All right, so... How about some suggestions on a place? I think we can shoot for having a place in mind by the 17th (that gives almost two weeks to decide).
To run over the limitation suggestions I had last time:
- Avoid places with under-21 age restrictions. I think a few people are in the 18-20 age range, and there're plenty of other options.
- Suggest places where there is plenty more than alcohol available, since not everyone drinks (or can drink). (Last I recall, there were a handful of bars that still allowed 18-20 year olds in, but that was 5+ years ago and I have no clue which ones did that.)
- Someplace that doesn't mind us chilling there for 3-4 hours is good. Last time we were there for many more hours than was originally planned.
- (Conditional) Try to stick to places that are metro/bus/Circulator/shuttle/feet accessible. I don't think everyone has a car. However, if folks now or in the future want to go for someplace that's further away, we could always organize some ridesharing (I can pick up anyone from the Crystal City or Rosslyn metros, e.g.)
Anyway, here's my top three suggestions from last time (we ended up going with #2, Teaism). Of course I cannot emphasize enough that any other suggestions are more than welcome
! This isn't a complete list, and I'm totally open to any other options.1: Chingching Cha (Georgetown)
- a teahouse in Georgetown. The staff's pretty nice (maybe even more if you happen to speak Cantonese or Mandarin), and the food/drink is pretty good (dunno if they have alcohol as I never bothered to check). It's also a good place to relax for an hour or two. The one down side is that it's a little pricey for drinks, but not badly so (tea ranges from $4 to $10 for most kinds, food is a la carte stuff for around $3 to $10 depending on what you get--not to mention that you pay for the leaves, and one order of tea is like 6-7 cups' worth).
Pros: Usually not too crowded, good place to relax, easily-accessible
Cons: Moderate price range (but not badly so)2: Teaism (Archives/Navy-Memorial)
- another good place; their food menu is more extensive so you can have a full lunch there if you want. The one near Archives/Navy Memorial probably has a good decor/atmosphere, but there's another in Dupont Circle that's almost as good. This is also nice as it's relatively inexpensive, and it's fine to chill here for 1-2 hours or however long you want. However, it may be a little crowded on a weekend, which is why mid-afternoon may work better here.
Pros: Easily-accessible, nice atmosphere, close to the Smithsonian and National Mall area
Cons: None, really...3: Ful Kee (Chinatown)
- I've never been, but if folks prefer a full restaurant then I've heard good things about this place. The plus side is that we could have lunch here; the down side might be that it might not be all that flexible to staying for longer than an hour or so, and might be pricier if some folks aren't that hungry.
Pros: Easily-accessible, lots of food
Cons: Might be pricey, might be crowded (never been, so not sure)
Repeat: I'm totally open to more suggestions. Anyone have any, or do any of the above look particularly good? KF