385 The National Theatre Tips
- Casual 4
- Formal 1
- Dressy 1
- Take public transit 4
- Park in lot 2
- Splurge for valet 1
- Dine before you go 6
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.
Very close to metro center...and lots of places to eat...we ended up at Hotel W rooftop lounge...the view is fabulous...very chic too!
There's a Pret a Manger restaurant on the corner of 13th street - handy for a hot soup on a cold afternoon. Taking the Metro to Metro Center was extremely convenient, a very short walk.
If you are planning to order a 2nd drink/snack during intermission, pre-order them the first time so you can skip the long lines.
We paid for advance parking through Panda Parking website. We just drove in the selected garage around the corner - no discussion on where to park- it was all set up for us.
Ate at Hill country BBQ. Recommend reservations- but inexpensive and fun atmosphere. Lean brisket was excellent. Great staff- a lot of fun and great food!
If you want to eat before the show, we highly recommend Boss Shepherd's across the street. They have a pre- or post-theatre menu, very reasonably priced, and the food is delicious.