Story and Photos courtesy Claire Oleksiak, Deputy Executive Director Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District
Baseball season is here, summer is rapidly approaching, and it’s time to visit the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood On Tappers! Baseball may have been your initial reason to visit the Capitol Riverfront in years past, but 2013 is a whole new ballgame.
This season it’s time to explore outside Nats Park as well because the neighborhood has lots to offer!
Arrive early, stay late or come hang out in the Capitol Riverfront when the Nationals are out of town. Want to impress your friends? Here’s what you need to know about the new restaurants, the parks, events, and other happenings in the neighborhood.
Strasburg is pitching and the Presidents are racing, life is good. Now, where to go for food and drinks in April? There are new restaurants in converted historic warehouses, alongside M Street office lobbies, and even in a sustainable building next to Canal Park that uses geothermal wells for heating/cooling systems. Check out these restaurants and be reminded of the oldies/goodies too.
Restaurants & Bars
Gordon Biersch Restaurant and Brewery 100 M St. SE
Park Tavern in Canal Park 200 M St. SE
Kruba Thai & Sushi 300 Water St. SE
Potbelly 301 Tingey St. SE
Justin’s Café 1025 First St. SE
Five Guys/Subway 1100 NJ Ave. SE
Fairgrounds Half Street, SE
By the AllStar break, the neighborhood will be rounding Third Base.
New to the Neighborhood
Bluejacket 300 Tingey St. SE
Buzz Bakery 300 Tingey St. SE
Nando’s PeriPeri 300 Tingey St. SE
Agua 301 301 Water St. SE
Osteria Morini 301 Water St. SE
Throughout May, June, July and August the list of new restaurants grows even longer. In addition to exploring the new restaurants, make sure to include a visit to the impressive Yards Park or Canal Park. These parks are in a league of their own and are two of the best public parks in DC.
Parks & Events
Both parks are located close to the ballpark and definitely worth a visit. Each park is also surrounded by many of the new restaurants. Yards Park is a 5.5 acre riverfront park between the Navy Yard campus and the ballpark, while Canal Park is a 3 acre linear park located at M and 2nd Streets SE. From the ballpark, you can easily access the Yards Park by the recently completed Riverwalk Trail located directly behind the First Base Gate entrance. Strolling to the park on the Riverwalk feels like you’re on the deck of an expansive ship. Canal Park is one block from the Navy Yard Metro at the New Jersey Ave exit/entrance. Avoid the crowds at the Half Street exit/entrance and instead walk over to Canal Park before or after a baseball game.
Both parks have interactive water features and large green spaces, plus iconic features like a 200ft spiral pedestrian bridge and the 20ft light cube—that make for a must have summer photoop. The parks are unique DC destinations, just the place to relax and recharge. They are a home run and unlike any other location in the city. You will be glad that you visited and caught one of the best kept secrets in DC... Both parks also have several events throughout the summer from large scale food/drink festivals to smaller ticketed events. Each park also has one weekly signature event that is free and open to the public:
Yards Park Concerts 355 Water St. SE Every Friday May 3rd–Aug 30th 6:30–8:30 pm
Enjoy a variety of local bands and a diverse line-up including bluegrass, Latin rock, reggae, your favorite covers and more. Bring a picnic or buy food onsite from local vendors and food trucks.
Canal Park Outdoor Movies 200 M St. SE Every Thursday May 30th–Aug 8th
Starting at sundown Moviegoers Assemble! It is DC vs. Marvel Comics! Each week come to support or derail your favorite heroes and villains as they battle it out on the big screen!
Now that you have survived spring training, it’s time to get off the bench and get in the game. Capitol Riverfront is the place to be this summer. Play ball!
For up-to-date info on the neighborhood, visit www.Capitolriverfront.org or follow on twitter @CapitolRvrFront.