Washington, DC


RIP

This week’s question comes from Keiser:

“Just moved here from Los Angeles. Can you recommend any great bar arcades in the greater DC area? Not just, like, a bar that happens to have a Mortal Kombat machine and a foosball table.”

As a pinball guy (sup Lyman’s!!) I’ll defer to you guys here but I’m thinking The Eleanor in NoMa and their sister spot Bar Elena on H Street. What/where are some other good ones?

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Photo credit: Kick Axe Throwing®

From a press release:

“Get axe-cited!​ ​A new breed of social games concepts (hello iceless curling!) are coming to DC when ​THRōW SocialTM DC a​nd ​Kick Axe Throwing®​ open in Ivy City on​ February 6 ​at ​1401 Okie Street NE​. The venue will soft open to the public on ​January 31​.

Ginger Flesher-Sonnier​, the force behind innovative experiences in D.C., Philadelphia and Brooklyn, like Escape Room LiveTM​, is now giving locals a new way to sip and socialize with her two-level interactive space.

Spanning 22,000 square feet, the joint venue boasts a dozen axe-throwing ranges on the first floor (Kick Axe Throwing®), and five curling rinks and six FootBowl (football + bowling) ranges on the upper level (THRōW SocialTM DC). Read More

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2327 18 Street, NW

Oh my. Thanks to a reader for sending what looks like a Heaven and Hell for sale listing:

“Approximately 6,000 s.f of a fully built out Restaurant/Lounge• Seats 300+• Private lounge area with fireplace• Hardwood Floors• 3 levels with a bar & bathrooms on each level• Also has a loft area• Fully equipped kitchen• Has a Tavern Liquor License, 7 day 2:00 am on weekdays; 3:00 am on weekends• Has a Hookah License• Cigarette sales License• Cover Charge License• Asking $62 psf NNN includes all licenses”

Ed. Note: Please give me time to grieve while I process the potential sale.

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829 Upshur Street, NW

Petworth Citizen announced they are closing on their Facebook last night:

“Change is coming!

Join us for our final two weeks. We close on February 1 to make way for the next exciting project.

We’ll be sad to say goodbye. Come and have a drink with us!”

They link to a Petworth News story that says:

“The space occupied currently by Citizen at 829 Upshur will be merged with the space at 827 Upshur held by Loyalty Bookstore, owned by Hannah Oliver Depp. The two spaces will be combined into a larger restaurant / bar/ bookstore.”

Petworth Citizen opened in the former Island Cafe space back in September 2013. When they first opened they played a huge role in the gentrification/revitalization of Upshur Street and Petworth in general. Upshur Street Books rebranded under new ownership as the Loyalty bookstore in February 2019. Stay tuned.

Back in the day: Read More

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14th and Rhode Island Ave, NW

Update: “Mason & Rook will remain open throughout all renovations.”

Anyway, it got me thinking about favorite hotel bars/restaurants – so while we wait for Viceroy to open – where’s your current favorites?

Here are the previous best/let’s do this lists for – Carryouts, best Thai, best liquor stores, best Ramen, best Bars, best Indian and Pakistani, best Italian/Pizza/Deli, best Mexican/Salvadoran/Central/Cuban/Latin, best burgers/fries, best bakery/bagels, best Gyms, best Ethiopian , best Sushi, best bookstores, best movie theaters, best sports bars, best barbers and hair salons, best brunch, favorite clothing stores, favorite place to get oysters best breakfast sandwiches, best Tacos, best Farmers Markets best dumplings, best pupusas, best Pho, best Food Trucks, best Chicken Wings, best tots/toppings, best mac and cheese, best shoe repair, best fish n chips and best Crab cakes.

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713 8th Street, SE

From Finn McCools:

“UFC 246 Featuring the return of Conor McGregor up against Cowboy Cerrone as the main event on a packed card. Finn’s will be showing the entire event. $20 Cover gets you in the door and includes the first beer on the house. Expecting a big turnout so our advice is to get over to the bar early. 8pm doors for this event.

With the addition to the card, the UFC 246 lineup now includes: Read More

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