After four years at GW, you’ve had time to explore the best food, bars, clubs and entertainment joints in the District. But when you look back, the cheap eateries and under-21 venues you frequented as a freshman will be an equally memorable part of your college experience.
If you’re feeling nostalgic, grab those friends you met in Thurston and J Street to relive some first-year traditions during your last few nights as a student.
Town Danceboutique 2009 Eighth St. NW
Town welcomes anyone 18 and older on Friday nights, so it’s probably the club where you spent some of your first nights out in D.C.
With a valid 21+ ID, you can now enjoy everything the gay club has to offer on both nights of the weekend, from 70s-themed disco nights to appearances by drag queen contestants featured on the television show RuPaul’s Drag Race.
If you want to revisit Town on Friday or Saturday, make sure to bring $10 for the cover charge. Doors open at 10 p.m., but make sure to arrive before 10:30 p.m. when the drag show starts and stick around for dancing by the go-go boys who perform after 11 p.m.
Carvings 2021 F St. NW
Because of its proximity to Thurston and Potomac halls, this late-night eatery was probably a top pick for you and your friends to refuel after a night of partying.
Though it might be the first time you’re not paying for your order with GWorld, you can still enjoy your old, greasy favorites like mozzarella sticks and french fries for about $5 each.
Seating tends to be scarce, so take your food to go. You can eat it while reliving your nightly walks from Carvings to your freshman-year residence hall.
Crepeaway 2001 L St. NW
Late-night stuffed crepes from Crepeaway might taste even better if you’re not eating them while cramming for final exams.
Whether you go for a savory crepe like the Antonio with cheese, ham, tomatoes and mayo for about $8 or the fruit and Nutella-filled Obama crepe for about $7, you’ll remember why the fast and filling meals were your first choice for food delivery as an undergraduate.
Though you would have normally ordered from the comfort of your dorm room and waited for the delivery Vespa to pull up, you can enjoy your crepe at the storefront now that the weather is warm. There’s also plenty of room inside the purple-painted shop to relax and watch employees make the crepes.
Jumbo Slice 2341 18th St. NW
Your first trip to Adams Morgan probably involved a quick stop at Jumbo Slice before you found other late-night greasy spoons in the city.
For $5 to $7 a piece, and with slices big enough to share, Jumbo Slice’s greasy pizza was a quick and easy option for freshmen on a budget.
Now that you’re old enough to enjoy more of the Adams Morgan bar scene, you can enjoy one more midnight slice, or half slice, at the pizzeria that has become a rite of passage for GW students.