Monthly Archives: January 2016

EatBar Returns – This Time in Barracks Row

The name of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s new Barracks Row eatery/bar is a familiar one to many “foodies” inside the Beltway- EatBar- the same as the group’s popular Clarendon/Lyon Park eatery that garnered accolades from 2007 until closing in late 2014. This news comes from a recent liquor license trade name change that was approved (see page 17) on Wednesday.

Located in the old Kraze Burgers spot at 415 8th St. SE (between D & E streets, less than a block from the Eastern Market Metro stop), this 40-50 seat spot comes from the group well known for places like Red Apron, Churchkey, Iron Gate, and Bluejacket.  Expect meat-focused dishes and a solid beer, wine, and cocktail list at EatBar, as detailed in this “exclusive” scoop (sorry Jessica Sidman) given to Tim Carman at at the Post in June 2015. According to Carman’s piece, Nathan Anda, the new point man for the Barracks Row project, helmed the original EatBar until 2008, so he appears to be returning to his roots with NRG.

The Post article said the unnamed spot would open later in 2015-obviously this didn’t happen-and a recent visit to this location didn’t reveal much obvious work being done. Currently, this block is home to some of the neighborhood’s more downscale establishments ( Popeye’s, Pizza Boli’s) as well as quite a bit of loitering, so it will be interesting to see how this will transform the block (an &Pizza is supposedly coming soon as well).

Where to Drink in DC during the Blizzard

A historic snowstorm (Jonas) is coming to DC today (Friday January 22, 2016 for those of you reading this in the future), bringing over 2 feet of snow (I predict 16 inches at DCA); the government’s closing at noon today (and I predict Monday too) and Metro will go dark at 11p tonight for entire weekend. Of course, this means drink specials for bars that stay open. I recommend you just head to your favorite neighborhood bar or stay home; if not, I’ve highlighted actual good deals at recommended bars ($1 off beer isn’t included). For more comprehensive posts (which I generally stole from anyways), check out the solid roundups at City Paper, Post, Eater, and Washingtonian.

  • Dupont
    • Urbana
      • $5 Margherita pizzas, $7 shot of fernet and a Peroni, $7 “moonshot” hot cocktails
      • Starts 3p Friday and Saturday
    • Bar Dupont
      • Star Wars themed pop-up patio snow bar Sun from 10a-4p
    • Hank’s Oyster Bar
      • Happy hour starts when snow starts
    • Duke’s Grocery
      • Robert Burns Day celebrations start early all wknd
      • $7 Barrelhound Scotch, Skull Splitter Orkney Ale, Belhaven Thistle IPA, Rusty Nail and Hot Toddies
    • Sushi Taro
      • Awesome HH (1/2 off sushi and drinks) extended to whole restaurant and til 8p Fri
  • H Street
    • The Argonaut, Jimmy Valentine’s, Little Miss Whiskeys, The Pug
      • Drinks $1 off for every 6 inches of snow (The Pug only Friday night)
    • Atlas Arcade
      • $5 Abita Purple Haze & Goldschlager shots
      • Opens at 1p Fri
  • Eastern Market/Capitol Hill
    • Beuchert’s Saloon
      • $5 Laphroaig 10 year scotch, $5 Chartreuse, mulled wine specials
    • Barrel
      • $3 Harpoon Winter Warmer beers, $5 Peak Organic Winter sessions,$5 Hot Toddies
    • Bayou Bakery
      • $3 beers all day Sat/Sun
    • Hank’s on the Hill
      • $2 Narragansett Milk Stouts, $5 hot punch
      • Starts 4p Friday
  • Chinatown / PQ / Downtown
    • Joe’s Crab
      • All day Fri and Sat cocktail hour in Banking Hall (normally just 2:30-6:30)
      • $5 cocktail size sandwiches, 1/2 off oysters, and other $3-6 snacks
      • Half priced signature cocktails, wines by glass and draft beer
  • Petworth / Columbia Heights / MtP
    • The Twisted Horn
      • $5 Angostura hot ciders, $4 vermouth, $4 sparkling wine, $2 Mexicali pilsner beers
    • DC Reynolds
      • BOGO starts at noon
  • Foggy bottom/ Gtown / Glover Park
    • Bayou
      • $2 cups gumbo, $6 Sazeracs/Hurricanes, $18 buckets of 5 Abita beers
  • NE DC/Brookland
    • Brookland Pint
      • 10% off bill for every foot of snow + extra $1 off for all adult hot beverages for every 6 inches.
      • Snowman building contest for kids and adults at 4 and 5p Saturday with $150 gift card
  • 14th Street/U Street/Shaw/Bloomingdale
    • Dino
      • All weekend HH inc $6 wine, $4 local drafts and half price antipasti
    • Fainting Goat
      • 80s snow movies, hourly contests
    • The Royal
      • All day HH inc. $5 vermouth/Miller High Life and $7 wine/classic cocktails
    • Tico
      • All day HH Fri (after 3p) and Sat w/ $5 beer/wine + $6 cocktails + $4 tacos + $5 small plates
    • Vinoteca
      • Fri night: $5 wine/beer, $8 mulled wine
    • Kapnos
      • Open at noon with all day HH
  • Adams Morgan
    • Jack Rose
      • HH 5-8p Fri and Sat.
      • $8 spiked cider and buttery bourbon, $5 drafts, $6 wines, and half priced snacks. Boozy snow cone cocktail
    • Pops Sea Bar
      • Open all afternoon and night Fri and Sat
      • 50 cent wings + $5 boozy hot cider

Is the Party Over? DC Issues New Rules for Pub Crawls


Aftermath of Nightmare on M Street Bar Crawl

Aftermath of Nightmare on M Street Bar Crawl

In a blow to daydrinkers and many Dupont bars, hosting pub crawls in DC just got a bit more difficult. After numerous complaints from local residents, ANCs, business groups, and DC police, the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) Board last Wednesday issued emergency/proposed rules imposing new requirements for crawls in DC to “ensure pub crawls are conducted in responsible, safe, and orderly manner.” These new rules-which will expire in mid-May unless DC Council approves them- establish a new “pub crawl license” with an annual $500 fee, requires pub crawl organizers to pay for litter clean-up, and broadens the definition of pub crawls.

Although opposition to bar crawls because of noise, litter, crowd control, and public intoxication are nothing new (detailed in our story about the bans in Adams Morgan and H Street), efforts to rein them have ramped up in the past year. ABRA hosted a roundtable discussion last March, and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (areas south of Dupont), the city’s most powerful, sent at least two letters last year complaining about massive trash and property damage issues (one clothing store had to shut down for the day) after Lindy’s Nightmare on M Street on Halloween and Project DC’s Santa Crawl before Christmas. The BID asked ABRA to put a hold on approving bar crawls until it could address these issues (Borderstan’s first reported the BID’s concerns). This seemed to prompt ABRA into action.

Security Camera Footage of Nightmare on M Street crowds

Security Camera Footage of Nightmare on M Street crowds

The new regulations will mandate bar crawl promoters:

  • Possess an annual $500 pub crawl license (starting April 1st); previously only a no-fee Board approval was required;
  • Be responsible for litter prevention/control/removal
    • Proof of signed contract with litter removal company and the subsequent payment must be shown to ABRA;
    • Litter must be removed no later than 12 hours after crawl is over;
    • DC’s Department of Public Works must approve the crawl’s litter management plan; and
  • Seek approval 45 days beforehand using a new pub crawl application form;
  • “Superintend” during the entire bar crawl without partaking themselves.

In addition, the new rules:

  • Broaden the definition of pub crawls to include organized events where bars within walking distance participate in promoting an event that features alcohol during a specified time period.
    • Previously, the bars had to offer discounted drinks to constitute a bar crawl;
  • Forbid bar crawls on St. Paddy’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, July 4th, Halloween, and NYE;
  • Prohibit bars from participating in more than one bar crawl at a time;
  • Allow ABRA to restrict a bar crawl’s size, nature, and hours, as well deny specific bars from participating in a particular crawl; and
  • Give ABRA the power to suspend bars from being part of bar crawls if they participate in an unlicensed bar crawl, or the crawls have sustained community complaints or police activity.
    • ABRA can also fine, suspend, or revoke pub crawl license holders for these issues as well as if they fail to “control the environment” of the crawl.

Only those bar crawls where organizers expect a crowd of at least 200 drinkers are required to be licensed (similar to previous rules), though Barred in DC feels this exception is not clear and predicts many disputes about this in the future if this isn’t clarified.

Although the rule has only been in place for a few days, the consequences are already apparent. On Thursday, ABRA denied applications for 3 bar crawls (sorry folks who were planning on going to the All You Need is Love, Cupid’s, and Fat Valentine bar crawls in February) by 4-1 and 3-2 votes.The folks from DC Beerathon, in contrast, had its applications for their February DC Mardi Party and March DC Leprecrawl crawls approved unanimously, pending a submission of the litter management plan before the event.

One bar-a frequent stop on many of these crawls-contacted was not aware of these new rules. Comments from bar crawl organizers were not available at the time of this post.

Comments on the new rules will be accepted until mid-February (e-mail; afterwards the Board will issue final rules that will go to the DC Council for a 90 day review period.