Foggy Bottom, Washington Places

Part of our Washington travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Foggy Bottom, including National Register of Historic Places, Foundry Gallery and The Brewmaster's Castle.
  • The best place in Foggy Bottom Washington: National Register of Historic Places

    National Register of Historic Places

    Rather than recapping the whole list here, visit the web site. A good way of sampling the Historic Places is to start at the Plaza (itself one of the designated places) and work your way out. At least 40 places on the Register can be reached conveniently from here.
    Foggy Bottom food nearby
  • Foundry Gallery

    Foundry Gallery

    1314 18th St NW
    A non-profit gallery, artist-run and funded, with modern, local art on display.
    Dupont Circle
  • The Brewmaster's Castle

    The Brewmaster's Castle

    1307 New Hampshire Ave NW
    Walk-in tours: Th-F 11AM,1PM; Sa 11AM,1PM,2:30PM. Free, suggested donation $5. Competing with the Smithsonian for top castle status in the District is the Victorian mansion of one Christian Heurich, who immigrated to the states from Germany to become a wildly successful real estate baron and brewer. (He also holds the title of world's oldest brewer, having kept up his work until his death at a ripe age of 102.) It's a striking example of Victorian architecture and design, and even if you don't make it to a tour, there's a nice Victorian garden in the back open to the public M-F 10AM-4PM, spring-fall.
    Dupont Circle restaurants nearby
  • Founding Farmers

    Founding Farmers

    1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    American True Food & Drink from the greenest full-service, upscale-casual eateries in Washington, D.C., and Potomac, Md.
    Foggy Bottom
  • Big Hunt

    Big Hunt

    1345 Connecticut Ave NW
    M-Th 4PM-2AM, F 4PM-3AM, Sa 4PM-3AM, Su 5PM-2AM. The Big Hunt is another very popular, very large bar right off the circle, full of friendly twenty and thirty-something singles. The safari theme throughout is interesting, but those comfy booths are the number one reason to have your beers here—if you can get one, that is. If not, there are plenty of other places to explore. The red basement has extraordinarily bizarre decor, and is a lot quieter for conversations. There are three levels including a rooftop and and second bar room and basement that occasionally open to accommodate overflow.
    Dupont Circle
  • Buffalo Billiards

    Buffalo Billiards

    1330 19th St NW
    Su-Th noon-2AM, F-Sa noon-3AM. Huge bar located in basement right off Dupont Circle. Popular among fraternity boys, but a good place to watch football games, drink beer, and play billiards. Serves appetizers till late.
    Dupont Circle
  • Corcoran Museum of Art

    500 17th St NW
    M,W,F-Su 10AM-5PM, Th 10AM-9PM. $6.75; seniors: $4.75; students: $3 students; families with young children: $12. This is the oldest art gallery in the American capital, housed in a beautiful, large Beaux-Arts building. The special exhibits are the big reason to come pay the admissions fee (when you could otherwise walk to some of the world's best free art museums at the Smithsonian), that and the fact that the Corcoran does a better job keeping up with contemporary art. The exhibits here are geared towards a more art-fluent audience, rather than your average curious tourist, and are accordingly a bit edgier and less accessible to a casual visitor.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Betsy Fisher

    1224 Connecticut Ave NW
    M-W 10AM-7PM, F 10AM-9PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su noon-4PM. Sorry stereotypes, D.C. has some great fashion boutiques. Ms. Fisher is a careful curator, with a fiercely loyal customer base, attentive service (complimentary drinks, for one), and with clothes ranging from conservative to very trendy. You'll pay a price for this, though!
    Dupont Circle
  • GWU Lisner Auditorium

    730 21st St NW
    The Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University hosts various events including concerts, dance performances.
    Foggy Bottom restaurants nearby
  • Thompson Boat Center

    2900 Virginia Ave NW
    Spring-Summer only: M-Sa 6AM-8PM, Su 7AM-7PM. Single Kayaks: $10/hour or $28/day; Double Kayaks: $17/hour or $40/day;Sailboats: $10/hour; Bikes: $7/hour or $28/day. Thompson's also rents bicycles. Accessible by car only via Virgina Ave from the West End.
    Foggy Bottom food nearby
  • GW University Bookstore

    800 21st St NW
    M-F 9AM-6PM, Sa 11AM-4PM, Su noon-4PM. There's one reason to come here, and that's GW paraphernalia—apparel, mugs, stationery, books, etc.
    Foggy Bottom
  • Octagon House

    1799 New York Ave NW
    Gallery: M-F 8:30AM-5PM; tours Th-F 1PM-4PM (bring an MP3 player to download the audio tour). Free. Designed by William C. Thornton, and completed in 1800, the Octagon House was owned by Colonel John Tayloe, a Virginia plantation owner. A few years later, the Tayloes offered the house for use as the French Embassy, where the Treaty of Ghent was signed by President James Madison to end the War of 1812 (he was working there temporarily following the 1814 burning of the White House). The house was sold in 1855, and since used as a military hospital during the Civil War, an apartment building, a girl's school, and has been owned by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 1902. The AIA still owns the house, though they are now located in a large office building adjacent to the Octagon House. The house is now used as a museum, and a gallery is located in the main AIA building.
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  • Bourbon Steak DC

    Bourbon Steak DC

    2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Bourbon Steak has four distinct locations: Scottsdale, AZ in the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess | Washington, D.C. in the Four Seasons | Miami, FL in the Turnberry Isle | San Francisco, CA at The Westin St. Francis
    Foggy Bottom
  • Hello Cupcake

    Hello Cupcake

    1351 Connecticut Ave NW
    DC Cupcakery in Dupont Circle and Capitol Hill
    Dupont Circle
  • Daily Grill

    Daily Grill

    1200 18th St NW
    Welcome to the Official Daily Grill Facebook Fan Page. For Great American food...Think Daily.
    Dupont Circle
  • Marcel's


    2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    M-Th 5:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-11PM, Su 5:30PM-9:30PM. pre-theatre: $52; prix fixe: four-course $75, five-course $90, seven-course $125. Self described French cuisine with Flemish flair. Quiet, elegant atmosphere. They will wow you with the service, with extra touches everywhere, from occasional free cocktails to the limo service to the Kennedy Center included in the pre-theatre dining. Jacket required.
    Foggy Bottom
  • Roti Mediterranean Grill

    Roti Mediterranean Grill

    1747 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Pitas, cous-cous, fire-roasted meats -\-\ food that loves you back. Drop us a line at @rotiusa
  • Cafe Citron

    1343 Connecticut Ave NW
    M-Th 11:30AM-2AM, F-Sa 4PM-3AM. A super-crowded Latin salsa/reggaeton dance club that is one of the best bets for a good party on a weekday. Weekends are too crowded to dance. Definitely try one of their renowned mojitos. No cover, strict door policy (i.e. no shorts allowed).
    Dupont Circle
  • Kababji Grill

    Kababji Grill

    1351 Connecticut Ave NW
    Now open in Washington, DC! Kababji Grill brings authentic, healthy, flavorful Lebanese cuisine to Washington! The Washington, DC location is the first outside of the Middle East.
    Dupont Circle
  • Roti Mediterranean Grill

    Roti Mediterranean Grill

    2221 I Street NW
    Pitas, cous-cous, fire-roasted meats -\-\ food that loves you back. Drop us a line at @rotiusa
    Foggy Bottom
  • Madhatter


    1319 Connecticut Ave NW
    HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS "Best Happy Hour in DC" Monday Through Friday 4:00 - 8:00 pm $2.75 Bud/BudLight Drafts $2.75 Rail Liquors $4.50 House Wine Buy One Get One Appetizers TRIVIA MONDAY'S @ 7:00 pm
    Dupont Circle
  • Boqueria


    1837 M Street NW
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    Dupont Circle
  • DAR Museum

    DAR Museum

    1776 D St NW
    The DAR Museum, run by the Daughters of the American Revolution, is an art and history museum in Washington, D.C. The museum is located in Memorial Continental Hall, just down the street from DAR Constitution Hall, where some of the museum's concerts take place.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • El Chalán

    1924 I St NW
    M-F 11:30AM-3PM,5:30PM-10PM, Sa 1PM-10PM. $14-22. Fine Peruvian dining at a very reasonable price, across the street from the World Bank. If you haven't tried Peruvian before, it's a rich mix of Incan, Spanish, and East Asian cuisines (Peru has a large East Asian immigrant population). Look for dishes with potatoes—Peru is the birthplace of the spud, and its cuisine uses some 40 odd varieties. The lomo saltado, a steak dish with heavy Chinese influence, is a local favorite, but if you are up to something more adventurous, the chicken hearts (anticuchos de corazón) are out of this world. This is one of the best options for fine dining on a budget anywhere near the White House, and a great place to relax, sip a pisco sour, and enjoy some fresh ceviche. Noisy on busy nights.
    Foggy Bottom
  • Greek Deli & Catering

    Greek Deli & Catering

    1120 19th St NW
    There are a couple very popular bottom-budget Greek places just north in Dupont Circle (which shall remain nameless), with simply awful food. This place, on the other hand, no one seems to know about, and serves fantastic, authentic Greek food at prices just as low. Carryout only, but you've got nice parks right nearby to turn this into a picnic.
    Foggy Bottom
  • Taberna del Alabardero

    1776 I St NW
    Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM; dinner: M-Th 5:30PM-10:30PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-11PM. $50-70; M-F prix-fixe: three-course $26, five-course $70, seven-course $85, wine-pairings $40. Traditional Spanish cuisine served a la carte and as tapas, served in one very romantic restaurant. The three-course prix fixe is highway robbery. The restaurant also offers a dedicated vegetarian menu. Neither tapas nor prix-fixe menus are available on Saturday nights, so that's not the night to get your money's worth.
    Foggy Bottom
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