DC’s Atlas District neighborhood, also known as H Street, is a vibrant nightlife and food destination with options for all tastes and appetites. Check out our list below to see which H Street locale to visit tonight.
Pitchfork diehards will fall head over Doc Martens for this H Street institution. Located in a former funeral parlor, Rock & Roll Hotel is one of the Atlas District’s top music venues. On any given night, you’re likely to find a local indie band playing an exclusive set, a top DJ blasting throwback tunes at the rooftop bar, or top artists like Natalie Prass and Misfits stopping by to perform intimate shows for DC audiences.
Whether you’re in the mood for some quick late-night eats or want to linger over an opulent cocktail, this two-story H Street spot is set to cater to all your cravings. The first floor of Copycat is a carry-out shop selling deliciously doughy bao buns and triple-filling chicken, pork and beef dumplings. The second is a sleek, upscale cocktail lounge with old-school cocktails like gin fizzes, Manhattans and whiskey sours. Cocktail fans are sure to love Copycat’s menu, which offers a detailed explanation of the historical origins and ingredients of each of its painstakingly crafted beverages.
Fresh food is the name of the game at this H Street restaurant, which has a changing farm-to-table menu displayed on a huge chalkboard on a signature white-tiled wall. Chef and co-owner Sam Adkins, who did stints at DC staples Cashion’s Eat Place and Jackie’s Restaurant, updates the menu every day based on offerings from local farmers. Dishes like roasted radishes with chocolate mint pesto and batter-fried chard stems make this a foodie mecca worth setting your sights on.
It’s Oktoberfest every month at this sprawling H Street emporium with a drink list that’ll please even the snootiest of beer snobs. Grab a seat at one of the wooden benches outside, or curl up next to the giant fireplace inside and order a cold pint. If you’re overwhelmed by the array of options, never fear. Biergarten also features a multi-beer sampler, served with panache on a lazy Susan that’ll liven up any happy hour.
Maketto is unique cafe-boutique-restaurant hybrid that serves as a second home for members of DC’s creative class. Patrons can be found sipping espressos at the upstairs coffee bar, indulging in a pig roast on the massive back patio, or browsing the painfully chic sneakers and t-shirts in the store’s shopping area. Locals will be quick to tell you that the juicy, melt-in-your-mouth Taiwanese fried chicken is a can’t-miss, city-wide favorite.
This tiny H Street boite is home to DC’s top destination for bowls of steaming hot ramen broth and textural noodles. Visitors feel like they’ve been transported to Taiwan with a menu that features delicacies like red miso buttercream chocolate chip cookies and Taipei curry chicken ramen. Toki also has a funky interior, wall-side seating and a giant floor-to-ceiling graffiti mural. Since waits can grow to more than two hours on weekend nights, visitors are advised to make reservations or stop by during a weekday to get their fix.
Given that DC has one of the largest Ethiopian populations in the country, it’s mandatory to visit at least one Ethiopian restaurant during your visit. This classy H Street joint is our number one pick for an unforgettably mouthwatering meal. Guests looking to try as many dishes as possible can choose from three sampler platters, including two vegetarian options, that’ll allow you to taste up to seven menu items. Make sure not to miss the signature kitfo—the Ethiopian take on beef tartare—a delectably tangy entree served up with herbed butter and cottage cheese.
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