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Seven Great Places to Eat and Drink Near PBS–Plus 50 More within 10 minutes

There are at least 50 excellent restaurants, bars, fast food, and coffee all within a few blocks or less than a 10 minute walk from our Bartending School. We polled the staff to recommend some of them. Every year our school, on one edge of Courthouse, receives well over 15,000 daily visits from students, visitors, and graduates taking our free refresher classes. Our visitors arrive from the entire DMV. They are not Arlington natives. They want to know where to eat, drink and shop.

Here are 7 food and beverage places the staff recommended. We go to these places and more and have found great value, good meals and fun. We suggest them to visitors and students every day. Our students and visitors universally come back and tell us they are great!!


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Papa Johns is in the same building as us and Subway is next door. Always reliable always priced right!!

Need coffee or a breakfast snack? Across the street, next to the tire store and catercorner to us the Java Shack is renowned as one of the finest regional neighborhood coffee shops in the entire region.

How about terrific specialty sandwiches and some of the greatest turkey chili you’ll get your hands on? If that is of interest try Earls Sandwiches. Its simply rated among the absolutely best sandwich shops in the entire DMV and its 1 and 1/2 blocks from our front door, to the left and across the street. Earl’s is open to 8PM so if you are in the evening class you can grab a sandwich and use our kitchenette to eat it on site during a class break.

We are big big fans of Pho from Minhs. Yup…it also is among the highest rated restaurants in the DC region. Its an amazing full service Vietnamese restaurant. Meanwhile both staff and students love the Pho during lunch. Great deal.

If you are looking for rare quality pizza in the NY/NJ style or Italian food and pasta like you can find it around the Big Apple than try Toscana Grill about 2 blocks away inside the Courthouse Office Complex and its atrium. They definitely provide some of the best Pizza in Arlington VA you can find. We are big fans of the chicken francaise pizza.


Another great sandwich suggestion is the New York Food Express Food Cart on Clarendon Blvd behind the builing and to the Left (East). The Yelp reviews for this Arlington Food Cart say it all. And yes, the two guys who operate it are very nice. NY food express is really only a good option for lunch.

We are a bartending school. We haven’t forgotten drinks. Some of our staff really love the chicken wings at Velocity5 Sports Bar, and the Burger Special on Mondays. Its a busy sports bar, so its also a choice for after classes, after work or on the weekend.

Do you want to check bartenders in action or try out the drinks that you learned or saw in school? Well then head over to Wilson Tavern at 2403 Wilson Boulevard. Prices are great. Our over 21 students and grads have been stopping off at the neighborhood bar at this location for years. Great place for well priced drinks and a friendly environment.

Among our top suggestions, and certainly not least is the very stylish, hot, enjoyable, upscale bar at Cava Mezze, 5 short blocks down the road in Clarendon. Cava Mezze is one of the more stylish bar/restaurants in the area, beautiful, and offers tasty craft cocktails.

We don’t want to short change any of the other 50+ terrific, interesting and exciting places to eat, dine, grab coffee, have lunch, a drink or a snack within blocks of our school, and all within a 10 minute walk. If you are one of the folks that contributes to the well more than 15,000+ daily visits to our school and the Arlington Courthouse/Clarendon region during the year you might want to scout out the neighborhood for great places to eat and drink.

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