by Andrew Ramonas September 15, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Karma Lounge and Bar at 1936 9th St. NWA Shaw bar that had its liquor license suspended over an assault earlier this year can start serving booze again, the District’s alcohol board ruled yesterday.

Salina Restaurant at 1936 9th St. NW received the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s approval to reopen after agreeing to pay a $12,000 fine and meet other requirements imposed by the panel. The board took away Salina’s liquor license in the days following a May attack that sent a customer to a hospital.

The bar might not resume operations as Salina, however.


by Andrew Ramonas September 1, 2016 at 1:15 pm 1 Comment

Election cocktails (Photo courtesy of Espita Mezcaleria)

Locals can show their support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton or Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by getting a drink at a Shaw bar this fall.

Espita Mezcaleria at 1250 9th St. NW will serve $11 election-themed cocktails “The Wall” for Trump fans and “Madam Presidenta” for Clinton backers starting Tuesday, according to an announcement from the bar.

The Wall will have mezcal, Campari, orange juice and soda. Madam Presidenta will include mezcal, blue curaçao, El Dorado’s eight-year-old rum, lime and orgeat syrup.

Espita Mezcaleria will have “informal polling” weekly to see which drink has the best sales, a news release from the bar says.

Drinkers can vote with their mouths until Nov. 8 on Election Day.

Photo courtesy of Espita Mezcaleria

by Andrew Ramonas August 31, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Outsiders Town Hall (Image via Facebook/Laugh Owens Laugh)

Presidential candidates dedicated to getting a D.C. comedian into the White House, using cantaloupes to solve the nation’s problems and advancing other fringe issues are set to debate in Columbia Heights tonight, for laughs.

Comedians representing the Cantaloupe and Steven Chen parties, among other lesser-known political groups, are scheduled to hold a free “Outsiders Town Hall” at The Wonderland Ballroom (1101 Kenyon St. NW) at 8 p.m.

Ahmed Vallejos, who is producing and moderating the debate for comedy group Laugh Owens Laugh, told Borderstan in an email that the candidates will take questions from him and audience members.

A Facebook event page adds:

Do you want to know what these candidates would do with the economy? Do you want to know what lives they think matter? Do you want to know if they can bench press you? Find out for yourself!

Vallejos said the show is a way to “remember that this election is a sh-tshow by having a fun little sh-tshow of our own.”

“I wanted this fake, comedy town hall debate because we have two presidential candidates with the lowest approval numbers ever,” he said. “It’s clear that the country as a whole don’t trust either major candidate, nor do they trust the Libertarian and Green party candidates. I figured that’s the perfect recipe for a fun show.”

Image via Facebook/Laugh Owens Laugh

by Andrew Ramonas August 16, 2016 at 3:30 pm 1 Comment

Dirty Goose at 913 U St. NW

A new LGBT-friendly bar is set to make its debut on the U Street corridor in the coming days.

The Dirty Goose at 913 U St. NW is scheduled to have its grand opening Thursday, co-owner Daniel Honeycutt told Borderstan today. The bar is within a block of gay club Town Danceboutique and Nellie’s Sports Bar, which often holds LGBT events.

A post on the new watering hole’s Facebook page adds:

Birds of a Feather will ACTUALLY Drink (and Eat) Together! THIS THURSDAY. Start your weekend early at The Dirty Goose for our Grand Opening and stay for the weekend party. We have two seasons of fun to make up for and we scheduled accordingly:

Thursday – DJ Matt Bailer
Friday – DJ Shea Van Horn
Saturday – DJ Khelan from BreakfastClub
Almost forgot. BRUNCH. BOTTOMLESS. Saturday & Sunday 11am – 2:30pm. You can make reservations at or just walk-in!

The bar, which initially was slated to open in the spring, has about a dozen specialty cocktails, including a Grey Goose vodka Dirty Goose martini, a Godiva chocolate martini and a “New Old Fashioned” with Kentucky bourbon and orange-infused sweet tea. Burgers, chicken sandwiches and salads are on the menu for dinner, while eggs Benedict and a vegetable omelet are among the meals available for brunch on weekends.

“Come enjoy our variety of signature martinis, craft cocktails, delicious food, and hometown hospitality,” The Dirty Goose’s website says. “Located in the heart of DC’s U-Street Corridor, The Dirty Goose Bar and Restaurant embodies the energy of New York City with the laid back atmosphere of Atlanta. Come enjoy our premium craft cocktails and southern inspired cuisine.”

by Andrew Ramonas August 10, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

The Passenger

Tom Brown is looking for help to cover the rent for his Shaw bar that is slated to reopen this month.

If you bring $40 in cash to the future home of The Passenger at 1539 7th St. NW this upcoming Monday, Brown will thank you with Schlitz beer, Filibuster rye whiskey and live karaoke from the HariKaraoke Band.

But why have a party this Monday from 8 p.m. to midnight?

“Because it’s the 15th and we still gotta pay rent!” according to a post put up on The Passenger’s Facebook page today.

Originally located at 1017 7th St. NW, the watering hole and its bar within a bar, Columbia Room, shut down on Jan. 1, 2015.

Columbia Room, run by Brown’s brother, Derek, reopened in Blagden Alley in March. But Tom Brown has yet to announce exactly when the reincarnated Passenger will make its official debut.

by Courtney Brown August 4, 2016 at 11:45 am 1 Comment

A wine bar that’s been in the U Street corridor for about six years has shut down temporarily for some remodeling, its owner said today.

Dickson Wine Bar (903 U St. NW) is “closed for repairs,” according to signs posted on its doors. Paper now covers the bar’s windows, preventing anyone from sneaking a peek inside.

“Time has taken a toll on the place,” owner Steve Kaufman said in an email to Borderstan. “We decided to take August off and freshen the place up.”

The bar last was open Saturday, he said. The restaurant is slated to resume business next month.

“You can expect the same great food, wine and cocktails when we reopen shortly after Labor Day,” Kaufman said.

h/t to Barred in DC for spotting the closure.

Photos by Andrew Ramonas

by Andrew Ramonas August 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm 0

Rosebar Lounge at 1215 Connecticut Ave. NW

A man was slammed in the head with a table and hit there again with a broken piece of the furniture in a fight at a Dupont Circle club over the weekend, police said.

The attack happened inside Rosebar Lounge at 1215 Connecticut Ave. NW about 2:15 a.m. Sunday.

The man and someone else were fighting in the club when the person brawling with the victim hit him over the head with the table, breaking it, according to authorities. The attacker then grabbed a part of the table and whacked the victim in the head with it.

Two bouncers intervened soon after. The assailant then hit one, or possibly both, of them with a broken table piece.


by Andrew Ramonas July 26, 2016 at 10:40 am 9 Comments

A bar that helped spur the revitalization of the H Street corridor when it opened in 2005 might have served its last beer and Argo burger.

Scott Magnuson, who owns The Argonaut at 1433 H St. NE with his wife, Shaaren Pine, declined to comment to Borderstan this morning about reports that the tavern may have closed. Local blogs Frozen Tropics and PoPville today posted stories that The Argonaut had “No Trespassing” signs up and padlocked doors.

“Right now, I can’t talk about it,” Magnuson said in a brief phone conversation with us.


by Andrew Ramonas July 25, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Patterson Mansion at 15 Dupont Circle NW

Residents of a micro-unit apartment building under construction in Dupont Circle won’t have to go outside to visit a bar with fast-casual food, if a developer gets its way, recently released paperwork filed with the D.C. government shows.

The redeveloped Patterson Mansion at 15 Dupont Circle NW is slated to have interior access between its 92 fully furnished tiny apartments and the drinking and eating area, according to a liquor license application Borderstan obtained last week.

In addition to booze, the bar space is set to have “continental breakfast, fast casual food service and lite fair,” as well as “speakers, chef presentations, lectures, exhibits, etc. for residents,” the paperwork says. The bar is slated to provide seats for nearly 50 people.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B and the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board are expected to consider the liquor license application in the coming months.

A representative of the building’s developer, SB-Urban, wasn’t immediately available to comment.

Built in 1903 for Chicago Tribune editor Robert Patterson and most recently used by a women’s club, the Patterson Mansion sold in 2014 for $20 million to SB-Urban.

Construction, which began last year, is scheduled to wrap up this year.

Photo by Alyse Mier

by Tim Regan July 22, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

A speakeasy-style bar on K Street that shut down after allegedly operating without a valid liquor license last November has reopened, this time seemingly within the letter of the law.

The Speak reopened its doors at 1413 K St. NW on Tuesday, a representative with the bar told us yesterday afternoon.

A visit to the bar last night revealed it’s operating much as it did before it closed last year. The bar’s menu includes nine cocktails and an assortment of beer and wine only accessible to patrons who step through a “hidden” door made to look like a mirror.

Though it remains unclear how the bar got its new liquor license, regulators approved an alcohol license for The Speak’s upstairs neighbor, Vieux Carre, last week.

A representative for The Speak declined to comment on the record but said they would share more information with us soon.

by Andrew Ramonas July 7, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

crime scene tape 4A woman gave a man a bloody face after she hit him with a bottle outside a Shaw bar early yesterday morning, police said.

The assault happened near the front door of Cloud Lounge at 1919 9th St. NW about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.

A police officer was investigating a report of an illegal fireworks show in front of the bar when a man with a bloody face approached the cop, according to authorities. The man told the officer that a woman hit him in the head with a green bottle and walked away.


by Andrew Ramonas June 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Eighteenth Street Lounge signA man whacked another man in his eye with a glass beer bottle and choked him at a Dupont Circle bar over the weekend, police said.

The assault happened in the Eighteenth Street Lounge at 1212 18th St. NW about 12:15 a.m. Saturday.

It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the attack or whether the men knew each other. But the victim left the bar with a cut near his left eye, which also was swollen.

Nevon Burney, 38, was arrested in connection with the assault, according to authorities. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

An Eighteenth Street Lounge representative wasn’t immediately available to comment.


by Andrew Ramonas June 24, 2016 at 1:50 pm 0

Colony Club "Patio Party" (Photo via Facebook/Colony Club)

Discounted beers, karaoke and a self-described “modern, mystical practitioner” are on tap for a Park View bar’s summer party series, which begins this weekend.

Colony Club’s first “Patio Party” of the summer at 3118 Georgia Ave. NW is scheduled for 3 p.m. tomorrow to 1 a.m. Sunday, according to a Facebook event post.

The festivities are slated to include tarot readings with Michelle Mae Orr from Sacred Expanse and karaoke with Hot Nights, as well as $4 glasses of beer, $10 pitchers and “mini kegs” of German brews. Timber Pizza Co.’s food truck also is set to serve up pies.

“So much fun,” the Facebook post says.

Photo via Facebook/Colony Club

by Andrew Ramonas June 14, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

Public Bar and Eritrean Cultural and Civic Center

Someone hurled a glass cup at a woman and injured her during a fight at a Dupont Circle bar over the weekend, according to a police report Borderstan obtained today.

The attack happened inside a bar at 1214 18th St. NW about 2:15 a.m. Sunday. Authorities didn’t identify the business. But Public Bar and the Eritrean Cultural and Civic Center share the address.

Emanuel Mpras, a lawyer for the Eritrean center, said the organization doesn’t have a liquor license yet and wasn’t aware of an assault at the center. A Public Bar representative wasn’t immediately be to comment.

The victim and the attacker were arguing before the fight turned physical, police said. During the quarrel, the assailant got on a table and threw the glass at the woman, who was hit in the mouth.

Paramedics treated the woman on the scene for a cut to her lip.

Police haven’t released any suspect information.

by Tim Regan June 6, 2016 at 10:20 am 0

There’s a new destination on U Street for smoked meat and booze.

Exiles, the tavern taking over the former Stetson’s space at 1610 U St. NW, officially opened to the public over the weekend, according to co-owner Brian Hillery.

The bar’s food menu includes smoked chicken wings and beef brisket, barbecue pulled pork and an all-day breakfast sandwich made with pork sausage, bacon, cheddar and a fried egg. At the bar, patrons can order local beers, wine and cocktails like the “Bourbon Smash,” a 19th-century concoction made with Bulleit bourbon, mint leaves, lemon and simple syrup.

The bar will hold a grand opening ceremony later this month when it installs its new neon sign, Hillery said.

Opening night image via Facebook / Exiles


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