Neighborhood Spotlight: Ivy City

DC is made up of 131 officially recognized neighborhoods, each with its own story and sights. We’d want to show you some of them, like this northeast DC neighborhood – Ivy City, where there’s been a 325% increase in trips over the past year.

For most of its existence, DC’s chief export has been politics. It’s not a place one typically associates with making things. But, in some ways, Ivy City is and always has been the exception to that rule.

Fun

The abandoned warehouses and industrial buildings of Ivy City’s past were an inviting home for one of the District’s burgeoning industries. Ivy City now houses a handful of working distilleries, each offering their own specialty spirits and cocktails.

Gin drinkers should head straight to New Columbia (1832 Fenwick St. NE) for their locally beloved Green Hat gin. Fans of darker spirits should drop by One Eight (1135 Okie St NE) to sample their Rock Creek Whiskey, the first whiskey made from start to finish in DC since Prohibition. End your mini-tour at Republic Restoratives (1369 New York Ave NE), the District’s first women-owned distillery, and try out their flagship CIVIC Vodka.

Food

Ivy City isn’t situated on the banks of the Potomac (or any body of water for that matter), but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming a go-to for seafood fans. Ivy City Smokehouse Tavern & Market (1356 Okie St. NE) offers variety of fish, with the option to either dine-in at the Tavern upstairs or for purchase wholesale from the first-floor market.

It might be obvious, but the fish (both smoked and shell) is star of the show here. Non-seafood lovers can count on the chicken wings, served with Alabama white sauce. And if you’re stopping by on a nice afternoon, be sure to visit the rooftop for a nice breeze and view of the neighborhood.

Landmarks

Opened in 1858, Mount Olivet (1300 Bladensburg Rd NE), is one of the only cemeteries from the era to be integrated from the start. While DC has its share of historic cemeteries, none houses a more interesting mix of deceased than Mount Olivet in Ivy City.

Mount Olivet inhabitants include: two Lincoln assassination conspirators, the original architect of the White House, 8 U.S. congressmen, a Polish WWII resistance fighter and diplomat, and a Major League Baseball player.

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