H Street, one of Washington’s earliest and most vital commercial districts, is a thriving hot-spot for a night out in D.C. Popular with the hipster crowd, H Street is home to theatre, clubs, live music venues, restaurants and bars.
As recently as the early 2000s, H Street was a neighborhood in disrepair. It had begun its decline during WWII and was severely damaged during the 1968 riots following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.
In the mid 2000s, based on a planning effort initiated by the District of Columbia Office of Planning, recovery began in earnest. Organization of the neighborhood allowed for a three-district division: the Urban Living district, the Central Retail District, and the Arts and Entertainment district. It was the Arts and Entertainment district, located between 12th and 15th Streets NE, that revitalized the district as a nightlife spot.