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Columbia Heights is getting a Biker Bar, as in #BikeDC Biker Bar (with doner kebab)

by Prince Of Petworth April 28, 2017 at 10:25 am 17 Comments

14th and Irving Street, NW

A couple days we learned that Acre 121 would be closing May 1st in Columbia Heights and a new spot from the Hilton Brothers would be coming to the space in a couple of months. That new space is going to be a biker bar! Not Harley Davidson but more like Public. I spoke with Arturo Zaloga who is the visionary behind the project and he explained that the bar is inspired by European bicycling culture. Think Amsterdam and “French nouveau meets Flash Art”. I don’t really know what “French nouveau meets Flash Art” means but I do know there will be Doner Kebab and that is very very good news indeed! And knowing the Hilton brothers other spots, I’m pretty confident the decor will be pretty sweet as well.

Oh yeah I almost forgot the Belgian beers. The bar will be “very beer oriented”. The vision is to have the menu split between Belgian beers and cheap local beers. That way there is “something for everyone.” There will be cocktails as well but this is a beer spot – so of course there will be beer cocktails too. Did I mention the Doner Kebab? Stay tuned for many more details as they get closer to opening in a couple months.

  • jim_ed

    Ohhhh, Biker? I’m an idiot.


    • dcgator

      thumbs up

  • KenyonDweller

    I don’t know about the biker concept, but the beer sounds very promising.

    • timmyp

      Claps all around for that.

  • wdc

    Doner kebab?? Like, 2am drunk food, or like wannabe gyros? If the latter, with the crusty/chewy bread, I will be there weekly. Twice a week if they cook their fries in beef fat.

    • Anon

      I hope they’re teaming up with the same Doner folks who ran a shop in the current Federalist Pig location. That was awesome!

      • dcRat

        That donner place was an offshoot to one in Leesburg, which still seems to be alive. Ever get out there, stop by it has a beer garden.

    • wdc

      Gah. If the *former*. The 2am drunk food is what I want. Any time of day, any state of inebriation.

  • DC Anon

    I they really mean a bicyclist bar. Don’t try and make it sound color than it’s not.

    • Anonthony

      +1. What’s next, a Segway bar?

      • Anon

        Eh, someone created a “Charlie Chaplin” – themed bar that seems to be doing well.

      • TJ

        No Critical Mass, no bar!

    • MadMax

      And while you’re at it change the name to Bicycle To Work Day, we wouldn’t want to offend anyone!

  • Stink Eye

    Awesome! I bike home from work right by this place. Hopefully, I can just coast in and get a delicious Belgian beer and kabob. Acre 121 was a disaster. I’m really looking forward to this place.

  • Boozehound

    Wait…there’s cheap local beer? DC Brau, for instance, is almost always one of the more expensive beers at any D.C. bar. That said, it’s all relative – a seven dollar beer could easily count as a cheap beer at many a Hilton brothers joint.

  • Dappa

    What makes it a biker bar? Will there be indoor–or at least supervised–bike parking? If not, what’s the point…?

    • textdoc

      It sounds like it’s a bar with a bicycle theme, not a bar that caters to actual bicyclists.


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