Luckily, there’s so much to do in this town. Here’s a week’s worth of activities that will get you out of the house and give you a chance to meet new people.
Playing ping-pong at Spin is nothing like playing in your family’s garage: Not only does this photogenic basement bar downtown serve za’atar fries, but staff members called “Ballers” help you chase down ping-pong balls, check for proper net positioning and even hand out eucalyptus-scented towels. Spin’s winter social league kicks off on Jan. 27. It’s $150 for free agents to join a team, and you’ll play every Monday during nine weeks of round-robin matches. No need to be a pro to compete: This is designed for everyone, regardless of age or skill level. There are even bonus rounds and awards like “most likely to talk with a strangers” to encourage mingling. 1332 F St. NW. wearespin.com.
If the Headspace app isn’t cutting it, head to Steadfast Supply’s Meditation Tuesdays for a bit of Zen. The Navy Yard shop that’s devoted to artisan makers has enlisted Kadampa Meditation Center’s Sanema Hardrick to lead drop-in meditation classes ($8) every week, starting at 7:15 p.m. After 45 tranquil minutes, you’ll get 10 percent off any purchase. 301 Tingey St. SE. steadfastsupplydc.com.
There’s no shortage of places that host pub trivia: District Trivia has games running at dozens of bars across the area. For a midweek break, head to the Berliner, the airy beer hall in Georgetown, on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. for trivia. If you can’t think of the answers, at least you’ll have steins of beer, and bratwurst and pretzels to make up for it. 3401 Water St. NW. theberlinerdc.com.
The weekend kicks off early at La Cosecha, the stylish new Northeast market devoted to food and design from Latin America. During Baila Thursdays, Luz Rodriguez-Mercier of DC Style Salsa Academy will teach an intro-level class starting at 7 p.m. each week. No partner is required, and if you’re having fun learning to salsa, stick around until 10 p.m. for two hours of open dancing. The $15 dance class includes a drink from Serenata, the market’s cocktail bar. 1280 Fourth St. NE. lacosechadc.com.
Capital Laughs hosts comedy shows every night of the week around the city; on Fridays, you can head to Cafe Saint-Ex’s basement for “14th & Funny.” It’s a two-hour stand-up show from Washington comics, who are prescreened for the gig. There’s no cover required, which means you’ll more than get your money’s worth. 1847 14th St. NW. capitallaughs.com.
Like hiking but don’t have a car? Capital Hiking Club sets out each Saturday for the great outdoors: Get picked up at meeting spots in the District in the morning and then head out for five- to 12-mile hikes in scenic parks in Maryland and Virginia. Priced at $26 per hike, January’s itineraries include the Appalachian Trail’s “Roller Coaster” section and Susquehanna State Park. Various locations. capitalhikingclub.com.
Find your literary tribe at East City Bookshop. This indie bookstore on Capitol Hill offers book clubs for so many different types of readers: Monthly book clubs that meet on Sundays in January include a group devoted to new fiction, one for memoirs, a club celebrating black female authors and one devoted to reading all 339 books that “Gilmore Girls” character Rory is seen with throughout seven seasons of the show. 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. eastcitybookshop.com.