Peregrine Espresso, courtesy of Damon Green (Flickr)

Peregrine Espresso, courtesy of Damon Green (Flickr)

Alright, this is a bit outside of my regular coverage of the U street, Columbia Heights, and Logan Circle ‘hoods, but I spend a good amount of time in the Eastern Market/Capitol Hill area too. I have a good friend who lives there, I love the market at Eastern Market, and I tutor at an organization nearby once a week. When Murky Coffee closed last year because of back taxes, I was sad, that was a good cup of coffee.

I was happy to hear from a fellow tutor that one of her friends, a barista at Murky, planned to open a new coffee shop in the space. Hence, Peregrine Espresso. Folks, have you been here? The coffee’s better than Murky, and with no attitude. Yes, they even serve iced coffee, though I wouldn’t recommend it, and actually have to agree with the asshole owner of Murky that you really are ruining the flavor, and it is a shame with coffee this good. Did you think coffee always had that bitter, almost acrid taste? Well, my friend it doesn’t have to, and it doesn’t at Peregrine Espresso.

You know when a place describes a coffee as fruity, chocolatey, or earthy and you try your best to taste it but you really can’t? At Peregrine Espresso I can, and it’s fabulous. Check it out the next time you’re trolling around Eastern Market, a cup of coffee starts at just $2. Plus, they have a blog, and who doesn’t love that?

Can we get them to open a location on U street, please?

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Live jazz at HR-57

Live jazz at HR-57

I think I’m pretty lucky to live around the corner from where Duke Ellington was born. I love that the history of jazz in the U street area, when it was once known as Black Broadway, means that Thai restaurants and Caribbean restaurants have a jazz night just because they’re on U street. Of course, there are also jazz clubs Twins Jazz and Bohemian Caverns. Then there’s HR-57, my favorite out of all of them.

HR-57 is named after the House Resolution passed over 20 years ago designating jazz as “a rare and valuable national American treasure.” HR-57 was founded 15 years ago to preserve our rare and valuable national treasure and operates as a nonprofit.

There are world renowned jazz musicians who come to play and local jazz musicians. There’s live music Wednesday through Saturday. The cover is $8 for a week night and $12 for a weekend. Corkage fee is $3 a person, and while you can buy glasses of wine or a bottle of beer there, most bring their own. They’ll open your bottle and give you some plastic glasses if you haven’t brought your own.

Heading to HR-57 is a favorite activity for a lowkey night where you don’t feel like a crazy night out but don’t feel like a quiet night in either. While it’s not conducive for conversation, it is a great venue for live jazz.

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