Uh – Oh What’s Going on at the Raven?

Raven Furniture 06.03.09

“Hi PoP:

This morning (Thursday) on my way to work, I walked past the Raven and all of their furniture was stacked neatly out in front of the building (see attached photo). I’ve heard no wails of sorrow go up in the neighborhood recently, so I’m assuming they’re not closing. Perhaps they are (almost as confusing/upsetting) . . . cleaning? Maybe exterminating? Was there some sort of beef jerky/Miller High Life combustion that now requires a scrub down? I turn to you and the greater PoP readership community for answers.”

Anyone know the scoop?

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  • I stopped by the Raven late last night and was told that they were redoing the floors…

  • I was there tonight. They had redone the place, new lighting, new seating. But fear not, the Raven charm still exudes. It’s just a little gussied up.

  • They really needed to replace the right side seating. Are the booths any bigger? I’ll have to check it out this week.

    BTW, why did they ever get a TV? They already have best jukebox in city.

  • Ilan – by “gussied up” do you mean they’ve done their semi-millenial cleaning? If so, are you sure it’s able to retain the charm?

    Yeah, I’m fizzed about the TV, but it was cool last time I was there watching the original Battlestar Galactica (volume down) with music from a slightly older era on the juke box. Frack.

  • And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
    On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
    And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
    And the lamplight o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
    And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
    Shall be lifted – nevermore!

  • A few of the old booths were impossible to sit in without anesthetizing yourself with copious amounts of liquor.

  • But why would you not be “anesthetizing yourself with copious amounts of liquor?” I don’t understand why this is a problem.

  • “? They already have best jukebox in city.”


    Some clown is always playing Van Morrison when I go in, and the hipsters give the stink eye if you aren’t wearing your beard in this week’s way. I don’t see what all the delight is over this ol’ bar no sir (or mam) – the drinks are warm and dusty … but i’m glad they are not closing.

  • can some unemployed soul wander over there and snap some shots of the new interior. i need to see it before I walk in after work. I need to know whether or not to brace myself.

  • The Raven has a great jukebox! Good to know I can now sit down without the fear of being impaled by an errant spring… Woo-hoo!

  • While wisegeek is not the be all, end all, know it all – perhaps we can just clear up hipster once and for all.


  • The jukebox at Wonderland Ballroom is better.

  • As a wise man once said, It’s not the Raven if there’s not a spring up your ass.

  • “The jukebox at Wonderland Ballroom is better.”

    This made my brain hurt.

  • Springs no more! Yay!

  • Those springs have been in more asses than…jesus, I can’t even bring myself to finish that one.

    And I mean really, if you’re at the Raven and a little Van Morrison is the worst of your problems in life, you really have nothing to complain about.

  • About the TV, if you go to Mt. Pleasant walking tour maker #17 there’s a picture of one in the exact same place where the flat screen is. I’m sure the nylon shirt-ed hipsters of the day were peeved their Pims and lemonade were sullied by Ozzie and Harriet with the sound turned low.

  • iS THAT Hallet Kilbourne’s 4×4 on the wall?
    My wife and I have lived for forty years now at the corner/confluence of Kilbourne Place and Mount Pleasant Streets N.W., Washington, D.C. beside a huge LIBERTY ELM TREE and Greg

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