Bardo posts liquor license placard for a Massive Beer Garden by Nats Park Again

25 Potomac Avenue, SE

Back in August there was a placard posted for Bardo Riverfront.

Take two – this placard says:

“Outdoor Beer Garden. Beer made on premise. Food Trucks to supply food. Total number of Summer Garden seats: 700. Total Occupancy Load: 750. Brew Pub Endorsement.”

Hours are listed as Sunday through Thursday 11 am – 2 am and Friday & Saturday 11 am – 3 am.

More info on the original plans here. Updates as they get closer to opening.


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  • read the testimony from their April ABC testimony. this is far from a done deal, at least as Bardo initially envisioned it. MPD had a wide range of concerns about this application.

    • Oh man this is gold. Pretty much explains everything Bard-related..

      • Agreed. That transcript is pretty amazing. If this were NYC, he would have been laughed out of the room, where you need at least $500K in seed capital to even think about opening a bar. The guy didn’t even know where the nearest parking lot was located! 😡

    • Ashy Oldlady

      That’s an entertaining read. Clearly, doing business in DC is very, very different than doing business almost anywhere else.

      • I don’t see how this is any different than doing business anywhere else. This transcript shows Bardo as shockingly unprepared to operate this sort of business and practically all of the concerns raised by the board and MPD seem valid to me.

    • Ashy Oldlady

      Oh, and that police commander is shockingly clueless about some things.

      • Isn’t he? His description of cornhole sounded like an old person bemoaning mobile devices — ” I don’t see why anyone would have a use for those things”

        • I wouldn’t be that worried that a police commander isn’t well-versed in the finer nuances of casual drinking games.

          • forget nuances – not only he does he not know what it is and seems incredulous that it could be popular. It’s just funny in a clueless arrogant way

      • I also like how he was so worried about inebriated people being mugged while walking back to their cars. Shouldn’t he be concerned about drunk driving? Isn’t that part of his job?

  • I’ll be a little surprised if they are able to pull this off. I love Bardo but they are a bit… ramshackle? on the business end of things.

    • the concept is being sold like — ‘everything will work out as long as everyone is chill’ I like the question where he’s asked if a dog owner wants to grab a beer what he’ll do with his dog, to which he responds ‘is the dog well behaved? He can stay off leash by himself’

  • “massive”? but it’s only a few more people than Dacha wants to have!

  • I’m a little curious about the criticism here, because isn’t this essentially what the Fairgrounds/Truckeroo is/was?

    Nats games cover the same bases too, and everything seems to work out.

  • Bardo did not understand that the decision about the license was gonna be made at that hearing. They thought it was a fact finding hearing and they were there to do just that. MPD commander seemed peeved that he came to the meeting and the ABRA license was not decided then.

    Bardo has tons of experience running a venue with thousands of visitors in any one night. They ran the largest brewpub in the country -30,000 sf- in Clarendon for 10 years.

    The Bardo guy graduated from MIT. The police commander graduated from the police academy……of course he doesn’t understand how a beer garden could be a profitable venture.

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