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Beat the blues with our favorite rainy-day diversions

We like getting out as much as the next guy, but this just isn’t our idea of fun. We’ve got other(drier) ways to spend the next few rainy days. (Nationals Park photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

We’re facing a harsh reality this week; summer’s almost over and whatever’s left of it might just be a washout.

In response, the Going Out Gurus have created a list of our personal rainy-day standbys, from an indoor park of sorts to a favorite bookstore to cozy up with a novel and a latte. So who picked what?

The Kogod Courtyard was offered up by Stephanie Merry, who noted that “Rainy days are always kind of a blessing for me, because they provide the perfect opportunity to catch up on exhibitions I’ve been meaning to see. Beyond that, some of my standbys for bad weather are the Botanic Garden, where the flowers are blooming no matter what the barometer is doing, and the National Gallery, where some cheery images — including my all-time favorite, “Cakes” by Wayne Thiebaud — always seem to part the clouds.”

Fritz Hahn? He picked Bedrock Billiards, adding that “You can always say, ‘Oh, I'll have another pint of beer and wait for the weather to pass” without being contradicted here. And it’s loaded with games: pool tables, shuffleboard, a couple of dart lanes, even Connect Four, Battleship and other old-fashioned options. Throw in one of the area’s best non-Internet jukeboxes, and you’ve got the recipe for a great night in.”

Other fun basement options: The Iron Horse Tap Room, Quarry House Tavern and Meridian Pint.

 Amy Orndorff, who edits the Going Out Gurus kids newsletter, naturally picked two fail-proof options for entertaining bored kids, including Monster Mini Golf in Jessup.

And I went with a warm art-house movie theater, where I could easily settle in for another viewing of “Midnight in Paris,” a hummus platter and mini bottle of wine. I’m talking about Landmark’s E Street theater, of course.

Or you could just as easily settle in with the millions of others watching “The Help” during these rainy days. Just check out our list of movie theaters steps from the Metro here.

What are your rainy day (or night) faves? Tell us in the comments.

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And if you’re headed to the movies this week, see what our critics have to say about “The Debt” and “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy.”

Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.


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