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Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Columbia Room

Serious mixology goes on at Columbia Room, the kind of place that sources spring water from Scotland, and uses pickled cherry blossom and barley tea among its ingredients. But it's done in a refreshingly nonsnooty e…
Top Choice Museum in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Reynolds Center for American Art & Portraiture

The Reynolds Center is one of DC's finest museums. This Smithsonian venue combines the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum into one whopping collection of American art that's unmatched anywhere in …
Top Choice American in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Dabney

Chef Jeremiah Langhorne studied historic cookbooks, discovering recipes that used local ingredients and lesser-explored flavors in his quest to resuscitate mid-Atlantic cuisine lost to the ages. Most of the dishes a…
Top Choice Israeli in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Shouk

Fast and casual, Shouk creates big flavor in its vegan menu of Israeli street food, served with craft beer and tap wines. A crazy-good burger made of chickpeas, black beans, lentils and mushrooms gets stuffed into a…
Top Choice Cafe in Downtown & Penn Quarter

A Baked Joint

Order at the counter then take your luscious, heaped-on-housemade-bread sandwich – perhaps the fried egg and goat's cheese on a fluffy biscuit, or the Nutella and banana on whole-wheat sourdough – to a bench or tabl…
Top Choice Landmark in Downtown & Penn Quarter

National Archives

It's hard not to feel a little in awe of the big three documents in the Archives: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, plus a copy of Magna Carta. Taken together, it becomes clea…
Top Choice American in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Central Michel Richard

Michel Richard was one of Washington's first star chefs. He died in 2016, but his namesake Central blazes onward. It's a special dining experience, eating in a four-star bistro where the food is old-school, comfort-…
Top Choice Theater in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Woolly Mammoth is the edgiest of DC’s experimental groups. For most shows, $20 ‘stampede’ seats are available at the box office two hours before performances. They're limited in number, and sold first-come, first-se…
Historic Site in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Ford’s Theatre

On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln here. Timed-entry tickets provide access to the site, which has four parts: the theater itself (where you see the box seat Lincoln was sitting in whe…
Museum in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Newseum

This six-story, highly interactive news museum is worth the admission price. You can delve into the major events of recent years (the fall of the Berlin Wall, September 11, Hurricane Katrina), and spend hours watchi…