Georgetown neighborhood guide

Get to know Washington DC area by area—the best local restaurants and bars, arts and entertainment and things to do in Georgetown

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Georgetown accessories boutique Phoenix © Susana Raab


George, Maryland, was laid out in 1751 and variously tried to unite with Washington City (1857) and secede from the District (often). Losing its separate government in 1871, Georgetown drew the line at its proposed designation as 'West Washington'.

Today's Georgetown is unlike the rest of the city, with tranquil residential streets lined with historical homes and haughty boutiques. Its physical division from the rest of the District by Rock Creek-and lack of Metro coverage-enhances its insularity.

At night Georgetown jumps with dozens of bars and restaurants filled with suburban twentysomethings and international glitterati. In the summer, Washington Harbour is overrun with revelers. The restaurants are forgettable and the drinks overpriced, but breezes off the Potomac make the promenade a nice stroll. To the west, ten acres of previously derelict land, between K Street and the river, have been transformed into Georgetown Waterfront Park.

Restaurants and bars in Georgetown

Bourbon Steak

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4

If you’re looking for a decadent splurge and a high probability of a celebrity sighting, head to this modern restaurant inside Georgetown’s Four Seasons hotel, where steaks are poached in butter and movie stars and power players rub shoulders. California-based chef Michael Mina opened a branch of his contemporary steakhouse as part of a very posh makeover of the Four Seasons. Steakhouse classics such as an aged porterhouse, creamed spinach and wagyu beef are joined by locally sourced fare such as Virginia swordfish, plus a shellfish and caviar selection. The complimentary fries that land on the table are crisped in duck fat and very addictive. The swank bar is a regular hangout for VIP guests and, true to its name, offers a nice selection of rare bourbons and Scotches.

  1. Four Seasons, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 28th Street
  2. Main courses $29-$69
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Birreria Paradiso

  • Rated as: 3/5

Pizza paradise above, beer heaven below, what more could you want? Birreria Paradiso is in the basement of the hugely popular Pizzeria Paradiso and the English-style hand pumps behind the bar serve up cask-conditioned ales that will soon produce heavenly visions in imbibers. The brews on offer include Britain’s Old Speckled Hen, Belgium’s Chimay Cinq Cents and a blood-colored Flemish beer named the Duchesse de Bourgogne. There are three- and four-taste flights ($9 and $11), so sensation seekers can sample a cross-section of Birreria’s extensive offerings—culled from a six-page menu.

  1. 3282 M Street, NW, between Potomac Street & Georgetown Park
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Café Milano

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

The crowd here is as much of an attraction as the food; you might spot Michael Jordan or a visiting movie star in this multi-room complex. Even the non-famous clientele are for the most part young, rich and glamorous. The menu—and the atmosphere—ranges from casual to chic; you can choose from a selection of pizzas and pastas, or opt for duck breast in Marsala wine or spaghetti with fresh clams.

  1. 3251 Prospect Street, NW, at Wisconsin Avenue
  2. Main courses $29–$44
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Hotels in Georgetown

Georgetown Suites

This hotel is located between Georgetown University and George Washington University in the historic Georgetown neighborhood of Washington D.C. It features a gym and spacious suites with a flat-screen cable TV.Each one of the Georgetown Suites is individually designed and decorated with elegant, contemporary furnishings. A seating area and separate dining area are included. Each suite also has a desk and safety deposit box. Select rooms offer a fully equipped kitchen.Guests can enjoy a continental breakfast that includes muffins, bagels and fruit. They can also use the business center. Laundry facilities are available to make Georgetown an ideal home away from home.Georgetown Suites is within walking distance of Georgetown Waterfront Park and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It is 2 miles from Washington National Monument and Arlington National Cemetery.

  1. 1000 29th Street Northwest, 07
  2. $99.00 to $215.00 per night
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The Canal Inn Hotel

Centrally located to universities, shopping and a variety of dining options, this hotel boasts free Wi-Fi and rooms with cable TV. Georgetown University is less than 1 mile away.Each room at The Canal Inn hotel features modern décor. Carpet flooring, air-conditioning and a telephone are included.Guests at Canal Inn Washington D.C. can enjoy a free continental breakfast. Il Canale Italian and Sea Catch Restaurant and Raw Seafood Bar are steps away from the hotel.24-hour reception is provided. A dry cleaning service, security box and morning newspapers are also available.The National Mall is 3 miles away. The White House is 9 minutes’ drive. The George Washington University is less than 1 mile away.

  1. 1061 31st Street, North West, 07
  2. $120.00 to $160.00 per night
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The Georgetown Inn

This Georgetown hotel offers Wi-Fi and rooms with plush bedding. The GWU-Foggy Bottom underground station is half a mile away. Georgetown University is 5 minutes’ drive and The White House is 2 miles away.Modern rooms feature wood furnishing, a work desk, and a seating area. Cable TV and a private en suite bathroom with a terry-cloth robe is also offered.The Daily Grill restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and it features classic American cuisine.Guests can workout in the fitness centre or use the fax and printing services in the business centre.Shopping and dining are within walking distance of The Georgetown Inn and The National Mall and Union Station are 3 miles away. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is 5 miles away.

  1. 1310 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 07
  2. $109.49 to $299.49 per night
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Music and nightlife in Georgetown

Birreria Paradiso

  • Rated as: 3/5

Pizza paradise above, beer heaven below, what more could you want? Birreria Paradiso is in the basement of the hugely popular Pizzeria Paradiso and the English-style hand pumps behind the bar serve up cask-conditioned ales that will soon produce heavenly visions in imbibers. The brews on offer include Britain’s Old Speckled Hen, Belgium’s Chimay Cinq Cents and a blood-colored Flemish beer named the Duchesse de Bourgogne. There are three- and four-taste flights ($9 and $11), so sensation seekers can sample a cross-section of Birreria’s extensive offerings—culled from a six-page menu.

  1. 3282 M Street, NW, between Potomac Street & Georgetown Park
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Blues Alley

Some patrons consider the cover charges here outrageously high, especially as there is also a two-drink minimum per person for each set, which usually lasts just under an hour. Others are just so thankful that they have a small space where first-rate acts such as Mose Allison or Pieces of a Dream will perform that money is not an object. Acoustics are as top-notch as the talent on the stage. Recent acts include Earl Klugh, Karrin Allyson and Afro Bop Alliance. 

  1. 1073 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, M Street & Jefferson Place, Georgetown
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Shopping in Georgetown

Lost Boys

  • Critics choice

If there’s one independent boutique in DC that knows menswear, it’s Lost Boys. Owner Kelly Muccio will personally walk you through the selection of designer brands, including Rag & Bone, Band of Outsiders and Theory, to create a look tailored to your individual style. If you thought you couldn’t pull off that jacket, one look in the mirror after her styling says you can. Be prepared to drop some serious cash, as great style here doesn’t come cheap.

  1. 1033 31st Street, NW, between K and M Streets, Georgetown
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Phoenix

  • Critics choice

This family-owned Georgetown institution offers affordable designer jewelry and comfortable clothes for women, as well as sought-after Mexican imports—Day of the Dead figurines, alebrijes (colorful, fanciful animals) and antique silver. There is a wide selection of separates from the likes of Eileen Fisher, Cut Loose and White + Warren. Semi-precious-bead necklaces and earrings dominate the numerous trinket cases, culled from the collections of local and international jewelry artists. Latico, Ellington and Carla Mancini bags and versatile knit dresses round out the wardrobe offerings.

  1. 1514 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, between P Street and Volta Place, Georgetown
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Everard’s Clothing

The well-dressed Washington man knows Louis Everard, and Mr Everard knows the well-dressed Washington man—or at least his measurements. This is the place to come for suits beautifully made to customer specifications. An added bonus is that you never know which of the rich and powerful you might see within, or upstairs browsing through the fine women’s collections.

  1. 1802 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, S Street, Georgetown
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