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.
Trendy eatery featuring a seasonal New American menu, custom cocktails and stylish, rustic decor.
Turkish-inspired fish sandwiches and tacos plus craft beers in a modern, counter-serve setting.
Converted garage houses a counter-serve shop for creative sandwiches made from local ingredients.
Farm-to-fork eatery with a dynamic menu of modern European fare, plus a roof deck and sidewalk seats.
Traditional, home-cooked Thai fare with complex flavors and cocktails in a funky space.
The New American menu changes with the seasons at this gastropub with exposed-brick decor and patio.
Hip haunt with tin ceilings and exposed-brick walls that serves up elevated pub grub and specialty cocktails.
Unpretentious cash-only bar specializing in snacks, beer and sports out of Chicago & Detroit.
Sharp seafood eatery serving oysters, stylish cocktails by the pitcher and more in brick-walled digs.
Outdoor beer garden serving German brews at picnic tables. Open seasonally.
Convenient store and grocery that also serves ice cream.
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.
This long-standing, family-owned grocery store carries ethnic foods, private labels, meat and produce.
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 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.
A studio that specializes in small group, integrated fitness classes – including the reformer, chair, TRX, kettlebells, stability balls, mat pilates, yoga, barre and more.
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 offers Washington DC’s most comprehensive approach to fitness, health, and sports for clients of all ages and activity levels.