An Insider’s Guide to Your Best Summer Yet: DC Edition

Snag tickets to the hottest shows of the season, escape into the city’s coolest speakeasy, and paddle along the Potomac — courtesy of Compass agents.

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Jun 16, 2017 · 4 min read

Sample the globe’s best cuisine

Kalorama and Adams Morgan represent the most diverse collection of restaurants in the city,” says agent Ethan Carson. “Turkish, Brazilian, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Cuban — the list goes on!” Here, he gives his personal recommendations around town.


Experience the District from the water

“For a different perspective of the city, head over to Thompson’s Boathouse in Georgetown. There, you can rent kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, even hydrobikes by the hour or day and take in the views from the Potomac. Looking for a bit more guidance? Sign up for their 90-minute kayaking tour to hit sights including Watergate, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Kennedy Center.” — Compass DC agent Tony Hain


Tap into the Capitol’s burgeoning art outlets

“Once you’ve exhausted the (often free!) entertainment provided by the Smithsonian museums, make your way to some less mainstream cultural outlets. First stop? The Fridge DC, a gallery, performance space, music venue, and classroom located on Barracks Row in the historic Eastern Market area. Then, duck into the newly-renovated Renwick Gallery, directly across from the White House, which emphasizes American contemporary crafts and decorative art — think textiles and jewelry. Finally, check out Art Enables in Woodridge. This nonprofit studio provides workspace and resources for artists with disabilities. For each piece bought, 60% of sales go to the artist; the other 40% is allocated to materials and facility upkeep.” — Compass DC agent Orlando Gonzales


Sip the city’s most innovative cocktails

“For a well-crafted drink in a low-key setting, head to speakeasy Left Door in the U Street Corridor. Ring the doorbell, then follow the sound of shakers up the stairs to the bar. Choose from reinvented classics like the absinthe-tinged Sazerac or entirely original creations. Just be sure to go early in the night, as it can fill up quickly after dusk.” — Compass DC agent Matt Zanolli


See DC’s lesser-known sights

“In a city brimming with monuments and museums, it can be tough to dodge the crowds in between Memorial and Labor Day,” says agent Mandy Mills. Here are some less-frequented hot spots.


Tune into the summer’s hottest shows

“DC is home to a number of cool live music venues. For jazz, visit the iconic Blues Alley in Georgetown. It’s been an institution since its 1965 founding, and this summer’s lineup, which includes Jean Carne, Poncho Sanchez, and Stacey Kent, promises to impress. To gain a sense of the local talent, check out a show at indie-centric Black Cat on 14th Street — pop group Charly Bliss, folk-influenced Timber Timbre, and soul group JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are all slated to make appearances. Finally, be sure to check the Lincoln Theatre’s schedule — this season, the seated, 1,225-capacity auditorium will welcome performers including the Pixies and Old Crow Medicine Show.” — Compass DC agent Andy Peers

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