DC Bar News – Week(s) in Review – October 7th – 21st

The 16 day government shutdown finally ended last week, and so did all of the great bar/restaurant specials for feds and non-feds alike that I detailed here.

  • Barred in DC Breaking News – I broke several stories somehow in past few weeks here or on Twitter; roundup of these stories and media follow-up crediting Barred in DC
  • Bar Openings
    • Eat the Rich (Shaw) (Twitter, Facebook, website) – (1839 7th St. NW – at T) . New bar opened on Saturday, October 19th from Derek Brown (The Passenger, Hogo, Mockingbird Hill) and the folks behind Rappahannock Oyster Bar that focuses on oysters and cocktails by the pitcher; just two doors down from Mockingbird Hill. (Post, WCP/Y&H, PoPville, InTheCapital, BYT, Eater, Urbandaddy, Post photos)
    • ENO Wine Bar (Georgetown) (Twitter, Facebook, website) – (2810 Pennsylvania Ave. NW). Sixth location of chainlet opened on Friday, October 18th next to the Four Seasons Hotel. (Eater, Post, Washingtonian, Georgetown Dish, PoPville)
  • New Bar Announcements
    • The Pub and the People (1648 N. Capitol St. NW – at R) (ETA Summer 2014). New 70 seat pub/restaurant (with 100 more on patio); one of owners involved with DC Reynolds (PoPville)
    • National Tap House (Dupont) (1331 Connecticut Ave. NW) enters into settlement agreement and obtains Tavern liquor license. Agreement is with the Palladium condo behind the bar along 18th Street and basically entirely about the proposed 2nd floor roof deck and very specific details on the fencing and soundproofing to be installed. Seating for 30, no music or TVs. No word on opening date. (Exclusive to Barred in DC)
    • Stoney’s (West End) (2101 L St. NW (ETA Dec. 2, 2013). Opening date announced for the 2nd Stoney’s location, sorely needed in area as most bars are in hotels (PoPville)
  • Other Bar News
    • Grand Central (AdMo) fined $1,500 by ABRA for failing to meet food sales requirement for a Restaurant liquor license. Under DC law, restaurants must sell $2,000 worth of food annually per official occupant or have 40% of gross sales be food.  Having visiting this meat market spot/Buffalo Bills bar on 18th Street several times (but not for many years), I find it hard to believe that it’ll ever be able to meet this requirement. (Exclusive to Barred in DC)
    • Blackjack‘s stadium seating removed from back bocce court room (WCP/Y&H)
    • DrinkDC has tremendous post outlining a happy hour crawl along 14th Street: Ghibellina, Masa 14, Bar Pilar, Policy, Lost Society & Piola all make the list.
    • Building that houses The Gibson cocktail speakeasy near 14th & U was sold for nearly $2 million, nearly 6 times its purchase value. Lease for bar runs until 2020, so should have little impact. (WBJ)
    • Awesome/hilarious front door on the Chicago/Detroit-themed bar in Shaw that is slated to open soon, Ivy & Coney (PoPville)
    • Pho Bar and Grill on H Street appears to be closed (PoPville)
    • Gay dance club Town Danceboutique applies to have 125 seat summer garden (PoPville)
    • Car crashes into Bohemian Caverns on U Street (PoPville)
    • InTheCapital highlights The Mighty Pint‘s $1 Happiest Hour ($1 drinks from 4-5p M-F)
    • New paint job on Angles Bar in AdMo (PoPville)
    • Ripple owners may be opening new place in The Reef space in AdMo (PoPville)
    • Bar Charley requests longer hours (currently closes at midnight on weekends, 11p on weekdays), per PoPville. Also, has launched a weekday happy hour (4-6:30p) with $2 off beers, wines by the glass and the tiki tap drinks-lots of $5 drinks then.
    • Renovations on Brookland’s Finest look good (PoPville)
  •  Barred in DC activity
    • Mellow Mushroom (Adams Morgan) – did some day drinking; solid $11 huge 1 topping slice + salad + craft beer lunch deal
    • Scion (Dupont) – took advantage of the Fall Beer Festival to grab some $5 pumpkin beers; many draft beers were out, but enough to enjoy some solid ones on draft. Nice crowd at 10pm, friendly bartenders
    • Crios (Dupont) – also stopped by for the Fall Beer Festival (next door to Scion, owned by same folks)
    • Bar Charley (Dupont) – made it twice in past couple weeks, $7 tiki cocktails on tap, $8 classic cocktails, and a longer list of $10-12 inventive ones.
    • Duke’s Grocery (Dupont) – had a couple tremendous sandwiches, a $5 Port City Oktoberfest (award-winning), and a fun late night there at the new neighborhood spot
    • The Coupe (ColHi) – first trip to the 24/7 diner, had a Columbus Day afternoon beer while I walked around the hood
    • Dacha Beer Garden (Shaw) – impressive new outdoor beer garden at 7th & Q where I held the Barred in DC Furlough Happy Hour, enjoyed a free 0.2L Fruh Kolsh (special furlough special) and several $7 half liters of Weihenstephaner beers. A more spacious/wider version of Garden District without the good barbecue. My first-ever visit to the area of 7th Street between P & Florida.
    • Mockingbird Hill (Shaw): new spot from Derek Brown; ham & sherry bar. A free sherry for feds during the shutdown (my 1st ever one), and some great ham. Cool little spot
    • Jack Rose (Adams Morgan): a rare visit to the 1st floor bar of my favorite bar in DC for the solid weekday happy hour, which goes til 7:30 and offers 1/2 off solid bar food, $2 off drafts (so mostly $5 pints) and $5 wines.
    • Cafe St. Ex (U Street/Logan Circle): checked out the basement bar (Gate 54); much chiller than the weekends I’ve been there.
    • Pittsburgh trip
      • took advantage of my furlopportunity to take in a Pirates playoff game
      • Rivertowne Brewing Company – outfield bar in PNC Park (used to be an Outback for years) that offers $2.50 craft beer drafts after games (sampled the Hala Kahiki pineapple beer-which is as good and bad as it sounds)
      • Redbeard’s on 6th Sports Bar and Grill – downtown across the river from PNC Park, someone I know randomly saw me walking by so I had a couple beers with him
      • Church Brew Works – brewpub located in a old huge church in Lawrenceville. Pretty awesome with lots of different beers made there
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DC Bar News – Week in Review – September 25th – October 6th

The government has shut down, but lots has happened in the DC bar scene in the past week or so:

  • I had a comprehensive post about where fellow furloughed feds like myself should have went to drown their sorrows last Tuesday. I urge you to refer to more updated lists from the Post and the WCP if you want to see if your favorite spot is offering any furlough specials during the 2nd week of the shutdown.
  • Bar News
    • City Tap House (Penn Quarter/Chinatown) (Twitter, Facebook, website) (901 9th St. NW) (mid November 2013): City Tap House, a popular gastropub in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia (serving Penn and Drexel students), will be opening its second location in the space briefly occupied by the restaurant 901 at 9th & I. Reportedly with 50 bars on tap and solid bar food.  The local DC UVa alumni group has an event scheduled there on November 14th; the bar told me it hopes to open in mid-November. 
    • The Alibi (Capitol Hill) (Facebook) (237 2nd St. NW) (Dec. 1, 2013): My Brother’s Place will not be re-named “My Place” after all. Instead, it will be called The Alibi, with a new bar, kitchen, and bathrooms and will not re-open until December. The hilarious dive shut down in July 2013 after a series of issues with ABRA.
    • Barcelona Wine Bar (U Street/Logan Circle) (Twitter, Facebookwebsite): new tapas spot/wine bar opened this week in an old gym near 14th and R St. NW. Chainlet originating from Connecticut, this spot will have a hugely popular patio (in the old outdoor fitness space). Remains to be seen if it’ll turn out more like a bar open late or a restaurant. (WCP)
    • Cause re-opened on U Street after a 6 week hiatus. Expanded bar and more curated drink list. If you recall, I infamously broke the news that the bar (which aims to donate profits to charity) was closing; this news led to a flurry of news articles which confirmed that it would be closing, albeit temporarily. WCP with the details about its re-opening. 
    • Roving martini cart at the freshly renovated J&G Steakhouse and Bar 515 wine bar (WCP) 
    • Duke’s Grocery (Dupont) establishes a very lengthy happy hour, Noon-7p on weekdays. $5 beers, wines and house cocktails.
    • A couple early reviews of the new neighborhood, family-friendly spot, Petworth Citizen (BYT, Post)
    • Granville Moore’s (H Street) will be expanding slightly (Eater)
    • Marvin (U Street) announces decent new happy hour for the bistro (first floor). Runs 5:30-7:30p weekdays, 1/2 price mussels & burgers, $4 Stella drafts, $6 house cocktail & wines.
    • DCist listed its 8 favorite DC hotel bars (Thanks, probably, to one of my tweets, the Tabard Inn was added to this list after being omitted as an oversight): Zentan, 14K, Quill, Bistro Bis, Bar Rouge, POV, Off the Record, & Tabard Inn. 14K sounds interesting, but Bar Rouge isn’t a great pick. It’s hard to trust a list that omits the Round Robin Bar at the Willard; I would have also added Urbana, the bar at Bourbon Steak (the Four Seasons), and maybe Firefly.
    • WCP with a short post about all the freebies bars handed out to feds last Tuesday.
    • Kabin, the new nightclub in Dupont, welcomed Mr. Belding on Wednesday.
    • U Street Liquor Moratorium request rejected, as expected, by ABRA (WCP)
    • Make sure you stop by Gordon Biersch this Tuesday or the next to get $2.50 half-liters of its beer. (Twitter)
    • Read the new Shaw spot Dacha Beer Garden‘s settlement agreement.
    • Justin’s Cafe in the Navy Yard was fined $2,750 and had its liquor license suspended for 2 days in mid-October for serving way too many people on its patio, in violation of its liquor license and settlement agreement (ABRA).
    • Libertine (Adams Morgan) received approval to serve booze on its sidewalk patio with extended hours. In an interesting (and potentially far-reaching) decision, ABRA ruled that a settlement agreement wasn’t required, but ended up including two important restrictions (that normally would be part of a settlement agreement) as part of the liquor license-no bar crawls & stipulations on noise.
    • National Tap House (Dupont) enters into settlement agreement with the local ANC and will get a liquor license. More details hopefully soon. 
  •  Barred in DC activity
    • Acadiana (Downtown): discovered great $5 happy hour (great Cajun food and drinks, though ends early at 6p) and a huge secluded patio on the quiet part of K Street
    • Duke’s Grocery (Dupont): really enjoyed hanging out at here a recent Friday night, great chicken tikka masala, hospitable service
    • Jack Rose (Adams Morgan): Enjoyed some great tiki drinks on the last Tiki Thursday of the year on the 2nd floor back bar
    • Glen’s Garden Market (Dupont): grabbed a free furlough beer before noon, accompanied by a tremendous sandwich at this grocer/craft beer spot
    • Hank’s Oyster Bar (Dupont): spent a couple hours on a quiet Friday night at the upstairs Up Bar, classy spot on 17th Street
    • Federal Employee Furlough Shutdown Tuesday
      • Old Ebbitt Grill (Downtown): great spot with lots of DC character to grab a drink at 10a on a weekday (the bloody mary I had, albeit pricey at $12.50, was amazing and included a shrimp cocktail)
      • Marvin (U Street): took the 52 bus to U Street, where the great 2nd floor deck was open at noon for a DJ, a nice crowd and Stella specials (I had a few $1 and $2 beers)
      • Kangaroo Boxing Club (ColHi): Stop 3 was reached after a short DC Circulator ride followed by a nice stroll through the neighborhood; packed house, enjoyed some good eats and a free Screwdriver
      • DC Reynolds (Petworth): my first trip to this low-key neighborhood joint with huge back patio (a few blocks away from KBC). Enjoyed BOGO (till 9p) before taking the 64 bus back to P Street.

DC Bar News – Week(s) in Review – September 5th – September 24th

Sorry for the radio silence, been out of town (more on that later) much of the past 3 weeks or so with trips to Charlottesville, Memphis, Savannah & Charleston (Darius Rucker/Hootie sighting at brunch in the latter locale).  Not too busy on the DC bar news front, but there are some interesting bits of news to share:

  • Read my preview of the 17th Street spot Duke’s Grocery, a neighborhood guide for U Street & Logan Circle, and my post on where to watch the Top 25 college football teams in DC this season.
  • Bar News
    • Openings
      • El Centro D.F. (Georgetown) (Twitter, Facebook, website) (1218 Wisconsin Ave. NW at M St) (Fri. Sept. 7th): newest branch of the successful tacos + tequila spot opening in old Third Edition (WCP)
      • Duke’s Grocery (Dupont) (Twitter, Facebook, website) (1513 17th St. NW) (Tues. Sept 10th): new sandwichery/market/pub in old Cafe Green space near 17th and P. Sandwiches get rave reviews from Post. More info in my post earlier this month. (WCP, PoPville)
      • Da Luft (H Street) (Twitter, Facebook, website) (1242 H St. NE) (soft Sat. Sept. 21st): new lounge that soft-opened on H Street Festival (Frozen Tropics)
      • Petworth Citizen (Petworth) (829 Upshur St NW) (Twitter,  (soft Wed. Sept. 25th): 80-seat bar/restaurant/free book library from co-owner of Room 11 and The Passenger. 13 classic cocktails, solid beer list, with some Asian undercurrents to whole menu. The Prince of Petworth is ecstatic. (PoPville, WCP, WBJ)
      • The Gryphon (Dupont) (1337 Connecticut Ave. NW) (first week of October): after 3+ months of being closed after a brief opening, bar will ditch the sports bar concept and focus on being a loungey steakhouse like its sister Lost Society. (WCP)
      • Rialto (Georgetown) (2915 M St. NW) (Thu. Sept. 26th): located in the space originally containing the popular The Guards dive/college bar, this place has been advertised as an Italian restaurant previously (so I didn’t write about it), but some recent details make me think it will be actually more of a bar/lounge (dress code, open till 1:30a on weekdays, 2:30a on weekends) (Washingtonian)
    • Closings
      • TruOrleans: Very unpopular eatery/bar shut down for many financial/liquor license woes, as well detailed in this WCP story.
    • Future Openings

      • The Fainting Goat (U Street) (1330 U St. NW) (late Nov./early Dec. 2013): unpretentious 129-seat gastropub with 12 beers on tap + 1 prosecco. PoPville has solid “pre-preview” with construction pics.
      • El Ray (U Street) (919 U St. NW) (Nov. 2013): outdoor taqueria made up of shipping containers from the Hilton Brothers (Marvin, The Brixton, etc.) (PoPville)
      • Parts and Labor (Chinatown/PQ) (709 D St. NW) (Nov. 2013): 100 seat bar + restaurant, part of Neighborhood Restaurant Group (GBD, ChurchKey, etc.) next to new Red Apron sandwich spot. Sounds awesome (Post)
      • Right Proper Brew Pub (Shaw) (624 T St. NW) (mid-November 2013): brewpub set to open in November (Twitter/pete_eats)
      • Sona Creamery and Wine Bar (Eastern Market) (Twitter, Facebookwebsite) (660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) (November 2013): onsite creamery and wine bar in 2400 sq foot Sprint/Moto Photo space; Seattle-inspired (PoPville, Capitol Hill Corner, WBJ)
      • Alphonse Italian Market and Osteria (U Street) (1212 U St. NW): Italian eatery/market applies for liquor license, unknown opening. From my former neighbor who operates Biergarten Haus and the Russia House. Could be just restaurant/market, but applied-for-hours (24 hours, and booze till 2a/3a) tells me it may also be nightlife spot (PoPville)
      • Unnamed coffee-and-cocktails bar (Logan) (1333 14th St. NW on Rhode Island Ave. b/t P & N) (early 2014): coffee and cocktails cafe from a couple from the west coast, in space currently occupied by Fathom Creative (WCP)
      • Unnamed restaurant/bar w/ craft beer (Brookland) (8th & Monroe St. NE) (late spring/early summer 2014): 4,200 sq ft restaurant/bar from Meridian Pint/Smoke & Barrel owner in new Brookland Works building, accommodating 120 inside & 48 outside (PoPville, WCP)
    • Tremendous must-bookmark list by DC Beer about DC’s Best Craft Beer Happy Hours. Highlights Iron Horse, GBD, Scion, Pizzeria Paradiso, Smoke and Barrel, and Smith Commons, while listing several others.  A reader posted on Barred in DC’s Facebook wall that Mandu on K Street has a very good $3 draft beer happy hour.
    • Nice piece by Young & Hungry/Sidman about the single-spirit featured bars in DC. Focus on Libertine (absinthe), El Centro D.F. (tequila), Hogo (rum)
    • Solid list of Oktoberfest celebrations by DC bars by the Post/HahnBiergarten Haus, Cafe Mozart, The Black Squirrel, Gordon Biersch ($2.50 half-liter Tuesdays through Oct. 15), Dacha Beer Garden, and Doner Bistro mentioned.
    • Thomas Foolery lets charities/non-profits tend bar, serve guests, and keep tips (WCP)
    • Smoke and Barrel celebrates 2nd anniversary on Sat. Sept. 28th. $5 beers all day (Post)
    • BYT’s First Look at 2 Birds 1 Stone on 14th St
    • Terrific Washingtonian/Todd Kliman profile about the owner of Mark Kuller, the owner of Proof, Estadio, Doi Moi, & 2 Birds 1 Stone.
    • Neighbors oppose new The American restaurant/bar in alley near Convention Center (PoPville)
  •  Barred in DC activity
    • Duke’s Grocery (Dupont): nice chill spot on my street with promise, good cocktails, solid beers
    • Bar Charley (Dupont): awesome tiki drinks and a tremendous $8 Sazerac. Co-owner Gordon Banks incredibly hospitable (even serving us a sample of one of his specialty cocktails on the house). Went for dinner, will check it out later on the night and/or on a weekend before full review.
    • Memphis
      • Bardog
      • Blind Bear
      • Twilight Sky Terrace at the Madison Hotel
      • Huey’s
      • South of Beale (S.O.B.) (gastropub with best food for any wedding reception I’ve been to)
      • Flying Saucer
      • Raiford’s Disco (awesomest, most hilarious club ever; beers only come in 40 ounces; must be seen to be believed)
    • Savannah
      • The Six Pence Pub
      • McDonough’s
      • 1790
      • Moon River Brewing Co.
      • Jen’s and Friends (someone bring this concept to DC, one room bar w/ 300 martinis & 200 beers)
      • The Warehouse
    • Charleston, SC
      • Bar at Husk (across the alley from one of America’s best restaurants, great space, $9-10 craft cocktails, barrel-aged Manhattans and Martinis)
      • Henry’s House
      • Stars (restaurant with great bar roof top)

DC Bar News – Week in Review – August 26th-September 4th

Hope you enjoyed your Labor Day holiday; Round-up of news for the past week and a half

  • Read my post on where to watch the Top 25 college football teams in DC this season.
  • Bar News
    • Openings
      • Bar Charley (Dupont) (Facebook page): neighborhood spot notable for relatively cheap craft cocktails ($7 tiki cocktails on draft, $8 classics like an Old Fashioned) from the owners of Jackie’s (Silver Spring) and El Chucho (ColHi) opening near 18th and T next to Lauriol Plaza on Thursday, Sept. 5th. Extremely excited for this place to open in my hood (WaPo/HahnWashingtonian/Best Bites, PoPville)
      • Dacha Beer Garden (Shaw) (Facebook page, Twitter page))beer garden opened at 7th and Q on Wed. Sept 4th. 12 taps (mostly Belgian & German brews), will be open till 10:30p Mon-Th and midnight Fri-Sat. Boots are $14 for a liter (WCP/Young & Hungry, PoPville, WaPo/Hahn)
      • El Centro D.F. Georgetown (Website): the popular 14th St. Mexican joint opens up this Friday Sept. 6th in the completely transformed former Third Edition space at Wisconsin & M. 2 floors and an outdoor bar/large patio seating 55 w/ a fire pit off the 2nd floor (WaPo, BYT, Eater, PoPville, Revamp)
      • RedRocks (H Street) (Twitter page): 4th location of the local pizza chainlet opened its largest location (6800 sq ft) at 13th and H on Wed. Sept. 4th;  seats 250 seats over 3 floors, 3 full bars, a roof deck, and retractable roof. Expect this to be fairly popular, even late night (Washingtonian/Best Bites, WaPo, WCP/Young & Hungry, )
      • 2 Birds 1 Stone (U Street / Logan Circle) (Website, Twitter page): “approachable” 60-seat cocktail bar opened up on Tues. Aug 27th under the new Asian spot Doi Moi off 14th & S; from folks behind Proof & Estadio (WaPo/Hahn, Thrillist)
    • After over two years, the promised-basement bar, The Whiskey Cellar at Jack Rose finally opens to the public with whiskey on tap.  “The Whiskey Cellar Series,” a weekly event with a guest speaker educating attendees about different whiskeys begins Thursday, Sept. 5th. (Urbandaddy)
    • The Reef (AdMo): closed for good after complications from a stabbing by a bouncer. Lasted over 10 years on the 18th St. strip (WaPo/Hahn, WCP/City Desk, Washingtonian/Best Bites, DCist
    • As reported widely, the recognizable bar manager/head of security at the 9:30 Club, Josh Burdette, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 1st. Read this touching obituary by the Post’s Adam Bernstein.
    • The landlord for the unpopular TruOrleans spot on the west side of H Street is trying to evict the restaurant/bar. Lots of woes for the spot: unpaid rent, bills, and a huge brawl over an unpaid bill (demonstrates why I generally avoid group dining/being waited at bars). (WCP/Y&H)
    • Fritz Hahn also lists good bars to watch college football, including a in-depth look at DC’s SEC bar, Mason Inn in Glover Park.
    • Hahn also notes that tiki drinks can be had on every day of the week, including at the Foggy Bottom Tonic at Quigley’s on Tuesdays, Hogo everyday, the Jack Rose tiki bar (upstairs in the back) Thu-Sun, including a great half-price HH on Thurs 5-10p, and the new Bar Charley everyday.
  • Barred in DC Activity: 
    • Fiola (Penn Quarter): finally made it to the celebrated 4-6p HH at the fine-dining Italian restaurant; cheap ($5-6) fancy cocktails with cheap Italian bites
    • Teddy and the Bully Bar (Dupont): new restaurant/bar in Dupont; a good-looking space for folks trying to escape the 22 year olds outside, though I recommend turning off the lights and clarifying to the bartenders (and the menus) on what drinks are discounted during the late night happy hour
    • Thomas Foolery (Dupont): 2nd stop at this game spot; interesting unique sight: about 10 young Muslim (I presume) women (along with a baby in a stroller) having a ton of fun playing games and drinking milk and cookies at 1am
    • Public Bar (Dupont): great scene for Iowa Hawkeye fans
    • Buffalo Billiards (Dupont): great scene for Michigan Wolverine fans
    • GBD (Dupont): great HH (had a $3 bourbon punch and $4 fried catfish nuggets); if you like UVa, the manager and the main bartender are grads like me, so they may have the game on

DC Bar News – Week in Review – August 16th-25th

Hope everyone enjoyed last week; I took an uncharacteristically long vacation through PA, upstate NY and Ontario (Niagara area and Toronto). I still kept tabs on bar goings-and-ons:

  • Bar News
    • After I reported that Cause would be closing some time this month, both DCist and Young & Hungry did real journalism and got in touch with the owner, who said the philanthropub would be closing, but only temporarily as the owners make repairs and go on vacation. The plot slightly thickens, though, as the owner did not pinpoint a re-opening date.
    • As first reported earlier by Barred in DC, the Post’s Fritz Hahn provides additional details about the Adams Morgan underage haven Shenanigans troubles (two separate liquor license suspensions this summer and fall)
    • The Reef, closed after a bouncer stabbed a patron, re-opened on Wednesday the 22nd after it submitted a security plan (Fritz Hahn/WaPo)
    • Two new outdoor spaces open up in DC relatively under the radar:
      • Midtown Partyplex (Dupont) opened up a rooftop lounge on Friday that will be open year-round. Guest of a Guest first broke this news and shares additional details. Urbandaddy also had a quick take on this.
      • Tonic at Quigley’s (Foggy Bottom) opened up a new beer garden with green space and picnic tables.  Will definitely be popular with the GW students; the underrated spot apparently even plans to keep it open to the public during closed hours. (PoPville, Twitter)
    • Excited about this bit of news: Baby Wale set to open this week in Shaw. From the Corduroy (a nearby fine dining spot) folks, this bar will have moderately-priced food options (lobster rolls, pupusas) and great drinks in Shaw at 9th & M NW (Eater)
    • Big news on the Capitol Hill restaurant/bar scene: Xavier Cervera has been brought back to consult/operate the several establishments he recently sold. These places include Hawk & Dove, Boxcar Tavern, Molly Malone’s, Park Tavern, Lola’s Barracks Bar & Grill, and a couple of other restaurants. (Tim Carman/WaPo)
    • Cervera also plans to open up a gastropub in Shaw, The American, in a space that is currently home to a boxing gym and a parking lot. Ambitiously, he hopes to open in 7 months (March 2014); my bet is that it opens in June. Will be very interesting how it pans out, it’s basically a bar in an alley. (Carman/WaPo)
    • Tabaq Bistro, the U street bar with a unique retractable rooftop, has closed. New owners have bought the bar and aim to open the Borka Kitchen & Bar in its place soon. (PoPville)
    • U Street/14th Street bargoers will have a new spot to get grub after last call: Amsterdam Falafelshop will be opening in early 2014 at 14th and T. Unlike the current, popular AdMo location, this spot will serve beers. (first reported by Washington Business JournalWaPo)
    • Uptown Tap House, which took over the former 4P’s space in Cleveland Park a year ago, will be closed until after Labor Day, and apparently will go more upscale. (PoPville)
    • Great burger happy hours in DC: The Black Squirrel, Scion, Chef Geoff’s, The Red Derby, 1905 (Fritz Hahn/WaPo)
    • Bistro Bohem debuts Fri/Sat late night happy hour from 10p-2a. Lots of $5 drinks, along with other food options in this Slavic spot in Shaw. (PoPville)
    • Bar located in former firehouse on North Capitol near R Street in Bloomingdale applies for liquor license; will have a cigar bar and be run by the folks who operate Shaw’s Tavern. It will apparently be called Washington Firehouse and hopes to be open very late 2013 or early 2014. (PoPville)
    • Going Out Gurus publishes a nice list of bars to get your English Premier League (that’s soccer in case you didn’t know) on (Fritz Hahn/WaPo)
  • Barred in DC Activity: 
    • Rasika West End (bar area isn’t crowded, even on a Friday at 7p)
    • M Street Bar and Grill (Dupont) ($5 happy hour all night)
    • Glen’s Garden Market (Dupont) (local & craft beers always $4)
    • Jack Rose (Adams Morgan)
    • Board Room (Dupont)
    • Toronto, Canada – cool city, grittier than I expected, but lots of friendly folks, great eats and drinks
      • Union (Ossington Strip)
        • Cool hipster spot with good food, a chill back patio, and a well mixed Aperol Spritz-which was on the menu of every spot we went to basically)
      • Reposado Bar and Lounge (Ossington Strip)
        • Awesome tequila bar with a DJ or live music every night and a cozy patio in back; bartenders at other bars raved about this place
      • The County General (West Queen West)
        • Amazing chicken thigh sandwich and great comfort-type cocktails, closes on early side
      • Mill Street Brewery (Distillery District/Old Town)
        • Beers are ubiquitous around town, get the 4 beer sampler
        • Distillery District has a really cool setting
      • Hemingway’s (Yorkville)
        • Chill bar in upscale part of town; huge rooftop areas, lots of vegetation
      • Souz Dal (Little Italy)
        • great cocktails, cheap feature cocktail each night (great $6 Mojito the night we were there); awesome bartenders and hilarious local regulars.
        • The bartender’s take on the Caesar, which is a Canadian Bloody Mary, was a revelation (tequila, Clam + tomato juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Siracha, Beet juice, and red wine float)

DC Bar News – Week in Review – August 8th-15th

Hope you enjoyed some of the events of DC Beer Week, which continues until Sunday. I’ll be out of town most of next week; I’ll be Barred in Toronto on part of this road trip, so there will be few tweets and no posts next week.

  • Bar News
    • As first reported by Barred in DC, Cause: The PhilanthroPub will be (8/16 update: temporarily, according to DCist and Young & Hungry) closing this month (read the post for more details). Young & Hungry went into its money woes in this week’s Washington City Paper.
    • A new brew pub will be coming to Glover Park in the first quarter of 2014. Mad Fox Taproom, which has a popular Falls Church brew pub and produces beer for sale in DC, will be opening up in the former Mayfair and Pine restaurant on Wisconsin Ave. No beer will be made in DC though. (Fritz Hahn/Post, DCist, Young & Hungry, WBJ, PoPville)
    • More details are released about Ivy and Coney, the new bar slated to open at 7th & P NW in Shaw from the owners of Kangaroo Boxing Club. The bar will be a neighborhood spot with a Detroit & Chicago theme (think hot dogs), and folks will be able to rent out liquor lockers for cheap drinks.  Owners have an Indiegogo page to raise money for extras. Mixed reaction from my Chicago friends who hail from Michigan. I’m excited, though I’m dubious about their plan to open this fall. (PoPville, Young & Hungry, DCist, Washingtonian)
    • A stipulated liquor license (temporary liquor license pending final approval) for the new 17th Street spot Duke’s Grocery was approved by the local ANC. The local ANC also voted to support a regular liquor license for the restaurant/bar; unclear whether a settlement/voluntary agreement will be entered into.
    • A new wine bar/lounge, ENO, will be coming to Georgetown next to The Four Seasons Hotel, in September, according to GoG/Post. This mini chain gets rave reviews apparently in the other cities in which it is located: San Fran., Chicago, & San Diego)
    • The building that houses the U Street spot Tabaq Bistro sold to the Cham Restaurant Group, who may or may not be transforming it into something called the Borka Kitchen & Bar. (WBJ)
    • As exclusively reported by Barred in DC, Shenanigan’s, the Adams Morgan bar that has had many iterations since Angry Inch closed back in 2008, will have its liquor license suspended for 8 days (Sept 8-15) for serving 2 underage girls with bad fake IDs back in February 2012. (ABRA)
    • The Reef (AdMo) had its liquor license indefinitely suspended after a stabbing occurred stemming from an altercation in the bar. (Fritz Hahn/Post)
    • The Post/GoG releases some details about the new bar within a restaurant, 2 Birds, 1 Stone, a sister bar adjacent to the new Asian restaurant Doi Moi at 14th and S NW. The restaurant will open Tuesday, August 27th, while the bar will open “a few days” later. Lots of tasty-sounding food and frozen drinks.
    • The quirky U Street watering hole known for its beers, no TVs and no standing policy (somehow have still not made it here), The Saloon, will be closed from August 4-29th. The owners will be in Liberia & Guinea (Africa) for their annual school building projects. (PoPville)
    • Buried in this solid story about August-October fall drinking celebrations by Hahn is news that Biergarten Haus will be opening yet another bar area within the sprawling complex: a two-story drinking & eating space.
  • Barred in DC Activity: 

DC Bar News – Week in Review – July 31st – August 7th

This week’s news

  • Bar News
    • My Brother’s Place announced that it won’t be re-opening as My Place after all this week, alluding to licensing issues. (ABRA has to approve trade name changes).
    • The long-awaited patio at Duffy’s Irish Pub finally opens. (U Street Buzz)
    • Nearby, next to Dodge City, shipping containers that will make up a German Beer garden, to be called El Roy, are put in place on U Street. Supposedly still on track for a fall opening. (PoPville)
    • Fritz Hahn (Amazon.com/wapo) does a great public service and writes about the happy hours at some of D.C.’s newest restaurants: Teddy & the Bully Bar (daily 3-7p, Mon-Th 10p-12a, Fri-Sat 11p-1a), Azur (daily 5-7p), Casa Luca (Mon-Th 4-6p), Ghibellina (Tues-Sun 4:30-6:30p), B Too (M-F 4-7p), Bearnaise (daily 4-7).
    • The top 10 cocktails on 14th Street, as rated by Thrillist, include selections from Bar Pilar, El Centro DF, Black Jack, Ghibellina, Estadio, Black Whiskey, & DNV.
    • Chez Billy in Petworth announces that it will be extending its happy hour to the weekends. $5 drinks 5:30-7:30p everyday, along with oysters. (Twitter)
    • Via WaPo/Going Out Gurus, Shaw’s neighborhood business group, sends out handy list of all the new businesses set to open in that large neighborhood. I count 8 bars.  GoG creates a nice map based on this list.
    • As mentioned in this space last week, Jack Rose provides more details about its Tiki Thursday happy hour, which runs from 5-10p. $6.50 tropical cocktails (half-off), and $2 off draft beers at the “Tiki Bar at Jack Rose.” Press release is unclear whether the whole rooftop is a tiki bar or just one of the 3 bars upstairs. (PoPville)
    • Work starts on Dacha Beer Garden coming to 7th/Q NW, according to PoPville. ABRA approved the open-air bar’s settlement agreement with the local ANC on July 31st.
    • ABRA also approved Bin 1301‘s settlement agreement with the local ANC on July 31st.
    • Hoping to fill the black hole of no bars in the middle of H Street, Chupacabra applies for a liquor license for the small taco joint. (PoPVille)
    • The internet goes crazy about Black Cat’s request to build a 1500 square foot room with bar on a new 3rd floor. Black Cat says “it has no immediate plans to expand.” (PoPville, Washington City Paper/Arts Desk, DCist)
    • The internet also goes crazy about the campaign by Cause, the “philanthropub,” to have the public pay to fix its A/C, instead of its own operating funds, so that it can continue to donate proceeds to charity. Certain donations will get you a free drink-goal is to receive $11k in donations; as of last night, they were about $9500 short. (Fritz Hahn/GoG, Roll Call, DCist)
    • Food & Wine names Duffy’s as having one of America’s top 25 chicken wings. This is not a surprise to anyone who follows wings in DC.
    • Black Jack’s secret menu in August celebrates the great classic drink, the Collins. (Tumbler)
    • The original hipster spot Wonderland celebrated its 9th anniversary on Sunday. (Fritz Hahn)
    • Public Bar has a Corona bucket happy hour Mon-Thu from 4p-close. $20 for a bucket of 5 beers. (Twitter)
    • Great list by Drink DC of D.C. Bars with Great A/C. Includes Edgar Bar & Kitchen, Oyamel, The Brixton, The Queen Vic, Teddy & the Bully Bar, Urbana, Dickson Wine Bar, Napoleon, Churchkey, & Local 16
  • Barred in DC Activity: 
    • Elephant & Castle (Downtown)
    • Gordon Biersch (Penn Quarter)
    • Also made it to great bars in my hometown of Elkins, WV (Beander’s and Lexy’s)