Redline Sports Bar Closing After Sunday Service?

by Prince Of Petworth March 25, 2016 at 10:30 am 36 Comments

707 G Street, NW

A couple months ago we learned that Redline Sports Bar was ordered to pay “$687,000 in damages after finding [an employee] was the victim of discrimination”. Now I’m hearing that this Sunday, March 27 could be the last day Redline will be open. I’ve sent an email for more details and will update when/if more is known.

Redline’s website says:

“Washington DC’s newest luxury gastropub Redline is located in the heart of DC’s Penn Quarter, steps away from the bustling Verizon Center and just across the street from the National Portrait Gallery.

Featuring built-in table taps, Redline offers a 130-seat sportspub and an 86-seat restaurant presenting “American cuisine with a French flair”. An 11-foot projection screen and over 40 flat screens provide instant visibility to your favorite sports games and news channel powerlunches.”

  • No, just no

    Christ, that place sounds like the worst.

  • stacksp

    This place has been dead ever since that article ran in the post. I thought it was already closed. Business dropped off big time. Empty during March Madness when a few years ago they were reserving booths because they were packed to the brim.

  • georgia ave

    Not surprised. It is the type of bar that has become the norm in Chinatown – a tired, soulless, corporate food and alcohol trough. No tears.

    • Philippe Lecheval

      Yeah, I really can’t think of a single bar in that area that is outstanding.

      • JohnDC

        I’m a fan of IronHorse & Rocketbar.

        • anon

          +1 for IronHorse

      • Derek

        Jackpot is a good spot. Excellent rotating taps, good happy hour, nice bartenders.

        Always enjoy Penn Commons too.

        • stacksp

          Jackpot is a dope spot. The free popcorn always comes in hand. Denson is dope too !!!

          • Kukki Bakemono

            Yea, I enjoyed Denson, as well. My bartender made an excellent Whiskey Sour.

    • Bars in that area that are good/non-soulless IMO:

      Iron Horse Pub
      The Irish Channel
      The Partisan (more Penn Q but still close)
      Rocket Bar
      District Chop House
      … anyone have any other suggestions?

      • [rrrrr]

        +1 for the Channel, Jackpot, Rocket Bar
        Also add Bar Deco to the list.

      • Philippe Lecheval

        I’ll agree, those aren’t bad, but I guess in my experience I wouldn’t say any of them are so great that I’d go out of my way to go to any of them.

      • Andie302

        I really like the bar on the second floor of Daikaya – they have some different cocktails and serve Japanese street food (hello fried garlic!)

        • stacksp

          I mentioned that below. I am a big fan as well.

        • Kukki Bakemono

          I agree. The second floor of Daikaya really is a beautiful space and the service is fantastic. They have some cool sounding late night events, too, but I haven’t been to any yet.

  • Brett M

    Good–they don’t deserve to be in business.

  • Redline is awful — so while it’s unfortunate for the employees, its death is overdue.

    As for bars in that area that are good/non-soulless: Iron Horse Pub, The Irish Channel, The Partisan (more Penn Q but still close), Rocket Bar, District Chop House… anyone have any other suggestions?

    • I’m a fan of Penn Commons. Their happy hour is a good deal and their food is great (especially the pretzel bread).

      • eggs

        Their Friday happy hour (super cheap craft beer!) is wonderful but the service has sucked for me when I choose to sit at a table and have dinner versus the bar.

      • [rrrrr]

        Went back and forth on whether I’d recommend Penn Commons when posting above. I like it pretty well, but it has always struck me as a little bit corporate.

        • Louisatim

          Locally owned

          • Louisatim

            Penn Commons I mean

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  • DVD

    Sounds like the same pattern we saw with the Reef. 1) Business if booming 2) Lawsuit 3) Shutter the business and file for bankruptcy to avoid paying…………….

  • Philippe Lecheval

    Are there any decent bars in that area worth visiting before a game at the Verizon Center that aren’t packed to standing room only or so loud that you can’t hear yourself think?

    • Anon Imus

      No, so just stay home

    • stacksp

      Jackpot, Denson, and the noodle spot Daikaya Ramen has a real nice happy hour. I usually go there before Wizards games. Standing room after say 5pm on Fridays but the HH menu always changes so its always something new to try.

    • [rrrrr]

      I like Bar Deco a lot, new spot across from Verizon Center on 6th. Went to a HH on a game night and it was busy but not unruly.

  • SWChick

    I love(d) Redline. I have been going since it first opened. The bartenders are completely amazing. Well, Brooke and Zarko are amazing. I am an African American woman and was super upset to read the WashPo article. I was in a crunch last week and needed something to eat so I went in there and sat at the bar. My fav bartenders were there and told me they were closing. It was sad to hear, but I understood. Here’s the kicker, there was actually an African American female bartender there. She was the ABSOLUTE rudest person I probably have ever met in my life. She mistakenly gave my order to another customer. No problem, I’m legit the nicest person in the world. (too nice). I asked her if those where my wings and she replied “I did not take your order and didn’t know you ordered wings. You will get the order when the next one comes out” She was super rude but hey ppl are rude so whatever. But then I wanted to make sure my order came out right so I gave her some specifics (fried hard no ranch or blue cheese)and she was even more rude. She replied “I told you he ordered the exact same thing”. Then walks away. My boyfriend and I are a little stunned but again I’m nice so I say nothing just mention her rudeness to my boyfriend. She then walks over to me and screams: “IS THERE A PROBLEM” I cannot make this stuff up. It was as if she wanted to fight me because she gave my wings away. I told her i didn’t have an issue, it wasnt her falut she really didnt know I ordered wings and to please stop being rude to me. She told me I was the rude one, gave me a piece of her mind, rolled her eyes and walked away. I was shocked!!!! My boyfriend told her there was no reason to be rude and yell and she began to list her customer service resume. It was so bad she made a complete fool of herself and of course the order came out wrong (all flats, soggy with ranch and blue cheese) because duh, it wasn’t my order. :-/

    • Anacostia

      Sounds like you met an asshole. They make them in white and black models. Just an FYI

      • SWChick

        Yes I agree. I only listed her race because of the WashPo article and the irony that they now have black bartenders . :-)

    • palisades

      I love stories like these. There is literally no possible way the interaction went exactly like this, but it’s so entertaining and absurd. Makes my Fridays even better.

      • SWChick

        Promise you it did. You have to understand, she didn’t care because the place is closing and she told her coworkers she was quitting the next day. I dont believe she would have done this if the place wasn’t closing. She was rude as can be without a care in the world. I didn’t do anything to her at all. If you knew me, you would know, my friends make fun of me for being someone who gets “pushed around” because I refuse to step out of character for others. The bar was full of regulars who work at the Verizon center, they can all attest to the story. I do agree with you that whenever I read long rude reviews on Yelp I think about what “really” happened. (I actually refuse to write bad reviews on yelp because of that) But this right here is verbatim.

      • On Capital Heels

        I agree, palisades. The story is dubious, for sure.

        Worst of all, I fail to see how any of this relates to the fact that anemployer engaged in prohibited employment discrimination practices against a particular African-American employee.

        This is like me reading a story about a woman that Company A passed over for a promotion because of her gender. And my response is to share an anecdote about this other random woman who also worked at Company A, but seemed to have a real ax to grind with men. Ironic? No. Irrelevant? For sure!

      • marymac

        Thank you palisades; SWchick is a troll. NO self-respecting black woman -NONE, and I mean ZERO!- would have patronized a place that had been slammed by a jury for discrimination where there are dozens of other places they could have gone instead.


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