some of the hottest areas for bars,...

Colorful street art mural in Shaw's Blagden Alley - Historic alleyway in Washington, DC
Made in DC: 19 Local Businesses That Deserve Your Attention

The best keepsake from a great vacation is a product or experience that truly embodies the city that you visited. With that mind, we’re featuring DC businesses that reflect the city’s entrepreneurial streak while producing a notable product. Each of these vendors are members of Made in DC , a local...

District Doughnut - Made in DC - Shop Local in Washington, DC
10 Things to See & Do in Shaw

African-American history runs deep in Shaw , a rowhouse-, restaurant- and retail-filled neighborhood northeast of the White House. Duke Ellington was born here, and he and other stars of “Black Broadway” played at nearby theaters that are still standing. These days, the zone is just as well known...

Crowd Outside Historic Howard Theatre in Shaw - Events in Washington, DC
20+ Romantic Date Ideas in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital is quite the place to have a date night or romantic getaway. From its renowned dining scene to its majestic monuments, memorials and museums to its world-class hotels , Washington, DC has everything that a couple could want in an excursion. Read on for 20 of the most romantic...

Romantic Date Ideas in Washington, DC
12 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
20+ Hot Restaurants to Try Now in Washington, DC

In case you missed it, the nation's capital has officially become a top tier foodie destination with a stream of accolades. The District has a Michelin Guide , was named Bon Appétit 's restaurant city of the year and Zagat 's hottest food city in 2016 and three restaurants, Pineapple & Pearls,...

The Dabney - Shaw - Blagden Alley - Washington, DC
20+ Budget Friendly Date Ideas in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital is quite the place to have a date night or romantic getaway. From its renowned dining scene to its majestic monuments, memorials and museums to its world-class hotels , Washington, DC has everything that a couple could want in an excursion, including a wealth of experiences...

Budget Friendly Date Ideas in Washington, DC