Party Earth Review Home to some of the District’s most popular restaurants, bars, and high-end shops, M Street is a central part of the Georgetown experience, especially for the fourteen thousand students at nearby Georgetown University... ... read full review
Between Rock Creek Parkway and the Key Bridge
Washington, DC 20007
Georgetown, Washington, DC –
Home to some of the District’s most popular restaurants, bars, and high-end shops, M Street is a central part of the Georgetown experience, especially for the fourteen thousand students at nearby Georgetown University.
Lined with cobblestone sidewalks and 18th-century colonial homes, the area is awash during the day with local prepsters shopping at mainstream stores like Lacoste, Diesel, and Tommy Hilfiger, and fashionistas maxing out their credit cards at Juicy Couture and BCBG, or heading to vintage emporium Annie Creamcheese for designer styles from the 1920s to 1990s.
Cupcake fanatics wait in hour-long lines just to get their hands on a red velvet creation from Georgetown Cupcake, while tourists make the rounds of sights including the Old Stone House, the Civil War-era Oak Hill Cemetery, or the self-guided Kennedy Walking tour, which explores the myriad residencies JFK and Jacqueline occupied during their time in DC.
Once the sun goes down, the area is flooded with congressmen, media personalities, and professionals on their way to dine at some of the priciest and most popular restaurants in the District, including Café Milano for Italian fare and Bodega for complex Spanish tapas.
As the evening progresses, however, the college student contingent shows up to cram into nearly a dozen bars, seeking out a classic American pub experience at Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown, messy barbecue and beer at Old Glory Bar-B-Que, or sports bar madness at Rhino Bar & Pumphouse.
Diverse and hopping with myriad shopping opportunities by day and a college-heavy scene by night, M Street satisfies fashion-conscious shoppers and frat boy partiers alike.
The Shops at Georgetown Park is a beautiful high-end shopping mall located in a restored 19th-century building. With close to a hundred stores and expansive indoor gardens, it’s a great place to visit, rain or shine. Spend the afternoon shopping, and then slip out the back exit, which opens onto the beautiful C&O Canal.
Tourists, college students, fashionistas, socialites, families, and well-to-do locals. All ages.
Live music and DJs at some of the bars, depending on the night.
Sights along M Street include:
DC’s oldest building, the Old Stone House (3051 M Street NW).
The National Pinball Museum (3222 M Street NW).
Access to the Rock Creek Park Trail (just east of 28th Street NW on M Street) that connects to more than one hundred miles of bike- and pedestrian-friendly pathways.
Dozens of restaurants and smaller eateries line the street, including:
Georgetown Cupcake (3301 M Street NW), which has a line out the door from open to close.
High-end grocery store Dean and Deluca (3276 M Street NW).
Bodgea (3116 M Street NW) for upscale Spanish tapas.
Café Milano (3251 Prospect Street NW) for fine Italian cuisine.
Old Glory Bar-B-Que (3139 M Street NW) for classic barbecue and people-watching.
The Guards Restaurant (2915 M Street NW) for an old-school steakhouse in business since 1966.
Prices vary by location, but trend toward the higher end.
Any warm day, though most crowded on Fridays and Saturdays and weekdays after 3:30pm.
The nearby Georgetown waterfront offers outdoor dining, many bars, and expansive views of DC.