On behalf of the DC/MD/VA ‘villians, welcome to the nation’s capital for the 2017 version of the Delany Classic…er, I mean, the B1G Tournament. While I suspect many of you in attendance this week have been to DC before, I hope this thread will provide some insights as to what you can expect this week, both in the city and at the tournament.
As many of you know, the Verizon Center is home to the NBA’s Wizards, WNBA’s Mystics, NHL’s Capitals, and the Georgetown men’s basketball team. It is centrally located within the District (Gallery Place-Chinatown neighborhood), with the Metro red line running directly underneath the stadium. Attendees are strongly encouraged to use Metro for getting to/from the Verizon Center. Keep in mind that the Metro stops running at midnight, so if any games run late or you plan on going to the bars near the arena, plan on taking an Uber/Lyft/taxi back to your hotel.
As noted briefly above, there are plenty of bars and restaurants located near the Verizon Center. Expect everything to be quite crowded as this is also a popular happy hour neighborhood. Some places you may want to hit up for a pre or post game beer/cocktail include the Green Turtle (attached to the arena and accessible both from the outside and inside…if you enter from the inside of the VC they will stamp your hand so you can get back in), RFD (extensive tap and bottle list, haven’t had their food in a couple years), Fado Irish Pub (typical Irish bar), Clyde’s (local chain, located literally right outside the arena with decent food), Bar Louie (technically not in the Verizon Center but right outside the gates), and Penn Quarter Sports Tavern (a few blocks south of the VC at the corner of 7th Street and Indiana Ave, right across from the Navy Memorial). The Wisconsin alumni bar (Hamilton’s Bar and Grill, Capitol Hill) is a short Uber ride away from the VC. Note that if you are trying to go to Hamilton’s Bar and Grill, be specific to your driver as there is another popular bar/restaurant in DC called The Hamilton (also excellent food, owned by the same group that owns Clyde’s).
Side note, I believe others have mentioned that in Indy and Chicago there are specific places that are designated as “team bars” for the week. I have not seen or heard anything about this so if you know, please post here.
Non-basketball things to do this week:
Cherry blossoms: peak bloom is set for March 14-17, but there should be plenty of blossoms out this week. While you may battle a lot of people if you head down to the tidal basin and walk around, it is a pretty cool site if you’ve never done it before. Should be easier to do if you plan on going in the morning before the games at VC.
Monuments: Also a typical touristy thing to do, but highly recommended if you’ve never done it and/or have a couple hours to burn before the games start. My top monuments/memorials: FDR and Jefferson (both easily seen if you head to see the cherry blossoms). Also be sure to check out the new-ish MLK Memorial and WW2 Memorial.
Smithsonians: Check them out if you have time, most are located on the National Mall (all are free). The newest Smithsonian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, is outstanding. While I suspect they are already sold out, they may do a limited number of same-day tickets; call and check in advance if you plan on going.
Enjoy your time in DC and On Wisconsin!