A spate of bar closings have hit DC recently, both the permanent and the ominous “temporary” kind. Both Veritas Wine Bar (Dupont) and Hogo (Shaw/Convention Center) have announced that they will shutter their doors after service on Saturday, August 2nd, while Old Dominion Brewhouse (Shaw/Convention) and The Mighty Pint (Dupont) have temporarily closed, with no return expected (at least for Old Dominion).
Veritas, a snug wine bar next to Russia House in north Dupont, announced it was closing on Facebook earlier this month. The bar, somewhat of a cult favorite among oenophiles in town, has been open since fall 2007. Barred in DC has exclusively reported that a new concept called McClellans Retreat (Civil War themed??), possibly from the same owners (with the same class D license that allows the sale of beer/wine only); the owners’ request for a trade name was approved June 25. Interestingly, the Washington Hilton across the street has a sports bar (likely unknown, even to neighbors) called McClellan’s Sports Bar; no word whether there is any connection.
The closing of the Tom Brown rum/tiki bar Hogo, which just opened in December 2012, has long been in the works (WaPo story from June), and the bar announced on Twitter yesterday its official closing dates, with a week of specials leading up to it say farewell. According to the Post, the neighboring bar The Passenger may close at the end of this year.
As for closings that have not been announced, PoPville and its commentariat have been all over the unannounced closing of the Old Dominion Brewhouse, filled with the yells of Roll Tide during the fall for its Alabama football watch parties but not much else. Although a sign was posted stating that the establishment was temporarily closed until further notice on July 7th, a PoPville reader reported apparently that the bar has been evicted. It does not appear that Old Dominion, which opened in January 2006, will be missed.
Less certain is the fate of the divey-popular-with-22-year-olds spot The Mighty Pint, located in the former Madhatters spot on M Street in Dupont, known for its pints of rail cocktails and Pittsburgh-skewed food and rooting interests. Yesterday, the bar wrote on Facebook: “The Mighty Pint will be CLOSED due to venue maintenance until further notice. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted!” The website was updated accordingly to inform visitors of this temporary closure, which suggests that the bar will be coming back. Will update this post as soon as we hear anything.