With less than 24 hours to go, the federal government is looking more and more likely that it will shut down on Tuesday October 1st . All non-essential employees (including, shockingly, me) would only have a few hours (at most) to shut down things on Tuesday morning and will be furloughed during the shutdown. Unlike previous shutdowns, there’s no guarantee that furloughed workers would get back pay.
If you’re in this position, you might want to commiserate with your colleagues on Tuesday. Here’s a list of spots that either are open in the morning for boozing (8a is earliest time DC bars can start serving; H/T to Urbandaddy) or start happy hour early. This post will be updated if any bars take advantage of the hundreds of thousands of workers who will be off. [UPDATED 9/30: H/T to Twitter and great lists of shutdown specific specials from WCP/Young & Hungry, Post/Going Out Guide, and DCist]
Sorry for the radio silence, been out of town (more on that later) much of the past 3 weeks or so with trips to Charlottesville, Memphis, Savannah & Charleston (Darius Rucker/Hootie sighting at brunch in the latter locale). Not too busy on the DC bar news front, but there are some interesting bits of news to share:
El Centro D.F. (Georgetown) (Twitter, Facebook, website) (1218 Wisconsin Ave. NW at M St) (Fri. Sept. 7th): newest branch of the successful tacos + tequila spot opening in old Third Edition (WCP)
Duke’s Grocery (Dupont) (Twitter, Facebook, website) (1513 17th St. NW) (Tues. Sept 10th): new sandwichery/market/pub in old Cafe Green space near 17th and P. Sandwiches get rave reviews from Post. More info in my post earlier this month. (WCP, PoPville)
Petworth Citizen (Petworth) (829 Upshur St NW) (Twitter, (soft Wed. Sept. 25th): 80-seat bar/restaurant/free book library from co-owner of Room 11 and The Passenger. 13 classic cocktails, solid beer list, with some Asian undercurrents to whole menu. The Prince of Petworth is ecstatic. (PoPville, WCP, WBJ)
The Gryphon (Dupont) (1337 Connecticut Ave. NW) (first week of October): after 3+ months of being closed after a brief opening, bar will ditch the sports bar concept and focus on being a loungey steakhouse like its sister Lost Society. (WCP)
Rialto (Georgetown) (2915 M St. NW) (Thu. Sept. 26th): located in the space originally containing the popular The Guards dive/college bar, this place has been advertised as an Italian restaurant previously (so I didn’t write about it), but some recent details make me think it will be actually more of a bar/lounge (dress code, open till 1:30a on weekdays, 2:30a on weekends) (Washingtonian)
TruOrleans: Very unpopular eatery/bar shut down for many financial/liquor license woes, as well detailed in this WCP story.
The Fainting Goat (U Street) (1330 U St. NW) (late Nov./early Dec. 2013): unpretentious 129-seat gastropub with 12 beers on tap + 1 prosecco. PoPville has solid “pre-preview” with construction pics.
El Ray (U Street) (919 U St. NW) (Nov. 2013): outdoor taqueria made up of shipping containers from the Hilton Brothers (Marvin, The Brixton, etc.) (PoPville)
Parts and Labor (Chinatown/PQ) (709 D St. NW) (Nov. 2013): 100 seat bar + restaurant, part of Neighborhood Restaurant Group (GBD, ChurchKey, etc.) next to new Red Apron sandwich spot. Sounds awesome (Post)
Right Proper Brew Pub (Shaw) (624 T St. NW) (mid-November 2013): brewpub set to open in November (Twitter/pete_eats)
Alphonse Italian Market and Osteria (U Street) (1212 U St. NW): Italian eatery/market applies for liquor license, unknown opening. From my former neighbor who operates Biergarten Haus and the Russia House. Could be just restaurant/market, but applied-for-hours (24 hours, and booze till 2a/3a) tells me it may also be nightlife spot (PoPville)
Unnamed coffee-and-cocktails bar (Logan) (1333 14th St. NW on Rhode Island Ave. b/t P & N) (early 2014): coffee and cocktails cafe from a couple from the west coast, in space currently occupied by Fathom Creative (WCP)
Unnamed restaurant/bar w/ craft beer (Brookland) (8th & Monroe St. NE) (late spring/early summer 2014): 4,200 sq ft restaurant/bar from Meridian Pint/Smoke & Barrel owner in new Brookland Works building, accommodating 120 inside & 48 outside (PoPville, WCP)
Tremendous must-bookmark list by DC Beer about DC’s Best Craft Beer Happy Hours. Highlights Iron Horse, GBD, Scion, Pizzeria Paradiso, Smoke and Barrel, and Smith Commons, while listing several others. A reader posted on Barred in DC’s Facebook wall that Mandu on K Street has a very good $3 draft beer happy hour.
Solid list of Oktoberfest celebrations by DC bars by the Post/Hahn. Biergarten Haus, Cafe Mozart, The Black Squirrel, Gordon Biersch ($2.50 half-liter Tuesdays through Oct. 15), Dacha Beer Garden, and Doner Bistro mentioned.
Thomas Foolery lets charities/non-profits tend bar, serve guests, and keep tips (WCP)
Smoke and Barrel celebrates 2nd anniversary on Sat. Sept. 28th. $5 beers all day (Post)
Terrific Washingtonian/Todd Kliman profile about the owner of Mark Kuller, the owner of Proof, Estadio, Doi Moi, & 2 Birds 1 Stone.
Neighbors oppose new The American restaurant/bar in alley near Convention Center (PoPville)
Barred in DC activity
Duke’s Grocery (Dupont): nice chill spot on my street with promise, good cocktails, solid beers
Bar Charley (Dupont): awesome tiki drinks and a tremendous $8 Sazerac. Co-owner Gordon Banks incredibly hospitable (even serving us a sample of one of his specialty cocktails on the house). Went for dinner, will check it out later on the night and/or on a weekend before full review.
Twilight Sky Terrace at the Madison Hotel
South of Beale (S.O.B.) (gastropub with best food for any wedding reception I’ve been to)
Raiford’s Disco (awesomest, most hilarious club ever; beers only come in 40 ounces; must be seen to be believed)
The Six Pence Pub
Moon River Brewing Co.
Jen’s and Friends (someone bring this concept to DC, one room bar w/ 300 martinis & 200 beers)
Bar at Husk (across the alley from one of America’s best restaurants, great space, $9-10 craft cocktails, barrel-aged Manhattans and Martinis)
As first reported earlier today by Washington City Paper’s Young & Hungry blog and the Post’s Going Out Guide, the new Dupont cafe/pub/market Duke’s Grocery opens at 11a tomorrow (Tuesday, September 10th). Located in the former Cafe Green space next to Mr. Yogato between P and Church Streets on the 17th Street corridor, this cozy, neighborhood spot (conveniently across the street from my home) looks to fill the under-served mid-range niche in the area. As noted by WCP and the Post, the menu will be heavy on inventive sandwiches (around $7-13) and sides; fresh produce will also be offered for sale throughout the day.
I stopped by this evening to chat with one of the co-owners, Daniel Kramer, who is the man behind the popular drink-themed multi-bar tour events (DC Beerathon, Whiskey Walk, Bourbon Bash, Margarita March, and the upcoming District Oktoberfest), and is opening Duke’s Grocery with Alex McCoy, the chef formerly of Rugby Cafe and Kitchen 2404. Kramer showed me around the nicely-lit, two-level space; a bar on each floor will serve a curated list of wines, craft cocktails, and bottles and/or cans of local/craft beers (the latter priced around $6). He hopes to be open 7 days a week, early and late (though not necessarily tomorrow) and expects Duke’s Grocery to be a versatile spot-welcoming to neighbors casually dressed for a quick bite to eat, couples enjoying a date night, or a destination on a night out for a group of friends-though he certainly appears willing to quickly adapt to the desires of the customers in the coming weeks. Looking forward to checking it out once it opens.
Hope you enjoyed your Labor Day holiday; Round-up of news for the past week and a half
Read my post on where to watch the Top 25 college football teams in DC this season.
Bar Charley (Dupont) (Facebook page): neighborhood spot notable for relatively cheap craft cocktails ($7 tiki cocktails on draft, $8 classics like an Old Fashioned) from the owners of Jackie’s (Silver Spring) and El Chucho (ColHi) opening near 18th and T next to Lauriol Plaza on Thursday, Sept. 5th. Extremely excited for this place to open in my hood (WaPo/Hahn, Washingtonian/Best Bites, PoPville)
Dacha Beer Garden (Shaw) (Facebook page, Twitter page)): beer garden opened at 7th and Q on Wed. Sept 4th. 12 taps (mostly Belgian & German brews), will be open till 10:30p Mon-Th and midnight Fri-Sat. Boots are $14 for a liter (WCP/Young & Hungry, PoPville, WaPo/Hahn)
El Centro D.F.Georgetown (Website): the popular 14th St. Mexican joint opens up this Friday Sept. 6th in the completely transformed former Third Edition space at Wisconsin & M. 2 floors and an outdoor bar/large patio seating 55 w/ a fire pit off the 2nd floor (WaPo, BYT, Eater, PoPville, Revamp)
RedRocks (H Street) (Twitter page): 4th location of the local pizza chainlet opened its largest location (6800 sq ft) at 13th and H on Wed. Sept. 4th; seats 250 seats over 3 floors, 3 full bars, a roof deck, and retractable roof. Expect this to be fairly popular, even late night (Washingtonian/Best Bites, WaPo, WCP/Young & Hungry, )
2 Birds 1 Stone (U Street / Logan Circle) (Website, Twitter page): “approachable” 60-seat cocktail bar opened up on Tues. Aug 27th under the new Asian spot Doi Moi off 14th & S; from folks behind Proof & Estadio (WaPo/Hahn, Thrillist)
After over two years, the promised-basement bar, The Whiskey Cellar at Jack Rose finally opens to the public with whiskey on tap. “The Whiskey Cellar Series,” a weekly event with a guest speaker educating attendees about different whiskeys begins Thursday, Sept. 5th. (Urbandaddy)
As reported widely, the recognizable bar manager/head of security at the 9:30 Club, Josh Burdette, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 1st. Read this touching obituary by the Post’s Adam Bernstein.
The landlord for the unpopular TruOrleans spot on the west side of H Street is trying to evict the restaurant/bar. Lots of woes for the spot: unpaid rent, bills, and a huge brawl over an unpaid bill (demonstrates why I generally avoid group dining/being waited at bars). (WCP/Y&H)
Fritz Hahn also lists good bars to watch college football, including a in-depth look at DC’s SEC bar, Mason Inn in Glover Park.
Hahn also notes that tiki drinks can be had on every day of the week, including at the Foggy Bottom Tonic at Quigley’s on Tuesdays, Hogo everyday, the Jack Rose tiki bar (upstairs in the back) Thu-Sun, including a great half-price HH on Thurs 5-10p, and the new Bar Charley everyday.
Barred in DC Activity:
Fiola (Penn Quarter): finally made it to the celebrated 4-6p HH at the fine-dining Italian restaurant; cheap ($5-6) fancy cocktails with cheap Italian bites
Teddy and the Bully Bar (Dupont): new restaurant/bar in Dupont; a good-looking space for folks trying to escape the 22 year olds outside, though I recommend turning off the lights and clarifying to the bartenders (and the menus) on what drinks are discounted during the late night happy hour
Thomas Foolery (Dupont): 2nd stop at this game spot; interesting unique sight: about 10 young Muslim (I presume) women (along with a baby in a stroller) having a ton of fun playing games and drinking milk and cookies at 1am
Public Bar (Dupont): great scene for Iowa Hawkeye fans
Buffalo Billiards (Dupont): great scene for Michigan Wolverine fans
GBD (Dupont): great HH (had a $3 bourbon punch and $4 fried catfish nuggets); if you like UVa, the manager and the main bartender are grads like me, so they may have the game on
I’ve updated one of the pages linked at the menu at the top of the page, “Bars – Admission Pending.” Originally a useless (to you) devoted to the bars I hadn’t yet visited, I’ve now updated it so it lists all the bars that are currently in development in DC. If you have any additions/changes/deletions, please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @barredindc.