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)

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.

Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.
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