Every year, Capitol Hill businesses look forward to being nominated for the Hilly Awards, sponsored by CHAMPS (Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce). This will be the sixth edition of the awards.
Chosen by you, you can vote for the best of the best local businesses on Capitol Hill. In categories such as: Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Bar/Tavern, etc.
Vote for your favorites here.
The poll closes on Sunday, September 20, 2015.
You can also buy tickets to the gala event itself, which is held on November 7, 2015.
2015 Hilly Awards Gala
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Saturday, November 7, 2015
$75 and up
Kelly’s Irish Times, one of 64 Capitol Hill bars in Bar Madness
In the spirit of the March Madness that is the NCAA basketball tournament, everyone and their mother has created a bracket of some sort. Here at Parklife DC, we didn’t have time for that this year.
However, the Hill is Home has created one that I like.
Bar Madness. Pitting all the Capitol Hill bars against each other.
This year’s version has the requisite 64 entrants.
With upsets on everyone’s mind, who will wear the crown for 2015?
Wondering what to do with that stack of books you’ve long since read?
Try exchanging them. Or leave them for a neighbor. On the street.
Well, not on the street exactly.
Look for a Little Free Library, a “Take a Book, Return a Book Library”, in your neighborhood.
Little Free Library is a global movement that started in Wisconsin in 2009 to promote the love of reading by building free book exchanges. Often, these look like tiny schoolhouses or cabins.
The first Little Library appeared in DC in January 2013 in the NW.
By my count, DC now has 27 of these Libraries throughout the city, and many more can be found in Virginia and Maryland. See the map.
I recently took a stroll around Capitol Hill to see what the four neighborhood Libraries had to offer.
Each one that I visited was easy to find and had about 15-20 books.
My Book Exchange Log
Stanton Park, Northeast DC
A new cocktail bar and bistro, Stanton & Greene, will soon take over the space previously inhabited by Pour House.
The name gets its inspiration from Stanton Park (in the NE, blocks from my home) and the dichotomy between the name of the park (named after Edwin Stanton) and the statue in the middle that instead honors General Nathanael Greene.
Fritz Hahn (of Washington Post’s Going Out Guide) reports:
‘The owners of three different bars on Pennsylvania Avenue SE are harnessing their talents to create a new bistro, cocktail bar and event space at 319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, the former home of the Pour House. Stanton & Greene, which could open by the end of the month, is a collaboration between Sonoma owners Eli Hengst and Jared Rager, and August Paro, one of three partners behind Beuchert’s Saloon.’
‘…the cocktail list, for which Stanton & Greene’s partners tapped Erik Holzherr, the owner of Wisdom, the gin-centric drinking den near the Potomac Avenue Metro, and H Street’s Church & State and Atlas Arcade.’
Peregrine Espresso – Winner of Cafe/Coffee Shop of the Year
The 2014 Hilly Awards are in the books. There were no real surprises from the list of winners of this annual event celebrating Capitol Hill businesses.
The biggest winner was Rose’s Luxury, winning three awards including Restaurant of the Year (as predicted).
Beuchert’s Saloon won Bar/Tavern of the Year for the second year in a row. The last time I went there was in 2013, so I need to make a point to visit again.
Here is a sampling of the 2014 Hill Award winners and runners-up.
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: