Joselito Set to Bring Andalusia to Eastern Market in November

Joselito, a Spanish restaurant focusing on dishes from the southern area of Spain, Andalusia, is set to open in November in Capitol Hill, just steps away from Eastern Market. The eatery, located in the shuttered Sona Creamery space at 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, comes from the folks behind the acclaimed SER Restaurant in Ballston. News of SER’s involvement with the space was first reported by the Washington Business Journal and the Capitol Hill Corner blog in early August. Javier Condon, co-owner of Joselito (as well as SER) provided details about the restaurant at Thursday night’s ANC 6B Alcohol Beverage Control Committee meeting.

The menu is still being finalized, but due to the size of the small kitchen, expect a fairly small menu- about 10 hot and 10 cold dishes (meat, seafood, veggie). Each dish will be offered in 3 sizes-tapas (small), media racion (main course size), and racion (family style). For drinks, the owners plan to offer about 6 of each of the following: cocktails, sherries, sangrias/vermouths, Spanish draft beer, and white & red wines (along with 3 sparkling wines). All wine (and perhaps other drinks) will be offered in 3 sizes (by glass, half portion, or bottle). The restaurant will have the same menu for lunch and dinner (perhaps with some sandwich options for lunch), and brunch may be on tap at a later day. Pricing for happy hour will be rather unique for DC-everything on the menu will be discounted by a certain percentage (perhaps 10-30%).

Josalito is taking over Sona’s liquor license, so it will initially have about 60-70 seats, with some outdoor seating, and be open till around 11p on weekdays and midnight on weekends. The old cheesemaking area for Sona will be transformed into additional seating (the glass partition will remain for most part). Construction on the space begins soon.

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The Brig Beer Garden Opens on Barracks Row

The Brig DC Public Beergarden, website, FacebookTwitter, 1007 8th St. SE (at L St.) opens at 4p (weekdays) 11a (weekends), HH 4-7p weekdays, est. 2006.

The Brig
The Brig

The long-awaited beer garden The Brig finally opened its doors last Friday, June 17th. The open air spot in lower Barracks Row/Navy Yard (about 10 minutes walk from the Eastern Market and Navy Yard Metro stations) first got its liquor license in January 2011 and has been under construction since November 2014 (JDLand has all the background).

The bar area at the Brig
The bar area at the Brig

Barred in DC made an early visit midweek and found a quite relaxed, chill crowd. Sporting 40 taps (a mix of both German standbys and local drafts), the Brig seats up to 210 people and can fit up to 400 people. About 15 long communal tables are shaded from the sun under huge sturdy German beer-branded umbrellas, while 25 seats front the long bar in the service building.

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Prices are fair and uniform and posted on a flat screen in the middle of the bar – all drafts are priced at $8 (for half-liters for German beers, 16 oz. for the rest) and $15 or $16 for the liter. Happy hour specials include $5 select half-liters-not too shabby. As a plus, taxes are included, a departure from most new bars in the city. Food options are limited at this time, though $5 pretzels with beer cheese looked tempting (brats were on the grill to the side). Looking forward to stopping by happy hour and seeing how the crowd evolves as the night goes on or on weekends.

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My Brother’s Place

My Brother’s PlacewebsiteFacebookTwitter237 2nd St. NW (2nd & C), 202-347-1350, opens at 11a (weekdays) noon (weekends), HH 4-8p (M-F) 10p-close (Th-Fri) 12-9p (Sat) $15 all you can drink 9p-1a (Sat), est. 1980 [Yelp, WaPoTripadvisor]

This hilarious dive on a random dead-endish block near the Capitol off Constitution Ave.  (right behind the Department of Labor), MBP is legendary (“FAMOUS & DANGEROUS” according to its Twitter page) for its $15 all-you-can-drink Saturday nights (rails from 9p-midnight, and beers & wines from 9p-1a).  This has been often the site of DC Sports Nexus’s birthday party (I stole these pics on this post from his 2011 birthday party Facebook album), even though we’ve been at least 5 years older than the normal clientele, which appears to be mostly Catholic U undergrads and other cheapskates.  The first floor of this spot has a room with a bar and a decent amount of space; in the front there is an enclosed patio where folks often set up beer pong or flip-cup (there are a few tables out front if the weather is nice). I haven’t spent much time upstairs, but they’ve had a random Latino dance party when I’ve gone.

As you can see, women dancing on the bar
As you can see, women dancing on the bar

We’ve always gotten good service because, unlike most of the people who frequent this place, we actually tip for each drink we get.  There are usually a few girls dancing on the bar (photo above) here as the night goes on.  Opened back in 1980, MBP is worth going at least once with a big group on a Saturday if you want to get drunk for cheap in a real collegey dive bar in the middle of relatively nowhere in NW DC.

The bar at MBP - remember to tip
The bar at MBP – remember to tip

Barred in DC rating: 3/5