Editors' pick

Wonderland Ballroom Birthday Celebration

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Editorial Review

Has it really been seven years since Wonderland Ballroom opened? The first genuinely cool arrival amid Columbia Heights’ redevelopment, the two-level bar and dance club gave all the neighborhood’s hipsters and recent college grads a place they could call their own instead of schlepping down to the Black Cat or Saint-Ex. Development has followed, ranging from Target and IHOP to $800,000 condos, but the gritty Wonderland, with its devilishly hard trivia night, DJs spinning trendy electro and old-school hip-hop, and just-the-basics "beer garden," remains a bedrock of the rapidly developing 11th Street strip of bars and restaurants. Sunday’s anniversary party promises dancing, an outdoor crab feast, drink specials and the traditional champagne-of-beers toast. Wonderland has earned it.