Our Time Is Now, Georgetown

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‘Georgetown Waterfront’
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In Monday’s print edition of the Express, there was an article called “Reclaim Your Territory” by Fiona Zublin. (If the Express web site wasn’t so darn hard to use, I’d be able to find it and link to you, but I quit after 5 minutes of searching. But that is a whole ‘nother Daily Feed.) The article gleefully stated that since this past weekend was the end of the Georgetown school year, and the summer interns haven’t descended upon DC quite yet, those of you usually skittish of M Street and Wisconsin should head there now to take part in the momentary peace.

I’ll second this suggestion to head to G-town, but up the ante on recommendations. Zublin said to head over to Third Edition and Paulo’s, but I’m going to go farther out on a limb, since I don’t think of Paulo’s as generally mobbed by the GU crowd. I have to admit, some of my most fun nights of going all-out have been at Mr. Smiths, and if I can do that without getting hit on by a 20-year old psych major? Yes, please.

I’m also partial to the Georgetown waterfront, you all know how I feel about things on the water, though after a weird night at the beginning of last summer with a slightly euro-trashy main-chain-wearing crowd, I haven’t returned since. I’d happily give it a go during this down time. So what about you? Any Georgetown bars or places you’d like to hit up while we’ve got a respite from the ususal smattering of denim mini skirts and Miller Lite drinking frat boys?

Katie moved to DC in 2007, and has since embarked upon a love affair with the city. She’s an education reform advocate and communications professional during the day; at night and on the weekends, she’s an owner here at We Love DC. Katie has high goals to eat herself through the entire city, with only her running shoes to save her from herself. For up-to-the-minute news and reviews (among other musings), follow her on Twitter!

13 thoughts on “Our Time Is Now, Georgetown

  1. If you’re looking for Italian food, Papa Razzi is better than Paolo’s any day, although the wait staff at Paolo’s is much nicer.

    Also, I’d like to point out that the University doesn’t have fraternities (save the ones not associated with it), so you’re really taking a break from all the drunk future senators.

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  3. The only place I willingly set foot in in G-town if Birreria Paradiso. The rest could burn down and I wouldn’t care, unless I was actually in G-town at the time, which is highly unlikely.

  4. We were young once. We trooped to Georgetown to pour over the racks at Smash! and maybe eat some falafel.

    Smash! is gone now, closed then re-opened and moved to Adams Morgan. The main draws of Georgetown now are Paradiso on a quiet night or a WPA/C opening in the old Staples.

    But, of course, we are no longer young.

  5. Go Screw! You don’t even live in DC. Have fun in Arlington and keep your ageist thoughts to yourself.

  6. Real DC, Go Screw? Is that even an insult? I think you might be wishing me well. Also, I’m so sick of people saying Arlington isn’t legit, sigh, passe.

  7. It sounds to me like “Real DC Citizen” (who is probably a college student and therefore more transient than anyone) is wishing Katie a fun weekend. Hey Katie? Go screw!

  8. Clearly you two are not familiar with the greatest morning DJ’s on the planet, Opie and Anthony, or else you would realize that “go screw” is indeed an insult. While I used to be a college student here, that is no longer the case. I’ll be living in DC for a long time, and I’ve already been here for 6 years, so I’m not a member of the typical transient DC population. Maybe I should complain that people like the author of this blog move in to the area and take over MY bars. That would be infantile and stupid, just like the original post, because DC is a city of transplants and college students. Finally, Arlington is not “legit” DC any more than living in Hoboken is “legit” New York City. You’re a bridge and tunneler, as they say in New York, so just deal with it.

  9. You’re welcome to your opinion RDCC, but please do try to keep it civil. Make sure you read the comment policy at some point. And try to remember that just because some people live in Arlington, and some people live in Silver Spring and some people live in Oxon Hill, it doesn’t mean we’re all not part of the same greater community.

    So, if you’re obsessed with lines in the sand, that’s fine, but there’s no need to be a jackass about it.

  10. I can only assume that the last two posts were some sort of husband and wife tag team attack. I’ll address the civility issue first. Perhaps I was not as civil as I should have been, but that does not mean that you both had to resort to calling me names. Tiffany, I’m glad that you found it necessary to disparage the mentally handicapped to get a dig in at me. Bravo. Tom, thanks for painting me as some obsessive idiot. You are both very mature.

    Moving on, I’m no xenophobe. I’ve spent a significant amount of time out of the country and I am always looking to learn about other cultures. Such a thirst to learn about others also extends to the different regions of this country. I have no problem with people moving here, loving the area (as they should), and claiming it as their new home. I just don’t like it when some woman who has lived in the area for all of 2 years claims that she has some right to a stretch of bars that are supposedly “ruined” by people who actually live literally steps from the bars. Pointing out that the original poster lives in Arlington was more of a rhetorical device than an actual expression of animosity towards those who do not live in the District proper. I’m not saying that those who live in the suburbs of DC have no right to come in and enjoy what the District has to offer. Just don’t pretend that you have some claim to an area when it is painfully clear that you do not.

    As for the original complaint concerning college students in the District, there have been college students in DC since 1789. If you do not wish to share your bars with college students, then go to one of the many fine bars in Arlington or Bethesda. When you come across the Key Bridge, you should expect to be surrounded by kids who are looking to do exactly the same thing you are, have a good time. If you could get over your self importance and envy of their youth maybe you could have as good a time as they do.

    As for Opie and Anthony, if you don’t like them, don’t listen to them. I understand they’re not for everybody. The quote from them was more of an inside joke I made to myself (lame, I know) than an attempt to be crass.

  11. We’re just two writers who helped found the site, RDCC, not some barely-restrained husband and wife crime duo waiting to come after people.

  12. Since you’re a self-proclaimed Opie & Anthony enthusiast, it’s clear that I could not have offended you that deeply, and your faux indignation is noted.

    For the record, the Rosslyn/Courthouse/Clarendon corridor is closer and more convenient to Georgetown than most of DC itself is, so if you’re really so offended on behalf of people who live “steps” from Georgetown, you might consider looking at a map.

    What IS offensive is the idea that someone whose dollars support local business, whose sales, drinks, and entertainment taxes go straight into District coffers, and who volunteers a considerable amount of her free time to be a frequent, active, and enthusiastic promoter of DC business is deserving of your verbal abuse for the one time she dared have the AUDACITY to suggest that Georgetown might be a bit more enjoyable without the popped-collar crowd, simply because she happens to live across the river. That’s outrageous. And completely nonsensical.

    We don’t have to paint you as anything- your behavior speaks for itself.