Grapevine: REI Coming to NoMa

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Future site of REI

Looks like REI, that fantastic but oh, so expensive purveyor of sporting goods based out of Seattle, is coming to DC in the current Uline Arena in NoMa.

‘The former Washington Coliseum, which has sat in disrepair and neglect for decades and has most recently served as parking lot and backdrop for a play about the old neighborhood, was acquired by Douglas Development in 2004. At last night’s ANC 6C Planning, Zoning and Environment committee meeting, the development company announced that REI will anchor the ground floor of the building.’
With a planned movie theater, a Whole Foods, the expansion of the Union Market area and more let the renaissance of NoMa begin.

Don’t Miss: Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival @ Union Market, 12/6/14

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This Saturday, Drink the District hosts the Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival at Union Market’s Dock 5.

It’s your chance to get in one more day of all-you-can-drink beer before the crowds start heading out-of-town for the holidays.

There are three 3-hour sessions to choose from. Each session will include food trucks (like CapMac and RitoLoco – food costs extra), a DJ and over 50 beers, including offerings from Devil’s Backbone, Victory, Atlas Brew Works and Bluepoint.

Happy Holidays!

 

Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival
Dock 5 at Union Market (1309 5th St NE)
Saturday, December 6
Three sessions: 12-3pm; 4:30-7:30pm; 9pm-12am
$40
21+

Around Town: 2014 Hilly Awards Gala — 12/6/14

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The Library of Congress and Capitol Hill neighborhood

The annual Hilly Awards Gala takes place Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at St. Mark’s Church.

Produced by CHAMPS, Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce, each year, Capitol Hill residents vote for the best neighborhood businesses in a range of categories, including best restaurant and best bar/tavern.

Last year Acqua al 2 was Restaurant of the Year and Beuchert’s Saloon was Bar/Tavern Of the Year. See all the winners from 2013.

Here I highlight my predictions for Restaurant and Bar/Tavern for 2014:

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Food Park: Copycat Co. Enters the H Street Fray

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H Street NE continues to bolster its choices of restaurants and bars with an almost endless stream of openings in the last couple months.

A bar crawl is in order, especially if the streetcar ever decides to open.

One intriguing concept comes from Devin Gong, from Barmini, in the form of a cocktail bar slash pot sticker and dumpling restaurant.

Copycat Co opened less than a week ago and it immediately fits into the electic Atlas District/H St NE scene.

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Sports Park: Get Your Baseball Fix at the NatsFest — 12/13/14

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The Presidents racing

The Washington Nationals had a fine season. If not for the suddenly mighty Giants, it might have been the best season.

With a first place finish in the National League East, at 96-66, for the second time in three years, the Nationals are primed to be a contender next year and beyond.

Let’s get excited for 2015!

Okay, we do have some time to idle away before April.

One way to get your baseball fix in the meantime is the annual NatsFest on December 13.

Get autographs and photos with your favorite players and the Presidents, play games, listen to seminars. Be a kid. Enjoy baseball.

NatsFest 2014

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Saturday, December 13

11am-5pm

$20 Adult; $10 Children

All Ages

Grapevine: Esquire’s Weekend Fix to Feature DC Hotspots, 11/26/14

The Esquire Network’s television series Weekend Fix will feature DC in its new episode premiering on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 10pm on the cable channel.

Here is a description of the series from the Esquire website:

“Actor Omar Miller and fashion designer Andres Izquieta of Five Four Clothing know that the best travel experiences don’t come from following a schedule—they come from following advice. And a good Wi-Fi connection. In each episode of Weekend Fix, Omar and Andres travel to a different city, using every social networking tool at their fingertips to seek out recommendations from friends, locals and strangers alike for the go-to hotels, off-the-radar restaurants and can’t-miss local experiences that the guidebooks just can’t tell you about.”

In the clip above, Omar and Andres visit the Dram & Grain Speakeasy in the basement of Jack Rose Dining Saloon (2007 18th St. NW, DC), where they experience some rare drinks thanks to Mixologist Trevor Frye.

If you catch the episode, let us know what you think about the places featured on the show and if it did a good job of fulfilling its objectives.