H Street Bar Crawl

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If I were to recommend out of towners to any area of the city for a good time, I'd probably say "go to H Street."  It may look a little rough due to the fact that it's an up and coming area, and the fact that they're currently tearing up H Street to install street cars...and the fact that it's not really metro accessible at the moment...but it has the best bars in the city, in my opinion.  At the very least, the best alternative bars.

This time we started at Sticky Rice for some dinner.  I've previously reviewed this place; it's a southern influenced sushi joint, one of two in the country...the other (and original) being in Richmond.  Ordered PBR and Strongbow and had the lettuce wraps to start (normally I'd get tater tots, but my date was not a fan); for our entree, had the "drawn and buttered" (a roll of rice, crab, shrimp, cream and avocado, served with butter/shallots/garlic/sesame sauce); and the "Goochland" (salmon and cream wrapped in rice).

After this deliciousness, we headed to Granville Moores, a Belgian pub; however, the bars were all packed, so we hopped down to the Biergarten Haus, which was experiencing an unusually slow Friday night.  Had several German brews, then headed to the Star and Shamrock.  I had a half-Hebrew Lager half-Guinness (can't remember what they called it), while my date had a snakebite with half cider, half Guinness.  After downing these bits of awesomeness, we headed to H Street Country Club.  This place is seriously awesome; it has a full 9-hole mini-golf course upstairs, and pool tables, shuffleboards and SKEE-BALL downstairs.  After a few rounds of skee-ball, a few more friends joined us and we sat around enjoying beers for a while.  Then it was off to the Rock n Roll Hotel to join the dance party upstairs.

This particular night, RnR featured techno remixes of 80's pop and rock songs.  Combined with the $3 pint cans of PBR and the lightshow, it was a great time...until some of the party tired of techno, and wanted something a bit more contemporary.

By this time, it was already 2am, so we headed back to Sticky Rice, which by this point had converted from a resturaunt to a full on bar with a DJ, and of course, lots of dancing.

By the time the lights came on at 2:50am, we were partied out!  It's always a good time on H Street :)

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