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The Best D.C. Places to Unwind After Work



There is no better feeling than packing up and leaving the office after a busy workday. When you’re sitting at a desk all day, it can be easy to feel like you’re not taking advantage of what D.C. has to offer, or like your computer is your only friend. This is why it is important to sometimes unwind not in your PJs on the couch. With two amazing locations, AdvantEdge Workspaces has you covered with the best places to unwind after work in D.C.- no Uber or Metro ride necessary.

1. Gather at a Gallery

If you’re looking for a more solitary way to unwind, walking through a gallery offers a great way to see art and forget about the outside world. Our L Street location is within walking distance to The Phillips Collection. On Thursday, the museum stays open until 8:30. Check out the Rothko room, grab a coffee at the on-site Tryst, and get lost in the art!

2. Retail Therapy

Indulge in some classic retail therapy after work at our Chevy Chase location. You don’t even need to step outside to peruse H&M, Old Navy, and J.Crew. For those looking for some high-end items (or just some window shopping) Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's and Brooks Brothers are a short walk away. If clothing isn’t your Achilles heel, check out Michael’s, Sephora or World Market for some unique finds!


3. Attend an Event

If your idea of happy hour involves learning something new rather than sipping on a cocktail, we’ve got you covered. On L Street, you’ll be within walking distance to the D.C. Improv or Kramer Books & Afterwords. If your interests lean more towards music, The Kennedy Center hosts free concerts at their Millennium Stage. So whether you want to laugh, hear from a new author, or take in some music, at L Street you’ll never run out of interesting events to attend!

4. The Classic Happy Hour

You can’t go wrong with the classic after-work happy hour. Whether you need a drink or some appetizers, restaurants and bars offer amazing deals for the working crowd. In Friendship Heights, Lia’s offers beer “supermugs” for under $10 and half price burgers. Right next to AdvantEdge’s space in the Chevy Chase Pavilion is Chatter, a local hangout spot that has $3 select drafts beers and $5 rail drinks!


Near L Street there are many places for a traditional happy hour, but why sit inside a bar when you can be on the roof? Sauf Haus Bier Hall is a great place to gather with a large group at their traditional long tables. You can even get a boot of beer if it has been an especially long day! Another option is the Top of the Gate bar at the Watergate Hotel. With stunning views of D.C. and the Potomac, this place is great for an extra special happy hour with friends or coworkers!

No matter what AdvantEdge location you’re in, there are a plethora of ways to unwind once the clock strikes 5! The neighborhoods are convenient, accessible, and you have the city at your fingertips. Without even swiping your metro card, you have so many options of things to do after work. But if you do want to venture to a different part of the city, no worries, as our locations are Metrorail accessible and on multiple bus lines. Say no to boring office parks and yes to AdvantEdge’s amazing spaces!

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Written by Juliana Levinson

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