Port Side Brewery

West End in Alexandria

Only eight miles from downtown Washington, D.C., with easy access to I-395, the West End is Alexandria's largest and fastest-growing neighborhood. The West End is home to the city's craft beer scene with Port City Brewing Company and Aslin Beer Co. The West End is known for international dining, including some of the best Thai, Vietnamese and Ethiopian food in the region. You’ll also find historic parks like the 45-acre Civil War-era Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, Dora Kelly Nature Park and Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, where you can see animals up close.


West End Gems:

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

Fort Ward Fort Ward is the best preserved of the extensive network of Union forts and batteries known as the Civil War Defenses of Washington. Learn More ›
Port City Brewing Co. Since 2011, Port City’s artisanal, locally-crafted ales have won national awards and local affection. Take a brewery tour or enjoy a beer flight. Learn More ›
Aslin Beer Co.
Aslin Beer Co. Headquartered in Alexandria, this small batch brewery has four of the top 10 Virginia beers rated by users on Beer Advocate. Check out their tap room.
Smoking Kow BBQ Smoking Kow BBQ, serves all-handcrafted tortillas, sauces, rubs and hardwood smoked meats. Learn More ›
Rocklands BBQ Chow down on ribs, brisket or pork at Rocklands, a DC-area favorite serving wood-smoked barbecue for decades. Learn More ›
Clyde's at Mark Center Celebrates the sporting life on the water with seasonal American food. Learn More ›
Tempo Restaurant This elegant-yet-welcoming neighborhood restaurant specializes in a blend of northern Italian and French cuisine. Learn More ›
Scramble Spend the day with the kids at an amazing large European-style indoor play center.
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 goods. Learn More ›
Hilton Alexandria at Mark Center With a lakeside setting, Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, minutes from Old Town, features contemporary elegance and invites visitors to dine at Finn and… Learn More ›