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March 2009 Contents: 75 Best Bars in Washington

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March 2009 Cover
Volume 44, Number 6

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75 Best Bars

We ordered drinks, sampled snacks, and checked out hundreds of area establishments—all to find the hottest spots on the after-hours scene.

Photograph of bartender Jason Parsons at Old Ebbitt Grlll by Cade Martin.


Viva Domingo!

At 68, the world’s most famous tenor keeps on singing—and conducting and coaching and fundraising. His fans at the Washington National Opera hope he keeps on doing all that right here. By Cragg Hines.

An Innocent Man On Death Row?

Owen Barber shot Danny Petrole dead and told a jury that his friend Justin Wolfe had hired him to do it. Barber cut a deal with prosecutors. Wolfe got the death penalty. By Drew Lindsay.

Tear It Down! Save It!

Preservationists have gained the upper hand in protecting historic buildings. But do examples of modern architecture deserve the same respect as the great buildings of the past? By Larry Van Dyne.

Capital Comment Playground power players . . . Fighting with robots . . . Paris Hilton’s Washington . . . Madoff’s DC lawyer . . . Rating the Post‘s execs.

Where & When A Chorus Line at the National . . . Dutch cityscapes at NGA . . . Wynton Marsalis at the KenCen . . . Crowns at Arena Stage . . . St. Paddy’s Day fun.

Listen to the Music Richard Harrington says we’ve always had first-rate musicians. Here are his all-time favorites, plus Washington’s greatest hits.

Ice Warrior How much does it hurt to take an Alex Ovechkin slap shot in the ear? Chris Clark takes inventory of his years of pain with the Capitals.

Sweet Success Seth Goldman launched Honest Tea out of his Bethesda kitchen. Now it’s a cool brand, the President’s favorite drink—and not too sweet.

Dining Out Northern Virginia’s legendary Four Sisters, after some upheaval, has never been better. Plus—a glittery new sushi lounge in DC and a Thai spot in Bethesda.

Best Bites First look at Posto . . . A taste of Pittsburgh . . . Herbs in desserts? . . . Keepers of the flame at Ravi Kabob . . . Curries in a hurry . . . Hush-puppy love.

To Your Health What you need in your thirties.

Faster, Stronger, Better Training techniques used by pro athletes can help you shave strokes off your golf game or minutes off your marathon time.