Because sometimes happy hour isn’t enough. Sometimes you need more than a drink to really unwind. Sometimes you need to hop on a paddleboard, jump in a canoe or wedge yourself into a kayak to really relax.Because sometimes happy hour isn’t enough. Sometimes you need more than a drink to really unwind. Sometimes you need to hop on a paddleboard, jump in a canoe or wedge yourself into a kayak to really relax. Plus, the views of the sun setting over the Potomac our usually much nicer to look at than that weird dude from the office who’s had one too many… And so Jack’s Boathouse has quickly become a DC favorite. It helps that owners Paul Simkin and Anna Popov are the personification of all that Jack’s is—welcoming, friendly and as laid-back as the multi-colored Adirondack chairs you’ll find yourself chillaxing in by the grills just above the dock (BYOMeat). “We’ve always prided ourselves on maintaining the kind of environment people want to hang out in,” said Paul, who left his career in journalism to pursue his passion for water sports. Of course, with over 300 boats and dozens of paddleboards, you’ll also want to get on the water. And don’t worry if you don’t have much (or any) experience. Besides the requisite lifejacket, you’ll also get equipment and pep talks suited to your skill level. “We make it really easy for everyone,” said Paul. “Our goal is to get your butt in the water.”
One hour of kayak or canoe rental, $14 per person
Stand-up paddle board rental, $25 per hour per person
Free use of the propane grills (you bring the food)
Totally chill environment
Monday, noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.