Local Counsel with Robert Brewer Jr.

The Bethesda attorney tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Published in 2018 Maryland Super Lawyers magazine

By Robert Brewer Jr. on December 12, 2017


Best place to take a client  –  Black’s Bar & Kitchen. The food is great, the outside dining area is fabulous in good weather, the location is very convenient—in the heart of downtown Bethesda next to a public parking garage—and the after-work bar scene is hopping.

Weekend getaway  –  Head to downtown DC to a grand hotel in the dead of winter, when the rates are cheap and the museums are all open and free. Check out first-class exhibits, dine at a well-known DC restaurant, and then catch a show—all while being only eight miles from home. Fun, easy, and relatively inexpensive.

Favorite breakfast spot  –  Daily Grill in the Hyatt Regency hotel above the Metro in Bethesda. The food is reliable and good; the servers are friendly; and it’s always full of people getting business done.

Best view  –  The top floor of the Chevy Chase Bank building (Wisconsin Avenue and East-West Highway) looking south. Wisconsin Avenue is a ridge road, and Bethesda is hundreds of feet in elevation higher than downtown DC, so the full array of spires and monuments downtown can be seen from here.  

Favorite park  –  Veterans Park in the Woodmont Triangle. It’s intimate, lively, and the center of what’s going on. Not to mention being a good spot for people-watching.

Favorite movie theater  –  The Avalon Theatre, just below Chevy Chase Circle on Connecticut Avenue. Built in the 1920s and now owned by a community nonprofit, it shows a great mix of independent and thoughtful films. Bonus—It’s within walking distance from my house and makes for a nice stroll in good weather.

Best place for people watching  –  Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant in the Bethesda Row district of downtown Bethesda. Situated on a prime corner with superb outdoor dining facilities, it provides a never-ending perspective on our local community’s passersby.  

Favorite building  –  Our firm’s new space at 7600 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. It’s a block from Metro, and near the heart of Woodmont Triangle, with lots of wonderful restaurants.

Favorite historical fact  –  Then-Judge Harry Truman dedicated the “Madonna of the Trail” statue in front of the Bethesda Post Office in 1929.

Favorite courthouse perk  –  Being able to rely on one of our former partners (now a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge), for all of the important courthouse gossip.

Favorite thing about your office (besides the people)  –  Our new electric standing desks.

Go-to arts venue  –  Music Center at Strathmore. It has something for everyone—pop, classical, world, rock, blues music and so much more!

Best City Sports Moment  –  The Nationals signing Bryce Harper. With his presence and so many other stalwarts—Zimmerman, Strasburg, Rendon, Turner, Murphy, Wieters, Scherzer, Taylor—the Nats may win it all this year.

Most Famous resident  –  In my neighborhood, columnist George Will. He didn’t appeal much to Democrats until his columns about the current presidency.

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