3 Hidden Gems in Bethesda

Bethesda is overflowing with rich cultural activities, delicious eateries, and music venues. Uncover these three hidden gems for the ultimate Bethesda experience

  1. Glen Echo Park

    Glen Echo Park has seen multiple incarnations since its establishment in the 1890s. From a Chautauqua retreat to an amusement park, it has faced several renovations. Today, this park is home to artists, dancers, and nature lovers alike. Regardless of age group, there is a class available for the whole family, whether it is glassblowing for adults, workshops for teens at the writing center, or children’s dance and art classes. One of the park’s most notable features, the 1921 Dentzel Carousel, has been recently restored to preserve its original hand wood-carving and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. This carousel is fully functioning and can be ridden with the purchase of tickets on-site. 

    Though Glen Echo Park is physically closed due to COVID-19, it is still operating virtually with live-streamed classes, virtual exhibitions, and downloadable activities! Explore their schedule and directions on how to access these presentations here.

  2. Bacchus of Lebanon

    If you’re craving Mediterranean food, stop by Bacchus of Lebanon on Norfolk Avenue. This Lebanese joint is serving up fresh ingredients from trusted local farmers, and their extensive menu includes soy-free and gluten-free options. Dig into their three-day hummus, baba ghannouj, and their Bacchus eggplant dip to start your meal. Then, enjoy a cup of authentic Turkish coffee or sip on a glass of cardamom tea with fresh mint while the chef whips up roasted lamb ouzi or fillet of fish over basmati rice. Their dessert menu is equally as mouth-watering as their savory selections, with dishes such as hazelnut mousse, traditional baklava, and Lebanese favorite knafeh, which is katayfi dough and Lebanese cheese doused in a sweet syrup. 

    Though the dining area is closed for the time being due to COVID-19, you can still order an array of its delicious offerings for pickup or delivery!

  3. Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle

    This traditional Irish pub on Cordell Avenue is the city’s oldest bar, and it is a hidden favorite for live music events. There is room on stage for musicians of all styles, whether it’s rock, blues, country, or something in between. If you’re not heading to Flanagan’s for a show, swing by during the week for Happy Hour, which runs Monday through Friday from 4 PM to 7 PM. Become a pub regular by gathering your friends for Monday night Pour House Trivia or karaoke nights on Wednesdays. With good food, good drinks, and good music, Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle is a local gem.

    Though the dining area is closed for the time being due to COVID-19, you can still order an array of its delicious offerings for pickup or delivery!
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