Want to find some the area’s best rooftop bars, like this one at Whitlow's in Arlington? Check our list. (Fritz Hahn-The Washington Post)

After figuring out the Metro and that little matter of how a bill becomes a law, you’ll want to get out and see what the city has to offer. And that’s where we can help.

We’re rolling in ideas for intern-friendly cheap eats and happy hours, and we’re also the keepers of a rundown of this city’s caravan of food trucks and a Summer Bucket List of quintessential D.C. experiences, from Jazz in the Garden to a standing summer pool party.

First, get acquainted with our neighborhood guides, which will point you to the best restaurants, watering holes and other finds near the Hill, in the nightlife district of H Street NE, and on bustling 14th and U streets, Washington’s most buzzy corridor of galleries, bars and vintage shopping.

If you want to explore a neighborhood on your own, check out our Browse by Metro feature for all the bars and restaurants near Metro stops.

Wondering how to take in some of the city's culture on a tight budget? Every Monday on the Going Out Gurus blog we bring you Free and Easy, an itinerary of free events for every day of the week, from cocktail receptions at embassies to indie film festivals to poetry readings. And rest assured, D.C. is not all suits all the time. Just check out our Editors' Picks list of the city’s best free nightlife events.

This summer, do your tastebuds a favor and take a few breaks from your steady diet of Top Ramen. Our list of the best cheap eats features the iconic Ben's Chili Bowl, health-conscious meals at Teaism, tacos and falafel you'll want just as much during the day as after a late night out in Adams Morgan. Or, do all your eating sidewalk-style; check out our ratings of the city’s food trucks and meet them all this Friday at Truckeroo.

In Washington, a typical drink  costs  $7 to $10 and can go up to $16. It’s a blessing then, that between the hours of 4 and 7, plenty of bars have happy hours. It’s the rare gem that can boast a perfect combo of cheap beer and expensive ambience: Check out one (or all) of these happy hours that stand out from the crowd. (Looking for something a little more posh for a night? Ping Pong Dim Sum’s happy hour features a selection of $5 cocktails such as the Lychee and Roses. Or, sample otherwise pricey Belgian brews when they’re half-price at Brasserie Beck for two hours every evening.)

Once you know your way around, start checking off some must-do’s from the Summer Bucket List, just one of the features on our Summer Guide, where you can find outdoor movies, rooftop bars, and, if you can find a ride, top spots at the beach.

And finally, if you still can’t figure out what to do this weekend, or any weekend this summer, just ask us. The Going Out Gurus solve all your pressing going out dilemmas Thursdays at 1 p.m. on the Going Out Guide.