As one of Washington D.C.’s oldest neighborhoods, the area has a rich history, and a surplus of dining and nightlife options fuel the area’s recent renovations.

Welcome to Shaw

Historic yet hip millennial landing pad

If you’re hunting for a neighborhood that boasts a quick commute downtown while maintaining a bustling entertainment scene of its own, you’ll love Shaw. In Washington D.C.'s northwest quadrant, Shaw is a conveniently located economic hub with plenty of access to transportation. As one of Washington D.C.’s oldest neighborhoods, the area has a rich history, and a surplus of dining and nightlife options fuel the area’s recent renovations. Staggered historic Italianate row houses provide texture to the landscape, while newly constructed condominiums cater to the area’s growing population.

What to Love

   History without haughtiness
  •  Authentic personality
    Hidden gem eateries 
   Vibrant arts scene

People & Lifestyle

Shaw’s revitalized urban atmosphere draws crowds from all walks of life. Some families have lived in Shaw for generations, but newcomers have gained momentum in recent years as the neighborhood’s revival has reached full swing.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

You don’t need to look far to find delectable cuisine in Shaw. From traditional dishes in Little Ethiopia to quiet alleyway eateries to world-class alfresco dining, Shaw has it all. The Dabney is Blagden Alley’s resident Michelin-starred restaurant, serving elevated plates of rustic Mid-Atlantic favorites in a renovation rowhouse. Wood-fired Italian cuisine meets American comfort food at Red Hen. This industrial space features an open kitchen concept that keeps diners close to the action. For brunch with French flair, make a reservation at Convivial. This upscale cafe is dishing up handcrafted cocktails and decadent French-American fares. 

For drinks after work, try Right Proper Brewing Company. With plates of Southern-style cooking and craft brews made on-site, this can’t-miss brewery is a hit with locals. After hours, head to the legendary 9:30 Club for live music. This concert hall has been intrinsic to Shaw’s nightlife scene since its opening in 1980.

Things to Do

There is always something happening around Shaw, which attributes to its rising popularity. 

Historic Blagden Alley is now home to an outcropping of cafes and retailers as well as living art. Shop walls sport murals and mosaics created by local artists as part of the D.C. Alley Museum. To interact with history, head to the African-American Civil War Memorial, which commemorates the United States Colored Troops who fought for freedom during the American Civil War. 

During a night out, catch a show at historic Howard Theatre or a jazz performance at Dunbar Theatre. Landmark’s Atlantic Plumbing Cinema is a hotspot for arthouse films and indie flicks, and their full bar and restaurant makes dinner and a movie simple. 

You can’t miss the Shaw Library’s stunning architecture. The natural light streaming through the glass enclosure makes this innovative library a dreamy destination for bookworms. 

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