While out running errands on 18th Street today I popped into Red Onion Records and Books across the street from the Jolt ‘n Bolt.
Red Onion reminds me of a serious college town book store. The location appears to be a former bare-bones basement efficiency apartment. There is no café or cutesy décor. But I'm here for the books. Any lack in quantity (and I think that may change) is more than compensated for in quality. I acquired a few almost-new paperback novels released within the past two years and by acclaimed authors for pretty darn cheap. Purchases are bagged in recycled bags. Cool!
Also worth browsing is an LP collection from the 70s and 80s. This stuff is not available on i-tunes. Maybe it's time to acquire that turntable. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable too.
If you are a reader who lives in the Adams Morgan/Dupont/U Street area, you owe these people a visit.
Red Onion Records and Books
1901 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Check Web site for hours.