Public Bar, the Dupont Circle/Midtown sports bar slash nightclub, is set to shutter in early 2019 (perhaps as early as New Year’s Day), the bar has confirmed to Barred in DC. It will be replaced by a new concept/name (though still be a sports bar) to reopen in spring 2019.
The well-attended spot (perhaps not popular given the 2.5 Yelp stars and the likely “good riddance” derision this post will get from DC yuppies who turn their nose at that area) first opened in spring 2009, replacing Club Five. Barred in DC personally saw Nationals player Ryan Zimmerman arrive in his Uber from Clarendon (not an unusual sight) a few years back.
As a way to close down the bar, the bar is having a “Come As You Are” NYE party, with a $20 admission charge ($15 early bird, $25 later on), with all drinks (yes, even top shelf liquor) priced at $5.
It’s unclear whether this development has anything to do with the upcoming Chik-Fil-A to be located on 1st floor and basement of same building.