Comprehensive Guide to Sandwiches on Capitol Hill

Since it’s not even close to relevant to Barred in DC, but totally relevant to my selfish life, I compiled a listing of sandwiches in DC on The Hill is Home website. Check it out.


EatBar Closes, Again


Eatbar has closed once again, this time after 3 years on Barracks Row. The Neighborhood Restaurant Row bar/restaurant, which was resurrected with much Washington Post fanfare on March 31, 2016 (was supposed to open in fall 2015) after being open in Lyon Park in Arlington from 2007-2014, announced earlier this evening on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook that its last day would be next Friday March 15th.

Barred in DC likely swiped its credit card more times at this bar than any bar in DC during that time, mostly owing to its tremendous happy hour (one of the best in the District-$4 craft beer, wine, cocktails and bites M-F 4-7p) which was conveniently on way home from work. Red Apron Burger essentially merged to the location in September 2017.

This closure shouldn’t be stunning, for a number of reasons. Capitol Hill, aside from a few spots, isn’t a strong market for bars yet, considering its lack of density and plethora of young families-young folks aren’t flocking there. The block of Capitol Hill in which it was located, is known for being a “problem block” for the neighborhood with lots of loitering and panhandling. Inside, the space has very narrow with not that much room for groups (including, key for the neighborhood, kids with their parents) and the designer did no service by creating wayy too bulky bar seats to guarantee that there could not be that great of a bar scene. Aside from happy hour, the place was often empty and relied on UberEats/delivery services to send out its burgers. Recently it cut back on Monday service.

And perhaps the main reason-NRG is focused on opening its multi-concept spot just over a half mile/one metro spot away, The Roost, which will feature bars featuring beer and cocktails as well as Red Apron Burger (perhaps sushi, pizza, and tacos as well). Eatbar pretty much acknowledges this fact in its announcement.

Barred in DC 6th Anniversary Party + Celebration of Favorite Drinking Block in City – Saturday March 9th – 5p – The Pug

To commemorate Barred in DC’s Twitter followers’ favorite drinking block in DC, the 1200 Block of H St. NE, as well as the awful day six years ago when this site/Twitter account was launched, Barred in DC will be celebrating this upcoming Saturday, March 9th.

The festivities start at 5p at The Pug (1234 H St. NE; ed. note: the 14th worst bar in DC), where it will remain till Barred in DC’s ADHD hits (so probably around 7:30-8pish at the earliest, but keep abreast of the Twitter account for any moves to nearby spots on the same block or the 2nd favorite block in DC (the 1300 block). Pizza (from the local gourmet joint, a.k.a. Pizza Hut) will be available on the early side, while supplies last. Free autographs as well. The Pug promises a West Virginia-themed drink, in honor of Barred in DC’s home state.

The Eastern, New Wine Bar Coming to Eastern Market, Hopes to Open in May/June

As first reported extensively last month by WCP’s Laura Hayes, The Eastern, a new wine bar from the owners of Barrel, is coming to the new 700 Penn building in Eastern Market. It will be located along 7th St. SE across from Pitango. At last night’s ANC 6B ABC meeting, owners Mike Schuster and Matt Weiss laid out a few additional plans about the new concept:

  • Hopes to open this May/June
  • Despite not having a hood for much stovetop cooking/grilling, will serve enough food for folks to have dinner (small plates, charcuterie, possibly house-made pasta;
  • Plan on serving weekend brunch starting around 10:30a (tentative);
  • There will be around 50 seats interior, 30 seats outside;
  • Slightly larger than Truxton Inn (owned by Weiss);
  • 30-50 wines available by glass
  • Full bar available.

Weiss explained that Stanton-Eastbanc, the building developers wanted a wine bar for the space and they were able to make a deal.

During the meeting, the committee (partial disclosure: I’m a member) voted to support the application for a tavern license with full interior hours authorized and somewhat long patio hours considering fact there are no residents directly above or across street. Expect the full ANC to support application next week with liquor license approved shortly thereafter.

Hill East Don’t-Call-It-A-Food-Hall Food Hall From NRG Appears to Have a Name: The Roost

The Don’t-Call-It-A-Mini-Union-Market-Or-Food-Hall multi-concept establishment coming to Hill East from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group later this year or in 2020 across from the Potomac Ave. Metro apparently has its name: The Roost. This name appeared on the website (see above, but who knows if it will be taken down after this post) for the building in which it will be located at 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Blackbird (DCist or PoPville commenters will have a field day with the quotes and imagery being used to advertise the 170-apartment mixed used development; these quotes also front the building during construction).

My earlier post (which demanded a retraction from NRG but was confirmed by big J journalists 2 months later), contains details on the possible concepts inside The Roost, including beer & wine/cocktail bars, tacos, pizzas, etc.

Thanks to a tipster neighbor (dunno if he wants to be identified) for alerting Barred in DC to the website.

Note: I did not ask NRG for confirmation if this is accurate because I’m not a real journalist and I wanted to put this out there.

1200 Block of H Street NE is DC’s Favorite Block to Drink On

1200 Block of H St. NE

After a series of Twitter polls stretching over a week, the 1200 Block of H Street NE (between 12th and 13th) has been crowned DC’s favorite block to drink on. In a poll open for 3 days, the 1200 block avenged its first round loss to the 1300 block (which was previously undefeated in 3 poll rounds) to eek out a 53%-47% victory. This is despite fact that nearly half the block is occupied by an AutoZone and its parking lot. Bars/spots to drink include: Nomad Hookah, The Queen Vic, Dynamix Lounge, Sticky Rice (and the SingSing Karaoke Palace), Toki Underground (though hard to drop in and get a drink), The Pug, Granville Moore’s, On the Rocks (all on north side of street, west to east); and in southeast corner, Smith Commons and Sol (upstairs cantina to reopen in spring).

Other popular drinking blocks:

  • 1200 H (Sospeso, RedRocks, Impala, Biergarten Haus, Rock N Roll Hotel, Star and Shamrock, Hill Prince, Pie Shop, H Street Country Club)
  • 1200 9th/Blagden (favorite in Shaw) (Calico, Tiger Fork, Columbia Room, Lost & Found, Espita, The Dabney Cellar)
  • 3700 14th St NW (favorite in Columbia Heights/Petworth area) (Lyman’s Tavern, Red Derby, Mezcalero)
  • 900 U St NW (favorite on U Street) (The Brixton, Dirty Goose, El Rey, Velvet Lounge, Dodge City, Nellie’s, Service Bar)
  • 1800 14th St NW (favorite in Logan Circle) (Destination Wedding, Garden District, Black Cat, Masa 14, El Centro DF, Bar Pilar, St. Ex)
  • 2400 18th St. NW (favorite in Adam Morgan) (Songbyrd, Smoke & Barrel, Grand Central, Mellow Mushroom, Shenanigans)
  • 3600 Georgia Ave. NW (Reliable Tavern, DC Reynolds, The Looking Glass Lounge)

The 2018-2019 Federal Shutdown Specials

Specials for shutdown which started December 21st and affected 40% of government (many furloughed employees, many working with delayed pay). More specials can also be found at Washingtonian, DCist, Eater, plus guides on things to do at BYT and WCP ;the WBJ/Top Shelf exploration of the business reason for shutdown special is great. Follow @barredindc on Twitter for updates. [The one-off event Fri, Jan 25th at Players Club is great, Noon-4p with free Timber Pizza, Stella Artois and games. First 250 to enter with gov’t ID]

Federal Employee ID Required:

Every federal employee with an ID, even if not in an agency affected (if you’re a contractor I bet your badge will work) will get the benefits of these shutdown specials, since benefits have to federal government-wide (for my edification I’ve bolded the ones I’ve been to):

Take Advantage Daytime During Week (also night unless otherwise; some closed Mondays so check):

  • Jose Andres restaurants (all in PQ/Chinatown except stated) – free sandwich from 2-5p everyday (tip at least $2 on the sandwich and order at the very least a non-alcoholic drink, unless you’re actually working with paycheck indefinitely delayed and are thus pressed for time)
    • Oyamel – torta suadero (brisket)
    • Zaytina – chicken schwarma
    • China Chilcano – pan con pollo (chicken salad)
    • Jaleo – Flauta de Jamón Serrano (ham)
    • Beefsteak (Dupont/Foggy Bottom) – beefsteak burger
    • America Eats Tavern (Georgetown) – pulled pork
  • Carmine’s (PQ/Chinatown) – $6 bittersweet cocktail/ HH menu all day at bar + free sliders 2-4p at bar (open at 11:30a)
  • Capitol Lounge (Cap Hill) – $5 drink specials (open 4p M-W, 11a Thu-Fri)
  • The Brighton (The Wharf) – 10% off food (open 11a, 10a wknds)
  • Brookland’s Finest – HH pricing all day (open 11a M-F, 10a wknds)
  • The Big Stick (Navy Yard) – extended $4 all drafts/house wine/rails HH (11:30-7p instead of just 3-7p) + 18% off food (open 11:30a)
  • Catch 22 (Brightwood) – 15% off final bill (not applicable to HH) (open Noon Tue-Sat, 11a Sun, closed Mon; BOGO select 3-5p Tue-F)
  • District Doughnut (Barracks Row, Gtown, The Wharf) – free coffee with purchase (open 7a/8a depending on location)
  • Mr. Henry’s (Eastern Market) – HH all day/night (open 11:15a M-F, 10a wknds)
  • Commissary (Logan Circle) – $15 bottomless mimosas or bloodys, Mon-Fri 8a-4p
  • Espita (Shaw) – half-priced margarita or Mayahuel mezcal (so $6.50 instead of $13) (open 11a, closed 2-4p M-F; 10:30a wknds)
  • BKK Cookshop (Shaw) – all day HH (noon-10p, normally 4-7p): $5 wine, $5 draft Singha, $3 BeerLao, & complimentary wontons w/purchase (open at noon)
  • DC Reynolds (Park View) – 11a-2p – $6 sandwich + non-alcoholic beverage deal (reduced from $9) + during BOGO hours (5-9p M-F), feds can claim free drink from others who’ve left BOGO ticket (open at 11a)
  • Beau Thai (Shaw, Mt. Pleasant) – all day weekdays HH (open at 11a)
  • Breadfurst (Van Ness) – staff discount, apparently 30% (open at 7a M-F, 8a wknds)
  • Casolare (Glover Park) – “Treason to Believe” (like a White Russian) – 1st one free to Feds (open all day)
  • The Riggsby (Dupont) – Mulling With You warm, mulled red wine – 1st one free to feds (open all day)
  • Cork Wine Bar (14th/Logan) – all day HH specials (open at 11a)
  • Across the Pond (Dupont) – 10% off check (not combine with normal specials) (open at 11a)
  • Taco Bamba (Chinatown location only) – one traditional taco (open 8:30a M-F, 10a wknds)
  • Sonoma (Capitol Hill) – 20% discount (excludes HH and other promos) any time open (open 11:30a M-F (closed 2:30-4:30p), 5 Sat, 11a Sundays)
  • Pizzeria Paradiso (Dupont, Gtown Spring Valley, other locations) – $30 meal for 2 includes 2 apps and 1 large pizza – available to Fed employees & contractors (bring business card)
  • Bar Deco (PQ/Chinatown) – $8 Manhattans + 20% off bill (excluding booze) (open 11:30a M-F, 11a wknds)
  • BBQ Bus Smokehouse (Brightwood) – 25% off (open at 11a, closed M)
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar (Dupont, Cap Hill, The Wharf) – all day HH + 1/2 off select items
  • Ted’s Bulletin (14th/U, Cap Hill) – all day HH for draft beer, wine, & cocktails M-F (open for drinks at 8a)
  • Supra (Shaw) – 1 free HH menu item with the purchase of any wine, beer, cocktail, or Georgian soft drink. HH also extended during the shutdown, from 2-6p (instead of 3-6p)
  • Charlie Palmer Steak (near Cap Hill) – 11:30a-2:30p free Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with citrus slaw, tomato, and cajun remoulade -add fries + a Blue Point Toasted Lager for $12
  • Rasa (Navy Yard) – 25% off bowls + all day HH (open at 11a)
  • Nando’s (possibly only Navy Yard) – 20% off food
  • Willie’s (Navy Yard) – all day HH
  • Gordon Biersch (Navy Yard) – 20% off
  • Toki Underground (H St) – $5 classic ramen bowl from 11:30a-2:30p Tues-Thurs
  • Good Stuff Eatery (Cap Hill location only) – free snack fry and fountain soda w/ purchase of burger
  • Santa Maria Taqueria (Cap Hill) – BOGO Sauza Tequila Margarita
  • LEON (Downtown) – 50% off
  • Equinox (Downtown) – 20% off
  • Via Umbria (Georgetown) – free Aperol spritz
  • Homestead (Petworth) – free shot
  • Penn Commons (PQ/Chinatown) – $3 Bud Light drafts
  • RiRa Georgetown – free shepherd’s pie
  • Emissary (Dupont) – all day HH
  • Radiator (Logan) – free “Furlough Fix” cocktail
  • Shop Made in DC (Dupont) – claim Pay it Furloughed Beer
  • Kramerbooks (Dupont) – free dessert or appetizer on weekdays
  • Tryst (Adams Morgan) – 10% off
  • Bestoli’s Pizza (Adams Morgan) – 50% off food
  • Luwich Cafe (Capitol Hill) – 25% off for feds and family
  • Mirabelle (Downtown) – free Tiger burger
  • Milk Bar (Chinatown/PQ) – free coffee or cereal milk soft serve)
  • District Winery (Navy Yard) – Half price bottles and entrees at restaurant, and half price flights at tasting bar

Mostly Only Available During Late Afternoon/Evening or Weekend Daytime Due to Biz Hours

  • &pizza – free pizza 3-5p everyday ($5 pies available to contractor employees) [ENDED 1/20, now visit Broccoli Pizza location in Shaw from 11a-6p for free hot meals]
  • DC Brau – Special hours (Tues/Wed 3-8p, open at 4p Thu, and 3p Fri) + Discount on beers in tasting room based on day of shutdown (32% on 1/22, e.g.) + Free flagship beer via Pay It Furloughed 
  • Valor BrewPub (Barracks Row) – HH 4p-close + $7 food specials (only available on weekends)
  • City Winery (Ivy City) – $1 glass of City Winery wine on tap (open at 5p weekdays, 2p weekends)
  • Satellite Room (Shaw) – $2 pizza slice special + pizza/shot combo special (open at 5p, closed on Mondays)
  • Capitol Cider House (Petworth) – extended HH 4-8p (closed Mon-Wed, open 4p Th-Fri, 11a wknds)
  • Dacha (Shaw) – $10 Pilsner boots (winter hours: open 4p M-Th, 3p F, noon wknds)
  • Ten Tigers (Petworth) – $7 Sapparo + shot combo (open 5p Wed-Sun, closed Mon-Tues)
  • The Bird (Shaw) – HH extended all night at bar + $5 beer/shot Shot Down for What combo special (Narranganset can and something else) (open 5p M-Th, 4p F, 11a wknds)
  • Little Havana (Columbia Heights) – half-off drinks (open 3p M-F, 10a wkdys)
  • Dino’s Grotto (Shaw) (bar only) – HH all day (so extended from 7-10p & noon-5p on Saturdays, already all day Sunday/all night Monday) – includes $4 select drafts, $6 house wine/prosecco/bellini, $8 signature cocktails and $5 bar snacks [contractor employees on furlough can also get this] (open 5p M-Sat, noon Sun)
  • Nama Sushi (Mt. Vernon Square) – “Take Me to Japan” glass of sake – 1st one free to feds (open at 5p)
  • Tico (14th/Logan) – Rum With Us punch – 1st one free to feds (open at 3p M-F, 10a wknds)
  • Alta Strada (Mt. Vernon Square) – Overflowing Prosecco glass – 1 free to feds (open at 4p M-F, 10:30a wknds)
  • Reliable Tavern (Petworth) – $8 Old Fashioneds, $5 house beers, and discount on crystal clear ice to take home (open at 5p M-Sat, noon Sun)
  • The Queen Vic (H Street) – 18% off check (open at 5p M-F, 10a wknds, sometimes earlier for soccer)
  • Wisdom (Cap Hill East) – 15% off (open at 5:30 except Sun, when open at 5p)
  • Atlas Brew Works (Ivy City) – Free flagship beers via Pay It Furloughed. + possible 15% discount on others (open at 4p M-F, 11a wknds)
  • Rock and Roll Hotel (H Street) – HH all night after 6p on rooftop ($3 PBR, $4 Bud/Light/rails, 1/2 price wings, $1 off everythign else (usually just til 8p on show nights and all night long on non-show nights)
  • Sweetgreen (all over) – free signature salad 6-8p Fri-Sun 1/11-1/13
  • Tiki TNT (The Wharf) – all day HH ($4 daiquiris made with the house Thrasher’s Rum, $4 beers, $5 wine and $9 frozen drinks, plus $3 steamed buns and $7 wings or tots) (open 3p M-F, 11a wknds)
  • GCDC (Downtown) – starting Thu Jan 10 – $5 select cocktails after 4p
  • Rebellion (Dupont) – 2 oysters for $1
  • Hellbender (Ft Totten) – special HH Sat Noon-7p ($5 full pours) (already on Wed-Fri 5-9p and Sun Noon-8p)
  • Federalist Pig (Adams Morgan) – free beverage w/ any purchase M-F
  • Morris American Bar (Shaw) – $6 Old Fashioneds (open at 5p)
  • The Passenger (Shaw) – 20% off (excluding HH and specials) + special guest furloughed feds bartending Shutdown Saturdays (1/12, 1/19)
  • Lucky Buns (Adams Morgan) – free beer, side dish or dessert
  • El Centro (Georgetown & Logan Circle) – free guacamole or house margarita
  • 3 Stars (Fort Totten) – claim payitfurloughed beer
  • Local Sixteen (U Street) – free pizza + $3 Miller Lite/$4 DC Brau flagships/$4 rails
  • Slash Run (Petworth) – free draft beer
  • Cortez (Shaw) – HH pricing on beverages all night Wed/Thurs which includes all beers $5 (mostly normally $8), frozen drinks $8 ($10), normally just 5-7p
  • Ivy Room at Republic Restoratives (Ivy City) – 20% off (closed M-W, open 5-11p Th-F, Noon-11p Sat, Noon-5p Sun)
  • The Crown and the Crow (Logan Circle) – $2 Dogfish Head American Beauty beer starting Fri 1/25


  • Free museums:
    • National Building Museum
    • Woodrow Wilson House
    • Phillips Collection
    • Lincoln’s Cottage (call ahead to reserve tickets, and bring your federal ID. 202-829-0436, ext. 0, note guided tour not available rest of Jan.)
    • Newseum
    • Madame Toussad’s
    • U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center, Library of Congress, Holocaust Museum, U.S. Botanic Gardens also free like usual
  • Artechouse – use DCISOPEN code for 20% off
  • Capitol Hill Books – 15% off
  • Kreeger Museum – free poster
  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre – use code SHUTDOWN for 15% off BLKS show (Feb 4-March 3). Show fed ID
  • Shakespeare Theatre – use code SHUTDOWN18 for 50% off trio of plays written by David Ives (Jan 3-Jan 6)
  • Studio Theater – use code DCisOPEN and show ID for 20% for KINGS or ADMISSIONS, expires Jan 23rd
  • Arena Stage – 40% discount using code GVT40 for show Kleptocracy
  • Miracle Theater – $5 tickets
  • Fitness [More found here]
    • Balance Gym – 1-4p M-F – free access (locations on Capitol Hill, Foggy Bottom, Glover Park, Thomas Circle)
    • Vida Fitness – redeem at for a free workout or class of choice
    • Elevate Fitness – 2 free off-peak classes/week
    • Biker Barre: $15/class rate or $150/10-class pack
    • Bar Method – 2 weeks of unlimited classes for new/lapsed with code “shutdown” for $39

Specials for everyone during shutdown:

  • City Tap House Penn Quarter – 4-10p extended HH inc. $5 select drafts/$6 house wines/$7 beer & shot combo
  • Pennsylvania 6 (Downtown) – extended HH 3-9p includes $5 mixed drinks/drafts/house wine + food specials (normally 4-7p)
  • Dock FC (Ivy City) – all beer buckets are $25 + Dock Pilsner pitchers $20 (this is a special??)
  • Ari’s Diner (Ivy City) – all Adult Milkshakes are half-priced
  • Acqua Al 2 (Eastern Market) – wine bottles half off at bar (who gets a wine bottle at the bar?)
  • Casolare (Glover Park) – “Treason to Believe” (like a White Russian) – $5
  • Nama Sushi (Mt Vernon Square) – “Take Me to Japan” glass of sake – $5
  • Tico (14th/Logan) – Rum With Us punch – $5
  • The Riggsby (Dupont) – Mulling With You warm, mulled red wine – $5
  • Solid State Books (H Street) – select wine/beer $5
  • The Midlands (Park View) – open at Noon + $5 Irish Coffees & BOGO Local drafts til 7p + free wifi
  • Due South (Navy Yard) – HH starts at 2p instead of 3:30p (includes $5 select beer/$6 house wine & rails/$8 Kentucky Mule or Whiskey of Day)
  • Quill at the Jefferson (Downtown) – $2 fries
  • Meridian Pint (Columbia Heights) – Beat the Clock deals on Genessee: 50 cents 5-5:30p, $1 5:30-6p, $1.50 6-6:30p, $2 6:30-7, $2.50 7-7:30p, $3 7:30-8p, $3.50 8-8:30p
  • Meatball Shop (14th/Logan) half-off draft beer/Meatball Shop-branded wine/well drinks + 50 cent mini buffalo chicken balls
  • Kaliwa (The Wharf) – all day HH (open at 11:30a)
  • Right Proper Shaw – M-Th 5-7 $4 select beers and $3-5 shared bites

Good specials to take advantage of year-round

  • Duke’s Grocery – HH 12-7p M-F
  • Duke’s Counter – HH 12-7p M-F
  • The Royal – HH 12-7p Monday, 3-7p T-F
  • Hamilton’s Bar and Grill – $1 PBR and High Life Fridays (open at 11a)
  • EatBar – $4 beers, cocktails, wine and bites M-F 4-7p

Deals don’t include one-off/time-limited specials appreciated like those by District Winery, Union Pub, Madam’s Organ, DC Harvest, Penn Social, We The Pizza etc.