“Our new first day of the 2014 season begins on Friday, March 7th at 4:00 p.m.!”
and from an email:
“We are excited to announce the much anticipated reopening of Shaw’s own Dacha Beer GardenTOMORROW – Saturday, March 8th at 12:00 pm! The forecast predicts 60 degrees, plenty of sunshine, and all the das boot you can handle. Spring has finally arrive and we’re looking forward to kicking off another great season with all our favorite beer drinkers!
7th and Q Street, NW
What to expect:
- The same great casual set-up, with a few new improvements.
- Our same pack-a-picnic-policy! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring food, plus expect delicious German snacks in the coming weeks.
- Expanded beer menu, with an added Weihenstephaner on draft, the KORBINIAN, a strong, double bock style beer with a malty aroma. We are now undoubtedly the only place in the tri-state area to serve all but one Weihenstephaner available!
- New drink options, including B Nektar Cherry Mead on tap, plus red and white wine available by the glass AND by the bottle.
- The same friendly faces, plus a few new bartenders ready to serve with a smile!
Come see us this weekend to kick off what’s sure to be a fantastic season. Can’t wait to see you all there.
“Three new alcoholic beverage laws are in effect that could impact the businesses of on-premise establishments and alcohol manufacturers in the District.
An ABC licensed restaurant, tavern, nightclub, hotel or multipurpose facility that has a class C license can now apply with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) for a Distillery Pub Permit. The permit allows an on-premise establishment to manufacture, distill and store craft liquors—like gin and vodka—on licensed premises or in an area immediately adjacent to the premises.
The Distillery Pub Licensure Act of 2013 (B20-29) also permits licensees to sell the liquor they produce to patrons for either on or off-premise consumption. Sales for off-premise consumption must be in sealed containers and can occur from 7 a.m.-midnight, seven days a week. Spirits may also be sold to wholesalers for resale to other ABC licensees in the District.
An ABC licensed establishment can apply for a distillery pub permit by visiting ABRA’s office located at 2000 14th St., NW. The annual fee for the permit is $7,500. (more…)
“A neighborhood restaurant and bar with 70 seats indoors and a potential for up to 100 outdoors. The largest patio in the area will also provide a view of the U.S. Capitol Building (which will be nice, assuming it ever reopens). Indoors, the space will bring the atmosphere of DC’s early pubs and restaurants. Think exposed brick and wood, not suspenders.
We have recruited Chef Dan Dalcin, currently Sous Chef at the award-winning Black Salt in Palisades. Chef Dan’s menu will offer traditional American cuisine, and will draw influence from several other cuisine types: Southern, Southwestern, Seafood, Asian, and Vegetarian.”
“New Tavern serving high-quality American Fare with entertainment for special events, live music, karaoke and community speaking events. Total occupancy is 99. Sidewalk Café with seating for 125 patrons.”
Very much looking forward to this becoming a reality.
North Cap looking north
North Cap looking south
Firehouse at the southern end of the 1600 block of North Capitol Street, NW
“Thank you to everyone who signed the petition, emailed their representatives, and came out to support The Washington Firehouse Restaurant. Our ABRA hearing lasted almost 7 hours yesterday and we should hear back from the board within 60 days as to their determination on our application and the hours of operation. As soon as we hear from the board we will post the news on our Facebook page. Thank you again and have a great week.”
1836 18th Street, NW across the street from Lauriol Plaza and Bar Charley
The owner writes:
“I saw your post about Mum Mum being back from the dead after announcing they were closing in January. Just wanted to let you know that it is now officially closed and the location is under new ownership.
We will be opening Rebellion in early April after renovations. Rebellion will be a classic American Tavern, but with a modern, new-age feel. It will be your “everyday public house,” your new neighborhood bar. With American tavern decor and Southern-inspired comfort food, Rebellion has both a street front and a rooftop patio for sipping drinks in warmer weather.”
In 1791, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton proposed an excise tax on domestically produced distilled spirits. The tax was a part of Hamilton’s plan to centralize government and reduce the country’s increasing war debt. Farmers living west of the Appalachian Mountains in the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, North and South Carolina, and Virginia were veterans and they distilled their excess grain and corn into whiskey and used it as a medium of exchange. For them (like us in DC today), the tax not only seemed too similar to the American Revolution, [taxation without (local) representation], but it was also a personal affront on their ability to make a living. They thought that Hamilton designed the tax, the equivalent to an income tax, to keep them poor and benefit the larger, wealthier distillers who lived east of the Appalachians and didn’t have to pay the tax. As tax officials set out to collect the tax in these areas, the farmers began to voice their defiance of the law and rioted. They rebelled. This Rebellion, which lasted until 1794, is widely regarded as one of the reasons for the birth of American Bourbon in this region.
Welcome to Rebellion…
At Rebellion, we value both American history and our fine cocktails. Given its place in history, we believe that great spirits deserve to be honored. Furthermore, DC’s culture, friendly nature and cocktail history implore us to enjoy great food and great libations. Here at Rebellion, that’s exactly what we intend to do.
While we love our bourbon whiskey, our name only tells half the story. Rebellion is unlike any other establishment in the Dupont Circle corridor. We believe in giving you an upscale dining experience without the price. Our goal is to be your ideal brunch, happy hour, and everyday public house. We have bar, dining room and open air roof top patio seating. Rebellion’s décor is warm, inviting, and comfortable and we embody all of the characteristics of the classic American Tavern, but with a modern, new-age feel.
We know that one of the secrets to success for any establishment lies in the food; it has to make you want to come back for more. Rebellion’s menu offers classic American comfort food with a Southern twist, but we won’t stop there. Every few months we’re going to change the menu to keep things fresh, but don’t worry we’ll keep your favorites.
Rebellion offers over 50 types of bourbon and whiskey selections. Not in the mood for whiskey, try a cocktail off of our signature drink list or try one of our homemade barrel-aged cocktails. We also offer an excellent selection of wine, hand selected by our personal wine consultant. If beer is more your speed, we have the best craft selection in the neighborhood.
We’re not just any new public house; we’re YOUR new neighborhood spot. We believe in family and want to be a part of yours. So come on, what are you waiting for? Come join the Rebellion.”
A new tavern is coming to the former Ma Ma’s Southern Cuisine space which closed back in October (formerly Hadiyah Cafe before that.) A recent liquor license placard has been posted that says:
“This is a new “C” Tavern with a Summer Garden. The establishment will serve coffee, small dishes and alcoholic beverages, while offering ping pong tables for use by patrons. Establishment will offer entertainment from DJs and musicians.”
“An LLC called “Tipsy Peacock” was registered on Valentine’s Day to 2915 Georgia Ave. NW. My curiosity is piqued.”
Though no info is available – Tipsy Peacock does have a website set up:
Tipsy Peacock will be located right next to Bravo Lounge at the corner of Georgia and Columbia Rd, NW. The property was a Good Deal or Not? post back in 2008. At that time the asking price was $549,999. More info on this phenomenally named new spot when it becomes available.
The main event may only occur on May 3rd, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get down year ’round. Join us at Brixton (901 U Street,NW) on February 26th for the first of many celebratory Funk Parade happy hours, with a portion of proceeds going to fund this one-of-a-kind event.
Brixton will be offering some extra special deals including:
**$5 signature Funky Punch**
as well as $5 Boozy Elderflower Lemonade, $5 Draughts, $5 Rails, Absolut and Smirnoff, and $6 Wine.
Funk Parade is a street fair, parade and music festival to celebrate U Street, the District and the spirit of funk, planned for May 3.
Funk Parade exists to make good things happen by bringing people together and making them feel all right through music, dance and the visual arts.
For more information related to the Funk Parade, events, and how to get involved, visit www.funkparade.com”
“Commissary [1443 P St. NW] will host its second annual Oscar’s viewing party on Sunday, March 2, from 4:00pm to 11:00pm. The viewing party will kick-off with an extended Red Carpet Happy Hour from 4:00 to 8:00pm. Featuring Oscar-themed cocktails such as Rosalyn’s Nail Polish (American Hustle) or the Wolfberry Mojito (The Wolf of Wall Street), the red carpet arrivals will show on a full wall projector followed by the 8:00pm awards. This year’s event offers each guest a complimentary Oscar cocktail as well as a $5 popcorn bar, featuring five different gourmet flavors such as Cinnamon Bun and Siracha. Oscar inspired food specials will be offered all night and attendees are eligible to win prizes such as Commissary gift cards and tickets to upcoming Studio Theatre shows.”
“On Sunday, March 2nd, Boqueria DC (www.boqueriadc.com) will host an Oscars Viewing Party, featuring unlimited tapas and drinks. Tapas offerings will be divided in two categories, with “Supporting Role” dishes including Pan con Tomate, Pinxtos de Tortilla, and Patatas Bravas, and “Leading Role” dishes like Gambas al Ajillo, Coliflor Rustida (caramelized cauliflower, yogurt, mint, raisins, garlic and pine nuts), Mejillones con Chorizo (Blue Bay mussels, chorizo, thyme, garlic white wine), and Albondigas (lamb meatballs, tomato sauce, sheep’s milk cheese). The viewing party will conclude with a sweet treat of Churros con Chocolate, the traditional Spanish fried dough with thick hot chocolate dipping sauce. Unlimited drinks will include red, white, and rose sangria, draft beer, and cava.
The dinner will cost $45 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 205-558-9545.”
“Helix Lounge [1430 Rhode Island Ave, NW] is rolling out the red carpet for Washingtonians on Academy Awards night, Sunday, March 2, with its annual Oscars Happy Hour featuring a lineup of award-worthy libations. Helix Lounge invites locals and hotel guests alike to celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night in the heart of the District. Patrons can watch the glitz and glam of red carpet on Helix Lounge’s 46” flat-screen TV and feel like a celeb themselves while enjoying themed specialty cocktails and burger sliders throughout the evening. Available from 5 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., the menu includes (more…)
“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.”
Last we checked back in December we knew good things were coming to Lyman’s Tavern coming to the former laundromat space next to Red Derby. Well I got to take a peek over the weekend and holy cow this place is looking sweet. I haven’t been this excited about a new bar since, well, Red Derby opened. I’m happy to say it’s looking like Lyman’s will be a worthy neighbor to the Derby. This is another real deal non pretentious neighborhood bar. The space is dominated by a huge wooden bar. In the back there will be a little stage for music and three pinball machines. In the way way back is a small kitchen. And the best news – they open in March. Stay tuned for an exact date.
They didn’t want me to spoil the surprise by posting photos but here’s a little tease showing the corner of that sweet bar: