Get served at Comet Ping Pong, a hipster-heavy pizza parlor in the Upper Northwest with rough concrete walls, bathrooms hidden behind secret panels, and table tennis galore. Thin-crust pies from the wood-burning oven are as much of an attraction as the regularly scheduled live bands.
Eat haute cookout at Ray’s Hell Burger (1713 Wilson Blvd.; 703-841-0001) in Arlington, the lowbrow addition to Michael Landrum's meat empire, where burgers are made from farm-raised, house-aged prime beef and come with myriad toppings, from Taleggio cheese to applewood-smoked bacon.
Play drinking games at the H Street Country Club, a Mexican-themed bar and restaurant near the Hill. Lay down quarters to reserve a spot at the pool tables, play shuffleboard, or traverse the nine-hole indoor mini-golf course, complete with giant Lego men.
Eat straight from the river’s bounty at Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant and Crabhouse in Dumfries, Virginia, about an hour’s drive south of D.C. on the widest point of the Potomac. Fill up on crabs, clams, and scallops at the tiki bar or waterside patio.