Busboys and Poets
Art, activism, and mindfulness coalesce at Busboys and Poets, D.C.’s multifaceted community melting pot that serves as a restaurant, café, bar, bookstore, and venue. It provides a colorful, hospitable environment for enlightened discussion and discovery without the intellectual elitism and exclusiveness that often plagues creative spaces. The bookstore is operated in partnership with Politics and Prose, whose curated selections under headers like “Let’s Talk Race” and “Let’s Talk Gender” cut through the clutter. The dining menu features a plethora of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes, and open mic nights showcase the soul of the city. Come here for one experience and stay all day.
By Susan Mason, AFAR Local Expert
A Coffeeshop with a Social Conscience
Busboys and Poets. What can I say about this iconic D.C. establishment? One of the best places in all of D.C. for coffee and restaurant eats. Decent bookstore as well. I absolutely adore this place. I’m happy the moment I walk into the airy space filled with chic, comfy couches and walls painted a soothing shade of green. If I’m eating, I’ll make a beeline for one of the inviting tables. As I settle in, jazz music fills my senses. But there’s another side to this amazing joint. Several nights a week, Busboys and Poets plays host to a vast array of socially conscious artists who perform before an engaged audience that represents the diverse population that is D.C. While there is the occasional musical performance, most of the artists are professional spoken word performers. Busboys and Poets also holds open mic nights to give amateurs an opportunity to showcase their talents as well. No matter who the performer is and what talent they have, it’s always a though provoking event. No other place in D.C. offers this entertainment. So come to Busboys and Poets for the coffeehouse vibe in the morning and then return in the evening for a performance that will have you talking about it long after it’s over. Metro stop: U Street
By Julee K., AFAR Local Expert