Bloomingdale is one of the more highly sought after neighborhoods in DC. Located less than 2-miles directly north of the Capitol Building it provides easy access to The Mall but boasts enough things to do that you’ll never have to leave. Whether it’s food, music, arts, or a quiet stroll in a park, you’ll be sure to find something satisfying just a few steps away.
Go For A Walk In The Park – Crispus Attucks Park
Hidden in the heart of Bloomingdale is Crispus Attucks Park. An acre-and-a-quarter in size, it is an oasis for Bloomingdale residents. Located in the center of a city block and surrounded on all sides by the iconic Bloomindale row-houses, you’re likely not to know it’s there unless you go looking for it. But once you do, you’ll be glad you did.
Crispus Attucks Park is community-owned and managed, meaning most of the work on the park is done by volunteers and is a great way to meet other Bloomingdale residents.
Named after Crispus Attucks, an African American who was killed in the Boston Massacre and who many believe was the first person killed in the American Revolution, the park offers a green oasis for locals. And mark your calendar every mid-May for the annual Bloomingdale Community Day.
Music, Comedy & Community – Big Bear Cafe
Located on the south end of 1st Street, Big Bear Cafe is a popular spot for locals to grab a cup of coffee and start their day. The breakfast menu is served until 3 p.m.and the late-day menu from noon until close. But it’s the evening events that make Big Bear Care more than you run of the mill neighborhood restaurants. Depending on the night, you’ll find opportunities to enjoy everything from bluegrass to movie nights, comedy, and community discussions. And if you’re looking for a place to host an event, Big Bear is the perfect setting for weddings, birthday dinners, baby showers, etc. Or if you need a bigger space, you can reserve the entire second floor.
Open Weekdays at 7am and Weekends at 7:30am. Closes Sun to Wed at 8:30pm, Thu thru Sat at 9pm.
(202) 643-9222, 1700 1st St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Take Your Dog Out For A Beer – The Pub & The People
In the southeast corner of Bloomindale, you’ll find The Pub & The People, a surprising gastropub that was voted Best Neighborhood Bar in Washington DC in 2019. In the basement, there is an urban microgreen farm that supplies fresh herbs and greens for the kitchen.
Dog owners know there’s less to do with their four-legged family members in the winter, so The Pub & The People set up a dog-friendly holiday tent, providing a great opportunity to get get out and enjoy.
Sunday thru Thursday 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM, Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM – 3:00 AM
(202) 796-5820, 1648 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Take An Art Class – Creative Grounds
If you are a fan of art and creative expression – as well as coffee – rejoice! Creative Grounds is not just a place for good eats and coffee but also exists to foster and support the creativity and expression of the community. They provide art classes, gallery space, and rentals, as well as a roster of workshops and activities for adults such as Visual Arts and Movement, as well as for opportunities for children.
1822 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20002
Drink Whiskey – Boundry Stone Public House
Boundry Stone is a classic neighborhood pub known for its warm, welcoming environment, delicious food, eclectic beer menu, and whiskey! If you’re a whiskey connoisseur you’ll find dozens of options distilled in places from Alabama to Scotland (of course!) to Japan. The regular menu is on the upper end of standard pub fare, but there is also a delightful Brunch Menu served Saturdays, Sundays and Monday Holidays. Keep an eye out for the Bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas.
Monday nights at Boundry Stone you’ll find Open Mic Night, and every Tuesdays is an event called District Trivia.
There are four different areas, including a patio, available for private events, and if you really need to you can reserve the entire pub!
Open Mon-Thu at 4:00, Friday at Noon and Sat-Sun at 10:00am.
(202) 621-6635, 116 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Take A Music Lesson – 7DrumCity
Located in a re-provisioned row house on the East edge of Bloomingdale, 7DrumCity is a music incubator; a place for music fans to listen, learn, rehearse and perform. They provide musical education for guitar, piano, voice, and drum. This musician’s oasis also offers soundproof practice rooms, organized jam sessions as well as “FLASHBAND”, an organized themed showcase of one-time bands who meet at a jam session and then play a show 1 month later.
1506 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20002
See Granny & The Boys – Showtime Bar
Located in the center of the neighborhood, Showtime features a mix of yummy drinks and fun entertainment. The jukebox contains more than 2,000 tracks of jazz, soul, R&B, and ‘60s hits, but the highlight is on Saturday nights when the house band, Granny & The Boys take the stage. The band is led by octogenarian Alice Donahue who plays keyboards.
113 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001