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Shaw's historic streets are home to iconic row houses and exciting cultural hotspots where one can enjoy a show at the Howard Theater followed by food and drinks at any number of the neighborhood's hip and fun restaurants and bars. © NCinDC

Shaw Redemption

Shaw is a Northwest neighborhood just east of Dupont Circle and south of Adams Morgan with a rich history and culture rooted firmly to DC’s African-American history. Shaw has long been a center of Washington’s music scene with the Lincoln Theatre, Howard Theater, Bohemian Caverns, and other clubs and historic jazz venues. Duke Ellington’s childhood home was on the 1200 block of T St. In recent years, it has rapidly become one of the most diverse sections of the city, popular for its live jazz, bars, art galleries and high-end nightclubs. Incredible food can be found in the internationally renowned Little Ethiopia located on 9th Street, just south of U Street. Other important Washington cultural institutions include The African-American Civil War Museum, The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, and Ben’s Chili Bowl.

Because much of it was developed between 1862 and 1900, a majority of Shaw, characterized by beautiful Victorian row houses has been designated a historic district. New luxury apartments are designed with smart urban living in mind and many are pet-friendly.

In recent years, Shaw has become the most sought-after neighborhood for renowned restauranteurs and small businesses. Although receiving increasing national attention, Shaw has been a hidden gem for Washingtonians, with accessible and authentic local venues, especially in the Blagden Alley Naylor Court historic area.

Shaw is serviced by the U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo stop on the Metro’s yellow and green lines. Walk a few blocks and you can also enjoy upscale shopping and boutiques in City Center or drinks on 14th Street.


  • Thally


    © Urban Igloo

    Trendy eatery featuring a seasonal New American menu, custom cocktails and stylish, rustic decor.

  • Fishnet


    © Urban Igloo

    Turkish-inspired fish sandwiches and tacos plus craft beers in a modern, counter-serve setting.



    © Urban Igloo

    Converted garage houses a counter-serve shop for creative sandwiches made from local ingredients.

  • Table


    © Urban Igloo

    Farm-to-fork eatery with a dynamic menu of modern European fare, plus a roof deck and sidewalk seats.

  • Thai Xing

    Thai Xing

    © Urban Igloo

    Traditional, home-cooked Thai fare with complex flavors and cocktails in a funky space.

Bars and Music

  • Shaw’s Tavern

    Shaw’s Tavern

    © Urban Igloo

    The New American menu changes with the seasons at this gastropub with exposed-brick decor and patio.

  • A&D


    © Urban Igloo

    Hip haunt with tin ceilings and exposed-brick walls that serves up elevated pub grub and specialty cocktails.

  • Ivy and Coney

    Ivy and Coney

    © Urban Igloo

    Unpretentious cash-only bar specializing in snacks, beer and sports out of Chicago & Detroit.

  • Eat the Rich

    Eat the Rich

    © Urban Igloo

    Sharp seafood eatery serving oysters, stylish cocktails by the pitcher and more in brick-walled digs.

  • Dacha Beer Garden

    Dacha Beer Garden

    © Urban Igloo

    Outdoor beer garden serving German brews at picnic tables. Open seasonally.


  • Elbo Market

    Elbo Market

    © Urban Igloo

    Convenient store and grocery that also serves ice cream.

  • Giant


    © Urban Igloo

    Built upon the same principles as the O Street Market, fresh meets convenience at the Giant Food just below the City Market at O apartments.

  • Capitol Supermarket

    Capitol Supermarket

    © Urban Igloo

    This long-standing, family-owned grocery store carries ethnic foods, private labels, meat and produce.


  • solidcore


    © Urban Igloo

    With the goal to help create happy, strong, and solid individuals Solidcore is the place to go for intense, full-body workouts and a motivational and exciting atmosphere.

  • American Parkour Academy

    American Parkour Academy

    © The Fit Crasher

    American Parkour improves people’s lives by promoting, teaching, and advancing the discipline of parkour. Parkour provides a unique, full body fitness experience for those looking to do something a little bit different for their fitness.

  • Reformation Fitness

    Reformation Fitness

    © Urban Igloo

    A studio that specializes in small group, integrated fitness classes – including the reformer, chair, TRX, kettlebells, stability balls, mat pilates, yoga, barre and more.

  • Xtend Barre

    Xtend Barre

    © The Fit Crasher

    A twist on the usual barre classes, XTend Barre uses elements of dance, ballet, and Pilates together to create high energy, fun, and intense workouts. The studio’s super chic, modern interior and warm, inviting Xtend Barre team help to create a sanctuary for escaping daily stressors and having fun while you get your sweat on.

  • Balance Gym

    Balance Gym

    © The Fit Crasher

    Balance Gym offers Washington DC’s most comprehensive approach to fitness, health, and sports for clients of all ages and activity levels.