by Rebecca Cooper

The old guard In between Newbies
Argonaut (2005): one of the originals, divey bar now turned stroller happy hour hot spot Granville Moores (2009): Turns an old, tiny doctor’s office into a gastropub with killer mussels and a beer list right out of Belgium TruOrleans (2011): New Orleans style restaurant with cajun menu, deadly Hurricanes, and a bottomless mimosa brunch that rivals the best in the city
Palace of Wonders (2008)/Red and Black (2006): sideshow-themed burlesque bar and tiny, hip live music venue that in 2011 merged into one venue/restaurant Sticky Rice (2008): sushi bar that puts its own twist on the concept by featuring signatures like the massive red dragon roll, sticky balls, and tater tots Big Board (2011): the latest to catch on to the gourmet burger craze, which also features entree salads and a craft beer program whose prices are dominated by a ticker-esque “big board”
The Pug (2008): boxing-themed, no nonsense bar with simple rules: No idiots; no shooters; no bombs. Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar (2009): Wild west-tinged bar that has regular DJ nights and weekly Kostume Karaoke, but also has a serious beer list Boundary Road (2012): recent addition that made headlines with a foie gras-laced PB&J sandwich, and with an Obama visit within weeks of opening
H Street Martini Lounge (2005): live music, 63 kinds of martinis, including one that comes with a lollipop   Smith Commons (2011): chic, sprawling restaurant and bar with locally-sourced menu and an ever-growing craft beer program
R&R Hotel (2006): intimate live music venue that hosts indie acts, upstairs can be anything from a drunk spelling bee to private parties to late-night dance destination   Toki Underground (2011): Taiwanese ramen and dumplings spot that has become a go-to spot for the city’s culinary connoisseurs
SOVA (2007): coffeeshop and wine bar that’s become a busy weeknight neighborhood hang and a must for Atlas ticket holders   The Atlas Room (2010): semi-formal dining room and a kitchen manned by two veteran chefs cooking high-quality world cuisine

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/tk/5375

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