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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 07/22/2009

New Destinations for Wine, Beer and Margaritas

By Fritz Hahn

Looking for wine in Columbia Heights, exotic beers in Dupont Circle or rooftop margaritas in Glover Park? Here's a quick update on three places that should be on your radar in the coming weeks.

Visit Room 11 on August 10

For months, we've been awaiting word on Room 11, the new Columbia Heights wine bar run by Dan Searing (formerly of Temperance Hall), Paul Ruppert (of the Warehouse Theater), Nick Pimentel (Gypsy Eyes Records) and Ben Gilligan (most recently of the Warehouse Cafe). The intimate little space at 3234 11th St. NW was supposed to open last fall, but it just received its certificate of occupancy on Monday.

Searing says they're "throwing the doors open" on Monday, Aug. 10, so neighbors can get a look around. Expect two dozen wines by the glass -- eight white, eight red and eight dessert or sparkling -- to complement a menu of paninis, small plates, cheese and charcuterie. Dessert comes from Paisley Fig, which also supplies pastries to Cork.

Expect demand to be high in the early days: there are only 20 seats inside and another 28 on the patio. But with quality wines by the glass starting at $6, it should be worth the wait.

Here Comes Another Paradiso for Beer Fans

Pizzeria Paradiso has finally set an opening date for its new, larger restaurant at 2003 P St. NW, which is just steps away from its current Dupont Circle location. Diners will get their first glance on Aug. 17, but more important, beer lovers can check out the new mini version of Georgetown's rave-worthy Birreria Paradiso. Expect 12 draft beers, a cask engine for English-style ales and about 150 different bottles or "as much beer as I can fit," says Birreria beer expert Greg Jasgur. About half the drafts will be the same as those at the Georgetown Birreria, but "we'll switch it up a bit" with the rest, Jasgur adds. "It's not going to be exactly the same."

It's important to note that while the Birreria occupies its own floor on M Street, the new Pizzeria Paradiso will just have a large bar area, so beer lovers will rub elbows with patrons waiting to get a table in the restaurant or on its patio."It's got a cozy feeling -- low ceilings and a lot of beer," Jasgur says.

Rooftop Drinks at Surfside

After a long battle with Glover Park's Advisory Neighborhood Commission, the beachy Surfside restaurant can now serve alcohol on its rooftop deck. This is a great development for those of us who had to sit inside on a sunny day if we wanted to wash down our mahi mahi tacos with a margarita or cold Mexican beer. Need a new happy hour destination? All drinks are half-price between 5:30 and 6:30 every weekday, and there's no food purchase required if you want to sit outside.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | July 22, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Restaurants  
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