Best of Northwest 2016

Best dog on campus: Trooper

Truly all campus dogs are good dogs. But Trooper – the 10-week old pup who hangs around FoBoGro – is the best dog.

Best professor: Danny Hayes

What sets associate professor of political science Danny Hayes apart from all of the other politics professors at GW?

Best game bar: Black Jack

Black Jack’s indoor bocce court with reasonable drink prices and a friendly staff makes for a winning combination.

Best noodles: Sakuramen

Of all the ramen joins in the city, Sakuramen in Adams Morgan truly reigns supreme.

Best dive bar: Codmother

If you’re looking to attend a frat party but pay for your alcohol, Codmother is the bar for you.

Best used bookstore: Carpe Librum

Whether driven by thriftiness or curiosity, you won’t regret a visit to Carpe Librium.

Best female athlete: Jonquel Jones

Jonquel Jones, a senior forward on the women’s basketball team, is projected to go high in the first round.

Best male athlete: Joe McDonald

If there’s been a face of the GW men’s basketball team over the past four years, it’s been Joe McDonald.

Best place to cry: 2000 Pennsylvania Ave

The third floor of 2000 Penn is a true hidden gem for those days when you need to cry.

Best place for a Tinder date: Bourbon Coffee

Stressing over a place to meet a Tinder date? Trying to find somewhere less generic than Starbucks?

Best tattoo and piercing parlor: Fatty’s

Fatty’s Tattoos & Piercings is notorious for its top-notch customer service, body art, jewelry selection.

Best empanadas: Julia’s Empanadas

Julia’s Empanadas is a hole in the wall famous for its hearty empanadas stuffed with meat and vegetables.

Best park or garden: Enid A. Haupt Garden

The Enid A. Haupt Garden provides Smithsonian visitors a welcoming rest spot to escape from the teeming National Mall.

Best grilled cheese: Ted’s Bulletin

To break up the monotony of Foggy Bottom, head to old-timey diner and modern bistro Ted’s Bulletin to satisfy all of your grilled cheese craving.

Best food to Instagram: Momofuku

Everything about Momofuku screams Instagram: from the sleek wooden interior, to the miniature menus and artfully arranged food.

Best jazz club: Blues Alley Jazz Club

Every day after 6 p.m., in a nondescript alley off of Wisconsin Avenue, you can find a line forming by the Blues Alley Jazz Club.

Best museum gift shop: International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum’s $22 admission price is fortunately not reflective of its gift shop – head there to pick up something nerdy and unique.

Best place to meet the parents: Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern is quiet enough that you’ll be able to maintain a conversation and classy enough to convince them you eat this way all the time.

Best place to see the cherry blossoms: Tidal Basin

Each spring, the tidal basin is swarmed with tourists and local Washingtonians who come to see the cherry blossoms.

Best theme brunch: Level One

If you’re in need of brunch with a side of lively entertainment, Level One is the place for you.

Best unique shop: All Fired Up!

If you’re on the hunt for a gift that’s a little more personal, paint and bake your heart away at All Fired Up!

Best happy hour: El Centro D.F.

There’s nothing like a $5 margarita to make you feel like it’s Friday night at a fancy club in Cancun.

Best first date: Mr. Yogato

Brightly lit and packed with people dancing or wearing costumes, Mr. Yogato is just weird enough to distract you from nervousness on a first date.

Best friend date: Rock Creek Park

A natural gem in the middle of a big city, Rock Creek Park is one of the few places in the District free from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Best bar to party at: Tropicalia

Once you make your way down a narrow staircase to the basement bar, Tropicalia makes you feel like you’re partying in a warmer climate.

Best bar trivia: Penn’s Social

If you want a break after the hardest two days of the week, head to Penn Social on Tuesdays with your friends and co-workers for trivia night.

Best exercise studio: Yoga District

If you need to add some namaste to your day, make time to take a class at one of the seven locations for the chain Yoga District.

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