Gay Bar With Huge Cocktails Opens on 14th Street Tonight

by Tim Regan December 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm 1 Comment

Bigger is better, or at least that’s what the purveyors behind Logan Circle’s newest gay bar want you to think.

Trade, a new bar from Number Nine and Town Danceboutique owners John Guggenmos, Chachi Boyle and Ed Bailey will open its doors tonight at 1410 14th St. at 5 p.m.

Every day from opening until 10 p.m., the bar will sell regularly priced cocktails in 16 ounce pint glasses during a promotion it calls “huge happy hour.” But patrons looking for a happy hour drink menu won’t find one, said manager Aaron Riggins. In fact, they won’t find a list of drinks at all.

“We don’t have a drink menu,” Riggins said.  “But the bartenders will try to make whatever you ask for.”

Though they won’t follow a menu, Trade’s bartenders will sling made-to-order cocktails and several draught beers alongside one red and white wine.

The lack of a menu is meant to be an homage to unsophisticated neighborhood dive bars, Riggins said. To help conjure the homey feeling, many of the bar’s decorative elements — including the creaky wooden floorboards and a DJ booth fashioned out of an old church pulpit — are reclaimed from century-old buildings on the East Coast.

“We want this bar to feel like a place that’s been around for awhile,” Riggins said.


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