711 8th Street, SE

Tim Fegan reports over the weekend:

“Looks like Lola’s on Barracks Row is closed. Did I miss that news long ago?”

In September Capitol Hill Corner reported:

“DC Restaurateur Xavier Cervera Back as Owner of Eight Capitol Hill Restaurants

One of his first steps will be to temporarily close Lola’s Barracks Bar and Grill and begin a major refurbishment of the interior.”

829 Upshur Street, NW

From the Reading Room:

“Thursday at 7 PM

This week the Reading Room DC turns one! At this time last year we were finishing up our brand new bar (within a bar), and putting the finishing touches on menu planning with Chantal Tseng and Daniel A Searing Jr. Since then we’ve been lucky enough to add Carlie Steiner to our lineup, and the rest is history.

It’s been a great year – come celebrate with us! There will be champagne aplenty, and some of favorite drinks from the last year of menus.”

1319 F Street, NW

From a press release:

“Proper 21, brought to DC from the New York City restaurateurs that own Manhattan Proper and Proper West, will open to the public on Friday, October 21, 2016. Located at 1319 F Street [formerly Noelia], Proper 21 will be a high-end sports bar serving All American classics with a gourmet twist created by Executive Chef Edward Janda. Proper 21 is the third location of NIEUW Group Inc.

Like its predecessors, located in New York City, Proper 21 will serve contemporary American cuisine. The space will maintain the modern aesthetic and New York style of the Manhattan locations, which have best been described as Tom Ford meets Thomas Edison. Owner Will Strozier is responsible for bringing that aesthetic to life. The restaurant will provide the best audio visual for sports, corporate functions, nightlife and other events. (more…)


From an email:

“For all the beer + Game of Thrones fans out there, Jack Rose Dining Saloon is hosting a very special launch party this Thursday, October 13 from 5 to 10 p.m. that combines the best of both worlds.

Every year, Brewery Ommegang out of Cooperstown, New York collaborates with HBO’s Game of Thrones on a special beer inspired by the critically-acclaimed show. The 7th release in the anticipated series is “Valar Dohaeris” – a Tripel Ale named after the premiere episode of the 3rd season, meaning “all men must serve” – and Jack Rose is thrilled to host the beer’s exclusive launch in DC this week. This beer is only released once a year and Jack Rose is the official bar to try it in DC. (more…)

1101 First Street (at L), NE via Facebook

From an email:

“Wed, October 12, 2016
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Come meet the Anacostia Waterfront Trust team on Wednesday at REI’s awesome Wunder Garten in NoMa (just one block from the Red Line). Enjoy a beautiful autumn evening, great beer (both local craft brews and German classics) at a discount, and corn hole and trivia! The award-winning images of the Anacostia Watershed by nationally-acclaimed conservation photographer Krista Schlyer will be on display.

This will be an opportunity to learn more about the Anacostia and explore how you can get involved from AWT executive director Doug Siglin, who has spent almost forty years working on behalf of the river and surrounding community.

Registration is free, so bring a friend (or 10) to our beer garden happy hour. We can’t wait to meet you!”


From an email:

“On Thursday night the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen is offering a menu inspired by the hit show Stranger Things.

829 Upshur Street, NW

They’re finally here: Cocktails inspired by #StrangerThings. Carlie Steiner (of Stir Bartending Co.) is back behind the bar for her #VariationsOnATheme series, where she creates unique drinks (eleven of them, perhaps??) on a new theme. Grab your friends, grab your walkie-talkies, and join us for drinks that may or may not give you telekinetic powers.”

Check out the menu after the jump. (more…)


I recently got a press release about the Men’s Journal‘s 76 Best Places to Drink a Beer in America. This reminded me of my own arbitrarily picked best places to drink a beer in the District of Columbia.

In no particular order:

1. Cantina Marina because I like boats and Budweiser.

2. Meridian Pint (and all the Pint family) because I like good beer too.

3. Churchkey (see above.)

4. The Pug because I like to curse and watch local sports.

5. Solly’s (see above.) Ed. Note: Happy 10 years again!!

6. Dew Drop Inn because I like trains and bric a brac.

7. Bluejacket because I like baseball.

8. Nanny O’Briens because I like drinking local and I’m addicted to their mustard based wings. Ed. Note: Best (non Korean style) wings in DC.

9. The Blaguard because I like the Burgundy and Gold.

10. Dacha because I like drinking outside.

11. Red Derby because I like drinking on Roof decks (and it is also convenient to another favorite of mine, Lyman’s Tavern, located next door.)

12. Boundary Stone because I occasionally like to drink good whiskey after my beer.

13. Satellite Room because I like the 9:30 Club.

14. Looking Glass Lounge because Georgia Ave is where it’s at (also neighbors Walters and DC Reynolds)

15. Ivy and Coney because I like people with good senses of humor, retractable roof decks and dirt.

16. Lost & Found because I like good bartenders.

17. Rustik because I remember how much pain they went through before opening. I also like pizza.

18. Petworth Citizen because I like books.

19. The Raven because I like kicking it old school from time to time.

20. Lucky Bar because I like soccer and my memories of dollar beer on Thursday nights.

Ed. Note: I really have a list of 40 but market research has told me that people stop reading after 20 so stay tuned for part two and/or my 20 favorite spots for getting a meal on the run and/or many more arbitrary proclamations.

1800 Connecticut Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending this photo from this morning. Another reader also sent word that they heard the building was for sale. At this time, not clear what the plans are for Russia House but we’ll update as soon as more info is known. Anyone else hear anything?

Ed. Note: Russia House is the same group that owned the recently shuttered Alphonse on U Street.


14th and Rhode Island Ave, NW

Last week I mentioned that the Hilton Brothers (Marvin, Gibson, Satellite Room etc.) were bringing two bars to Logan Circle near the new Shack Shack (after confirming that scuttlebutt.) Scuttlebutt on that corner is two for two! Washingtonian now reports that the bar upstairs will be:

“tentatively called French 75 and will focus on Champagne-based and other French-inspired cocktails.”

and City Paper now reports on the bar downstairs:

“Essentially Player’s Club is going to be this raw basement space activated by games with a super playful retro vibe,” Francis says. ” There will probably be some cheesy wood paneling on the walls, some vintage hangings and light fixtures.”