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March 2013 Contents: Great Bars

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March 2013 Volume 48, Number 6

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Great Bars

Our 75 favorite places to get a drink—whether a Champagne cocktail or a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Plus: Must-do happy hours, beers to try now, great cocktails, unexpected spots to hear live music, and more. Edited by Jessica Voelker.

On the Cover: Photograph for The Washingtonian by Jeff Elkins. Typography by Vault 49.


The Informant

What made Nathaniel Simms—confessed drug dealer and child killer—break the code of the streets and testify against his friends and accomplices? By Kevin Charles Redmon

The Toxic-Waste Pit Next Door

Nearly 100 years after the Army buried chemical weapons in Spring Valley, it’s still digging up lethal substances in one of DC’s toniest neighborhoods. By Harry Jaffe

John Wall Needs a Miracle

The Wizards star believes he can take the team all the way. Crazy? Maybe. But he’s beaten even tougher odds before. By Edward G. Robinson III

Capital Comment

Obama’s record—on picking March Madness winnersBecoming a DC United fan … Scientology onstage … Local filmmakers on the boxing match “no one talks about” … Media ombudsmen—a dying breed? Anatomy How to stage a protest on the Mall. Behind the Scenes Inside the Caps’ training room.

Where & When

Jewel at Lisner Auditorium … Washington National Opera—twice—at the KenCen … The Corcoran brings back the ’80s … Albrecht Dürer at the National GalleryEnvironmental Film Festival Sandra Bernhard at the Howard TheatreHello, Dolly! at Ford’s.


True Believer Mark Batterson may be the most innovative pastor in America. Books Career tips from Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. What Made Me Studio Theatre founder Joy Zinoman on the advantages of being a woman.


Perfect Fit Finding just the right pair of jeans. Executive Education Want to earn a promotion or a raise? A local university may have the class for you.

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