The Jazz Haunt

On Wednesday and Thursday nights, the city’s hottest jam sessions are at HR-57 (1610 14th St. NW; 202/667-3700), a nonprofit cultural organization named for a 1987 House Resolution honoring jazz.

Coffeehouse Culture

The bookstore-café Busboys & Poets (2021 14th St. NW; 202/387-7638) screens politically minded films and hosts readings by the likes of Barbara Ehrenreich and Amiri Baraka.

The In Scene

Downtown’s Franklin Square has emerged as a nightlife center, where young staffers and seasoned K Streeters sip high-concept cocktails and flirt after work; the sophisticated, four-story Park at Fourteenth (920 14th St. NW; 202/737-7275) is one of the premier new spots.

One Mint Julep

The clubby, tradition-steeped Round Robin Bar (1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202/637-7348), inside the equally venerable Willard InterContinental hotel, is justly famous for its mint juleps, made according to 19th-century Kentucky congressman Henry Clay’s own recipe.