2018 H Street Festival Bar Specials

Here’s a quick list of bars and specials for the 2018 H Street Festival, today Saturday October 13, 2018. The festival runs from Noon to 7pm.

4th-5th Streets

  • The Big Board
    • extended “New Belgium patio” with $5 New Belgium drafts/cans
    • $3 hot dogs, “crazy” corn, cookies
    • games + giveaways
    • $20 credit/debit card minimum
  • Bar Elena
    • $4 hot cider (add $3 bourbon shot)
    • other food/drink deals
  • Nando’s
    • extended patio

7th-10th Streets

  • Taqueria Rosticeria
    • extended patio
  • Po Boy Jim
    • extended patio
    • Po Boy eating competition at 7p (no utensils)
    • DJ
  • Dio Wine Bar
    • culmination of 1 year anniversary celebration
    • “autumn-inspired, warm and whimsical wine garden”
  • Dirty Water
    • will be crazy with UGa-LSU at 3:30 and Sox game at 8
    • extended patio
  • Chupacabra
    • extended patio

10th-12th Streets

  • The Haymaker
    • extended patio
  • Duffy’s Irish Pub
    • 20 oz specials: $6 Guinness (on tap), $5 Guinness Blonde, $4 Miller Lite
    • $3 PBR/Natty Boh Tall Boys
    • sidewalk patio sales
  • Ben’s Upstairs
    • drink specials upstairs
  • Little Miss Whiskey’s
    • beer garden out front
  • Cusbah
    • $8 Crown Royal (including flavors)
    • $6 Smirnoff
    • $5 Brooklyn Summer Ale
  • Choong Man
    • extended patio

12th-13th Streets

  • The Queen Vic
    • Jameson Irish Whiskey Double Decker bus parked in front
  • Sticky Rice
    • open
    • extended patio
  • On the Rocks
    • extended patio
  • The Pug
    • open
  • Granville Moore’s
    • extended patio
    • $5 Ommegang Short Sleeve saison and Boulevard Jam Band cans / $7 Duvel and Ommegang Nirvana IPA
  • Dynamix Lounge
    • extended patio

13th-15th Streets

  • Dangerously Delicious Pies
    • extended patio
    • Free live music upstairs in Pie Shop starting at 2p-midnight (shows on the hour)
  • Hill Prince
    • Federalist Pig BBQ stand in front!
    • extended patio
  • Biergarten Haus
    • huge beer garden in front
    • Brats and beers in festival area cash only
  • RedRocks H Street
    • extended patio
    • DJ sets all day
    • $8 House Sangria / $10 Tropical Red Bull slushies / $6 Draft beer & cans / $7 Sankofa Hypebiscus pale ale
    • $8 Redrocks spicy sweet chili wings, $14 whole pepperoni neapolitan pizzas / $12 whole cheese pizzas / $8 ravioli pomodora
  • H Street Country Club
    • patio extended onto street
  • Rock and Roll Hotel
    • “Browdown Throwdown 7”
    • Free open to all ages
    • Bands 1st floor, DJs on 2nd floor and rooftop
    • extended patio
  • Star and Shamrock
    • open
    • extended patio
  • Sospeso
    • special menu 9a-9p
    • balcony open
  • Impala
    • $5 Modelo, Corona cans / $6 Pacifico draft
  • Stable
    • extended patio
  • IMM on H
    • extended patio
  • The Pursuit
    • $8 Rose
    • $35 Rose all day
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Gin Bar Wisdom Celebrates a Decade in Hill East

Wisdom

Wisdom, the low key gin emporium next to the Potomac Ave. Metro in Hill East, celebrates ten years in business the week of October 14th-20th. Owner Erik Holzherr has established both a great neigborhood spot and where gin lovers come to sample an extensive selection.

Specials (including normal HH specials)/Hours (subject to change for anniversary week)

All Week
The Blue Hour: $10 Bluecoat Martinis during Happy Hour (open until 7:30p except on Sat.)
Sunday, Oct. 14 (5-11p)
Free Gin & Tonic
(first drink free + bartender’s choice)
Monday, Oct. 15 (5:30p-midnight)
$3 Craft Beer
 
Tuesday, Oct. 16 (5:30p-midnight)
1/2 Price Gin & Tonics for Gin Club Members
Wednesday, Oct. 17 (5:30p-midnight)
$5 Wine
Thursday, Oct. 18 (5:30p-midnight)
BIRTHDAY PARTY
with cake + a celebratory toast
Friday, Oct. 19 (5:30p-2a)
Complimentary Welcome Punch
Saturday, Oct. 20 (5:30p-2a)
$10 Nolet’s Martinis

Prohibition-Inspired Spot, Heller & Wilde, Opens in Foggy Bottom


Heller & Wilde
[2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Facebook, website] has soft-opened in Foggy Bottom in the former Bayou (barely Alfred House) space. The spot calls itself a “Prohibition era inspired pub with turn of the century food and classic cocktail menu in the West End neighborhood.” Bayou, which had frequent live music, closed last summer 2017, with the private-party only Alfred House closed New Year’s Day.

See some photos here.

Philly Transplant Misconduct Tavern Coming to Penn Quarter

Misconduct Tavern is coming to Penn Quarter [707 G St. NW, website, Facebook, Twitter]. The nautical-themed spot currently has two locations in downtown Philadelphia and is taking over the Redline (and short-lived 10 Tavern) prime space right across from the Capital One Area. The bar will apparently be an upscale sports bar with craft beer, solid burgers & house-made hot dogs, and other pub food (sounds fairly similar to another Philly transplant a few blocks away-City Tap House). The original Misconduct opened near Rittenhouse Square in 2005 (“Misconduct” was apparently the name of the 1st owner’s boat); the second in 2015.

Redline was in the spot from 2010-2016, while 10 Tavern lasted just 15 months, closing back in April. Before that, lounge Indeblu was in the space from 2004 to 2009.

City-State Brewing Coming to Ivy City in 2019

Credit: City-State Brewing (http://citystatebrewing.com/about/)

City-State Brewing, [Twitter, website, Instagram] which has had a name, a concept, a brewer, and some home-brewed beers since at least October 2016, has signed a lease to open in Ivy City in spring/summer 2019. City-State, which comes from James Warner, is slated to open in the Hecht’s warehouse development from Douglas Properties. Eater (Warren Rojas) reported in April 2017 that the brewery has been looking for a 30-barrel, 10,000 square foot facility.

According to its website, City-State claims to be the first all-bottle lineup in DC (though surely will sell draft beer via kegs) with 11.2 oz. Steinie bottles to differentiate from competition. The line-up is slated to have at least 5 different beers: an Abbey Dubbel, Dark Wheat, IPA, Saison, and a Maibox (all with great names and labels)

Warner has partnered with Mothersauce Partners and Nick Freshman, who co-owns Spider Kelly’s in Ballston and has partnered to open up the new The Eleanor in Noma.

As mentioned above, this spot has been in the works for a couple years as Warner and partners (some awkward back-story here) have looked for investors.

Once this spot opens a year or so from now, City-State will join DC’s other production breweries with sales off-site, after DC Brau, Atlas, 3 Stars, Hellbender, Right Proper, Bluejacket, and likely the new Red Bear coming to the old Uline Arena in NoMa (now known for REI), RIP Chocolate City!

Tiki Trail Returns to DC for August

Selection of tiki drinks offered at McClellan’s Retreat, including mugs available for purchase


Tiki Trail DC
(Website, Facebook, Instagram)  returns to DC for a month-long celebration of tiki starting Wednesday August 1st, ending Friday August 31st. The treasure hunt has grown 50% from last year, to 12 bars (listed below). A free map is available at each of the bars; with a tiki drink purchase, each bar will give you a clue. When you get all the clues from all spots, the secret location and accompanying invitation will be unveiled for the end-of-the-trail luau held in September. Portion of proceeds will go to Island People Recovery, aimed to helping Puerto Rico recover from devastating Hurricane Maria.

Horizontal Mambo drink at McClellan’s Retreat. Serves 2-3 ($25)

The Tiki Trail is the brainchild of the management team (including The Trusted Barman, Brian Nixon) from McClellan’s Retreat & Truxton Inn; this year the signature presidential/political tiki mugs from sister spot Barrel/PoliTiki will also be available for purchase at McClellan’s Retreat & Truxton Inn as well (you can see some of those mugs featured at McClellan’s Retreat above; note that if you order any drink in the mug a deposit will be required).

Obama Mama drink. Made with Cotton & Reed rum at McClellan’s Retreat

Participating Venues 

Georgetown

  • Farmers, Fishers, Bakers

Dupont Circle/Adams Morgan

  • McClellan’s Retreat
  • Bar Charley
  • Jack Rose

U Street/Columbia Heights

  • Archipelago
  • Service Bar
  • Good Silver

Shaw/Bloomingdale

  • Truxton Inn
  • The Passenger/Hogo

H Street/NoMa/Eastern Market

  • Copycat & Co.
  • Cotton & Reed
  • Barrel/PoliTiki
Joe Biden mug at McClellan’s Retreat
MAGA in Russian Mug

The Next Laotian Spot from the Thip Khao Folks is coming to Shaw.

Logo of existing Thip Khao

This morning, Jessica Sidman of the Washingtonian reported that the folks behind the awesome Columbia Heights Laotian restaurant, Thip Khao, were opening up a 3rd (1st is in Seven Corners in NoVa) restaurant somewhere in DC this fall. The owners did not reveal the neighborhood or the name of the restaurant, which will have a completely different menu than Thip Khao and will seat 40-50.

A reliable source* informs me that this spot will be coming to Shaw, around 7th and Q NW. The new place will almost assuredly be in the 1st floor space at 1604 7th St NW, directly north of Dacha. Dan Silverman posted scuttlebutt in summer of 2016 that a Lao noodle shop would be coming to this very space; it does not appear that particular concept will be coming, but should be exciting nonetheless.  A building permit (Excel link alert) for restaurant build-out was issued in fall 2017 to Bobby Pradachith, a Thip Khao co-owner/chef. This source also informed me that neighbors should expect longer hours (lunch? breakfast?) with an expanded focus on cocktails, which J Sidman also reported.

For NoMa/east siders who saw my earlier Tweet , there still may be good news. Last week, ABRA approved (see p 24) a tavern liquor license transfer application for a spot called Laos in Town in the Loree Grand building at 250 K St NE. The only retail spot in the building, TD Burger, which opened in 2013, appears to be closed (phone is disconnected and online orders are no longer available), so perhaps another Laotian spot is coming to town. The only other place to get Laotian food, the food truck Sang on Wheels, apparently stopped serving earlier this year (Sang is now on scissors at the Dupont Hair Cuttery).

* “Reliable” meaning I have never met this person nor know their name. They did tweet at me once. I think this checks out though.