DC is a pretty great place and full of just-under-the radar spots, happenings and events. I've yet to put together a list because it's just to large. But I keep getting asked and so I'm taking a stab at my go-tos. I'm likely forgetting a ton of things, so I'll update as needed. My life pretty much revolves around cocktails, art, music and coffee, with occasional dinner and brunch, so it's heavy on those types of things. I'll add details soon...until them hope you find your own magic moments in the district.
The Sheppard - my favorite spot.
The Columbia Room - I've only been here for drinks, but I am dying to try their cocktail flight.
The Reading Room at Petworth Citizen - Chantal Tseng curates literary cocktails every Saturday and Sunday. Pretty much the best.
Green Hat Distillery - tour this.
Museum of the Americas - My favorite balcony.
cocktails+craft - I run this, so I'm biased ;)
Yayoi Kusama at the Hirshhorn - It's a bit nuts, but if you can get in without the crowds worth it.
Blind Whino - Can view the outside of this mural house.
Rasika - A good go to.
Thai X-ing - Their best (first) location is shut down right now.
Sotto - Any night except Sunday or Monday. The cod is my favorite.
JoJos - Classic DC vibes
SongByrd - Go for Ritmos Raros
Granny's Band at The Showtime - Best night at this neighborhood fav dive bar
Flash - best dance club