Street Scene: Houses near Sixth Street and Florida Avenue in Shaw. Photograph by Andrew Propp
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Shaw and Logan Circle

Where to eat, shop, and things to do around Logan Circle and Shaw. Plus, where to live in the DC neighborhood.

About Shaw and Logan Circle

Historic neighborhoods at the epicenter of DC’s boom, Logan Circle and Shaw find themselves at a crossroads thanks to the pandemic: Some of the very things that made them appealing to newcomers—dense urban life, a plethora of bars and restaurants—have become risky propositions. Yet even with the nightlife economy stilled by virus, the neighborhoods continue to see new luxury buildings and a still hot real-estate market. Here’s what’s interesting right now.

Shaw’s Duke Ellington sculpture. Photograph by Jeff Elkins


NAACP Comes to DC


When it opened in 1986, the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center was meant to revitalize the blighted 14th Street corridor. It worked—and now the hulking government building at 14th and U has become a target of the redevelopment trends it once sparked. That put city leaders in an awkward position, balancing a potential windfall against the politics of gentrification. A June announcement by Mayor Muriel Bowser appeared to thread the needle nicely: Yes, redevelopment would happen, but the historically freighted site’s new lead tenant would be the NAACP, which will relocate its headquarters from Baltimore.

Art and Justice


Speaking of reinvented landmarks, the Corner at Whitman Walker (1701 14th St., NW) is finally open after a Covid-related closure. The new cultural institution sits on the site of what was once Whitman-Walker Clinic’s Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, a crucial source of care and community during the AIDS crisis. Last year, the old building was revamped into Liz, a mixed-use development with apartments upstairs and a ground-floor arts venue whose mission is to explore social injustice through art. The Corner’s debut show included visual pieces inspired by the experiences of immigrant children detained at the border. (The space is dark until its next exhibit; check whitmanwalkerimpact.org/the-corner for schedules.)

Georgetown East?


Once scruffy and vaguely bohemian, Logan Circle’s commercial stretch now has storefront rents that rival those along M Street in Georgetown. One side effect: the arrival of national chains. A relatively new example is Sephora, the French beauty-product chain. Though August marked the Logan store’s first anniversary, you can be forgiven if you missed it—nearly half of that time has been spent in some form of quarantine. Also relatively new is a 14th Street outpost of Parachute, the bedding-and-linens brand, which debuted last November and began a “phased reopening” this summer. And be on the lookout for a new Paper Source, the stationery chain.

More Meat, Less Pig


A lot of restaurants shifted from dine-in to carryout during the pandemic, but longtime Logan Circle restaurant the Pig (1320 14th St., NW) scrapped its nose-to-tail concept entirely. The menu’s focus is now on barbecue—cherrywood-smoked ribs, by-the-pound Texas brisket, and pulled pork shoulder doused in North Carolina cider-vinegar BBQ sauce.

Another Baltimore Import


Here’s something else from Charm City: Brightside Boutique (1924 Eighth St., NW) first opened in Baltimore’s Federal Hill in 2012. Since then, the brand has grown to include two additional locations in that city plus an Annapolis store and, in March, a spot in Shaw. The South Moon Under–esque shop sells women’s clothing and accessories; shoes; beauty and home products; and gifts as well as a small selection of men’s items.

Electric Cool-Aid. Photograph by Jeff Elkins


Big-Kid Cocktails


It’s been said that DC is filled with adults who love to act like children, so it’s fitting that you can now get your cocktails in juice-box form at the Hong Kong–style Shaw restaurant Tiger Fork (922 Blagden Alley, NW) and its neighboring sister hangout, Calico (50 Blagden Alley, NW). The sub shop Capo Deli (715 Florida Ave., NW), also in Shaw, is home to the Fauci Pouchy, a Capri Sun–like bag of booze with flavors such as vodka mint lemonade and sweet-tea bourbon. In the same neighborhood, the brand-new Electric Cool-Aid (512 Rhode Island Ave., NW) may not serve juice boxes, but it, too, offers drinking with a youthful bent. The outdoor bar, strewn with (appropriately spaced!) picnic tables, boasts six frozen-drink machines, whose contents can be spiked with alcohol or Red Bull. There’s also a Good Humor cart and a pets-welcome policy.

The Future of Women’s Health?


It used to be that doctors’ offices didn’t have names—other than those of the physician, of course. But when Liv, the vast new facility from Advantia Health, opens its nearly 6,000-foot space at 14th and U streets later this year, the branding will be only one of the things that stand out. Offering primary care, obgyn services, mental-health care, acupuncture, and physical therapy, the facility aims to aggregate the whole suite of women’s health services in one place. That place, by the way, is supposed to have natural light and other architectural elements designed to make it feel a bit less like a petri dish than the average medical office.

Staying In


Shaw newcomer Nina May (1337 11th St., NW) has launched Feast (feast-dc.com), a meal-delivery service offering three-course breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for two. The food takes a cue from the restaurant’s super-seasonal American fare and always includes a vegetarian and gluten-free menu at dinner. Meanwhile, Shaw’s much-anticipated Whole Foods (965 Florida Ave., NW) finally opened July 23. Besides groceries, it features PLNT Burger, Spike Mendelsohn’s popular veggie-burger stand.

Jônt. Photograph by Rey Lopez/Jônt

Fancy Feast


Jônt (1906 14th St., NW), the long-awaited tasting room from chef Ryan Ratino, is open upstairs from his whimsical Logan Circle restaurant, Bresca. You’ll find a 12-seat chef’s counter tricked out with acrylic dividers, plus $75 five-course dinners and leisurely Sunday lunches with canapés and caviar.

A New Hospital


For years, the lobby of Howard University Hospital has been home to a unique architectural flourish: a home plate, a reminder that the 1970s building sits on the site of Griffith Stadium, the Washington Senators’ longtime ballpark. But earlier this year, the historic hospital came under the management of Gaithersburg-based Adventist HealthCare, and plans are moving forward for an entirely new building, to feature a modern trauma center and advanced teaching facilities. The existing hospital, on prime territory near the intersection of Georgia and Florida avenues, is a likely candidate for redevelopment, probably as a retail/residential hybrid.

Go Is Coming


The P Street Whole Foods was once credited with branding Logan Circle as an upscale neighborhood. Soon another of-the-moment grocer will open couple of blocks away: An 8,000-square-foot Amazon Go, the retail behemoth’s automated grocery concept, is planned, also for the Liz development (1701 14th St., NW).

Know Your Namesakes!


At a time when Confederate names are being yanked from streets and buildings across the country, Logan Circle and Shaw appear safe—both commemorate men who remained loyal to the United States during the Civil War. And while they won’t ever be as famous as Ulysses Grant or William Tecumseh Sherman, neither was a slouch.

John A. Logan, the general whose statue stands in the circle at the intersection of 13th Street, P Street, Rhode Island Avenue, and Vermont Avenue, was part of Grant’s army during the Vicksburg campaign and later was on Sherman’s staff as the general marched to Atlanta. After the war, Logan became leader of the Grand Army of the Republic veterans’ organization, where he pushed to establish the holiday we now know as Memorial Day. For the record, he didn’t actually live in the neighborhood that bears his name—he died at his Columbia Heights home in 1886.

Robert Gould Shaw commanded the famous Massachusetts 54th, the all-Black regiment whose battles against the Confederates—and for equal treatment in their own army—were memorialized in the movie Glory. (Matthew Broderick played him.) When Shaw died during combat in South Carolina, the Confederates refused to release his body, as they typically did with white officers. Instead, they buried him in the mass graves used for Black soldiers. His family later resisted offers to disinter him, saying it was an honor to lie with his men. Shaw’s name wound up on the neighborhood in typically DC fashion: It had been the name of the local school in an area settled by African Americans after the war.

Where to Eat in Shaw and Logan Circle

Our favorite places to dine (or just grab a bite) around Logan Circle and Shaw.
Haikan. Photo by Scott Suchman.
Haikan. Photo by Scott Suchman

the Pig – A lot of restaurants shifted from dine-in to carryout during the pandemic, but longtime Logan Circle restaurant the Pig (1320 14th St., NW) scrapped its nose-to-tail concept entirely. The menu’s focus is now on barbecue—cherrywood-smoked ribs, by-the-pound Texas brisket, and pulled pork shoulder doused in North Carolina cider-vinegar BBQ sauce.

District Distilling. DC’s first distillery pub produces whiskey, gin, rum, and vodka on the first floor, then mixes them into cocktails in the second-floor dining room and bar. The comfort-food menu includes fried-oyster buns among the bar snacks, plus entrées such as crisp-skinned suckling pig. Pick up a bottle in the shop on your way out, or come back for a distillery tour. 1414–1418 U St., NW; 202-629-3787.

Haikan. The ramen masters responsible for Chinatown’s Daikaya and Bantam King opened their biggest noodle shop yet in the Atlantic Plumbing building. Sapporo-style soups are the focus of the 60-seat restaurant; we’re fans of the spicy miso and hearty vegetarian. In nice weather, a roomy patio is the place to perch for sochu cocktails and small plates such as Japanese deviled eggs topped with trout roe and crab rangoons. 805 V St., NW; 202-299-1000.

Kingfisher. The 14th Street strip lacks little in restaurant and cocktail bars. But no-frills spots for a cold brew? That’s a drier story. Hence the popularity of this subterranean bar, which specializes in cans of beer and wine (yes, that’s a thing), free baskets of popcorn, board games, and daily happy hour. Those looking for a little more jazz can try $10 classic cocktails and beer-and-a-shot combos—or just load up the jukebox. 1414 14th St., NW; 202-750-6600.

La Jambe. It took a homesick Parisian to bring Shaw this chic French wine bar. The list of about 40 bottles—half available by the glass—features tasting notes and a French geography lesson. French cheese and European charcuterie boards are already curated—just pick the size, or opt for a baguette sandwich. 1550 Seventh St., NW; 202-627-2988.

The Passenger. Tom Brown revived his beloved Shaw bar just blocks from the original, keeping the laid-back crowd, terrific cocktails, live-band karaoke nights, and hearty bar fare and brunch for soaking up the booze—trust us, the pork-cheek nachos work wonders. The new digs offer more space over two floors; a roof deck is planned for later this year. 1539 Seventh St., NW; 202-853-3588.

Service Bar. This eclectic cocktail spot has one of the more user-friendly menus around. Drinks are broken down by spirit, with little symbols indicating what’s blended, mostly alcohol, spicy, and more. The bar also pours “hyper-seasonal” cocktails and $7 classics, while the kitchen turns out fried chicken, including tenders in a waffle cone. 928 U St., NW; 202-462-7232.

Where to Shop in Shaw and Logan Circle

The best places to shop around Logan Circle and Shaw.
Bucketfeet. Photograph courtesy of Bucketfeet
Photograph courtesy of Bucketfeet.

Bucketfeet. There’s a story behind every patterned pair of sneakers at this new-to-Washington shoe store. The funky designs are the result of partnerships with more than 40,000 artists—including DC’s own No Kings Collective. For every pair sold, the artist responsible for the look gets a commission. The storefront in Shaw also incorporates a mural by Arlington street artist MasPaz. 1924 Eighth St., NW.; 202-847-3294.

Filson. The Seattle brand, with men’s and some women’s apparel, brought its century-old, rugged style to 14th Street in 2015. Go for field jackets in hunter green and khaki, an abundance of leather goods, and flannel shirts that’ll make any lumbersexual happy. Part of the same parent company as Shinola, Filson also sells watches made in the same factory as the Detroit timepieces. 1534 14th St., NW; 202-759-9570.

Frank + Oak. Any guy who needs to look sharp for the office can practically close his eyes, walk in here, and come out with an armload of looks. The shop sells patterned collared shirts, footwear staples such as Puma sneakers and Red Wing boots, and skinny denim. It even has a barber chair that, starting in the next few months, it plans to use for in-store cuts and shaves. 1924 Eighth St., NW; 202-499-1458.

Ministry of Supply. This clothing store is the DC professional’s answer to not looking like a sweaty mess every day of a swampy summer. With suits so breathable you could run a half marathon in one—which, by the way, one of the founders has done—along with a recently launched women’s line that includes silk-like blouses, the brand’s technical business apparel will keep you cool whether you’re trapped in a Metro #hotcar or a tense meeting. 1924 Eighth St., NW; 202-851-4942.

Read Wall. Owned by a St. Albans grad turned preppy-menswear designer, this shop outfits guys with clothes that are a little more thoughtful than your mass-market button-downs and ties. Custom shirts are hand-sewn in New Jersey, and suits are tailored to be fitted without looking uncomfortably tight. Plus there’s cold beer on tap and a Ping-Pong table. 1921 Eighth St., NW; 202-733-1913.

Room & Board. Ready to upgrade to a sofa you can call an investment piece? Or a dining table that might actually be worth passing down to your kids? You’ll find what you’re after in this four-story showroom of mostly American-made, modern (but not too modern) furniture. Take advantage of the free design services, not just for help selecting pieces but also for paint-color and furniture-placement tips. 1840 14th St., NW; 202-729-8300.

Little Leaf shop in Shaw. Photograph courtesy of Little Leaf.
Little Leaf shop in Shaw. Photograph courtesy of Little Leaf.

Salt & Sundry and Little Leaf. There’s lots to covet among Salt & Sundry’s selection of home decor, tabletop accoutrements, and cocktail accessories. We’re not the only ones who think so: As sales increased, it outgrew its original Logan Circle location. So in December, owner Amanda McClements moved it to a nearby spot twice the size (1625 14th St., NW; 202-621-6647) and created the plants-and-paper-goods shop Little Leaf to fill her smaller storefront (1401 S St.; NW; 202-506-2131).

Shinola. Though best known for watches, the Detroit company also makes stunning bicycles and leather goods. Not only are the products pretty, but the flagship on 14th Street—a remodeled Studebaker showroom—is worth a visit just to kick back on the leather couch and stare at the ornate vintage ceilings. 1631 14th St., NW; 202-470-0200.

Steven Alan. The New York designer has a wide selection of products that hit the sweet spot between fashion-forward and classic. Wool- and cashmere-blend sweaters and sleek leather boots for men and women make for chic but casual workwear. The home collection offers small decor upgrades, such as lamps and ceramics. 1924 Eighth St., NW; 202-827-8671.

West Elm. The two-story Logan Circle outpost of this chain has everything to deck out your urban apartment—affordable modern furniture, colorful rugs, barware that Don Draper would mistake for the real midcentury deal. Aside from the assortment of goods, we love West Elm for its collaborations with local artisans, so you can shop small even while visiting a Williams-Sonoma–owned retailer. 1728 14th St., NW; 202-986-2165.

Things to Do in Shaw and Logan Circle

All the best things to do and places to see in Logan Circle and Shaw.
The Marvin Gaye mural at Seventh and S. Photograph of Mural by Evy Mages.
The Marvin Gaye mural at Seventh and S. Photograph of Mural by Evy Mages

African American Civil War Museum. No tickets for the National Museum of African American History & Culture? Stop by this smaller museum dedicated to the little-told story of the United States Colored Troops, who fought in the Civil War to defend their freedom from slavery and whose names are memorialized here on a Wall of Honor. The museum also has an exhibit about Michelle Obama’s ancestors, who were among the troops. 1925 Vermont Ave., NW; 202-667-2667.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema. The theater—just over a year old—plays blockbusters, but in an upscale setting more akin to an indie arthouse. Reserve seats when you buy tickets in advance, so no need to line up early. You can enjoy appetizers and specialty cocktails during the show. 807 V St., NW; 202-534-1965.

Black Cat. In any given week, you might catch hardcore punk, underground, and alternative groups here. The venue also hosts theme nights, such as “Fresh to Death” ’90s dance parties, and has a room with pinball machines and other old-school arcade games. 1811 14th St., NW; 202-667-4490.

DC9. Three bars plus a schedule packed with deejays, bands, karaoke nights, and dance parties make this one of Shaw’s top entertainment destinations. Bonus: The roof deck is heated, so you don’t have to wait till summer to partake in that favorite Washington pastime of rooftop imbibing. 1940 Ninth St., NW; 202-483-5000.

The Howard Theatre. The Howard opened in 1910 as one of the nation’s largest venues for people of color. Almost every major black artist from the 20th century has performed on its stage, including Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington. This month, catch the Harlem Gospel Choir or George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. 620 T St., NW; 202-803-2899.

Photograph of Howard Theatre by Andrew Propp.
Photograph of Howard Theatre by Andrew Propp.

Long View Gallery. Since opening a decade ago, Long View has evolved from a small showcase for local artists into the largest contemporary-art gallery in the city, with pieces from all over the world rotating through its 9,000-square-foot space. February exhibits include Takefumi Hori, who paints with real gold. 1234 Ninth St., NW; 202-232-4788.

9:30 Club. Long before trendy shops like Warby Parker and Kit and Ace showed up in the area where Shaw meets the U Street corridor, the 9:30 Club made the spot a destination. Since moving in 1996 from its original location near Metro Center, it’s arguably grown into the city’s best concert spot, thanks to an intimate 1,200-person capacity coupled with a lineup ranging from up-and-coming bands to acts that could sell out the Verizon Center. 815 V St., NW; 202-265-0930.

Sotto. There’s a decent chance you’ve walked by this place without realizing it. The entrance, between Ghibellina and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, is unmarked—as any speakeasy’s should be. Head downstairs to find delicious food and drink, plus live jazz or reggae almost every night. 1610 14th St., NW; 202-545-3459.

Studio Theatre. Studio was a forerunner of Logan’s revitalization—yes, before Whole Foods. It showcases work by contemporary playwrights, though it reboots a classic occasionally. February includes The Hard Problem, about a scientist who tries to pinpoint consciousness, and I Wanna F—ing Tear You Apart, about a love/hate friendship between roommates. 1501 14th St., NW; 202-332-3300.

Transformer. This nonprofit’s main goal is to help local artists by showcasing their work in its Logan gallery. Some events are interactive—a recent exhibit involved guests using more than 6,000 erasers to do away with the artist’s writings on the walls. February 4 through March 11, Arlington artist Marissa Long and District photographer Chandi Kelley have a joint exhibit. 1404 P St., NW; 202-483-1102.

Real Estate in Shaw and Logan Circle

Photograph of rowhouse courtesy of HomeVisit

In two of DC’s hottest hoods, your money doesn’t go far. Here’s a sampling of what has sold within the past few months.

In Shaw

$500,000

A 540-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath, ninth-floor condo with floor-to-ceiling windows.

$699,900

A 954-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath rowhouse with a small rear patio.

$915,000

An industrial-style loft with 1,623 square feet plus two bedrooms and baths.

$2,150,000

A fully renovated 4,500-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bath rowhouse.

In Logan Circle

$444,900

A 640-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath condo in a modern 2015 building.

$700,000

A two-bedroom, two-bath condo in a converted rowhouse, with more than 1,000 square feet of space.

$1,050,000

A 1,310-square-foot, two-story rowhouse with two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and an open floor plan.

$3,150,000

A 3,460-square-foot luxury condo in a renovated Victorian rowhouse with three bedrooms, three and a half baths, and parking for two cars.

Crime & Safety

Below, the number of crimes (violent, nonviolent and property) reported in 2017.

Photos of Shaw and Logan Circle

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