“Okay, but it’s so nice!”
This was the refrain that my boyfriend and I uttered over and over again as we explored the newly developed Wharf area on D.C.’s Anacostia waterfront. We had both seen the projected drawings and read about the development with mild curiosity, but when the time came to actually explore around the area, I’m not sure we knew what to expect.
Of course, construction was still finishing up, and it’s clear that the interiors of some buildings need to be finished, but all in all, it’s a beautiful addition to the D.C. waterfront.
There are two or three piers that jut out into the Anacostia River, and here you can see the floating water gardens (so cool!) next to the pier.
We caught the Wharf at sunset, and it was a perfect way to spend a balmy fall Friday night.
Pearl Street Warehouse is one of two music venues in the new development, and has a gorgeous bar next to an intimate stage setting – it would be perfect for a smaller show. The other is The Anthem, owned and operating by the same people as legendary D.C. venue the 9:30 Club. There was a show the night we were walking by, and the environment was fun and electric.
Of the new restaurants in the area, there’s so much to pick from, especially by D.C. heavy hitters: Blue Bottle Coffee (still trying to get to the Georgetown location – it’s so far from my new place! If anyone wants to go, please let me know, maybe I need an accountability friend), Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi (Mallorcan food, so help me God), Dolcezza Gelato, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Kith and Kin (Carribbean), Kirwan’s Irish Pub, Lupo Marino (Italian), Potomac Distilling, Rappahannock Oyster Company, The Brighton (from Brixton founders), and more. There’s something for everyone, and every price point.
All in all, if you’re in the DC/MD/VA area, check out the Wharf, especially in a few months, or in the spring, as more shops open and the weather warms. You won’t want to miss it.