Blues Alley gets some good acts- that's where some of those famous Eva Cassidy tracks were recorded. It's a nice, easily accessible club, but it's been years since I've been there. Kinkead's is excellent if you like seafood- it is basically a series of old townhouses that are all connected internally, and the chef makes a yummy de-constructed Cesear salad (forget what they call it, may just be a romaine, with extras); his specialties include some interesting takes on 'ethnic' dishes, a red snapper done as a jamaican style dish, etc. It is an easy, relaxed place without the heavy politico vibe. He is famous for his Ipswich clams.
The Willard Hotel is worth a visit- old time political hang-out, big, old fashioned hotel that is not far from the White House.
Air and Space Museum if you've got time- you could spend weeks at the museums there.
What else? Vietnam Memorial - it is powerful even if you have no strong viewpoint on that war;
They have these tours that they do on Segways. I didn't do one, but you see groups doing them and it looks like a good way to go.
Georgetown- it's been a long time, so I can't tell you what's happening there, or nightlife generally.
Unfortunately, most of my trips to DC are work-related, so I don't get much of a chance to hang out.
The Washington Post has a weekend section. You can get the one for this weekend. It will tell you the live music places.
It depends on what you like.
Daytime- Fall colors. The Mall and Tidal Basin. MLK, TJ,Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam war memorial all in one general area. The Metro subway is cheap, safe and accessible. Upper Mass Avenue, .National Cathedral, the Zoo are near woodley park metro. The suburbs require a car. The people are friendly and the area is relatively crime free.
If you want to visit a stereo store JS AUdio is in Bethesda Chevy Chase MD.
Downtown is revitalized. 7th St. NW, Chinatown. The newest is the 14th and U st. NW Corridor. Lots of clubs and free jazz.
Adams Morgan is the Quasi Latin corridor 18th and Columbia St NW. Ethnic restaurants. The Kennedy center may have some areas you like. tHE BIRCHMERE is Old Townes jazz club just across the Potomac.
If you tell me where you are staying. and what you like I can tell you more. If you are adventurous you might even make it to Baltimores' Inner Harbor (30 minute drive).
Sorry The record scene for me at least is pretty much gone. Blues Alley. They usually have two shows one at 8 and the other at 10. Food is good. But I suggest you eat elsewhere and take the ten o'clock show,
Good you are close to downtown Washington,and Norther Va, You can take 495 to 295 and be right in the heart of downtown dc. that will take ypu right in the heart of monuments and clubs. if. I sggest you patk at a mero station. You can drive but paeking is expensive... metro station. Take the metro green line into dc. Your concierge can give you more specific details. The mall and tidal basin are good Sunday morning outing. The mall includes mostt oof the monuments i mentioned.
So, I can see it now, in addition to running guns from other states, people are going to be smuggling big sodas in- sorta like prohibition. What are you in for? Ah, soda smuggling. Pepsi-bootleggers. Saw something that said at Chapel Hill, the school is now eliminating the term 'freshman' because it is not gender neutral. Don't get me started.
On guns and NY, there was this dude I used to see- he and his buddies had a scam- when I'd stand out in front of my office building in Times Sq, smoking a cig, they'd shake down tourists by handing the tourist a CD with the nastiest home-made hardcore rap music, ask the tourists' name, then quickly inscribe the CD case and demand 10 bucks or more. The tourists were often intimidated enough to fork over the money. Anyway, this dude was one of those guys, and he didn't hassle me- he wanted me to get him a deal with a 'label.' Whatever. He was a little intense, as in street thug, but we were cool.
So one day, this is probably 3 years ago, I'm reading the NY Post and see there was a shoot-out in Times Sq. A cop spotted some guy who was wanted on some warrants for something stupid, and chases him, the dude pulls out a Mac-10, which I think locked up, and the cop shot him dead. The dude's pic was in the paper. It was my man, the CD dude. When I saw his posse the next time I was in the city, having a smoke in front of my building in Times Sq, i said, "Yo, what happened with your friend? Why did he do that? That's crazy stupid. What's the best that could have happened- that he killed a cop in Times Sq.?" It's already a militarized zone, particularly after 911. They said one of his side-lines was bringing weapons up from the south, and that he knew if he got busted for whatever small beef the cop was chasing him for, he'd go down hard on a weapons charge. So, it starts small; break the soda law, next thing you know, they're wholesaling meth.
I quit smoking.