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By Svetlana Legetic
1. Living in a location where you don’t have to change trains during your commute (or just be able to walk) – will make EVERYTHING BETTER and EASIER and LESS SWEATY.
2. avoid those bars in the below-Dupont area if you can (now that there’s DGS and GBD and whatever else nice and civilized is there, it is not quite as much of a cut and dry rule but just look up “HERPES TRIANGLE DC” on Google and it will all explain itself).
3. Oh, and dudes on crew teams of their colleges are excellent for making your friends at home be jealous of all the fun you’re heaving on social media. Full body work-outs 4ever.
H Street Festival – September 19
There’s no better way to get to know a neighborhood than by partying with the neighbors. The H Street Festival is D.C. tradition that is definitely not to be missed. You can be sure the day will be filled with excellent music, food, and general fun times. Head out with some new friends and you’re almost guaranteed to have a blast.
Landmark Music Fest – September 26-27
It’s a brand new festival that’s for the Mall but it is not on the Mall, it’s actually at West Potomac Park. You could totally just hang out outside the park and listen to music for free, but don’t you deserve to see Drake up close and personal? Oh, and if you’re too cool for Drake, theres Chromeo, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Ex Hex, and a slew of over bands for hip young kids. You are the target audience for this festival. Enjoy it.
BYT Presents: The Bentzen Ball – October 1-4
We’re presenting a comedy fest with the lovely and unstoppable force that is Tig Notaro. It’s going to be amazing. If you enjoy laughing and happiness and sunshine and weird shit your are going to have the time of your lives. Tig is going to be there. Tim Heidecker (from Tim and Eric) is doing to be there. Dr. Katz is going to be there. You are probably too young to know who / what Dr. Katz is, but now that you do know, you can use this knowledge to impress your T.A. or professor or someone. You are going to have a good time. Trust us.
Taste of Georgetown – October 3
Georgetown is a terrible place and this is something everyone in D.C. can agree on, but remember what I said earlier, the best way to get to know a neighborhood is to party with them, and once in a while, Georgetown gets down. There is a craft beer and wine garden, but since you are a baby, just focus on all of the delicious food.
Weekend in the Country – October 3-4
Sunday in the Country, Merriweather’s annual celebration of good old country music has, for the first time, blossomed into the full blown festival that is Weekend in the Country. If you like country music, then the trek is worth it. If you like partying with strangers than the trek is still worth it because those of us who like country music know how to party.
WAVVES and Twin Peaks @ 9:3o Club – October 7
This is the perfect show to hit up with your fellow interns. Go out and party all night to stoner rock just like god intended you young thing, you.
Kurt Vile and the Violators @ 9:3o Club – October 8
If you want to impress your fellow interns, take them to this show. If you want to impress your bosses, tell them you’re going to this show. If you want to have a damn good time, go to this show.
Taste of DC – October 10-11
Okay, sure, music festivals are fun, but food festivals are a million times better. So grab some tickets to Taste of DC and gorge your way through downtown. It’s going to be great.
Grimes @ 9:30 Club – November 13
It’s Grimes. I’d be surprised if you haven’t already bought tickets to this show.
The Weeknd @ Verizon Center – November 15
Remember when The Weeknd was playing 9:30 Club? Well he’s sure not any more. The Verizon Center is a horrible place to see a show, but it’s The Weeknd. Can you really afford to miss seeing the second coming of MJ? Nope. Definitely not.
Nationals Winterfest – December 12-13
Do you like sports and doing things?! Then Winterfest is definitely for you. You can meet your favorite Nats player, play a variety of different games, and even take a picture with Santa if that’s a thing that interests you. You’re an adult. You can do whatever you want. Except drink.
National Christmas Tree Lighting – TBA
It’s a delightful D.C. tradition. You should at least go and see it once.
Ashley Wright On Writing for BYT
I wish I had known that there is no right way to do something, whether it be an article or an interview. You were hired on because of your unique voice, not to parrot other people. There are outlines, formats, and precedents, but there are no detailed rules. Related: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. You’re an intern – you’re here to learn. Jump in with both feet and try everything you can because it’s all good to know, most of it is one hell of a lot of fun, and you’re only here for a limited time. Enjoy it.
When you first get to D.C. one of the most pressing issues is figuring out how to get to places. Transportation in D.C. can be kind of confusing, but with this handy guide hopefully you won’t be wandering around like a tourist.
You will probably use the Metro the most to get around D.C., especially since no one feels like walking when it’s less than twenty degrees. It can be kind of confusing with all the different colors but after a while you will figure it out. There are five main lines of the Metro; Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Blue. There is also the Silver Line, but no one knows when it will actually start (Not while you’re interning. -ed.)
The Red Line will take you from Maryland (Shady Grove) to Maryland (Glenmont). It loops through D.C. and is the most used line. You can hit Dupont, NoMa, Union Station, Adams Morgan, the zoo, and a bunch of other places.
The Orange Line cuts through D.C., starting from Virginia (Vienna), and ending in Maryland (New Carrollton). This is one of the two lines that you want to take if you want to go to the Mall or to Capital Hill.
The Yellow Line goes from Huntington (Virginia) to Fort Totten (D.C.), unless it is rush hour. Use this line if you want to go to U Street (you have to go to U Street), Reagan Airport, and Old Town Alexandria.
If you want to go to a Nats Game, you will take the Green Line. It goes from Greenbelt (Maryland) to Branch Ave (Maryland). The Green Line also goes to U Street so it is what you want to take if you plan to eat your way through D.C.
The Blue Line goes from Franconia-Springfield (Virginia) to Largo Town Center (Maryland). It’s the only line that goes to Arlington Cemetery. It also hits the Mall, Eastern Market, and Capitol Hill.
If the Silver Line opens, it will go to Dulles Airport. Also, you can go to Tysons Corner, one of the best malls in the greater D.C. area.
Metro Tips and Tricks:
- On weekdays the Metro is open at 5 am. On weekends, it opens at 7 am. The Metro closes at midnight Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, it closes at 3 am. DO NOT RIDE THE METRO ON WEEKENDS IF YOU CAN AVOID IT!
- Buy a SmartTrip card! If you are going to spend any time in D.C. it is worth it for you to buy a SmartTrip. You can use it on the metro, on buses, and to pay for metro parking.
- It’s illegal to eat and drink on the metro. And yes, they actually enforce this. So don’t eat Chipotle on the Metro unless you want to pay a $50 fine.
- Track work! As a brand new D.C. resident you will soon learn to hate track work. WMATA (the people that run the metro) schedule track work on the weekends. They close down a bunch of stations, or cause delays where trains come every 20 minutes (ugh). So make sure you check out the metro website or find another way to get around.
- Download the app for all your handheld Metro needs.
The Metrobus services D.C. and parts of Maryland, and Virginia. To find a stop, look for the red, white, and blue signs. It can be confusing, and oftentimes the bus will be late. Also, they seem to only come twice an hour. If you want to use the Metrobus service, use Google Maps or another app to figure out where you are going. PLAN AHEAD.
The Circulator will be your savior, if you want to go to the few areas in D.C. that are covered. They come every 10 minutes and only cost $1. They also go to some of the most popular places in D.C. This includes Georgetown, which still doesn’t have a Metro stop. (But they might get one in 2040!).
You will probably see these red bikes all over the city. There are over 300 stations in the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia). All you do is grab a bike and then return it to any other docking station. You can get either a 1 day or 3 day pass or daily, monthly, or annual key. The first 30 minutes of the ride is free and you can have the bike for as long as 24 hours. (P.S. Make sure you check out our biking guide) Buy at least a monthly key. If you’re here for more than 6 months, but an annual key. It rains a lot in this city. Bikeshare is perfect for when your morning or evening commute features precipitation.
There are also a lot of different ways to get around by car. Uber is entrenched in the city, sponsoring pretty much every event that is thrown. If you don’t feel like getting an Uber, there is also Lyft. If you are using one of these services for the first time make sure you get credit. The three services are constantly publishing codes that give you varying amounts of credit for your first ride. Take advantage! Also, you can take cabs, which are finally accepting credit cards. THEY HAVE TO TAKE YOUR CARD.
6. Car Sharing
Zipcar and Car2Go both operate in the city, along with Hertz 24/7 and Enterprise CarShare. So if you need a car for a few hours or a days, you can rent a car from them and drive. If you’re planning on leaving the city for more than 4 hours, just rent a car from DCA. It’s cheaper, easier and gives you an excuse to drive on/near Rock Creek Park. Pretty and stuff.
D.C. is a walkable city, especially if you are downtown. Take advantage of the couple of days this fall where it won’t be unbearably cold and walk around! It’s the best way to explore the city.
Outside D.C – Use Google Maps to figure these out. Good luck.
- Ride On – Montgomery Country
- The Bus – Prince George’s County
- CUE Bus System – City of Fairfax
- DASH – City of Alexandria
- Fairfax Connector – Fairfax County
- ART – Arlington County
If you are insane and happen to have a car with you, getting around is going to be a nightmare. But, on the plus side, you’ll be out of the heat, the Metro crowds, and the slow-walking tourists. And you can take road trips (or make large grocery hauls).
Some things to keep in mind when driving in the city:
- The presidential motorcade is a thing that exists and it will be a pain in your ass when streets are closed so that Obama can go to Trader Joe’s or Shake Shack.
- TRAFFIC CIRCLES: these will make or break you. It’s best to enter with extreme caution and know when you will need to get out so that you can prepare and get in the correct lane right off the bat.
- Like most cities, DC has one-way streets. Don’t always trust your GPS and please, please, please don’t go the wrong way down a one way street. Just don’t.
- Finding parking is a bitch so have a game plan when you drive so you don’t have to circle the same block for an hour looking for a space. Look for nearby parking lots before you leave home.
- You’re going to be frustrated and you’re going to want to honk at every pedestrian preventing you from making that turn and every taxi that cuts you off. Don’t. Honking just makes you look like an asshole (unless there is an immediate danger that you are notifying another driver about or you are about to be hit).
9. Get out of here
Go to NYC and Baltimore and Philadelphia as much as possible. Got a friend living there? Take a Megabus or Bolt Bus or DC2NYC or a train and go. Go on the weekends. Go every weekend. This city is great during the week and a little boring during the weekend. You are close to those cities. GO!
By Morgan Day
Last summer I went through the emotional roller coaster/identity crisis of interning at a commercial real estate firm as a die hard English and creative writing major. I expected to spend my summer blogging, reading, and maybe mint julep-ing as DC is probably as southern as I’ll get (California native speaking). Instead, I was touring properties, analyzing square footage, and cursing my genes for not giving me just a bit of math skills. The internship taught me two valuable lessons. First, even if it isn’t exactly what you want to do for your career, just do it. Experience in any type of business is helpful, it builds character, roughens up your edges, and it’s not like you’re going to have your pick of jobs once you graduate. I’m starting to sound like my father. Second, interning at a company with other interns in your age range can get tricky. No doubt, it can be a hell of a time #weoutat5 #internparty. But there’s always one or two people who at 10 am started counting down the minutes to happy hour and generally just don’t care. It’s summer so have fun, but remember why you’re there and how you can use the internship as a stepping stone. Commercial real estate wasn’t for me, but I met supportive people (real life adults) at the firm who are willing to help in the search for my ideal career. An undergrad/college grad/grad student’s favorite word: connections.
Georgetown is one of the richest areas in D.C., with multi-million dollar townhouses lining the streets. Go there for M St., one of the main shopping areas in D.C., and the Georgetown Waterfront. There is also a lot of restaurants to try. Georgetown is the location of the first Georgetown Cupcake, where there always seems to be a line stretching out the door, and the first Sweetgreen. You can also try Baked and Wired, the better cupcake place. As for things to do, you can kayak on the Potomac or walk along the C&O Canal. Also, check out the Exorcist Steps, made famous by the movie written by a Georgetown University graduate. Or never go. You’re not really going to miss out on anything if you never hang out in Georgetown. The water is nice but there’s water in other neighborhoods.
Downtown is a vague area in D.C. filled with kinda tall buildings, shops, and restaurants. It consists of Chinatown, Penn Quarter, and a bunch of other neighborhoods.
When you go to Chinatown you are immediately bombarded by Spanish, Italian, and Chinese restaurants. Chinatown is not really Chinatown. It’s still a great place to get food and catch a concert at the Verizon Center. If you want real Chinese food though you will have to head out of the city.
Penn Quarter is this area that is right next to Chinatown. The International Spy Museum, Newseum, and Crime Museum are all located in the area. It is also a fairly touristy area but don’t let that deter you from visiting. There are also stores to shop at in the Penn Quarter area, such as H&M.
You will visit downtown when you first move to D.C. and when your friends visit. You will very rarely go to Chinatown on the weekend. There is no reason.
Tourists. This area is full of tourists. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t cool things going on. The National Mall hosts a free movie every Monday starting in July. And free museums are always cool. Pro tip: visit the memorials and monuments at night. There are usually less tourists and the memorials are a lot prettier lit up (Except the FDR Memorial. It’s one of the best and rarely busy.).
You are probably going to find yourself in Adams Morgan frequently. It’s full of restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, and stores. You can find food from pretty much anywhere in the world in Adams Morgan (Ethiopian, Nepalese, and Peruvian restaurants come to mind). It is also one of the places to go for nightlife. There are numerous shisha bars, clubs, and lounges. There are also numerous garbage people. Occasionally you will be a garbage person. You will drink too much cheap alcohol from a place that probably shouldn’t have let you in because you’re underaged. Then you’ll eat a Jumbo Slice like some dumb rite of passage and will most likely throw up/lose a shoe/lose a boyfriend/girlfriend/roommate/pet/rent check. Whatever. You’re young. You’ll be fine. Try to learn from your mistakes and figure out THIS WAS A MISTAKE and not actually fun. Don’t become a garbage person.
U Street is the other go-to nightlife place in D.C. The area is filled with concert venues and an explosion of new restaurants. You definitely want to comb through our reviews (you can find them here or here) or just hit every restaurant and bar in the area. Either way you will have a ton of stuff to keep you occupied at night. Be weary of becoming a garbage person near 14th and U and/or 14th and 9. The Brixton is a multiple level bar/restaurant with a rooftop deck. A few weeks ago a garbage person threw a pint glass off the roof and the place had to close the rooftop deck. Don’t be that person.
Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront
This newly redeveloped area is bursting with new restaurants and things to do. You can catch a Nats game at the stadium and then explore all the new restaurants in the area. Or you can check out an outdoor concert or movie. You will not stay here very long. You most likely are not looking to buy a condo.
If you’re an intern that maybe doesn’t like any other the other interns, you probably like H Street. It has the cooler bars and the cooler places to eat but isn’t that cheap. It also has streetcars that will most likely never be operational while you’re here.
If you’re an intern that kind of gets along with everyone but doesn’t really care about bars and stuff like that, you’ll most likely enjoy Bloomingdale. It’s up-and-coming, features fantastic places to eat and drink coffee and is still cheap enough to scare away your friends that love Georgetown.
If you’re an intern that gets along with the 30-year-old member on staff that has a superior music taste, enjoys craft beer and rides a fixed gear to work, you’ll like Petworth. Not a bad place to live. There are group houses that do not suck. In fact, most neighborhoods in this city have group houses that do not suck.
This is where your friends that love group houses live. It’s a relatively small area that you will grow to love. Lots of greenery and lots of former Peace Corps.
Go to this Maryland town for AFI, Joe’s Record Store, Quarry House and the Fillmore. Then come back to the District. You’re not married with children.
Fucking rich kids. FYI: rich kids are not bad people. They just have money. You might be a rich kid. You’re most likely interning in D.C. so you will one day make your own rich kid. Good for you.
Old Town Alexandria
A lovely place to visit on a weekend. Cobblestone streets, cute places to eat and a place to consider living if you’re not a fan of the District but you end up with full time work in the District. Good place to live if you want to one day have a dog but can’t imaging living in a group house.
I wish I knew how it easy it is to navigate the city by bike. When I moved to DC, I’d travel by metro and bus everywhere, and now I avoid it whenever I can. Bonus tip: the easiest way to get from downtown to Columbia Heights is by Sherman Avenue.
BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE – READ OUR LATE NIGHT HAPPY HOUR GUIDE.
Jumbo Slice — If you are in Adams Morgan you are probably going to end up eating a Jumbo Slice at least once. This greasy, huge, and cheap slice of pizza should only be eaten while drunk. But when you are eating it you will love it. And then vow to never eat it sober.
Ben’s Chili Bowl — A D.C. establishment, Ben’s Chili Bowl features the famous chilli half-smoke. It is a half-pork, half-beef smoked sausage in a hot dog bun topped with mustard, onions, and spicy homemade chili. Located right next to the Lincoln Theater, and in one of the coolest places in D.C. (U Street) you will definitely hit it up at least once.
Crepeaway — We all have our drunk food tendencies whether it be McDonald’s or ice cream, all preferably bucket sized. Crepeaway is a great spot to indulge in your sweet or savory cravings, or both because you’re drunk and why not.
Julia’s Empanadas — Drunk food doesn’t get much better than fresh-baked, handheld meat pies. Julia’s Empanadas offers its staple dish in all flavors, from Jamaican curry to vegan vegetable to cinnamon apple for those with sweet tooths. It’s like a Hot Pocket but with less regret afterwards.
Dangerously Delicious Pies — If you find yourself in the H Street Corridor on a Friday or Saturday night, don’t pass up the chance to eat here. Dangerously Delicious serves savory and sweet pies in slices (they also offer whole pies if you’re in that sort of mood). Go for their signature Baltimore Bomb — if you think you can handle it.
The best Chinese food you can have delivered at 1:55am on a weekend. Please don’t do this. The older people need this more than you.
I wish someone had told me how many folks biked around here. It’s madness. I keep telling myself I’m going to get a bike and ride it everywhere but I have yet to do so. If you have the opportunity, get one or at the very least get a Capital Bikeshare account. And don’t forget to get yourself a really spiffy helmet because one of our BYT staffers recently got a concussion while riding her bike. Safety first you guys! First, last, and always.
OUTDOOR MOVIE GUIDE – Free outdoor movies, what else can you ask for?
HAPPY HOUR GUIDE — Best case you work with a few people that you actually enjoy being around. In that case when 5 o’clock comes around you’re going to need a place to drink and we’ve mapped out all the best happy hours in DC.
NON-DOUCHEY BARS — You probably want to avoid the out-of-town intern that wears his suit to the bar because he just got back from “The Hill.” You also don’t want to be that guy. It’s 11 p.m, we all know you could have gone home and changed and there’s no need to enunciate “The Hill” like it’s something we’ve never heard of. Anyway, here’s our list of places you should be drinking at, filled with people so far from ‘that guy.’
BEST DC BRUNCH GUIDE — On Sundays, we brunch. It’s a DC ritual and an incredible one at that. Spend the fall going through this list and you won’t regret it.
And if your parents are visiting – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO IMPRESSING YOUR VISITING PARENTS. Trust us on this one.
HANGOVER GUIDE – You are going to get wasted on a Wednesday night and still have to make it to your internship the next day. It’s going to happen. Use this liberally and you will make it through the day.
In a very broad sense: you do not know everything. No one does. Pretending you do simply keeps you from learning anything new. That said, specifically: the faster you become a local wherever you are, the easier life becomes. Becoming a DC local is surprisingly easy, so start describing yourself as “originally from” somewhere, stand on the right and walk on the left, and ask what people do before you ask who they are.
This is not a roundup of Twitter accounts that follow things on The Hill. These are more for the day-to-day, non-political happenings in D.C.
- Brightest Young Things — So you’re constantly updated on food news, events, and all DC happenings. Plus all day access to guides like this.
- DCist— Follow for cultural events and other DC related news (hence the name). A great tool for keeping up with everything that’s going on in the city.
- Capital Weather Gang — The weather is horribly dramatic and will change from beautiful, sunny skies to a torrential downpour. The best weather source in town. You’re an adult. It’s time to care about these type of things.
- DC Alerts – Kinda like a police scanner, a valuable tool to help you get accustomed to where and what horrible things are happening around you. It’s not a bad city. Really.
- Prince of Petworth – Dan Silverman goes a good job keeping readers abreast of community happenings in Petworth and throughout Northwest. Follow him and read the blog.
Like funerals or weddings, your internship isn’t for you. But like funerals or weddings, there’s usually pretty OK food and sometimes you get drunk. Keep your expectations reasonable, and enjoy the most immediate rewards.
Important addendum: THE BYT VENUE FOOD GUIDE. You will eat it. You may as well know what to order.
Merriweather is not in D.C. and is kind of impossible to get to without a car. However, Merriweather hosts a lot of great bands and festivals. You might find yourself going there eventually. So here are some tips:
- It always seems to rain when there is something going on at Merriweather. And when it does rain everything gets super muddy. So be prepared and dress appropriately. I recommend wearing shitty shoes that still have grip and bringing a couple of trash bags with you.
- There is always a huge traffic jam getting into Merriweather. I recommend getting a ride and then jumping out of the car once you are near the gates. It is a lot quicker to get in that way. And if you need to get picked up, the best place is Columbia Mall, which is across the street.
9:30 is a DC staple. Unlike Merriweather, it’s easily accessible via the U Street metro station on the Green and Yellow lines. Most shows are standing room only, so wear comfortable shoes. That cannot be stressed enough. Get there early if you want to be up against the stage, because audience members will shove you out of the way if you try to wedge in last minute (with varying degrees of violence depending on the show). Major plus? Ben’s Chili Bowl is only a few blocks away to satisfy the post-show hunger. So is El Rey. So is DC9 (also a quality venue). So is American Ice Co. So is a sketchy Dunkin Donuts (5 blocks away is close, right?).
U Street Music Hall
One of the best sounding clubs in the world. U Street Music Hall is, like 9:30, standing room only. It’s smaller than 9:30, which is all the more reason to get there early if you want to be close to the stage. Pr Ttip: since the venue is so small, stand about 1/3 of the way back from the stage. You can still see (if you’re not super short) and the sound quality is about 55 million times better.
Still in the Shaw/U Street area, the Black Cat is a must for fans of all things indie and punk. It has a mainstage (600 or so capacity) and a smaller backstage (100 or s0), so make sure to take note of where your show is. Also, check out their events and happy hours (especially if you like Dr. Who). Bonus: your vegan friend can eat happy. The Food For Thought Cafe has excellent options. We recommend the lasagna.
A gorgeous, historic theater that we’ll always love because we brought Ira Glass there and he danced with Tig Notaro. We are not in a fever dream, this happened. Home to the kind of shows you don’t mind seeing while seated.
The Howard is odd because it’s doing a little bit of everything and appeals to part of everyone but you probably won’t want to go there every night for the week. They bring in fantastic hip-hop shows (Big Boi), not sad nostalgia shows (Salt-N-Pepa), super cool weirdo dance artists (Dan Deacon), gospel brunch, a big, gay dance party and the occasional speaker. See what I mean? They probably have something you want to see coming up in the next two weeks.
A good mix of up-and-coming buzz bands, nostalgia based DJ nights (Remember the 90s? That’s the decade you were born!) and local talent. It also has a quality happy hour seven days a week.
Rock and Roll Hotel
Did you like DC9? Do you like H Street? You’ll most likely like Rock and Roll Hotel. It’s not actually a hotel. This will be confusing one time only.
Fillmore Silver Spring
Quality sound, a mix of really great acts and really bad nostalgia acts and a reason to go to Silver Spring. Like 9:30 Club, most shows are all ages, which may be of values to some of you.
If you’re a fan of the alternative country and Americana vibe, you’ll find yourself at The Hamilton quite a bit this fall. Quality booking, a pleasant room and an adult feel. The venue is in the basement and the first floor is a massive restaurant. The bar has a nice old school feel to it. You’ll get a D.C. experience or something drinking in it with other staffers.
If you’re a fan of the country variety and the act isn’t that well know, you’ll find yourself at this new Georgetown venue. It may be the only reason you go to Georgetown in the evening. That’s perfectly fine. Check their calendar for the lineup. It’s mostly country and Americana, but there’s an occasionally an up-and-coming buzz band worth checking out.
For the act too big for 9:30 Club and too small for Merriweather (Lorde, Phoenix, Ellie Goulding, etc.). The biggest problem is transportation. If you’re going to a late show, plan your Uber arrival well in advance.
Hill Country Barbeque
The BBQ joint has mostly free, mostly country and country inspired acts in their basement venue. Go. It’s fun. It’s usually free.
Comet Ping Pong
If you can make it to Comet easily, go to Comet as much as possible. Sasha Lord only books great acts, mostly of the garage/punk/post-punk variety, and it’s in a pizza place.
If you’re interested in world music that you can/want to dance to, you’re not going to do better than Tropicalia.
If you’re interested in every type of music, go to a free show at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. World music, pop, country, hip-hop, orchestras, indie rock, rockabilly, jazz, blues, free jazz, neo-soul, soul, punk, post-punk, polka, noise, acapella, everything. Check the schedule in advance. Open 365 days a year, always free. This is a perk of living in D.C.
We’re not going to list them here. They open and close and whenever anyone highlights one particular house it seems to get shut down. If you’re interested in this scene, read out weekly DC DIT (Do It Together rather than Do It Yourself which actually makes more sense but is a little confusing) column. Alex Tebeleff from the quality band/venue Paperhaus will direct you to the correct house (literally shows in house (we realize that some of you know what we’re talking about but also understand that some of you are in D.C. because you’re super smart and have no idea house shows exist because Internetting etc.)).
By Marcus Dowling
I’ve interviewed, hired, fired and in some cases assisted college interns with getting full-time jobs after having interned with me. Thus, advice is a simple, yet tricky thing to give. But, I will say this. The key to surviving any internship is to find your own, best and organic self in whatever it is that you are doing. Your time at the company you are interning with is short (as compared to the life of the company overall) so it behooves you to paint within the lines where you can, but when you find that individual space to break out and evolve, then do just that.
DC is a great city for running because it is flat and there are lots of cool things to see along the way. And it’s the fittest city in the country, so there’s that. The National Mall is fun to run and sight-see, but beware of tourists during the day. Also, you probably won’t want to be running mid-day anyways because it’s still hot as hell outside (DO NOT RUN MORE THAN THREE CONSECUTIVE MILES IN D.C. HEAT WITHOUT WATER). Early morning before your internship starts or in the evening would be ideal times (plus the Mall is well-lit at night).
Running along the Georgetown Waterfront is another option (if you can get over the fishy smell of the Potomac). Georgetown streets can get hilly, so if you’re up for some inclines, do some exploring, but whatever you do, avoid M St. at all costs. It is always congested with hungry, shopping tourists and the brick sidewalks leave little room to squeeze through the masses.
Map out some routes that will take you in front of the White House, if you want more sightseeing, or head down to West Potomac Park (the island where the Jefferson Memorial sits) for a sweaty run around the Tidal Basin.
One of the most popular trails to run is the Rock Creek Park Trail. But it’s falling apart. The paved path is literally falling into the water. The not-paved paths are great, but not in the mud. Because it’s hard to run in the mud.
Tips from out Bike Guide
Fortunately for us assholes who don’t own cars, live in DC, and who love camping… our forefathers covered our asses with some pretty accessible camping spots via le bicycle. Take these three solid options:
First stop, C&O canal. So we’re talking a 20-something mile bike ride to free camp spots every 4 miles all year round dotted all along the Potomac terminating in Pittsburgh. Generally they’re open game to first-come-first-serve bikers. Be ready to share some spots with a few locals who are mid-life crisis’ing their way from Pittsburgh to DC. The first real stop is at White’s Ferry along the Potomac where you can snag some cold beers and a greasy refueling meal. Make sure to wear bike shorts to avoid total grundle annihilation.
Second ride, VRE train to Manassas. So the VRE is the only Amtrak train on the East Coast that allows bikes. You can simply load your bike on at Union Station and roll off at Manassas station for a solid night of camping and skeet shooting at Bull Run Public Shooting Center. But beware, the VRE only runs on weekdays and bikes are only permitted on the first and last cars of the train.
Third on the list, Mt Vernon Trail. Roll your way past Reagan National Airport, Old Town Alexandria and Mt Vernon on your way to plentiful camping on the southern side of the Potomac. Look out for the ghost of George Washington…he’s rumored to finish off any neglected beers around the campfire.
By Brandon Wetherbee
It’s OK to speak up. I interned for a horrible person and learned nothing and quiet after one month. I made no connections. I hated my time spent in fear behind a screen. I grew to loathe the individuals I never actually met. This was partially, if not completely, my fault. If I said anything, asked any question, maybe offered to get a coffee with someone else in the company, I would have gained something from that time. See something, say something.
Overall D.C. is a pretty safe city, but if you just moved here – especially if you have not lived in a city before – there may be some areas you initially should avoid. We’re not going to tell you where to avoid because parts of Georgetown are much scarier than parts of Anacostia for different reasons. If you want to profile on your own, use the Sitegeist app.
If you do not like huge crowds of people then you might want to avoid the National Mall and Smithsonian museums. These places get overrun by tourists, especially the Natural History Museum. However, you should still try to make a trip to the museums while you are in D.C. Try to get there early or late or take multiple trips. If you really want to avoid the crowds but still get cultured, hit the National Gallery of Art. It’s massive and has the best free film screening series.
Avoid any bar that sounds like the cast of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia would drink there.
Avoid Dupont Circle, specifically Connecticut between M and the Circle because you are young and will become prey. Horrible monsters occupy this area, especially late on weekend nights.
Avoid the Metro the hour after games/concerts at Verizon Center and Nationals Park. Common sense.
By Brandon Wetherbee
If the company is having a happy hour/coffee break/team something and it’s optional, go to this thing. This will be your time to figure out if you want to work for the company and if there are any other positions in D.C. that might be a good fit. Network, people.
If you can get a cable or Internet provider other than Comcast, do that. Do whatever you can to avoid Comcast. If this is the one thing you’ve learned from this guide, we’ve done a good job.
Avoid getting a D.C. flag tattoo. Wait until you’ve lived here for at least one year.