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“New Live Music Venue & Karaoke Bar” BUCKEYE + BEAR Opening in Dupont June 18th

BUCKEYE + BEAR - The Ballroom
Rendering of The Ballroom at BUCKEYE + BEAR.

From a press release:

“Live entertainment gets a remix this summer when BUCKEYE + BEAR, the unique new live music venue and sports bar, launches June 18 in the heart of Dupont (1730 M Street NW).

The eclectic 280-person venue features an exciting rotating weekly entertainment schedule, including multi-genre live entertainment, costume karaoke, comedy shows and trivia nights spread over two distinct spaces — The Ballroom and The Green Room.

The Ballroom will showcase a wide variety of live entertainment weekly, including local and regional bands, comedy shows, karaoke events and trivia nights. The Ballroom features a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system with an eye-catching assortment of vintage speakers serving as the stage backdrop. Banquette-style seating with dining tables forms the border of The Ballroom, while the center of the space is dotted with lounge-style couches that can be removed for larger concerts and private events.

The Green Room is a sports bar with six large flat-screen TVs, 22 seats at the bar, seven cozy booths ideal for small groups and two standing rail tables that are great for larger groups.

BUCKEYE + BEAR will offer the following weekly programming schedule:

EVERY TUESDAY (Staring June 21): Comedy Show hosted by Underground Comedy
1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS (Starting July 6): Karaoke Night hosted by Kostume Karaoke
2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS (Starting July 13): Latin Band Night hosted by Trio Caliente
2nd & 4th THURSDAYS (Starting June 23): Country Music Night featuring Original Bands & Cover Bands
2nd & 4th FRIDAYS (Starting June 24): Live Band Karaoke & Gong Show (Yes, Gong Show!)
1st & 3rd FRIDAYS + EVERY SATURDAY (Starting June 18): Local & Regional Original Bands & Cover Bands
EVERY SUNDAY (Starting June 26): Evening Variety Show

BUCKEYE + BEAR - The Green Room
Rendering of The Green Room at BUCKEYE + BEAR.

BUCKEYE + BEAR offers eight beers on draft, including local favorites such as DC Brau and 3 Stars, American classics like Bud Light and Pabst Blue Ribbon, and internationals staples such as Stella Artois and Heineken. Beer and cocktail prices range $6 to $10 and select items will be half price during happy hour, Sunday through Friday, 5 to 8pm. BUCKEYE + BEAR’s traditional southern BBQ menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, shredded brisket nachos, buffalo chicken dip and D.C. classic, the half-smoke.

BUCKEYE + BEAR is the newest venture from D.C. hospitality entrepreneurs Ryan Seelbach and Eric Lund, deriving its name from the co-owners’ home states — Ohio and Alaska. Seelbach and Lund are also the owners and operators of popular Shaw neighborhood venue TAKODA Restaurant & Beer Garden.

“Our goal was to create a venue unlike any other in Washington,” Lund says of BUCKEYE + BEAR’s one-of-a-kind programming. “Whether someone is looking to watch the big game, discover a new band, check out an underground comic, or let loose with karaoke, we have every facet of evening entertainment covered.”

BUCKEYE + BEAR will be open Tuesday through Sunday starting at 5pm nightly.


Tuesday and Wednesday, 5pm to Midnight
Thursday, 5pm to 2am
Friday and Saturday, 5pm to 3am
Sunday, 5 to 10pm
Happy Hour is available Sunday through Friday, 5 to 8pm and includes daily food and drink specials available at half price. BUCKEYE + BEAR’s kitchen closes daily at 10pm.”

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