Washington DC is home to a thriving community of freelancers and self-starters – and a growing number of coworking spaces in which they can work.

Had the hit Washington-based political drama series The West Wing been set today, it’s likely that some of it’s protagonists would on occasion have been shot conducting their daily work in the confines of a coworking space. Such have times changed. America’s political heartland is now brimming with communal work spaces occupied by a diverse range of professionals. Here are 12 of the best.

alx Community

Self-styled as much more than coworking spaces, alx’s two dog-friendly Alexandria venues both strive to nurture collaboration and networking. Between their TALX series of conversations with industry leaders, social impact initiatives, member exclusive happy hours and events, there are endless opportunities to meet people and expand your personal and business network. Amenities include a waterfront patio, lots of comfy lounges, and several private booths. Pricing starts at $199 per month for Flex Unlimited membership, which includes meeting credits, use of a business class photocopier, complimentary teas/coffees, and 24/7 keyless entry. There are also day passes for $35 per day. >