New Meetup: Neighborhood Nightlife #18: The Atlas District (H Street NE)

From: Steve B
Sent on: Saturday, September 19, 2009 8:45 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for DC Neighborhood Pub Crawl!

What: Neighborhood Nightlife #18: The Atlas District (H Street NE)

When: September 26,[masked]:30 PM

Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar
1104 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

The H Street Corridor in North East Washington DC has been in the middle of a revitalization effort over the past 7 years. It started in 2002 with when the DC planning office decided to revitalize the once thriving commercial strip of H street. Spearheading the effort was the renovation of the Atlas Theater, once grand yet left in poor condition following the 1968 riots. The theater is now a dance studio and performance space, and the driver of the new name fro this area of DC, now coined the Atlas District. One of the final pieces of the cities efforts will be to install a new light rail system on H St to bring back the one of the most used surface rail lines in the city (peaking at 3.3 million riders a month in 1968). In terms of zoning the DC Public Works dept divided the 1.5 mile stretch of road into 3 zones; the Urban Living district (between 2nd and 7th Streets NE), the Central Retail District (7th and 12th), and the Arts and Entertainment District (12th and 15th Streets NE). We will be exploring the Entertainment District.

In terms of private investment in the Atlas District, no one has contributed more to the spirit and vitality of this burgeoning section of town then local nightlife guru and bar owner Joe Englert, who has opened several bars including the Pug, a boxing-themed sports bar; the Red and Black, a rock club Englert describes as "like DC9, but here"; the Rock N Roll Hotel, with live music and "private rooms" for parties; the Bee Hive, a Mexican restaurant; the Olympic, a sports bar with pool tables; Dr. Granville Moore's Brickyard, a more traditional tavern with a variety of European beers; and the Palace of Wonders, where Englert showcases burlesque dancers, sword-swallowers and other nontraditional live entertainment. We will end the night at the Rock?n?Roll hotel where you can check out the private rooms and the game room (includes a photo booth!).

Our first stop is quite new on the scene and was not the brain child of Joe Englert. The owners also run Jimmy Valentines of Bladensburg rd in NE DC. The similarity is that both locations seem determined to remain anonymous with darkened windows and no signs (Be sure to keep the address handy!). This is one of the more interesting bars we have stumbled upon in some time. The decor? hmmm, think gaudy vampire den. Oh, and be sure to visit the Christmas Room upstairs.

Our second stop is yet another new comer to the area. The H Street Country Club is known as the spot now to be seen in the Atlas District. The lower level is filled with games such as shuffle board, skeet ball, and billiards. The upper level is comprised of a smaller bar and a 9 hole mini-golf course. As stated before the crawl will end at the Rock?n?Roll Hotel.

Travel to and from H Street:
For this location it is highly recommended that you either take the H Street Shuttle or a cab. The closes metro is Union Station at over one mile away. The areas one would walk through have pretty high crime rates so stick to a cab.
The shuttle will run from Gallery Place to Minnesota Avenue beginning at 5 p.m. daily and will run until Metro closes (midnight on weeknights, 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights). H Street Cooperative is working to get a web site put together with scheduling information and stops. Passengers can look for the buses with the H Street NE logo on the side.

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