New Meetup: Neighborhood Nightlife #16: Georgetown Waterfront

From: Jeremy
Sent on: Friday, July 10, 2009 4:43 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for DC Neighborhood Pub Crawl!

What: Neighborhood Nightlife #16: Georgetown Waterfront

When: July 18,[masked]:30 PM

Sequoia, Georgetown
3000 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

The Georgetown waterfront is a destination for tourists and natives alike. It is a place to stroll, dine, boat, lounge, people watch, and of course party. Now that summer is in full swing, the waterfront is the place to be.

Several of our previous nights out have highlighted the ever shifting demographics and infrastructure of the DC area. The Georgetown waterfront is no different. One of the most notable landmarks running through Georgetown is the Chesapeake And Ohio (C & O) Canal. It was built with the promise of shuttling goods from the Georgetown area up to Harpers Ferry, avoiding the un-navigable falls with a system of locks. This method of moving goods quickly lost profit with the advent of the Baltimore And Ohio (B & O) Railroad. Another element that stands out is the raised portion of roadway above K Street called the Whitehurst Freeway. This freeway was built in the late 1940s, and its original design speed was only 30 mph. This piece of highway was to be the first leg of a major system that was to criss-cross the district. Fortunately, this approach was scrapped in order to keep the district surface roads only. The construction of a raised roadway allowed for minimal demolition of buildings and homes. Interesting enough, the home of Francis Scott Key, whose 1814 poem would eventually become the National Anthem, was demolished.

Given the industrious beginning of the waterfront, we can be thankful today the area is now a place of recreation. In fact, the waterfront is still going through transition as sections of the new Waterfront Park are still under construction. The restoration of the green space is nothing short of fantastic. The architectural elements of indirect lighting, rolling grass fields, panoramic views, shade trees, interactive water fountains, and "river stairs" makes this a true destination for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

So?.finally on to the plan for the night:

Our first stop highlights the best of the waterfront; being outside with a great view in a relaxed atmosphere. You will be able to watch the boats coming, watch the sunlight fading over Roosevelt Island, and certainly people watch. Be sure to note the Sweedish Embassy just adjacent to our location. It is one of the more open Embassy?s in the city, often hosting rooftop parties with DJs open to the public.

Our next stop will detail the chic element of the waterfront area. Mate
(, situated under the Whitehurst Freeway, is known for its posh setting and fine sushi. We are timing our arrival with that of the DJ and should expect to hear some ?loungy house? music.

Our last stop is Cabanas. Cabanas ( opens up to the large fountains in the heart of the waterfront development. We have a reserved area in the lounge for our group. There also will be a DJ, who will be spinning a mix of Latin and Dance music, and catering to our requests.

As always, all locations are cover free. See everyone out!

Reminder: Due to the limited number of RSVP's available and the expected popularity of this outing, please RSVP only if you plan to come out (likewise, if things change, please un-RSVP). Also, while we love meeting new faces, everyone is strongly encouraged to RSVP through the web site or be a guest of a member. The cover is almost always waived for our groups and the first thing most venues want is our RSVP list. Please remember to get to the first venue early enough to mingle, and certainly early enough to join us as we move on to the second venue.

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