Please join Barred in DC at Thomas Foolery on Thursday, April 2nd from 6-8pm. We will be behind the Dupont Circle bar guest bartending, and all tips and donations earned will go directly to support the Jeffrey Robert Satterfield Memorial Scholarship Fund, which honors Jeff, a high school classmate who passed away while as a sophomore in college at West Virginia University. This scholarship fund, established by Jeff’s family and friends in conjunction with the WVU Foundation (full disclosure: Barred in DC is one of the two official signatories to the scholarship fund endowment agreement with WVU, along with Jeff’s brother), will annually award a scholarship (once fully funded) to an incoming student to the WVU Statler School of Engineering and Mineral Resources, where Jeff was a student.
If you haven’t been to Thomas Foolery, the goofiest bar in DC (as detailed in the Barred in DC’s review from last year)-the spot has free games like Jenga and Mario Kart Wii, sells grilled cheese sandwiches and milk/cookies, along with a solid list of bottled craft beers and cocktails (often with candy in them). There’s also an “Angry Hour” till 7p where you can get a $1 off your drink if you order in an angry voice, along with a Plinko game that sets the price for any Smirnoff Ice you order.
You may also mail your donation to: WVU Foundation, One Waterfront Place – 7th Floor, Morgantown, WV 26501 and note the scholarship name or number on the Memo line of your check. Donations may be tax deductible; please consult your tax advisor.
Hope you can make it out and look forward to seeing old friends and meeting fellow followers of the blog in person at this unique spot. Menus below:
Salty Dog Tavern is set to open in Dupont in the space previously occupied by Black Fox Lounge at 1723 Connecticut Ave. NW, Barred in DC has learned. This spot, in the northern part of Dupont between R & Streets, will replace the gay-0wned lounge that shuttered in December of last year. ABRA approved the liquor license transfer on March 18th.
More details to come; check its Facebook page and website for further updates.
[3/25 Update: I’ve learned that this spot will likely have a restaurant/lounge vibe and come from the folks who currently operate Alley Cat Restaurant & Lounge in suburban Alexandria across from the Landmark Mall off I-395. They hope to open the first week in April.]
March Madness, my favorite 3 weeks of the entire year, is upon us, and as a college sports junkie who loves buzzer beaters and upsets, it does not get better than Thursday and Friday this week for the first two rounds of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. I’ve lived in DC since 2008 and I’ve left town (Vegas, Chapel Hill, Charleston (2x), Key West) or taken both afternoons off from work every.single.year. This year is no different, and I will be out and about catching the action during the afternoon. This post lists spots that will be featuring games, with orange highlighting for those places with at least 4 TVs in one room (so you can watch all the games at once) and-quite important for daytime bar watching-lots of natural light so you don’t feel like you’re in a dungeon. Most of these specials are during games only.
$3 Miller Lite & Yuengling / $5 Stoli and Redbull specials.
food specials during all games
gameday food & drink specials in Cantina
$4 Miller Lite / $5 Blue Moon / $20 mix & match can buckets
Whether you are celebrating on the weekend (perhaps the next) or on Tuesday the 17th, I’ve compiled a round-up of where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in DC in 2015, sorted by Irish & non-Irish bars, along with neighborhoods.
Pour some Jameson out (into your mouth) for a few Irish spots that closed in the past year-Duffy’s, Murphy’s and McFadden’s (well-it technically had an Irish name). I got in the festive food by attending the tremendously fun DC Whiskey Walk (a post on this soon) last weekend. This post will be continually updated through early next week with St. Paddy’s Day events as bars announce them or as real journalists call bars to find out what they’re doing.
Dupont Circle James Hoban’s
Irish Beer night
Fri & Sat
bar tours & specials
Rugby games / Irish brunch
live music 4-7p & dancers 5-8p
musical theater & spoken words featuring Irish Night
Although the snow hasn’t even stuck on sidewalks as of 10am (the writing of this post), OPM (and surely other big employers who follow OPM) has closed federal government offices (including mine, except for those unfortunate like my co-worker who has a pre-planned telework day on Thursdays). For your day-drinking convenience, I’ve listed (by neighborhood, with some help from PoPville, Washingtonian’s Best Bites Blog, and Washington City Paper‘s Young & Hungry) spots with snow day (mostly) drinking specials and other bars that already are open with happy hours/worth going to. Places that are merely just open for brunch aren’t listed here (check the other links)
DC Bread and Brew, the cafe/bar tucked away just steps from Dupont Circle, closed its doors today, Wednesday, February 18th. The bar announced the news out of its blue on its Twitter account, exclaiming “True last call!” and announcing that every drink (including top shelf booze and draft beer) would be $1 and free pizza would be available until supplies last. The spot, with a decent beer list and a somewhat-under-the-radar patio to grab happy hour al fresco in Dupont, opened in January 2009.
The closing is not a surprise to sharp-eyed watchers of the real estate scene; the building that houses DC Bread and Brew was acquired in fall 2014 to be razed for a new office building, as reported by the Washington Business Journal.
Patty Boom Boom, the Jamaican-inspired dance hall on U Street, will close its doors after Saturday, February 21st. The bar announced the news on its Facebook account today.
The spot from the Hilton brothers opened on New Year’s Day 2010 and was notable for DJs, rum drinks, and delicious patties (the Guava Goat version was great). The bar will finish out its run with DJ parties, drink specials, and t-shirt giveaways for the next two weeks. It was also announced that the bar will “pop-up” at sister establishments Marvin and Den of Thieves nearby later this year. Plenty of Hilton brothers’ spots thrive in the neighborhood, but there will be one fewer later this month.