DC Bar News – Week in Review – July 17th-23rd

Again, thank you to everyone who made the first ever Barred in DC Bus Bar Tour a smashing success.  Read the recap to see what you missed.

  • Bar News
    •  The wackiest bar in DC, Thomas Foolery, opened on this Wednesday (the 17th) at 2029 P St. NW (in the short-lived Zeke’s Donutz, before that-Tangysweet) in Dupont. WaPo’s GoG’s Fritz Hahn already has a mini-review, explaining that it’s fun, but is gimmicky and will be a haven for the bocce & kickball-playing crowd.  I was a bit surprised, as the kickballers I knew wouldn’t really like this space (not sticky floor/beer pong  enough), but he seemed insistent in this entertaining Twitter exchange I had with him. Thrillist also had a preview/review.
    • More details about Duke’s Grocery, a new “East London Style Cafe” across 17th St in the old vegan Cafe Green space from Young & Hungry. Excited about the addition to the neighborhood, this will fit the mid-range for 17th Street’s straight crowd between upscaleness of Hank’s Oyster Bar and Fox & Hounds.
    • Big news for Nats fans-Nationals Park has begun selling the local microbrews (DC Brau, Port City, 3 Stars and Mad Fox Brewing) behind Section 139 (right field lower level). $9 for 16 oz. isn’t that bad (3 Stars is almost always $8 for a pint every bar I goto, which is why I’ve rarely had it).  (DCist, InTheCapital)
    • 18th Amendment, a little-known bar between Eastern Market and Capitol Hill on Pennsylvania Ave. NW, is closing this Saturday the 27th.  I stopped by once back in 2007 when I ran a Summer Series Happy Hour; easily the worst of the summer, only one other person made it so we improvised and went back to Dupotn. (PoPville)
    • Current is now RoseBar. The Dupont lounge/club officially changed its name; the new name has been used in some form to describe different parties for awhile now. (Twitter)
    • Rendering of The Spot on H, a new cozy spot at 12th/H NE with nice roof deck released by PoPville.
    • DCist listed its 16 favorite cocktails in DC. Drinks include the terrific Orange-Thyme G&T (the best G&T I’ve ever had) at Estadio, the Adult Milkshake at Ted’s Bulletin, along with others at Bourbon, Rumba Cafe, Nage, Hank’s Oyster Bar, The Passenger, Tabard Inn, Bar Pilar, Ripple, Room 11, El Chucho, The Pig, and Jack Rose.
    • Fritz Hahn writes about the stellar view and chill vibe at the new rooftop at Avery’s Bar and Lounge, located near 14th and H NE.
    • Bourbon in Glover Park celebrated its 10 year anniversary with free beer and bourbon on Monday, the 22nd. Good details about the bar’s history (which I visited maybe back once in 2005 and had my first experience with bourbon on the rocks-I promptly put the glass down like a man and asked for Coke). Fritz Hahn has good details on Bourbon’s history and this event.
    • National Margarita Day is tomorrow (Wednesday July 24th). Tortilla Coast will be serving its house frozen margarita for $5 all day. My guide about Cinco De Mayo in DC may give you some ideas of other places to find a good margarita.
    • ABRA News
      • Bin 1301 Wine Bar, a new spot trying to open in the old ice cream place in the Ellington apartment building at 13th and U has its liquor license (tavern) protest hearing on Wednesday, July 24th. According to an earlier story by PoPville, this place will serve Mexican food and will be cozy, with room for about 60 people.
      • Justin’s Cafe in Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront is in trouble for apparently violating its settlement agreement, possibly for having a substantial increase in capacity. ABRA will issue an order within 3 months. This place is very popular before Nats games, though I’ve never been.
      • My Brother’s Placeshockingly cited for two instances of serving minors without checking IDs. Must pay a $10,000 fine and be closed from July 18th-August 1st.
      • Capitale (formerly K Street) changed its name without ABRA approval and ABRA may penalize them; order within 3 months.
      • Dickson Wine Bar is approved to have summer garden. Not sure exactly where it’ll be.
      • The five-day suspension on Shenanigans was upheld and will be served in late August. The Adams Morgan bar was cited for serving underage drinkers; the bar hilariously cited the First Amendment and said it was targeted for being Irish-themed on St. Paddy’s Day.
      • Duffy’s sidewalk cafe (seating 40 folks) was approved, subject to the ABRA-imposed restriction that it close at 11p on weekdays, midnight on weekends.
  • Barred in DC Activity: 
    • Hosted the Barred in DC 90/92/96 Bus Bar Tour, which included stops at
      • Molly Malone’s (Eastern Market)
      • Boundary Road (H Street)
      • Solly’s U Street Tavern (U Street)
      • The Black Squirrel (Adams Morgan)
      • Mellow Mushroom (Adams Morgan) (bonus stop)
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