Eat, drink, shop, play - the Clarendon Courthouse Corridor has it all! Clarendon is one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the Washington, DC area, with a variety of restaurants, bars, rooftop decks, retail stores, fitness facilities, and markets. It is the perfect spot to go for a run on a weekday morning, take a yoga class at lunch, shop on Saturday afternoon, have cocktails on a rooftop bar in the evening, and enjoy brunch with family and friends on Sunday. It is arguably also one of the safest and most walk-able neighborhoods in the region, with everything centered along a mile long corridor between the VA Square metro and the Courthouse metro, with the Clarendon metro stop in the middle.
Clarendon may cover a small physical area but it has a world of culture within its boundaries. Check out the amazing Balkan food at Ambar, named Best Restaurant by Arlington Magazine! Spice up your taste buds with authentic Thai at Sawadtee, Vietnamese at Four Sisters Grill and Indian at longtime favorites Delhi Club and Delhi Darba. Have a romantic dinner at Baba or Buena Vida and finish the evening with cocktails and dessert on the gorgeous roof deck of Buena Vida Social Club. Enjoy taco Tuesday at TTT, Mexicali Blues, Don Tito's, and La Finca. Get your Southern on and savor everything from beignets to biscuits at Bayou Bakery and Tupelo Honey and don't forget the yummy comfort food at Liberty Tavern. Relish schnitzel and pretzels at Lyon Hall, traditional Greek at Cava, Persian cuisine at Kabob Bazaar, Spanish tapas at Pamplona, and Asian fusion at Bar Bao. For families, some of our favorite kid friendly restaurants are Silver Diner, Cheesecake Factory, Fire Works Pizza, and Hot Stone Pizza. We are also home to some of the best BBQ in the area with Rockland's BBQ and Griling Company, Texas Jack's and the brand new Smokecraft Modern BBQ. There is truly something for everyone!
When you have room for dessert, we can't wait for you to try the amazing cupcakes, cookies, and treats at Bakeshop. If you want a truly unique experience, feast your eyes on the artists at Nice Cream as they create liquid nitrogen ice cream masterpieces right in front of your eyes.
Cocktails and Beer
Hang out at one of the Washington Capitals' hot spots and catch your favorite games at the GOAT! Take advantage of that perfect summer night on the roof decks of Buena Vida Social Club, Wilson Hardware, Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill and longtime neighborhood favorite Whitlow's on Wilson. Enjoy Octokerbest and a great beer selection at Heritage Brewing and Courthaus Social. Want to try a little skee ball, pool, and darts while you drink? Spider Kelly's has you covered. Check out our newest neighborhood hot spot for fun summer nights at the outdoor venue, The Lot.
The new Renegade opened up this year, with longtime local restaurateur Patrick Crump at the helm. Come for the great line up of live music but stay for the phenomenal food and drinks!
How many coffee shops can we fit in one mile??? Of course, we have Starbucks and Peet's options for those on the go. However, if you want to savor your coffee experience in the morning or meet up with a friend of colleague, we have some of the coolest coffee shops in the region. Residents love Northside Social for his homey feel and insanely good breakfast sandwiches. For a more modern and international feel, we love the atmosphere at East West. Don't forget Detour which is a favorite meet up spot for local businesses with some of the friendliest staff in town.
Looking for some delicious pinots and cabs to brighten up your evening? Screwtop Wine Bar's wine and cheese plates are the perfect antidote to a long week of work and Oby Lee's crepes and champagne will transport you to Paris. Newcomer Verre Wine Bar at the Hyatt has a great selection and happy hour specials.
Avoid the crowded malls and make shopping fun again. The Market Common in Clarendon is absolutely gorgeous and features high end retailers such as Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Apple, Williams and Sonoma, South Moon Under, Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Loft, Joseph A. Banks, the Container Store, Sephora, and Origins. Just across the street, there are even more options with Orvis, Lilly Pulitzer, lou lou, Lulelemon, Blue Mercury, Ethan Allen, and My Eye Doctor.
We also love Kinderhaus Toys for fun gifts for the little ones, Current Boutique for amazing consignment deals, and Casual Adventure for all your outdoor and camping needs.
From street festivals to running trails, from escape rooms to tiki bars, Clarendon is an epicenter of downtime.
Check out information on Clarendon Day, our biggest event of the year and all our awesome events (including the Festival of the Arts, Armed Forces Cycling Classic, Bark in the Park and more) on our event calendar.
Market Common also has a variety of events, concerts, and kids' activities throughout the year. Just looking to get out and have a good time?
The Lot is an urban oasis, with a sandy beach bar, corn hole, volleyball, food trucks and drinks.
Renegade is new on the scene in Clarendon but has already established itself as one of the best venues in town for both live music and special events.
Clarendon offers so much to do for the whole family!
There is a reason Arlington was ranked the fittest city in America! The Clarendon area has some of the best fitness facilities in the region with everything from spin classes to barre and boxing. We also have one of the best running shops in the country, Pacers, which hosts numerous runs in our neighborhood and across the country, ever year. We love the Clarendon Day Run, which takes place every year before Clarendon Day, in September.
Check out our wide variety gyms and studios in our Business Directory.