by Lauren Sloat - 260 Reviews - 86 List
Washington, D.C., is a good place to celebrate all types of fathers, not just those of the founding variety (thanks, Jefferson!). As much as greeting card companies would like us to believe that all dads love golf and wear ties, we've got some more varied ideas for lucky dads in the district. From where to go to brunch--including restaurants and bars rich in mahogany and beer--to where to buy a gift and have a little fun, we've found a place to celebrate every dad in D.C. this Father's Day, June 20, 2010.
Updated: June 17, 2010
"If you really love and appreciate your dad, you'll take him to church on a Sunday--ChurchKey, that is!" says Citysearch fan Chris Z. Let Dad choose from a gourmet bar menu and 555 beers at the upstairs beer bar, or make reservations downstairs at Birch & Barley for fresh, mini donuts and other breakfast items.
Citysearch fan Gillet G. recommends the gluttonous buffet jazz brunch at this Southern-style restaurant, which was one of Bill Clinton's favorite stops. "Follow it up with a walk around the White House!" she recommends--you'll need it after the carved meats, fried French toast and chocolate fountain.
"Blue Duck and Old Ebbitt Grill are, hands down, the most Dad-ly brunch spots around," says Citysearch Dictator Adam R. With the Victorian, saloon-like decor featuring mahogany and velvet booths and antique beer steins, it's a stately setting for any dad--or Ron Burgundy, if only there were also many leather-bound books.
This Penn Quarter chocolate-themed restaurant hosts a chocolate, bacon and beer brunch on June 20. The 11am to 3pm event features a three-course brunch menu accompanied by a beer flight or bacon bloody mary and a dessert spread with Dad-worthy treats such as cognac truffles and chocolate bourbon whoopie pies.
For dads with a sweet tooth, check out the confections at this 14th Street chocolate shop. It usually has holiday-themed chocolates, so look for tool-shaped chocolates and other dad-appropriate treats. Truffle-making and chocolate/wine-pairing classes are also good ideas for the aspiring gourmand.
Find something for adventurous dads in this store at the National Geographic Society headquarters on 17th Street. Maps and travel books are great for dads-on-the-go, but the store also has hobby-specific gear, from bird-watching paraphernalia to globes, motion-detectors, high-tech flashlights, binoculars and other gadgets.
Dads need pampering too, and this just-for-men day spa caters to masculine types who appreciate good grooming. Get Dad a certificate for the shop's famous hot lather shave; he'll be greeted with a beer or a shot of whiskey and will leave feeling calm and refreshed.
"Nothing says father-kid bonding like brewing a batch of custom beer" says Citysearch Dictator Connie H. While closed on Father's Day, the brewery is open Thursday through Saturday of that weekend. Large crowds are expected, so book early. If Dad can't make it, consider a gift certificate or brew a batch for him complete with custom labels.
Says Citysearch Dictator Blair R.: "I'd take Dad to a Nationals game! It's a present, food (not so much brunch, but my dad is more of a burgers and beer guy anyway!), and a great time for the entire fam!" The Nats play at 1:35pm on Father's Day.
Citysearch Dictator Connie H. recommends this interactive museum for adventurous fathers who dream of being secret agents. Sign up for Operation Spy and let Dad live out the fantasy for an hour-long mission, then take him to lunch at Zola, the spy-inspired and critically acclaimed restaurant next door.