Welcome to Navy Yard
A smartly designed neighborhood with lively nightlife
Navy Yard is a neighborhood located along the northern bank of the Anacostia River in southeast Washington DC. The neighborhood’s name comes from the Washington Navy Yard that takes up approximately half of the neighborhood’s area. Recognizing the area’s assets, Pierre Charles L’Enfant decided to place the budding city’s new commercial center and wharves in what is now Navy Yard. After its establishment in 1799, the Washington Navy Yard was the largest shipbuilding facility in the nation for decades. Today, it is known for being the longest continuously operated federal facility.
What to Love
- Energetic atmosphere
- Vibrant and full of activities
- Known for nightlife opportunities
Navy Yard has a bustling city vibe thanks to its connection to the greater DC area. The neighborhood has great amenities, with a smart design that maximizes the walkability and accessibility of the area. There are also great opportunities for nightlife as Nationals Stadium, and plenty of sports bars are available in the area. With parks both interior and waterfront, it’s easy for residents to keep up an active lifestyle. Many great shops and restaurants in the area create a vibrant and energetic atmosphere with no shortage of fun.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Navy Yard has many unique restaurants and shops in the area. Whether you’re looking to watch the game at a great sports bar or looking for a relaxed eatery for a night out, Navy Yard will have the perfect location for you. Shops are also a diverse mix, with many great options available.
One popular restaurant in the area is Bluejacket. Set inside a centuries-old factory, Bluejacket is a microbrewery and restaurant that serves delicious American fare alongside their craft beers. For a taste of the South, try stopping by Due South. Serving a menu full of Southern favorites, including shrimp, grits, and ribs, Due South is a great private space for intimate dinners or larger parties. For Nationals fans, The Bullpen at Half Street Fairgrounds is the perfect gathering place. With plenty of bars, food trucks, and tail-gating activities, The Bullpen is a great place to kick back with other fans and enjoy a night out. If you’re looking for an amazing stop for dessert, check out Ice Cream Jubilee. This popular ice cream parlor dishes out ice cream and sorbet in a variety of different flavors.
If you’re looking to do some shopping, try stopping by Washington Navy Yard Exchange. This large department store sells everything from clothing and accessories to grocery items. Washington Navy Yard Exchange is sure to have everything you need in a pinch, and Steadfast Supply is a unique gift shop with a variety of items ranging from books to beauty goods. There are also some well-known chain stores available in the area, such as Whole Foods and the yoga-focused lululemon.
Things to Do
Navy Yard has many opportunities for fun activities. Whether you want to see a local event, catch a Nationals game, or spend some time at a beautiful park, there will be something fun for you in Navy Yard.
Sports fans will love Navy Yard. If you’re a baseball fan, try heading out to Nationals Park, home to the Washington Nationals. For soccer fans, head out to Audi Field. Home to the DC United soccer team, Audi Field also hosts lacrosse and football games. A more relaxing venture could be found at The Yards, a 42-acre waterfront park with plenty of space for outdoor activity.
Another popular destination in the area is District Winery, a fully functioning winery operated in The Yards that offer free tastings and a great private events space. Don’t forget to stop by the Capitol Riverfront Friday Night Concert Series, a free annual concert series that takes place during the summer and is a great place to hear live music.