5 Best Indoor Excursions in DC

When the weatherman forecasts a windchill of -10F for the weekend, you stock up on hot chocolate and find a new series to binge-watch on Netflix. But, inevitably, cabin fever will settle in, and the desire to venture out of your cave will grow strong. We’ve gathered a list of the five best places to hang out indoors in DC, where you can while away the afternoon, or an entire day, in the blast of central heating.

Union Market
Located in a restored 1870s food hall in NoMa, Union Market is home to a range of local food vendors offering everything from Korean tacos and Chesapeake oysters to shrimp ‘n’ grits and bratwurst. You will also find hip boutiques Salt & Sundry, Little Leaf, and Brief Assembly. Currently, Union Market is hosting an Angelika Pop-Up, showcasing three movies every day through January 11.

Paniq Escape Room
Paniq Escape Room in Georgetown is essentially a live version of the popular children’s game Clue. Escape rooms are a type of team building game in which people are trapped in a room and have to investigate a series of clues, complete puzzles, crack codes, and solve other challenging but fun games to ‘escape’ the room in 60 minutes or less.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords
Kramerbooks & Afterwords bookstore and cafe is open until 1am on weeknights and 3am on weekends. Their commitment to providing access to the best books and to the most delicious, varied food has kept them busy since they opened in 1976. In addition to possessing a lively, convivial atmosphere, and a full-service bar, Kramerbooks & Afterwords stages hundreds of book-related events each year. Tuck into hearty breakfasts (or spiked coffees) in the cozy cafe.

Shakespeare Theatre Company
Theater lovers can take in comedies, tragedies and dramas at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s two playhouses in the Penn Quarter neighborhood. The acclaimed, venerable company is known for its ambitious, contemporary takes on the classics by the Bard and other playwrights.The Shakespeare Theatre Company creates, preserves and promotes classic theatre for all audiences.

There is plenty to do at Pinstripes, an upscale bowling alley and entertainment complex not far from M Street in Georgetown. Rival friends in a game of bocce or lace up the bowling shoes. Plush seating and professional, game-side food and beverage service invite you to connect, play, and change your frame of mind.