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.
Cost: 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).
[NOTE: THE SECOND STOP HAS BEEN CHANGED TO INCLUDE OFFICIAL DC BEER WEEK EVENT]
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
Barred in DC’s Completely arbitrary rankings of U.S cities
[Not included-college towns, cities I’ve visited but never stayed the night in (Detroit, Minneapolis, Houston, St. Louis, Columbus), and cities I’ve never visited (Oklahoma City, Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Cincy, Kansas City, Nashville)]
The Royal (Twitter, website), an all-day coffee/lunch/cafe/bar from the owner of the U Street wine bar Vinoteca, will open in early June at 501 Florida Ave. NW (near S Street), not far from Shaw’s Tavern, according to a press release. The 45-seat two-story spot, which will be open early (7a on weekdays, 8a on weekends), will feature Counter Culture coffee and Latin-inspired snacks (empanadas and arepas) from the wood-burning grill. The Royal proudly boasts its location in Ledroit Park, though I suspect it will be referred to by many as being in adjacent Shaw.
Drinks-wise, the focus will be on craft cocktails (often with a Latin-flavor, and of course, one cocktail on draft), shaved-ice cocktails (vintage ice shaver from Guatemala), lots of vermouth (including one housemade on draft), along with a few wines and draft/bottled beer (locals, domestic and Mexican).
With The Royal, I foresee a new independent alternative to the local Derek Brown trio bar crawl-All Souls, Right Proper, and the Royal.
Wunder Garten (150 M. St NW, Facebook, Twitter, website) a new temporary beer garden in a lot slated for redevelopment in NoMa in the near future, opened this Wednesday. The spot, which serves German and Austrian beers (perhaps some wine, no hard stuff), as well as a couple local DC-area brews, will surely be popular in an area not known for many outdoor options. Food trucks may be on site at times.
Wunder Garten will open at noon Fridays-Sundays, 4p other days, and will close at 10p Sun-Thurs and at midnight on Friday & Saturday evenings. However, the bar’s liquor license has a unique (I’ve never seen this before in DC) noise trigger clause that says that the closing time hours will be reduced to 10p every night if 5 separate people who live within 2 blocks complains to ABRA about the noise:
Applicant agrees that in the event five separate residents within a two block radius deem noise (including, but not limited to, noise from speakers or other devices from amplification) to be excessive and file a written complaint or complaints to ABRA to that effect, the operating hours will be adjusted as follows:
Monday – Tuesday: 4 PM to 10 PM
Wednesday – Thursday: 4 PM to 10 PM
Friday: 12 PM to 10 PM
Saturday: 12 PM to 10 PM
Sunday: 12 PM to 10 PM.
This clause was modified by the ABRA board in a way that ostensibly makes it less harsh to the bar but in reality makes it quite possible that a few disgruntled neighbors could force Wunder Garten to close earlier on weekends. Originally the clause said that after 3 neighbors complained about noise, the bar would have 48 hours to fix. If the ANC was not satisfied, then the hours would be reduced for a one month period, when it could be revisited. There is no such waiting period and ANC input in the final version approved by ABRA.
The moratorium on liquor licenses in the western part of the Dupont Circle neighborhood is on the verge of its virtual demise. That is the bottom line after the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B voted 4-2 (with 1 abstention) last Wednesday to request that the ABC Board end the moratorium completely, aside from a 3-year extension of the current ban on nightclub licenses. The ABC Board still will have a hearing and vote to determine whether to accept the recommendation and make it the law of DC.
Restrictions on restaurant liquor licenses were lifted in 2011, but other licenses have continued to be capped in the moratorium area (on-premises: 3 multi-purpose licenses, 6 tavern licenses, and 0 nightclub licenses). The moratorium has been in effect since 1994.
Notably, the resolution also asked authorities “to codify a city-wide restriction on nightclubs next to residential buildings and residential buildings next to nightclubs” so the moratorium could be fully lifted in another 3 years. A working group convened to discuss the moratorium had recommended that the moratorium be ended completely but accompanied by a standing policy to protest all liquor licenses. This standing policy was not adopted.
Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW, Facebook, Twitter, website), a new “beer hall and social club,” announced today that it will open Friday, May 22nd that it will open Sunday, May 31st (with all day happy hour) in the space previously occupied by Bistro La Bonne (which closed in mid-April) near the intersection of 14th and U Streets. The bar will feature domestic and craft beers, billiards, and Big Buck Hunter along with classic American fare and hopes to be a “mom-and-pop style bar and grill.”
The three-floor spot features 2 bars in a 2,000-square-feet space. Co-owners/managers Simo and Ally Farouidi appear to have connections in the past with other current/former spots like Soussi in Adams Morgan, Dunya in Shaw, and the dearly departed Tabaq on U Street. PoPville first reported that Sudhouse was replacing Bistro La Bonne last week.
[This post has been updated since it was originally posted.]