Garden District, Formerly Standard, Closing for Winter Dec. 8th

14th and S Street, NW

From an email:

“garden district will be closed for the winter from december 8th to march 1st.

garden district will be closed for thanksgiving on thursday 11/28, but we’re firing up the smoker and the patio heaters again on friday 11/29 for 9 more days of FUN before our last hurrah of the year on saturday, december 7th.

thanks to our great customers and friends for a really fun year #3 (we really can’t believe it has been 3 years!)–we look forward to seeing all of you before we close for the winter, and again when we reopen on march 1st, 2014!”


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  • Do they still offer pig heads? The look on other patrons’ faces were worth the $20. The meat was only ok.

  • I had no idea they changed their name. When/why???

  • Can’t believe it’s already so late in the year…gonna miss them.

  • Can they not tent that area, or construct some kind of overhang? Seems to me to be an awful waste to be closed down for 1/4 of the year.

    • A buddy of my was a waiter there for the first year they were open. He told me that the owners applied to build a tent for the winter months but were rejected by the city. I think they definitely want it, but the city won’t allow it.

      • It’s a well-known fact that tents always attract the “wrong element,” i.e., hobos, Occupy, people who shop at REI, Boy Scouts, etc.

    • justinbc

      This place appears to be nearly 100% full all of the hours that it’s open. I would imagine that being closed in the winter probably doesn’t hurt the owners too much, although it does suck for the servers & bartenders.

      • Huh? Being closed for several months, especially a place that is usually packed, has to affect the bottom line for the owners. It may not put them out in the streets, but it’s lost revenue for them.

        • justinbc

          I’m not saying it has ZERO impact, just that they’re probably doing pretty well the rest of the year so much so that those few months aren’t enough to dampen their spirits. This is the case in multiple seasonal lines of work, not sure why it would be any different here.

      • Why would the owners leave money on the table? The place is closed for one-third of the year. I’m sure the owners would love to be open during that time, considering they could make even more money (and I agree with you – the place probably prints money).

  • Why is this place so extremely crowded all of the time? Is it really inexpensive? Because the beer list and food menu leave a lot to be desired, in my opinion. And there are now tons of places to eat and drink outside these days.

    • It was a fun place a few years ago, before it got too crowded with the Clarendon Bro Brigade. But I think it’s a bit overpriced and way too congested. It’s popular because of the location and its proximity to all the other stuff on 14th. It’s the only decent outdoor drinking spot on 14th.
      Personally, I’d rather hang out at Dacha or the Vinoteca backyard if I want to do some outdoor boozing. Much calmer atmospheres and better prices.

      • Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. I haven’t been there for a couple years, primarily because it is way too packed.

      • justinbc

        The prices are virtually identical.

        • Depends on what you’re getting. If you want to be a real degenerate, do the Vinoteca AYCD brunch on the weekend and then keep on truckin’ right into happy hour which starts at 4pm. Blotto’d.
          Dacha and Standard probably have same prices. Though, Dacha is a much better value for the nice atmosphere. Standard has people puking on the sidewalks on the weekends. No thanks.

          • justinbc

            Yeah, I was comparing Dacha and Standard, since that’s a much closer business model. In fact, several prices at Standard are actually less than Dacha. This part actually surprised me quite a bit, as I figured being in Shaw it would be slightly less. Crowd, aesthetic, etc opinions may vary by user (I too prefer the Dacha atmosphere), but prices are normalized.

  • Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.

    Yogi Berra

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