A Night At Washington DC’s Studio Theatre

August 25, 2014 8:00 AM

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Theater is alive and well in Washington, D.C. Whether it’s a straight play, musical, one man show, revival or world premiere, there is plenty to choose from. And with a delicious dinner, drinks and dessert, you can turn a night at the theater into a great night out. Here is how you can make your night at Studio Theatre into a complete experience.

Getting There
Studio Theatre
1501 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 332-3300

Studio Theatre is located on one of Washington, D.C.’s newest hotspots, 14th Street. Like many of D.C.’s popular neighborhoods, 14th Street has very limited parking. However, there is a metro stop only a few blocks away from the theater. U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro stop is on the green and yellow line. If your closest metro stop is on the red line, you can transfer at Gallery Place China. And if your closest metro stop is on the blue or orange line, you can transfer at the L’Enfant Plaza metro station. Taking the metro will be the most convenient, but make sure you keep in mind what time the metro closes.

Dinner At Estadio
1520 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 319-1404

On a few Best Restaurants In DC lists, Estadio is not just another tapas restaurant. This Spanish restaurant has a carefully executed menu, complete with an impressive wine and cheese list. Whether you want a few light things before the show, or you want to fill up, you will be delighted by the options. For light fair, try a few of the cheeses with the house-made bread and cured meats. For something more hearty, the bocadillos will be your best bet. Try the crispy pork belly or the grilled vegetables if you are a vegetarian.

The Show
1501 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 332-3300

Studio Theatre is known for its provocative contemporary work, from Shakespeare classics to new bold plays. For nearly 40 years, the theater has been producing some of the best work in DC, receiving over 60 Helen Hayes awards and nominations. So expect to see a show that will move you in some way. The upcoming season continues Studio’s mission, with works like “Mary-Kate Olson Is In Love,” “Laugh,” “Terminus” and “Murder Ballad.” Whether you want to laugh or cry, you will have a great night at the theatre.

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Dessert At Ted’s Bulletin
1818 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-8337

Ted’s Bulletin has a bakery section in the front of the restaurant with cinnamon rolls the size of your head. That is not an exaggeration, they are actually the size of a head. It also has brownies, cookies, cheesecake and more. What people really talk about are the home-made pop tarts. You can see the bakers rolling out and cutting dozens of the childhood favorites. The bakery will more than likely be closed by the time you get there, but you can still order a pop tart if there are any left. And if you want something cold, try one of the adult milkshakes that have alcohol mixed in.

Drinks At El Centro D.F.
1819 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 328-3131

You can go back to Estadio because it has some delicious drinks, but El Centro D.F. is a must stop on 14th Street. Known for its margaritas, El Centro has three floors for you to drink on. Although the rooftop is the most popular, the underground tequileria might be your best bet. With two hundred tequilas and mezcals, the Latin cocktails are sure to keep your night going. The restaurant can get packed on weekends, so keep that in mind if you plan on seeing a show on a Friday or Saturday.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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