Ask an Insider: Where to get Cocktails and Craft Beer in Alexandria

Alexandria is known in the DC region as one of the best places for cocktails and craft beer, but don’t take our word for it. We’ve asked some of our favorite insiders, including locals and travel bloggers, for the best places to get drinks in Alexandria. Whether you’re planning date night or a low-key outing with friends, Alexandria has everything from creative cocktails in a secret speakeasy to a “Pedals and Pints” bike ride with America’s Best Small Brewery. Keep reading to see what our insiders said:

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Take 5 with: The Bacon Brothers

Last year, The Bacon Brothers stole our hearts when they performed a pop-up concert at Sugar Shack Donuts to support a good cause. This summer, Michael and Kevin Bacon are coming back to Alexandria for a three-night stand at The Birchmere, and we had a chance to connect with the brotherly rock duo to ask what they love about Alexandria and what fans can expect while they play at The Birchmere from July 22-24, 2016. Here are our five takeaways from The Bacon Brothers:

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8 Maker Spaces in Alexandria to DIY

You may not know it, but you’re a Maker. If you’ve ever taken something apart, put something together or done a DIY project, you’re part of the Maker Movement that’s become so popular, America was recently named a “Nation of Makers.” And Alexandria, Virginia is a haven for those who want to pursue their passion and spark their creativity. From beginners to experts, the possibilities for DIY creativity are endless in Alexandria with opportunities to make your own wardrobe and jewelry, build your own bike, design works of art, create plateware for your home or get your home-brewed beer on tap at a local brewery. It’s hard to imagine anything more satisfying than learning a skill in a creative community and being able to take home the final product. Keep reading to learn more about some of our favorite maker spaces in Alexandria.

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Things to Do in Alexandria’s Parker-Gray/Braddock Neighborhood

Alexandria’s Parker-Gray neighborhood near Braddock Metro in northwest Old Town is on the National Register of Historic Places, full of historic architecture and rich African American history with extraordinary restaurants and hidden gems. This guide highlights some of our favorite activities and restaurants in the Parker-Gray/Braddock neighborhood.

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Top 10 Places to Instagram in Alexandria

Alexandria’s vibrant row houses, picturesque cobblestone streets and stunning waterfront views make our historic city the perfect place to take impressive Instagram images. We’ve rounded up our top 10 places to Instagram in Alexandria with some of our favorite examples from local Instagrammers to help you scout out the best photo ops. Follow @VisitAlexVA to check out more images and be sure to tag #ExtraordinaryALX for a chance to be featured on Visit Alexandria’s social media.

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Date Ideas in Alexandria

Alexandria was recently named the Most Romantic City in the U.S, and many a romance has unfolded along our picturesque cobblestone streets and historic waterfront.

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7 Ways Alexandria is Like a European Old Town

Alexandria, Virginia is known as the city that’s “minutes from Washington, DC, yet a world away,” and when we say “a world away,” we mean it. Around every corner is a picturesque cobblestone streetscape, a surprising architectural detail, or a classic-style pub, all reminiscent of Europe—without the jet lag. Travel blogger Brianna from Casual Travelist said of Alexandria, “It’s a great walking city and much more European in style than many of the other East coast cities.”

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Top 8 Places to Carb Load Before the Big Race

Does all this sunshine have you walking (or running) with a spring in your step? With the warmer temperatures and longer days, now is the perfect time to prepare for the big race, whether it’s this spring’s George Washington Parkway Classic or training for the fall’s Marine Corps Marathon and Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, or one of many local 5k or 10k’s in between. Of course, Alexandria is home to some extraordinary places to run, but some of the most important training isn’t on your feet, it’s at the table. Keep reading for our list of the top 8 restaurants for carb loading before the big race, with tips from local experts.

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How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Alexandria

Been searching for St. Patrick’s Day plans in the D.C. region? Luckily you just found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow—we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Irish-inspired festivities and food specials happening this month in Alexandria to help you go green in a big way:

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