Downtown, Washington, DC.
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Although Downtown Washington, DC is an area whose boundaries are hard to define, it’s generally regarded as the fifteen block stretch extending west of I-395 to The White House and sandwiched between The National Mall to the south and M Street to the north.

Unlike in most major cities, Downtown DC isn’t a jungle of high rises, the result of a long-standing federal law on height restrictions originally passed to ensure no building could be taller than the Capitol. Since few buildings exceed twelve stories, the area has an open skyline, as well as rents on par with those in New York’s Manhattan.

Due to the prevalence of federal offices, the neighborhood fosters a busy lunch and Happy Hour scene, with politicos and pundits wining and dining at fat cat steak houses, interns and staffers crowding the few cheap bars, and lobbyists from nearby K Street – the epicenter of DC’s lobbying headquarters – smoking cigars and strategizing at lounges that have served as watering holes for generations.

Stern-looking suits from the FBI angle for tables alongside lawyers and workers from the enormous Federal Triangle, a seventy-acre stretch of important federal institutions including the Federal Trade Commission, the IRS, and the historic Old Post Office Pavilion.

Besides the historic Ford’s and National Theaters that cater to theater lovers, K Street between 13th and 22nd Streets has seen an upscale nightlife scene spring up, where bottle service, bouncers, and a strong showing of international jet-setters are par for the course on Friday and Saturday nights.

The most bustling scene, however, happens inside the Downtown enclaves of Penn Quarter and Chinatown, where dozens of restaurants and bars that opened after the 1997 completion of the Verizon Center keep the streets alive with barhoppers, sports fans, foodies, and the drinking delegates of DC.


Where to Go in Downtown

  • * 19th After Work / Brunch / Button-downs
  • * ADC 20s / 30s / Asian Food
  • * Eden 18 and over / 20s / 30s

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