Perhaps we should thank our sputtering economy for the rise in popularity of BYOB--Bring Your Own Bottle--in Washington, D.C. It's one restaurant policy with some pretty obvious pluses. Not only does bringing your own bottle guarantee you'll be drinking something you like, it will also save you some dough--even with a corkage fee. Whether you've been waiting to dust off that special bottle of your father's Bordeaux or just hope to shave a few bucks off your dinner date bill, check out our list of restaurants where BYOB in Washington, D.C., is welcome, for free or for a fee. (Photo by Flickr user vmiramontes)
The downtown D.C. Penn Quarter neighborhood--which encompasses Gallery Place, the Verizon Center and Chinatown--is home to some of the district's most renowned and respected restaurants and celebrity chefs. Proximity to Ford's Theater, The Shakespeare Theater, Warner Theatre and National Theater means that many of them have pre-fixe menus perfect for pre-show dining, too. You'll find great pizza and Indian, Spanish, Mediterranean, Mexican and Chinese cuisine, as well as restaurants to satisfy wine and chocolate lovers. Loosen that belt, because you'll want to try them all. Where to start? Check out this collection of the best restaurants in Penn Quarter. (Photo of Zaytinya by Flickr user Daquella Manera)
There comes a time in every person's life when a burger is suddenly more than a burger, when it becomes tender and succulent bliss on a bun. Sure, you can get a decent burger at many restaurants around the city, but where can you get the best burger in D.C.? From downscale burger joints to stylish steakhouses, we've rounded up a list of the best burgers in the district. Chow down.
Sometimes you just need to let loose with the boys and have a guys night out in D.C. Whether you're planning a bachelor party or just a much-needed outing with the boys, a successful guy's night out in Washington hinges on a few key details: strong drinks, great beer, delicious food and plenty of games--whether to watch or play. Specials don't hurt, either. While we can't promise a night that ends with Zach Galifianakis stealing a tiger from Mike Tyson's house, we can provide ideas for a guys night out that will merit the next-day hangover.
After a seriously great Saturday, why not end the weekend--or start the week--with a little hair of the dog and a Sunday Funday? Morning, afternoon, and night, there are plenty of Washington, D.C., restaurants and bars specializing in Sunday fun. Our guide to Sunday Funday in Washington, D.C, gives you all you need to know, so throw back a few bloody marys and delay the Monday blues another 24 hours.
Washington, D.C., has some excellent spots to grab a beer--but you can't beat a D.C. beer garden for a relaxing place to unwind with a pint. Whether it's a Bavarian-themed spot fit for 300 or a more intimate bar bedecked in string lights, the district has a great collection of beer gardens for the next time you want to sling some back outdoors.
Washington, D.C., is known for its Southern cuisine, but raw fish lovers, take heart: There's no shortage of sushi restaurants in D.C., either! Whether you're looking for a little kitsch with your nigiri--try the Sticky Balls or Godrizza at Sticky Rice, or head to Cafe Japone for sake-drunk karaoke--or whether you want a more classy evening at an upscale lounge, D.C. has plenty of sushi restaurants that fit the bill.
Restaurant Week is one of Washington, D.C.,'s favorite times of year. What's not to love about eating some of the best food in D.C. without breaking the bank? Between Aug. 16-22, enjoy three-course lunches for $20.10 and three-course dinners for just $35.10 (excluding tax and tip) at participating Washington, D.C., restaurants. We've rounded up some of the best places to check out during Washington, D.C., Restaurant Week; just get your reservations now--tables go quickly! (Pictured: Bourbon Steak)
Washington, D.C., isn't traditionally thought of as a glamorous town--it's more known for pant suits and sensible haircuts than high fashion and classic beauties--but there are plenty of Washingtonians who love a relaxing massage, sleek blowout and shiny manicure, especially at new salons and spas in D.C. Here's a look at the newest spas to hit the district. (Pictured: Patsy's Nail Bar)
While Labor Day is technically a tribute to our nation's workers, the weekend is more often acknowledged as the last-blast of summer fun. From outdoor concerts to rooftop pool parties, Washington, D.C., is brimming with spots to celebrate Labor Day; we've rounded up the best ideas for summer's last hoorah. (Photo of U.S. Capitol West Lawn by Flikr user Sue Elias)