DC Bar News – Week in Review – July 31st – August 7th

This week’s news

  • Bar News
    • My Brother’s Place announced that it won’t be re-opening as My Place after all this week, alluding to licensing issues. (ABRA has to approve trade name changes).
    • The long-awaited patio at Duffy’s Irish Pub finally opens. (U Street Buzz)
    • Nearby, next to Dodge City, shipping containers that will make up a German Beer garden, to be called El Roy, are put in place on U Street. Supposedly still on track for a fall opening. (PoPville)
    • Fritz Hahn (Amazon.com/wapo) does a great public service and writes about the happy hours at some of D.C.’s newest restaurants: Teddy & the Bully Bar (daily 3-7p, Mon-Th 10p-12a, Fri-Sat 11p-1a), Azur (daily 5-7p), Casa Luca (Mon-Th 4-6p), Ghibellina (Tues-Sun 4:30-6:30p), B Too (M-F 4-7p), Bearnaise (daily 4-7).
    • The top 10 cocktails on 14th Street, as rated by Thrillist, include selections from Bar Pilar, El Centro DF, Black Jack, Ghibellina, Estadio, Black Whiskey, & DNV.
    • Chez Billy in Petworth announces that it will be extending its happy hour to the weekends. $5 drinks 5:30-7:30p everyday, along with oysters. (Twitter)
    • Via WaPo/Going Out Gurus, Shaw’s neighborhood business group, sends out handy list of all the new businesses set to open in that large neighborhood. I count 8 bars.  GoG creates a nice map based on this list.
    • As mentioned in this space last week, Jack Rose provides more details about its Tiki Thursday happy hour, which runs from 5-10p. $6.50 tropical cocktails (half-off), and $2 off draft beers at the “Tiki Bar at Jack Rose.” Press release is unclear whether the whole rooftop is a tiki bar or just one of the 3 bars upstairs. (PoPville)
    • Work starts on Dacha Beer Garden coming to 7th/Q NW, according to PoPville. ABRA approved the open-air bar’s settlement agreement with the local ANC on July 31st.
    • ABRA also approved Bin 1301‘s settlement agreement with the local ANC on July 31st.
    • Hoping to fill the black hole of no bars in the middle of H Street, Chupacabra applies for a liquor license for the small taco joint. (PoPVille)
    • The internet goes crazy about Black Cat’s request to build a 1500 square foot room with bar on a new 3rd floor. Black Cat says “it has no immediate plans to expand.” (PoPville, Washington City Paper/Arts Desk, DCist)
    • The internet also goes crazy about the campaign by Cause, the “philanthropub,” to have the public pay to fix its A/C, instead of its own operating funds, so that it can continue to donate proceeds to charity. Certain donations will get you a free drink-goal is to receive $11k in donations; as of last night, they were about $9500 short. (Fritz Hahn/GoG, Roll Call, DCist)
    • Food & Wine names Duffy’s as having one of America’s top 25 chicken wings. This is not a surprise to anyone who follows wings in DC.
    • Black Jack’s secret menu in August celebrates the great classic drink, the Collins. (Tumbler)
    • The original hipster spot Wonderland celebrated its 9th anniversary on Sunday. (Fritz Hahn)
    • Public Bar has a Corona bucket happy hour Mon-Thu from 4p-close. $20 for a bucket of 5 beers. (Twitter)
    • Great list by Drink DC of D.C. Bars with Great A/C. Includes Edgar Bar & Kitchen, Oyamel, The Brixton, The Queen Vic, Teddy & the Bully Bar, Urbana, Dickson Wine Bar, Napoleon, Churchkey, & Local 16
  • Barred in DC Activity: 
    • Elephant & Castle (Downtown)
    • Gordon Biersch (Penn Quarter)
    • Also made it to great bars in my hometown of Elkins, WV (Beander’s and Lexy’s)

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