(Sawsan Chalabi illustration for Express)

Our Best Of issue is finally here! To see what you, our readers, voted as your favorite things in D.C., click here.

And then there are our picks. It’s our job as local writers to know what’s worth doing around D.C. Every bar we stay up late to visit, every new restaurant we sample and every concert we attend is for you, the readers! Here are some of our most cherished things in the D.C. area: our favorite places to eat too much, drink way too much and (in a perfect world) exercise the next day; where we go for a special occasion; and the spots we know we can always rely on for a good time. These are the recommendations we give our friends, or the hidden gems we’ve kept all to ourselves — until now. 

Best of D.C. 2017 Staff Picks: Food

Best of D.C. 2017 Staff Picks: Places

Best of D.C. 2017 Staff Picks: Where to make your Instagram followers jealous

Best of D.C. 2017 Staff Picks: Shopping and entertainment

Best of D.C. 2017 Staff Picks: Bars and beer

Best of D.C. 2017 Staff Picks: Reasons to go to Georgetown

Best of D.C. 2017 Staff Picks: Things