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Pentagon City

Essentials
When metroing to this area listen carefully: did the conductor just say Pentagon or Pentagon City? Don't worry -- the apparel of those exiting will let you know what state you're in: camouflage for the famously shaped military center, short skirts and Coach bags for the mall. Visitors to this neighborhood may be shopping for the newest prom dress, defense contract, or Costco deal.

Sundries/Entertainment
If you're a government employee or contractor looking to woo some clients, there's East Coast chain Legal Seafood or trusty McCormick & Schmick's. If you miss your suburban days as a mall rat and hate the swarming crowds of Georgetown or Friendship Heights, cross the river and try out the See more.

>Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Or visit the Crystal City Shops, where you can dine above ground at a DC favorite, Jaleo, or shop and grab a bite in the underground mall.




         



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Posted By:  Katie Pyzyk
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Crystal City Sports Pub
Dart boards, foosball and video games… oh my! When I step into the Crystal City Sports Pub, I feel like I’ve followed the yellow brick road to the Sporty Emerald City. Three whole floors of sports goodness await. Whether you want to sit back with a brew and watch whatever big game is on (or games, considering the dozens of huge TVs), or try your hand at billiards, this is a sports freak’s heaven. And don’t forget the video games and pinball machines. Don’t worry, non-smokers—there’s a whole floor set aside for you. Happy hour offers great specials on beer and appetizers, and the menu is more inventive than the typical sports bar (think steak bites and pretzarella—a combo of cheese sticks crusted with pretzel crumbs). If you need to take a break from the sports, you can check out the TVs turned to the cable news channels, or glance at the huge board with the day’s Wall Street numbers. I mean, you COULD do that, but I’m always mesmerized by the 10-foot projection screen. If I’m not parked there, you’ll find me paying homage to 1982 at the Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga video game.



Posted By:  Katie Pyzyk
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Pentagon Row Ice Skating
The festive music screeched to a halt the day after Christmas, the holiday sale merchandise has been rifled through more than Colin Farrell’s little black book, and Auld Lang Syne was finished 30 seconds after it started. But the fun of the holidays isn’t the only way to fend off the winter blues… which you may be reminded of just by looking outside at the bare trees. To take advantage of the chilly weather, slide over to the ice skating rink at Pentagon Row. Whether you need a good date place, want to show off your killer triple-axle, or just want to visit your inner child, it’s time to hit the ice. Situated in the middle of the central plaza, the rink will be open every day through mid-March. For a few bucks, you can enjoy skating how it was meant to be done—outside, not on an indoor rink. If you aren’t brave enough to venture onto the ice, you can watch others slip around from the safety of a window-side seat in one of the many restaurants lining the plaza. So pad your important body parts, swallow your pride, and head over to Pentagon Row before the ice melts away with the rest of your winter memories.



Posted By:  RP Wolosiuk
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The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
This time of year means different things to different people. If you are one of the people for which this time of year means buying predominantly unnecessary things for someone other than yourself, than surely you will at some point find it necessary to venture into one of the areas malls. Ostensibly, Pentagon City Mall is a veritable bonanza that sells anything from state themed knick-knacks such as magnets–which cater to the most discriminating of out of towners (aka: those who stand on the left side of the Metro escalator)–to high-end designer couture. The mall is a quick Metro ride down the yellow or blue lines and is located within close proximity to the highways and byways of our Nation’s Capitol. Yet this accessibility means that you need to prepare yourself for a menagerie of epic proportions. This place is not for the weak of heart or spirit. Those with a moderate or even mild case of agoraphobia are vehemently cautioned by the writer of this article to not attempt to enter the premises. You will likely only experience a denser crowd at Disneyworld’s EPCOT Center or Niagara Falls.



Posted By:  Nancy Parode
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Sine Irish Pub
At first glance, Sin é Irish Pub in Arlington might seem to be your average Pentagon hangout. It fits all the stereotypes–Irish pub theme, close to the P-gon (really close; it’s in Pentagon Row), easy Metro access, lots of beer choices. Sure, if you stop by around 5 pm, you’ll see a bunch of folks with short hair, and they probably do work at that famous five-sided landmark. Come on in anyway. You can head straight for the traditionally-styled wooden bar and order a pint of Sin é Irish Red, or park yourself at a pub table near the Celtic fireplace for a meal. If you’re a bit short o’the green, try the Beggars Banquet; the baked potato soup is a meal in itself. It’s not every Irish pub that offers turkey and veggie burgers, either. Sin é showcases several traditional Irish dishes, including bangers and mash, fish and chips, and corned beef and cabbage (why do all of them have compound names, anyway?), but most folks come for the reasonably-priced pints, festive atmosphere and hearty plates. Sin é’s a great place to raise a glass of Ireland’s finest. St. Patrick would approve.



Posted By:  Joanna Franco
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OK, so I’m writing about a chain restaurant, but it’s still relatively new and sometimes there are redeeming qualities to chains, right? Anyway, this particular chain restaurant is Noodles & Company, a place that serves—you’ll never guess—noodles. The noodles portion of the menu features pasta and noodles inspired by Asian, Italian, and American recipes. So you have pad thai, penne rosa, and mac and cheese as possible items to digest. However, lest any dieters panic over the sheer volume of noodles, there are also salads available as well. I like Noodles & Company for two reasons. One, I like noodles. Two, while you might get more authentic-tasting dishes at ethnic restaurants, I like the portion sizes at Noodles & Company. You can get bigger or smaller sizes, and sometimes as a single gal who occasionally gets sick of leftovers but still longs for noodles, portion size can be a determining factor for me. Check the company’s website for locations in Maryland and Virginia. There are none in the District, however. Sorry DC, you get gypped again…



Posted By:  Joanna Franco
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Say you want to be an actor, but you live in Washington DC. Do you pine for New York or LA? You could, or you could take advantages of the theatrical opportunities in the DC metro area. If you were serious, one step you could take towards your career on the stage is to join the Actors Center, which serves as a non-profit, resource center for local semi-professional and professional actors. They provide a regularly-updated audition hotline, a casting database, an annual lottery audition, and weekly Saturday morning workshops with topics ranging from scene study to monologue coaching. They also just completed a first annual Actors Expo, with networking opportunities and panel discussions on the local theater and film scene. Actors can join as members anytime, although the membership runs the calendar year.




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