Rendering of All Souls Bar sidewalk patio along 8th Street (Credit: All Souls Facebook page)
All Souls Bar (725 T St. NW), the low-key north Shaw neighborhood bar, is on the verge of opening a sidewalk patio [UPDATE: The bar tells me that they will likely open in the spring]. The Barred in DC favorite recently survived a number of neighborhood protests that have been lodged since February when it first started the process, as ABRA will almost certainly approve its application for a sidewalk cafe within the next week. The settlement agreement with the local ANC was approved August 20th, and the protest by the adjacent neighbor was withdrawn today.
Under the settlement agreement, the 33-seat patio (no standees) must shut down by 10p each weekday night and midnight on weekends (the owner Dave Batista earlier had hoped to open until 11p/1a, but this is a reasonable compromise). In a nod to technology, the commonly-imposed DC ban on outdoor speakers was expanded to direct the bar to “restrict patrons from using electronic devices as speakers to play music”- in other words, no impromptu iPod/iPad/bluetooth speaker dance parties. Interestingly, ABRA disallowed out the local ANC’s requirement that All Souls’ outdoor chairs/table not be made out of metal; the agreement’s requirement for a three-foot planter buffer between fence and sidewalk remains. The original agreement-made only with a group of neighbors-did not include approval for an outside patio, though it did not necessarily forbid it either.
The spot is notable for its unique curved bar, lots of well priced cocktails, strong sparkling wine selection, and being one of the best spots to have a night cap to wind down the night,
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