A Walking Tour: U Street

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U Street, also known as the U Street Corridor, is home to many fun restaurants, music venues and interesting sights. It spans from 9th street to 20th street but here’s a little walking tour of what you might be able to find in this great neighborhood from one end to the other. Here’s also a helpful guide of how to get here!

Bohemian Caverns: 2001 11th St. NW One of the oldest jazz venues in the United States, Bohemian Caverns houses local artists and rising stars while offering a mixture of old school music and contemporary jazz.

The Islander: 1201 U St. NW If you love spicy food, this Trinidadian & Caribbean restaurant’s spicy dishes will make you need to carry a water bottle for the rest of the day.

Ben’s Chili Bowl: 1213 U St. NW Ben’s Chili Bowl is one of Obama’s favorites, and its half-smokes and chili are out of this world.

Cork Wine Bar: 1805 14th St. NW While drinking some of the world’s finest international wines, you can also order some French pastries and sausages to complement your beverage of choice!

Home Rule: 1807 14th St. NW This dynamic gift shop carries basic home necessities made with an original and wacky twist.

Black Cat: 1811 14th St. NW Shall we see a music performance or a burlesque show? Black Cat has it all!

El Centro: 1819 14th St. NW Two floors: a restaurant offering a wide range of traditional Mexican-Latin dishes and a rooftop bar. What could be more cool?

Masa 14:1825 14th St. NW I’ll have a patron paloma (patron silver/fresh lime/grapefruit), please!

Manny & Olga’s Pizza: 1841 14th St. NW The pizza here always tastes amazing even when you’re sober, unlike some places I could mention.

Som Records: 1843 14th St. NW From Ray Charles to go-go, this funky record shop has it all.

Industrial Bank: 2000 14th St. NW For you local history fanatics, this cool building is D.C.’s oldest and largest African American commercial bank.

Busboys and Poets: 2021 14th St. NW If you’re ever in the U St. area, Busboys and Poets is a must. Period.

DCTC: Shipping Out to U Street

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Welcome back to the D.C. Travel Companion, where we try to help you find the cheapest way to expand your horizons, get out of the “Georgetown Bubble” and explore D.C.! Coming up this Monday we have a great guide to the sights, activities and food available in the U Street neighborhood, so what better way to kick things off than showing you how to get there!

U Street can be a far walk, so the G2 bus (highlighted here last week) or Metro are two easy and affordable ways to get close to there; in this edition of DCTC, I’ll focus on the Metro route.

If you aren’t on campus, or are going out on the weekends, the G2 MetroBus (to Dupont directly from the front gates) or the Circulator are great options to get you close to U Street. The Circulator runs every 10 minutes and has stops on M St./34th St. and M St./Potomac St to Dupont for only $1 (use SmarTrip or exact change). You can find a full list of stops here.

If you are traveling on any day besides Sunday, the Rosslyn Metro Station or the DuPont Circle Metro Station can get you directly to U Street using the GUTS bus. The GUTS Bus is an easy and free option to get to these Metro stations during the week.

Once you’re at a station:

From The Dupont Metro Station

Cost $1.70 with a SmarTrip, $2.70 with a paper fare card (Unless during rush hour! Check times)

Metro Route Once at the Dupont Circle Metro Station, you have two options to get to U Street. You first catch the Red Line towards Glenmont, and get off at Gallery Place-Chinatown. From there, you will switch lines, and this is where you have two choices. Option 1 is to take the Yellow Line towards Fort Totten and ride it until the U Street Metro Station (est. travel time is 18 minutes). Option 2 is to take the Green Line towards Greenbelt and ride until U Street (est. travel time is 25 minutes). Either check the in-station schedule or the WMATA website to decide which route will best serve you.

From The Rosslyn Metro Station

Cost $2.25 with a SmarTrip, $3.25 with a paper fare card (Unless during rush hour! Check times)

Route 1 There are two ways to get to U Street from Rosslyn.  One route starts by taking the Blue Line towards Largo Town Center.   At L’Enfant Plaza, switch to the Green Line towards Greenbelt, and ride it until the U Street Station (est. travel time is 24 minutes).

Route 2 The second route starts off on the Blue Line towards Francona-Springfield, which you take until the Pentagon Metro Station. There, you switch over to the Yellow Line towards Fort Totten and take it to U Street (est. travel time is 28 minutes). Again, be sure to check out the Metro schedule to see which route will work best while you are traveling. 

Now that you know how to get to U Street, be sure to check back for the guide to U Street so you know what to do once you get there. Happy travelling, Hoyas, and see you back here next week!

Photo: SoulOfAmerica, Blog.NJ, Flickr

DCTC is a weekly post that is designed to help Georgetown students break the bubble by highlighting a different form of public transportation.

I Wanna Dance And Love And Concert. Not Again

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Do you like music, dancing, music and dancing, and being around good looking people that also like music and dancing? Chances are, the answer to all of the above is yes, so check out these concerts around town that are guaranteed to more than satisfy.

Avicii @ D.C. Armory — February 1st Rage with Avicii at the D.C. Armory. Sweat included. Read more here!

Luca Bacchetti @ U Street Music Hall — February 2nd Check out this DJ from Barcelona at U Street Music hall. Free for 21+! Information here

Bon Jovi @ Verizon Center – February 10th Rock and Roll? Why not. It’s now or never. Okay, sorry; I had to. More information here

Madeon @ 9:30 Club – February 21st Topping off our international flow is French house/electro/pop producer Madeon. Oui Oui?

Cold War Kids @ 9:30 Club – April 11th  THESE GUYS ARE AWESOME IN CONCERT AND I KNOW ITS LIKE A MORE THAN A MONTH AWAY BUT I JUST GOT SO EXCITED WHEN I SAW THIS. ERR’one needs to go. And buy tickets. Now.

Photo: InternetDJ, PopJustice, UserServe-AK, Blog.Stubpass.WP

4Eats: Our Guide to Fall Eating

Well, it’s that time folks. Sweater weather. Boots. Leaves. Turkeys. Hurricanes? Yes, Hoyas, fall is in full swing, and that means it’s time for the season of eating. Thanksgiving might be a few weeks away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out into the city and enjoy some delicious grub. At The Fourth Edition, we were quite inspired by The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema and his Fall Dining Guide, so we decided to give you our own—college friendly, budget friendly, and tummy friendly—list of Fall’s Best. Here are our 4Eats:

Dukem:

Located in the heart of jazzy and eclectic U Street and consistently ranked one of DC’s top Ethiopian Restaurants, it’s no wonder why Dukem made our Fall Dining List. Dukem is definitely a fun, interactive experience for all you foodies out there, and we highly recommend going as a group. Combination platters featuring spongy Injera bread, Lamb Wot, Beef Tibs, and savory Kitfu with cottage cheese will leave your mouth watering for weeks!

Toki Underground:

We didn’t think it could happen, but H Street just got more hipster and happenin’ with Toki Underground. $10 Ramen. $5 Dumplings. Infinite happiness. We’re telling you, these dishes are going to blow your mind. There was so much umami going on in our mouths, we could have had a party like this. Not to mention the salt-cured pork belly had us screaming in pleasure. Don’t take our word for it? Fine. But maybe you’ll believe DC’s hottest veteran chef, José Andrés. Yeah, that’s what we thought. If you don’t eat at this place, we’ll go again for you.

Lia’s:

Nothing makes our hearts warm up like the crisp autumn air and a Chef Geoff’s restaurant like Lia’s. Take the Red Line up to Friendship Heights for some hearty Italian that will leave you with the happiest food coma of your life. Lia’s Happy Hour Menu is the by far the best deal in town, and their Crispy Risotto Balls are probably the best thing in the world. Oh, and if you still have room for dessert, try the Nutella Chocolate Tart with roasted white chocolate-banana ice cream. Yes, David After Dentist, this is real life.

Amsterdam Falafelshop:

Nothing quite says Fall like Amsterdam Falafelshop. No, it doesn’t have anything to do with Fall, or even Amsterdam. But yes, it does have everything to do with heaven in your mouth. This Adams Morgan eatery is what we like to call a “falafel buffet,” an eden of sorts where you can dress your falafel up or down however you please. Our tips: wear pants two sizes too big, have the baba ganoush, and please, for the love of God, try the garlic sauce.

Photo Credit: DC Eater

Thursday Night D.C.

We’re past hump day and its not Friday yet, but you still want to go out. Thirds isn’t what it used to be. Your friends have 8 a.m. Friday labs. So what do you do?

This Thursday, I initially would have suggested seeing Nero, who I missed at Ultra earlier this year, at the 9:30 Club. Unfortunately, like most 9:30 performances recently, the show sold out relatively quickly. For those of you are heartbroken as I am, there are still other great things to do in the city tonight. While it may not be on a crowded dance floor, dancing to music that when the drop comes, you can’t help grinning from ear-to-ear at the options in the District this week.

District Underground doesn’t have a listed event, but you can bet that some of those people that join me in missing the Nero concert will be dancing to some pretty heavy electronic/dub on the crowded dance floor downstairs. The District is in Adams Morgan, so after you’ve worked up an appetite from fist pumps and crazy dance floor antics, there are a lot of great late night options, check out my other post on Adams Morgan.

If you’re in the mood to make music, or want to attempt to perform renditions of your favorite songs, there is always Karaoke. While my knowledge of D.C. Karaoke is limited, I have been to Peyote Café in Adams Morgan and Café Japone, which I’ve mention before in a post about the Dupont Circle area. If you can get past how dingy Peyote Café is, and how expensive their beer is, it really is a great place to hangout on a Thursday night. If you’re looking for cheap drinks though, you really can’t beat Café Japone. Also, what is up with every karaoke establishment calling themselves a cafe?

Black Cat, 1811 14th St Nw, a couple blocks Down from U St, is having what they call, “Drink and a Movie.” If you still want to go out, but don’t feel like dancing or shouting over a crowded bar, this may be a cool change of pace, and with drink specials, it’s totally acceptable to be drunk at a movie.

Hopefully it continues to stay warm outside so you have more incentive to get off campus. There are so many great things happening in D.C. tonight, so these suggestions are by no means the only great things going down. But go forth and experience the city because you’ll regret it if you don’t.

Photo: http://soundlogik.com/nero-welcome-reality-lp/

D.C. Ramblings: U Street

In my year off from school, while I was working in the city, I spent a lot of my nights on U Street, and if you’re willing to make the trip it’s well worth it. U Street is farther away from Dupont Circle than Adams Morgan, but if you take the GUTS bus to Dupont, it’s probably faster to just walk instead of taking the metro to Gallery Place, and having to change to the Yellow Line. No matter how you decide to get there, you need to at least check out U Street at least once before you graduate.

Since coming back to Georgetown, I like to think that I’ve become a little more classy in my drinking habits. Of course this is a matter that I question every time I write these posts seeing has how all my anecdotes relate to drinking in some manner, but The Gibson (on 14th St, right up from U St and next to Marvin’s), may be my saving grace. It can be a little tricky to find because the unmarked door looks like it may be locked, but if you dare to venture in you will be greeted by a hostess at the far end of a narrow and dark corridor. It’s a little intimidating at first, but it leads to a dark, smoky speakeasy — one of the last vestiges of prohibition left in the city. Great for intimate dates or small groups of close friends, the dim lighting is perfect for stimulating conversation. If you start to get claustrophobic, there’s also a patio in the back. The drinks tend to be a little on the pricey side, but you’re paying for the experience.

If you’re not feeling that classy, or you woke up on the side of your bed where you keep you non-prescription wayfarers, head up 14th Street from The Gibson, and you’ll find Busboys and Poets. Its a great spot to grab a few drinks, a bite to eat, or check out some eclectic reading material before checking out other places on U St. It’s also a great place to hang out – there are a lot of tables in the front of the bookstore, it has a full bar and of course the occasional poetry reading.

This next place on U Street is one of the best late night nosh spots in the city. Before I explain about this place, I want it put on the record that my mother’s chili is amazing. But, sorry mom, Ben’s Chili Bowl may give your steaming ambrosia of meat and beans a run for its drachmas (and seriously, they have a Chili Burger, what more can you ask for?). It’s also open until four in the morning on Friday and Saturday.

Other worthy mentions: U Street Music Hall and 9:30 Club for dancing and live performances, and Lost Society.

Photo: http://thecityfix.com/blog/tip-of-the-helmet-bird-names-for-bike-crossings-and-capital-bikeshare-swag/

Best Bets: Improv and Indie

by Kyle Short

FRIDAY

DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave NW, near DuPont Circle) is hosting Bert Kreisher, who has been featured on Comedy Central’s Last Comic Standing 2 and has his own show on the Travel Channel called Bert the Conqueror. If that doesn’t impress you, Kreisher has admitted that the movie Van Wilder is loosely based on his college career at Florida Sate. Rolling Stone, in an article entitled The Undergraduate, named him the top partier at the University, which was ranked the number one party school in the nation in 1997. He’s performing both Friday and Saturday Nights.

SATURDAY

If stand up comedy isn’t your speed, go check out the Classixx’s at U Street Music Hall (1115 U St NW), accessible off the yellow line.  This L.A. based indie band has a cool edgy sound and I’ve never had a bad night on U Street, so it should be a good time and give you a break from Georgetown. It’s a really cool spot, but don’t let the long, ominous stairs fool you, it’s quite spacious with a great dance floor, and is a great opportunity to mingle with other D.C. students. I wouldn’t be surprised if you rubbed shoulders with students from American, GW, or even Howard. It’s 18 and up, with a $10 cover at the door.

SUNDAY

Even if you don’t like football, don’t know the difference between a tight end and a quarterback or don’t care about fully grown men hashing it out on a field of battle, you should still watch the Super Bowl (this is America after all).  For upperclassmen who are 21+ I would suggest Rhino, which is a New England bar (that’s you Patriots fans) or the 51st State, which last time I checked was a New York bar (Giants). For those of you who aren’t 21, I’d suggest cozying up to some of your upperclassmen friends for a super bowl party, or seeing if your floor is having a party in the common room. Either way, football is the word of the day.

Old Punk, New Scene – Text Message

Photo: Rita Pearson/The Hoya

by Rita Pearson

Text Message, an indie rock band made up of Georgetown students Joe Romano (COL ’12), John Romano (COL ’14) and Mike Jaroski (COL ’12) kicked off Saturday night’s show at the Rock N Roll Hotel. They opened for local bands the Electric 11’s and Blue Pintowith songs from their upcoming sophomore album, called Lake Opposite. They’re influenced primarily by alternative rock bands, such as Sonic Youth and the D.C.-based Fugazi.

“We’re trying to hit the right spots,” John Romano said. “There are a handful of music venues in D.C., like the Rock N Roll Hotel, that we try to play in. Unfortunately there aren’t many places around campus.”

“The D.C. music scene is nothing like the late 80’s or early 90’s, but I wouldn’t say it’s dead,” Joe said. “However, D.C. is transient – a lot of the bands are on tour, so people are always coming in and out.”

In the 1980’s and 90’s, D.C. was home to a thriving and influential punk scene. Venues like the 9:30 Club, Madam’s Organ, and The Bayou (a Georgetown nightclub that has since been replaced by the Loews Cinema on K Street) were central to the punk community. The U Street/Shaw neighborhood in particular played an important role in the burgeoning D.C. music scene. The Black Cat, a U Street club co-founded by Dave Grohl in 1993, has hosted bands like Arcade Fire, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Death Cab for Cutie. Text Message will be taking the stage at The Black Cat this Sunday.

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