04/17/14 12:00pm

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Photos courtesy Little Miss Whiskey’s

From an email:

“Little Miss Whiskey’s gorgeous patio is now open with a second level. The fountains are on, the honeysuckle is growing, and our black bamboo is about to shoot this season’s growth 30 feet out of the ground. The first level of the patio is also now outfitted with large gas heaters for colder weather.

Patrons may reserve both levels of the patio or just the second for private events. Both levels come with use of our large propane grill, perfect for urban grilling any weekend or evening to which DC residents don’t have access in their apartments/homes.

Little Miss Whiskey’s is located at 1104 H Street NE, open 7 days a week, and there is never a cover.”

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04/16/14 12:25pm

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3313 11th Street, NW

Can’t believe it’s already Cinco de Mayo time…

From an email:

“Cinco de Mayo is quickly approaching, and there is no better place to celebrate the 152nd anniversary of Mexico’s marginally important victory over French forces than at El Chucho Cocina Superior!

The anniversary of the Battle of Puebla falls on a Monday this year, but we will be opening for brunch at 11:30 and featuring a special menu of breakfast burritos. We’ll also be offering drink specials during the day including our margarita on tap for $4.50, frozen margaritas for $5.50, and Tecate tallboys for $3.

Cinco de Mayo is also the perfect chance to try our new menu of tequila and mezcal flights! In order to make our extensive selection of agave distilled spirits more accessible, we are now offering flights from $12! With five of our nine flights are priced under $20, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Mexican heritage and enjoy the fruits of agave cultivation.

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1825 18th Street, NW

Bar Charley News: Apart from Cinco de Mayo, our sister bar, Bar Charley will be staying open later effective immediately. The kitchen will stay open until midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and the bar will remain open until 12:30 and 1:30 on weekdays and weekends respectively.

04/15/14 10:55pm

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A new sports bar, The Big Stick, is coming to Navy Yard right near Nats Park and the metro at 20 M Street, SE. A recent liquor license placard says:

“This is a new “C” Restaurant with an Entertainment Endorsement and Sidewalk Café. The establishment will be a sports bar featuring an alpine lodge theme and décor serving casual foods such as bratwursts, sausages and kielbasas, salads, sandwiches, wraps and crispy oven-baked macaroni and cheese.”

Hours of operation are listed as Sunday through Thursday 8am to 2am, Friday and Saturday 8am to 3am.

Washington Business Journal reported that it comes from the owner of nearby Justin’s Cafe and hopes to open in June.

Ed. Note: Not sure what’s up with the alpine themed bars

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M and Half St, SE

04/14/14 4:45pm

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3319 Connecticut Ave, NW via Nanny’s

From an email:

“This coming Tuesday April 15th Nanny O’Brien’s will officially have been operating for 21 years aka we’re finally legal to drink! Come down anytime between open at 12 noon til 7pm and we’ll be offering 1993 prices on Bud, Bud Light & Miller Lite bottles ($2 a piece) and live music from Conor Malone! Trivia Kings Washington will then be offering the usual Pub Quiz that night at 8pm. Hope to see you all there to help us celebrate!”

04/10/14 10:22pm

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Bar at All Souls located at 8th and T Street, NW

Yesterday’s news about the proper liquor bar coming to Chinatown got me thinking about bars. This is a subject near and dear to my heart and there are so many good ones. But for today just give your favorite one or if you can’t narrow it down your top three. Also, nevermind restaurants, I’m talking about your favorite straight up bars in town? (I mean they can serve food, but they should first and foremost be a bar.) I have about 50 favorites but for today I’m going with the relatively new All Souls in Shaw. What about you?

04/10/14 12:25pm

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1401 R Street, NW

And in other anticipated openings is Red Light Cocktails & Dessert Bar is soft opening on Saturday in the former Bar di Bari space.

From a press release:

“On Saturday, April 12th, Partners Aaron Gordon, Robert Underwood, and brothers Ari and Micah Wilder will softly open Red Light, Cocktails & Dessert Bar at 1401 R Street, NW. A limited dessert menu will run for two weeks, from April 12th through April 26th. Guests can stop by nightly, from 4 PM to close, to indulge in the restaurants show-stopping desserts and innovative cocktails. Then, on Sunday, April 27th, the restaurant will open with a full menu and regular hours: Monday through Thursday from 4 PM to close, Friday and Saturday from 12 Noon to 2 AM and Sunday from 12 Noon to 10 PM.

“Distinctive craft cocktails and inspired desserts in a fun, relaxed bar will be the ideal complement to 14th St. – DC’s top restaurant destination, explains Aaron Gordon. “Who doesn’t love delicious chocolate and Champagne?”

Gordon tapped Robert Underwood as executive chef for Red Light. Underwood was previously the head pastry chef at award-winning Komi and Marcel’s in Washington, DC. His menu at Red Light will offer ten desserts changing daily, reflecting the season, and a featured soufflé. Opening selections planned include Soufflé of the Moment– white chocolate Grand Marnier; Pistachio Tea Cakes – with local strawberry jam and lavender gelato; Abuelita’s Tres Leches – with toasted coconut cake and Zapaca rum; Black & Tan Donuts – ale batter beignets with a chocolate stout filling; and aQuinoa BrûléePudding – with caramelized bananas and spicy candied cashews. Dessert choices will be priced from $8 to $10. A pre-fixe menu, complete with a cocktail or wine pairing, will also be available for $16 to $20 per person.

The cocktail menu and wine list is being developed by the talented Wilder brothers, who will serve as Red Light’s beverage directors. Since 2008, when they founded Wilder Bros LLC, they have created over a dozen successful cocktail programs and opened Fed Restaurant in May, 2013. Their innovative list for Red Light will include a selection of eight to 12 specialty drinks, as well as ‘adult’ desserts that combine cocktail and dessert ingredients for a spirited treat. Red Light’s upcoming list will include the Riverstone Slush –ice wine with seasonal nectar, shaved river stone ice and winter fruit; the Double Down –Buffalo Trace Bourbon, rose bitters, B grade maple syrup, Ruby Red grapefruit and lime; andthe Cake Shake –Red Velvet cupcake, homemade ice cream, Atlantico dark rum, Velvet Felernum and cocoa bitters. The menu will also offer a boutique wine selection as well as eight to ten Champagnes by-the-glass, including four Champagnes on-tap.

Design studio SwatchRoom is responsible for the scheme for Red Light. The intimate 27-seat interior will have ‘love-nest’ seating options of red leather banquettes and club chairs for lingering plus a sprinkling of two and four top tables. Guest can grab a stool at the dramatic concrete 18-person bar and see the chefs in action at the display pastry bar. The seasonal 44-seat outdoor patio will be the destination gathering place with its warm and inviting environment featuring communal, cocktail and lounge seating.

“The contemporary design for Red Light will call back to the dangerous and salacious history of 14th Street, a dessert lounge and a place where the edge of rock & roll is juxtaposed to classic romance through color palette, found objects, and sensual textures,” states Warren Weixler, co-owner of SwatchRoom. “The design will illuminate the natural allure of voyeurism and the intoxicating art of the performance; specifically preparing craft cocktails and delectable desserts.”

04/10/14 10:25am

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6th and F Street, NW

Big news for Chinatown – the space that was going to become a bar from the owners Daikaya – has now been leased. It’s now going to become a bar from the owner of Mindful Restaurants which includes Ghibellina in Logan Circle and Acqua al 2 and Harold Black on Capitol Hill. The new spot is actually in the lower level around the corner from Fuel pizza on 6th Street in the historic OBA building:

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Owner Ari Gejdenson and his wife Stacy plan on making this a proper liquor bar. It’s on the smaller side at about 2000 square feet. The description kinda reminds me of an old school hotel bar – lots of brass, lots of leather, proper cocktails including all the classics, nice glassware – just a cool, comfortable, classy spot. There will be some small food items available as well but the menu (and the name for that matter) haven’t been finalized yet. But work has begun and you can see the making of lots of awesome booths. There will be 8 of them and room for 12-14 at the bar. If all goes well they should open around the end of the summer/early Fall. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out but in the meantime – you can get a basic idea:

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future booths

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windows are going to be replaced with older period windows.

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04/09/14 4:50pm

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Photos courtesy of Donovan House

From an email:

“WHAT: On Friday, April 11th, the hotly anticipated DNV Rooftop will open for the spring season, featuring new menus inspired by Asian street food and cocktails. The DNV Rooftop boasts one of the most impressive skyline views in Washington, DC, perched atop the Donovan House hotel on 14th Street. DNV will feature an Asian-leaning cocktail menu from lauded bartender Jon Harris with influences including tea infusions, sugarcane, Vietnamese salted lemonades and Japanese highballs. Jon Harris’ menu of Asian street drinks includes: the Tidal Basin Picnic Special with Clear Creek Kirschwasser, lemon, Liqueur de Violette, bitter lemon soda; the Tokyo Gimlet with Tanqueray Gin or Belvedere Vodka, a house made yuzu-lime cordial; the Red Silk Slipper with Valentine White Blossom Vodka, rhubarb shrub, Teavine Green Tea Sparkling Wine and the Green Velvet Slipper with Milagro Silver Tequila, Wandering Poet Sake, Midori, house made yuzu-lime cordial, Fever Tree Bitter Lemon.

Zentan Executive Chef Jennifer Nguyen will offer a line-up of Asian tacos inspired by her time spent in Austin, Texas including a Tamarind Barbacao Beef Taco with kimchee, pickled onions, jalapenos, yuzu crema and a Wild Mushroom Taco with seasonal mushrooms, five spice mole, pickled red onions. In addition, DNV will serve Mung Bean Tamale Cakes with shredded braised chicken, house red curry, radishes and Mazeman Noodles with peppered ground beef, cucumber, bean sprouts, bell peppers, ramen noodles and a peanut sauce.

WHEN: DNV Rooftop grand opening, Friday, April 11th at 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

DNV hours of operation: Monday 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Happy hour will be available daily Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., when select cocktails, beer and wine are available for just $5.

WHERE: DNV Rooftop, 14th Floor, The Donovan House 1155 14th Street, NW

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04/08/14 11:21am

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639 Pennsylvania Ave, SE

Another big hit for longtime Capitol Hill bars – next up on the chopping block – Remingtons located at 639 Pennsylvania Ave, SE “for about 30 years or so”. Thanks to a reader for sending the tip, a call to Remingtons confirms their last day will be Monday at happy hour. I’m told the building sold about a year ago and will be renovated.

Remingtons follows the closures of long time spots – old Hawk n Dove, 18th Amendment, Li’l Pub and Pour House (at the end of April).