H Street corridor vs U Street corridor

A friend of mine lives in the H Street corridor and naturally is eager to patronize their local pubs. I had the opportunity to join him last weekend. Now, many know that H Street and U Street share similar backgrounds in that both were ravaged during the 1968 riots. Let’s just say that U Street has rebounded a bit quicker. Now, don’t get me wrong the bars themselves on H Street are fantastic, they have almost every variety, chill, sports, martini, crazy themes etc. The problem that I had is that H Street in and of itself just isn’t a pleasant street to hang out on. I have no doubt that in 5 years it will be kickass but at the moment it has a little ways to go. Quite frankly it feels like some of the more unsavory parts of Georgia Ave. They both are going to improve it is just going to take time. Now if I lived in the H Street neighborhood I would be totally stoked. It is just that U Street is easily five years ahead of H Street. Also, if I lived in U Street/Columbia Heights/Petworth area I frankly don’t think it is worth the long journey to get to H Street, NE. One of the primary differences and benefits of U Street is that it has a fantastic restaurant scene which doesn’t yet exist on H Street. We shall discuss the topic again in a few years. So tell me, is there an H Street – U Street rivalry?

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  • Well, I think both H and U St. residents can be happy you don’t live along North Capitol. That strip is about 5 decades from being habitable….

  • “Well, I think both H and U St. residents can be happy you don’t live along North Capitol. That strip is about 5 decades from being habitable….”


    i can personally attest that while it may not have bars and such, it is indeed quite habitable.

  • Yes, another friend of mine just bought a house on North Capitol and P Street and is quite happy.

  • I don’t there’s a rivalry. U Street has the metro, which has helped it along (plus it always had some stuff that stuck it out). U Street has just been recovering a bit longer, but I recently had a conversation with someone who told me he will not go to U Street because he thinks it’s sketchy (which made me wonder which suburb he lives in).
    We don’t have a lot of restaurants yet, but we have several that are in the works. Try H Street out again soon (a couple of these places should open in the next few months). Something to think about: about 5 years ago I was having a conversation with a co-worker and an office intern. The intern asked about places to go out in DC. I suggested Adams Morgan, Dupont, and U Street. The co-worker agreed with Dupont and Adams Morgan, added Nation, but objected that there was really nothing on U Street.

  • Thank you Inked. I agree 100% that H street is on the rise, no doubt about it. I even really enjoyed the current bar scene. I’m just saying at the moment I still prefer U street. But heck it is always nice to have variety and explore all the city has to offer.

  • rock and roll hotel’s schedule is the best in the city currently.

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