About 5th & K

The third addition to the Busboys and Poets family opened its doors in September of 2008. Busboys and Poets at 5th & K is located in the historic Mount Vernon Triangle where it has established itself as a local neighborhood hangout. The restaurant/bar is a beautiful and open space with 30-ft high ceilings and a grand central staircase that leads to a mezzanine level (the "Loft") overlooking the bustling restaurant below.

Busboys and Poets at 5th & K features the Cullen Room, a private events and performance space, named in honor of Countee Cullen, the poet and playwright who was one of the preeminent figures of the Harlem Renaissance. We host a number of in-house events in the Cullen Room, including open mic poetry, film screenings and live music. The space is also available for rent and is ideal for both private and public events, including receptions, panel discussions, author talks, and fundraisers.

We are thrilled that the corner of 5th & K Streets, NW was chosen by the DC Commission on Arts & Humanities as the site for two important works of public art:

lift-off"Lift Off" a monumental pavilion-like sculpture by artist David Black who describes the piece as a reflection of the "spirit and vibrancy of the new neighborhood."

ethan-kerberAn urban and contemporary sculpture by artist Ethan Kerber made of five steel panels is installed on the 5th Street side of the building.

Owner of Busboys and Poets, Andy Shallal sees public art as, "a way to connect those living in a neighborhood with each other's humanity."

As with all Busboys and Poets locations, we open our doors to the literary and artistic community from the surrounding neighborhood and around the world to share thoughts and ideas about issues of peace and social justice.

"My poetry, I think, has become the way of my giving out what music is within me." - Countee Cullen

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5th & K

1025 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Sunday 8:00 AM - 12:00 Midnight
Monday - Thursday 7:00 AM - Midnight
Friday 7:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM


Busboys and Poets is committed to promoting the use of sustainable transportation as a way to reduce local traffic congestion, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Instead of driving, we hope you will consider some of the District’s alternative transportation options, which are all included on goDCgo.com’s interactive map

Metrorail: The closest Metro stations are: 

• Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station serves the Green, Yellow and Red Lines. It is a seven minute walk from the station. Head east on H Street, NW, toward Hu Tong Court, NW. Turn left onto 5th Street, NW. We’re on the right.

• Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street-Convention Center Station serves the Green and Yellow Lines. It is 9 minute walk from the station. Head east on M Street, NW toward 6th Street, NW. Turn right onto 5th Street, NW, and then left onto K Street, NW. We’re on the left.

Metrobus: Nearby Bus lines include the D4, P6, 70 and 74. For more information about these routes and the closest stops, visit the WMATA website.

DC Circulator: The DC Circulator bus runs every 10 minutes and only costs $1 each way. The Georgetown-Union Station line serves the neighborhood surrounding our 5th and K Streets, NW location. Stops for the bus running in either direction are located at the intersection of 5th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, NW, on opposite sides of the street.

For more information about DC’s local bus service, visit www.dccirculator.com

Capital Bikeshare: The District’s bikesharing program makes bicycles available to anyone. Simply take a bike from one of over 154 stations in DC and Arlington, and return it to a docking station near the restaurant. The closest docking stations are:

• 5th and K Streets, NW (across the street)
• 4th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, NW (.3 mile)

For more information about membership, fees and station locations, visit www.capitalbikeshare.com

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