More than just the birthplace of Duke Ellington, Shaw is a frolic through District paradise. From carefully curated cocktails to multimedia art galleries and thoughtful shops, this little 'hood speaks for itself. This week, our friends at Yelp show you exactly why Shaw is so Shawsome!
A delicate lemon twist, a dash of bitters, a meticulous stir and voila! The masterful mixologists of Morris are crafting cocktails for the shakers and stirrers of the District. All drinks on the rotating monthly cocktail menu are $12. The hand cut ice and house made Falernum, Limoncello, and Curacao deserve a nod as well. This bright and airy space was inspired by Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel” and is full of comfortable nooks and crannies to curl up with a drink and good company. 1020 7th St NW, 202-962-0400
Hidden right among the hustle and bustle of the city, Blagden Alley is a mix of storied walls, street art, delicious eats, killer cocktails and mid-day coffee breaks. Photographer pros and amateurs alike can have a field day with the ivy covered bricks, secret gates, and art work proclaiming everything from Black Girl Magic to love. Blagden Alley NW
The sights, sounds and tastes of Hong Kong come alive in this bustling restaurant tucked away in a corner of Blagden Alley. Conversation and cocktails run freely here and tables will groan with platters of chili wontons, salt baked prawns, char siu, and dan dan noodles. The beverage program is carefully curated around traditional Chinese medicinal beliefs and offers cures for hangovers, heartaches and head colds. Save room for their bubble waffle dessert, an Instagrammable masterpiece featuring exotic ice cream flavors, tropical fruit, and Pocky! 922 N. St. (Rear) NW, Blagden Alley, 202-733-1152
Owned by a fifth generation master herbalist and naturopath, Calabash Tea & Tonic is serving up a healthy dose of self-love with every cup they pour. A sense of serenity and good feelings will overcome you in this funky, soulful shop. From the brain boosting “Get My Mind Right” to the spicy and smooth aphrodisiac “Love Potion #10 Chai,” each drink is expertly picked to cure any ailment you may have. 1847 7th St. NW, 202-525-5386
Brought to you by the same people who gave us District favorites, Boundary Stone and The Red Hen, All Purpose Pizza takes home the title for top slice in the District. This friendly neighborhood spot features an incredible pizza (the crust was developed by a pastry chef!), housemade charcuterie, sandwiches and other Italian-American favorites. High-quality ingredients are the name of the game here so anything you order is sure to be a winner. 1250 9th St. NW, 202-849-6174
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Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHY VIA YELP.COM FROM THE BUSINESS OWNER (CALABASH TEA & TONIC); USER NATASHA S (TIGER FORK); FROM THE BUSINESS OWNER (MORRIS); USER MICHAEL U (ALL PURPOSE PIZZERIA). USER KIMBERLY S (BLAGDEN ALLEY)