A summary of DC’s WeWorks

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To avoid the drudgery of his kitchen and the occasional drive to Axios global headquarters in Clarendon, Axios publisher Nicholas Johnston has begun testing the district’s WeWorks.

Why it matters: This could be the future of work, man! A little bit at home, a little bit in the office, a little bit elsewhere.

Nick has been to four WeWorks so far, so here’s a first ranking in ascending order.

# 4 West End. 1875 K St NW.

  • Definitely the smallest so far but not very crowded, so access to the private phone booths is very easy. The common area is small and only gets natural light from a central light shaft so it was cloudy all day. Seemed like good lunch specials but I had too many zooms that day.

# 3 Mount Vernon Square. 655 New York Ave. NW Big and spacious and lots of natural light.

  • If you look south you only see other buildings, but facing north, are some cool views over Shaw. Not very busy and no problems with phone booths. Lunch is a bit of a chore as you have to cross New York and Massachusetts Avenues to get to Chinatown.

# 2 naval shipyard. 80 M Str.SE. Large, expansive location over the first three floors of a building (it’s huge!).

  • Something is being built outside, but very beautiful inside. Lots of public areas but it’s a third floor hike if you need to do a sparkling water run.
  • No problem finding phone booths but the disguise inevitably leads to jokes about making Zoom calls from a sauna. Easily the busiest place on the day I was there. Lots of options for lunch on First Street SE. Definitely the place to be to work when you have Nats tickets.

# 1 Chinatown. Lots of great natural light on two floors with a cool view of Mt. Vernon Square (although it’s really just an Apple Store).

  • Super easy access to what’s left in Chinatown for lunch. But here’s the kicker: some of the desks in the common area are old-fashioned video games too! Dig Dug, Donkey Kong, Ms. Pacman, Zaxxon, BurgerTime !!! This zoom diversion surpasses this location by a mile.
BurgerTime arcade game. Photo: Nicholas Johnston / Axios
  • Get free WiFi and all the hot coffee, cold brew, lime soda, and kombucha to drink with a $ 29 day pass.

What’s next: When Nick visits the other five locations in the district, we’ll keep you posted (but don’t expect reports from the WeWorks in Ballston, Clarendon, or waaaay out in College Park).

  • And if you think Some of those judgments are terrible – or you know better options in town – turn Nick down [email protected].
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