DC Bar News – Week(s) in Review – October 7th – 21st

The 16 day government shutdown finally ended last week, and so did all of the great bar/restaurant specials for feds and non-feds alike that I detailed here.

  • Barred in DC Breaking News – I broke several stories somehow in past few weeks here or on Twitter; roundup of these stories and media follow-up crediting Barred in DC
  • Bar Openings
    • Eat the Rich (Shaw) (Twitter, Facebook, website) – (1839 7th St. NW – at T) . New bar opened on Saturday, October 19th from Derek Brown (The Passenger, Hogo, Mockingbird Hill) and the folks behind Rappahannock Oyster Bar that focuses on oysters and cocktails by the pitcher; just two doors down from Mockingbird Hill. (Post, WCP/Y&H, PoPville, InTheCapital, BYT, Eater, Urbandaddy, Post photos)
    • ENO Wine Bar (Georgetown) (Twitter, Facebook, website) – (2810 Pennsylvania Ave. NW). Sixth location of chainlet opened on Friday, October 18th next to the Four Seasons Hotel. (Eater, Post, Washingtonian, Georgetown Dish, PoPville)
  • New Bar Announcements
    • The Pub and the People (1648 N. Capitol St. NW – at R) (ETA Summer 2014). New 70 seat pub/restaurant (with 100 more on patio); one of owners involved with DC Reynolds (PoPville)
    • National Tap House (Dupont) (1331 Connecticut Ave. NW) enters into settlement agreement and obtains Tavern liquor license. Agreement is with the Palladium condo behind the bar along 18th Street and basically entirely about the proposed 2nd floor roof deck and very specific details on the fencing and soundproofing to be installed. Seating for 30, no music or TVs. No word on opening date. (Exclusive to Barred in DC)
    • Stoney’s (West End) (2101 L St. NW (ETA Dec. 2, 2013). Opening date announced for the 2nd Stoney’s location, sorely needed in area as most bars are in hotels (PoPville)
  • Other Bar News
    • Grand Central (AdMo) fined $1,500 by ABRA for failing to meet food sales requirement for a Restaurant liquor license. Under DC law, restaurants must sell $2,000 worth of food annually per official occupant or have 40% of gross sales be food.  Having visiting this meat market spot/Buffalo Bills bar on 18th Street several times (but not for many years), I find it hard to believe that it’ll ever be able to meet this requirement. (Exclusive to Barred in DC)
    • Blackjack‘s stadium seating removed from back bocce court room (WCP/Y&H)
    • DrinkDC has tremendous post outlining a happy hour crawl along 14th Street: Ghibellina, Masa 14, Bar Pilar, Policy, Lost Society & Piola all make the list.
    • Building that houses The Gibson cocktail speakeasy near 14th & U was sold for nearly $2 million, nearly 6 times its purchase value. Lease for bar runs until 2020, so should have little impact. (WBJ)
    • Awesome/hilarious front door on the Chicago/Detroit-themed bar in Shaw that is slated to open soon, Ivy & Coney (PoPville)
    • Pho Bar and Grill on H Street appears to be closed (PoPville)
    • Gay dance club Town Danceboutique applies to have 125 seat summer garden (PoPville)
    • Car crashes into Bohemian Caverns on U Street (PoPville)
    • InTheCapital highlights The Mighty Pint‘s $1 Happiest Hour ($1 drinks from 4-5p M-F)
    • New paint job on Angles Bar in AdMo (PoPville)
    • Ripple owners may be opening new place in The Reef space in AdMo (PoPville)
    • Bar Charley requests longer hours (currently closes at midnight on weekends, 11p on weekdays), per PoPville. Also, has launched a weekday happy hour (4-6:30p) with $2 off beers, wines by the glass and the tiki tap drinks-lots of $5 drinks then.
    • Renovations on Brookland’s Finest look good (PoPville)
  •  Barred in DC activity
    • Mellow Mushroom (Adams Morgan) – did some day drinking; solid $11 huge 1 topping slice + salad + craft beer lunch deal
    • Scion (Dupont) – took advantage of the Fall Beer Festival to grab some $5 pumpkin beers; many draft beers were out, but enough to enjoy some solid ones on draft. Nice crowd at 10pm, friendly bartenders
    • Crios (Dupont) – also stopped by for the Fall Beer Festival (next door to Scion, owned by same folks)
    • Bar Charley (Dupont) – made it twice in past couple weeks, $7 tiki cocktails on tap, $8 classic cocktails, and a longer list of $10-12 inventive ones.
    • Duke’s Grocery (Dupont) – had a couple tremendous sandwiches, a $5 Port City Oktoberfest (award-winning), and a fun late night there at the new neighborhood spot
    • The Coupe (ColHi) – first trip to the 24/7 diner, had a Columbus Day afternoon beer while I walked around the hood
    • Dacha Beer Garden (Shaw) – impressive new outdoor beer garden at 7th & Q where I held the Barred in DC Furlough Happy Hour, enjoyed a free 0.2L Fruh Kolsh (special furlough special) and several $7 half liters of Weihenstephaner beers. A more spacious/wider version of Garden District without the good barbecue. My first-ever visit to the area of 7th Street between P & Florida.
    • Mockingbird Hill (Shaw): new spot from Derek Brown; ham & sherry bar. A free sherry for feds during the shutdown (my 1st ever one), and some great ham. Cool little spot
    • Jack Rose (Adams Morgan): a rare visit to the 1st floor bar of my favorite bar in DC for the solid weekday happy hour, which goes til 7:30 and offers 1/2 off solid bar food, $2 off drafts (so mostly $5 pints) and $5 wines.
    • Cafe St. Ex (U Street/Logan Circle): checked out the basement bar (Gate 54); much chiller than the weekends I’ve been there.
    • Pittsburgh trip
      • took advantage of my furlopportunity to take in a Pirates playoff game
      • Rivertowne Brewing Company – outfield bar in PNC Park (used to be an Outback for years) that offers $2.50 craft beer drafts after games (sampled the Hala Kahiki pineapple beer-which is as good and bad as it sounds)
      • Redbeard’s on 6th Sports Bar and Grill – downtown across the river from PNC Park, someone I know randomly saw me walking by so I had a couple beers with him
      • Church Brew Works – brewpub located in a old huge church in Lawrenceville. Pretty awesome with lots of different beers made there

One response to “DC Bar News – Week(s) in Review – October 7th – 21st”

  1. So what impact has Spring Break in Puyallup afteefcd your commute Danny? It seems like everyone and their mother is staying home; no buses; It has got to make a Dan happy!

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