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Booze To Go and Delivery in DC – Highlighted Spots

Bluejacket delivered

On Tuesday, March 17th, a new law temporarily allowing bars and restaurants to sell beer, wine, and hard liquor (including cocktails) to go and for delivery (accompanied by sale of prepared food-i.e. not pre-packaged snacks) became effective, and over 500+ bars have sought permission to do so. It was already legal for breweries, distilleries, liquor stores, and brewpubs to do so (no food purchase required). Because there are so many, I’m not able to be comprehensive, but wanted to highlight some spots that have fancy cocktails you may find hard to make yourself, beer that’s not available in liquor store, and spots that are offering very cheap deals. Please review the DC Virtual Tip Jar , read this story on ways to support, buy a gift card (see list here)

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Breweries/Cider Spots

(PRICES INCLUDE ESTIMATED SALES TAX)

  Pickup Delivery in DC Cans/Bottles Large Format
Right Proper Shaw: Noon-7p Sun-Th, Noon-9p F-Sat

Brookland: Noon-6p F-Sat

Online or walk-in

Free. $25 min

5 mile radius.

Noon-3p Tue-F (order by 10a)

Mostly $12 6 packs

Mostly $9 or $13 500 mL bottles

SHAW ONLY:

$10 750mL draft fill/glass; $17 select draft growler fill; +$5 or $15 glass

Atlas 3-5p (Ivy City / Navy Yard)

Online or walk-up Navy Yard window

$5 fee. $40 min. Most of DC.

5-8p (order by 5p)

Mostly $11- 6 packs $20 750 mL bottles. Mostly $13.20 or $17.50 32 oz. crowlers. Lots of kegs (~$200 or $100 sixtel)
Hellbender 3-7p Th, 3-8p F, Noon-6p Sat, Noon-5p Sun.

Walk-up only. Call ahead for big orders

N/A $12 6 packs Mostly $12 32 oz crowlers. Buy 3+, $1 off each
Bluejacket 11a-9p daily.

Call 202-524-4862 or walk-up

$5 fee. $30 min. DC and VA select areas.

11a-9p daily.

$13-$20 4 packs (16 oz.) N/A
3 Stars 2-7p daily.

Online or curb-side to-go

$5 fee. $24 min. All of DC. Deliveries start at 1p daily (order by noon) $13 6 packs, $15-19 4 packs (16 oz.) $22-27 750ml fancy bottles. $14.30 32 oz growlers (includes glass). $35/$70/$90 packages avail for pickup/delivery Tuesday
DC Brau Noon-3p Th-Sun.

Order online for curbside pickup

$5 fee. $30 min.

All of DC

12:30p-4p Wed-Sun (order by noon).

$11 6 packs, $22 12 packs, $44 case. Some $11 4 pack (16 oz) Select $8-9 32 oz crowlers
Red Bear 4-8p M-Th, 2-8p Fri-Sun.

Online or walk-in

$5 fee. $30 min. 5 mile radius $14 6 packs, $15-18 4 packs (16 oz crowlers). Singles available $12-13 32 oz BYO growler fill; $16.50-$20 64 oz fill. +$9 for growler glass
Valor Brew Pub Walk-up (MUST BUY FOOD) n/a n/a $20 64 oz BYO growler fill
Supreme Core Cider 2-6p F-Sun.
Online or walk-up
$5 fee. No min (?). All of DC

4-7p daily (order by 3p)

$13 4 pack (12 oz) $13 32 oz  BYO growler, $20 64 oz BYO growler. +$4 32 oz or $5 64 oz glass
Anxo 5-7p M, W, F-Sat (10% off w/ PICKUP code).

Online.

$35 min. All of DC. Noon-4p; 6-9p. $13-16 4 pack (12 oz). $15 32 oz crowler, $140 or $190 sixtel kegs
Capitol Cider House 4-8p M-F, Noon-8p Sat-Sun

Online.

Free. $30 min. 4-8p M-F, Noon-8p Sat-Sun (must include 1 food item) n/a $18-36 750 mL crowler. Pommeau and cocktail crowlers available.

Closed: Bardo, The Public Option, District Chophouse

Distilleries

  • Republic Restoratives
    • Pick-up: Online order (9-5p M-F?)
    • Delivery: 11a-9p daily. Order by 2p for same-day delivery
    • $10 delivery fee. Comes with free bottle of house-made hand sanitizer. Appears to be no minimum
    • Vodka ($20/200mL, $29/750mL, $35/1L), Bourbon ($16/200mL, $49/750mL), Rye whiskey ($79/750mL), Apple Brandy ($49), American trilogy bottled rye whiskey/apple brandy cocktail ($39)
  • One Eight
    • Pick-Up: Order online. 3-7p M-F, 1-5p Sat-Sun
    • 15% off entire shop (prices included below)
    • Vodka ($23.50/750mL), Gin ($28/750mL), Rye whiskey ($47/750mL), District-made bourbon ($42.50/750mL). A few other specialty products
  • Cotton & Reed
    • Pick-Up: Buy at window Noon-7p W-Sun
    • Multiple varieties of rum roughly $30-35/750mL. $45 Daiq-pack includes 750mL Daiquiri mix and 750mL White Rum. Sanitizer also be given out with some/all purchases. Other cocktail mixes available.
  • Farmer’s and Distillers
    • Pick-Up: Order online (food purchase required). Curbside pickup 11a-8p daily.
    • Vodka ($25/1L), Dry Gin ($25/1L), Amaro ($30/750mL)
  • Don Ciccio & Figli
    • Pick-Up: Online order for pickup 10a-4p M-F, 2-6p Sat
    • bitter liquers (e.g., amaro). Roughly $30-40/bottle. Sanitzer for sale.

Closed: New Columbia (available at stores/bars), Thrasher’s Rum/Potomac Distilling

Bars/Restaurants (Not frequently updated)

Select details below. Some information borrowed from stories in Washingtonian (see also) , Eater, and DCist. Food is required to be ordered. Places with creative offerings/good deals are highlighted. Listing all 68 bars in Barred in DC Bar Madness that are open.

H Street/NoMa

(Note I already did guide linked above so more spots listed here than others)

  • Hill Prince
    • DM IG to order for pickup
    • Must order $1 quart of popcorn
    • Pint of classic cocktails – $25. Quart – $45. High Life – $3. $15 bottles of wine. $30 bloody mary kit
  • Biergarten Haus
    • call 202-388-4053, W-Th 5-9p, F 5-10p, Sat 2-10p for pickup
    • $10 32 oz mason jar German beer, $6 tallboys, $10 32 oz. beer cocktails
  • Sospeso
    • Call 202-827-3123 for pickup. Delivery services.
    • Wine bottles and cans of beer 50% off
  • Stable
    • Call 202-733-4604 or email silvank@stabledc.com for pickup or limited delivery. Th-Fri 4-8p, Sat 10a-2p. 25% off alcohol (including Swiss beer). $5 bloody mary pouches.
  • Toki Underground
    • Order on website for delivery/pickup
    • $2.50 Sapporo ($12 6 pack). $12 double Toki Monster cocktail bottled.
  • The Queen Vic
    • Call 202-396-2001. 5-8p.
    • $15 32 oz growlers, $28 64 oz growlers (includes glass).
  • Cusbah
    • Order on website or call.
    • $8-10 craft cocktails, $3-7 beer/cide, $13-30 bottles of wine.
  • Copycat Co.
    • Order on website for pickup or delivery 4-10p (closed Sun)
    • Fancy $14 cocktails
  • The Pursuit Wine Bar
    • order on website or call 4-9p for pickup
    • Lots of affordable wine bottles
  • The Haymaker
    • order on website or call for pickup or limited delivery from 2-9p Tue-Sat
    • $9 fancy cocktails, $8 punch ($23 quart)
  • Duffy’s
    • call for pickup or delivery on Postmates 4-10p M-Tue, 11:30a-10p Wed-Sun
    • $15-17 6 packs. $16 1/2 gallon of green beer.
  • Chupacabra
    • Pickup in-person or Grubhub 5-9p. Ubereats, postmates for delivery.
    • Margaritas (premium, $14 16 oz, $25 32 oz), $4 beer
  • Po Boy Jim
    • 2 for $10 hurricanes; order on website for pickup
  • Farewell
    • Pickup 10a-8p
    • Batched cocktails include $18 for 2, $45-50 20 oz. $25-35 64 oz growlers. $35 Liter wine. $13 boozy shakes.
  • Le Grenier
    • Call for pickup – free bottle of wine with purchase of 2 main courses.
  • The Big Board
    • Call for pickup Noon-9:15p
    • $3 beer/$15 6 pack, $12 wine kit, $12 mimosa kit. $9 32 oz growler ($2 off with own growler). $14 64 oz fill (BYO growler).
  • *Little Miss Whiskey’s:
    • Pickup 4-6p Tu-Th, 4-7 F-Sat, Delivery (w/in 2 miles, $1/beer and $5 delivery fee) 6-8 Tue-Th, 7-9p Fri-Sat.
    • Email LMWToGo@gmail.com with 1 hour notice.
    • Each order includes one item from Beth’s Baked Goods (cookies, muffins, etc.). $20+ orders come in Easter pail, $25+ include on LMW t-shirt. $15 Liter pouch of peach sweet tea vodka drink (put in freezer for slushie), Huge list of beers by can (cheap as $2, mostly $3-4.50), lots of bottles of liquor
  • Sticky Rice
    • Pickup and delivery call or chownow
    • $10 fancy cocktails, $10-30 sake, $5-6 beer ($8 22 oz Sapporo), $15-25 bottles of wine
  • Stellina Pizza
    • order online for pickup 4-9p Tue-Sun
    • $55 spritz kit (bottle of prosecco, 200mL Ambrosia Aperitvo, 1 orange, 1 sparkling water). $25 wine. $35 750ml white negroni.

14th St/Logan Circle/U Street

  • Garden District
    • Order on website for pickup 11-2p & 5p-9p. Doordash delivery.
    • 64 oz growler for $16.36. $20 Tallboy IPA 4 pack. $4 Modelo/Truly. $20ish wine bottles.
  • The Fainting Goat
    • Call for pickup Noon-9p Tue-Sun
    • $8 Adult Juice boxes ($4 pack for $28) of a few simple cocktails or wine.
    • $24 growler ($20 if you bring growler back). Discounted 6-packs
  • Service Bar
    • Call or order online for delivery or pickup. M-F 5-10p, Sat-Sun 2p-10p. Cheapest food is $4 pickled veggies, seasoned hard pretzels
    • Lots of large format cocktails mostly $45-50 for 32 oz. (quart). Beer/wine not that well priced.
  • Echo Park/Andy’s Pizza
    • Call or order online pickup or delivery. Noon-9p
    • $20 bottles of wine. $2-5 cans/bottles of beer.
  • El Rey
    • call for pickup or delivery Noon on weekends. 3p on weekdays.
    • Liters of cocktails- $35 margarita, $33 sangria (include refillable bottle for $5). Beer
  • American Ice Co. 
    • Crabs and beers. Order via email info@amicodc.com or call 202-285-3467 M-F Noon-5p. Order by Thu 5p to have crabs delivered Sat-Sun Noon-5p. Delivery zone within 3 miles.
    • crabs, potato salad,Tecate/Tiger Beer, pickleback shots. Packages $70-100. 20% service fee distributed to staff.
  • Franklin Hall
    • Pickup (order online -100% of tips goto out-of-work employees) or UberEats delivery
    • Every purchase of $35 (corn chips/1L Makers Mark bottle0 gets $10 gift certificate for dine in). $4-8 16 oz beers. $20 bottles of wine
  • Slipstream
    • Pickup order online. M-F 7a-2p, Sat/Sun 8a-3p. Tue/Fri/Sat 4-7p.
    • $12-15 cocktails (including coffee cocktails) in a jar for two. $4-5 beer, $20 wine. 
  • Archipelago
    • Pickup order Wed-Sat 4-9p by texting 202-627-0794, some Ubereats delivery
    • Lots of tiki cockails (check IG) for $10 single or $45 quart. $3 single beer/ $15 sizers. $30 bottle. $20 pina colada/tropical blend mixers. $20 frozen pineapple, jar of rum & secrets; need a blender

Shaw/LeDroit/Bloomingdale

  • Ivy & Coney
    • Order online for pickup after 3p. TImes vary
    • $2-3 beer/seltzer; $10-15 6 pack. $300 keg of beer. $4 cans of wine/$14 packs.
    • $24-33 bottles of liquor (includes $30 bottle of Malort). $3 shots in plastic ramekins
  • Columbia Room
    • Order for pick-up and limited delivery ($3) online (order in advance for preselected time. Wed-Sat 4-9p)
    • Foo $12 fancy cocktails. $24 serve 2. $2 Gansett tallboy. $5 zero-proof cocktails. $45-73 cocktail kitts including liquor and mixers. Select discounted liquor bottles.
  • El Techo
    • open Thu-Sat evenings. Call for pickup or delivery
    • $7 cocktails ($40 for 24 oz). $65 package includes 6 tacos, 24 oz fancy margs (mezcal, passion fruit) or caipirinha, incense, candle, and roll of TP. $20 package is 3 tacos, 4 oz cocktails, incense, candle, TP
  • Maxwell Park
    • Email hello@maxwellparkdc.com. Pickup 3-7p THursdays at Shaw. Deliveries on Thursday
    • 30% off all bottles.
  • Calico
    • Call for pickup. Wed-Sun 2-9p
    • $8 Adult Juice Boxes. Can just order $2 browne/cookie or some tos
    • Virtual HH 2-5p: $6 Calico Combo (MLH, Old Overholt, Brownie/Cookie)-normally $8, 6 pack of juice boxes for $40, 1/2 off wine, $2 off 6 packs of beer
  • Tiger Fork
    • Pickup/delivery call. Noon-8:30p Tues-Sun
    • special TIger Fork cocktails in Juice box ($10-12 or 4 pack for $40
    • 50% off wine bottles, discounted sake and canned beers.
  • Chaplin’s
    • Call for pickup
    • 50% off wine bottle. $25 pint of bourbon/rye cocktails. $25 quart of other cocktails. $16 pint or $25 quart frozen cocktails
  • Espita
    • Order online for pickup. 3-8:30p M-F, Noon-8:30p Sat-Sun. Can order some salsa. $10 25 pack of fancy corn tortiallas
    • $2-3 Beer. $18-27 wine bottles. $14 mimosa kit. $10-12 cocktails that serve 2-3 people. $40 32 oz margarita/mayahuel (serves over 4 ppl)
  • Morris
    • Call for pickup and free delivery
    • $24 cocktails for 2. Fancy stuff. Basic cocktails (4 for $40 and 8 for $72)
  • All Purpose
    • Pickup online 11a-9p
    • Lots of discount bottles of wine. $4-6 beer. $25 64 oz growler, $14-15 32 oz growler. $5 discount for refill. Lots of local beer. Wine growler. $45 Aperol Spritz kit-1 L Aperol/1 Bottle of Prosecco. Mimosas options ($14/$24/$38/48 for 1/2/3/4 bottles of Prosecco and OJ)
  • Boundary Stone
    • Order delivery/pickup online or call 11a-9p
    • bottles of booze (lots of whisky), $3 craft cans. $15 bottle of wine. Draft beer: $5 pint, $10 32 oz, $20 64 oz growler ($5 for glass)
  • Dacha
    • Cafe open 8a-8p for delivery via Postmates or call for pickup. Beer, wine available.
  • Showtime
    • Email showtimecarepackage@gmail.com or DM social media for pickup
    • $50 Care package: 12 pack of Natty Boh, 1 bottle of Club 400, Granny & The Boys record, Showtime matchbook, PB&J sandwich, Utz chips
  • The Pub and the People
    • General store including liquor (cheaper than liquor stores), CSA bundles, some household goods. Pickup
    • BYO growler or $6 64 oz growler. Fills $15-20 mostly. Maine Dinner/Maine Lunch available. Bottles/cans 50% off. Cocktail kits

Dupont Circle

  • McClellan’s Retreat
    • Pick-up on select days. Email info@mcclellansretreat.com ahead by 4p. Pickup 5-8p Tue-Sat. $2 popcorn with seasoning.
    • $12-18 fancy cocktails in small bottle. $18-25 wine bottles. $13 6 packs. $8-12 cocktail syrups. 𝙃𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙮 𝙃𝙤𝙪𝙧 specials: $8 Bourbon or Rye Old Fashioneds if you email your order between 1pm & 2pm Tues-Sat; happy hour cocktails pickup by 7pm. $40 Tiki Tuesday kit.
  • Pizzeria Paradiso
    • 1-9p. Call or order online for pickup. 30% off carryout beer cans/bottles, 50% off wine.
  • Across the Pond
    • Carryout on Fridays 4-8p, Sat 1-8p, and Sun Noon 6p (specials) via website or call. and UberEats, GrubHub, and Doordash via delivery. $10-13 6 packs of beer via carryout or $2-3/each. $16.50 bottle/wine.
  • The Board Room
    • Pickup order 1-7p Fri for booze, board games, etc. Email delivery.boardroomdc@gmail.com for delivery.

Navy Yard

  • Neighborhood Provisions (Bluejacket)
    • NRG operated prepared/grocery/beer store for pickup and delivery. Order online.
    • IN addition to BJ beer, mostly $12-14 4-6 packs of craft beer, $14-22 bottles of wine. Discounted whiskeys. vodka, tequila, mezcal, rum $6 5 oz bottles of cocktail mixers.
  • All Purpose
    • Pickup online 11a-9p
    • Lots of discount bottles of wine. $4-6 beer. $25 64 oz growler, $14-1532 oz growler. $5 discount for refill. Lots of local beer. Wine growler. $45 Aperol Spritz kit-1 L Aperol/1 Bottle of Prosecco. Mimosas options ($14/$24/$38/48 for 1/2/3/4 bottles of Prosecco and OJ)
  • Bonchon
    • Pickup
    • $13 – 20 oz draft beer + small order of chicken
  • Walter’s
    • CSA bundles. Pickup order via Grubhub or walkin. 4-10:30p.
    • 6 packs of beer ($8-16), wine. Purchase growlers for pour your own drink wall.
  • Slipstream
    • Pickup order online. M-F 7a-2p, Sat/Sun 8a-3p. Tue/Fri/Sat 4-7p.
    • $12-15 cocktails (including coffee cocktails) in a jar for two. $4-5 beer, $20 wine.

Capitol Hill

  • Emilie’s
    • Call or online for pickup. 10:30a-8p
    • 40% off all wines, including $25 bottles. Batched cocktails ($24 for 4 servings, $48 for 8 servings)
  • The Eastern
    • order online for pickup sameday 3-8p
    • Olives and mixed nuts included in order.
    • Lots of affordable wine bottles.
  • Barrel
    • email events@barreldc.com or walk0up. 2-7p
    • $13 cocktails, $14 barrel-aged to-go cocktails
  • Beuchert’s Saloon
    • Pickup and delivery available Tues-Sat Noon-8p. Call 202-733-1384. owner/chef doing limited delivery on his own.
    • Fancy cocktails ($15-25 pints, $32-45 quarts). $14 32 oz craft beer. Lots of discounted wine
  • Union Pub
    • Booze for to-go or pickup only by calling. 4-10p Tue-Sat.
    • Ina’s Cosmo in mason jars to-go ($20 rail, $28 Tito’s), Daily specials (like $8 Thursday wine bottles). 16 oz draft $2.50-3.50. Possibly other mason jar cocktails
  • Tune Inn
    • Order to-go or pickup (can call) 10a-10p
    • Singles, 6 packs, and cases of beer. Wine, liquor also available.
  • Trusty’s
    • Order online or call (or in person) for pickup and limited local delivery, Tuesdays and Fridays so far. 5:30-8:30p, order starts at 4p
    • Singles of craft beer mostly $3.75-4, cheap $2-4, wines and seltzers available
  • Tunnicliff’s Tavern
    • Open for carryout (call for pickup) Noon-11p, delivery ubereats
    • Beer, wine, cocktails. Get half price bottle of wine with 2 entree purchase carryout

Adams Morgan

  • The Blaguard
    • To-Go window with delivery available. 3-9p. Closed Monday.
    • $4 16 oz , $8 32 oz drafts. Get a double for any cocktail order. $5 bombs on certain days with 2.
  • Jack Rose
    • Selling a ton of their whiskey by oz or bottle. Check their social media for rapidly changing issues
  • Pop’s SeaBar
    • Take-out walk-up window Noon-2p and 5-8p
    • Quaratini crushes, beer, wine
  • The Game Sports Bar / Tiki on 18th
    • Wed/Sat 4-8p, Sun 11a-3p. pick-up order via online.
    • $13-15 tiki take away pouch

Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown/Mt Vernon Square

  • Joe’s Crab
    • Carryout, delivery, curbside pickup 11:30-9p order online (Ubereats delivery) or call.
    • $2 bottled/can beers. 1/2 price wine bottles. $7 cocktails.
  • Present Company
    • $15 growlers ($6 for glass), including $28 Maine Lunch. Bottles & cans or beer 50% off
  • Old Ebbitt Grill
    • Pickup/Delivery via Caviar roughly 11:30a-9p
    • $2-4 12-16 oz. beers, discounted wine bottles, bottles of liquor

Columbia Heights/Petworth/Park View/Brightwood Park

  • Jackie Lee’s
    • pick-up and limited delivery ($3 fries/hush puppies works). call to order. Wed-Sun 5-9p
    • $8 stir-n-sip cocktails. $32 quarantine punch (party punch and bag of ice). $6-10 combos. $50 combo includes 1L Old Overholt rye/12 PBRs or another one with 1L El Jimador Tequila/12 Tecates/limes
  • Lyman’s Tavern
    • call or walkup. 3-8p daily
    • $12 16 oz slushies. Beer/to-go shots.
  • Midlands Beer Garden
    • Order online on website for pickup 3-9p Fri-Sun
    • Growler glass included. 64 oz beers  mostly $20-25, $13 for PBR. $40 32 oz lemon drop, $60 32 oz Manhattan
  • Slash Run
    • Call for food, beer, wine and cocktails. Pickup or limited delivery by owner ($50 min) 2-8p
    • Beer, wine, cocktails
  • Homestead
    • Call or order via Chownow for pickup or delivery.
    • $4 16 oz or $8 32 oz beer. Cocktails.

Georgetown

  • Chez Billy Sud
    • Call for pickup/delivery Noon-8p
    • $3-5 bottles of beer/cider. $14-25 6 pack

Brookland 

  • Brookland Pint
    • Pickup for booze 5-10p daily. Craft beer BYO craft growler fills (including 64 oz of th day and 1/2 off bottles of wine

 

Sundevich Coming to Capitol Hill(ish) Later This Year

Sundevich, one of Barred in DC’s Essential Sandwich Shops is expanding once again, this time to the area southwest of Union Station known by some (many?) as part of Capitol Hill. An alert tipster (oh wait, it was me) found that the global-inspired sandwich spot’s website now lists a location at 601 New Jersey Ave. NW (basically 1st and F/G NW). This location, which shares an address of coffee shop/wine bar The Ministry, sits directly across from Georgetown Law and around the corner from Irish bars The Dubliner and Kelly’s Irish Times. Elizabeth O’Gorek of the neighborhood paper Hill Rag reported in November that this building may also add a bar/beer garden, so stay tuned to see if there’s any partnership.

Location of new shop. Credit Google Maps

Per the website, the new location will open sometime in 2020. Sundevich originally opened in 2011 as one of Shaw’s first alley food and beverage spots; had a food truck for bit; had a short-lived location in Park View in 2017-2018; and opened a still-standing Georgetown location in 2016.

More to come on Barred in DC’s Essential Sandwich Shops.

So Long Iron Horse Tap Room, Long (?) Live Boardwalk in Penn Quarter

Ground Floor Bar at The Borad

The Boardwalk, 507 7th St. NW (at E St), M-F open at 4p, Sat-Sun 2pish, HH 4-7p M-F Sat-Sun 2-5p, Twitter, website (est. 2019)

Iron Horse Tap Room, the biker-themed Penn Quarter spot with games and a solid beer list, unceremoniously closed on Saturday October 26th, two months shy of a full decade in operation.The announcement that it would be replaced by The Boardwalk came first October 3rd from the Washingtonian right after PoPville reported the imminent closing (Eater also picked up the news; like most bar news in DC, if you only read the Washington Post, you still won’t know this happened). The owners of Iron Horse appear to retain ownership in The Boardwalk, but they have now brought on the folks who run the super-bro Shaw bars Cortez and Takoda-to be managing partners. The spot opened officially last night, as detailed in this Washingtonian story. (posting the story and a pic of the menu brought strong reactions-see below)

Via Washingtonian

Barred in DC stopped by the new spot for happy hour last night. The ground floor is certainly transformed-the floor is painted white and everything is much brighter. Instead of motorcycles, beach cruiser bikes you might rent at a boardwalk are hung. The basement basically seems identical to Iron Horse, with a few new games and a paint refresh. The opening night menu features eight $12 cocktails on draft (including the Takoda Mule and Cortez Margarita), as well as eleven draft beers. Aside from the much ridiculed $7 Miller Lite and the even-worse priced Miller High Life, the other beers are $8-9 which are about $1 more for many of the same beers were priced two weeks before. Other than a 7 oz. pony bottle of High Life, no cans or bottles are yet offered. During happy hour, the draft cocktails are $4 off, the High Life is $3 off, and rails are $5; a “Happy Meal” with a 7 oz High Life + a shot of whiskey (Evan Williams per the bartender) is offered. Because why not, I got the “Butter Corn Old Fashioned” which was boozy as the menu claimed-made with butter washed bourbon, bitters, demara, and black walnut; garnished with a maraschino cherry. Not gonna lie, I liked it and probably is worth might be even worth the $12 it costs.

Butter Corn Old Fashioned and Popcorn

Food options are slim: a hot dog (a follower said it was great-$6 made by Autumn Olive Farms; $1 more for chili on it), $5 ice cream sandwich, and $2 freshly made popcorn (nothing special, but tasted good). Hot dogs are $4 and popcorn is free during happy hour. No corn dogs or cotton candy so far, though mentioned in initial releases.

The Iro…er, The Boardwalk, basement bar

Based on Twitter chatter, none of the bartenders from Iron Horse (which was apparently popular with industry late night crowd in the neighborhood) are with this new incarnation. Twitter reaction has not been kind. Here are a sampling of comments, bulleted for your edification (like those meme stealers on Instagram, I’m taking all the credit for these):

  • I was really excited to go to this boardwalk themed bar which surely wasn’t going to attract a bunch of annoying people but then I saw High Life was $7 and I decided to shut my face in a car door repeatedly instead
  • So they closed a great bar to reopen as an awful bar. Awesome.
  • Before a Caps game there’s nothing I want to do more than drink a candy apple spritz
  • I went for a drink tonight to see what they did to Iron Horse. The people that created this monstrosity definitely have this sign [that says ‘live’ ‘laugh’ ‘love;’]. The entire place reminds me of that episode of Bar Rescue when they turned Piratz in Silver Spring into a corporate bar.
  • Iron Horse was a great late night industry place. Boardwalk on the other hand will not be…looks like Jackpot will benefit from IH closing
  • It sounds like an the menu looks like a touristy cash grab.
  • “Have you tried their butter corn old fashioned?” is code for “I just moved here recently from out of state”
  • …we lost Iron Horse for this?
  • Trash.
  • Just walked by…no thank you…
  • This is awful.
  • F this place. Bring back Iron Horse Taproom.
  • I give that place a year maybe 2. Should’ve opened it in Clarendon.
  • Wellp. So much for this place. That’s just disappointing as hell.
  • Is there an upcharge for “Boardwalk Lager” champagne service?
  • Already hate this place. Iron Horse had a great drought list, and happy hour applied to everything. Hate it when they throw the lousiest beer on their happy hour menu and call it a day. Losing both Iron Horse and Penn Commons was a major blow for HH in Chinatown.
  • $7 for a Miller Lite. The Boardwalk is the bourgeoisie.
  • First RFD is gone… Then Iron Horse…now THIS bullshit?
  • the worst part is there will still be tons of people there paying $7 for a damn miller lite.
  • I just got a lot less excited.
  • God damn it
  • Lol wtf seriously #MillerHighLife $7 huh well I know where I wont bring the kitchen cooks and bar staff… damn guys you need to stay more competitive with the other bars… what the hell is up with your beer prices
  • That draft list is just a bit ersatz compared to iron horse.
  • $7 for a high life?! this place will be closed by next baseball season.
  • Have they even SEEN a beach before—no one is paying 7 dollars for a damn Miller Lite. Also, what’s with no hard seltzer??
  • No boardwalk fries, no orange crush. Sick.
  • Somehow a cocktail being on tap makes me feel significantly worse about paying $12 for it.

 

 

Island Time Bar and Grill – DC’s Most Secret Bar Is Off the … GW Parkway.

The Bar at Island Time Bar & Grill at Columbia Island off GW Parkway, in DC.

Yes, the headline is true. Legally speaking, islands in the Potomac River between DC and Arlington/Alexandria are part of the District of Columbia. This includes Columbia Island, where’ll you find the traffic circle opposite the Lincoln Memorial at the end of Memorial Bridge, and about 1.3 miles of George Washington Parkway towards I-395.

Also on this island is the LBJ Memorial Grove as well as the Columbia Island Marina overlooking the Pentagon Lagoon. Part of this marina is one of the more chill and somewhat unknown bars in DC, Island Time Bar and Grill. This seasonal outdoor spot is open from mid-April to late September and, during the Memorial Day – Labor Day period, Noon-7p Wednesday-Sunday (closed Mon-Tuesday). An outdoor bar with a friendly bartender is covered, as is a large patio. Live music is played every week (usually Saturday late afternoons). Drinks include $8 crushes (my Grapefruit Crush was made with Deep Eddy Ruby Red vodka and fresh squeezed fruit) and cocktails, several beers (including a few on draft), and $7 wines. Food is pretty standard fare; I hear the $16 crabcake sandwich is solid. Clientele is a mix of younger couples, cyclists taking a break, and older folks about to get on their boats.

Island Time Bar & Grill overlooks Pentagon Lagoon

The bar can be reached by car via GW Parkway Southbound or by bike/foot/scooter by taking the Mt Vernon Trail north from I-395 and taking an underpass under GW Parkway after crossing a short bridge.

One reason the spot hasn’t been on my radar: like other spots on National Park Service or Smithsonian properties in DC, no ABRA liquor license is required.

 

Bike Racks Often Full

Duke’s Grocery Comes to Foggy Bottom

Duke’s Grocery, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW #3500 (at I), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, website, est. 2019, 11a-late, HH Noon-7p M-F ($5 select beer & wine, rails) opens in Foggy Bottom on Thursday, May 30th. The new spot, which is still located at it’s original location in Dupont Circle (17th & P, opened in Sept 2013; full disclosure, Barred in DC lived across the street for a couple years and is friends with co-owner Daniel Kramer) and its similar Duke’s Counter location across from the Zoo (Connecticut Ave, opened in July 2016), comes to the long-vacated legendary Kinkead’s space (23 years there) at the Shops at Penn.

The third location is the biggest yet with more space for posting up at the bar and bar area (dining room behind the bar); lots of exposed brick, bar height tables. New space provides flexibility for many more plate and entree options than the amazing sandwiches (and of course one of DC’s top burgers, the Proper Burger) Also there are 12 draft lines (solidly priced at $7-8, including Brewdog IPA) and a much larger cocktail menu (almost all $12-13).

Dining Space

Barred in DC stopped by and sampled the incredible “Dark Wings” (which include a large cup of mussels, huge duck wings that are battered that look like legs, and pretzel rolls, all for an amazing $15), the octopus romesco with a ton of octopus and well cooked pasta, and a tremendous lobster bisque with popcorn. Great refreshing drinks included classics like the Pimm’s Cup, Sidecar and Citrus Crush, as well as newer drinks like the Cucumber Rickey.

The bar. Really dig the legally-required draft beer labels

This is a big development for the Foggy Bottom bar scene and adds to the great Bindaas a few doors down and the uber-popular Founding Farmers half a block down the street. Note that the Farragut West (18th st entrance) and Foggy Bottom Metro’s are equidistant at 1/4 mile away. Perhaps in two years, Duke’s will be one of the anchors for the “Western Market,” a planned renovation to the complex with new vendors and eateries.

Beer & wine opening menu

Cocktail opening menu

“Dark Wing” duck wings, mussels, and pretzel bread for $15 is amazing

Loved the Popcorn Bisque (lobster broth)

Another view of the mural

Great English touch

The signage inside; a walk-up window to-go may be available here

Outside showing where patio seating will go

Astoria Comes to 17th Street in Dupont

Astoria (1521 17th St. NW (b/t Q & P), 5p-2a Sun-Th, 5p-3a Mon, Instagram, Washingtonian), from Devin Gong and the folks that brought you the great cocktail + bao/dumplings/skewers H Street spot, Copycat Co., opened Wednesday, April 24th (as first reported by PoPville). This 17th Street spot, in the long-vacant space between JR’s and Agora, focuses on Sichuan food and cocktails. Surprisingly, there has been a dearth of media/PR-driven hype about this spot, despite the awesomeness of Copycat. Only the Washington Business Journal contributed any original reporting on this spot, and that was back in April 2018 (Note: Washingtonian posted a more legit opening article a few hours after this was published.  So Barred in DC swung by its first Friday in operation for a first look. In short, this place, really a fancier version of Copycat with more significant food options, is tremendous, and there may be nothing set up like it in DC.

The drink menu is comprised almost entirely $14 cocktails. Like Copycat, the base menu consists of classic cocktails (Bourbon Smash, Caipirinha, Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned, Daiquris/Gimlets, Painkiller) with “Suggestions” for variations. When I visited there was an additional seven cocktails that were featured (presumably rotating on a regular basis). I got the Banana Painkiller (featured) plus a Boulevard Smash (bourbon smash with campari). Many of the drinks come in For those that prefer something cheaper to drink, $6 TsingTao and PBR cans, $8 3 Stars, and $14 Brooklyn or Anderson Valley Boont Amber (large format presumably), along with $12 wine by glass options were also available.

For the Sichuan cuisine (spicy, though some items are not traditional), 12 items (all $14) are available. Some are labeled as a “snack”, while many are labeled as a “dish” (which I think means it’s a bigger portion). The items included Dan Dan noodles, chili wonton, chimichurri, water boiled beef la-zi chicken, ma po tofu, sweet & sour ribs, walnut shrimp, veggie triple delight, basil eggplant, pork fried rice, and sober soup (borrowed from Copycat). The menu suggests 1 per person for a snack, 2 for a meal, and 3 if you’re really hungry. We had dan dan noodles, chili wonton (small size), and water boiled beef (good size). The place isn’t cheap (split a dish and 4 cocktails with Mrs. Barred and spent around $90) but it will definitely be popular.

The Banana Painkiller (left) and Pikachu No. 2

Space-wise, the very narrow establishment (sits maybe 50 people) greets patrons with a host at the door (who manages seating for the tables) and a bright, airy nook for waiting or posting up front for drinks. Around 5-6 deep blue, plush booths (4 or 6 seats) make up the first half of the establishment. A long, copper (or gold?) topped bar then extends back towards the rear (with shelving on top with bottles). This is where things get really interesting-aside from 2 stools at either end, there are NO seats directly at the bar. Instead, along the wall, pairs of stools face each other (with a table/rail running the length of the wall with bump outs for the table). When the place isn’t super busy, you still can talk to and order from the bartender, even though they are like 6 feet away. At other times when people are actually standing at the bar ordering, servers or other staff take orders (one snag so far is that it hard to figure out who exactly to order from which resulted in dropped orders for some in our group). Finally, in the back there are a couple more tables (including ones that fit a ton of people and/or are communal). Make sure you check out the ornate AF bathrooms when you visit. A 25-seat patio apparently awaits soon.

Also, the name: Astoria. A staffer told me that one of the owners if from New York, and the name is a homage to the famous bar at the Waldorf Astoria hotel as the bar was meant to be evocative of it.

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Idle Hands a Solid Addition to the H Street Scene

 

[NOTE: This bar closed at end of September 2018]

 

Idle Hands [Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, 1236 H St. NE, open at 6p, est. 2018] is a solid addition to H Street from Hill bar owner Erik Holzherr. Idle Hands comes to the space that was the super (overly?) chill Church & State. Erik also ran Church & State so the space is still recognizable and many of the cool church-like touches (like windows and the confessional room off the bar) and the relative lack of light remain. Think board games (available for rent for a few bucks except from 6-7:30p M-F and Sun when they’re free), a few arcade games you can sit your drink on, video games. Unlike Church & State, which offered great cocktails which took forever to make, Idle Hands menu is simplified, with a list of 7 quick and easy (but still tasty) $9-11 cocktails named after late 80s/90s movies, 2 housemade shots (“fireball” & “coffee liqueur”), about 14 types of canned/bottled beer (mostly around $7), and wine ($8-11/glass). Happy hour runs 6-7:30p M-F and Sun with a buck off wine and beer and $5 off bottles of wine.

Holzherr made the place much livelier, enlisting his friend to create speakers made out of cardboard and pumping out 90s tunes. You could call Idle Hands a more adult/less divey version of Atlas Arcade downstairs (also run by Holzherr, who appears to own the rowhouse, as he does his SE gin joint Wisdom).

Also, you may have heard the controversy stemming from marketing materials/interviews which talked about the bar being a “sexy nerd bar,” Drunken Twister (which incidentally may be hard to play since space is so tight) and infamously, the “casting couch” (Read DCist, WCP). The bar was blasted in social media and in Frozen Tropics blog comments, which led to a post by Erik on The Hill is Home blog apologizing but defending himself from the “anonymity of the Internet.” As someone who has met Erik many times (I live near Wisdom and am a lifetime member of the bar’s Gin Club), the vibe people are getting from those descriptions is different than the super chill, laid back dude I’ve met, so I’m giving the benefit of the doubt, but I understand if others are not.