What's going on in Washington, DC this weekend, and where should we eat?
May 22, 2014 12:16 PM   Subscribe

Visiting with my brother and a friend, mid-20s males. Museums and government-y stuff are fun but we don't want to spend entire days on them. Music, art galleries, performances, etc would be good. Partying and excessive drinking are definitely on the table. Also looking for restaurant suggestions, anything from ethnic holes in the wall to fine dining.
posted by scose to Travel & Transportation around Washington, DC (20 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Hole in the wall and very good:

Amsterdam Falafelshop
(Adams Morgan location)
posted by Kruger5 at 12:22 PM on May 22, 2014

And while you're there, go see Black Masala at 9:00 Saturday night, at Bossa Bistro and Lounge, 2463 18th ST NW, about 300 feet up the street.
posted by MrMoonPie at 12:26 PM on May 22, 2014

Jazz in the Sculpture Garden is a D.C. institution for overworked young professionals on Friday nights and the first one is tomorrow.
posted by kat518 at 12:39 PM on May 22, 2014

Is there still good Ethiopian in Adams Morgan? If so, get a meal with others involving injera.

Is Kramer books still serving at 11:30 PM on a Saturday night? Kinda neat place.
posted by hal_c_on at 12:42 PM on May 22, 2014

Also, nightlife at Howard university...I think the metro stop is U-street is god damn fun. People are so nice. Some of the funniest things I have heard in my life have been here on Saturday nights. Also, students are fit.
posted by hal_c_on at 12:45 PM on May 22, 2014

Kintaro in Georgetown! Would suggest going during off times as it's quite small and busy. But goddamn, so delicious and cheap for the portions as of last summer-- it was new then, so they may have adjusted the menu. Ramen was good, tuna belly was great, yellowtail jaw was DELICIOUS! (Like, one of my favorite dishes of all time.)
posted by stoneandstar at 12:46 PM on May 22, 2014

The Ethiopian food in DC is great. Here's a (maybe slightly outdated) list from the Washington Post.
posted by thursdaystoo at 12:48 PM on May 22, 2014

Get pupusas. (Explanation for the uninitiated). Anywhere will do, though you'll probably do best at one of the places along 14th street.

I'm all for excessive drinking in DC, but unless you like doing it with frat bros I would stay out of Adams Morgan at night and do your partying elsewhere.
posted by ActionPopulated at 12:49 PM on May 22, 2014

Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian is really like really good.
posted by davidjmcgee at 12:50 PM on May 22, 2014

There's Summerfest DC this Saturday; a ticketed all-you-can-drink sampling of various beers and wines.
posted by deathmaven at 1:03 PM on May 22, 2014

Elikeh is at Jazz in the Sculpture Garden Friday. Energetic Afro-pop with a Deadhead pianist--I'm totally going if my special lady friend agrees.
posted by MrMoonPie at 1:07 PM on May 22, 2014

U Street corridor is my current favorite going-out neighborhood. Here's how I'd plan out your night:
1. Book shopping at Politics & Prose
2. Ethiopian food at Dukem or Etete
3. Pop into The Gibson (call/text before 5pm to get a reservation) for some of the best damn cocktails in the city
4. Go to the Black Cat, a fun club and piece of DC history - they're having the Black Cat Bacchanalia tomorrow night which should be good times.
5. Get your drunk food at the new Amsterdam Falafelshop location on 14th - it's every bit as good as the Adams Morgan spot but there's actually room to breathe
posted by capricorn at 1:33 PM on May 22, 2014

Oh, and skip the famous but overrated Ben's Chili Bowl.
posted by capricorn at 1:33 PM on May 22, 2014

My favorite Ethiopian restaurant by a huge margin is Ethiopic on H st.

U st is great. Black Cat is you want live music/divey. Marvin's has a nice roof deck.

Rasika in is fantastic upscale Indian food. Poste has a gorgeous outdoor courtyard bar. Both in downtown/china town area.

Founding Farmers is great.
posted by whoaali at 3:43 PM on May 22, 2014

I think capricorn basically has it. (Gibson may or may not happen, depending. But you're lucky that most locals clear out of town this weekend.)

But the neighborhood around U/14th sounds like where you want to be for the kind of thing you're looking for.
posted by darksong at 3:46 PM on May 22, 2014

I was in DC a few weeks ago and had a fantastic experience at Proof. Highly recommended.
posted by Narrative Priorities at 5:12 PM on May 22, 2014

It'll be the last weekend of Damage Control at the Hirschhorn - go see it

You might enjoy getting Bikeshare bikes (there are three-day passes available from the stations by swiping a credit card, I believe) and just biking around. Touring the monuments at night on a bike is really fun, everything is lit up and it's cooler and not crowded.

Agree that the best Ethiopian food here is Ethiopic at 4th and H NE. From there you could always go further east on H St where there are tons of bars and restaurants.

Other bars.. the Passenger (Mt Vernon Square), Red Derby (Columbia Heights/Petworth), the Saloon (U St), Marvin (U St), ChurchKey (U St - always crowded, but might be OK on a holiday weekend), Red Room at the Black Cat (U St), Boundary Stone (Bloomingdale), Wonderland Ballroom (Columbia Heights), Daikaya (Chinatown - upstairs bar is great but pricey, downstairs the ramen place is fantastic). Wonderland Ballroom has a DJ upstairs on weekends and if you are mid 20s and want to go drink to excess and go dancing that might be a good place. Hole in the wallish, you might want to grab food at the Fast Gourmet just off U St, it's basically the shop in the gas station - sandwiches are awesome. Amsterdam Falafel is always good. There's a good sandwich shop called SUNdeVICH in an alley near Mt. Vernon Square and a bar right there as well.

I don't know what kind of music you all like.. I go to U St Music Hall (best place to go dancing), DC9, Black Cat, 9:30 Club. In general if I didn't really feel like planning but wanted to go out I'd just go to U St metro station and wander around/decide from there.
posted by citron at 7:05 PM on May 22, 2014 [1 favorite]

Rolling Thunder on Sunday the 25th. The largest single-day motorcycle event in the US! Lots of motorcycles riding down the National Mall. Watch out for road closures! Thanks Veterans!
posted by Rob Rockets at 7:46 PM on May 22, 2014

Ride the metro to Arlington Court House go to Bayou Bakery. Also Bub and Pops sandwich shop on M ST NW near Dupont.
posted by humanfont at 7:54 PM on May 22, 2014

Thanks for the awesome answers everyone! This weekend is gonna be great!
posted by scose at 10:16 AM on May 23, 2014

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