Halftime Sports Bar Coming to H Street will be Kid-Friendly, Hoping to Open in May

1427 H Street, NE

Earlier in the month we learned that another new sports bar would be coming to the east end of H Street.

Yesterday morning ‏H Street guru, @HStreetDC_, tweeted an interesting tidbit:

“Owner of @theElroy opening new kid-friendly sports bar at 1427 H.

Burgers, etc, geared to sports so ppl can bring kids earlier in day.”

CityPaper checked in with the owner and reports:

“Graham hopes Halftime Sports Bar will not just be a place to watch sports, but a place with guest appearances by sports personalities. Expect a pretty simple menu with things like burgers and fries—”we ain’t cooking filet mignons,” he says.”

Standby for an opening this May.

57 Comment

  • Petworth: take note! This is what the neighborhood has been clamping for…

  • colheights67

    I like kids. That said, I always appreciate when a restaurant (or BAR? A bar? seriously?) defines itself as kid-friendly ’cause then I know I will avoid it.

  • SusanRH

    Finally a sports bar that isn’t trying to be fancy. When I watch sports I want good wings and pitchers of beer.

  • Smart to make this bar kid friendly because (1) families buy more food and (2) it distinguishes them from the other sports bars coming to the strip.

    Also, I can watch a Saints game with my kid on a nice sized TV! Win-win!

    • Families may buy more food, but the profits come from drinks. Drinks have much, much higher profit margins than food. They’ll have to strike the right balance between food and drink sales to keep the doors open.

      • gotryit

        Parents buy drinks – especially parents within walking distance, although maybe not as many as hipsters with no kids.

        • Please, not everyone with no kids on H St is a “hipster.” Just like I’m sure not everyone with a kid is an uppity Hill mom or dad (though if you go to Batter Bowl on a Saturday morning you might be convinced otherwise).

          • gotryit

            True – sorry. What is a better word than non-parent? I was thinking “freeperson”, but that’s not exactly nice either.

          • Hm, yeah I don’t know. I guess when speaking in the context of having kids or not, I’d say I’m child-free or a non-parent. “Childless” doesn’t exactly sound nice either- makes you sound like an old spinster!

          • epric002

            childfree usually refers to people who choose not to have children. childless usually refers to people who do not have children, but may want them.

          • gotryit

            See! It’s complicated, and was a perfect opportunity to poke at people who don’t like being called hipsters. Not that I really think that every non-parent / child-free / childless person is a hipster.

          • “Non-parent” seems to me to be a pretty value-neutral term. I think both “childless” and “child-free” are somewhat loaded terms — the former implying that people who don’t have kids are missing something, and the latter implying that kids are a burden that one would do well to be rid of (think “cancer-free”).
            I totally understand why the term “child-free” came into being (trying to combat the overwhelming societal pressure to have kids and the perception of non-parents as “other”), but something about it rubs me the wrong way.
            Gotryit, your “freeperson” idea made me chuckle. 🙂

          • Hilarious batter bowl comment.

          • justinbc

            What is a better word than non-parent?
            Given the construct of your sentence, either “adult” or “people” would have worked fine. No need to be pejorative.

      • Families with children spend less per head than adults, require way more attention of your staff, and will blow through condiments/napkins/disposables like they’re trying to fill a landfill. I get that parents want places to go out, but just open a restaurant. A bar is not a place for a kid.
        I’m actually surprised the venues with tavern licenses are even allowed to have anyone under 21 in them.

        • Me neither and it’s not exactly clear if a tavern licensee can allow anyone under 21 inside the premises. The difference between tavern vs. restaurant according to the law is a certain threshold of food sales in a year per occupancy allowance for your venue. Taverns are also allowed to have a “dancefloor”, while restaurants are not. Taverns are also required to have security plans and are generally more heavily regulated.
          There doesn’t appear to even be regulations that stipulate that taverns, restaurants, or nightclubs are restricting admission to those under 21. My guess is that most places on H Street are operating as “restaurant” licensees, if they serve food, even if they are primarily considered to be “bars” in the evening.

        • well, if you’ve ever travelled outside the US, you’d understand that “pubs” is short for “public house”, which is a place neighbors gather. with their kids. kids can be around beer. hell, my kid can be around swearing at the redskins (That’s practically a religion in our house). plus, the item did read that kids would be welcome in the early part of the day. not a lot of parents want to take their kids out late at night. makes for cranky mornings.

          • Pro travel tip (I learned the hard way): don’t take morning flights on the weekends. It’s like a flying zoo filled with children of all ages and socialization levels. Pure madness.
            And the looks on the stressed parents’ face – that alone lowered my sperm count.

          • I have spent the majority of my life living outside of the US, including 5-6 years in England. Even so, I only learned that pub was short for public house after hearing it on an episode of Bar Rescue…

            It is true though, they operate as restaurants during the day (Sundays especially) and it works. No, it’s not like taking your kid to the playground, but can still be family-friendly for those who aren’t super uptight.

          • Really 5-6 years in England and never new what “pub” stood for? Must’ve not interacted with the locals much

      • I’m going to agree a bar is a lot more likely to make more money off of drunk 20-somethings than a couple with two little kids. That said, I’m glad this place is advertised as kid-friendly so I know not to go there (and hopefully it will entice families with small children away from the nicer adult restaurants in the area).

    • A lot of bars on H Street are unofficially “kid-friendly.” That’s how they get their weekday business/brunch business when the corridor is not pulling a crowd. I can’t think of a place with a kitchen that I haven’t seen children at.

  • you have a baby… in a bar

  • There are several bars in the suburbs that are “kids friendly”. What this means for them is they offer a kids menu.

    They still get packed with people drinking at the bar and at tables for sporting events….

  • As an expectant father, they have my support. More people should be reassured by the presence of children in their neighborhoods.

    • I agree. Honestly kids just aren’t for me, but I take comfort in the fact that there are lots of young families in my neighborhood. Clearly they see it as safe enough to raise a family, which means the area will only get better.

    • The presence of children in the neighborhood is one thing. The presence of children at bars is another, IMO.

      • Agree, but I’d much rather people bring kids to an informal place like this than say, a place like Boundary Road where I’m paying a premium for ambience. Personally I think it’s great this place will be kid-friendly. Us adults still have plenty of other options in the neighborhood, and I’d imagine people with young kids would be an earlier crowd anyway.

      • I suppose that depends on the establishment. Bars are a fundamental part of any thriving neighborhood and can vary greatly. I would think there are plenty on H Street to choose from where you will not run the risk of encountering children.

    • I would think at least some of the people who “first inhabit” a neighborhood would ultimately have children who will live and grow up there. That’s what a neighborhood is.

  • Sounds good to me. I hope they invest in more interesting decor than at the Elroy though. That place looks like it was flipped Home Depot-style.

  • I’m not certain that is accurate. I think it’s only reserved for Military. I have a CAC card and never been allowed to use it.

  • If I’m sitting at a BAR eating wings and drinking beer and I happen to say bullsh*t, f*ck or c*cksucker I don’t want someone to raise eyebrows or tell me to watch my mouth, just sayin….

    • gotryit

      My kids hear bad stuff just walking down the street. I may have a brief conversation with them about how you are using words that aren’t nice and that they shouldn’t use them as kids. But, knock yourself out – curse away.

    • if you are sitting next to ME at a bar spewing that filth, i’d probably tell you to shut the fuck up. you are annoying.

      • +1 when did it become socially acceptable to shout obscenities in bar? Don’t be that person.

      • I didn’t say I’d be spewing it either, I said if I happen to say one of those words and telling me to shut the fuck up for saying bullshit, very hypocritical. I’d apologize for swearing in front of kids but if you actually said that to me, I’d say kiss my ass.

  • I can’t believe how many kid-haters there are out there. Interesting.

    • There may definitely be kid-haters out there, but I’m not seeing any overt kid-hating in these comments.
      I suspect that for most people who are less than thrilled about the idea of kids in a bar, the issue isn’t so much the kids themselves as it is parents who think it’s OK for their kids to run around unsupervised. Not all parents operate in this manner, but some certainly do.

      • Eh, maybe. I guess I’m surprised at how hotly this is being debated when the place in question is right next to the Argonaut, a place that very successfully does the kid-friendly thing.

        • The vast majority of people in this city don’t have kids. Families with young kids – especially in the nice parts of NW and NE – are still the minority in DC.
          Parents seem to forget this, as their entire social life revolves around other people with kids. There’s way more of us than there are of you. But you don’t see that.

        • justinbc

          I really don’t think it’s being “hotly debated”. Just because there are a lot of comments doesn’t mean there’s a corresponding amount of disagreement.

    • saf

      Yeah, yeah.

      I’m not a kid hater, but I don’t really want them in my bars.

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