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PoP Preview – Teddy and the Bully Bar Opening June 24th

by Prince Of Petworth — June 21, 2013 at 10:30 am 23 Comments

1200 19th Street, NW

Last week we saw a press release for Teddy and the Bully Bar opening June 24th in the old Sam and Harry’s space at 1200 19th St, NW. To say the space has been transformed is the understatement of the year. It is freaking awesome. You can get all the details from the press release and you’ll soon be able to see their menus here. In the meantime, have a look at the transformation:

front dining room

Lots more photos after the jump.

Alice Roosevelt booth

back dining room, note – light above based on police shield from when Teddy was NYC police commisioner

back rooms

back room

bread section up front


real 1903 rifles converted to lights by Petworth artist James Kerns

another Kerns light fixture converted from an old water meter

draft cocktails!

The Julep, but the Rickey was my favorite


Designer Maggie O’Neill

quote from women’s rest room

Men’s restroom

front dining room art

Teddy portraits

more seating in front dining room

beautiful table right as you enter the space

  • Los

    Lol…looks like they did put the mounted heads I said they were missing. Minus a point for not using the real deal and going the faux post modernist ones. I was expecting more of an old school University Club type place.

    • ledroittiger

      +1 go real or go home

      • This place just screams lukewarm consommé at a spinsterish tea party.

  • ledroittiger

    This place looks like it was designed by a schizophrenic.

    • I give it six months before they turn it into Teddy’s Metrosexual Cronuttery and Gourmet Dog Biscuiteria.

      • Anonymous


    • Alan

      I don’t even understand what they were going for, unless tacky is a design aesthetic now.

      • figby

        It’s like a generic, second-tier hotel restaurant jazzed up with a few “kitsch” flourishes.

  • Anonymous

    It reminds me of Lincoln on Vermont Ave.

    • peachy

      It should – same owners!

      • Anonymous

        (And designer)

  • Irving Streete

    Decor disconnect. Looks more like a place where Alice would have taken the ladies to get politely looped while exchanging gossip and playing backstage politics than a place Teddy would have gone to ground in with a couple of Rough Riders.

    • Anonymous

      I could picture Teddy drinking at a place like Hank Dietles.

  • Amazing! It’s like I’m in Teddy Roosevelt’s personal rumpus room!

    In Hell.

  • Anonymous

    That decor is, ahem, busy.

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t disagree with the rest of the commenters more. I love the look of this place. The color scheme is fantastic.

    • Anonymous

      Beige and brown is a color scheme?

      • Anonymous

        meant to ask if beige and brown is a *fantastic* color scheme.

  • MikeinDC

    What? No “Teddy” Bears?! Missed op.

  • Anonymous

    Love it. Has character.

  • Rukasu

    Not liking the design…the Campari on tap however looks awesome

  • Anonymous

    The bar looks nice. After that, well . . .

  • justinbc

    At least they tried? Or we could have yet another dimly lit restaurant with exposed brick and dark wood beams and some uncomfortable metal chairs.


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