On the Map: D.C.’s New Wharf Neighborhood

Discover the capital’s latest hot spot.

By Zach Patton

Washington, D.C., will soon debut The Wharf, a $2.3 billion mile-long neighborhood along the Potomac River conceived from the ground up. Beginning October 12, visitors can amble along the marina and four public piers or take to the river with a kayak or paddleboard. The neighborhood has more than 20 new restaurants, such as Del Mar (791 Wharf St.; 202-525-1402) from Fabio Trabocchi (whose nearby Fiola recently nabbed a Michelin star) and an outpost of the beloved Hank’s Oyster Bar (701 Water St.; dinner for two, $50*). Other foodie finds include the three-story Stefanelli’s Italian Market, which opens in the spring.

Stroll up cobblestoned Pearl Street for great nightlife, including bars and live music venues such as Pearl Street Warehouse (33 Pearl St. SW; 202-380-9620) and Union Stage. Another spot, The Anthem (901 Wharf St. SW; 202-265-0930), is destined to become one of D.C.’s premier music halls, with a capacity of 6,000 and upcoming headliners Lorde and the National. (The Anthem’s owners also helm D.C.’s famous 9:30 Club, routinely rated one of the best live-music venues in the U.S.)

Many of the city’s other popular attractions are close by. The Wharf includes an update and expansion of the Municipal Fish Market (1100 Maine Ave. SW; 202-484-2722), the oldest continuously operating seafood market in the country. The Jefferson Memorial, the Smithsonian Museum and the National Mall are a stone’s throw away. And a new water-taxi system connects the Wharf to other parts of the city, such as historic Georgetown and quaint Old Town Alexandria, just across the river in Virginia, making it that much more convenient to explore the Wharf on your tour of D.C.

  • *Estimated meal prices do not include drinks, tax or tip.
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  • Published: October 2017