Visiting Washington DC last week of January

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    Jan 17, 2012 4:47 PM GMT
    Just what it says. I've been to DC several times but never had the time to be a "tourist." Aside from museums/monuments, does anyone have any suggestions on "must-do's?" Restaurants? Night life? I'll be visiting a college friend who recently moved there for a job.

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    Jan 17, 2012 5:09 PM GMT
    The good news about the Smithsonian museums is that they're free. Surely many of them could be of interest to you. Honestly, you can spend an entire day inside just one of them! I live in the area and often go when I feel like killing a day.

    As for restaurants, there certainly is no shortage of them both in DC proper and in the suburbs. It simply depends on your tastes and budget. I'm quite partial to Korean food, so it rocks my socks to live in Fairfax and be able to have Korean barbecue here and in Annandale.

    Now that I think about it, I know way more about what's in the suburbs of Northern Virginia and Maryland than in DC, haha. Oh well.
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    Jan 17, 2012 5:15 PM GMT
    My friend lives in Laurel. I'm trying to eat inexpensively as much as possible. I love any type of cuisine.
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    Jan 17, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    Dayton31 saidMy friend lives in Laurel. I'm trying to eat inexpensively as much as possible. I love any type of cuisine.


    LOL! I can tell you right now there isn't much of anything in Laurel. It's quite a boring place even for Maryland. I used to have a boyfriend who lived there.

    Eating in DC is not cheap. Neither is most of Maryland really. However, it's worth looking around in areas outside of major tourist attractions. But that depends if you actually want to eat in DC or in more interesting, nearby spots in Maryland. Rockville and Bethesda are super duper.
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    Jan 17, 2012 9:22 PM GMT
    go to one of the ethiopian places in DC. I went to Dukem a couple of times. There are a lot of them. Etete, Mereskem, are a couple that come to mind. I also ate at a cheap place just north of Dupont Circle, I think it was Cookshop, it is a SE Asian concept. it was good too.

    I am not too much of a museum person, so don't recommend much there. I have always wanted to go the the National Archives. You should go to the National Cathedral. Also, if you have a car, drive around the capital, monuments and museums late at night. They are beautiful lit up.
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    Jan 17, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    Duplex Diner in DC is always good in Adams Morgan or Logan Tavern at P and 14th across from Whole Foods. Also a number of good restaurants on the U Street corridor between 14th and 9th.

    If you like sports bars. Nellies is a good gay spot at 9th and U and usually is a good launching point for other places. Town (dance club), 9:30 club (live music events)
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    Jan 17, 2012 9:58 PM GMT
    I think Savage Mill is near Laurel. It's a nineteenth century mill that is now a big crafts and antique center, lots of shops, nice open airy feeling and they have (or had) a nice cafe there for lunch. Ellicott City is up that way too. It's a very picturesque old town, built in a deep ravine, lots of antique and craft shop s and restaurants. Also it has the oldest railroad station in MD, maybe in the US.
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    Jan 17, 2012 10:00 PM GMT
    Oh yes, Ellicott City is cute! Highly recommended.

    If you're feeling adventurous, maybe you can check out downtown Annapolis. It's a bit of a drive from Laurel, but it never seemed that long to me. I've always had fun in Annapolis.
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    Jan 17, 2012 10:01 PM GMT
    SeanTheBull saidDuplex Diner in DC is always good in Adams Morgan or Logan Tavern at P and 14th across from Whole Foods. Also a number of good restaurants on the U Street corridor between 14th and 9th.

    If you like sports bars. Nellies is a good gay spot at 9th and U and usually is a good launching point for other places. Town (dance club), 9:30 club (live music events)


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    Jan 17, 2012 10:16 PM GMT
    SeanTheBull saidDuplex Diner in DC is always good in Adams Morgan or Logan Tavern at P and 14th across from Whole Foods. Also a number of good restaurants on the U Street corridor between 14th and 9th.

    If you like sports bars. Nellies is a good gay spot at 9th and U and usually is a good launching point for other places. Town (dance club), 9:30 club (live music events)


    I was going to suggest Duplex Diner. Good food and great drinks. Say hi to Kelly and Jesse, the two bartenders there, they're awesome
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    Jan 17, 2012 10:21 PM GMT
    For night life it really depends on what nights you are here:

    Thursday: Cobalt
    Friday: depends on your taste-Bear happy hour at Town Dance Boutique from 6-10, followed by 18+ night; Cobalt is open bar from 11-12
    Saturday: either Cobalt or Town usually
    Sunday: brunch at Level One (Cobalt), JR's has great specials all day

    JR's and 9 are the best pregame in my opinion for happy hour specials. Nellies is fun if you're into football. Usually a big pregame bar as well since it is a block from Town

    Secrets is fun too if you like naked guys and less queeny drama.
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    Jan 17, 2012 10:31 PM GMT
    SeanTheBull saidDuplex Diner in DC is always good in Adams Morgan or Logan Tavern at P and 14th across from Whole Foods. Also a number of good restaurants on the U Street corridor between 14th and 9th.

    If you like sports bars. Nellies is a good gay spot at 9th and U and usually is a good launching point for other places. Town (dance club), 9:30 club (live music events)


    Duplex Diner for food, it's surprisingly good, best burgers in town. Jesse and Kelly are excellent bartenders and both pour a killer margarita!
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    Jan 17, 2012 10:41 PM GMT
    Go hear the Capitol Steps - every Friday and Saturday evening at the Ronald Regan Bldg. (Now why is it called that?)
    http://www.capsteps.com/
    A musical comedy revue using famous song melodies; (political parody which skewers most current politicians). Very witty, and the singing is great. Worth the money.
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    Jan 17, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the response!
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    Jan 18, 2012 12:23 AM GMT
    The Bars:
    (I copied and pasted an old post I made a while back... here are some fun places to go out)

    Town: huge megaclub... located at 8th and U, NW Plays house upstairs and top 40 downstairs. Friday is more college night... lots of young twinky boys who just came out (lol), and Saturday is more fun... its 20s-30's crowd.

    Nellies: 9th and U, NW. "Sports" bar. A fun place to chill and chat with friends. It gets very busy on weekends, so its not really a quiet bar. they have all kinds of activities during the week... drag queen bingo on wednesdays, etc.

    Cobalt: 17th and R, NW. This is my favorite place. Its smaller, more intimate, and has a dancefloor and bar upstairs in addition to the bar area downstairs that is better for meeting people and talking. It attracts all kinds of people.... and they play top 40/house music as well. They have various theme nights during the week, including the ever-popular Thursday night underwear "best package" contest.

    JR's: 17th & Corcoran, NW. A bar bar... no frills. its fun on mondays when they have "Showtunes" night. This is a place where 30-somethings to 40's and older tend to go. Its worth a visit if you like a bar atmosphere. Has a couple billiard tables upstairs.

    Number 9: P St, between 14th and 15th. Its a pretty 'classy' bar. It has a lot of loungey feel going on... cool decor and pretty lighting. Its a place you'd want to get a little dressed up for... nice place to START out if you are going out with friends for your birthday, for example. Drinks are yummy/good but on the pricier side.
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    Jan 18, 2012 12:32 AM GMT
    Great restaurants in DC/area that are cheap:

    A&J's (Chinese authentic)

    Ray's Hell Burger

    Bar Pilar

    Kabob Palace, Crystal City VA

    http://www.washingtonian.com/sections/restaurants/cheapeats/index.html
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    Feb 01, 2012 6:26 AM GMT
    Thanks everyone for your input. Just got back into town Sunday night, I really enjoyed my time in DC.

    I toured all the monuments, did the Smithsonian (most of them), toured the Capitol, Library of Congress and White House, experienced Town (was going to go to Nellies, but didn't make it), went to PW's in Laurel . . .

    As far as eating out, I stopped at Paul's downtown, also downtown we went to a tapas restaurant, though I can't remember the name. It was very good. Also ate at We the Pizza which was great. Had dinner at another restaurant, Poets and _____, lol I don't remember the other half of the name, but it was very good as well.

    Can't wait to get back!