Category Archives: H Street

Granville Moore’s To Close

Granville Moore’s was one of the last spots Mrs. Barred and I went to before the pandemic. This is from March 4, 2020.

 

Granville Moore’s, the great Belgian food/beer H Street spot, will permanently close, co-owner Ryan Gordon confirmed to me today. He stated via Twitter:

We think we will have to shut down … for good by the end of this month…We will keep Granville Moore’s Pasta Place open for as long as we can afford it, but we imagine that will only be for the next few weeks.

The spot originally closed to dine-in with the pandemic-related closures in mid-March. Because its signature moules and frites do not travel well, it reopened in a new format for  take out May 26th as Granville Moore’s Pasta Place. Business was soft when Phases 1 and 2 in DC begun, and by mid-July it had closed again until reopening in early September.  But the sales from takeout/delivery (as well as the “ghost kitchen” Freshly Tossed DC also available on the apps) have not been sufficient to cover basic expenses and it’s costing more money just to be open as the pandemic has hit them very hard. The owners also own the nearby The Queen Vic, which recently opened a patio a few doors down on the Nomad Hookah patio, and will focus on keeping it viable during these impossible times for the hospitality industry in DC.

A source had alerted to me originally on Friday that a real estate agent had posted a listing noting the 1865-square foot, 79 max occupancy space was for rent (see listing below) for $6,217/month (Triple net). Gordon confirmed that they were only 2 years into their lease so they are looking for someone to take over the lease for the great space/location. The listing, appropriately for these times, notes that given its tight size, it would be an “Excellent location for a down-sizing restaurant refocusing on the delivery and app-based food businesses.”


Dr. Granville Moore’s Brickyard opened in August 2007 from the late Joe Englert and managing partner Chris Surrusco. It was one of the first sit-down restaurants of the so-called “Atlas District.” After the opening chef quit after two weeks, Teddy Folkman took over the kitchen, later becoming an owner and dueling victoriously over celebrity Chef Bobby Flay. The folks behind Queen Vic bought it in October 2017, connected with Folkman’s move to South Carolina, where as of this spring he was the “culinary helm of the Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences, serving as the exclusive food & beverage manager”

The full statement below leaves some sort of possible hope if sales pick up. The Pasta Place is open Tue-Sun 6-9p for pickup/delivery online or via most of the main apps.

Sadly, it’s true.  We think we will have to shut down Granville Moore’s for good by the end of this month.

This pandemic hit us really hard.  People loved Granvillle’s for the moules frites, so not being able to offer them as a take-out option has been catastrophic for us.

We had to change the concept a few months ago in the hopes that the sales from the temporary concept could tide us over to help pay rent, insurance and utilities until we could re-open as Granville Moore’s with the original Belgian menu.   

However, the sales from the new concepts have not been high enough to cover even basic expenses and every day we are losing more money and getting more into debt.

If we had more time and resources, I think we could have made it work, but between trying to keep The Vic open, as well as working side jobs to be able to pay our personal bills, we simply don’t have anything left to give to Granville’s.

We are only two years into our lease, so hopefully between the great location, the ABRA license and the equipment, someone else can take over the lease and make a success of it.

We will keep Granville Moore’s Pasta Place open for as long as we can afford it, but we imagine that will only be for the next few weeks.

H Street Bars and Restaurants – Pick-up and Delivery or Dining On-Site

Last Updated: October 3, 2020

An attempt at a comprehensive look at what restaurants/bars are doing for food/booze pick-up/delivery/dine-in in the H Street corridor (yes this is selfish exercise as I live there).

UPDATE: Those open for outdoor and/or indoor dining are noted below in red.

1400 Block or East 

  • Tony’s Place: Pickup and DoorDash delivery.
  • Manny and Olga’s: Pickup delivery. Order online or call 202-397-2222.
  • The New Elroy Bar: Pickup and outdoor dining. 3-11p Tue-Sat. Call 202-599-1574 to order pickup
  • The Ella Grace: Pickup. 4-10p Th-F, Sat-Sun Noon-6p
  • Chick-Fil-A: Open for pickup. Use app or online ordering.

1300 Block  

  • Tony’s Breakfast: Pickup and UberEats delivery. Open 5:30a-9p M-Sat, 6a-6p Sun. U
  • Bab Korean Fusion: Open for pickup and UberEats delivery. Open 11a-8:30p Mon-Sat. Online ordering available on website or Chownow (pickup).
  • BRINE: Pickup (order online) and indoor/outdoor dining. 5-11p M-Th, 5p-mid Fr-Sat.
  • Biergarten HausPickup (order online) and outdoor dining. Open 5p-11p M-Th, 5p-mid Fri, Noon-mid Sat, Noon-11p Sun
  • Maketto: Pickup and delivery. 7a-10p M-Sat. Get $5 off on orders of $20 or more when you order delivery via Caviar (ABIEBW). Call or use Caviar, Grubhub, UberEats for pickup. Caviar main partner. Cocktails available via Grubhub . Also Grubhub, Uber Eats.
  • Bullfrog Bagels: Pickup and delivery. 7a-1p Tue-Sun. Pre-order, pre-pay to avoid waiting by texting BULLFROG to 33733 or Chownow pickup. Doordash delivery.
  • Dangerously Delicious/Pie Shop DC: Pickup and delivery. 11a-10p. Closed Tues. Pickup via call (202-398-7437) or Chownow and delivery through UberEats and DoorDash. Date Night Deal – M, W, Th ($28 for 2 savory, 2 sweet pies, and 2 drinks Date Night Deal in evening)
  • Hill Prince: Pickup. 5-10p Wed-Sat. Order online.
  • Insomnia Cookies: Pickup and delivery. Online/Chownow
  • Turning Natural: Pickup. 9:30a-5p M-F, 10:30a-6:30p Sat-Sun.  Order using Turning Natural app or Chownow for pickup
  • Roses Dejavu: Pickup and indoor dining in evening. $25 seafood platters.
  • The Gold Room: Pickup, delivery and outdoor rooftop dining. Carryout spot open downstairs open 10a-8p (possibly just Thu-Sun) Ubereats delivery. Rooftop open 5-11p Thu-Sat. Reservations email Goldroom1370@gmail.com
  • Kitsuen: Outdoor Dining: Open Wed-Fri 4-mid.  Sat- Sun noon-mid. Reservations required at reservations@kitsuenbar.com. HH 1/2 off drinks W-F 4-8p
  • Imm on H Thai & Sushi: Pickup, delivery, or indoor dining. Noon-10p  Tues-Sun. Indoor dining F-Sun. Order through website/Toast Tab (15% off using code IMMLOVER) for carryout or delivery (Grubhub, Yelp for delivery). Beer, wine, and spirits. Call 202-748-5536 for reservations
  • Little Stable (at Gallery on H from Stable owners): Outdoor dining. Seafood shack-style. Reserve via Resy/202-734-4890. Open Thu-Sat 5-10p
  • Sospeso: Pickup, delivery, indoor dining. 11a-9p M, W, Th, 9a-9p F-Sun, closed Tue. Pickup (website/ToastTab or call 202-827-3123) or delivery (Toast (via DoorDash), DoorDash, UberEats, Caviar).
  • Stable: Pickup or delivery (within 2 miles) Thursday-Friday 4-8p, Saturday 10a-2p. Order online,  email silvank@stabledc.com, or call 202-733-4604. Fondue/raclette set available for $75 deposit.
  • Thamee – Pickup. Delivery via Skip The Line. Order via Toast. Pre-order at 10a on Wed. Burmese meals t prepare at home. Open 11a-7p Fri-Sat, 10-7p Sun. Pickup HH 2-4p Fr-Sun

Closed:  H Street Country Club (RedRocks and MeggRolls closed permanently)

1200 Block 

  • Pow Pow:  Pickup. 11:30a-9p, closed Tues. Order on website. Chownow available. Can use code PowPowFamily for 20% off for takeout/delivery by ordering direct.
  • Sol Mexican Grill: Pickup. Pickup via website and delivery on UberEats. Beer available. $13 2 tacos + 1 Tecate + chips/guac special
  • Milk and Honey in Smith Commons: Pickup. Online ordering or in-person. 11a-7p Tue-Sun . Beer, wine, and cocktails for sale.
  • DC Diner: Pickup or delivery. Open 9p – 3p (overnight). Pickup in person or delivery UberEats.
  • On the Rocks: Pickup, delivery, and indoor dining. Open 6p-mid M-Sat. Pickup (call 202-735-1946) or Delivery (all the apps). Menu on instagram
  • Granville Moore’s Pasta Place: Pickup or Delivery. Wed-Mon 6-9p. Order online for pickup or  delivery via most services. Will close permanently soon
  • Toki Underground: Delivery or pickup, 11:30-9p M-Th, 11:30a-10:30p Fri-Sat, 11:30a-8p Sun.   Order directly through their website/Toast Tab for pickup. Delivery/pickup via Caviar. 
  • Popeye’s:, delivery/pickup via website, Doordash, Grubhub.
  • Sticky Rice: Pickup and delivery. Chownow and all other platforms. Kids eat free 7 days a week and free toilet paper roll with every sushi roll. 202-397-7655. $10 fancy cocktails, $10-30 sake, $5-6 beer ($8 22 oz Sapporo), $15-25 bottles of wine
  • The Queen Vic: Pickup, delivery, indoor & outdoor (at Nomad patio) dining.  5-10p Mon, Wed-Th; 5p-11p Fri-Sat; Noon-10p Sun   Call 202-396-2001 for pickup (15% off). Menu on Facebook page, changes daily. $18 32 oz growlers, $32 64 oz. growlers (includes growler glass).  Delivery via UberEats, or Grubhub (alcohol avail with latter). Indoor Dining – reserve on Resy
  • Peregrine at The Pug: coffee pop-up. Order via Joe Coffee Order App or walk-up via service window. Open 7a-2p M-F, 8a-3p Sat-Sun.
  • Ocean Lounge: Open Indoors (presumably pickup too) – 6p-mid Tue-Sat (HH 5-9p Tue-F)

Closed: The Pug, Truth 78, 12Twelve/KyssKyss, Nomad

1100 Block

  • Choong Man: Pickup (call or online/Chownow), delivery (UberEats), or indoor/ outdoor dining (reservation). 4p-mid M-Th, Noon-mid F-Sat. 
  • Cusbah: Pickup, in-house delivery, or outdoor dining.  Order at window/website/Chownow. 11:30-9p Sun-Thu, 11:30a-10p Fri-Sat. Patio only Thu-Sun starting at Noon. CLOSING 11/15
  • &pizza: Order pickup or delivery on website (free delivery).
  • CopyCat Co.: Pickup, free delivery, indoor/outdoor dining. 5p-mid daily. $15 cocktails/food items, $20 double order of select cocktails, some liquor bottles, beer, wine.  Also bottles of wine, beer. Order online or call at 202-241-1952. Reservations available via email 1110hst@gmail.com. Walk-ins ok
  • Little Miss Whiskey’s: Pickup and delivery by appointment only 5-9p Tue-Th, 5-10p F-Sat, Delivery (w/in 2 miles, $30 minimum $1/beer and $5 delivery fee) Email LMWToGo@gmail.com 
  • Jerk at Nite: Pickup (food truck line) or delivery. Open Noon-10p Wed-Th, Fri Noon-sunset, Sat 7p-2a . Storefront opening soon.

1000 Block 

  • The Pursuit Wine Bar & Kitchen: Pickup, indoor/outdoor dining. Open from 11a for dine-in/pickup. Last reservation 9p Sun-Th, 9:30p F-Sat. Website/Toast or call. Extensive wine bottles available.  Reservations available via Resy.
  • The Haymaker: Order Pickup or delivery (1 mile radius) from 4-10p Mon-Sat on website/Chownow or call.. $9 punch ($25 quart). $9 boozy frozen cocktails.  $10 32 oz draft beer, $19 64 oz growler. $10 cocktails
  • Duffy’s Irish Pub:  Pickup, delivery, outdoor dining. Order online or call 202-462-WING for pickup or  delivery (delivery also avail from all the providers), 4-10p M-Tue, 11:30a-10p Wed-Sun. $24 Hellbender beer growlers. Dining via dvance reservation or sameday waitlist
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl: Pickup or outdoor dining. Open 11a-7p W-Mon. Online order via website or Toast
  • Crab Boss: New Spot above Ben’s. Pickup and outdoor dining (reserve via OpenTable). 5-9p W-Th, 5-10p Fri, 5-11p Sat.

800-900 Block

  • Chupacabra: Pickup, delivery, outdoor dining. 11:30a-10p Tue-Sun. Margaritas ($14 16 oz., $25 32 oz.) & $4 Beer. Pickup in-person/call or Grubhub. Delivery UberEats.
  • Ledo Pizza: Order for pickup online. Open Noon-9p Sun, 11a-10p M-Th, 11a-11p Fri-Sat
  • Dirty Water: Open for outdoor/indoor dining. Reservations mostly, text 504-296-6180. Check IG for hours. $20-$40 open bar.

Closed: Quara,, Dio

700 Block

  • Po Boy Jim: Pickup, Delivery, limited indoor dining. Order via Chownow/online or pickup by calling 202-621-7071 or in-person. Delivery via UberEats
  • Fresca: Order for pickup or free delivery on website. Outdoor dining
  • Crown Fried Chicken: Open for pickup or delivery (Doordash, Grubhub). Open late.
  • Major’s Carry Out:  Open for pickup or delivery, closed Sun. (website, Grubhub)
  • Felicity Lounge: Open indoors. Usually at 6p
  • Allure Lounge: open indoors

600 Block

  • Starbucks: Open for pickup (mobile app) and delivery (UberEats) 6-8p M-F, 7a-7p Sat-Sun. Outdoor dining
  • Farmbird: Pickup and delivery on via Caviar (possibly DoorDash certain hours) 8a-10p. Breakfast burritos till 11a.
  • Rice Bar: Open for pickup (walk-in, online perhaps ) or delivery (possibly DoorDash)
  • The WydownOrder for pickup at door online. Outdoor dining perhaps. Open 7a-2p. Eggs, flour, butter, Coffee, snacks, $13-24 bottles wine, beer ($12 6 packs of Union/Denizens), liquor (bottles)
  • Fancy Radish: Open for pickup 4-8p W-Sat. A few $10-11 cocktails. Bottles of wine

Closed: Solid State Books (pickup books only), Whole Foods H St Pub

500 Block 

  • Cava: Order for pickup online or UberEats delivery. Outdoor dining
  • DC Harvest: PIckup, delivery, indoor/outdoor dining (bonus patio in back). Delivery via Grubhub. 5:30p-10p W-Th, 11a-11p F-Sat, 11a-10p Sun
  • Pizza Walay: Pickup or delivery. 5% discount if order via website. App available. Grubhub, Doodash.
  • Le Grenier: Pickup, delivery, or indoor dining. Call for curbside pickup (if you call – 10% off order or free bottle of wine with purchase of $60 or over). Delivery available on UberEats. Open 5-10p Tue-Th, 5p-11p Fri, 11a-11p Sat, 5-10p Sun
  • Butter Chicken Co. 2: Pickup or delivery available on Grubhub or UberEats. Outdoor Dining. Open 5-9p Tue-Sun.

300-400 Block

  • The Big Board: Pickup or Indoor/outdoor dining. 5-9:15p M-Th, Noon-9:15p F-Sat.. Call ahead at 202-543-3630. $3 beer, $15 6 pack. $12 wine bottles. $12 mimosa kit on weekends. $8 32 oz. growler fill ($4 more for glass), $16 64 oz. fill)
  • Sidamo: open 7a-3p for walk-in pickup. Outdoor dining (limited)
  • Nando’s: Order for pickup on website or app. Delivery via UberEats, DoorDash.
  • *Cane: Order for pickup or delivery via phone (202-675-2011) or Doordash/Caviar. 4p-8p Tue-Th, 4-9p Sat.
  • Ethiopic: Order for pickup or delivery or outdoor diining. Call 202-675-2066 or website, Caviar. Ethiopian beer/wine available
  • Fare Well: Open for pickup or delivery (order online/Toast). Open 4-8p W-Th, 10a-8p F-Sun . Batched cocktails include $18 for 2, $35 16oz.; $25-45 64 oz growlers. $31.50 Liter wine. 
  • Pho Viet USA: Open for pickup via 202-621-6388 or Grubhub. Delivery via Grubhub or UberEats. 11a-8p daily.

Closed: Bar Elena

Just North of H St Corridor

  • Old City Market: Order for pickup or delivery on website. Revised hours Noon-8p Mon/W-Sat, Noon-6p Sun.
  • Laos in Town: Order pickup or delivery  on website or call 202-864-6620. Outdoor dining. 11a-10p M-Th, 11a-10:30p F, noon-10:30p Sat, Noon-10p Sun
  • Indigo: Order pickup on website or delivery on Caviar (recommended),, Doordash, Grubhub. Open 11a-9p M-F, 4-9p Sat. Patio and outdoor bar open
  • Exhale Bar & Lounge – indoor/outdoor dining. 6p-mid Th-Sat, 4-10p Sun. Food trucks.
  • Far East Taco: Order online for pickup. Grubhub Delivery. 11a-9p Mon-Sat.

Just South of H St Corridor

  • Union Kitchen: Open for pickup. Delivery on UberEats.
  • Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse: Order for pickup via website 7a-3p M, 7a-6p Tue-F, 8a-6p Sat-Sun. Outdoor Dining
  • Jacob’s Cofeehouse: Open for pickup 7a-3p M-F, 8a-3p Sat-Sun. Call or order line.
  • Cafe Fili: Pickup or delivery, outdoor dining 11a-9p via online/Toast Tab
  • Manna Dosirak (15th and D NE): Pickup and Delivery. Open Noon-9p M-Sat. Order online for pickup or delivery via Ubereats, Grubhub, or Doordash
  • Kenny’s BBQ: Open for pickup/outdoor dining. 11a-9p M-Sat, Noon-8p Sun

Getting Schooled on Cocktails: DC Harvest’s Mixology Class

Aviary at DC Harvest

Brothers Jared and Arthur Ringel, who own and run one of my go-to sit-down restaurants, DC Harvest, recently invited Mr. and Mrs. Barred in DC to check out the “DCH Mixology Class.” This independently owned spot, which recently celebrated its 5 year anniversary at its 6th and H St. NE location, serves popular brunches, well-priced local and seasonal dinners, and really good cocktails and beer. The mixology class, which costs a very reasonable $45 (with service fee/tax, a shade under $60 total), features a choice of any three of the spot’s signature cocktails along with any appetizer ($14 or less). Given that 3 cocktails themselves if individually purchased cost around $40, this is a solid deal

The class, which can be as educational (or not) as you want, is set up at the bar and usually taught by Jared. The co-owner explains in detail the inspiration for each cocktail (and its name) and what’s in it, and shows you how it’s made. He also shares some tips along the way that you can take home with you to make great cocktails. If you’re with more than yourself, I highly recommend getting different cocktails so you can sample the whole menu.

The whole menu, including the drinks, are seasonal, so we sampled some great fall cocktails, almost all made with spirits from DC, Virginia, or Maryland. The Apiary features honey (harvested by a DC Harvest server), lemongrass, bee pollen, angelica oil, and a Dutch-style gin; the Citron was quite garden-like, with limoncello (from local distiller Don Cicio & Figlo), house-made zucchini shrub, topped off with heirloom cherry tomatoes; the beautiful Pitaya is made with Falls Church Bourbon (the brothers are from there), dragon fruit syrup, lemon juice, elderflower syrup, and shiso; The Espadin Experiment is only one not made with local spirits, but makes sense, as it featues mezcal, along with roasted cashews, poblano peppers, toasted coconut syrup, and lime juice. I really dug the Monticello which is made with an agave-based spirit from Gray Wolf in St Michael’s (Eastern Shore MD), a housemade paw paw cordial, lemon juice, gomme syrup, nutmeg, and egg white. The one cocktail that is year-round at DCH, Kentucky Windage, is made with Kentucky Gentleman bourbon that has been house-“boosted” to add flavor with gomme syrup and house-made bitters.

The class is available basically every night (except certain holidays), with seatings on the half-hour 5:30-8:30p Sun-Thurs and 5:30-9:30p Fri-Sat. Book at the link.

Monticello

Citron

Ingredients for The Espadin Experiment

 

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.

Hill Prince: The Best Bar in DC Right Now.

Hill Prince

Hill Prince, website, Facebook, Instagram, 1337 H St. NE, opens at 5p (weekdays), noon (weekends), HH until 7p everyday, closed Mondays, est. March 2017 [Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian, Eater DC]

Hill Prince is the best bar in DC right now. I’ve been to the newish H Street spot (opened back in March) at least 10 times since it opened (I’m not a regular anywhere-gotta perform research, ya know?). Although it exudes cool and charm, Hill Prince also feels like a neighborhood bar thanks in part to the much-ballyhooed budget-friendly (and excellent) $10 classic cocktails but also largely due to friendly service from folks like Tony Lawson (ever-present beverage director), Eve (who hosts recurring “Friday Eve” parties on select Thursdays)-even the door person/bouncer greets you warmly. The crowd, unlike many of the other spots on the 1300 block of H Street, skews a little bit older, and it often feels like an oasis of chill when it gets “lit” (as the kids say) on the Atlas Corridor weekend nights. Crowds do come at times on weekends, but there’s more an ebb and flow that adds positively to the vibe.

The cocktail menu varies a bit, but expect around six classic cocktails (awesome Daiquiri, French 75, Sidecar, Old Fashioned, Sazerac, Negroni, and New York Sour have been on the menu) and a few more specials ($12 or $14). Around 4 rotating beers are on tap (beers from local breweries like RAR are often available, Narragansett Lager was on tap for much of the summer), along with around 10-12 bottles/cans (you’ll see $4 High Life or Natty Boh often being drunk). There’s a choice of wines as well.  Whistle Pig seems to be often highlighted as the fancy whiskey of choice. Recently, Hill Prince just kicked off a great happy hour, going everyday until 7p – many drinks are roughly $3 off.

Space-wise, it’s bigger than you think , and there’s a lot of pine flooring, exposed brick/wooden ceiling, and even a floor-to-ceiling wooden beam or two. The front section of Hill Prince is occupied by the long main bar as well as a table with a few chairs. Stairs, off-limits to patrons, are kind of mysterious (I’ve heard that some dude lives up there, unaffiliated with the bar). The next room has a long-ass drink rail, which is a nice perch if you can’t catch a spot on the nearby couch or at the bar. Currently, a DJ sets up shop there starting at 10p on Fridays and Saturdays (don’t worry, it doesn’t turn into a dance club). Back further is a small covered patio that overlooks a super-chill hipstery courtyard (strung lights, sandy surface, tables); in warm times, a mini-bar with separate menu (think a couple canned beers an $9 G&T and Dark & Stormy) has been open weekend nights. In the carriage house on the other side of the courtyard is an under-construction bar (possibly 30 seats and a more permanent DJ set-up); owner Nick Wiseman tells me that it’s on track to open in early 2018.

Hill Prince comes from Nick and his cousin David Wiseman, the folks behind the upscale Jewish deli DGS Delicatessen in Dupont and Whaley’s in Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront (in fact, I’ve hung out with staff from both spots on multiple occasions at Hill Prince). The bar has a fairly subtle equestrian theme (other than the fake stuffed horse head), as Hill Prince is the name of the horse that won the 1950 Preakness and the building used to house horse stables. Not surprisingly, the bar hosted watch parties for the horse racing Triple Crown series in May-June (I met DC bar extraordinaire Derek Brown there watching the Belmont). During the summer, crab boils were held on select weekends, and recently the bar started serving waffle brunches on weekends (noon-4p).

In full disclosure, one reason I extoll the virtues of Hill Prince to all who I encounter is that it’s less than a twenty-minute walk from my house, but I legit would love this bar even if it was in Park View. Go.

Bar at Hill Prince

Back Room at Hill Prince

View of Bar from back room

Bar at Hill Prince

Hill Prince is named after the 1950 winner of the Preakness

Hipstery Courtyard

DC Harvest Introduces New Spring Cocktails and Friday Lunch

DC Harvest bar


DC Harvest
(517 H St. NE, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, website), the family-owned H Street restaurant, recently introduced its fresh new spring cocktail menu. The spot focuses both its constantly-changing food and drink menus locally and regionally, with emphasis on local, as it partners with urban farms across the District. Barred in DC was invited by Jared Ringel, who opened DC Harvest with brother Arthur in September 2014, to sample these new cocktails at the cheery yet cozy bar and they didn’t disappoint.

Spring Cocktail Menu at DC Harvest

Many, if not all, of the $12-14 cocktails make heavy use of local spirits as well as herbs, fruit, and vegetables. Two cocktails use a “boosted” Kentucky Gentleman bourbon- the only mainstay on the menu, the Kentucky Windage (the bar’s smooth version of an Old Fashioned) as well as the most popular drink on the menu, the Smokey Robinson made with mexcal, 5 spice syrup, lemon juice, and smoked lemon. By “boosted,” Jared told us, means that the bar has put the bourbon through a charcoal filter, added tinctures, herbal extract, homemade bitters, and other secret flavors. It’s a creative way of creating a “local” bourbon from a cheap bourbon when most whiskey is made elsewhere anyways.

Strawberry Field

BWB Blood Ornage Fizz

Many of the cocktails were bright and colorful. Particularly gorgeous were the Strawberry Field, made with Ivy City Gin, fennel liquor, lemon juice, and roasted(!) strawberry puree, and incredibly tasty; the refreshing BWB Blood Orange Fizz, mixed with Peychaud aperitivo (think Aperol but lighter), blood orange juice, rosemary syrup, and cava sparkling wine (made in conjunction with the Bitches Who Brunch blog; Barred in DC is waiting for a bar to create something terrible and nonsensical in his honor-hint hint); and the 517 Blossom.

Step 1 – 517 Blossom

Step 2 – 517 Blossom (Roasted Beet Puree)

517 Blossom

The latter drink is a popular holdover from Cherry Blossom season but is well worth it as one of the more inventive but delicious (possibly healthy, but who cares) drinks had in recent memory. A rare cocktail on a menu made with scotch whiskey (specifically, McCelland’s Highland scotch) that is not a Rob Roy, the rest of the drink is made with Leopold Brothers Cherry whiskey, Lyon Distilling (out of St. Michael’s, MD) Curacao (orange peel liquor made from its rum), sweet vermouth (house-made from rose), and the kicker, roasted beet puree. This drink is incredibly light, herbaceous, and beautiful. If you’re not a beet fan, don’t worry, it’s not overpowering.

What goes into a Chesapeake Storm

Chesapeake Storm Draft Cocktail

Also well worth your while is DC Harvest’s version of a Dark & Stormy, the Chesapeake Storm, which is kegged with Lyon Aged Rum & Lyon Curacao, with ginger syrup, lime juice, salt, and candied ginger lime added after it comes out of the Darth Vader draft tap. Incredibly refreshing is the incredible riff on a margarita, the Agave Dream, made with tequila, cucumber water (not just cucumber-infused water), lemon jam, salt, and cucumbers. As Mrs. Barred in DC remarked, it  is a “Lady’s Version of College in a Glass.”

Agave Dream, a.k.a “Ladies Version of College”

These cocktails can be had for 30% off (so, about $8-10) all night Sundays; drink specials also include 30% off select draft beer on Tuesdays, 30% off bottle of wine on Thursday, and daily HH specials (5:30-7p) including a selection of cocktails for $8, $6 beer and wine, as well as appetizers and cheese plates. Jared is also a big proponent of the DC Passport Program, which launches Friday May 26th, and will provide passholders (cost-$20 for passport) a visit to the bar with 2 cocktails for the price of one. The well curated draft beer list include a lot of local beers (think 3 Stars, Hellbender), though refreshingly the options are often more unique than you’d expect.

Mussels

DC Harvest is known for its popular brunch (it expands its hours starting May 26th, serving Friday lunch) and great food (from chef Arthur), so the appetizers/sides we sampled, including the mussels and asparagus, were characteristically tasty. Daily specials include 30% off vegetarian entrees/sides on Mondays and 30% off all fresh pasta on Wednesdays. With a Whole Foods just a few feet away and large apartment buildings sprouting across the next block over (Jared told us of some cool partnerships DC Harvest has made with these spots, including creating a garden/herb plot on the rooftop of the nearby Apollo), DC Harvest is perched to be a solid anchor on mid H (Barred in DC just coined this phrase, deal with it) as it quickly bridges to the bar district on the east side.

Co-owner Arthur Ringel Makes Barred in DC Cocktails

Guide to Bar Hopping with the DC Streetcar

DC Streetcar

DC Streetcar

The long-delayed DC Streetcar finally opened on Saturday (4 years after it’s originally announced start date), shuttling thousands of excited and curious riders down H Street and Benning Road in Northeast DC. The lengthy process has been well documented by Greater Greater Washington, WAMU, and the Washington Post, and the jury is still out on whether the $200 million project ($50 million for the car barn at end of line and $20 million for test line in Anacostia that will never be used) will be worth it.

Interior of DC Streetcar

Interior of DC Streetcar

What’s undeniable is that the Streetcar will be ripe for drinking excursions (though not on Sunday, since it’s not open, at least not yet)-particularly while it’s free for at least the first six months (SmartTrip will never be accepted, BTW). After walking most of the route and taking the ride the entire length, Barred in DC has discovered which drinking spots are closest to each of the stops. Although full blown bar crawls may be complicated to organize due to the restrictions on them for the eastern half of H Street, nothing stops you from grabbing some friends and hitching a ride, hopping from bar to bar.

How to Get There

Plenty of signs pointing you the right way in Union Station

Plenty of signs pointing you the right way in Union Station

To get to the beginning of the DC Streetcar from the Red Line Metro station, take the Amtrak/MARC exit, go up the escalator by Amtrak Gate C and follow the signs through the parking garage and past the intercity bus station. It takes about 5 minutes to walk to the Streetcar’s first stop in the median of H Street on the Hopscotch Bridge above the railyard.

Stops

DC Streetcar Map Route (graphic by author)

DC Streetcar Map Route (graphic by author)

Union Station
Thunder Grill in Union Station (1100 feet away)
Recommended: The Dubliner (2200 feet away)

3rd St/H St
Eastbound: Ethiopic (280 feet) [closes at 10p]
Westbound: Driftwood Kitchen (355 feet)

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5th St/H St
Eastbound: The Big Board (right at stop)
Westbound: Le Grenier (right at stop) [closes at midnight on weekdays]

The Big Board

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8th St/H St
Eastbound: Po Boy Jim (110 feet)
Westbound: Chupacabra (265 feet) [closed during late Nov-mid March, closes at 10p weekdays, midnight weekends]
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13th St/H St
Eastbound: Sol Mexican Grill & Cantina, Smith Commons (right at stop)
Westbound: Sally’s Middle Name (150 feet) [closes at 11p]; Da Luft (215 feet)
Expect this stop to one of the most popular-there are at least 20 places to drink on the 1200 and 1300 blocks of H Street.

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15th St/Benning Rd
The Argonaut (380 feet)
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19th St / Benning Rd
Langston Bar & Grille (260 feet)

Credit: UrbanTurf

Oklahoma Ave/Benning Rd
Langston Clubhouse Grill at Golf Course (500 feet) [open til 3p during winter, till early evening rest of year]
RFK Stadium [half mile]

Take your clubs to play at the best municipal course in DC  (or hit the range). Another option to watch DC United play.
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Vendetta

Vendetta, website, Facebook, Twitter, 1212 H St. NE, opens at 5p everyday, HH 5-8p daily, est. 2013 [Yelp, WaPo, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian, NPR]

Upstairs bocce court

Upstairs bocce court

Bocce is the group sport du jour in Washington, especially for  forever-young adults graduating from kickball or those too unathletic to play softball. While other bars have dabbled in the Italian lawn bowling game (e.g., Vinoteca, Blackjack, and Penn Social),it was inevitable that a bar fully devoted to bocce would open in DC.

First Floor Bar

First Floor Bar

That place is Vendetta, the new Italian restaurant/bocce bar from bar impresario Joe Englert on H Street. Located in the old Red Palace space (which itself was a combination of two very different bars, The Red and the Black and Palace of Wonders, neither of which I visited), Vendetta is a nicely decorated spot, with red walls accompanying Vespas hanging or embedded in the wall. A nice 25 foot bocce court highlights each of the two floors; it’s free to play and easy to learn if you haven’t played before. There is small, bare bones deck (with chair umbrellas) off the 2nd floor.

Second Floor Bar

Second Floor Bar

Pasta and gnocchi make up the food menu, while the beer list is nothing special, moderately-priced (for DC) cocktails ($8-10) and prosecco on tap are the draws. For the straight guys out there, take note: the clientele was about 75% women on my visit, and friends have confirmed the favorable mix at other times. A nice addition to the H Street landscape.

Barred in DC Rating: 3.5/5

Vespa in the wall

Vespa on the wall

Upstairs 2nd Floor Patio/Deck

Upstairs 2nd Floor Patio/Deck

Another view of the upstairs bocce court

Another view of the upstairs bocce court