Sunday, November 23, 2014

OF NOTE: WIFI: Here's a list of Where to Wi-Fi for Free in DC! Coffeeshops, Cafes, Museums, Libraries, Parks, Bars and Restaurants with Free Wireless Internet in DC, MD and VA


Updated February 2014. Here is a list of coffee shops and other spots with free wireless internet in DC, and parts of VA and MD. I am sure there are more I haven't listed yet... Please add any additional locations in DC or next to a metro in MD or VA along with the address, area, and link if you have it in the comment section and I will add it to the list! If you know of any changes, please let me know of those as well. You can comment on this post, send me a tweet @FreeinDCBlog or message me on Free in DC's facebook page.

My personal favorite independent coffee shops to work from, listed alphabetically: Blind Dog Cafe, Bourbon, Chinatown Coffee, Coffy Cafe, Filter, Flying Fish, Pleasant Pops, Tryst, Tynan and Vigalante. All are self serve except for Tryst which has waiter service. 

INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOPS & CAFES (without waiter service)
For ease of use, this list is organized alphabetically by neighborhood, and rest is alphabetical too. 

ADAMS MORGAN
Pleasant Pops
delicious sandwiches, soups, salads, a great section of local foods and really good espresso drinks from Ceremony Coffee
1781 Florida Ave NW
near the intersection of 18th & Florida Ave, by Mint Gym
at the bottom of Adams Morgan, north of Dupont

Sugar Daddy's Bakery
read more about this new spot opened at the end of 2013
2006 18th St NW
near Florida Ave 
at the bottom of Adams Morgan, north of Dupont

Cafe Diem - New Pop-Up Cafe!
in the same building as Skynear
Weekdays 7am-7pm, Weekends 8am-7pm
Small, cozy space with a soft color palate that makes you feel like your in someone's home, this new spot serves MadCap coffee and the staff is warm and welcoming. See pics and connect on faceboook. They also host some open mics and other events that are "BYOP" Bring your own pillow, to sit on.  
1800 Wyoming Ave NW
also near Florida Ave
at the bottom of Adams Morgan, north of Dupont

BLOOMINGDALE
Big Bear Cafe
Note - they have a cute outdoor area 
really delicious coffee drinks, cute spot
1st & R St NW
nearest metro is NoMa, closest by bus

CAPITOL HILL
Jacob's Coffee House
8th & D St, NE 
walk or bus from Eastern Market

CHINATOWN
Chinatown Coffee Company
standard benches and chairs, delicious espresso
if you're looking for cushy sofas, not your spot
now serving beer, wine and absinthe!
475 H St NW

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS & MT PLEASANT
Coffy Cafe
At Park Rd, across from the Tivoli large community space, retro vibe
serving rather good espresso from Ceremony coffee, and crepes
3310 14th St NW

Flying Fish Coffee
community table and some smaller tables
Counter Culture espresso, hand poured coffee
now serving beer, wine and cocktails as well
open til 8:00pm every night 

3604 Mt Pleasant St, NW

Tynan Coffee and Tea 
You get a 2 hour free wifi ticket with purchase
open 'til 8:00pm daily, next to metro and Five Guys
1400 Irving St NW

Sticky Fingers Bakery
*vegan food only* good for gluten free too
Note: they do not offer cream for your coffee
pink glittery furniture with old school diner vibe
Note: I heard that they turn off their wifi on Saturdays
so check first if you go on a weekend
1370 Park Rd, NW

DUPONT CIRCLE
Dolcezza
gelato and coffee bar, ritual coffee
some seating and community table
1704 Connecticut Ave, NW -near R St
Note: locations also in Bethesda and Georgetown 
but not sure if they have wireless there

Filter 
note - they also have a small outdoor area!
nice place, good coffee, but super small
inside can be hard to find seating sometimes
1726 20th NW (between R & S)

note - they also have an outdoor area 
one of DC's very first coffeeshops!
(didn't see website, reviews online) please
call for info 202- 463-7646
2150 P St NW

EASTERN MARKET
Peregrine Espresso
660 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Note: They have a small shop also on 14th St, near U, that does not offer wireless internet

Port City Java
701 North Carolina Ave. SE


FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END
Bourbon Coffee 
"crop to cup" beans from Rwanda!
Super comfy, nice decor! Great story/mission.
try the ice kaffe in summer - ice cream + espresso!
2101 L St NW

GEORGETOWN
Baked and Wired
Cupcakes and coffee, the only indie coffee shop in the area.
Just past canal from M St between 30th & 31st St, K & M St
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW

H ST CORRIDOR, NE
417 H St NE

LOGAN CIRCLE
gelato and coffee bar, counter culture coffee
rather limited bar style seating at this one

1451 P St NW
right across from Whole Foods 
Note: They have two other DC locations, one on 7th St near Archives and Chinatown and one at Eastern Market next to peregrine, but I am pretty sure that these locations don't have wireless, you can contact them first to ask.

Dolcezza -
N
ew location with late night hours!
at the corner of
14th & P St NW
Monday - Thursday: 7am-11pm Friday 7am-12am
Saturday 8am-12am Sunday 8am - 11pm
They also have a location in Dupont Circle
Metro: best reached by the Circulator bus, Woodley-McPherson route that also goes up 14th St and by the Columbia Heights Metro, right to 14th & RI Ave or P St, you can also take any bus along 14th St.

MT VERNON SQ

La Colombe Coffee
Cool new spot with clear garage like doors that roll up when the weather is nice. Originally from Philly, this is their first DC location. "Trendy neighborhood coffeehouse offers house-roasted espresso in a sleek, industrial-chic interior." Open daily til 7:00pm, from 7:00am on weekdays and 8:00am on Saturdays and Sundays. 
924 N St NW 
Tucked away in Blagden Alley, not visible from the main road

PETWORTH
Qualia Coffee
"fresh off the roast" coffee beans roasted on site
note - they also have a small outdoor area in the back!
3917 Georgia Ave NW
just a few blocks north of the Georgia Ave - Petworth metro

SHAW
Kafe Bohem
Viennese-style coffeehouse, open until 5pm daily, attached to Bistro Bohem
600 Florida Ave NW

Compass Coffee 
One of the newest places in DC, beans roast in house!
Interesting story behind this place too, learn more here
Daily form 7:00am - 8:00pm
1535 7th St NW - near Q St 

U ST 
U St Cafe
2 hour internet ticket with purchase
where Mocha Hut used to be
1301 U St NW


The Wydown 
Now on 14th St right next to the Trader Joe's
Mon - Fri 6am-10pm Sat & Sun 8am-10pm
1924 14th St NW

The Coffee Bar - TCB
1201 S St NW
they also have a large area for outside seating

Blind Dog Cafe - at Darnell's 
note - they have two outdoor seating areas, one in back and one in front
super cozy and comfy spot, delicious baked goods, food and coffee, nice staff
only open til 4:00pm
9th & W St, near Florida Ave, a short walk from the 9:30 Club

UNION STATION
Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F St NE

OTHER PLACES (without waiter service)
Steam Cafe & Lounge
note - they also have an outdoor area
1700 17th St NW around R St
Dupont Circle/ 17th St

Bruegger's Bagel Bakery
2101 L St NW
(next door to Bourbon Coffee)
See their 
website for hours and more info.

Foggy Bottom/ K St Area

INDEPENDENT CAFES & RESTAURANTS (with coffee, food, and waiter service) 
Busboys & Poets - two locations in DC
(waiter service only)
1025 5th St NW  - 5th & K 
Chinatown/ Mt Vernon Sq
2021 14th St NW - 14 & V 
U St Area

Open City
large outdoor seating area and semi-outdoor space
Sister restaurant to Tryst, good coffee drinks
2331 Calvert St NW, close to Connecticut
Woodley Park

The Coupe
upscale diner, coffee shop and bar  open late
owned by the same folks that own Tryst, Open City and The Diner
Sun - Thurs 6:00am - 12:00am
Fri - Sat 6:00am - 1:00am
3415 11th St NW
Columbia Heights

(waiter service only)
Note: Wi-Fi turned off on weekends
great espresso drinks, good food
2459 28th St NW
Adams Morgan

OUTDOOR PARKS with Free WiFi!
Farragut Square
17th St & I St
Yes, there is Free Wifi in the Park!
Select Golden Triangle Wireless
it will direct you to 
Golden Triangle BID site

which is also a great resource for local spots
Farragut West or North

free wireless in courtyards and park areas, see map
Crystal City

CHAIN STORES & CAFES in DC
Au Bon Pain
Free wifi, locations all over the city
Metro Center, L St, Chinatown, etc...

Peet's Coffee
13th & G  - 601 13th St
Metro Center
15th & M - 1156 15th St
McPherson Sq
17th & L - 1101 17th St NW
Farragut North 
1800 M St NW
Farragut North

Corner Bakery
locations throughout the city!

Pret A Manger
11th and F 1155 F St NW
Metro Center
14th and H 1399 New York Ave NW
McPherson Sq
15th and K 1432 K St NW
McPherson Sq
17th and K  1701 K St NW
Note: No WiFi at this one
Farragut North
18th and I  1825 Eye St NW
Farragut West
19th and L 1828 L St NW
Farragut North
Union Station 50 Mass Ave NW
Union Station

Saxby's Coffee
Hours vary at each location 
Georgetown, near University
3500 O St NW
Downtown, near K St

1000 Vermont Ave NW
Dupont Circle, South exit
1309 19th St NW

CHAINS in DC with locations also in MD & VA
Barnes and Noble
All Barnes and Noble's now offers free wifi!
Locations also in MD & VA
12th & E St
Metro Center
Locations in MD and VA as well. Clarendon, Bethesda, Springfield and Rockville are close to metro I believe. Tysons Corner, Seven Corners and Potomac, car required.

Cosi
locations throughout the city and in MD and VA!
Dupont, Downtown, Capitol Hill, and Ballston in VA

Harris Teeter - Citadelnow has a fancy coffee machine and wifi in their cafe
1631 Kalorama Rd - between 16h & 17th St
Adams Morgan/ 16th St

IHOP - Open 24 hours!
**This is the only free wireless spot I know of open 24 hours**
Irving &14th St, NW
Columbia Heights (not sure if the one in Ballston has internet)
New: Apparently, most all of the McDonalds in the area now have offer free wireless internet! To see which ones in the area have wi-fi and to learn more, please click here. You'll want to type in your zipcode and look for the ones with a green box on the far right.

1350 Connecticut Avenue
Dupont Circle 
Irving at 14th St, NW
Columbia Heights
Wisconsin Ave, above the metro
Tenleytown
H St NW between 6th and 7th
Chinatown
Panera also has locations by metro in MD & VA:
just north on Colesville at Georgia
Silver Spring, MD
in the Ballston Commons Mall
Ballston, VA

many Safeway stores now have free wireless in their cafes so you should call first
some are run by Starbucks. I know for sure that these two have:
1100 4th St, SW
Waterfront Metro
5th & K St, NW
Gallery Place, Mt Vernon Sq, Circulator bus

lots of locations all over the city

BARS & RESTAURANTS IN DC
pizza and sandwich place, casual
multiple locations, see list online
Tenley has wifi, not sure if the others do, please call
4529 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Tenleytown

Breadsoda *Late Night Spot*
beer, billiards, sandwiches, open late!
2233 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Glover Park (bus access from Tenleytown metro)

Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St NW
Dupont Circle

Chief Ikes
1725 Columbia Rd NW
Adams Morgan

Commisary
1443 P St NW
Logan Circle
821 Upsher St, NW
Georgia Ave - Petworth

Red Derby
3718 14th St NW (at Quincy)

Georgia Ave/Petworth

Z Burger
4321 Wisconsin Ave, NW

Tenlyetown


MUSEUMS
Smithsonian American Art Museum & NPG
Kogod Courtyard + The Luce Foundation Center - 3rd Floor
Open 11:00am - 7:00pm
Two great spots to work from, Luce has a community table and places to plug in
8th & F St NW

Chinatown
Open 8:30am - 5:30pm
they have free wireless in cafe area
coffee and food is pricey if you are hungry
you may want to pack snacks or food
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW
Smithsonian

DC PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Great quiet places to work throughout DC!
View the list of Library locations! 
MLK Library at 9th & G St, NW is open latest
Chinatown
I know that these are right near metro:
Tenleytown (new library! right by metro)
Shaw (new library! right by metro)
Cleveland Park (about a block or so from metro)

NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St
Virginia Sq or Ballston 

Artisphere *Late Night Spot*
open late! free wi-fi art space
Wed - Fri: 4:00pm - 11:00pm*
Sat: Noon - 11:00pm
Sun: Noon - 5:00pm
Mon - Tues: Closed
Open later pending programmed events
Rosslyn

Busboys and Poets
Shirlington, VA (not near metro, take bus or car)
Buzz 
really great coffee shop with cupcakes and other baked goods
I was thrilled to discover this one in Arlington! Try their 9:30 cupcake, it is so good!
818 N. Quincy - entrance is on Wilson Blvd, near sweetgreen 
Ballston (walk to Wilson, turn left and go a few blocks)
Note: They also have a second location in Alexandria, VA but I haven't been there so not sure if it's accessible by metro or if they have wireless there

1000 N. Randolph St
Ballston

1737 Wilson Blvd
between Courthouse and Rosslyn

2507 N. Franklin Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
Free wireless on Weekdays and
Until 1:00pm on Sat, Sun & Holidays
Courthouse

Northside Social (former murky)
the food and coffee here is quite good
3211 Wilson Blvd
Clarendon

in the Ballston Commons Mall
Ballston

INDEPENDENT CAFES IN MD
Jason's Deli
7356 Baltimore Ave.
College Park - about a 10 min walk from the Metro

23 comments:

  1. cafe sureia is gone, 'steamship cafe' is 'steam cafe' and it might be prudent to mention the free wifi in all of the cosis around town.

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  2. What about Panera Bread? They're all over Maryland and have free wifi.

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  3. Red Derby also offers free wi-fi on 14th and Quincy St., NW

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  4. I'm told that there's also free wi/fi in Farrugut Square.

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  5. Chinatown Coffee Company recently opened at 475 H Street NW and has free wifi.

    http://chinatowncoffee.com

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  6. Baked and Wired in Georgetown?

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  7. anything in Arlington at all??

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  8. Re: Arlington, Murky has closed and I am not sure what, if anything, has opened in its place. You can always go to the Barnes and Noble in Clarendon now for free wifi (this is a recent change) or Starbucks (though its a bit more work to log on from there). I'm not too familiar with Arlington, perhaps other readers have suggestions. If so, hope they will share. Perhaps Iota Club and Cafe? Public libraries also. I'd google coffee in Arlington and click through to see what you can find. Let me know if you do and I'll add it to the list if its metro accessible. Busboys and Poets in Shirlington I know has wifi also.

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  9. There's a coffee shop off Wilson Blvd in between Courthouse and Rosslyn metro stops called Greenberry's. Tasty and free wireless but often a battle to find a seat.

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  10. if one dares to venture to glover park, breadsoda has free wireless, yummy sandwiches, and awesome beers on tap...what more could one want?

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  11. NEW, in SE (only coffee shop EOR):
    Big Chair Coffee (@BigChairCoffee)
    2122 MLK Ave SE

    Also in MD
    Jason's Deli
    7356 Baltimore Ave. (~10 min walk: CP metro)
    College Park, MD 20740
    (301) 779-3924
    www.jasonsdeli.com

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  12. Just a note: Sticky Fingers turns off their wifi on Saturdays.

    Otherwise, great list. I'll have to check out more of these places.

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  13. Crystal City offers free wifi in all of their courtyards and park areas. Here's a map: http://www.crystalcity.org/accessible/wi-fi

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  14. Many McDonald's locations now have free wi-fi

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  15. Jacob's Coffee House at 8th and D NE has free wifi.

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  16. This is a BRILLIANT collection! Very useful. This list contains several places in my neighborhood that I hadn't known about. Thanks very much to the Free in DC fairy godmother who made this fantastic list ;)

    ~Lacy MacAuley

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  17. safeway in georgetown/glover park has a cafe seating area (furnished with living room sofas, tables, stools, tvs.)with free wifi. Domku in petworth has free wifi.

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  18. Regarding Clarendon... Northside Social (formerly Murky) has Wi-Fi, no password required (at least the last time I used it). The caveat is that the place tends to get unbelievably crowded on weekends.

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  19. You forgot Artisphere! All wi-fi!

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  20. We've got free wifi at almost all our locations:
    The Hamilton
    Clyde's of Gallery Place
    Clyde's of Georgetown
    1789 Restaurant
    The Tombs
    Clyde's of Chevy Chase
    Tower Oaks Lodge
    Clyde's at Mark Center
    Clyde's of Tysons Corner
    Willow Creek Farm
    Clyde's of Reston

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  21. Hiya wondrous Amy.
    There's also 24 hr wifi at Tastee Diner Silver Spring, a few blocks from metro. Table service only, but they ARE a diner, and don't mind if you don't buy much and hang out.
    from your fan Peggy Brennan

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  22. Hiya wondrous Amy.
    There's also 24 hr wifi at Tastee Diner Silver Spring, a few blocks from metro. Table service only, but they ARE a diner, and don't mind if you don't buy much and hang out.
    from your fan Peggy Brennan

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