Lincoln Park Kitchen & Wine Bar Replacing Ninnella on Capitol Hill

Lincoln Park Kitchen & Wine Bar (106 13th St. SE), located across from the vast park, is set to open in early October. This spot will replace the somewhat dusty Ninnella Italian restaurant at the corner of 13th and East Capitol Streets SE. The new spot comes from Howsoon Cham, former chef and owner of short-lived Newtown Kitchen, a lounge that closed earlier this year on U street in the old Tabaq space. Doubtful that the party atmosphere will come but, as the location is only sit down restaurant for at least a half mile, there is plenty of potential (full disclosure: I live in the neighborhood). More information can be found at the spot’s Twitter page-crawfish hush puppies may be on the menu.

Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar Ends its Run this Month

Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar, the one room offbeat Star Wars-decor’d spot in Adams Morgan, will shut its doors at the end of this month. The bar, located above Rendezvous Lounge on the southern end of Adams Morgan, announced this news earlier this month on its Facebook page.  The bar, from Van Hillard (aka Dr. Clock or Mr. Mig), opened up back in summer 2013. Hillard has begun partnering up and holding fort with Steel Plate in Brookland. Rendezvous will take back over the second floor space.

Where to Watch Mayweather – Berto Fight in DC Tonight

Despite May’s Floyd Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao fight was a bust, Barred in DC has gotten significant web traffic this week for folks looking for places to watch tonight’s Mayweather (his last supposedly) against Andre Berto. As a public service, a list of spots in the District showing the fight are below (I have no information about covers where not mentioned):

  • Barcode (Dupont)
  • Buffalo Billiards (Dupont)
    • no cover
  • Dirty Martini (Dupont)
  • Public Bar (Dupont)
  • Lou’s City Bar (Columbia Heights)
    • $10 cover
    • drink specials ($5 pint specials + $9 frozen Margs)
  • Bar7 (Mt Vernon Triangle)
    • free admission from 9-9:30p
    • open bar 9-10p
    • karaoke happy hour
  • Redline (Chinatown/PQ)
  • The Ugly Mug (Eastern Market)

All Souls Bar All Set to Open Outdoor Seating

Rendering of All Souls Bar sidewalk patio along 8th Street (Credit: All Souls Facebook page)

All Souls Bar (725 T St. NW), the low-key north Shaw neighborhood bar, is on the verge of opening a sidewalk patio [UPDATE: The bar tells me that they will likely open in the spring]. The Barred in DC favorite recently survived a number of neighborhood protests that have been lodged since February when it first started the process, as ABRA will almost certainly approve its application for a sidewalk cafe within the next week. The settlement agreement with the local ANC was approved August 20th, and the protest by the adjacent neighbor was withdrawn today.

Under the settlement agreement, the 33-seat patio (no standees) must shut down by 10p each weekday night and midnight on weekends (the owner Dave Batista earlier had hoped to open until 11p/1a, but this is a reasonable compromise). In a nod to technology, the commonly-imposed DC ban on outdoor speakers was expanded to direct the bar to “restrict patrons from using electronic devices as speakers to play music”- in other words, no impromptu iPod/iPad/bluetooth speaker dance parties. Interestingly, ABRA disallowed out the local ANC’s requirement that All Souls’ outdoor chairs/table not be made out of metal; the agreement’s requirement for a three-foot planter buffer between fence and sidewalk remains. The original agreement-made only with a group of neighbors-did not include approval for an outside patio, though it did not necessarily forbid it either.
The spot is notable for its unique curved bar, lots of well priced cocktails, strong sparkling wine selection, and being one of the best spots to have a night cap to wind down the night,

Brookland Pint Goes Full Out for the Pope

Pope Francis Not Drinking a Beer (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images from

Brookland Pint
(716 Monroe St NE in Edgewood), just one block away from the Basilica of the National Shrine for the Immaculate Conception where Pope Francis will conduct Mass on Wednesday, September 23rd, will go full out with a stellar list of beers with religious themes starting Monday, September 21st. According to a press release, the bars will offer:

  • Franklin’s Brewpub’s No Pope, ‘til Brookland (exclusive draft)
  • Evil Twin Brewery’s  Double Barrel Jesus
  • Avery Brewing Company’s  Salvation
  • Avery Brewing Company’s  5 Monks
  • Sierra Nevada Brewery’s Ovila Dubbel which is brewed in collaboration with the monks of Vina, California’s Abbey of New Clairvaux monastery.
  • Nebraska Brewing Company’s Hop God
  • DuClaw Brewing’s Divine Retribution
  • Brewer’s Art Resurrection
  • DC Brau On The Wings of Armageddon
  • 4 Hands Resurrected IPA
  • Avery Hog Heaven
  • Avery The Reverend
  • Epic Big Bad Baptist
  • Weyerbacher Heresy
  • Weyerbacher Rapture
  • Weyerbacher Blasphemy
  • Founders Blushing Monk
  • Trappist beers (which are all brewed in monasteries by monks): Spencer, La Trappe, Chimay

DC Beer Week* 42 Bus Bar Crawl – Saturday August 15th

DC Beer Week 42 Bus Bar Crawl – (photo credit: The [Transport] Net
DC Beer Week, a District-wide celebration of all things beer, kicks off Sunday, August 9th. To do our part, Barred in DC will be leading one of its patented (disclaimer: not patented) Metrobus bar crawls Saturday, August 15th from 4:30-10p. This time we will be taking one of more popular lines in town, the 42 Bus (which even has a great eponymous blog) to four of the best spots to drink beer (City Tap House, Sauf Haus Bier Hall, Glen’s Garden Market & Smoke and Barrel) in the Chinatown, Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan neighborhoods. Details (subject to change) are below; we’re working on specials, fun games, and featured beers in the meantime.

As always Free to join in. You’ll need around $5 on your SmartTrip card to take the bus (Pro tip: free transfers within 2 hours each time we disembark).


Stops (times are tentative):
City Tap House (Chinatown): 4:30-5:40p

  • ~40 beers on tap, 2 on cask (recent list here)
  • classier outpost from Philly opened in 2014
  • Try the 3 Stars/City Tap House Persica Rising collaboration peach saison
  • Specials for the bus bar crawl only: select drafts for $5, house wine for $6, shot n beer for $7
  • 901 9th St NW (at I St)

Sauf Haus Bier Hall & Garten (Dupont): 6-7:30p

  • Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co.Deutschland in Dupont” tap takeover event
  • 16 taps all from Devil’s Backbone, the wildly popular and critically adored central Virginia brewery
    • Favorites: Vienna Lager, Gold Leaf Lager, and Schwartz Bier
    • Rarities created at Devil’s Backbone’s brewpub: Scuttlebutt Kolsch, UR-Pils, Coe-habitation, Morana Dark Lager, Berliner Metro Weiss, Cran Gose, Maibock, Tommy Two Fists and Alt Bier.
    • Non-German: Danzig Baltic Porter, Trail Angel Weiss, Turbo Cougar and Beta Max.
  • an official DC Beer Week event
  • 2 story bar with rooftop beer garden
  • 1216 18th St NW (at Jefferson & Connecticut Ave. NW)

Glen’s Garden Market (Dupont): 7:35-8:40p

Smoke & Barrel (Adams Morgan): 8:45-10p

  • 24 beers on tap (+ cask) (recent list here)
  • great BBQ spot; sister establishments are fellow great beer bars Meridian Pint & Brookland Pint
  • 2471 18th St. NW (at Columbia Rd.)

* Barred in DC did not pony up the $100 to make this an official DC Beer Week event, but we’re not going to get sued.

Where to Watch the First Republican Debate Thursday Night

After living in DC for nearly a decade, I’ve begrudgingly accepted the fact that THIS TOWN enjoys getting together to watch political events at bars. The first Republican debate this Thursday is no exception. The following spots will be hosting watch parties and will be showing the Fox News debate with sound at 9p; many will have specials and drinking games will abound. You know want to tune in for Trump. New bars will be added from now till Thursday

  • Number Nine (Logan Circle)
  • Union Pub (Capitol Hill)
  • The 201 Bar (Capitol Hill)
  • Stetson’s (U Street)
  • Ventnor Sports Cafe (Adams Morgan)
  • The Black Squirrel (Adams Morgan)
  • Capella Hotel (Georgetown)
  • Looking Glass Lounge (Petworth/Park View)
    • includes Jon Stewart farewell watch
  • Lou’s City Bar (Columbia Heights)
  • Lola’s (Eastern Market)
  • Molly Malone’s (Eastern Market)
  • Capitol Lounge (Capitol Hill)
  • Vendetta (H Street)
  • The Big Board (H Street)
  • Public Bar (Dupont)
  • Meridian Pint (Columbia Heights)
  • Purple Patch (Mt Pleasant)
  • Mason Inn (Glover Park) – $5 bottomless Miller Lite from 9-11p

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