As we get closer to the start of the Fall 2019 semester, you’ll want to know what’s #AroundElliott so you can keep yourself entertained while you’re on or around campus. Use this as a guide to some of the popular places for food, studying, and killing time before class!
When you need a break:
- Free in DC: All 16 Smithsonian museums are free, including the zoo! The Renwick Gallery is just a 5-minute walk from the Elliott School.
- Memorials and monuments are all over the city and are scenic environments for studying, tanning, picnicking, etc!
- There are some great outdoor spaces, and you can take the 80 bus from Elliott to the Kennedy Center to catch their daily, free shows at 6pm!
- Rawlins Park (directly in front of the Elliott School), or the no-name park next to it in front of the General Services Administration building.
- Square 80 Park (South Yard) on campus is hidden between Strong Hall, South Hall, and Guthridge Hall, accessible from G or 21st streets.
- Anniversary Park, next to the Foggy Bottom Grocery store (aka FoBoGro) and accessible from F St.
When you need sustenance:
- It’s both great and terrible to have both a Starbucks and a 7-11 attached to the Elliott School Building
- Cafe Aria at 19th and F is great if you need something quick, but can’t get too far from Elliott. They offer breakfast (sandwiches, bagels, strombolis) and lunch (sandwiches, pizzas, more strombolis) every day.
- District House: This place has something for everyone: a Chik-fil-A, Sol Mexican Food, Wiseguys Pizza and more! It can get pretty busy during the semester, but luckily there’s also plenty of food trucks…
- Food Truck Fiesta: DC has seen the food truck scene get pretty wild, and there are always trucks set up around campus. If you aren’t near the library or at the metro, the closest line of food trucks to the Elliott building is near the State Department on Virginia Ave. Some ESIAGrad office favorites include Far East Taco, DC Fried Chicken, and Captain Cookie (which also has a brick and mortar store on campus!)
- GCDC, short for Grilled Cheese DC, is exactly what it sounds like. Grilled cheese galore. On top of that, any of their grilled cheese delights can be made into a quesadilla or mac & cheese dish, so you have choices when it comes to your preferred cheese platter
- Whole Foods: The Whole Foods on campus (22nd & I) has a hot food bar for noodles, sandwiches, pizza, and just about anything else your heart could desire. There’s also a bar with beers on tap or you can choose from their loose bottles. There’s tons of seating inside and a little patio around the entrance, great for people watching!
When you need to unwind after class:
- Tonic at Quigley’s is a campus staple! And where French President Emmanual Macron ate lunch before his Town Hall on campus in April 2018. We recommend the “Totchos,” which are tater-tots with nacho fixin’s
- Elephant & Castle, though a chain, has a solid happy hour for the grad student on a budget who also wants a delicious pretzel
- The rooftop of the Hive Hotel at Virginia and F is where you want to go for frosé on a hot Friday in July. You’ll also have a pretty lovely view of the city and campus
- The Bottom Line is a dive bar, so set your expectations accordingly and order yourself some greasy, bacon and cheddar wrapped tots