The Science's Next Wave Guide to Washington, D.C.

Had a little too much conferencing? Eager to get away from all those funny-looking people with nametags hanging out at conference-center restaurants and hotel bars? Eager to see parts of the city the tourists and conventioneers haven't discovered yet?

Washington, D.C., has a full conference schedule in this fall, and we're eager to help you enjoy your visit. And who better to check out all the local restaurants and bars--research, you know--than the staff of Science and Science's Next Wave. We've compiled a list of our favorite places and (no longer) secret spots for the pleasure of Washington's scientific visitors.


Toledo Lounge

"A great dive bar--try a Dirty Walt." 2435 18th Street NW, Woodley Park Metro.

Pharmacy Bar

"Drug paraphernalia and a really interesting jukebox." 2337 18th Street NW, Woodley Park Metro.


"Any serious beer lover needs to travel to this famous restaurant/bar in Dupont Circle that claims to have the most beers of any place in the world." 1523 22nd St. and P. St. NW, Dupont Circle Metro.


"A short walk from the new convention center, this beer hall run by the owners of the Brickskeller offers a bit better food and more beers on draft." 810 7th St. NW, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro.

Gordon Biersch

"Good brewpub--walkable or a short cab ride from the Convention Center." 900 F St. NW, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro.

Capital City Brewery

Popular after-work destination for AAAS employees. "I particularly like their Trappist-style ale called St Albans." Bitter is also good. 1100 New York Ave. NW, Metro Center Metro.

Atomic Billiards

"A good place for drinks/billiards/darts." 3427 Connecticut Ave. NW, Cleveland Park Metro.



"Tea house and light food with an Asian flare." Counter-service casual. Good food, tea iced, and hot. 800 Connecticut Ave. and R St. NW in Dupont Circle, Dupont Circle Metro.

National Museum of the American Indian

Yes, we meant to put it in this category. "Surprisingly good food," says our culture critic, "inspired by tribes from around the country." On the mall, L'Enfant Plaza Metro.

Cafe Bonaparte

"If you like crepes." 1522 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Georgetown. Take a taxi or drive.

Tabard Inn Restaurant

"Very good food; also a nice place to have late evening drinks on a cold night in front of their fireplace." "Oozes with charm, plus excellent American and continental food, moderately expensive but worth every penny. Also a small hotel."

1739 N St. NW, Dupont Circle Metro. 202-833-2668.

Mama Ayesha's

"Lebanese food -- hummus, babaganoush, kebabs, and the best couscous in town. Plan on a few celebrity sightings, especially veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas who just about lives there." 1967 Calvert St. NW, Woodley Park/Adam's Morgan Metro (15-minute walk across the Duke Ellington Bridge). 202-232-5431.

Lebanese Taverna Restaurant

"Wonderful Middle Eastern food." 2641 Connecticut Ave. NW, Woodley Park Metro.


"Great food and Ambience." 1226 36th St. NW, Georgetown. Take a taxi or drive (complementary parking).

Tono Sushi

"A great little place." 2605 Connecticut Ave. NW, Woodley Park Metro.

La Tomate Bistro

"A quaint Italian bistro located in Dupont Circle, it occupies a wonderfully strange triangle shaped building right across from the Founding Church of Scientology. On selected evenings, they hire an elderly gentlemen to come plink away on the piano while you dine (his version of the theme to The Godfather is quite entertaining)." 1701 Connecticut Ave. NW, Dupont Circle Metro.

Bombay Club

"Fabulous Indian food, lovely atmosphere, excellent service; tucked just north of the White House." A Gourmet magazine "top table." 815 Connecticut Ave. NW, Farragut West Metro.


"Organic, Italian-inspired cuisine and great brick oven pizza." 1414 U St. NW, U St./Cardozo Metro.

Cashion's Eat Place

"Excellent modern American cuisine in Adams Morgan." 1819 Columbia Rd NW, about 1 mile from both Woodley Park and Dupont Circle Metro.


"Thai food with a twist." "Trendy decor." 1608 14th St. NW, U St./Cardozo Metro.

Georgia Brown's

"Upscale southern-style restaurant." 950 15th St. NW, between I and K streets, McPherson Square Metro.


"South American (e.g. Brazil) drinks and cuisine." 730 11th St., between G and H streets, Metro Center Metro.

Yanni's Greek Taverna

"World's best lamb chops." 3500 Connecticut Ave. NW, Cleveland Park Metro.

Flat Top Grill

"Stir-fry Asian/Fusion cuisine. Make your own dishes from rice, noodles, veggies, meat, and eggs. Loads of fun." 4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA (near NSF), Ballston Metro.


Rio Grande Café

"Tex-Mex food, generous portions, moderate prices, hopping bar."

4301 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA (near NSF), Ballston Metro.



National Building Museum

"An oft-ignored place that is very cool (just the building itself). Would probably interest scientists as well." "Also contains the very, very best museum shop in this city and possibly on the planet." 401 F St. NW, Judiciary Square Metro.

Marian Koshland Science Museum

"Don't forget to mention the Koshland Science museum." Corner of 6th and E St. NW, at the National Academy of Science's building. Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro.

Freer Gallery of Art

"One of my all-time favorite places in the city. An oasis of serenity that also has a very fine collection of Asian art and many pieces by James McNeill Whistler." On the Mall, Smithsonian Metro.

National Museum of the American Indian

"D.C.'s newest major museum. I think." Near the Mall. 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW, Smithsonian Metro.

National Holocaust Museum

"Extremely moving, not to be missed, but not exactly a fun afternoon." Near the Mall, just south of Independence Ave. SW, between 14th St. and Raoul Wallenberg Place, Smithsonian Metro.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

"Not new, but obligatory for first-time visitors." Foggy Bottom Metro

Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Arts and Crafts. "Not so crowded as other museums." Farragut West Metro.

Phillips Collection

"A great art collection and wonderful shows; nice cafe on the lower level." 1600 21st St. NW, Dupont Circle Metro.

The International Spy Museum

"Chronicles espionage from ancient to modern times with devices and personal stories." "You not only get some real history, but you can hit the permanent exhibits entitled 'Spy School' and 'The 21st Century.' They also run a film series." Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro.

Sackler and African Art Museums

"In the Smithsonian but hard to find. Underground behind the Castle on the Mall; and under the I.M. Pei glass pyramids." Smithsonian Metro.

U.S. Botanic Gardens

"Not to be confused with the National Arboretum." Located across from the Capitol, 245 1st St. SW, Federal Center or Capital South Metro.


Eastern Market

"A great place to wander around on weekends; fruit, veggie, and flower stalls outside plus artisans who display and sell art, jewelry and crafts; inside there are food vendors for meat, fish, baked goods, and a place to get blueberry buckwheat pancakes that can't be beat." Best on weekends, when the farmers' market is open, and especially on Sundays when there's a flea market. North Carolina Avenue and 7th St. SE, Capitol Hill, Eastern Market Metro.


Literary bookstore that is "a very nice place; a respite from the chain stores." 445 11th St., NW, Metro Center Metro. 202-737-5553.

ADC Map and Travel Center

"Cool place!" "Maps and guidebooks galore." 1636 I St. NW, near the White House, Farragut West or Farragut North Metro

Politics and Prose

"Best bookstore in Washington." "Encourages browsing with its comfy armchairs." 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Van Ness Metro (15 minute walk). 202-364-1919.


1803 14th St. NW, near S St. "Great, funky gift, card, novelty item shop. Lots of cool stuff." U St./Cardozo Metro.

Go Mamma Go

1809 14th St. NW, near S St. "Funky, fun shop full of unique imported gifts and accessories for the home." U St./Cardozo Metro.

Nice Places:

Tudor Place and Dumbarton House Gardens

"Tudor Place and Dumbarton House are both beautiful and don't cost a dime to check out. The houses are nice too, but they have an admission fee." Georgetown. Take a taxi, or walk west from Foggy Bottom Metro.

Old Post Office Building Tower

View of the city is "one of the best in D.C. (save the Washington Monument) and the wait to get there is not as long." Southeast corner of Pennsylvania Ave. and 12th St. NW, Federal Triangle Metro.

Rooftop restaurant at the Hotel Washington

"A great view; food not as great, but the club salad with house dressing will get you through." 15th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Metro Center Metro.

Sequoia Restaurant, Georgetown

"Great view of the Potomac River. Food is so-so, but the view is worth the trouble on a clear day." 3000 K St. NW. Take a taxi or walk west from Foggy Bottom Metro.


"Has an incredible open air roof with a great view of Adams Morgan." 1811 Columbia Rd. and 18th St. NW, Woodley Park Metro.

Movies, Music, Live Theater:

The Avalon

Oldest movie theater in the city. "Rescued by the community after it went out of business as a chain, the Avalon is beholden only to the public for its movie selections and shows a wide range of independent films; main theater has unusual mural on the ceiling." 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. L Bus line, or ½ mile walk from the Friendship Heights Metro.

The Birchmere

"Rock, blues, pop, country, bluegrass, folk music. This is where Emmy Lou Harris and Mary Chapin Carpenter got started."

3701 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA


No Metro, drive or take a taxi.


Mt. Vernon Trail

"One of the best running and paved biking [and walking] trails through the city, it runs along the Potomac River in Arlington. It takes you past Roosevelt Island, the Pentagon, and National Airport all the way to Old Town Alexandria and George Washington's estate, Mt. Vernon." Catch the trailhead at the Rosslyn Metro.

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