Dupont Circle is thriving with some of DC’s finest museums, restaurants and local hangouts. Consider just a few of the suggestions below to see why Dupont is one of the District’s most revered neighborhoods.
Places to go:
The Phillips Collection – Opened to the public in 1921, the Phillips Collection is America’s first museum of modern art. The museum was founded by Duncan Phillips and his mother Eliza Laughlin Phillips in honor of his father and brother who both passed away in 1917 and 1918 respectively. The Phillips Collection contains works by Renoir, Rothko, Bonnard, van Gogh and Diebenkorn, to name just a few. Currently, the museum is host to a wonderful collection of over 100 of Georgia O’Keeffe’s abstract paintings, drawings and watercolors dating from 1915 to the late 1970’s. Admission to the Phillips Collection is $12 for adults and $10 for students with a valid ID. If you’re looking for an evening out, try Phillips After 5! On the first Thursday of each month, the museum offers live jazz, gallery talks and demonstrations from 5-8:30pm. www.phillipscollection.org.
The Brewmaster’s Castle (Christian Heurich House Museum) – Washington’s most intact late-Victorian home, the Brewmaster’s Castle is a visit back in time to the late-19th Century. German immigrant, real estate magnate and philanthropist Christian Heurich finished the house in 1894 and resided there until his death in 1945 at the age of 102. Walking tours are available on Wednesdays by appointment and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11am & 1pm. www.brewmasterscastle.com
The Circle – Notorious for its confusing traffic patterns and legendary snowball fights, the Circle is a premier people watching destination. With numerous shady trees, park benches, chess tables and a beautiful marble carved fountain, picnic lunches and afternoon coffee breaks are commonplace in this park.
Places to eat:
Lauriol Plaza – Consistently rated as one of the best Mexican food restaurants in town, Lauriol Plaza is located just a few blocks north of the Circle. Lauriol is known for its tasty margaritas and delicious queso. Fair warning though – they don’t take reservations. If you’re planning on a dinner out for Friday or Saturday night, be prepared to wait a little while – this place is popular! www.lauriolplaza.com
Buffalo Billiards – If watching the game, playing pool and partaking in great happy hour deals sounds like you kind of time, a visit to Buffalo Billiards is a must! With over 40 TVs and 30 pools tables, not to mention darts and shuffleboard, this is a guaranteed good time. Try the waffle cut fries and chicken tenders – they’re TFAS staff favorites. www.buffalobilliards.com/dc
Kramerbooks & Afterwards: Bookstore and Café – Browse the varied selection reading materials while you wait for your table at one of the few independent bookstores left in DC. Called a “DC institution” by the New York Times, this unique bookstore/café combo boasts a full menu and one of the best weekend brunches in town. www.kramers.com
Additional noteworthy items:
- TFAS is also located in Dupont Circle! www.DCinternships.org
- The Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle has a pick up/drop off location just one block from the Dupont North metro entrance. This is a free and easy way for TFAS students to get to and from classes and campus activities on the Georgetown campus. http://otm.georgetown.edu/guts