Food & Drink

Get a taste of the DC food scene and discover the best places to eat, drink and more in the nation's capital.

14 Speakeasy Bars & Hidden Cocktail Lounges in Washington, DC

Within the same 68-square-mile city that saw Congress ratify the 18th Amendment in 1919 (the law went into effect on Jan. 17, 1920), you’ll find a thriving craft cocktail scene (and even distilling scene ). Speakeasy-style bars abound in the District, many with unmarked entrances, hidden doors and...

@karlinvillondophotography - Guests at Allegory in the Eaton Hotel - Hidden bar and speakeasy in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat in Southwest & The Wharf

Southwest & The Wharf has long been a place where local seafood lovers visited on weekends to snap up fresh fish and other seafood at the neighborhood’s open-air seafood market. While that tradition continues, the neighborhood has become a whole new destination with the opening of The Wharf , a...

@mishaonfoot - Diners at Cathal Armstrong's Kaliwa - Asian restaurant at The Wharf in Washington, DC
Turning Back the Clock with Virginia Ali of Ben's Chili Bowl

You might have heard that Washington, DC has experienced a significant resurgence in recent years, as new restaurants, retail and attractions flock to the city. Few people have witnessed as much change in the District as Virginia Ali, who, along with her husband Ben, opened up the DC institution...

Ben's Chili Bowl - Places to Eat on U Street - Washington, DC
18 Farm-to-Table Restaurants to Check Out in Washington, DC

The word “locavore” (defined as, “one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible”) was added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a few years ago; it’s also a concept that rules at many Washington, DC restaurants. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of must-try places to eat that source what’...

Dinner service at The Dabney in Shaw - Michelin-starred, romantic restaurant in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat on the Capitol Riverfront

After a decades-long hiatus, baseball returned to DC in 2006, as the Washington Nationals came to town after relocating from Montreal. By 2008, the city had a brand-new ballpark in the form of Nationals Park, which revitalized the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Now, there are numerous notable...

Bluejacket Brewery on the Capitol Riverfront - Brewery and Restaurant in Washington, DC
15 Great Beer Gardens to Check Out In & Around Washington, DC

DC’s booming food and drinks scene has helped to 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 alfresco. For Oktoberfest events, keep reading the list below to bring in...

Friends around fire at Wunder Garten in NoMa - The best beer gardens in and around Washington, DC
Where to Eat & Drink at Nationals Park

There’s more to Nationals Park than cheering on the talented ballplayers and hoping to catch a fly ball, although these are great reasons to catch a game . Compared to other parks, this one puts food high up on the priority list: easy-to-read digital menu boards illuminate crave-worthy items at...

Family eating at Washington Nationals game - Where to eat and drink at Nationals Park
Breweries to Check Out In & Around Washington, DC

When you’re looking for a cold one, look beyond the big beer producers and taste something distinctly DC. Frosty, frothy, heady, hoppy, sour – whatever your preference, you can find it at any of these local breweries. Read on to explore the best breweries in and around DC, discover brewery tours...

Bluejacket Brewery on the Capitol Riverfront - Brewery and Restaurant in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat & Drink in DC's Ivy City Neighborhood

Ivy City is a small, historic neighborhood north of Union Market with a high concentration of restaurants and craft distilleries. It was originally developed as a post-Civil War community for African Americans, and featured a popular racetrack, as well as the Hecht Company department store...

Rooftop wine garden at City Winery in Ivy City - Rooftop bars and restaurants in Washington, DC
8 Distilleries You Should Know About In & Around Washington, DC

It seems fitting that in the region that serves as the birthplace of American whiskey and in close proximity to where Congress ratified the amendment that brought Prohibition to an end is a thriving vodka, gin, rum and whiskey distillery scene. In recent years many DC locals have turned their hand...

@rlopez809 / @oneeightd - View of the distillery at One Eight Distilling in DC's Ivy City neighborhood