How To Have Fun On An Independent Night In DC

Planning to head to DC for some time alone? We’ve got five top ideas for you on how to spend your time, including tips on where to go on your own, what to eat depending on your mood, and where to drink.


Start out with an afternoon at the museums. While most of the Smithsonians close at 5:30 pm, spots like the Hirshhorn often have occasional late night or evening hours, making this activity the perfect independent venture. Stroll through the museum and take in the beautiful sights.

Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000

Go Shopping

Head over to Georgetown’s M Street for a fun day of hitting the stores. You’ll find classy boutiques along with designer shops and more budget-friendly options, including a Madewell and Anthropologie. Not so much into clothing? You can visit the Apple Store for some tech gadgets or go to Jonathan Adler for home decor.

Head out for a Casual Dinner

Our pick for a quiet, fun dinner near the St. Gregory Hotel? Head over to Adams Morgan’s Jack Rose Dining Saloon. The cool, whiskey-centric spot specializes in delicious, old-school American fare, so you can enjoy mushroom risotto and poached hake with your drink.

2007 18 St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-7388

Enjoy a Fancy Dinner

Looking to splurge while you’re in town? Classy Indian spot Rasika is the place to go for a meal of modern Indian cuisine. Our favorites here include the salmon tandoori, which combines the spicy, rich flavorful tandoori paste with a light seafood taste.

1190 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
(202) 466-2500

Have a Drink at the St. Gregory Hotel

Don’t want to venture too far outside of the hotel? Just go downstairs to Tredici Enoteca, the St. Gregory’s Mediterranean restaurant, where you can hang out with a glass of wine. Bring a book and stay for a while before heading upstairs for the night.

2033 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 888-2899