West End

Only eight miles from downtown Washington, DC, with easy access to I-395, the West End is Alexandria's largest and fastest-growing neighborhood. This colorful neighborhood is home to the city's acclaimed artisanal brewery Port City Brewing Co. The brewery, featured on CBS This Morning, offers tours and tastings open to the public. The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Northern Virginia's only professional orchestra, is stationed here and led by Maestro Kim Allen Kluge, whose dramatic and powerful conducting style is hailed by The Washington Post. Civil War memories can be honored at the Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, which can be paired with a tranquil visit to the Winkler Botanical Preserve to see 44 acres of plants and trees indigenous to the Potomac River valley.

West End Gems: 

Here are just some of the top spots to check out in Alexandria's West End:

Port City Brewing Co. Since 2011, Port City’s artisanal, locally-crafted ales have won national awards and local affection. Visit the brewery for a tour and a trip to the… More ›
Fort Ward At the Fort Ward Museum & Historic Park, immerse yourself in the everyday lives of Civil War soldiers and civilians at the best-preserved Union fort… More ›
Nick's Nightclub With line dancing, live bands and nightly karaoke, this country-western bar and restaurant draws music fans from all over northern Virginia. More ›
Rocklands BBQ Chow down on ribs, brisket or pork at Rocklands, a DC-area favorite serving wood-smoked barbecue for decades. More ›
Schlesinger Center The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center is the home of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra also houses a theater, concert hall, art… More ›
Tempo Restaurant One of Alexandria’s best-kept secrets, this elegant-yet-welcoming neighborhood restaurant specializes in a blend of northern Italian and French… More ›
West End Farmers Market On Sundays from May through November, families and pet-lovers come to the West End for an array of seasonal produce and breakfast that includes Fair… More ›
Living Like a Local in Alexandria's West End The West End is full of surprises. Whether you’re looking for authentic ethnic cuisine, the best country line-dancing in Northern Virginia or a piece… Explore ›