New Meetup: Neighborhood Nightlife #13: Capital Hill

From: Steve B
Sent on: Friday, April 17, 2009 1:06 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for DC Neighborhood Pub Crawl!

What: Neighborhood Nightlife #13: Capital Hill

When: April 25,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Capital Hill; One of the oldest and most densely populated neighborhoods in Washington, DC. It was chosen by Pierre L'Enfant to be the centerpiece of the new Federal City due to its proximity to Jenkins Hill, the chosen location for the Capitol (initially known as the Congress House). Contrary to what most assume the Mall side (west) is not the front of the Capitol. Take a look at the Statue of Freedom on top of the dome. This 15,000 lb statue faces what was at the time the center of DC. Although some postulate that it faces east to symbolize that the sun never sets on freedom. An initial population boom took place in this area when the government commissioned both the Capitol construction and that of the Washington Navy Yard. For this reason it was not East Capital Street that became the main business thoroughfare but rather Pennsylvania Avenue stretching south east of the Capitol, residing between the Capitol and the Navy Yard and to a lesser extent the Marine Corp Barracks at the base of Barracks Row, 8th St.

Capital Hill has gone through many ups and downs between the turn of the 18th century and now. During the Civil War support infrastructure boomed including several hospitals for the wounded. Toward the end of the 19th century DC introduced power, piped water, and plumbing to the center of town including Capital Hill. Down times included high crime periods during the spill over from the riots of the late 60s and becoming a hub of the Crack Epidemic of the 1980s. Today the area is undergoing a major revival. The massive growth of the federal government has created a need to house more and more support staff to the existing agencies and those agencies being created on the fly.

On our journey we will touch on local institutions that make this area what it is. You will see locals catching up and congressional aids kibitzing at the Pour House, bridge and tunnel college students burning thru their parents cash at the Hawk and Dove, and an interesting blend of all at our first stop. So with that the itinerary is as follows:

Stop one is a bar that I have enjoyed for years. I has the right blend of character and charm (think 1920s) without the smell. It has undergone a notable renovation and will serve quite well for a place to meet new and old friends. They even offer $3 beers for those feeling the economic pinch. (It is highly recommended if you are taking the Metro to go to the Eastern Market station. The bar is one block west toward the Capitol on the left side of the road.)

Our second stop will be upstairs at the Pour House, know as Top of the Hill ( While the main level gets overly crowded and caters to more of the kickball crowd, upstairs offers more space and will have a DJ. I think you will enjoy the ambiance including ample World War 2 paraphernalia.

Our last stop could be the most well known bar/club in the Capital Hill area. Hawk and Dove ( features a maze of rooms catering to a variety of crowds. We however will head up to the upper bar. Having been here on several occasions I can say that this is one of the more lively dance venues in the area. It should be a fitting end to what I believe will be one of our better nights out.

Reminder: Please remember to get to the first place early and keep your RSVP status up to date. Also, while we love meeting new faces, all must RSVP through the web site or be a guest of a member (we have limited the amount of guests to encourage all to sign up and for all that do to have the best chance of getting in). Again, Do not just show up or bring 5 of your friends without RSVPing.

Thanks and see you soon..

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