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Reliable Tavern Opens Friday with Pool Tables, Kolaches and $10 Cocktails!!

by Prince Of Petworth May 3, 2017 at 11:00 am 28 Comments

reliable tavern
3655 Georgia Ave, NW

From a press release:

“Reliable Tavern, a collaboration between longtime barmen Joe Englert and Kyle Remissong as well as Langdon Hample, a local commercial real estate broker/investor, will be opening to the public on Friday, May 5, 2017 in Petworth.

Englert and Remissong, long time partners in The Big Hunt, Rock and Roll Hotel and DC 9, teamed up with Hample — who is a partner in other Englert-affiliated establishments, including Dupont’s McClellan’s Retreat and the newly opened Truxton Inn in Bloomingdale — to open this neighborhood tavern, situated at 3655 Georgia Avenue, NW, directly south of the Petworth Metro Station.

Reliable Tavern, in the heart of Petworth, is the latest addition to the neighborhood, which has seen an influx of new retail establishments. The space — formerly Capitol Locksmith, a neighborhood hardware store — was curated by Molly Allen (Republic, Barrel, McClellan’s Retreat, etc.) and features 15-foot ceilings on the first level and a hip basement, ideal for private events. The basement boasts two pools tables and a unique bar backdrop that showcases vintage 1920’s central boiler and steam pipes.
“We are so happy to be plying our trade on Georgia Ave once again,” said Englert.

Ben Alt, formerly with Convivial and most recently Himitsu (also located in Petworth) will collaborate with Benjamin Long to manage the tavern and its robust cocktail program. Long, a celebrated cocktail guru has created a “nonchalant elegance” cocktail program that will cater to guests’ individual tastes. Cocktails at $10.00, beer and wine selections range from $6 to $10, with happy hour specials every day.

Food will be available during all operating hours from Chris Svetlik’s Republic Kolache. The ‘National Pastry of Texas’ will be served alongside a selection of Tex-Mex inspired bar snacks. In future months, Republic Kolache will expand its offerings to include a brunch on the weekends. “Our team recently partnered with Svetlik at the Truxton Inn; here Republic Kolache will have a more permanent presence with dedicated interior space for their operations,” said Hample.

Reliable Tavern will be open from 5pm to 2am, Sunday through Thursday with 3am closure on Friday and Saturday nights.”

  • Daniel in Park View

    “in the heart of Petworth” — Nope, it’s in Park View. The east side of Georgia Ave south of Rock Creek Church Road is Park View. They better fix this.

    Otherwise this looks great. It’s on my walk home from the train and I look forward to grabbing a pint. That strip of the east side of Georgia Ave needs this.

    • stacksp

      I think they can get it away with it since they are across the street from the the Petworth Metro Station.

    • PetworthGuy

      Sometimes the neighborhood lines are blurry (van ness v north cleveland park or Cathedral Heights V McLean Gardens V Cleveland Park….etc). Though this may technically be part of Park View, as far as google maps is concerned, I would still consider it very much Petworth. It’s across the street from the Petworth Metro Stop and the chuck brown mural (always identified as being in Petworth)…..I don’t think this a detail to get hung up on, or one that will determine the success of the tavern. Rock on Reliable Tavern.

    • A

      Can we pls stop with this? Relax people. I’d say it’s Petworth, but who gives a shit? Glad they are investing in the neighborhood. Can’t wait to try it.

    • BlueStreak

      Does it really matter if they call it Park View vs. Petworth?

      • Anon

        Seriously. I’m not sure why Daniel fails to realize that this will boost his property values regardless of what’s stated in the presser.

        • Not everyone obsessively cares about property values.

        • BlueStreak

          Is that what it is? A property value thing? This comes up repeatedly and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why people would get upset. I don’t really get the property value thing either, but at least it’s a reason… before I just assumed people may have been being argumentative.

          • Anon

            That’s my best guess, at least when people seem genuinely peeved by some perceived jurisdictional faux pas.

          • MsSunshine

            I remember when Logan Circle was “East Dupont.”

        • Daniel in Park View

          Yes I do realize it! Also I love beer.

    • It’s Petworth, southern tip more than “the heart of” but definitely Petworth. De-facto forever De-jure since I officially annexed it in 2007. Park View starts at Otis on Georgia as was proclaimed by the Prince of Petworth. Debate will not be tolerated. So it is written, so it shall be.

      • PetworthGuy


    • Truxton Thomas

      Using arbitrary neighborhood demarcations to divide ourselves from our own neighbors? Check. Everything is in order here.

    • perfectly credible hulk

      “They better fix this.”


    • General Grant Circle

      As someone BORN AND RAISED in the district Ill tell you I give 0 effs where “Parkview” begins and “Petworth” ends. Sounds like snooty countryclub arguing to me. Its just “Georgia Ave” to most of us.

    • General Grant Circle

      Let DC be DC and leave the tribalism for those outside the Diamond.

  • $10 cocktails is a good deal, apparently, which proves to me just how out of touch I am with the DC bar scene.

    • Pleasanter

      I came here to say the same thing. Glad I’m a beer person!

    • James W.

      And apparently $5 is a reasonable ‘happy hour’ price for a Yuengling… DC has an alcohol problem

    • Anonynon

      yeah getting cocktails is such a waste….they usually are smaller than you think or watered down. Much rather stick to beer, at least you know what you are getting into

    • Anonymous

      It’s not a PoP thread about a new neighborhood joint opening if there isn’t complaining about the prices.

  • Neighborly

    I walk past this establishment several times every day and have been eagerly awaiting its arrival! Welcome to the neighborhood, Reliable Tavern!

  • To be clear. Pearl Dive was designed by Core Architecture and they did a fantastic job.

  • Alex

    It’s petworth guys. Anything past dc Reynolds is park viewish
    But this is def petworth.

    • textdoc

      No. The boundary is Rock Creek Church Road, which is also the boundary between Wards 1 and 4.
      The Metro station was poorly named. It’s at the very southern edge of Petworth; it really should’ve been named “Petworth-Park View,” not “Georgia Ave.-Petworth.” Especially since Georgia Avenue runs all the way from Florida Avenue up through Silver Spring.

  • Vicar

    I say I live in CH but might be on the sagging nipple of Petworth or possibly in ViewDePark.

    This is my metro and since they stopped selling groupons for salathai I’ve been going straight home from the Petworth metro. This might be a nice excuse to ruin my post-work workouts.

    I’ve been to McClellan’s – $10 for a drink of that quality is good, and it’s probably not $6 for Yuengling but for a DCBrau / 3stars. Would be a fun start to hit Reliable, then a quick nip at Looking Glass before hitting Midlands. The walk to Meridian will be a hoot after that, and then I can stumble home. I approve of this map.


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