This chic, modern tavern is always a hot spot for drinks, food and private events. While the government is on hiatus, take advantage of their $4 mystery beers and $15 growler specials.
Belgian ales, mussels, and $1 Stella until the government reopens.
Members of Congress pay double at Kramerbooks, a DC institution and Gogobot favorite. Everyone else gets happy hour specials till close.
Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is the perfect spot to absorb some academic inspiration, duck into a chapel for a little peace and quiet, or catch a show at the Davis Performing Arts Center.
Catch the evening performance at historic Ford's Theatre, the site of Lincoln's assassination - although the theater will close during the day, the show must go on at night, even in the midst of a government crisis.
Ready to get away from government shutdown mania? While Great Falls National Park is officially closed, you can still hike the nearly five mile Billy Goat Trail. To access it, park by Old Angler's Inn and wander up the tow path. You're guaranteed to butt fewer horns than Congress....
What better way to absorb some DC atmosphere than picnicking at the Tidal Basin? Take in the view of the Jefferson Memorial as you munch.
Congress can't close down lively Dupont Circle, one of DC's most vibrant neighborhoods. Named for the big traffic circle at its center, come here for hip bars and restaurants.
As you wander through Georgetown, don't forget to stop at the Exorcist stairs, sure to send chills up your spine even after all these years.
Forget the Smithsonian. The Phillips houses one of the country's largest modern art collections - including works from Klee, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer, Henri Matisse, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, and Vincent van Gogh. And since the collection is in private...