Monthly Archives: April 2017

Truxton Inn Opens Tuesday in Bloomingdale

Truxton Inn

Truxton InnwebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram, 251 Florida Ave. NW (near 3rd and S NW), opens at 4p on weekdays, 3p on weekends, est. 2017 [ Washington City Paper, Eater, BYT, PoPville, Washingtonian]

Although Bloomingdale isn’t yet a destination for drinking (less than 10% reported going out there at once a month, and almost two-thirds never or almost never visit), the beautiful neighborhood in Northwest DC is slowly becoming a great destination in its own right. Some of DC’s best bars are located in the area-Showtime Lounge, Boundary Stone, and Pub and the People (just to name a few)-and now, Bloomingdale has a new bar that will sure to help keep it growing. Truxton Inn, which opens Tuesday, May 2nd, is a great addition to DC’s cocktail scene. This spot, from the folks who most recently brought you the cocktail den in north Dupont, McClellan’s Retreat, as well as favorite Capitol Hill haunts (Barrel, Union Pub, and The 201 Bar), sports a classy, yet lived-in, old-school hotel lounge/library vibe, with lots of browns, greens, and mirrors. Truxton Inn was first announced as a concept in February 2016 by the dearly departed Borderstan.

Mirrors on mirrors on mirrors

McClellan’s bar manager, Brian Nixon, will also be managing Truxton Inn’s curated cocktail list, which will rotate every couple months (Brian also sports a great Twitter handle, @trustedbarman). The debut list of drinks (mostly $11-13 cocktails) features a “Recommendations” slate of 6 twists on classic cocktails (which are found another page, called “Suggestions); the JFK on Vacay riff on daiquiri (Maui pineapple rum, rhum agricole, passionfruit, lime, house made mulled simple syrup) was the most popular of the media preview Barred in DC attended (“media” in quotes because Barred in DC was invited) and awesomely, can be ordered  as a mini-drink, called a “Snaiquiri shot,” for $5. Other popular drinks included the No Se – Groni (made with mezcal) and the Crossroads rum drink. A solid list of seven beers and a cider ($5 Miller High Life are a carry-over from McClellan’s are the cheap carryover option), along with 10 or so wines make up the rest of the tipple selection

JFK on Vacay drink (also comes in shot form)

Although the interior is about 1100 square feet and has room for about 50 people, which is not much bigger than McClellan’s, the space feels much bigger as the ceiling heights are much higher. A large L-shaped bar (the tremendous amount of room behind the bar might be jarring) dominates, but booths and other comfortable seating make up the rest of the establishment, with knick knacks and paddy whacks like old books, maps, and portraits of old people on the wall. A patio nearly doubling the size of the spot is slated to later this year on 3rd and S streets.

For food, you’ll be able to snack on several different flavors of popcorn (including siracha-flavored, shocking), cheese, and charcuterie, but the highlight will be the selection of kolaches from the popular local purveyor Republic Kolache. You can also stop by and get amazing sausages before you go in (unclear you’ll be able to bring them in) from the next-door Meats and Foods (closes early-ish and on Monday and Tuesday); pinxtos and cider from Anxo are just across the street.

Visit soon-this will soon become-food/drink writer cliché alertyour favorite place to drink cocktails.

March for Science – DC Bar/Restaurant Specials

Tens of thousands of scientists and others concerned with the state of the direction of the respect for science (or lack of) in this country are converging this weekend for the March for Sciencewhich kicks off at 10am near the Ellipse at 15th-17th Streets at Constitution Ave NW, with a march to follow afterwards.  Few bars/restaurants have announced details of any specials or other events to welcome these marchers; they are missing an opportunity (lots of heavy beer drinkers/brewers and mixologists in the scientist ranks). Barred in DC, who is hosting several marchers and will be participating, is compiling a running list. If you are hosting an event, please tweet @barredindc or email

  • Wisdom (Capitol Hill/Potomac Avenue Metro) – Drink specials + 10% off your tab if you arrive between 4-5p

Sushi Hachi Set to Open on Barracks Row in June

Sushi Hachi is set to open on Barracks Row in June, according to the owner’s remarks at a recent ANC 6B meeting. The Japanese restaurant from Steve Yoon, who also has owned Sushi Rock in Courthouse/Rosslyn in Arlington since late 2012, will be moving into the space at 735 8th St SE most recently occupied by Zest Bistro from 2010 through 2015. Yoon said the mid-sized spot (around 85-100 seats) will focus much more on sushi (curated list of 9 or so popular types of fish) as well as seasonal dishes compared to more sushi/Asian fusion theme of Sushi Rock’s menu. A soft opening of a month or so will precede a full-blown opening.

The news of the Sushi Hachi opening was first reported by EatDC (a must-follow, low-key Twitter account with less clutter than Barred in DC) on March 14th.