Best Place to Take Visiting Punk Rockers

Smash! Records
2314 18th St. NW; (202) 387-6274
The two requests I most frequently field from out-of-towners: 1) to catch a glimpse of Fonzie’s jacket at the Museum of American History; 2) to attend a Minor Threat/Bad Brains matinee at the 9:30 Club. Whereas a trip to the Smithsonian can be easily arranged, Smash! Records in Adams Morgan might be the most appropriate substitution for the latter. One of the last bastions of the District’s Doc Marten-clad past, Smash! has become a local institution deserving of its hallowed status. Where else can your college buddy replace his old suspenders, stock up on the latest Gray Matter reissues, and rekindle his long-dormant love of SST 7-inches? Fine: So your 35-year-old brother doesn’t quite know what to do with that Government Issue back patch, but at least you’ll leave confident that it’s the best D.C. souvenir money can buy.