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The Liberator, “Irish and European cuisines”, now coming to 477 H Street, NW

by Prince Of Petworth January 19, 2016 at 10:22 pm 15 Comments

477 H Street, NW

Looks like plans for a strip club, then cigar lounge have now become plans for The Liberator. A new liquor license placard posted out front says:

“Multi-level restaurant and bar featuring a fusion of modern Irish and European cuisines with a seating capacity for 370 patrons. Total Occupancy Load of 470. Requesting an Entertainment Endorsement.”


  • monkeyrotica

    I can’t imagine 470 people eating crubeens, cabbage, and Scotch eggs. Hope it’s well ventilated.

  • Cam

    Like the change of plans! I lived in Ireland for a summer and ate a lot of pizza and curry, as I wasn’t a huge fan of the native cuisine, other than beer and bread and hearty soups. Still, it appeals to me as a neighbor far more than strippers or cigars.

    • Philippe Lecheval

      I spent some time in Ireland recently, and the food was by far the worst part of it. Except for the fish and chips, and Irish breakfast.

      • Kelly

        Really? Where were you traveling? Do you like seafood? About every other year I travel up and down the west coast of Ireland and have had some of the most amazing, freshest seafood.

        • The OP Anon

          Galway has amazing eats. The oysters there are unreal. And yes, so much seafood year round. Gotta love those cold Atlantic waters :)

        • Philippe Lecheval

          Mostly in Dublin and Cork. It sounds like I missed out on the seafood, unfortunately.

          • Kelly

            I don’t know much about the Dublin food scene, but if you get to go back to Cork, try to get to Kinsale. I haven’t been, but it is supposed to have a lot of good, creative cooking. Of course, on a blustery day, I think it is hard to top a bowl of good seafood chowder, brown bread, butter, and beer.

      • Cam

        Oh, forgot about the fish and chips. Not a fan of blood sausage, which I got as part of breakfast at a B&B, or the beans on toast combo my Irish roommate always had after long nights out drinking. Not a huge seafood fan, either, nor am I a fan of chinks of meat and potatoes. I do have fond memories of delicious new flavors of Pringles, though. Stayed mainly in Galway.

        • So is there anything you do like?

  • sproc

    Seating for 370? While I suppose it’s better than the previous proposals, it still sounds like a recipe for more mediocre chain Irish pub-like food. Buffalo wings and mozzarella sticks are Irish now, right?

    • accendo

      And there’s already an Irish place at the Marriott across the street from there.

  • Anon

    Missed opportunity – this should have beern the restaurant name at the Trump hotel.

    • ***

      or the past proposal for a strip club

      • tonyr

        I was hoping for a Blake’s 7 themed place.

  • Anon

    This area is definitely lacking in Irish pubs…. Between Kelly’s, the Dubliner, Irish Channel, Fado? Now this?


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