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Check Out the new District Winery building coming to Navy Yard

by Prince Of Petworth March 22, 2017 at 10:22 pm 103 Comments

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385 Water Street, SE

“From the team behind Brooklyn Winery, District Winery will produce small batch artisanal wines on site. This new space will also offer a restaurant featuring refined cuisine and a full service private event venue ideal for elegant weddings, corporate gatherings, and other celebrations. Coming 2017 to The Yards.”

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View from Yards Park:

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Back in 2015:

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  • timmyp

    Oh good we need more upscale dining by the ballpark because we don’t have enough around the city. Have the people who are putting these restaurants in ever been to a baseball game in another city? Stadiums are usually surrounded by cool local pubs and sports bars. As a huge Nats fan this has become really disappointing. The stadium itself is somewhat generic and now most of the places surrounding it are the same. Sorry to say it but this is a another way to remain a lame sports town.

    • anonymous2u

      Not to mention they snagged up land that was previously used as a park

      • skj84

        I’m more upset about the park space being gone than a winery coming in.

        • jch

          Not to mention that there still is a surface lot next door to this building. Still boggles my mind!

        • Pleasanter

          Me too. Navy Yard is turning into a concrete jungle. #heatislandeffect

          • anonymous2u

            You’re right, there is some open space but most of it is paved over. Very little “green” space left.

        • maxwell smart

          Yeah this really erodes the Yards Parks concerts

          • jrdc

            They already moved the concerts last summer to the other side of the park and it worked out very well.

        • jes

          Just so everyone knows, that park space was always temporary. Look at the very early site plan for The Yards, and you’ll find that there was always going to eventually be a retail pavilion on that space (and eventually, there will be another one on the grassy plot in between the winery and the Morini/Agua building). Only reason we ever had that as park space is because Forest City decided to put grass there instead of another parking lot.

    • Temper

      Perhaps this place is more for the people who live and work in the Navy Yard area instead of Nats fans who come in, want sports bars and leave after the game, I think the sports bar demographic is already well served.

      • Truxton Thomas

        Yeah, I think this was built with the understanding that this neighborhood exists more than 81 days per year.

        • kanon

          +1

    • Crazyquilt

      +1,000. Something like Pickles Pub next to Camden Yards would be cool.

      • Anonynon

        pickles is totally overrated. Id rather not be squished together with a bunch of drunk af O’s fans drinking overpriced bud light.

        • kapitolhill

          It’d still be cheaper than this place

    • Michael Pierce

      So true. Though considering the high rents in the area and the fact that almost 100% of the buildings in the neighborhood are brand new, I think we’re stuck with strictly non-ballpark fare. At least it’s better than Citi Field in New York, where you have a row of chop shops next the ballpark and nothing else.

    • skj84

      There is a Gordon Biersh, Buffalo Wild Wings, Justin’s Cafe, Bardo Brewing, BlueJacket Brew Pub, and Nandos within walking distance of Nats Park. Not to mention the Bullpen. Next year Dacha Beirgarten, and All Purpose Pizza will be open next door. Just how many pubs do you need near the Park?

      • timmyp

        Gordon Biersch (Chain) Buffalo Wild Wings (Chain), Justin’s Cafe ( Cafe not a pub), Bardo not yet opened so don’t know if it’s a pub especially since it’s an outside venue. Bluejacket Brewery is pretty upscale for a Brewery and not pubby at all. Nando’s? Not sure why this was even thrown in to the equation. Bullpen, also an outside only venue.
        My point was that there seems to be a lack of places that would normally be around ball parks. Places like Ivy and Coney would be a good start. Rent is high everywhere in the city but we seem to be able to have places like the Looking Glass and the Red Derby. Why not down by the ball park?

        • skj84

          Those are all places that are normally around Parks. Justin’s Menu is full of burgers, wings and pizza which is pretty damn pubby despite the name. Nandos is chicken and beer, so maybe not pub like, but certainly a type of place you find near a ball park. BlueJacket price wise isn’t that off from the others, and considering the rent is probably average for most Ballpark areas. Bullpen may be outside only but guess what? They serve food and drink. Again Navy Yard is lousy with options for pub grub. There’s also Willie Brew-B-Que, The Big Stick which is an actual sports bar, and Top of the Yard Bar and Bites. So many options to choose from! I think you can handle a winery coming in.

          • kanon

            There are also about 5-6 fast casual spots opening up by the ballpark this summer. There’s a biergarden across the street on the river, another one coming, and another one 8th St and divey sports bars there…plus the bullpen, bonchon, big stick, justins as mentioned. Sorry timmy, but as a navy yard resident I prefer having a range of dining/drinking options in my ‘hood. Maybe if you came down for reasons other than a ball game you’d appreciate it more.

          • Tsar of Truxton

            Admittedly, I have only been to probably 10 or so ballparks, but I do not recall chains like BWW, Gordon Biersch, or Nandos near any of them. Maybe I just ignore them because there are other better places nearby. Older parks in particular (like Fenway, Wrigley, and to a lesser extent Camden) have great neighborhood bar scenes. The difference is those places are old, so the businesses have been there forever and may even own the property. Fairgrounds is the closest thing to that, but it will soon be gone. That said, while it is there, I don’t think there is too much to complain about.

          • jes

            People holding up Fenway as an example of a place with a bunch of old school bars are really cracking me up. Fenway is SURROUNDED by chains, including Yard House, Bar Louie (barf), a couple Starbucks, a Tilted Kilt, a Chipotle and a Wahlburgers. Yes, they do have a few old-school dives, but to say that Nats Park is too chainy and Fenway some great ideal to try to achieve is laughable.

          • Tsar of Truxton

            People are talking about Lansdowne and Yawkey (and Brookline between the two), i.e., the places that are immediately at the entrance points of the stadium. You are talking about things further down Brookline. No one said that everything around Nats park needed to be an “old school dive.” It would just be nice to have one or two authentic sports bars nearby. Fenway has Boston Beer Works, Cask n’ Flagon, Bleacher Bar, Game On!, Lansdowne Pub, etc. Not all are new, but they are the type of places you want before, during, or after a game.

          • jes

            I guess I just don’t understand your definition of “authentic sports bar.” Big Stick and Justin’s are non-chain sports bars. They look new and modern because they exist in buildings that are new and modern. Putting an “old” sports bar into one of these buildings with a bunch of fake crap designed to look like it was from the 1950s would be kind of lame, wouldn’t it? What would your ideal bar look like? IOW, how would you solve the problem you say exists?

          • navyard

            If you’re really looking for authentic, Cap Liquor is directly across the street from the ballpark. You can get your choice of drink to go in a brown paper bag.

        • Leeran

          “but we seem to be able to have places like the Looking Glass and the Red Derby.”

          Because those are in cheaper areas and take advantage of older space that doesn’t really exist next to the stadium? I love a dive (this seems to be what you want) too, but I don’t see where you’re going to slap one in. Big Stick/Justin’s/Bardo/Bluejacket/any of the many others (not to mention forthcoming Dacha) are all pretty good options.

          (Also if you haven’t checked out the new Bardo yet, give it a try… I wasn’t in love with the old location but the new one is a step up. It’s got dive-y prices and vibe for sure.)

      • Pleasanter

        And Big Stick!

        • Tsar of Truxton

          Big stick sucks and is definitely not the type if place this person is talking about.

    • MadMax

      I thought what made a sports town less lame was winning championships?

      • CE

        Brutal, but accurate.

      • Tsar of Truxton

        Red Sox and Cubs didn’t win championships for decades and were still amazing stadiums to visit. Caps games are anything but lame, despite the inevitable playoff choke job. The issue with DC is so many transplants live here and root for the away team.

        • MadMax

          I’m pretty sure if any team here won championships, or even got close, you would have no shortage of bandwagon jumpers ready to put on whatever shade of red you desire.

          • n

            If they are a true sports fan of an away team, then no…they would not put on Washington sports gear even if they won a championship.

          • MadMax

            Yeah but how many people here DGAF about away sports teams yet might have fun going to playoff games? I can think of at least one that I’m married to, and many more that I’m friends with.

        • n

          fair weather fans are nothing to be proud about in the sports community.

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately, Navy Yard is the urban equivalent of a master planned community. There’s nothing organic about it. The pubs we see surrounding ballparks in Chicago, Baltimore, and Boston have been there for decades and bought their buildings when the prices were cheap. When you have a relatively new stadium and one or two large land owners controlling the surrounding plots, they are going to bring in super high-end housing and retailers to complement their luxury stadium. They will be picky about who they invite to set up shop in the ‘hood.
      Moving forward, I don’t expect to ever see a traditional sports bar next to a new stadium in any city in the U.S. It’s not going to happen.

      • stacksp

        Everything that was “organic” was demolished a long time ago

      • MadMax

        What you call unfortunate others call fortunate. To some, the concept of actually planning something in a large, dense city is a feature, not a bug.

        • maxwell smart

          I think there are trade-off’s. Planning is good. You don’t want to end up with a strip-club next to an elementary school. At the same time, when a single-entity controls the development of an entire area, you end up with Reston Town Center.

          • MadMax

            I’m sure the people who live in Reston probably really appreciate having Reston Town Center. Most of the development in this area is happening where there were parking lots and “parks” (loosely interpreted by virtue of being the only spots of grass in large concrete swaths). Expecting to append some historical significance to building up the area with cool “organically” developed businesses over decades just isn’t realistic. Without big developers stepping in it would have sat as a mostly unused, unattractive quadrant of the city for much longer.

          • stacksp

            Came to say the same thing. The people and community of Reston love Reston Town Center.

            It seems as though you are/were looking for huge parcels of expensive land to be eaten up by “fake” organic mom and pop type of places when none of that was there to begin with.

          • maxwell smart

            I’m sure they do, but that doesn’t make Reston any less a Disneyland-esque development. It’s a manufactured generic experience, pre-designed, and dropped down like a crashed space-ship.

          • MadMax

            Maxwell, did you ever actually visit the Navy Yard area before, say, 2010? What you seem to want would have absolutely never happened, absent developers or not. It’s like me wishing I had made a minibar-esque lunch today instead of a Hot Pocket, no amount of effort on my part would have made that possible.

          • navyard

            Reston actually has a pretty interesting history and the master plan is kind of fascinating. Did you know there are 5 town “villages”, with a small shopping center and then clusters of homes around each one? The town was developed so that people could work and live and shop in the same community. Every home is designed to be within a 1/2 mile walk (through walking paths) to shopping.
            .
            There’s another city in the Netherlands called Houten, which was designed to eliminate driving in the town (roads don’t connect with each other, and instead connect to an outer loop around the city, making walking and biking the more popular option.
            .
            Point is, planning is good, as long as you know what you want before you start building it.

      • anonymous2u

        There is no planning going on just developersd building one big boxed apartment building after another

  • DE

    That’s a nice building. I hardly ever get over that way, but once the DC United stadium is up, I’ll be over there more. Looks like a destination.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      yeah, but I don’t want to have my nice event or wedding and have to deal with insane baseball or soccer traffic. I don’t want my chi-chi wine place near the crowds of sports fans and their cars and beer and loudness….

    • maxwell smart

      meh. It’s the typical DC glass box, with a smaller glass box on top. Not exactly place-making architecture. Forgettable at best.

      • kanon

        But with a great river view, so I’m glad they went with mostly glass.

      • navyard

        Maybe from one angle. But from another angle, it’s a ship. Sitting on the river. It looks amazing and I can’t wait.
        (I’m biased…I live 2 blocks from it)

  • maxwell smart

    So if I understand this correctly, they truck in grapes (from some other winery), due the bare minimum amount of work, and then slap their label on it. Oh and it’s artisanal. Pass

    • MHillPark

      +1. If you don’t grow your own grapes, I don’t want to drink the wine you make at your restaurant.

      • AESjr

        So I’m guessing you also only drink beers where the breweries grow their own barley, malt, and hops.

      • FoggyBottom

        You would be hard pressed to know whether a winery grows all their own grapes or buys certain types from wholesale producers for certain vintages. As mentioned by Barijho below, if you see a winery with a large variety of wines, the overwhelming number of those buy grapes from somewhere else. Buying grapes is simply a part of the business because (1) the right land is expensive, (2) even big producing wine regions (California Nappa, Washington State, New York’s Finger Lakes) have certain specialties.

        • John

          Actually, all you need to do is look for the words “Estate Grown and Bottled” on the label (or a foreign language equivalent). Wines of this sort are typically relatively low production, so you aren’t likely to find them at your local grocery store and will need to seek them out at a specialty wine shop.

    • Barijho

      Hey! I think you make a valid point but consider this also: most of the medium to big wine producers around the globe do a similar practice of buying grapes from smaller grape growers (just like starbucks buys coffee beans from small/medium/large plantations around the globe.)

      I think this can have an impact on the quality because of grapes going bad/losing quality in the transfer but it is possible that they are kept well. The question will come at the restaurant’s ability to make good wines with whatever grapes they get and the price they sell it at.

      • navyard

        True. The bulk shipping is actually becoming more popular again because it saves a ton of money AND because it is easier to regulate temperature variations on bulk shipments than it is in a shipment of individually bottled wine. (All of those glass bottles get hot really easily when they’re in a shipping container!)

    • Someone who pays attention to wine

      They’re a winery and they produce wine onsite. That is not “the bare minimum” – that is literally the bulk of the work and the art of making wine. Converting grapes into wine is very complicated, and it’s pretty awesome that DC will have this type of production facility on the shores of the Anacostia River. By your logic, wine is made by mashing grapes up and putting it in a bottle? No, that’s not how it works. Sorry, friend, you may be “Smart” about many things, but wine is not one of them.

      • maxwell smart

        Honestly, as soon as I see small-batch artisanal on a press-release, I immediately tune-out. I fully expect the interior to embrace the Brooklyn look – reclaimed wood, Edison bulbs, impractical furniture, etc.

      • MadMax

        As a follow-on to that, almost every bourbon you see, even the “small-batch” stuff, comes from about 3 or 4 major producers, and then is tweaked by those putting their label on it. That’s not to say these folks will know what they’re doing, but the concept of buying a resource and then fine-tuning it is almost universal in the alcohol business.

  • ST21

    People really love to complain huh? Geez.

    • Evidently…

      • logandude

        What I love is all the references to Camden Yards as old and organic and well-established, like Wrigley and Fenway Park. Hey, Camden Yards only opened up 25 years ago, and the whole Inner Harbor area of which it is a part is just as master-planned as Reston (I lived in Baltimore when the Orioles moved from the old Memorial Stadium – now that was a more organic neighborhood).

        • Commentator

          The Fenway talk is a lot of romanticizing for some reason, too…yeah, you have Cask ‘n Flagon but Boston Beer Works is essentially Bluejacket and a chain, for years there was a Jillian’s Arcade (aka Dave & Buster’s) right on Lansdowne, so it’s not like the park is surrounded by salt of the earth pubs. I get that if you go to visit and have a great night you remember it fondly, but I’m sure there are plenty of people who don’t live here and have the same experience at Nats Park. And I feel pretty confident in saying that they would love to have a beer garden right outside of Wrigley or Fenway, let alone two.

    • bje22201

      I love to complain. But in this case, it seems like complaining for the sake of complaining.

    • stacksp

      Right… I dont understand it.

  • Cap Hill

    I think this is a great addition and I think they will do well as more people are moving into that area. I am excited about it.

    • Leeran

      +1… this is great.

  • Someone who pays attention to wine

    No sure why there are so many haters out here. This is going to be a beautiful facility, event space, wine bar, and restaurant. I’m so excited that this is coming to DC. If anyone has been out to their original facility in Brooklyn, these guys are the real deal, and their wine is award-winning. Baseball is not the only thing happening at the Navy Yard, and it’s sad that so many commenters here lack the creativity to look at this neighborhood as more than just ballgames.

    • ST21

      Completely agree.

    • MadMax

      I wonder how many actually live in Virginia.

      • penguins9966

        +1

    • maxwell smart

      The complaints, I believe, are actually part of a larger issue that has been brought up before, in that everything that opens in DC is some version of being some boogie, small-plates, curated artisanal thing that lacks any real character, diversity, authenticity or sense of place-making. This isn’t really providing anything different than any of the other restaurants that have opened in this area, which is starting to feel like 14th Street, Part 2. Sure, baseball isn’t a full-year sport, but the stadium is a big part of what defines the character of this area of town as being something different, so the suggestion of having places that play into that, I don’t think is crazy.

      • skj84

        Why does bougie lack character? I mean, yeah there are too many small plates places in the city, but this winery isn’t that. Its the first winery in DC proper which is unique. I do agree that there is a risk that Navy Yard could turn into 14th street part two, but I don’t think everything that opens there should cater to the baseball crowd. Residents live there year round, they do deserve ‘high end’ options like the rest of the city. I think there is a decent mix of upscale, middle, and fast casual right now.

      • timmyp

        That’s basically where I was getting at, thanks. Seems like every new area that is developed is a copycat of all the other areas we’ve developed. The ongoing joke about the small plates, artisinal, blah blah blah is funny because it’s true.
        I guess I shouldn’t complain because there was pretty much nothing down there for years after the stadium opened. People have made some valid counter points my argument. I suppose I just wish there were more original types of bars to belly up and have a beer and a sausage or something of that nature. I’m used to places around ballparks that feel comforting, welcoming, casual. These places all seem so generic, souless, flavor of the month.
        Just my opinion but I’ve been to 15 stadiums and I think only Cincinnati feels less, for lack of better words, “basebally” than the area around Nats Stadium.

        • MadMax

          Just for reference, what type of bar that currently exists in DC would you like to have seen here (names help).

          • n

            @madmax – ivy and coney and penn quarter sports tavern to name a couple. almost anything would be a better fit in Navy Yard’s baseball vibe than an artisinal, wine bar.

          • jes

            @n — The thing about the neighborhood is that there is a LOT of retail coming online in the coming years and there’s plenty of room for all types of restaurants and bars. If you filled every retail space with sports bars like the ones you mentioned (which are both great, btw), you’d have a neighborhood of nothing but 30-40 sports bars… which is ridiculous. Give it time, I’m sure a few more will pop up as more retail space is built. In the meantime, Willie’s, Big Stick, and Justin’s are all de facto sports bars. So is BWW.

          • MadMax

            “almost anything would be a better fit in Navy Yard’s baseball vibe than an artisinal, wine bar.”
            Actual Navy Yard residents can feel free to correct me here, but I’m guessing the majority of them did not move to that area for a “baseball vibe”, so while your point may be valid it doesn’t mean that it’s relevant.

        • ST21

          @timmyp. I hear you and don’t necessarily disagree. I think one thing people overlook is that these developed areas are, in fact, very new. These neighborhoods were basically nothing for decades so of course the new design and construction will come with the tradeoff where the area lacks character. I think over time you will see some new little pubs and divebars opening up around Nats stadium but for now everything is new, new, new. No matter what city you are in, you never see a new development open up and then install a 1000 SF dive bar at the retail level. Just doesn’t happen. I’m with you that I love the charm and baseball feel of places like Camden Yards, Wrigley, Fenway, etc but those are kind of the exceptions nowadays. I’d rather the new options we are getting currently then what was there before- which was basically nothing. I’ll say this though- I’m going to really miss The Fairgrounds/Bullpen when it goes away after this year. That setup is incredibly simple and really doesn’t have much charm yet it somehow just works. Whenever I have out of town buddies come in for a game they can’t wait to go to the bullpen which is funny to me. I’m hoping they are looking at opening up a similar type version around there after this season- not much overhead besides rent, right?

          • FoggyBottom

            Completely agree. In fact, the whole pitch of a new sports stadium is to reinvigorate or ignite development that was missing before. This necessitates new construction

          • jes

            The Bullpen is a perfect example of something that people who come to the area just for games really like and most residents really don’t. When you only come down here from April to September, you don’t realize how dead that area is during the colder months. I personally cannot wait to have things along Half Street that I can frequent for 12 months out of the year, not just six.

        • jes

          “original types of bars to belly up and have a beer and a sausage”

          So Big Stick doesn’t count?

          • navyard

            I’m thinking the Big Stick is the closest to what timmyp is looking for.

            Either that, or try Lola’s or the Ugly Mug on a game day and they’ll drive you over to the game in their mug-bug. And just because they both look old and “authentic”, they’re less than 15 years old.

          • Tsar of Truxton

            Big Stick is an upscale sports bar with crappy gourmet ballpark food. Def. not the type of place he is talking about.

      • ST21

        But this is literally the first winery to open in DC. How is that not new or authentic? That patio and terrace in the summer time I think will be a great place to chill. I live in DuPont and basically only go to Navy Yard for Nats games but additions like this give me a reason to go just to enjoy a nice day. I don’t have any problems with a new facility like this and am actually pretty excited about it. I guess I just don’t understand the complaints from some. I do wish there were more pubs/divebars around Nats Park but that area is turning into a community and legitimate neighborhood so I understand the type of development going on. Does it feel a little generic? I guess so but I think once the finished product is delivered it will be a very enjoyable area (I think it already is). Wrigleyville in Chicago is one of a kind and tough to replicate- been there forever. On the flip side it’s also pretty rat infested and dirty as hell but the character aspect is certainly there. I love going there for sure. I’ve been to a lot of ballparks throughout the country and it’s really rare to find an area like Wrigleyville. I think the surrounding area of Nats Park is smartly built and will be fantastic once it’s complete- a good mix of neighborhood and ballpark goers. It won’t feel like you are in a time machine like Wrigleyville but it will be a very nice place to enjoy yourself (much like the ballpark itself). My biggest complaint with the area honestly is the way they positioned the stadium- Just neglecting the fact that it’s on the river. Oh well though- I think Nats Park might be a little generic but the food and beer options are great, the staff is one of the best I’ve seen at a ballpark, it’s incredibly clean for baseball stadium, and there really isn’t a bad seat in the house.

        • maxwell smart

          Well first of all, it’s a chain coming from Brooklyn, so it’s not even a new or unique concept. So I mean, I guess yeah it’s the first DC winery, but it’s like saying it’s the first P.F. Chang’s in DC. Hooray!

          • MadMax

            They have 3 locations (2 in Brooklyn, 1 in DC). Comparing that to P.F. Chang’s is completely disingenuous. It’s less of a chain than &Pizza, Taylor, or Cava.

          • penguins9966

            Feel free to learn how to make wine good enough that people will buy it, then front the money for a multi story building in an expensive area of town, procure land outside of the city large enough to grow said grapes, hire staff to tend to the agriculture, buy all the equipment needed to make said wine and bottle it, and then you can open your own little boutique winery in the city! I’ll even come and try it out! What’s that? You don’t have tens of millions of dollars? Guess I’ll have to settle for the folks who actually do know what they are doing and can afford to make this happen. Also, I’ve been to one (was only aware of one in Brooklyn, so I don’t know which one) and it’s great. I know sometimes Popville folks can make mountains out of molehills (sometimes me included!) but I really don’t get the hate on this one…

          • Someone who knows something about wine (and District Winery)

            Re: chains- this is more like 3 totally separate wine-oriented business that are owned by the same people. Calling District Winery a “chain” is the equivalent of you saying that Le Diplomate in DC and El Vez in Philly are the same “chain” because they’re both restaurants owned by Stephen Starr. District Winery is going to be 3 times the size of their original production facility in Williamsburg and a completely different vibe (I do not expect to see a lot of Edison bulbs), and it’s about 15 times the size of their little wine bar/outpost in Crown Heights Brooklyn. Both owners and their winemaker are relocating (including moving their families) to D.C. to personally oversee this space. It’s going to be really awesome, and special. Don’t prejudge.

      • kanon

        Well thanks for not calling Ballston pt. 2, which is what I frequently hear.

  • penguins9966

    Ugh, the comments here are so weak sauce. As a season ticket holder for the Nats, who lives in SE and is from D.C. (Now that we have all the lame rebuttles covered) I love this. I live around this neighborhood and could not be more excited for this. Go have issues with other places, that park was never permanent and if you want “Nats sports bars” feel free to take your business to Bluejacket, big stick, Bdubs (good luck with that), Gordon Briech, the bullpen (at least this year) bonchon, bardo, dacha (next year), ugly mug (and take the free shuttle) the Brig, or like 10 other spots coming soon in a year, or just go into the stadium early. The people who live here like diversity, and don’t care about the 5 times a year you make it down to SE.

    • MadMax

      Seriously. The complaints about a lack of “sports bars” in an area that’s probably only surpassed by Chinatown in that regard is just silly. OK so your sports bar doesn’t have whatever one thing in your mind makes it a perfect sports bar but who care when you’re going to the game to watch the actual sport anyway?!

      • maxwell smart

        My complaint is really more that this place looks utterly generic, from the architecture to their website.

        • Shaw Neighbor

          This is definitely not a generic-looking building. It is stunning.

          • maxwell smart

            That’s being generous

      • Tsar of Truxton

        Let’s be honest, DC has very few good sports bars anywhere, including Chinatown. I think this place looks great, and I am happy for the addition, but I would love a few legit sports bars near the stadium as well.

        • MadMax

          I can’t even begin to guess what qualifies as a good sports bar to PoPville commenters. It’s such an abstract thing. Is it cheap hot dogs? Lots of TVs? Shitty beer? Really good beer? Maybe what you (in the plural) want is something we all should want and it would be awesome, I just have no idea what that is. Honestly though one of the few places where I really do not care about finding a good sports bar is right next to the sporting venue where I plan to go watch that actual sport.

          • Tsar of Truxton

            No, yes, yes, sure, why not. It is the vibe. It is basically an irish pub-type vibe/style with sports memorabilia for the home team, a ton of TVs, and edible/affordable basic food (burgers, nachos, wings, etc.). So take a place like Nanny O’s, add some more TVs and throw some memorabilia on the walls and you are getting close. PQST is the closest thing we have if you ask me. I have nothing against this place. I think it looks great, but I would love some better sports bars in this town, especially around the stadiums/arenas.

      • penguins9966

        +1, some of these people need to go back to complaining about how H Street is dead (not that they would have ever been caught dead visiting H Street 7-8 years ago)

  • BlueStreak

    I for the life of me can’t figure out what is so unacceptable about a BW3 for a sports bar. It has a good beer selection, lots of TVs and bar food.
    Wrigley field and Fenway were opened over 100 years ago why do you require the vibe that hasn’t even been here 10? It’s not realistic.
    And again, what’s so awful about BDub? Cold beer, TV, unhealthy food….

  • KellyKapowski

    Wrigleyville is hell. You people are crazy.

  • jfarty

    I consulted with the manager (thought about doing my wedding here) and they are really awesome. All about locally sourcing food and other items from other DC businesses, staying green, etc. Wishing them luck! (Although god knows this place will be crawling as soon as the doors crack open!)

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