DC Bar News Roundup – November 18th-December 1st

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday, whether back home, in DC, or in a vacation spot. Don’t forget to read the details about this Saturday’s college football-themed Barred in DC Circulator Bus Bar Tour here. Hope to see many of you there!

  • New neighborhood page for Adams Morgan posted.
  • Check out my review of Lucky Bar and my updated pending bars page if you haven’t yet.
  • Bar Announcements
    • City Tap House (Chinatown) (901 I St. NW) – 40-tap gastropub seating 180. Set to open in first half of December; already had a semi-private event for the UVa Alumni on November 22nd. Full-court press on media coverage (WaPo, WCP, Revamp, Drink DC, WBJ, Bad Wolf DC)
    • The Fainting Goat (U Street) (1330 U St. NW) – 3000 square foot, 130 seat new neighborhood spot opened yesterday evening (Sunday Dec. 1st) (Eater, WCP)
    • Right Proper Brew Pub (Shaw) (624 T St. NW) – Hoping to open Tuesday December 10th. PoPville has pictures of the inside (PoPville)
    • Flight Wine Bar (Chinatown/PQ) (777 6th St. NW at H) – new 60-seat wine bar opening in mid-December (WaPo, WCP, PoPville)
    • Hilltop Bar and Restaurant (Petworth) (2737 Sherman Ave. NW at Girard) – hopes to finish construction in December and open in January (PoPville)
    • Sin Bin Sports Bar (U Street) (1336 H St. NE) – huge new spot (200 seats, 400 occupancy) applies for liquor license including summer garden and entertainment. Sin bin is another name for the penalty box in hockey. Would be first sports bar in neighborhood (though the people  who think that the other H Street bars with multiple tvs count as a sports bar is why this is a terrible sports town/rant over) (Helder Gill Twitter, PoPville, Frozen Tropics)
    • All Souls Bar (Shaw) (725 T St. NW) (website, Facebook) (ETA late November 2013) – neighborhood 40-seat spot with limited menu set to open after years-long fight (Eater)
    • The Getaway (ColHi) makes it official that they’ll be closing after New Years Eve (PoPville)
  • Other News
    • Policy gets new settlement agreement that allows it to stay open as late as other bars (2a/3a). Before had to close at 2a on weekends (ANC2B)
    • Hank’s Oyster Bar’s happy hour will start couple hours early (3p) on December Friday’s in both Dupont & Cap Hill (Twitter)
    • Ceiba extends its solid Mon-Sat. afternoon happy hour another hour to 7p. $5 signature cocktails, $6 appetizers from 3-7p and late night (Twitter)
    • Thrillist with great list of best bars for certain liquors: Gin (The Gin Joint), Vodka (Mari Vanna), Rum (Hogo), Whiskey (Jack Rose), Tequila (El Centro D.F. Georgetown), Sherry (Mockingbird Hill)
    • New beverage manager of Bar Pilar & St. Ex, formerly of Range (WaPo, PoPville)
    • Progress continues at Washington Firehouse in Bloomingdale. Lots of interesting debate in comments (PoPville)
    • Huge brouhaha about an automated tweet (since deleted) that was sent out after the Bloomingdale hipster fave Boundary Stone signed a petition against a proposal to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers. The Post did great reporting after the bar apologized.
    • ANC2B votes to protest liquor licenses of Public Bar, 18th St Lounge, Dirty Martini, Midtown, Bistro Bistro, Fireplace, & Barcode. More details in this SALM post.
    • Neighboring office building to protest Lotus Lounge renewal, in efforts to get settlement agrement (SALM)
    • Both DCist and the Post do stories about great bars/restaurants with fireplaces & firepits. Biergarten Haus, Room 11Bardo, Poste, and Art & Soul are mentioned in both stories.
    • Excellent reporting by Post blogger/columnist Clinton Yates on the controversy over the liquor license for Brookland’s Finest, which Barred in DC first reported was granted its liquor license last month.
    • WCP takes a look at some bars and how many credit cards are left at them each night. Of course, this would be solved by bars (like Jack Rose) that give your card back to you when you start a tab.
    • ABRA votes to remove the moratorium on new restaurant liquor licenses (and liquor/beer stores) on 17th Street in Dupont. Tavern licenses remain capped at 2 (J.R.’s and Cobalt/30degrees have the current ones), and no nightclub licenses are allowed. I foresee little change w/ respect to places to eat and drink, but I wouldn’t be surprised if another wine shop opens at some point.
  • Barred in DC Activity
    • Duke’s Grocery: stopped by the neighborhood spot for a couple $5 wine/beers for HH
    • GBD: enjoyed punch, beer and chicken wings at my favorite happy hour
    • Iron Gate: swung by new NRG spot on N Street in Dupont, good drinks and very romantic restaurant
    • Black Whiskey: stopped by twice at this chill hipstery divey spot on 14th, good for free pool and lots of whiskey selection. Beer is a $1 too expensive though
    • Bayou: first late night visit to this Cajun restaurant/bar/live music venue. Fun to be on first floor and hear the band upstairs playing
    • One Lounge: rare trip to the sprawling Dupont lounge/dance spot. Never too crowded (go upstairs to get a drink quickly)
    • Bar Charley: sampled the very good all night Monday happy hour. $2 off all draft beer & tiki drinks, 1/2 off sandwiches
    • Hank’s Oyster Bar: couple late night drinks at the nearby spot
    • Masa 14: kicked off a mini-14th Street bar crawl here; the spicy cucumber margarita is solid
    • Blackjack: good time drinking at the 2nd stop on the crawl; place is festively decorated for the holidays
    • New Vegas Lounge: good live music at this old spot on P Street; haven’t been there in 4 years. $10 cover, pretty sparse turnout due to holiday

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