The Atlas District in DC's Northeast neighborhood is an arts and entertainment area centered around the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The area, once a bustling commercial hub in the city, saw a steep decline when riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 devastated many of its buildings. In 2001, The Atlas Performing Arts Center and the city began taking steps to return the area's economy to its former glory. Today, the Atlas District and H Street Corridor are homes to loads of bars, restaurants, and art venues that will whet Trabblrs' appetites!
Begin your foray by visiting the biggest and most important gallery for contemporary art in the city - CONNERSMITH.. Previously known as Conner Contemporary Art, CONNERSMITH. promotes art that contributes to important movements, with particular focuses on abstraction, realism, and socially relevant conceptual art. In mid-2013 the gallery recently presented seminal work by digital light artist Leo Villareal.
After checking out CONNERSMITH. Trabblrs should unwind at the many bars and restaurants that line H Street Corridor. We highly recommend Toki Underground, a Taiwanese ramen shop, and Ethiopic. If there's a wait at either of these, put your name down and head over to Biergarten Haus to kill time over some outdoor droughts. Cap off your meal with dessert from Dangerously Delicious Pies.
Meeting point: At CONNERSMITH.'s entrance. The closest Metro stops are Union Station and NoMa-Gallaudet U (New York Ave) on the Red Line.
Leaders, CONNERSMITH. is open from 10am to 5pm Wednesday to Saturday.