Capital One Arena is home to the Capitals and the Wizards, hosting NHL and NBA games in addition to major events like concerts and equestrian shows. The Washington Wizards 2021 home opener on Friday, October 22, marked the first time the NBA has played at full capacity at the arena since the pandemic.
The stadium, located adjacent to the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop, houses a new sportsbook with bar food from a Michelin star chef. Buzzy restaurants sprinkled throughout dining-dense areas of Chinatown, CityCenter, and Penn Quarter check off just about every cuisine and vibe one could want.
High-end Indian restaurant Rasika is only steps from a collection of Spanish, Mediterranean, and Mexican mainstays from José Andrés. Also look for glamorous hotel restaurants, casual burger joints, long-standing pregaming spots, Chinese and Thai staples, and more.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.
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