404 The National Theatre Tips
- Casual 5
- Dressy 2
- Formal 1
- Take public transit 7
- Park in lot 3
- Parking is expensive 2
- Dine before you go 6
It is literally right across from Federal Triangle metro stop. No more than 7 to 10 minute walk.
Good choices near theater to dine before show. We went to a pub on Penn Ave, Elephant & Castle - tasty food, very good service, $$ pricing, & happy hour until 7! About 1 block from theater.
The weather was Windy. I wore A light jacket. Needed a heavy sweater. Venue was very cold..
I use Panda Parking/Spot Hero and found less expensive parking about 2 blocks away.
I used Spot Hero to reserve parking in advance, about a block away. The app allows you to see all available parking options in the area and pay in advance. It was a good way to compare prices and puck the best option.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Parking lot at 610 12th St has no stairs or elevator for customers to use. Customers must walk on driveway from lower levels to exit lot and to get cars.
All the seats are good, but pay for a closer seat if you can. It's worth it. -Cb
Dinner at The Hamilton (just down the street from the theater) was super. Our reservation was for 5pm so we were seated by the time the restaurant quickly filled up. Service and food was outstanding. Reservations recommended.
The weather was Theater was cold in Mezz level . I wore socks/boots to avoid cold feet. For Betelgeuse, MANY in the audience were dressed in black and white stripes. Made the people watching even more fun! .
When picking up tix at Will Call, use the entrance to the far right to avoid being re-directed through the throngs blocking the other doors. Arrive early to make it a stress-free occasion.
If you need to park, I recommend the lot along E Street just across from the FBI Building. It’s a flat $10 on evenings and weekends (closes at 11pm) and quite possibly the best parking “deal” in Penn Quarter.
Even if you can find good parking, it's so hard to drive in DC, (so many pedestrians) and so easy to get a ticket. My experience with prepaid parking online service in DC and Arlington hasn't been so smooth in the past either - I've had to struggle to get into a garage that hasn't yet opened (for which I prepaid), as well as double pay to get out (no attendant to whom to show my receipt). Farragut West isn't that far and a pleasant walk.
We ate at The Hamilton about two blocks away on 14th street. The food was wonderful and they validate your parking at the PMI garage another block up for up to $10. It's a comfortable walking distance from the theatre and a good special occasion place.