One of the oldest symphonic choruses in DC, Choral Arts has sung alongside the National Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Mariinsky Orchestra (among others), before 100,000 people in Red Square after the fall of communism and as carolers on The West Wing.
When the Rolling Stones wanted a chorus to sing with them during their last gig on their "50 and Counting" tour, they knew who to call: The Washington Chorus. That unexpected melding of talent is a testament to the group's stellar reputation—the Grammy-winning ensemble is noted for its ability to engage a wide range of audiences. And they've done just that for more than 50 seasons, delighting ears with a repertoire of classical masterpieces and modern compositions. Equally committed to enriching their community, the chorus performs free concerts throughout the greater D.C. area, sponsors a junior choir, and gently corrects anyone who misspells "requiem."
Along with regularly airing the masters, the National Symphony Orchestra has commissioned more than 60 original works, and regularly provides educational opportunities and exhibitions to aspiring composers, conductors, and musicians. Since 1986, the symphony has been a stalwart affiliate of The Kennedy Center and puts on as many as 175 performances there annually. Seven crystal chandeliers presented by Norway to The Kennedy Center dangle below the concert hall's intricate acoustical canopy and stare down the organ standing sentry at the back of the stage.
At 51st State, you can snack away on tasty pub grub.
The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — 51st State has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on 51st State's patio.
You won't feel cramped at 51st State, even with a large party — the restaurant is perfect for large groups.
If crowds aren't your thing, it's best to visit 51st State during the slower weekday hours.
No need to put on airs for a trip to 51st State — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
If driving doesn't appeal, you can take public transportation, with a nearby stop at Foggy Bottom Metro (Blue, Orange).
You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking.
Thrifty diners will love the reasonable prices here as well, with a meal usually costing less than $15.
You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.
Casual American fare can be found at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon.
McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon is a fantastic spot to indulge and with no low-fat options, you'll need to save the diet for another day.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Bring the whole clan to McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight.
McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon can easily accommodate large groups or parties.
Dance the night away while McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon's DJ spins the latest tunes.
With the blasting music and the rambunctious crowd, noise levels at this restaurant can exceed a jackhammer.
If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the restaurant for a reservation first.
McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Don't feel like driving? Public transportation is right around the corner, with a nearby stop at Foggy Bottom Metro (Blue, Orange).
Drivers can find a space for their wheels on the street when dining at the restaurant's Pennsylvania Ave NW business.
Prices at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon.
If you're in Washington DC and you love the Big Easy (but lack the time or funds for a trip to New Orleans), there's a place for you. It’s called Bayou and it’s just up your ally. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue, and just a stone’s throw from the Foggy Bottom Metro, you’ll find the home of award winning New Orleans cuisine. But it's not just about the food here. There are drinks and dancing with such a lively atmosphere you'll wonder if you're on Bourbon Street. And if that's not enough, you can catch local and national recording artists or nightly specials on food and drink. Come see what they've got cookin' up by stopping at Bayou today.