A Local’s Take on DC: All Is NOT Politics In This Capital…

This Local’s Take is brought to us by Natalia Montalvo, one of our favorite DC-based RidePost members. We asked her to share some of her favorite DC spots for anyone planning a trip to our nation’s capital – enjoy!

Many have said (i.e. Thomas Jefferson), “All is politics in this capital.” For some that may be true – but DC has become a cosmopolitan city that offers more than just caucus conversations and historical sites. Without a doubt, the District has no deficit of museums, parks, and shops to visit while filling your minds with knowledge and culture. But once you’ve tipped your hat to Honest Abe on the monument steps (and affirm you could still ace American history), check out some of these spots to discover the other sides of DC:

Music Sensations

New Vegas Lounge

For over 35 years, New Vegas has become a DC institution. Nestled in the heart of Logan Circle, you’ll
hear the sounds of The Out of Town Blues Band (a 7-piece band) bursting from the entrance doors.
New Vegas Lounge is only open Friday and Saturday nights, bringing you best rhythm and blues this side of the Mason Dixon.

Alternatives: 9:30 Club, Black Cat, U St. Music Hall

New Vegas Lounge. photo credit: www.inthemo.com

New Vegas Lounge. photo credit: http://www.inthemo.com

Dining Destinations

Zaytinya

You can’t go wrong with this modern take on Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Jose Andres proves to never disappoint and this is a shining star in his collection of DC restaurants. The mezze-style menu allows everyone to taste a variety of dishes from traditional lamb, seafood, crispy Brussels sprouts (a-mazing!) and an endless supply of fresh pita bread to feed the masses. Even with seating of 282, this spot is packed every night of the week, so be sure to make reservations.

Alternatives: Bar Pilar, Masa14, Birch and Barley

A delicious dish from Zaytinya. photo credit: www.the-escape-artiste.com

A delicious dish from Zaytinya. photo credit: http://www.the-escape-artiste.com

Explorations

H Street. NE

H Street has gone through a complete revitalization bringing an array of new restaurants, bars, and
shops to this area. My favorite part of H Street is that many of the establishments are themed (and I love a great theme). What better way to celebrate spring than a German Biergarten? Check out Biergarten Haus for authentic German food and brews. Craving some Taiwanese-style ramen and dumplings? No problem, Toki Underground’s got you covered with a cool atmosphere to match. Looking to kill some time playing DC-themed miniature gulf, stop by H Street Country Club and attempt a hole-in-one while sipping margaritas. Feeling over-the-hill and want a great throwback night, Rock & Roll Hotel will have you on your feet and belting your favorite tunes.

Alternatives: None, you’ve gotta check this area out.

H Street Corridor. photo credit: www.washingtonpost.com

H Street Corridor. photo credit: http://www.washingtonpost.com

Rock and Roll Hotel. photo credit: blog.popularise.com

Rock and Roll Hotel. photo credit: blog.popularise.com

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