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The Wonderland Ballroom, Columbia Heights

1101 Kenyon Street N.W.
Washington, D.C.
Tel: 202 232 5263's insider take:

For those whose tastes run more to Pabst Blue Ribbon than bottle service, the Wonderland Ballroom might just be the perfect bar. Minivan bench seats, a Ms. Pacman arcade table, and signs from old D.C. restaurants and record shops give the first floor a laid-back, funky atmosphere. Start your night here at the main bar listening to the indie rock soundtrack from the jukebox, or out back in the outdoor beer garden with picnic benches for enjoying bargain microbrews and greasy bar food. Once you get in the groove, head upstairs to the dance floor, a rowdy free-for-all with a house-party vibe and a friendly crowd that knows how to get down. Check your pretensions at the door.—Colleen Clark

Open Mondays through Thursdays 5 pm to 2 am, Saturdays 11 am to 3 am, and Sundays 11 am to 2 am.

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