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Shaw

Washington, D.C.

Shaw

Inspired by a vibrant history of music and culture, D.C.’s storied Shaw neighborhood has experienced an exciting renewal in the past two decades. This ultrahip enclave now has craft cocktail bars, bodegas, beer gardens, indie clothing boutiques, and trendy global restaurants alongside the historic architecture, beautiful rowhouses, and iconic tree-lined streets that define the neighborhood’s distinctive vibe.

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Neighborhood Highlights

A Storied History

Shaw has been a center of Black culture since shortly after the Civil War. The area became a celebrated hotbed of musical talent during the American Jazz Age, (with Duke Ellington is among its most famous residents). To this day, the neighborhood continues to attract and inspire artists, scholars, and innovators alike.

Cultivating Culture

Entertainment is (literally) around every corner, where you’ll find live music venues like the 9:30 Club and Howard Theatre, nightclubs, neighborhood staple eateries like Ben’s Chili Bowl, a speakeasy (or two), breweries, ice cream and coffee shops, and even a brand-new movie theater. From cold brew to craft brews, it’s all right here.

Near It All

Shaw is a short walk to many of D.C.’s other most exciting neighborhoods, including Adams Morgan, U Street, and Dupont Circle.

Neighborhood Highlights

A Storied History

Shaw has been a center of Black culture since shortly after the Civil War. The area became a celebrated hotbed of musical talent during the American Jazz Age, (with Duke Ellington is among its most famous residents). To this day, the neighborhood continues to attract and inspire artists, scholars, and innovators alike.

Cultivating Culture

Entertainment is (literally) around every corner, where you’ll find live music venues like the 9:30 Club and Howard Theatre, nightclubs, neighborhood staple eateries like Ben’s Chili Bowl, a speakeasy (or two), breweries, ice cream and coffee shops, and even a brand-new movie theater. From cold brew to craft brews, it’s all right here.

Near It All

Shaw is a short walk to many of D.C.’s other most exciting neighborhoods, including Adams Morgan, U Street, and Dupont Circle.

Vicinity

Shaw is mere minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. and the White House. The Shaw-Howard University Metro station serves the neighborhood and is a straight shot to downtown spots (that aren’t already within walking distance), all the way to the nearby Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Shaw also offers ample bus service and bike lanes for easy access to where you need to be.