The Van Dorn neighborhood in Alexandria’s West End is filled with hidden gems, outdoor adventures and some of the best craft beer experiences and affordable ethnic restaurants in the D.C. region. The neighborhood, which has received buzz in 2017 with the opening of pre-Prohibition inspired Portner Brewhouse, is accessible via the Van Dorn Street Metro stop on the Blue Line, and is most easily navigated by bike or car. Keep reading for our top things to do in Alexandria’s Van Dorn neighborhood.
Halloween in Alexandria is so legendary, one day is not enough to experience all of the eclectic tricks and treats throughout October. Whether you’re in search of hair-raising haunts, family fun, or simply want to satisfy your sweet-tooth, celebrate “witch-ever” way you prefer all month long with these eekstraordinary parties, tours, events and more.
When temperatures start to fall, nothing warms you up like a cup of good cheer. Thankfully, Alexandria is practically overflowing with holiday spirit(s)! From special brews to festive cocktails, mulled wine and artisan cider, Alexandria restaurants and pubs are concocting and pouring yummy holiday drinks that will keep you toasty and toasting all the way to New Year’s and beyond.
Don’t want to be left out in the cold? Read on for our list of the top seasonal spirits in Alexandria! And of course, please drink responsibly (remember, too much eggnog got Grandma run over by a reindeer!).
As August winds down, so does Virginia Craft Beer Month—but that doesn’t mean the celebration has to stop! Continue reading
Foodie-ism is on the rise, where now, Instagrammed dinner pictures are practically an art form. But what about drinks? Drinks are cool too! Especially drinks in Alexandria, a place where wine, cocktails, juices and brews (of all kinds) are taken very seriously. Continue reading
Who says patriotic parties end after the Fourth? Not Alexandrians! This weekend, visitors are in for treats of epic proportions, featuring Alexandria’s birthday celebration (equipped with waterfront fireworks, of course) and a massive Civil War reenactment at Fort Ward, plus a first ever pub crawl brought to you by Port City Brewing Co. Continue reading
On June 29, 2012, a wild thunderstorm known as a “derecho” whipped through the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, destroying homes and businesses, and leaving millions without power. Alexandria was no different—lights went out across the city, which down in the West End’s Port City Brewing Co. meant 13,000 gallons of beer were in jeopardy. Continue reading
After more than 260 years on the map, Alexandria has not only hosted American presidents (ever heard of George Washington?) but become an award-winning cultural hotspot filled with killer restaurants, independent boutiques and an incredible arts and cultural scene. You’ve found yourself here, but where to begin? Continue reading