04/07/14 11:30am

613 Pennsylvania Ave, SE

Another pretty spectacular transformation comes to Capitol Hill in the former 18th Amendment space. On April second Barrel’s blog said:

“Our whiskey all tucked in for the night just waiting to be drunk next week #brownwater”

Check out their “brownwater” menu here and their kitchen menu here.

Mark this as another incredible transformation (lots more photos here):

Photo via Barrel

04/03/14 4:50pm


From an email:

“HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 4 episodes shown every week
@ Little Miss Whiskeys Golden Dollar (1104 H Street, NE)
Season premiere is Sunday, 4/6, at 9 PM. All season 4 episodes shown Sundays at 9 PM

We don’t have our own wolf any more, but we’ve still got the HDMI quality projector, 4′X6′ screen, and theatre-quality sound system with which to enjoy Season 4 of HBO’s brilliant Game of Thrones series. Possible swag and other “gifts” may work themselves into the mix this year, delicious drinky drinks and craft beers are always immediately available, so if you’re looking to stay up to date and enjoy an excellent screening of each episode as it airs please join us!”

04/03/14 10:30am

1346 T Street, NW next to St. Ex

We’ve been waiting a long time to see how Compass Rose turned out in the former Collage Cafe space on T Street next door to St. Ex and though I feel like I say this a lot – this one was definitely worth the wait.  At least from the looks.  This is one of the nicest transformations of a space I’ve seen since Rose’s Luxury on Barracks Row.  Though not affiliated there’s gotta be something to having Rose in the name… This one’s a bit smaller but equally as sweet.


You can see some background and what Rose’s Compass used to look like here.  This was the spot that had a vision to give the space the feel of an outdoor market place.  Stay tuned for an April 12th (5pm) opening – and here’s a boatload of photos to whet your whistle:


Tons more photos after the jump. (more…)

04/01/14 4:00pm


All photos by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

Thanks to Beau Finley for sending the final word and photos:

“Saturday was rather surreal. Some friends and I went to the Engine Room to bid it goodbye. Little did we know an official “Goodbye, Engine Room” event was planned for the night. It was a “Celebration of the Legacy” of the Engine Room, Pier 7, and the Channel Inn, hosted by Tommy Wells. The Channel Inn opened in the 1970s [650 Water Street, SW]. The boat owners at Gangplank Marina frequently stayed at the hotel to avoid being on their boats during winter storms. Several politicians routinely visited, including Tommy Wells (hosted monthly office hours at the coffee shop) and Dante B. Fascell (Florida Congressman who chaired the Foreign Affairs Committee for awhile). The night began with speeches, turned to dancing and reminiscences among regulars. I felt a bit like a cultural tourist at that point, and took off.

From the official program for Saturday’s festivities:
“Customers of the Engine Room lounge are legendary in their devotion. There are a few who have visited regularly during the week over the entire time is has been open. Many more have attended regularly for at least twenty or thirty of those years. During the year, hundreds of out of town business professionals and family of local residents schedule a visit to the lounge during their time in town. From the beginning, the lounge has had a live band perform for the entire evening on weekends and a midweek night, with no cover charge of drink minimum. Twice weekly, there is an Open Mike night, giving opportunity for local musical artists to perform before a public audience for exposure and experience…”

The event was great, with a champagne toast to Manny and his wife Alma and to the joint itself.

The hotel closes at the end of April. The bar closed last night.”

the inside, empty, Thursday evening (though the bar was crowded)

Many regulars

Manny Fernandez bidding farewell

03/31/14 11:30am

329 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Uh oh or hallelujah depending on your perspective… Thanks to all who sent emails. From the Wall Street Journal:

“Baltimore-based Barrack’s Row Entertainment filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Washington D.C., putting eating spots like Hawk ‘n’ Dove, Senart’s Oyster House and The Chesapeake Room into protection with it. Barrack’s Row, which is owned by a group of investors, said it has between $1 million and $10 million in debt.”

The new Hawk n Dove opened in Jan. 2013. Senart’s Oyster House opened at 520 8th St SE on Barracks Row in 2011 and The Chesapeake Room opened at 501 8th Street, SE also on Barracks Row back in 2010. I believe this group also owns Lola’s, Molly Malone’s Pacifico, and The Box Car Tavern.

03/28/14 3:15pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

From a press release:

“The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) welcomes the announcement earlier today that the D.C. Government’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) will begin accepting applications for four licenses beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 10.

Georgetown is a popular commercial destination with more than 120 restaurants, cafes and bakeries in addition to over 300 stores, salons and galleries. Welcoming new, high-quality restaurants is an important part of sustaining Georgetown’s status as a world-renowned neighborhood.

The ABRA announcement covers one tavern license and three restaurant licenses. The tavern license is only available to an existing restaurant located in the Georgetown Historic District. The three new restaurant licenses stem from a license class change and from cancellations of previous or existing licenses. (more…)

03/25/14 12:30pm


From a press release:

“Marvin, the Washington D.C. bistro and bar inspired by the transformative time D.C. native Marvin Gaye spent in Belgium, announces it’s 2014 Marvin Gaye Day celebration, marking what would have been the 75th birthday of the legendary singer.

The 7th annual Marvin Gaye Day celebration begins at 4pm on Wednesday, April 2nd with a performance by Gaye’s original band, The Marquees, a Marvin tradition since 2008. Joining them are soul singers Martin Luther and Maimouna Youssef, who will perform a rousing tribute to Gaye and Tammi Terrell — Gaye’s duet partner on seven Top 40 singles including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “You’re All I Need To Get By”. Gordon “Guitar” Banks, Gaye’s music director, the Savoy-Ellingtons, children of musical great Duke Ellington, and a roster of local artists will all pay tribute with musical performances throughout the day.

Washington D.C. based indie rock band, U.S. Royalty, joins the line-up this year showing how Marvin’s influence transcends not only time, but also genre. Additionally, neighboring vinyl shop, Som Records will host a “Hitsville Pop-up Shop” at Marvin selling the best vinyl from the 1960s to the early 1980s from 4pm-close.

In keeping with tradition, all proceeds from the day’s events will benefit The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the beneficiary chosen by the Gaye family, and given in Marvin Gaye’s name.”

Marvin is located at 2007 14th Street, NW just north of U Street.

03/25/14 12:00pm

On March 8th we learned about a stabbing inside Club XII:

“An altercation occurred inside the establishment that resulted in an individual being stabbed. He was transported to an area hospital and treated for non life threatening injuries. A suspect was arrested on the scene.”

ANC Commissioner @jaybeas updates:

“For anyone interested, XII has been allowed to open again, per ABC Board order. There is supposedly a revised security plan in place.”