When you think about cheap food, it's easy to imagine frozen burgers, stale buns and re-heated fries. That may be true for some, but fortunately those of us in D.C. can rely on a good number of eateries that serve up fresh, tasty dishes with quality ingredients at low prices. From American classics such as burgers and chili to offerings such as pizza, falafel or tacos, we've got you covered for how to feed that foodie appetite on a Hill staffer's budget.
There's nothing like flowing beer, cheap fried food and excitable, quasi-drunk sports fans to get you revved up for the big game. Don't waste these golden sports moments sitting solo in the La-Z-Boy with one sad can of Bud. Not only will the view be better at one of these D.C. sports bars (multiple giant flat screens beat whatever you've got!) but so will the camaraderie. Great game day good and drink specials don't hurt, either.
In elementary school you were forced to hand out Valentine's to the entire class, which meant you got a shoebox full of love in return. If only that were still true! Now single folks are forced to endure a month of sickeningly in-love couples and all the flowers, chocolates and restaurant specials meant just for them. As Adam Sandler said in "The Wedding Singer": ?Love stinks!? It's time to toughen up and celebrate the Anti-Valentine's Day. Whether it's an assertion of proud singlehood or a medicinal shot of Scotch, we've got your game plan right here, including some restaurants with special anti-Valentine's Day happenings, as well as suggestions from our inner circle: The Citysearch Dictators. Want to become a Dictator? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The devastating earthquake in Haiti has Washingtonians coming together to help the country and its people. In addition to donating directly to the Red Cross--call 800-257-7575 to donate over the phone--there are plenty of local events where you can get involved. As residents of one of the most internationally-aware cities in the country, it's only natural that we're just as enthusiastic about donating to a worthy cause as going out to dinner or hitting up a bar. Know of an event? Email email@example.com.
Valentine's Day is a holiday usually surrounded by pressure?booking the right restaurant, buying the right flowers, not being too pitiful as you wine it up home alone, again. Not this year! Celeb chefs around D.C. have dreamed up imaginative menus filled with aphrodisiacs (lobster, caviar and goji berry at Co Co Sala), exotic flavors (passion fruit and chocolate at Bourbon Steak) and cocktails for lovers (prickly pear and rose margaritas at Oyamel). Couples looking for something totally different can skip the pricey meal and go on a scavenger hunt for naughty artwork at the American Art Museum, and the unattached can celebrate singlehood with chocolate and spa treatments or multiple shots of Scotch at two separate anti-Valentine's Day events. Whatever your status, it's time to celebrate. (Photo courtesy Bourbon Steak)
As the economy tumbles downward, Americans gravitate towards dating (or so says many a leading economist). Sure, we all want love in a time of financial loss, but how to date more but spend less? We've got a few tips for a first-rate cheap date in Washington, D.C. Start by skipping the expensive restaurant and getting creative with a free stand-up night, free author reading or two-for-one drink specials at one of the city's coolest jazz bars--your ingenuity will score extra points with your date, too. (Photo courtesy Freer Gallery of Art)
Winter in D.C. can seriously affect one's social life, as it's hard to feel hot or want to hit the scene when wrapped in layers of wool. There is one advantage to the cold, however: the excuse to get romantic and snuggly at one of the city's great restaurants and bars with fireplaces. The heat will rise in more ways than one when you take a meal or a cocktail fireside, and those crackling flames add an extra spark to that infamous wintry mix. Read on for our favorite places to get lit.
Every year we make the same old empty promises to ourselves to eat and drink less, work out more and get "back" into shape. Wait, drink less? Who are we kidding? That might be a tough one to change, but it's easy to get back on track in D.C. with a little yoga, a Hollywood-worthy gym, spa treatments on the cheap, sweet new dance moves and cooking classes that not only help you eat more healthfully but may lead you to The One. Get ready Washington--it's time to salute the sun, break a sweat, get polished and drop it like it's hot. This might just be your best year yet.
Hops are hip in the nation's capital--two beer bars opened just this year to join the ranks of D.C.'s growing selection of gastropubs and bars with formidable selections of ale. Get started by sampling some of the more than 1,000 brewskis offered at the district's original beer bar, The Brickskeller; try something Belgian hand-picked by a knight at Brasserie Beck; or go upscale at Churchkey's classy new beer lounge. Whatever your flavor, there's a beer bar for you. God knows we could all use a cold one in a town like this. (Photo by Andy Bouve)
Baby, it's cold outside--but the chilly weather (unfortunately) doesn't mean we can stop going to go work, and it certainly won't stop us from hitting the bars. When the barometer dips, make it bearable with a tasty warm drink. Chai and hot chocolate will do between 9 and 5, but warm up after work with a wintry adult beverage, like the Goldshclager-spiked Oatmeal Cookie at The Tombs, or enjoy a hot (peanut) buttered rum on the P.O.V. roof terrace as you watch freezing tourists traverse the streets below. As if Washington, D.C., needed another excuse to drink, check out our list of the warm treats you have to try before spring.