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

by Prince Of Petworth June 7, 2016 at 11:50 am 17 Comments

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.”

  • AJSE

    This seems like the bougie version of Hill Country

  • Accountering


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  • mh

    Looks like a concept refresh for what was until recently The Huxley

    • Are those ghosts of Huxley past still lingering around in the rendering?

    • Anonymous

      Ha, this is the Huxley? I know a few trust fund kids who invested in that place. I hope they made their money back.

  • They wanted something unlike any other venue in DC…so they’re serving Bud Light and PBR and you can watch sports. How original! It will at least probably be the only place where you can get “Southern BBQ” from Ohio and Alaska natives.

  • Philippe Lecheval

    I’d hardly call 17th & M the “heart” of Dupont.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      It is basically M and Connecticut, which is pretty close to the “heart” of Dupont from a bar/nightlife perspective. Most of the bars people are referencing when they say they are going out in Dupont are on Connecticut between the circle and M and M between Connecticut and 19th. So it is like a block away from the southern part of that mess. Who cares?

      • Philippe Lecheval

        I wouldn’t care either, if I lived in a neighborhood named after a nonexistent traffic circle :-)

        • Tsar of Truxton

          Wow, such a burn! Did you come up with that all by yourself?

  • MK

    I know it’s superficial, but I probably won’t go (unless friends drag me there) because that name is terrible. Also not a huge fan of the restaurant name Convivial, though I hear it’s actually good. Or Kinship? Crane and Turtle (when it was open)? Even Pineapple and Pearls. It sounds like they’re trying too hard to be hip and different. But maybe my disdain is limiting me from some amazing experiences!

    • What would you consider to be appropriate / well named establishments?

  • jim_ed

    Opening a bar for gay Ohioans into hairy men seems like an awfully small niche market. But more power to them I suppose.

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  • AnotherBdaleResident

    I walked past it today, and was wondering what it was going to be. It definitely looked different. They were using mod podge to put up a bunch of huge old rock/punk band posters in the entryway when I went past.


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