Between work, family and significant others, we often forget some of the most important people in our lives: our friends! Spending time with friends is fun and relaxing, and a great way to decompress. Here is a list of fun activities to do with your friends.
Takoda
715 Florida Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 525-1252
www.takodadc.com

One of the most fun activities to engage in with a friend is to visit a beer garden! Takoda is a new restaurant with an all-season rooftop beer garden. Takoda offers more than 24 American draft beers and has a food menu that includes tater tots, pretzels and cheese dip or mac n cheese, all of which are perfect for sharing. If you aren’t sure which beer to try, just ask the bartender, who will be more than happy to make a recommendation. Sampling beers while chatting is the ideal way to spend an afternoon with friends!

Elite Bodies
10111 Colesville Road, Suite 131
Silver Spring, MD 20901
(240) 645-3708
www.theelitebodies.com

Working out is another great activity for friends to do together. Elite Bodies offers small group bootcamps on weekdays and boxing on Saturdays, where you can go and work up a sweat with a friend! The fun atmosphere and small group size make it ideal for going with a friend. Afterwards, grab a smoothie together to cool down.

L’Academie De Cuisine
5021 Wilson Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 986-9490
www.lacademie.com

L’Academie d Cuisine offers a variety of cooking classes that are participation-oriented, where participants work in pairs. This means you and your friend can catch up while whipping up a tasty meal. You get to take the recipes and leftover food home, which is an added bonus. Choose from pastry classes, where you will make delectable desserts or savory courses that have a certain theme, like summer soups, Chinese dim sum or learning to make pasta from scratch.

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Union Market
1309 5th St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(301) 347-3998
unionmarketdc.com

Shopping and eating are always the best when you go with friends. At Union Market, you can do both! Wander around Salt and Sundry where you can grab knick-knacks for the home, or cooking gadgets for your kitchen. Afterwards, grab lunch at one of the many food vendors like Takorean or DC Empanadas. You can follow that up with a wine tasting at the Righteous Cheese wine bar. And finally, for dessert, visit the Co Co. Sala stand, which offers mouth-watering artisan chocolates.

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Merlot’s Masterpiece
1512 U St N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
www.merlotsart.com

Painting while drinking wine has become wildly popular in the DC area in the last few years. The idea is you buy tickets with friends, and then you get to hang out while painting and drinking wine. No expertise is required, it’s just a fun activity that will get your creative juices running! See the website for information on classes and prices.

Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.