We may be biased but our Navy Yard neighborhood is one of the most vibrant and exciting places to be in D.C., partly because there’s always something going on and partly because we can get in on all the action first hand. Seriously, this neighborhood is constantly opening the next popular bar or restaurant and hosting some of the most anticipated events in the area – not to mention they’re always in walking distance of 1221 Van. Make this summer one to remember by taking advantage of everything that is happening in this growing area. We’ve outlined a few spots we’re most excited about below, so make sure to check them out!
The long awaited and highly anticipated opening of Mission happened on Saturday, July 14th right below 1221 Van. This bar features a two-story atrium and has all the tacos and margs you could ever need for Taco Tuesdays. Also, we should probably mention that they do an unreal brunch deal involving bottomless margaritas and guacamole. Is it the weekend yet?
2. Outdoor Movie Series
Although we didn’t have a Gal Gadot or Kristen Wiig sighting this summer when they were filming the newest Wonder Woman movie in D.C. (*sigh*) we can look forward to seeing one of our favorite superheroes on the big screen soon. The Outdoor Movie Series will be showing Wonder Woman at Canal Park on Thursday, August 9th at sundown. Gather a few friends and pack some snacks for a perfect early start to the weekend.
3. Kayak Tour on the Anocostia River
Living at 1221 Van means water-side living right by the Anacostia River. Celebrate the summer with an evening kayak adventure with Anacostia Riverkeeper. The tour group will meet up at The Yards Marina at 5:30pm and enjoy an hour and a half coast down the river. The first 10 people who show up will receive a free experience while anyone after that will pay $20. This unique and Instagram-worthy adventure (if you’re brave enough to take your phone on the kayak) will occur July 26th and August 2nd.
The infamous pregame spot for Nat’s games, The Bullpen, will be hosting their monthly festival called Truckeroo on August 10th and September 14th. Truckeroo is an opportunity for you to try delicious food from some of D.C.’s best food trucks! Steps away from 1221 Van’s front door, there will also be live music, cold beer and drinks, and an array of fun games to add to the entertainment. Check out this iconic D.C. spot when you get the chance!
If you haven’t tried out Chloe, one of the hottest new restaurants in Navy Yard from chef Haidar Karoum, you need to put it on your summer bucket list. This eclectic and travel-inspired restaurant has been getting praise since its opening. The décor and aesthetic are beautiful and the food is perfectly satisfying. Order a crisp white wine and enjoy a summer evening dining at one of the best spots in town.
Photo courtesy of Mission Navy Yard.