« on: November 07, 2005, 09:17:15 AM »
I dont know why someone would tell you to go to silver spring, its not exactly the best place to be. If you are looking for a more laid back (which, in DC, usually means older) crowd, I would check out downtown Bethesda. Just a quick trip on the red line, and there are 150 restaurants and bars within walking distance. Oh, and if you hate union station so much, just get off at Judiciary Square. Its a shorter walk to GULC from that stop anyway.
Also, the "trendy" places to go are Adams Morgan, Georgetown, and (somewhat) Dupont Circle. You can find some quiet bars in all these places, but it takes some looking. As for malls, I would try Pentagon City, Tysons Corner (but you have to drive), or white flint.