Back to School in D.C.

Unlike Billy Madison, most people don't get the chance to go back to school--and with acne, braces and awkward unrequited love, not to mention homework and tests--who would want to? Unless you were the prom queen, high school kind of sucked. And if you were the prom queen, hope you enjoyed peaking at 16! This fall, we propose going back to different types of schools where this time the curriculum includes cocktail-making, cigar-smoking and bedroom massage--no prom date required. (Pictured: Derek Brown teaching a class in the Columbia Room at the Passenger)

Updated: December 21, 2010

Back to School in Washington, D.C.

Bus Bar at Trusty's

1420 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

Got some yellow school bus nostalgia this time of year? The upstairs bar at Trusty's--made out of an actual converted school bus--will bring you right back to grade school. Only this time there's beer, and it's served in mason jars under lunch box light fixtures.

Bibiana Osteria Enoteca

1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20527

Starting in October, learn all the required skills of being a gentleman--from cigar smoking to Champagne sabering--in the Modern Gentleman Seminar Series at this downtown Italian restaurant. The restaurant's chef Nicholas Stefanelli is a graduate of the seminar, which is led by "Modern Gentleman" book series author and sommelier Jason Tesauro. For information and reservations, visit

Potomac Massage Training Institute

5028 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Whether you're an amateur looking for new moves or seriously considering becoming a massage therapist, you'll get something out of attending one of the workshops open to the general public at this Friendship Heights massage school. See the website for a list of upcoming classes--from healing touch to couples massage--and register online.

The Passenger

1021 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Learn to make cocktails with Derek Brown, one of D.C.'s most renowned sommeliers and bar owners, at the Passenger's inner sanctum: The Columbia Room. Upcoming classes, on everything from bellinis to mulled wine, are listed online. Look for the chef series this fall too, in which Brown will bring in well-known D.C. chefs as guests.

Greater Goods

1626 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Become a student of the earth in the free green living classes offered at this U Street planet-friendly goods store. Eco-coaches will teach you about tax credits and other green incentives, urban composting and how to install solar panels in your home. Register online to see a complete calendar of upcoming classes.