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But all will be forgiven if you are legit. Wet Dog Tavern looked super close to opening back in November. Their last Facebook update was written Dec. 7th:

“…We have a great relationship with our PA brewery and they’re willing to craft and customize great beers for us. We love their product and are looking forward to introducing another great brand to the city. We are prideful neighbors, we are DC lifers… and, we are frequent travelers. We do plan to carry a few locals, since of course, who wouldn’t?! Our plan, however is to not JUST carry local beers or base the majority of our list on them. Over the past 2-3 years of dining and drinking around the city, especially the U St. & 14th St. corridor, we tend to find the same 4-5 local brews on beer lists/taps, which for some people is great, but we at Wet Dog would like to offer a little more. (more…)

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From an email:

“Fun fact: Matt Croke is actually not an American citizen.

That is until 8am Tuesday when he gets sworn in! Most of us will have to work that morning and quite frankly it’s difficult to get a beer at that hour, so the celebration will commence at 5pm at the Stone! Wear some red, white and blue and celebrate the one and only Matt Croke finally becoming legitimized!”

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116 Rhode Island Ave, NW

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5420 3rd Street, NW at Kennedy

A reader reports:

“Looks like real progress at 5424 3rd Street, NW! Do we have any idea what’s coming here? All I got is a tavern and what looks like condos.”

Recently a liquor license placard was posted for Library Tavern that says:

“New Class “C” Tavern with 85 seats and a Total Occupancy Load of 85. Requesting an Entertainment Endorsement.”

Anyone happen to hear other details/plans? Updates when more is known.

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501 Florida Ave, NW

From a press release:

“As America (sadly) prepares to say farewell to President Obama later this month, The Royal in LeDroit Park is sending him off in style, with a special “Royal Knights” Aloha Luau next Monday, January 9 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Paying homage to the departing President’s home state, the monthly industry night series brings the Hawaiian tropics to DC for just one winter night, featuring Tiki tipples from guest bartenders Lukas B. Smith of Cotton & Reed Distillery, Carlie Steiner of Himitsu and Horus Alvarez of The Eddy in Providence, RI, along with island flicks on the projector and other tropical surprises.

The rum-soaked evening will showcase rums and liqueurs from DC-made Cotton & Reed, plus unique Caribbean and South American spirits like Rujero Singani (a Bolivian brandy), Hamilton rums (imported from Jamaica and Guyana), Ilegal Mezcal (from Oaxaca, Mexico), and the classic Tiki flavors of pineapple, citrus, cacao, nutmeg + more. And of course, this monthly guest-bartended industry night features $8 cocktails from three of the area’s top cocktail talents.

Tiki Kahuna Lukas B. Smith, herbalist + cocktail specialist at Cotton & Reed Distillery uses his own housemade syrups, liqueurs, and the distillery’s rums in the following exotic creations: (more…)

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5247 Wisconsin Ave, NW via Chads’ Facebook

Back in March we shared some scuttlebutt saying the long time, low key Chads of Friendship Heights was for sale. Apparently it sold. The Washington Post reports:

“Tony Kornheiser announced on his podcast Tuesday that an ownership group that includes himself, former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams and TV host Maury Povich purchased Chad’s, the longtime Friendship Heights restaurant and bar.”

Well, this is either gonna be absolutely awesome or absolutely awful. Stay tuned!

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700 G Street, NW

Last week we learned that Free State Atlantic Bar from the owners of the excellent Lost & Found bar would be opening at 4pm today. Have a peek inside the nautical themed spot:

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Interior photos courtesy Free State

“a casual neighborhood bar that brings local libations and provisions from the mid-Atlantic states to the heart of Washington, DC. Located in the basement level of 700 G St. NW, Free State will offer a well-curated list of 14 drafts and large format bottles from local craft breweries. The craft cocktail list will mix up some new recipes and classic favorites that feature spirits made by distilleries from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. A selection of local wines from Virginia and North Carolina will be offered and complimented by classics from the new and old world. Finally the snack list will include some nostalgic local staples to compliment the drink lists.”

More photos. (more…)

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Patton Oswalt, 11th and Kenyon St, NW via Wonderland’s Facebook

Well this is very, very cool! From Wonderland’s Facebook page:

“If you weren’t upstairs in the Ballroom last night for Underground Comedy’s weekly show, you missed a fantastic set by Patton Oswalt. Just for the record, the man tipped $10 for a soda water. A real mensch! Underground Comedy DC

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700 G Street, NW

Lost & Found owners next spot – looking good. The subterranean nautical themed, Free State, is looking ready to roll.

a casual neighborhood bar that brings local libations and provisions from the mid-Atlantic states to the heart of Washington, DC. Located in the basement level of 700 G St. NW, Free State will offer a well-curated list of 14 drafts and large format bottles from local craft breweries. The craft cocktail list will mix up some new recipes and classic favorites that feature spirits made by distilleries from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. A selection of local wines from Virginia and North Carolina will be offered and complimented by classics from the new and old world. Finally the snack list will include some nostalgic local staples to compliment the drink lists.

Stay tuned for an exact opening date soon…

Update from the owners: Opening Wednesday, January 4 at 4pm!!

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