by Andrew Ramonas March 31, 2016 at 8:40 am 0

       Columns      At Home on the Hill Financial Focus   Crime tape (Photo via Flickr/nullvalue)A 25-year-old man has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol or a drug in connection with a collision that left more than a dozen people injured near a downtown nightclub on New Year’s Day, the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office announced yesterday.

Malik Lloyd of the District yesterday entered the guilty plea for three counts of assault with significant bodily injury, one count of destruction of property and one count of DUI in the crash outside Barcode at 17th and L streets NW.

Lloyd was driving a Chrysler 200 on 17th Street NW when he hit another car about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, prosecutors said. He then drove away and traveled to L Street NW, where he crashed on the sidewalk in front of the club.


by Andrew Ramonas March 3, 2016 at 8:15 am 0

Barcode stabbing scenePolice have apprehended a second man in connection with a stabbing death at a downtown nightclub earlier this year, authorities announced last night.

Devonta Johnson, a 27-year-old resident of of Northeast D.C., was arrested yesterday and charged with second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of 29-year-old Robinson Pal at Barcode (1101 17th St. NW) on Jan. 31. Information on Johnson’s lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

In February, authorities also arrested 35-year-old Antoine Byrd and charged him with first-degree murder while armed.


by Tim Regan February 18, 2016 at 8:30 am 0

Barcode stabbing 7

D.C. Police have arrested the man they say stabbed and killed someone at Barcode (1101 17th St. NW) on Jan. 31.

Authorities said 35-year-old Antoine Byrd stabbed 29-year-old Robinson Pal and another man during a large fight that involved an “unruly and aggressive crowd” inside the bar around 11:40 p.m. that night.

Though Pal died of his injuries shortly after the assault, the other man survived the attack with minor injuries. Investigators later found a bloody knife and several pieces of broken glass inside the business. (more…)

by Tim Regan February 1, 2016 at 6:15 am 3 Comments

(Updated at 1 p.m.) D.C. Police are investigating a stabbing that left one man dead and another injured at Barcode (1101 17th St. NW).

According to police, someone stabbed 29-year-old Robinson Pal and another man inside the bar at 11:40 p.m. (more…)

by Tim Regan January 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm 0

2204 14th Street NW

(Updated at 12:07 p.m. on Feb. 24) A co-owner of Barcode (1101 17th Street NW) has plans to open a new Asian-Latin fusion restaurant at 2204 14th Street NW.

The new eatery, called Sakerum, will serve cocktails, sushi and Latin food late into the night, according to a press release. The restaurant will seat 110 people, span two levels with a retractable roof and is set to open later this spring. (more…)

by July 9, 2012 at 8:00 am 2,666 1 Comment

From Namita Koppa. Email her at namita[AT]


Barcode: What does it mean?

Author’s Note: All stories presented are actual life experiences of male and female Borderstan residents. Their anonymity shall be preserved.

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I’ve lost track of how many bars there are in Borderstan. In the neighborhood, we literally have places to imbibe on every corner. It follows that we have a robust drinking culture here, too. Along with drinking comes merriment, of which we greatly approve.

However, there is a darker side to revelry. Since Stephanie Meyer published the Twilight series, I’ve noticed that human conduct (under the influence) has gone from fun and frivolous to well, more vampire-like. After asking around, I realized I wasn’t the only one seeing this.

Here are some similarities between Twilight and DC bar behavior

Every time he touched me, in even the most casual way, my heart had an audible reaction.
-Bella Swan, Twilight, Chapter 16, p.335

“I was chatting with a hot guy during happy hour one Friday. He reached up to point to something, only his hand grazed my breast in the process. He didn’t apologize. I covered my breast at that point. Less than 10 seconds later, he grabbed the hem of my dress and shook it. I told him to knock it off, he got angry and touched me again! I left pissed and uncomfortable.”

I’m feeling extremely insignificant.
-Bella Swan, Twilight, Chapter 15, p.326

“It was really late one night on 17th street. I was walking home, and out of nowhere, a guy came out and spanked me with his hand. Just like that! I ran home.”

Yeah, it’s an off day when I don’t get somebody telling me how edible I smell.
-Bella Swan, Twilight, Chapter 14, p.306

“I was out one night with a guy friend on U Street. We’re drinking and making jokes, it’s all good! Until he leaned over, hugged me and wound up putting his face in my boobs, and bit me in the arm…don’t think that’s allowed in The Saloon! Not to mention he made an obnoxious comment about how “if he didn’t have a girlfriend…” Let’s just say Dracula is not my friend anymore, and that I feel really sorry for his girlfriend.”

I tried to flirt — it worked better than I thought it would.
Bella Swan, Twilight, Chapter 9, p.184

“A year ago, I went out with a former friend. We had a flirty thing up to that point, but he had a girlfriend so I counted on nothing crossing the line. We had been drinking a lot…he started unbuttoning my top in the bar. I didn’t know what to do, so I just got out of there as soon as I could. Looking back, it was scary as crap. I don’t talk to him anymore, really.”

I’m not quite that delicate.
Bella Swan, Twilight, Chapter 10, p.197

“Went out dancing with my girls on a weekend, and somehow wound up with some guy trying to grind me into a wall. His hands were everywhere, so I slapped him and told him to back off.”

If you want to defend yourselves just in case your night of inebriated revelry turns Twilight on you, check out the self-defense classes at the Luminous Warrior studio in Chinatown. For even more resources, feel free to contact namita[at]borderstan[dot]com.

For those of you who don’t grope, grab, spank, bite or undress your friends or strangers without consent in public places, thank you for keeping our social lives and neighborhoods enjoyable.

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by June 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm 2,272 0

Borderstan welcomes new contributor Laetitia Brock. Email her at laetitia[AT] You can follow her at @FrenchtwistDC and on her own  blog French twist DC.

"Soccer Fans"

DC soccer fans: Where will you watch the Euro 2012 tournament? (Laetitia Brock)

Yes, this weekend is Capital Pride and we’ll all be celebrating the unique heritage and history of the LGBT community here in D.C. but it’s also the first weekend of the Euro 2012 soccer tournament. Soccer players are quite attractive and fit, so one really doesn’t have to exclude the other.

The Euro is all about a different kind of pride… European national pride. Pride in the beautiful sport. Pride in calling football “football” and not “soccer” and to know you belong to a small, misunderstood sports fans minority here in the U.S.

Every four years, we Europeans take pride in hating one another: all in good spirit, of course. Because of the time difference, most of the matches are shown in the middle of the day. Which is great on weekends when we all want an excuse to start drinking at noon. On weekdays, it’s a little trickier… though you can always sneak out for a “long lunch” and watch the games at the few bars and restaurants that will be showing them in the area.

Veranda. If you’ve made the connection that the exterior of Veranda pretty much matches the Greek flag, you won’t be surprised to hear that the Logan Circle restaurant is throwing its weight behind the troubled Galanolefki. Poor Greece (and I for once I don’t mean bailout poor) has the tricky task of playing Poland, one of the host nations, in the opening game of the tournament. Not fun. So, take a long lunch break (or the afternoon off, I mean it IS Friday, after all) and come watch the match at noon on Veranda’s big HD screens. Then come back the next day, there’ll be a lamb on a spit. And soccer too. Though the football will be done by the time the lamb is ready (6ish).

James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant and Bar. The boys in green rarely get to go to international tournaments (sometimes because of a French hand and a bad call from a referee) and this is only their second time ever qualifying for a Euro Cup. They’re in a tough qualifying group that includes reigning world cup champions Spain, four-time world cup winners Italy and Croatia, which is ranked 8th in the world. But who doesn’t love an underdog? And Guinness! Both Irish pubs are showing all tournament matches live but I think the Irish game would be particularly great to watch there, with $4 Heineken and $5 Guinness specials.

Duffy’s Irish Pub. Duffy’s would be a great place to watch the Ireland games too, except they’re only showing the weekend games. They will have $3 Tall Boys of PBR available, but since their kitchen only opens at 5 pm (and the games are either at noon or 2:45) you can actually bring your own food or order delivery from one of the many nearby spots. Potluck anyone?

Barcode. Duffy’s is only showing weekend games? Well, Barcode on the other hand is only showing the weekday matches…

Local 16. Is showing all of the weekend games on their outdoor screens during brunch. Always a great place to enjoy the food and drinks.

Lucky Bar. Lucky Bar is always one of the better spot to watch the beautiful sport. On weekends, and maybe even during the week, it will fill up really quickly, so I recommend you show early, or even call ahead and book a table.

Public BarIf you can make it up the stairs, Public Bar across the street offers $3 Peronis during the games, which is bound to attract supporters of the Azzurri. Italy-Spain should be a great game (Sunday, June 10 at noon) but be careful with those Peronis. You’ll have to make it down those stairs eventually…

Buffalo Billiards DC . Showing all the games live with $3.50 Heineken drafts and $3.50 Newcastle drafts specials.

Ventnor Sports Cafe. While they ask patrons to kindly leave their vuvuzelas at home, Ventnor will be opening up early for lunch everyday to screen the Euro Cup matches. Most of the games will be aired on ESPN and I’ve found that if you ask nicely and there’s no other big sporting event going on, restaurants with a television are not opposed to switching the channel for you (thanks Commissary and Stoney’s!). Though that doesn’t seem to include Estadio, who told me they only show “classic” soccer matches on their television sets… A final option for die-hard soccer fans is to hop on a plane to the Ukraine. According to this Washington Post article, there are still some tickets left for some of the games.

The UEFA Euro 2012 starts Friday, June 9 at noon and ends July 1. We’ll update the post once the teams have been narrowed down to the eight quater finalists. In the meantime, you can find a complete schedule of matches on the tournament’s website. May the odds ever be in your team’s favor!

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