Capital Bikeshare itinerary: Night on the town

It's a typical Friday night, and inevitably, choices have to be made. You have friends hanging out in Columbia Heights and others on H Street NE. You want to have dinner in Gallery Place and a drink on U Street. Riding a bike means not having to be quite so selective. And, for $5, it sure beats the pants off of paying for a taxi. Route: 7.5 miles; travel time without stops: 47 minutes
 
 
 
 
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Hill Country

410 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC 20004  | 202-556-2050  |  Web site »

You're going to bike it off anyway, so why not start with food at Hill Country? Try the slow-smoked barbecue and such sides as cheddar mac and cheese, cornbread and collard greens.

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The Passenger

1021 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC 20001  | 202-393-0220

Pick up a bike at Seventh and F streets NW and drop it off at Fifth and K streets. Walk to the Passenger, where Friday night cocktails are named after characters on the TGIF shows of yore, such as "Boy Meets World" and "Family Matters." Take note: Just like when driving a car, it is illegal to ride a bike if your alcohol level exceeds the allowable limit.

3

Dangerously Delicious Pies

1339 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002  | 202-398-7437  |  Web site »

From Fifth and K, you're just a hop, skip and a ride from H Street NE. Head down K to the Bikeshare station at 13th and H streets, where you'll be a couple of blocks from Dangerously Delicious Pies. Hope you've saved room for dessert, because the pecan, blueberry and Baltimore Bomb pies are, well, dangerous.

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The Rock and Roll Hotel

1353 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002  | 202-388-7625  |  Web site »

Next, time to rock out. Walk to the Rock and Roll Hotel, where some of the best indie acts, such as Ha Ha Tonka, the Rosebuds and Cavalera Conspiracy, are playing in the coming weeks. Or, head to the dance floor, where DJs spin a variety of top 40 hits, house and classics from the '80s and '90s.

5

American Ice Company

917 V St. NW, Washington, DC 20001  | 202-758-3562

Pick up another bike, and ride up Florida Avenue to U Street and drop off your bike at 16th and U streets NW. Walk to American Ice Co., where the patio is always full and the selection of local microbrews never falters.

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Room 11

3234 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20010  | 202-332-3234  |  Web site »

By now, you've been all over the city, from Gallery Place to the Convention Center and from H Street NE to U Street NW. Where haven't you been? Columbia Heights. Return to the 16th and U Street Bikeshare station, take U Street to 14th Street, and ride up 14th (warning: a bit of a hill), take a right on Kenyon, and drop off your bike at 11th and Kenyon streets NW. End your night at the cozy Room 11, where you can grab a corner seat and a glass of Argentine malbec or Txakolina, a white wine from Spain's Basque country.

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