Wunder Garten Beer Garden Pop-Up Opens in NoMa – With Potential Noise Penalties

Wunder Garten (150 M. St NW, Facebook, Twitter, website) a new temporary beer garden in a lot slated for redevelopment in NoMa in the near future, opened this Wednesday. The spot, which serves German and Austrian beers (perhaps some wine, no hard stuff), as well as a couple local DC-area brews, will surely be popular in an area not known for many outdoor options. Food trucks may be on site at times.

Wunder Garten will open at noon Fridays-Sundays, 4p other days, and will close at 10p Sun-Thurs and at midnight on Friday & Saturday evenings. However, the bar’s liquor license has a unique (I’ve never seen this before in DC) noise trigger clause that says that the closing time hours will be reduced to 10p every night if 5 separate people who live within 2 blocks complains to ABRA about the noise:

Applicant agrees that in the event five separate residents within a two block radius deem noise (including, but not limited to, noise from speakers or other devices from amplification) to be excessive and file a written complaint or complaints to ABRA to that effect, the operating hours will be adjusted as follows:
Monday – Tuesday: 4 PM to 10 PM
Wednesday – Thursday: 4 PM to 10 PM
Friday: 12 PM to 10 PM
Saturday: 12 PM to 10 PM
Sunday: 12 PM to 10 PM.

This clause was modified by the ABRA board in a way that ostensibly makes it less harsh to the bar but in reality makes it quite possible that a few disgruntled neighbors could force Wunder Garten to close earlier on weekends. Originally the clause said that after 3 neighbors complained about noise, the bar would have 48 hours to fix. If the ANC was not satisfied, then the hours would be reduced for a one month period, when it could be revisited. There is no such waiting period and ANC input in the final version approved by ABRA.

3 responses to “Wunder Garten Beer Garden Pop-Up Opens in NoMa – With Potential Noise Penalties”

  1. Is this beer garden a good place for suburbanites to go? How is the parking there?

  2. Suburbanite is offensive! We prefer be called inside the beltway or outside the beltway.

  3. Thomas Jefferson Avatar
    Thomas Jefferson

    I don’t normally drink beer, but when I do I go to Wunder Garten.

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