Tom Sietsema: Funny. I strolled by [soon-to-open Biergarten Haus] just last night. The space looks very impressive.
I'm digging what's going on in the Atlas District these days. I lost track of the number of places I'm eager to check out.
Hot Tip Du Jour: My fave new bar is a place called Toyland on H St. NE. It's not very big, but it brims with early-60s charm and the clientele is refreshingly mixed: bikers, thirtysomethings, groups of ladies, gay guys, blacks, whites, Asians ... Plus, the drinks are GREAT and not too expensive. Four of us popped in not long ago and got a round of fun for $35. Go, go, go (but not all at once, please.)
Capitol Hill Open Houses for Sunday, September 25
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