On the third Thursday of Feb., Apr., Jun., Aug., and Oct., the DC Grotto holds its so-called informal meeting. See the DCG Main-Page for the next specific date. For years, we met at the Hard Times Cafe in Bethesda, until it was found to be closed. Now, we are trying a new venue: the Rock Bottom Brewery/Restaurant in Bethesda, at 7900 Norfolk Av. (at corner of St.Elmo Av.). This is less than 3 blocks from our previous HTC venue.
We will try to meet in a semi-private corner, or such, where the main focus of the meeting starts at 7:30pm. You are not required to buy dinner, but if you want to do so, you should probably arrive early (say 6:30pm), to allow time for ordering, eating, and socializing, before the main focus of the meeting. There won't be a formal program, but there will be trip reports, announcements of upcoming trips and events, and the usual caving BS, with an occasional show-and-tell.
Check out Rock Bottom's web-site for a map, menu, prices, and other information.
Directions to the Rock Bottom, from the Beltway:
Play with the map below, to see other approaches to the area, e.g. Wilson Lane (MD-188) from the west, or East-West Hwy (MD-410) from the east.
There is metered parking on the streets, although sometimes the nearest vacancy is more than 2-blocks away. For parking meters in the County garage, the upper levels charge less per hour, and don't have the 2-hour limit of the first two levels (or the street).
Don't neglect your parking meter, even in the evening. Lovely Rita is frighteningly efficient.