Think you know King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, minutes from Washington, D.C.? Prepare to be delighted when you venture beyond lower King Street near the waterfront and head west of Washington Street to explore more of this historic mile. Already known for its top-notch dining, date night spots, signature boutiques and live music scene, middle and upper King Street is buzzing with newly opened and relocated gems. Keep reading for an insider’s look at can’t-miss new and longtime favorite destinations. And this summer, don’t miss $2 parking at City-owned garages and lots, plus year-round free meter parking on Sundays.
Toast a Night Out
From pre-dinner aperitifs to late-night nightcaps and everything in between, visit upper King Street’s expanding drink destinations. Lounge in the newly rebranded, literary-themed The Study at Morrison House, one block from King on S. Alfred Street, where you can order unconventional house cocktails such as the Jerk-Spiced Kingston Negroni, along with regionally-sourced small plates. Nearby on N. Alfred Street, The People’s Drug serves up drinkable works of art up in a tiny, neon-signed, Insta-worthy setting. For perpetual Oktoberfest, visit the new Village Brauhaus, which offers beer cocktails and German drafts along with hearty German-Austrian cuisine. For an established pub scene with an Irish lilt, grab a pint at Murphy’s Irish Pub. Or, settle into Vermilion’s crimson bar seats and soak up the elevated atmosphere, clink glasses at Brabo Brasserie’s exposed-brick bar, or sip something special at art deco-themed The Majestic, all on King Street.