About Shirlington


Busboys and Poets in Shirlington, our second location, opened in August 2007. Shirlington is a neighborhood known as an “Urban Village” in the southern part of Arlington County, Virginia. The word “Shirlington” is a combination of “Shirley” (from the Shirley Highway or Interstate 395) and “Arlington”. It is mostly residential, but like most of Arlington County has been experiencing an economic renaissance and is now home to many retail and service establishments.

arlington-logoWith an estimated population of about 206,800 residents, Arlington County is racially, ethnically and culturally diverse. It is located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. Formerly part of the District of Columbia, the land now comprising the county was retro ceded to Virginia 1847.

shirlington-logoWhile not as large as the flagship location, Busboys and Poets Shirlington offers guests an intimate setting that has become pretty popular with neighbors and residents in the surrounding communities. With the increasingly familiar Busboys atmosphere and mission, urban villagers are able to create a community without having to venture far from home. In close proximity to the Signature Theatre and the Shirlington Library, Busboys and Poets at Shirlington Village creates an environment where shared conversations over food and drink allow the progressive, artistic and literary communities to dialogue, educate and interact.

In 2008, we invited Global Exchange Fair Trade stores to set up shop at both our Shilrington and 5th & K locations, selling products from around the world with fair prices for consumers and fair prices paid to producers. Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice since 1988. Originated in California, their Fair Trade stores at Busboys and Poets are the only east coast locations, let alone the only locations outside California. They are the store for book sales for author events that come to Shirlington and 5th & K.

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“Five myths about the suburbs” | Washington Post claims Busboys and Poets makes Arlington, VA a “cool” suburb!
Washington Post’s Going Out Gurus Q&A: Busboys and Poets for Breakfast in Northern Virginia
VIDEO | "Beats, Rhymes & Life" Panel Discussion At Shirlington featuring Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest
Northern Virgina Magazine’s “Best Open Mic/Poetry Reading” Venue 2010
Arlington Connection: Sharing Poetic Ambitions In Shirlington


4251 South Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206

Sunday 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – Midnight
Friday & Saturday 8:00 AM – 1:00 AM


Car Free Diet

• Limited metered parking is available.
• Public parking is available at the parking garage located on 2780 Campbell Avenue (formerly 28th Street). Customers may enter garage from Arlington Mill Road.

ART bus 42 from Ballston Metro Station (orange line)
ART bus 75 from Pentagon City Metro Station(blue line)

Metro Bus 22A - Pick up at Ballston Metro Station, ride to Shirlington Station
Metro Bus 23A and 23C - Pick up at Ballston Station, ride to Shirlington Station

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