Last April, Barred in DC compiled the favorite bars of PoPville readers. We’re back again for this meta-post listing the PoPville commentariat’s favorite happy hours. We’ve included details of all the happy hours that received multiple votes. Shockingly, this list definitely skews Petworth and Dupont. Biggest surprises to me – Thai Chef in Dupont and Mothership in Park View).

DC Reynolds (photo by Barred in DC)

DC Reynolds (photo by Barred in DC)

#1 – DC Reynolds – Petworth / Park View

  • Monday – Saturday – 5-9p
  • BOGO (buy one, get one free) all drinks

Bravo Bar (photo by Barred in DC)

#2 – Bravo Bar – Columbia Heights / Pleasant Plains

  • Everyday – 5-8p
  • BOGO (buy one, get one free) beer & rails
  • $6 PBR + shot of Beam + hot dog combo
  • 1/2 price wings
Black Jack (photo by Barred in DC)

Black Jack (photo by Barred in DC)

#T-3 – Black Jack – 14th Street / Logan Circle

  • Sunday – 3-10p; Tuesday – Thursday – 6-8p; Fri – 5-7p
  • 1/2 off drafts
  • 1/2 off mussels & pizza + 2-for-1 oysters + $7 Dive Burger (Sunday only)
Bar Charley (photo by Barred in DC)

Bar Charley (photo by Barred in DC)

#T-3 – Bar Charley – Dupont (Barred in DC review)

  • Monday – all night; Tuesday – Friday – 4-6:30p
  • $5 Tiki taps (Suffering Bastard & Mai Tai cocktails on tap) + $6 classic cocktails (Old Fashioned, Sazerac, Jack Rose) + $2 off wine & draft beer
  • food specials
Red Derby (photo by Barred in DC)

Red Derby (photo by Barred in DC)

#T-3 – Red Derby – Columbia Heights

  • Everyday – 5-8p
  • $1 off everything behind bar (means $1 Natty Boh, Stroh’s, Bud)
  • $5 selected old school cocktails Sunday – Wednesday all night

Thai Chef (photo from http://www.thaichefsushibard.com)

#T-3 - Thai Chef – Dupont

  • Everyday (except holidays) – 4-7p
  • $4 specialty cocktails + beer + wine + sake
  • discounted sushi nigiri & rolls

Mothership (photo from UrbanTurf)

#T-3 - Mothership - Petworth / Park View

  • Tuesday – Friday – 5:30-7:30p
  • 1/2 off all drinks (drafts + cocktails + infusions + wine + punch)
Trio's Fox & Hounds (photo by Barred in DC)

Trio’s Fox & Hounds (photo by Barred in DC)

#T-8 – Trio’s Fox & Hounds – Dupont

  • Monday – Friday – 4-7p & 10p-close
  • $4 rail drinks (essentially double shot of rail in a cup + mini bottle of soda/tonic) + $3 Bud/Bud Light + $3.50 Miller Lite / Fox Amber + $5 house wine

Number Nine (photo by http://www.dctriclub.og)

#T-8 – Number Nine - Logan Circle / 14th Street

  • Monday – Friday – 5-9p; Saturday – Sunday – 3-9p
  • 2-4-1 (buy one, get second free) drinks

GBD (photo by Barred in DC)

#T-8 - GBD – Dupont (Barred in DC review)

  • Tuesday – Friday – 4-7p ; Sunday – 9p-close
  • $3/$4/$5 craft draft beer choices + $3 punch + $3 wine
  • food specials
Ghibellina (photo by Barred in DC)

Ghibellina (photo by Barred in DC)

#T-8 – Ghibellina – Logan Circle / 14th Street

  • Everyday – 4-6:30p
  • 1/2 off beer + wine + cocktails (normally $12) + pizza

Petworth Citizen (photo from reishmanrealestate.com)

#T-8 – Petworth Citizen – Petworth

  • Monday – all night; Sunday, Tuesday- Friday – 5-7p; Saturday – 3-7p
  • $4 classic cocktails (e.g. Old Fashioned) + wine + beer + punch
  • food specials

 

 

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Join Barred in DC and the popular Wiz Happy Hour on the evening of Saturday, January 17th for the Chinatown Bar-sketball Crawl. This bar crawl will span 4 different bars, one during each quarter of that night’s Washington Wizards @ Brooklyn Nets NBA game. At each stop along the way we will be playing a bar basketball game, while giving away prizes for different contests & games at each establishment. Wiz Happy Hour recently was featured by the Washington Post in two separate blog posts (Going Out Guide & DC Sports Bog) and an awesome article from Fritz Hahn that made the print edition for his well-attended creative event to woo Kevin Durant to DC

The bar excursion will run alongside of the Verizon Center in the Penn Quarter/Chinatown neighborhood in DC. The crawl will stop by 4 sister bars:

  • Penn Social (801 E St. NW)-check in at 7p, arcade shooting contest starts soon after [pre-game & 1st quarter] – $3 Bud Light
  • Iron Horse Taproom (507 7th St. NW, at E St.) [2nd quarter] – $5 Atlas
  • Rocket Bar (714 7th St. NW, at G/H St.) [3rd quarter] – TBD
  • Jackpot (726 7th St. NW, at G/H St.) [4th quarter] – $5 Coors

This is not just an event for Wizards, or even basketball, fans. Each of these stops has some great craft beer selections on tap and plenty of games to enjoy, while Barred in DC will be on hand to give you some ideas about what to drink and other places to visit in the future. Have a blast with your friends, both old and new and enjoy the first Saturday since August without football.

A prize will be awarded at each bar for different things including creating a “Bar Golf” style bar basketball game with a scorecard, an arcade basketball shooting contest, a Nerf basketball 3 point shootout, and the best hipstery jersey!

Don’t forget to grab that old NBA jersey from middle school and rock it one more time! Additional details will be added as we get closer to the Bar-sketball crawl.

New Year’s Eve (is it 2014 or 2015-I never know) is just around the corner. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list (which will be updated daily until 12/31) of celebrations at DC bars below (nearly all with a cover include a champagne toast, party favors, and a DJ), which I’ve split up by neighborhood and whether there is an open bar (at least 4 hours long), a cover charge (many of these include an open bar) and no cover bars (likely these won’t be announced until the week or so before the NYE). For those of you braving open bars, remember to tip well to start and for each drink. Barred in DC picks are highlighted below. If you know of a solid bar party, please let me know (barredindc@gmail.com).

Quick Barred in DC’s Picks (more highlighted below):

  • Cheapest Open Bar
    • Rumors ($40)
    • Shenanigan’s ($50 for 4.5 hours)
    • James Hoban’s ($50 for 4 horus)
    • Chief Ike’s ($55 penny drinks for 7 hours)
  • Other Recommendations (other than staying home / going to house bar / finding a chill bar with no or low cover)
    • Crios
    • Bar Charley
    • Duke’s Grocery
    • DC9
    • The Gibson
    • Satellite Room
    • Alba Osteria
    • The Passenger
    • Barrel
    • Busboys & Poets (Brookland)

This list will be continually updated until NYE.

DUPONT CIRCLE

Open Bar

  • Rumors – $40 – 9p – close – optional open bar (extra $30 for buffet) + $20 cover for cash bar
  • James Hoban’s – $50 – 9p-1a – open bar (domestic drafts + house wines + rails) + ($35 gets you domestic drafts + house wine from 9p-midnight) + Disco Party + costume contest 
  • Recessions - $65 ($120 for couples) – top shelf open bar + buffet dinner + DJ
  • The Front Page – $70- 9p-2a – open bar (feat. Bulleit Bourbon + BV wines) + apps + Prohibition Party
  • Public Bar – $80 (until 12/28; $90 after) – 9p-close – open bar + passed apps
  • The Madhatter - $75- 9p-2a – open bar + food buffet (9p-10p) + masquerade
  • Crios - $80 – 9p-3a – open bar (select liquor, 10+ craft beers, wine) + appetizers + DJ/photobooth
  • Irish Whiskey – $80- starts at 9p- top shelf open bar + passed hors d’oeurves + dancing
  • Cobalt - $85 – optional open bar starts at 9p-4a includes Veuve Cliquot champagne toast + DJs + $20 general admission if not open bar
  • Dirty Martini & Dirty Bar – $100 – 10p-4a – open bar ($30 general admission from 10p-4a, $10 more gets you open bar from 9-10p)
  • Sign of the Whale - $100 – 9p-close – full open bar inc. Red Bull + appetizer buffet until 11p
  • Mission - $105 – 9p-1a – premium open bar + apps + coat/tie required + bar opens to public at 1a for cash bar
  • Midtown Partyplex – $105 – 10p-4a – open bar ($33 general admission)
  • Sauf Haus – $106 ($190 for couple) – 9p-close – open bar (beer, premium rails, wine, hot seasonal sips) + $5 shot skis + food stations + DJ on 1st floor + band on covered roof deck

Cover Charge and/or Limited Open Bar

  • Phase One – $15 – 9p-4a – DJ + dancers + midnight toast
  • Cobalt - $20 – 9p-4a – multiple DJs + optional $85 VIP ticket gets open bar from 9p-4a + Studio 54 theme
  • Eighteenth Street Lounge – $20 – doors open at 9p
  • Rumors – $20 – optional open bar for $40
  • Buffalo Billiards - $24 ($45 couples; $83 4 person entourage) – cash bar + drink specials ($3 Yuengling) + DJ [big departure from no cover from years past but 50% off code in link]
  • Aura Lounge - $25 – party favors + $15 extra for open bar from 9-11p
  • Cafe Citron – $30 ($50 couples) – doors open at 9:30p + confetti cannons +$10 extra for unlimited champagne cocktails until midnight
  • Dirty Martini & Dirty Bar – $30 – general admission from 10p-4a ($10 more gets you open bar from 9-10p) – optional $100 open bar from 10p-4a
  • Ozio - $33 – 8p-4a – Masquerade Ball ($64 for VIP admission gives access to VIP rooftop & open bar from 8-11p + $15 extra gets access to buffet from 8-10p)
  • Midtown Partyplex – $33 – general admission from 10p-4a – optional $105 open bar
  • Science Club – $35 – optional open bar available – 9p-12:30a – no cover – “NYE Egalitarian Gala” – party starts at 8p + DJs
  • Heist - $38 ($64 for couples)
  • Rosebar – $43 ($70 for couples) – party starts at 9p – Belvedere vodka open bar from 9-10p – midnight toast
  • Barcode - $45 ($75 for couples; $30 after 12:30a)
  • The Manor – $47 (until 12/21; $83 couple); $57 (after 12/21; $104 couple) – 9p-4a + Night Circus themed + aerialists + dancers/performers + contortionists + fire breathers
  • Ping Pong Dupont – $52 – 10p-1a – premium open bar + DJ + photobooth
  • Bar Charley – $55 optional open bar from 10p-1a with passed apps + nearly all craft cocktails + draft beer + wine (reserved seats in bar) – no cover
  • Kabin - $63 ($37 general admission only) – 9p-4a + premium open bar from 9-11p
  • The Gryphon - $64.50 – starts at 9:30 – passed apps from 9:30-11:30p + 2 drink tickets
  • STK - $80 – premium open bar from 9p-midnight + apps from 9-11:30p + “Fortune 500″ party
  • The Huxley - $106 – doors open at 9p – premium open bar from 9p-midnight
  • Second State – $110 – 10p-1a – unlimited Veuve Clicquot & Dad’s Hat Rye whiskey (includes 4 course dinner from 4-10p)

No Cover

  • Duke’s Grocery – regular night downstairs – open till 4p + free party favors + kitchen open late ($65 open bar from 9-midnight upstairs)
  • Rebellion – no cover – party starts at 7p
  • The Board Room DC - can reserve table upstairs for $50/table (free bottle of sparkling wine + table + unlimited games)
  • Urbana – $1 oysters / $5 pizza / $10 Veuve Clicquot special in bar/lounge
  • Lucky Bar – HH from 3-8p ($3 glasses of bubbly) + DJ/dancing starts at 9p + complimentary midnight toast
  • McClellan’s Retreat – doors open at 7p – special cocktails (Ice Cream Bourbon floats & shots of Chartreuse) + special food (Asian pork buns & oysters) + midnight toast
  • GBD – regular night, open till 1a
  • Bar Charley - no cover – optional $65 open bar from 10p-1a
  • Science Club –  no cover – “NYE Egalitarian Gala” – party starts at 8p + DJs + $35 optional open bar available – 9p-12:30a
  • Trio’s Fox & Hounds – free midnight bubbly toast
  • Bar Dupont – champagne specials + ice bar + DJs
  • Russia House – free champagne bottle for party of 5 + $5 drinks from 11p-12:30a
  • Bistro Bistro – midnight toast + free party favors + drink specials + house music
  • The Darlington House – party starts in upstairs Library at 10p – dancing + midnight toast + party favors
  • Gazuza – nothing crazy
  • JR’s Bar - balloon drop at midnight w/ over $500 in cash & prizes w/ midnight toast & party favors
  • St. Arnolds Jefferson – midnight toast + open 1 hour later
  • Black Rooster Pub – midnight toast as supplies last
  • Thomas Foolery – no cover, possible NYE bar crawl coming through
  • Maddy’s Bar & Grille – will have bubbly
  • The Bier Baron Tavern – “doing anything special?” “Nah…drinking”

14TH STREET / U STREET / SHAW / BLOOMINGDALE

Open Bar

  • Local Sixteen – $65 – 9p-close – premium open bar + apps
  • DC9 - $70 ($60 early bird before 12/27) – 10p-2a – premium open bar + Chocolate Factory party + prizes ($2 for chance to win chocolate bars or DC9 tickets)
  • New Vegas Lounge - $85 – 9:30p-2:30a – open bar + Dr. Blues & the Out of Town Blues Band starting at 10:150p + free hors d’oeuvres
  • Churchkey - $99- 9p-2a – open bar (draft & cask beer, select liquor + wine) + passed snacks + champagne + DJ/photobooth [SOLD OUT-$60 cheaper than last year]
  • The Gibson – $132 – 8p-2a – open bar + Mad Max-querade party + heated patio + burlesque

Cover Charge and/or Limited Open Bar

  • U Street Music Hall - $10 (no advance sales) – 10p-close – Nadastrom, Gent & Jawns, Jen Lasher (same DJs as last year)
  • Tropicalia - $10 (advance) – 7p-4a – DJs & live music
  • Den of Thieves - $10 (advance; $20 at door) – doors open at 8 – open bar (holiday cocktails) from 8:30-10p + DJs
  • Marvin - $15 ($25 at door) – doors open at 8:30p + open bar from 8:30-10p
  • Patty Boom Boom - $15 ($20 door) – 8p-3a + open bar from 8:30-10p + DJs + bar’s 5th anniversary
  • Brixton - $15 ($10 extra if you arrive after 10p) – “A Dark Circus” + burlesque/circus acts throughout + drink specials
  • Policy - $20 – doors open at 8p
  • Lounge of Three – $20 – doors open at 4p (HH til 8p), cover not charged until 8p + Old School Hip Hop + free buffet + free giveaways + $5 Absolut/$7 Grand Marnier from 8-11p
  • Town Danceboutique – $25 – doors open at 9p – drag show starts at 9:30p
  • Black Cat – $30 -doors open at 8p – Peaches O’Dell & Her Orchestra (swing music + others 30s-50s music) + DJ on backstage
  • Lost Society - $35 – 9p-3a – masquerade ball + 1 drink ticket + champagne toast
  • Liv Nightclub / Bohemian Caverns / Tap & Parlour - $42 – 9p-4a – open bar from 9p-midnight + 4 levels of entertainment including DJs [$10 more than last year]
  • Chi Cha Lounge – $43 – tapas buffet from 9-11p ($80 for VIP open bar from 9-11:30p)
  • Flash - $50 – 8a-noon NYD – 16 hour dance party (bar closed from 4-8a but dance floor open) + re-entry allowed + 2 floors of music + multiple champagne toasts + 9a  HH
  • 9:30 Club - $55 – 9p-close – Clutch with Guests: Torche and Lionize + champagne toast
  • Pure Lounge – $60 – open bar from 9p-midnight ($43 ($22 early bird before 12/28) for general admission) with open bar from 8-9p) + free Remy & Jack Daniels Honey on certain floors from 11p-1a
  • Eat the Rich – $65 + Pearl Drop NYE + unlimited oysters + food & drink specials [$150 bar crawl that ends at 11p at the Derek Brown trio-Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich & Southern Efficiency with food & cocktail pairings]

No Cover

  • Satellite Room - punk rock music DJ + punk rock drinks
  • Blackjack – Mardi Gras masquerade theme + DJ
  • Nellie’s Sports Bar – midnight toast + party favors + $3 Nellie beer/house vodka til 10p + $15 Bud/Light buckets till midnight
  • Showtime - free toast at midnight (something bubbly with alcohol – “NO COVER NEW YEAR’S SLEAZE SPECTACULAR” + DJs
  • Piola Washington – music + pizza + midnight toast + party favors
  • Bar Pilar - DJs + “shenanigans”
  • 2 Birds 1 Stone - doors open at 6p – champagne cocktails ($16) + punch ($10)
  • American Ice Company – food & whiskey
  • Ivy & Coney – “Very Ivy New Year” – DJs
  • Red Light – drink specials + midnight bubbly toast
  • Drafting Table – midnight toast
  • Stoney’s - Red Solo Cup toast + $15 special app & pitcher of Stoney’s Amber/Bud Light

ADAMS MORGAN / WOODLEY PARK / CLEVELAND PARK

Open Bar

  • Shenanigan’s – $50 ($55 at door, extra $20 for top-shelf) – 9p-1:30a – open bar (no top-shelf) + doors open at 7p [Also cheap open bar]
  • Chief Ike’s Mambo Room – $55 – 8p-3a + open bar (ok, penny drinks) + food buffets at 9p & 1a [definitely best open bar per hour]
  • The Blaguard – $60  – open bar starts at 8:30p (craft beers & select liquor) + apps + Revenge of the Nerds party
  • Pop’s Sea Bar – $75 – 10p-close (also can have a $35 open bar from 6-8p or $55 from 8-10p)
  • Madam’s Organ – $75 optional open bar + or $30 (advance; $40 at door) party
  • Roofer’s Union - $91 – 10p-2a open bar + 10 local craft brews + wine + solid liquor + late night buffet eats (fried chicken + sausages + dips + more) + DJs + 2nd floor/rooftop
  • Town Tavern – $100 – 8p-2a – premium open bar ($50 & $80 options for shorter open bars) +Prom-themed + buffet/passed appetizers from 8-10p + photobooth + selfie station
  • Johnny Pistolas - $106 (last minute price) – 9:30p-1:30a – open bar (cocktails + margs on tap + all drafts + all wines + bubbly) + carving station + taco bar + dessert bar + DJs + possible band
  • Jack Rose – $90 (was $130, last minute price went down $40) – 8p-1a – open bar + cigar specials + apps 8:30-10:30p + photo booth + dancing
  • Mockingbird Hill – live flamenco show at 9:30/10:30p

Cover Charge and/or Limited Open Bar

  • Zoo Bar Cafe – $14 general admission for live blues
  • Bourbon Adams Morgan – $20 cover after 11p – DJ + dancing starts at 9p + kitchen open til 11:30p
  • Meze - $20 admission (if no dinner) to belly dancer + DJ
  • Tryst - $20 (door or online) – DJ from 10p-2a + bar specials + midnight toast
  • Club Heaven & Hell - $20 (online; $25 door till 11p; $30 door after 11p) – 3 floors for dancing – buffet available for $15 extra from 8-10:30p
  • Madam’s Organ – $30 (in advance, $40 at door) till 4a + The Johnny Artis Band on 1st floor + DJ on 2nd floor + midnight toast + party favors + optional $75 open bar
  • Napoleon - $33 – 7p-4a – Time Traveler’s Ball (dress up like a historic figure/time period) – 3 rooms of music + 3 bars + midnight toast + interactive displays & art + outdoor patio – $75 optional 3 course dinner
  • Southern Hospitality – $45 – 9p-4a – open bar & apps from 9-10p + tented/heated patio

No Cover

  • Mellow Mushroom - screening party of Phish’s NYE concert in Miami on second floor – doors open at 7:30 with music at 9p + drink specials
  • Smoke and Barrel – basement bar open (dining room closed for private event) until 2a + kitchen until 11p

GEORGETOWN / GLOVER PARK / FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END

Open Bar

  • McFadden’s - $70 – 9p-2a – top shelf open bar + apps + dessert table + balloon drop
  • Chinese Disco – $85 – 9p-1a – premium open bar + light hors d’oeuvres + Coat & tie party
  • Town Hall – $95  – 9p-3a – open bar + gourmet buffet + coat check + free overnight parking + heated/tented smoking area
  • Nick’s Riverside Grill & Tony and Joe’s – $120 (last minute) – 9p-2a – top shelf open bar + band + DJ + 2 heavy apps buffet + heated party tents
  • Malmaison – $100 – 9p-1a – 6 piece swing band
  • Mason Inn – $106 – 9p-1a – premium open bar + dessert buffet + band (change from last year, hence the $20+ extra) + cocktail attire required + open to public after 1a
  • Blue Duck Lounge – $185 – 9p-2a – open bar + small plates/desserts table + live music

Cover Charge and/or Limited Open Bar

  • Bayou on Penn – $10 (first 50 tickets, prices increase) – 10p-2a -Alex Vans & The Hideway band + Abita beer & Hurricane drink specials + 5th annual party
  • Billy Martin’s Tavern – $10 – 10:30p-midnight – fundraiser for Washington Humane Society – 2 drink tickets + complimentary midnight toast
  • Rhino Bar – $40 – open bar from 9p-midnight
  • Arcuri - $50 – open bar from 11-1:30p (drafts + rails + house wines + toast)
  • Mate Lounge – $54 – sushi & Latin fusion cuisine buffet + DJ
  • Shadow Room - $55 entry or tables starting at $750
  • ENO Wine Bar – $55 ($66 at door) – 7p-1a – passed apps + 20% off champagne bottles

No Cover

  • Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown – free midnight toast + party favors
  • Breadsoda - starts at 8p – old school soul/hip-hop + free games (shuffleboard, pool, wii, darts) + midnight toast
  • J Paul’s - free breakfast buffet + DJs + midnight toast + $5 Stoli drinks/Red Bull zingers + champagne specials
  • RiRa Georgetown – complimentary Black Velvets at 7p to celebrate Irish New Year
  • Stoney’s on L – HH from 5-7p & 11-close + bar-wide midnight toast

DOWNTOWN

Open Bar

  • The Bottom Line – $60 – 9p-close – top shelf open bar + light apps + DJ
  • BlackFinn - $83- 9p-1a – open bar + party favors + apps from 8-10p; $100 VIP available
  • Old Ebbitt Grill – $102 – 9:30p-close – premium open bar + heavy apps + DJ + balloon drop [$25 cheaper than last year]
  • Bobby Van’s Grill – $109 ($133 last minute) – 9p-2a – premium open bar + passed/station hors d’oeuvres + dance floor + coat check

Cover Charge and/or Limited Open Bar

  • Catch 15 – $30 – 11p-4a – masquerade party + DJs
  • Eden Lounge – $33 – Winter Wonderland – admission from 8p + “selective” open bar from 8-10p + 6 DJs + balloon drop
  • The Park at 14th / Lima / Fujimar – $33 (early bird)  – admission from 8p + $85 for open bar from 8-11p
  • Ultrabar - $35 – 8p-4a – open bar from 8-9p
  • Mio – $35 – 11p-2a – cash bar + DJ + dancing
  • Opera Lounge – $35 ($15 more for VIP admission includes VIP entry & party favors, $60 couples) – 9p-3a
  • Cities Lounge – $42 – premium open bar from 8-10p
  • Hard Rock Cafe – $62 ($32 general admission) – 9p-4a + open bar for 9p-midnight + apps + unlimited party favors (tiaras & top hats) + lots of DJs
  • The Hamilton - $60-85 – gumbo dinner & champagne toast with Old 97s in downstairs venue or $10 cover in upstairs loft
  • Capitale - $80  – doors open at 9p + ($160 gets you open bar from 9p-midnight) [this is a stunningly bad deal, unless the DJ is great?]
  • Lincoln - $96 – 9:30p-12:01a open bar + light apps + DJ until 2a

H STREET

Open Bar

  • Kitty’s Saloon – $50 open bar for select items
  • Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club – $70 for optional open bar ($15 for admission only) – 9p-close  + multiple DJs + no amateurs + no imbeciles
  • H Street Country Club – $75 ($85 at door, if available) – starts at 9p – open bar (draft beers, wine, Sauza margaritas, rails) + mini golf + dancing + karaoke
  • Rock & Roll Hotel - $100 day of ($80 before 12/31) – 8p-close – open bar  + limited apps + DJs
  • Little Miss Whiskey’s - $125 – 10p-1:30p – top shelf open bar  + “goofy hip hop act” Handsome Boy Modeling School + 24 and over only + DJs + only 100 tickets sold
  • The Pursuit Wine Bar - $60 – open wine bar (inc. tax & tip)

Cover Charge and/or Limited Open Bar

No Cover

CHINATOWN / PENN QUARTER / MOUNT VERNON SQUARE

Open Bar

  • Alba Osteria – $55 or $75 – $55 gets you open bar after 11p & endless stew; $75 gets you open bar after 10p with passed apps from 10-11p and endless stew after 11p
  • Redline - $64  – 9p-3a – open bar + passed hors d’oeuvres til 11p + Masquerade party
  • Lost and Found – $80 ($150 couples) in main bar for City Dog Rescue fundraiser + open bar + live music + Carving Room food (no cover in Alley Bar)
  • Barmini - $275 – starts at 9p – open bar + Golden Era cocktails + snacks + DJ
  • Sixth Engine – $106 – 9p-2a – premium open bar + gourmet food spread + coat check + DJ

Cover Charge and/or Limited Open Bar

  • Iron Horse Tap Room – $5 cover
  • Fado Irish Pub – $10 – starts at 7p – 80s-themed party + 80s cocktails
  • The Passenger - $20 after 9p – last night in business + cocktails + DJ in Warehouse Theatre space + punches in former Hogo space 
  • Lucky Strike - $20 – 9p-2a – bowling available
  • Lux Lounge – $33- doors open at 8p – buffet & hors d’oeuvres + 3 floors of music
  • City Tap House – $40 – doors open at 10p premium open bar from 10p-midnight (extra $60 gets you 3 course dinner) + DJ from 10p-2a
  • Bar 7  – $40 (early bird $30)- 8p-3a – open bar & passed d’oeuvres from 8-10p + professional dancers
  • Penn Social – $45 – doors open at 7:30p – free games all night + 1 free draft beer from Brooklyn Brewery + appetizers & snacks + dancing
  • Hill Country – $50 – live band karaoke + bbq appetizers + cornhole & jenga + other games [last year had a $125 open bar, so different scene]
  • Zengo - $54 ($44 early bird) – 9p-4a party + open bar & passed hors d’oeuvres from 9-1op + Destination Tokyo theme
  • Oyamel - $95 – 10:30p-2a – all you can eat food & drink stations + DIY gin infusions + bubbles + liquid nitrogen margs + live band
  • Cuba Libre – $106 ($38 early bird admission only) – 10:30p-1a – open bar + DJ/dancing + Late Night Latin floor show includes dancers and master percussionist + 6 month VIP card for free admission to Cuba Libre

No Cover

  • Daikaya – DJ from 10p-2a upstairs in izakaya / karaoke in ramen shop starting at 10:30p
  • Capitol City Brewing Co. – 10p-2a + drink specials + DJ + complimentary midnight toast
  • Lost and Found - no cover for Alley Bar from 4p-2a w/ free midnight toast – or City Dog Rescue fundraiser in main bar ($80/$150 couples) includes live music + open bar + Carving Room catered food

CAPITOL HILL / EASTERN MARKET / NAVY YARD

Open Bar

  • Kelly’s Irish Times  -$60 ($80 at door)- prohibition cocktails + beer + wine + apps + presented by kickball-type league
  • Sonoma - $70 (Snow Drifter) or $111 (Snow Much Fun-premium) – 9p-1a – open bar (Snow Drifter-house wine/beer + rails; Snow Much Fun-wine/craft beer + top shelf) + sweets + Winter White Party
  • Barrel  – $85 – 10p-2a – open bar (select beer, bourbon, rye & cocktails) + pig roast dinner (tons of sides & passed bites) + Low Country NYE
  • The Ugly Mug  – $85 ($60 before 12/30)- 10p-2a – premium open bar (cash bar may be available with 5-10p HH includes champagne toast)
  • Bluejacket- $105- 9p-2a – open bar (draft & cask beer, select liquor + wine) + passed snacks + champagne + live music + DJ/photobooth [SOLD OUT]
  • Beuchert’s Saloon – $130 – open bar + whole roasted pig + plenty of food

No Cover

  • Trusty’s – nothing special
  • The Dubliner – live band + midnight toast + party favors
  • Union Pub – party starts at 8p – champagne cocktails + complimentary apps + midnight toast + “Champagne Supernova” party
  • Lola’s - “NO BS NYE Party” – DJ on top 2 floors + midnight toast
  • Capitol Lounge – midnight toast

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS / PETWORTH

Open Bar

  • Kangaroo Boxing Club – $70 – 8:30p-2a – 4 course suckling pig dinner + 6 drink tickets (any wine, beer or rail) + champagne toast + reserved seating

Cover Charge

  • Acre 121 – $10 cover + $6 champagne cocktails + $5 Shiner beer + DJ
  • Wonderland Ballroom – $10 ($15 couple) – doors open at 8p + DJ + midnight Miller High Life toast (Champagne of Beers)

No Cover

  • Red Derby – Old Hollywood Silver Screen NYE Ball + red carpet + big band + Rat pack songs + $4 pink champagne
  • Lou’s City Bar  – all day + Beers, Brats & Bowls party + all drafts 1/2 off + food specials + champagne cocktails
  • Looking Glass Lounge – DJs (house & disco) + whiskey shots at midnight + $20 bubbly bottles all night
  • Meridian Pint - open as usual + $60 optional 3 course dinner w/ beer pairings
  • The Pinch – local ska band The Originators playing
  • Room 11 - no cover
  • DC Reynolds – same as always

NOMA / BROOKLAND / NE DC

Cover Charge and/or Limited Open Bar

  • Steel Plate – $15 – 10p-3a + East Meets West party (western music + Albanian dance music what) + late night sliders + $5 donated for “future Albanian event”
  • Echostage - $60 – 8p-4a – Glow presents Benny Benassi
  • Aqua – $40 – starts at 8p – includes open bar + apps from 8-10p + heated outdoor deck
  • Layla Lounge  – $130 – 9p-2a – live performances from famous R&B singers + open bar from 9p-midnight + buffet + 1a breakfast buffet
  • Ibiza - $43 ($106 for open bar from 8p-midnight)- 8p-4a – 93.9 WKYS NYE bash + DJS
  • Busboys & Poets  – $54 – 9p-1a + Remix of the Nerds Pre-Grand Opening at Busboys & Poets + band + DJ + burlesque + includes food & 2 drinks + benefits Capital Area Food Bank & youth slam team

No Cover

  • Smith Public Trust – House Spacecamp party starts at 8p – craft beer specials from Ommegang Brewery + drink specials from DeLeon tequila + live music and DJs
  • Brookland Pint – open for business as usual + optional $75 4 course dinner with beer pairings

Murphy’s of DC closes Sunday (photo credit: Tripadvisor)

Murphy’s of DC, the Irish pub in Woodley Park, will close its doors Sunday night after 28 years. The bar confirmed this afternoon that it has lost its lease; this news was first reported earlier this morning by the (recently closed) Duffy’s Irish Pub (in a now-deleted tweet) and then confirmed by PoPville. Murphy’s, which has been open since March 1986, was popular with conventiongoers attending conferences at the Omni Shoreham and Marriott Wardman Park across the street, as well as locals looking for a unpretentious atmosphere (Barred in DC only visited once, spending a fun, somewhat random New Year’s Eve in 2008/2009). No word what will go in its place or if anything will happen to the mini-chain’s other two locations in Old Town Alexandria and Virginia Beach; a PoPville tipster suggests there will be an fine dining Italian restaurant in its place. To pay their last respects, all of the long-time servers, bartenders, managers, and regulars will be congregating Sunday night.

Napoleon Bistro & Lounge (credit: Melbourne Coffee Review http://www.melbournecoffeereview.com/mcr_images/2008/12/napoleon.jpg)

Napoleon Bistro & Lounge, the French restaurant/hotspot on Columbia Road in Adams Morgan, recently had its liquor license renewed, but with a huge catch-it is only permitted to accommodate 145 folks in the whole spot (274 is the legal occupancy)-including 55 in its popular basement Metropolitan champagne bar-and is not allowed to have a dance floor or a DJ/other entertainment on the first floor. (Read the ABC decision here)

These restrictions are primarily because the owner did not comply with many key provisions of the settlement agreement (such as keeping the front door closed), even admitting that he did not know there was such agreement in place when he bought the place last decade and could not affirm on the record that they complied with its provisions. Most entertainingly is a reference to an impromptu push-up contest on May 4, 2013 (apparently there’s video too):

[A neighbor] also discussed a specific incident involving Napoleon’s patrons on May 4, 2013. On the night of May 4, 2013, around 3:00 a.m., [a neighbor and his wife], as well as their house guests, were awoken by noise outside their home. Outside Napoleon, a large crowd of rowdy and boisterous patrons had gathered outside the establishment.  A number of patrons conducted a pushup contest in the middle of the street and a large number of patrons entered the street to cheer on the participants. After the push-up contest, patrons continued to linger in the street. Vehicles attempted to maneuver around the crowd, which could be observed obstructing traffic. Finally,two male patrons attempted to lift a young man in the air in the middle of the street and almost [accidentally] threw the young man into a passing vehicle.

Hilarious-good to know the Adams Morgan shitshow doesn’t always involve Jumbo Slice and 18th Street. In the end, although the Board ruled that the pushup contest was “a one-time, isolated incident” with respect to pedestrian/vehicular impacts, it held that this example in part “demonstrated that crowd control is a problem at the establishment, and that Napoleon is “having a negative impact on the neighborhood’s peace, order, and quiet based on its demonstrated failure to properly superintend the establishment and comply with the law.” The Board imposed these restrictions to “curtail … [Napoleon’s] potential to become a nightclub.”

Barred in DC will update you in the likely event Napoleon seeks further review of this decision.

Sorry, no liquor license for you Saloon 45/Swann Dive

Sorry, no liquor license for you Saloon 45/Swann Dive

In a rare move, the Alcohol Beverage Control Board last Tuesday flat-out denied a tavern liquor license to Saloon 45 (which was seeking a name change to Swann Dive) in north Dupont Circle, as first reported by PoPville. The tiny low-key ground floor bar (840 square feet interior space, with room for 32 folks inside and 36 outside) was fiercely opposed by nearby residents on adjacent Swann Street, the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission, an aging-in-place organization called the Dupont Circle Village, and D.C. Councilman Jack Evans (who wrote a letter to the Board urging denial, in an unusual move).

David Stephens, a former Navy nuclear electronics tech and professional poker player, had applied for a liquor license in the former Sandy’s Flowers shop on 18th & Swann just five months ago (Stephens is the flower shop owner’s daughter’s brother-in-law), when it was reported by the Washington City Paper that he aimed to open a low-key spot with craft beers but no kitchen. It was quickly apparent that Stephens, with no experience operating or even working in a bar/restaurant, was naive about the liquor licensing process in DC and seemingly shot himself in the foot every step of the way (for example, seeking full hours for patio), leading to this result, anticipated by many who have been following this application. The blog Short Articles about Long Meetings has a couple informative posts with additional background.

In the end, the Board unanimously denied the license (read the decision here) after an eight-hour protest hearing that ended at 12:57am in the morning (the 629-page hearing transcript is here), finding the license application:

inappropriate, because the establishment’s intention of having its entrance on Swann Street, N.W., along with outdoor seating, will bring loitering and other patron-related disturbances to a residential area [and because its] Application and presentation lacked sufficient specificity for the Board to determine whether the establishment could satisfy the appropriateness criteria.

The Board explained that Swann Street is “highly residential” so that a entrance on that street would “encourage [patrons] to loiter on [Swann], like other patrons in the neighborhood” bringing noise and other nuisances to those residences. Furthermore, the planned outdoor seating, according to the Board, “will cause an unreasonable amount of late-night noise to the neighborhood,” noting that Swann Street residents were already disturbed by the (legal) noise emitted from folks on the patio of the adjacent Bar Charley. As a result, the Board denied the license as it would “cause an adverse impact on the peace, order, and quiet” of Swann Street neighbors. Although the Board could have legally granted the license but, for example, required the bar to have an 18th St. entrance and no outside seating, it did not, likely in part because of the bar’s own hearing testimony. Saloon 45’s architect and owner testified that neither of these changes would be viable: an 18th St. entrance would not be possible because the clearance was very low and any alterations to the staircase to accommodate taller people would run afoul of historic preservation restrictions and the bar’s financial success was based on having outside space for much of the year.

Proposed outdoor seating at Saloon 45/Swann Dive

Proposed outdoor seating at Saloon 45/Swann Dive

The 18th Street entrance, deemed unusable without modifications by bar

The 18th Street entrance, deemed unusable without modifications by bar

The Board further found that it could not grant a license because Saloon 45 didn’t “provide the Board with a clear picture of the nature of its operations and business model” during its testimony, such as “key facts [regarding] the maximum occupancy of the outdoor seating area, the layout of the outdoor seating area, the soundproofing features of the outdoor seating area [the architect spoke of either a 7 foot high fence or a 3-foot wrought-iron fence with landscaping], or the establishment’s food service plans.” Stephens himself testified several times that the bar’s plans were a “moving target,” in response to questions about the offerings and why the concept had evolved significantly since the initial license application.

The hearing itself raised some interesting/humorous moments not mentioned in the Board’s final decision:

  • Stephens cited Census demographic statistics (transportation mode, age, income level) about the 20009 zip code (including much of U Street and Columbia Heights) to explain why he chose the space
  • The Swann Street neighbors repeatedly mentioned how upset they were about the new proposed name, Swann Dive, even quoting, in prefacing a question to Stephens, the Webster’s Dictionary definition of “dive” as a “shabby and disreputable establishment.” To his credit, Stephens acknowledged that he understood that the neighbors were concerned about the name, but that he thought it was a “clever name” (I agree) and that it wasn’t going to be a dive as they were “going to spend a couple hundred thousand dollars renovating it.”
  • Several neighbors who testified about the horrors of the bar being “feet away” from elderly folks and “small children walking to school.”
  • The noise from Bar Charley’s patio was repeatedly mentioned, as was Lauriol Plaza.
  • Lots of people seem to think that everyone drives to bars because of the anecdotal evidence of people driving to Lauriol Plaza. Stephens emphasized that he intended to hire local residents to work in the bar; the commissioners didn’t seem to be convinced that they wouldn’t drive. Capitol Lounge told me that very few employees drive/park to get to work at that bar.
  • There were many complaints about late night bargoers (likely from Adams Morgan who couldn’t find parking closer); for example: “noise, fights, loud car radios, drunk patrons, screaming at each other, urinating on our, doorsteps and tearing up our plantings.”
  • Awesome old lady complaining about not being able to get out of her alley due to Lauriol Plaza valet blocking:
    • “At one point recently I just leaned on my horn until I could get the attention of the valet parking and about 15 people who were at the outdoor bar there with a marguerita[sic] said don’t do that, you are bothering us. And I said I don’t give a damn.”
  • The local ANC commissioner put on the record that this neighborhood is Dupont Circle, not Adams Morgan, as the ABRA investigator and some people in DC wrongfully think.
  • Stephens does not have a lease yet; instead he has a letter of intent for a 5 year lease predicated on getting a liquor license.
  • The flower shop owner testified, explaining that his son had first wanted to open a bar after she closed at the end of 2013 but then changed his mind. She claimed that many neighbors had been informed that a bar was opening there, and no one complained. The protestants hilariously tried to damage her credibility by attempting to introduce evidence that she rented out nearby properties without a DC business license; that didn’t go very far.
The Swann Street proposed entrance. Fears of loitering

The Swann Street proposed entrance. Fears of loitering

Swann Street residences across from bar

Swann Street residences across from bar

The public reaction to this liquor license denial has been fierce; many complaints about NIMBYism have been thrown around on Twitter and in the PoPville comments section. I usually side with the bars, but not here; the owner failed to engage the neighbors and importantly didn’t have a clear vision of what the bar would be like. Barred in DC’s unprofessional suggestions for Stephens if he continues to want to open a bar in the space and applies for another liquor license:

  • partner with someone who has at least managed a bar before
  • get a clearer picture of what the food offerings will be
  • commit to offering food until 2 hours before closing (like a restaurant license)
  • offer only can and/or draft beer (bottles are loud when disposed of)
  • commit to 7 foot high fence around patio with landscaping
  • seating only on patio (no standers)
  • voluntarily commit to early closing hours for patio (earlier than Bar Charley, say 10p on weekdays, 11p on weekends) and Bar Charley’s hours for interior (1a/2a)
  • bite the bullet and try to make the 18th Street entrance happen
  • meet repeatedly with ANC commissioners and other local bar owners to figure out what works

If not, don’t be surprised if this place becomes an ice cream shop, which is a concept also brought to the owner of the flower shop/building; no liquor license required.

Another view of back patio. Bar Charley's patio is covered by white tent

Another view of back patio. Bar Charley’s patio is covered by white tent

Another view across Swann of the bar

Another view across Swann of the bar

 

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Whole Foods Foggy Bottom - GW BREW

Whole Foods Foggy Bottom – GW BREW

The headline says it all. In DC, the going rate for a craft beer on draft at a bar is usually $7 (often $8 or more). And more often than not, these beers are poured in smaller 10 or 12 oz. snifter or tulip glasses. However, at the ground floor coffee/beer bar at Whole Foods Foggy Bottom (also known as “GW BREW”), oblivious to the GW undergrads in line for their espressos and kombuchas, full pints of six different craft beers run $3 or $4 all day long. The beers are no slouches either; I recently sampled the excellent local Belgian dark Atlas Brew Works Town & Country & the Black IPA DC Brau Daughters of Poseidon beers while picking up some produce. Two Brooklyn Brewing seasonal beers, along with an Ommegang brew, currently make up the rest of the draft list.

Details on the growler happy hour

Details on the growler happy hour

Other than your couch or at some of the DC breweries, you might be able to beat that, but this is likely the cheapest place to drink draft craft beer in DC. While Glen’s Garden Market in Dupont, which admittedly has a better atmosphere and sports plenty of outdoor seating, does sell all of their local drafts for $4, not all of the pours are 16 ounces. For growlers at WF Foggy Bottom, the deals are even better-64 oz. ones go for $10-12 with an additional $2 in savings during happy hour 5-7p weekdays. The bar is open from 10a-11p everyday and free parking is available in the downstairs parking garage (making it convenient for growlers). There are a few chairs around the bar and a few high tables to put your beer near the beers for retail sale, but you can also take your beer (in a glass or plastic cup, your preference) with you while you shop. I’ll still be frequenting Glen’s, but I may mix it up every once in awhile to come here. Whole Foods Market Foggy Bottom website, TwitterFacebook,  2201 I St. NW, open 10a-11p everyday, est. 2013.

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high tables to sit your beer with the plethora of PBR in background for GW bros

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