It’s past last call at Sticky Rice DC in Northeast, but no one is going home. The crowd is downing shots of Smirnoff vodka, and the music is blasting. An obscure song by Sir Mix-A-Lot comes on. “This is my jam,” a girl in ripped black tights says.
Outside the bar, the music escapes with a heavy thump, thump into the new heart of the H Street corridor.
A bustling nightlife scene has sprung up along the H Street corridor since the city began an effort to revitalize it in 2005. But daytime businesses, like grocery stores, have been slow to open.