DC Cool

Here's what you need to experience the local side of the District, from hot restaurants to the best vintage shops and Instagram spots.

Best Dishes You Must Try at Washington, DC Restaurants

As one of the country's top dining destinations , we want to show off the signature dishes and flavors at some of the city’s most popular restaurants. Of course, it’s hard to go wrong at many of these eateries, but if you’re a “what’s the dish I should try?” type of diner, we’ve got you covered. A...

Nighttime patio dining at Le Diplomate on 14th Street - Stephen Starr Restaurant in Washington, DC
11 Cool Hotels for Your Next Trip to Washington, DC

When booking your stay in the nation’s capital, your hotel options are plentiful. We’re here to help you find that unique locale that will take your trip to the next level. Read up on some of Washington, DC’s coolest and trendiest hotels below. Find exclusive deals and discounts on hotels right now...

@carahedge - Summer day outside The LINE Hotel in Adams Morgan - Unique hotels in Washington, DC
20+ Great Patios for Eating & Drinking in Washington, DC

Many of the city’s best restaurants and most exciting bars offer outdoor seating, so if you're looking for a safe, socially distanced meal in the city, there are plenty of options. Just make sure to check in on the restaurant's protocols before making a reservation. Additionally, check out our...

Outdoor dining on patio at Lupo Verde on 14th Street - Best restaurant patios in Washington, DC
Rooftop Bars & Restaurants to Check Out in Washington, DC

It's always the right time to head out on the town, find the nearest rooftop bar and order up your favorite cocktail or draft beer. During happy hour or any hour, feel the breeze and ease back at these District locales that have set up shop up top for your warm-weather pleasure.

The best rooftop bars and restaurants in Washington, DC - Friends enjoying cocktails on the O-Ku rooftop
Cool Reasons to Check Out the By The People Festival This Summer

The By The People festival attracts some of the modern art world’s top talents, who will display works spanning various forms of media, from a floating installation on DC’s waterways to interactive works at the historic Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building. The free festival also includes...

By The People Festival in Washington, DC - Free summer festival in DC
20 Unique Date Ideas in Washington, DC

Sure, you know about the monuments on the National Mall by moonlight and fireside dining at DC’s coziest restaurants , but do you know about historic mansions and gardens in the city’s northwest quadrant or the only major museum in the world dedicated to women in the arts? Venture off the beaten...

@jcwhittington_ - Couple kissing at Smithsonian American Art Museum's Electronic Superhighway - Unique date ideas in Washington, DC
5 Jazz Venues In Washington, DC That Are The Bee’s Knees

The online etymology dictionary credits jazz sax player Lester Young with coining the use of “cool” as an adjective to describe jazz, which helped give rise to the now oft-used descriptor. Young used to flash his sax chops in Washington, DC—sometimes at Olivia Davis’ Patio Lounge. Unlike that jazz...

Howard Theatre - Live Music Venues and Concert Halls in Washington, DC
Where to Eat, Drink & Shop at DC's Union Market

It’s a Sunday afternoon at NoMa’s Union Market , and a couple is slurping bivalves at Rappahannock Oyster Bar while, nearby, a tween struggles to eat a taco while walking. Just across the way, there’s a line forming for either the beer, the bratwursts or both at Red Apron Butchery . Welcome to...

Union Market in NoMa - Food hall and shopping center in Washington, DC
#MyDCcool Fan Photos of the Month

We’ve asked our Instagram , Twitter and Facebook fans to tag their DC pics #MyDCcool , and the results have been incredible! Check out these beautiful photos from the month of October, including gorgeous shots of fall foliage, some of the best dishes from around the city and exciting photos from...

@martinstavern - new fall drink menu
18 Can’t-Fail First Date Ideas in Washington, DC

First impressions matter, which is why we’re here to help with the best first date ideas and spots in Washington, DC. No matter your budget, there’s a date idea for you – from tantalizing culinary adventures to legendary concert venues and cutting-edge productions. So shake off your nerves, you’ve...

Couple walking along theGeorgetown Waterfront - Romantic spots in Washington, DC