This is my reply to an earlier comment, but I wanted to make it an actual post because I think it can be helpful to review what exactly is here or coming (this is a list of hang-outs & haunts, but it doesn't include every restaurant, any of the theaters, or any art galleries):
1400 block of H Street
The Argonaut: A neighborhoody tavern. Serves a fun menu including brunch on Sundys. Has a large tv for sporting events. The 2nd floor (a more loungy space) features a dj spinning old school hip-hop some weekends. You can also play darts, or fooseball upstairs. The opening of a side patio is in the works. liquor license & bar. 1433 H Street
Daavi's: West African food. Not generally much of a hang-out, but the closest West-African food around. They have plans to create a patio space behind the restaurant. I don't think they have a liquor license. 1427 H Street
There is supposedly an Ethiopian place in the works for the 1400 block, but I don't have anything more solid yet.
Ohio Restaurant: Southern style food (including breakfast). Great old-school jukebox. Liquor license & bar. 1380 H Street
Rose's Dream: Bar with live music (jazz, r&b, & gog-go) & karaoke nights. No food, but you can carry up food from the Caribbean carry-out downstairs. Obviously they have a liquor license. 1370 H Street
The Majestic by Gwen: Restaurant & bar. Live music & dancingn (including hand dancing). Liquor license.
1368 H Street
R&B Coffee: Coffee house with events. Sandwiches, salads, desserts & pasties. Really nice space upstairs. Plans to open the patio out back. No liquor license.
1359 H Street
Sanctuary: A gallery & performance space. Only open for events/shows. A late night dance spot. 1355 H Street
Rock & Roll Hotel*: They'll serve middle Eastern inspired fare once the kitchen is finished. Focus on live music (like a smaller 9:30 Club). The first floor is a straight-up performance space. The upstairs is more loungy & attention wa obviously given to decorating the space. There are lots of little rooms where you can sit & drink with friends, or that can be rented out for private parties. 1353 H Street
Phish Tea: Neo-Caribbean fusion restaurant & bar. Various events (including live music & theme nights). Liquor license. 1335 H Street
Dr. Granville's Brickyard* (coming soon): a tavern serving Belgian food & Belgian brews.
1338 H Street
H Street Martini Lounge: A lounge serving appetizers & featuring live jazz, R&B & more. Liquor license.
1236 H Street
The Pug* -short for the pugilist (coming soon): A boxing themed sports bar serving American food. Liquor license. 1234 H Street
The Beehive* (coming soon): A tavern serving Tex-Mex burritos. Featuring a jukebox. Liquor license. 1224 H Street
The Red & the Black: A New Orleans style bistro & bar featuring live music & serving up Cajun/Creole cuisine. 1212 H Street
Palace of Wonders: A circus themed bar featuring various shows like swordswallowing, fire eating & burlesque dancing. Tuesdays are female arm wrestling night & Wednesdays are trivia night.
Sidamo* (coming soon): An Ethiopian coffee house serving light fare.
417 H Street
Did I miss anything?