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The inevitable D.C. bar post

I admit it -- at times, Midnight Sun can seem too Baltimore-centric. That's why I'm happy to have this guest column from Midnight Sun reader Everett Kimball, about drinking in D.C.:

As a Baltimore native, who now works in DC, it's been a blast getting to explore certain areas of the town during the hours after closing time.

Dupont Circle is always a winner, Adams Morgan guarantees a wild time, but an area I've taken a particular fondness to is the H Street Corridor. Also known as the Atlas District, this northeast DC neighborhood was a casualty of the 1968 riots, that seemingly recovered more slowly than others.

While the area is still a ways away from becoming a major hub on par with those mentioned above, the H Street Corridor boasts a nightlife and set of restaurants that are already augmenting the perception of the area.

For a laid-back - but by no means low-key - neighborhood favorite, be sure to stop into The Pug (1234 H Street NE). Citizens of Charm City will be comforted by The Pug's offerings, which include $3 cans of National Bohemian and (complimentary) UTZ cheeseballs.  Be sure to follow the rules which adorn the bar-side wall: "No idiots. No specials. No shooters. No politics. No bombs. Relax. Be cool. Drink. Behave."

The speakers are cranked to 11 most nights over at the Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H St NE), just one block east.  The first floor of this venue offers up space to indie bands, both local and national, while the upstairs rocks out with guitars hanging from the ceiling walls and provides private rooms for those looking to book an even more intimate setting.

While I'd likely be content to scarf down an over-sized slice of artery clogging pizza at 2am, direct yourself towards H Street's newest addition: Taylor Gourmet Deli (1116 H St NE). Serving their full menu until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights, you may find yourself overwhelmed with decisions you weren't prepared to make at the witching hour, like whether to indulge with the 9th Street Italian (salami, capicola, prosciutto, and aged provolone) or the Vine Street Expressway (chicken cutlet, prosciutto, pesto, aged provolone). Either way, the risotto balls are a must.

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