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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 05/06/2011

Signs of D.C.’s boom? Just look around

Where do all these new D.C. 20-something and 30-somethings eat and drink? At new places that seem built for them, like Estadio. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)
The big local news Thursday was that the District’s sizeable surge in population in the past 10 years — to more than 600,000 residents — was due almost entirely to D.C. newcomers in their 20s and 30s.

To which we say, Get out much?

Everywhere we looked this past year, there were new bars, restaurants and galleries — all patronized by, oh, yes, new-to-D.C. 20- and 30-somethings, who just rode in on their bikes from their Columbia Heights group homes, naturally.

We chronicled the shift at the beginning of 2011, with a story that foretold of niche dining in ramen restaurants, taquerias and Vietnamese joints we didn’t have a year ago; the low-key movement in nightlife (goodbye, bottle-service); and better fashion, led by the men of this town.

This month, Fritz Hahn dropped this list of the best new outdoor bars. Our recent neighborhood guides for 14th Street, H Street NE and Eastern Market/Barracks Row included newcomers such as the Fridge gallery in Barracks Row, the Atlas Room on H Street and Estadio on 14th.

And there’s more to come: Soon, you’ll be drinking at new ventures like Blackbird, Jack Rose and dining at Virtue Feed and Grain. If you want to know when, well, just check back here.

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Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Misc.

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