Off Campus Study Spotlight: Tryst

Do you have 6,000 pages of Plato’s Republic to finish by Friday? Are you sick of having people on Lau 3 glare at you when you rustle a page too loudly? Do you like animal crackers and lattes?

If any of these things apply to you, you’re probably looking for an off-campus study spot. LOOK NO FURTHER: Tryst is a café in Adams Morgan with a great bar area, comfortable couches, delicious and moderately priced food and drinks, and tons of young twenty-somethings wearing circle scarves with their noses buried in the newest Junot Diaz novel. It’s a great place to get some work done in a non-stressful environment.

I’m going to start off with the downsides of Tryst so that we can end this post on a high note (I’m all about the happy endings….okay, that didn’t come out right…but you get the point). Tryst is located in Adams Morgan which means it’s kind of a trek to get over there.

If the weather permits, it’s only a little over a half hour walk which is easy and nice if you have a friend or last week’s Guide Grooves playlist to accompany you. It’s approximately a $10 cab ride one way from the front gates, which is also not too bad if you have a friend or two to split the fare with. The café website has a whole section that explains the various methods of public transportation you can use to guide your trip!

The other downside, ironically, is Tryst’s popularity. When I walked into Tryst, I struggled to find an open seat and so I plopped myself down at the only empty stool at the bar. Those are, however, my only stipulations about going to Tryst every single day to study.

I personally cannot study without some sort of background noise going on to keep myself sane. Tryst supplies plenty of that along with some light background music to set the hipster-mood. I treated myself to a latte (which comes with animal crackers) and a super delicious Santa Cruz Bagel – your choice of bagel, topped with cream cheese, chopped basil, chives, scallion, thyme, rosemary and mint, served open face and drizzled with olive oil and fresh black pepper.

The girl next to me had a Belgian waffle that looked fluffy as fluffy can get and the man to my right ordered Hot Bacon Dip (which comes with potato chips) and also looked delicious. Next time I go, I will make sure to forego the morning Leo’s run and just stock up on the large selection of delicious treats at Tryst while I finish my weekly Spanish paper.

Let’s also talk about how this place is called “Tryst” and how that just sounds awesome in itself. It’s a great word. I’m going to use it more. Even in situations where it doesn’t apply at all. Maybe even as an adjective (i.e. That Nutella sandwich was so tryst, I can’t even handle it.)

All in all, I give Tryst a big thumbs up! Be sure to check it out when you get the time…and call me so that I can come with you…


Best Bets: Bring It Around Town

It’s been 100 years and the Titanic still makes headlines. The National Geographic Museum’s exhibit, “Titanic: 100 Year Obsession,” delves into the history of the ship and so many scientists’ fascination with it. The exhibit includes a replica of one of the ship’s lifeboats and so much more about the ship’s 712 survivors and 1,496 victims.
WHERE: National Geographic Museum
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
PRICE: $6 for students
METRO: Farragut North
Attend the grand opening of Union Market, the highly awaited year-round market with over 40 vendors from the D.C. area. Explore the new bazaar on Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for an artisan ice cream competition that will award the best ice cream maker with the 2012 D.C. Scoops title.
WHERE: Sixth Street and Florida Avenue NE
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
METRO: Union Station
Head to Adams Morgan and visit an all-day festival celebrating the neighborhood. The first festival since the presentation of a new streetscape and larger sidewalks, the festival will feature vendors, crafts, food, and live musical and dance performances. Bring some spending cash and experience this great neighborhood.
WHERE: 18th Street in Adams Morgan
WHEN: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
METRO: Woodley Park/Adams Morgan
by Emily Manbeck and Joanie Greve

Thursday Night D.C.

We’re past hump day and its not Friday yet, but you still want to go out. Thirds isn’t what it used to be. Your friends have 8 a.m. Friday labs. So what do you do?

This Thursday, I initially would have suggested seeing Nero, who I missed at Ultra earlier this year, at the 9:30 Club. Unfortunately, like most 9:30 performances recently, the show sold out relatively quickly. For those of you are heartbroken as I am, there are still other great things to do in the city tonight. While it may not be on a crowded dance floor, dancing to music that when the drop comes, you can’t help grinning from ear-to-ear at the options in the District this week.

District Underground doesn’t have a listed event, but you can bet that some of those people that join me in missing the Nero concert will be dancing to some pretty heavy electronic/dub on the crowded dance floor downstairs. The District is in Adams Morgan, so after you’ve worked up an appetite from fist pumps and crazy dance floor antics, there are a lot of great late night options, check out my other post on Adams Morgan.

If you’re in the mood to make music, or want to attempt to perform renditions of your favorite songs, there is always Karaoke. While my knowledge of D.C. Karaoke is limited, I have been to Peyote Café in Adams Morgan and Café Japone, which I’ve mention before in a post about the Dupont Circle area. If you can get past how dingy Peyote Café is, and how expensive their beer is, it really is a great place to hangout on a Thursday night. If you’re looking for cheap drinks though, you really can’t beat Café Japone. Also, what is up with every karaoke establishment calling themselves a cafe?

Black Cat, 1811 14th St Nw, a couple blocks Down from U St, is having what they call, “Drink and a Movie.” If you still want to go out, but don’t feel like dancing or shouting over a crowded bar, this may be a cool change of pace, and with drink specials, it’s totally acceptable to be drunk at a movie.

Hopefully it continues to stay warm outside so you have more incentive to get off campus. There are so many great things happening in D.C. tonight, so these suggestions are by no means the only great things going down. But go forth and experience the city because you’ll regret it if you don’t.


D.C. Ramblings: Adams Morgan

Oh glorious Adams Morgan, you ugly stepsister to Dupont Circle with your dirty dive bars and your cheap drunken edibles, what would we do without you on Thursday nights? Where else would we go when the rest of the city has gone home to sleep off the remnants of happy hours or prepare for the last day of work? Where would we go to get a piece of pizza that could feed a small family for almost a week (if you were thinking Tuscany, stop), or Falafel worthy of a sultan or a Sheikh? Oh Adams Morgan, I’ve often wondered why on Thursday nights Georgetown seems so dead, and I finally know why – you’ve lured them away, you’ve enticed all of D.C. with your promise of something different, of something strange and exotic.

I’ve always loved Adams Morgan for precisely that strangeness. Even though I’m a creature of habit and frequent the same bars and the same late hour pizza haunts, I still experience something different every time I make the trek out to Adams Morgan (which isn’t even that far). From the Dupont Metro station it’s less than a mile away (a straight shot up 18th), and if you really want to earn those drinks, walking from the front gate to the base of Adams Morgan’s bar strip at Kalorama and 18th, you’re looking at a pleasant two-mile stroll (give or take a few tenths of a mile). With weather like this, you have no excuse to not at least walk from Dupont.

This first place in Adams Morgan is one of my favorites. Soussi, situated on the corner of 18th and Kalorama, is hands down the coolest hookah bar I’ve ever been too, and the food is superb. The wait staff is incredibly friendly and it has a great screened-in seating area that’s perfect for people watching (who does that?). One of the best things about this place is that every day from 5-7:30 all drinks in the house are half off (yes, even top shelf).

If hookah isn’t your style but you’re still looking for a good bar, you can’t go wrong with Brass Monkey, Bourbon or the Black Squirrel. But if you really want a bang for your buck, Dan’s Cafe (2315 18th St NW) is a must see. For $20 you can choose from any of the numerous types of liquor lining the back of the bar and a mixer, all of which is presented to you in a clear plastic squeeze bottle, with shot glasses on the side. This place is the epitome of a dive bar: it’s dirty and worn down, but the culture is tons of fun.

This next place known only as The Diner (located next to Pizza Boli on 18th Street) is one of the few 24-hour establishments in town. It also boasts a full bar but they do have a last call, which I found out the hard way at three in the morning. So if you missed the last metro, like I do frequently, and are dying for classic American food or want to hang out with like-minded drunks who don’t want to go home yet, check this place out. Other great late night snack stops include Amerstdam Falafel and Pizza Mart (Jumbo Slice). Some people will try to tell you that Pizza Boli is the original Jumbo slice, and who knows, maybe its a conspiracy, but if I’m in Adams Morgan, Jumbo Slice (Pizza Mart) is at the top of my priorities.