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Lesson Learned No. 77 Always Open Before You Paint the ‘Est.’

by Prince Of Petworth January 12, 2017 at 10:05 pm 17 Comments

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But all will be forgiven if you are legit. Wet Dog Tavern looked super close to opening back in November. Their last Facebook update was written Dec. 7th:

“…We have a great relationship with our PA brewery and they’re willing to craft and customize great beers for us. We love their product and are looking forward to introducing another great brand to the city. We are prideful neighbors, we are DC lifers… and, we are frequent travelers. We do plan to carry a few locals, since of course, who wouldn’t?! Our plan, however is to not JUST carry local beers or base the majority of our list on them. Over the past 2-3 years of dining and drinking around the city, especially the U St. & 14th St. corridor, we tend to find the same 4-5 local brews on beer lists/taps, which for some people is great, but we at Wet Dog would like to offer a little more.

On a few recent trips around the states, we were quite pleased to find 1 or 2 of our DMV area beers included in a few of the multi-state/microbrew beer lists. This drove our desire to represent “home”, wherever patrons may feel that is . With less than half of the residents of our beloved city actually being from DC, we love the idea of giving people a little taste of their past and/or future. All I’m saying is that at the end of the day, Wet Dog Tavern is located in our nation’s capital… we just want to rep the little guys of our great nation!
Hope this helps clarify and hope to meet you soon!

Stay warm!
Wet Dog”

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2100 Vermont Ave, NW near American Ice, Duffy’s and 9:30 Club

  • Anonymous

    Hm, ‘prideful’ doesn’t mean what they think it means… :)

  • RV

    Est. was for estimated.

  • Ross

    I don’t know if that name is, um, “legit.” Nothing about a wet dog makes me want to drink a beer.

    • stacksp

      I don’t get the connection either

      • PetworthGuy

        I don’t think there’s supposed to be a pun or double entendre here. The owners have expressed their love for dogs since the inception of this tavern and have stressed that all outdoor areas are dog friendly. I could be wrong, but I think it’s just a reference to their love of dogs. I agree that most people associate wet dog as being gross or smelly, but it’s kind of a quirky, unique name. I’m a fan.

        • ST21

          Agreed. The dude/dudes love dogs and I’m with that. Any spot with “tavern” in it, I’m completely down.

      • ZDHY5

        Since when does the name have to make sense or persuade you to imbibe? I find this better than another ampersand or some pointless inside joke like Kangaroos Boxing.

  • I’m still confused by the Drinks & Drinks part. Was there supposed to be another word in there?

    • PetworthGuy

      tis the joke – they only serve drinks. Kind of like Ford Motors back in the day selling the model T “in any color you want, so long as it’s black”.

  • ST21

    Sooooooo did they say when they are opening?

    • No and they haven’t replied to my email asking for an opening date update either.

      • ST21

        Weird. I also noticed before this blog their facebook page has been dead basically. No website when you google it either which isn’t a great sign…

        • Very strange. Looks like an extensive renovation/build out – would be crazy if they don’t even open.

          • JED1969

            I’ve seen them holding meetings inside very recently. My guess would be they’re just waiting on a few more elements of the remod. These things happen.

  • MadMax

    Presumably the LLC they’re operating under was established in 2016? In that case, while (unintentionally) deceptive it’s not technically incorrect.

  • Commentator

    “With less than half of the residents of our beloved city actually being from DC, we love the idea of giving people a little taste of their past and/or future. All I’m saying is that at the end of the day, Wet Dog Tavern is located in our nation’s capital… we just want to rep the little guys of our great nation!”
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    Trying to appeal to the young, transient crowd is not a bad way to target the market, although the sentiment is not my favorite (i.e., we’re the place for those just passing through the city). In the end I’m sure it will just amount to a range of beers, though.

  • Wetter Dog

    Love the name and concept!!!! Looks really nice! Looking forward to Wet Dog opening!!!

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