Update on New Sports Bar, The Blue Banana, Coming to 3632 Georgia Ave, NW

After our brief reader update last week I wanted to talk to Project Manager Ted Trabue to get a bit more info. He was kind enough to meet me Tues. afternoon at the space at 3632 Georgia Ave, NW next to Looking Glass Lounge.

Let me start off by setting the record straight (no pun intended) on some reader speculation – despite the name it’s not going to be a gay sports bar in the mold of Nellie’s on U St, NW. (In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, not that there’s anything wrong with that!) It is going to be a sports bar for everyone – gay, straight, black, white, men, women, football fans, soccer fans and even cricket fans if folks are interested. In other words – this is going to be a sports bar that will cater to the entire community/neighborhood.

Now a bit more about the bar. As you can tell from the photos, the construction has progressed nicely and they should be finished in the next week or so. The construction team is the same folks behind Clyde’s and Old Ebbit Grill downtown so they are very experienced. If and of course that is a big if – all the permits are acquired in a timely manner, the bar should open the first week of December. There is no kitchen in the facility but fresh food will be catered on a daily basis.

There will be 12 draft beers, consisting of a mix of domestic and imported, on tap. There will be 9 TVs with the possible addition of a 10th. The bar will seat between 12-15 and the total capacity inside will be around 80. There will be a small outdoor area out back that will hold 4 tables. As mentioned above they will show all sports and will try as best as possible to cater to the requests of the patrons.

So for now, let’s all hope that they get their permits in a timely manner! I’ll update when the menu, beer list and an exact date for opening is released.

Project Manager Ted Trabue

More photos of the interior after the jump.

Front of the bar will have seating and two tvs in the corner

Bar will fit 12-15 patrons. Note the boxes where the tvs will be mounted.

View from back to front. Note exposed brick wall.

Refrigerator in basement will hold kegs for 12 beers on tap.

Small outdoor area in back will hold four tables.

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  • In the words of Marv Albert – “YES!”

  • Why would people think its a gay bar? Because it has the word banana in it? That’s hysterical!

    again-not that there’s anything wrong with that!

  • really nice looking space they are making. very impressive.

  • POP — did you ask why they changed the name in the first place? What was wrong with the Green Room?

  • Blue Banana, more like Blue Oyster Bar 🙂 —> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvmBtRz429A&translated=1

  • After dabbling with they Rusty Trombone, it seemed the better name option.

  • No kitchen? Really?

  • Great addition to the neighborhood, can’t wait to watch some NCAA hoops there in the Spring!!! The interior space is looking really nice, well-done! Glad there will be a lot of TV’s. PLEASE position them so you can see several from virtually any place you are sitting. And I hope they have at least a few really large TV’s in place for big events. I also hope the eight beers aren’t the typical sports bar standards. Every sports bar in DC seems to have Bud, Miller Light, Corona, Heineken, Coors Light, Sam Adams it seems. A few of those are fine, but have a few more interesting beers please!

  • Thank goodness somebody is addressing the tragic shortage of multi-screen sports bars in the DC area. Now, if only a we could find the committed individuals we need to fill the unmet yearning for expensive burgers and upscale pizza.

  • Anyone know if they’ll be open weekend mornings for soccer?

  • Awesome a place to watch the Ravens. Blue Banana does sound a little gay but less gay compared to I love Penis.

  • Actually Blue Banana is a horrible name for a gay bar unless you are into gay Smurfs.

  • It’s really great to see something move into that long empty space. I wish them the best of luck!

  • The no kitchen thing is a big big concern.

  • Looking forward to walking down and watching some college hockey this season. Nice addition to the local environs.

  • I can’t wait for this place to open, but that name really is goofy sounding.

  • Also I expect this to be a Terps bar!

  • Blue Banana…isn’t that the name of the bar in “Pretty Woman”? You know, where all the prostitutes and heroin addicts hung out in the first 15 minutes of the movie…way before Richard found Vivian and she rescued him right back?

    So…um…yeah. Some EPL on Saturday mornings would be mighty fine.

  • I think the term “blue banana” refers to Europe’s urban and industrial core. When you view it from space, all the lights form a “blue banana” that stretches from northern Italy to southern England.


    In my opinion, such a funky and dare i say pretentious name does not bode well. i am a person who likes my sports bars dirty and humble. In my opinion, a sports bar doesn’t need 12 beers on tap. you aren’t supposed to go for the beer. you’re supposed to go to have fun and drink whatever is there with people from all walks of life. A sports bar should trend toward the median, and Sam Smith’s Purple Pumpkin Pygmy Ale isn’t really necessary. In my opinion.

    I’m still happy to have it.

    • I’m really not sure how an expanded menu of beer offerings diminishes your ability to have fun. Appealing to a broader base of non swill drinking peeps is a good business decision. You can always go to the Green Turtle if you want something run of the mill. Or maybe you can open your own bar, McQuaintly’s. In any case, thanks for being the one person who explained the name.

    • That is so cool, I had never heard that phrase before.

  • Please oh please Mr. Trabue & co, open weekend mornings for Premier League!

  • Please, PLEASE let this place become the #1 spot for watching NBA Development League games in all of Washington DC!

  • Would love to have a foosball table in the hood. Small, cheap, fun. $20/hr for shuffleboard at Meridian Pint cuts into beer budget.

    • dude, they charged us $25 an hour because we had five people. and they didn’t even tell us it cost anything to begin with. i guess it was naive to think that they were holding our credit card just to ensure we would return the equipment. haven’t been back since.

      • Does seem a smidge pricey, but those tables are probably expensive and take up a lot of valuable space. Hard to get too angry at Meridian Pint . . . try the nachos with pork. Another issue is that shuffleboard is just kinda dull. Foosball is a kick, is cheaper, can fit in a corner, and fits the sports theme better than sliding pucks to an edge. Btw, I haven’t played in years, and sucked at it last time I did. Not a fanatic . . . just think it a good departure from same old same old.

        • Beer Pong is where it is at. For some reason it is looked down upon but frankly I find it an entertaining game.

  • Any news on the sports bar that was suppsoed to be coming to DCUSA? I think the name they were throwing around was Sweet Lou’s

  • PoP, did you mention that the name of the bar was almost universally disliked amongst the blog commenters?

  • I am a gay smurf and I vote.

  • Hey GUYS,
    Let’s meet at the Blue Bananan!


  • Well I noticed MoMos is either closed or doing a massive redecorating job so that’s one fewer sports bar.
    Also, my understanding is there are different types of liquor licenses, most of which require that food be available. So having a kitchen on site is important. Some bars have improvised considerably such as The Pug which basically serves cheese curls and maybe hot dogs. I remember the old Common Share always joked that the kitchen would be in next week in time for city inspectors but every time I went they said the same thing.

    • I just loved the poetry of “cheese curls and maybe hot dogs.” And the succinct greasy life satisfaction it offers.

  • Word is The Blue Banana has the type of Liquor License that they do not need to serve food however they will be initially serving sandwiches and other fresh items brought in daily. Based on customer demand they will determine how extensive or simple a menu to provide.

  • Looks like a great place to get a beer and a blumpkin! cant wait to take my buddy BBASS!

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