by Andrew Ramonas December 16, 2016 at 10:45 am 0

DC Holiday Toyapalooza (Photo via Facebook/The Blaguard)

Giving a toy to a child in need can get visitors to an Adams Morgan bar a free beer tonight.

The Blaguard at 2003 18th St. NW is scheduled to host a “DC Holiday Toyapalooza” from 6 to 10 p.m., according to a Facebook event post. The toy drive benefits Communities In Schools of the Nation’s Capital, a nonprofit organization that works to stop local kids from dropping out of school.

“Bring a toy and get a free local beer,” the Facebook post says. “It’s that easy!”

Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau, 3 Stars and Port City will have 16 brews available to drink.

The beer list is slated to include:

-Town & Country
-La Saison De Brett
-Dance of Days
-Silent Neighbor

3 Stars
-Rasp Dissonance
-Starsky and Dutch
-Nectar of the Bogs

DC Brau
-Alpha Domina Mellis
-Stone of Arbroath
-Brau Pils

Port City
-Optimal Wit aged in bourbon barrels

“Celebrate the holidays with your favorite DC Breweries and help ensure every child has a great holiday season,” the Facebook post says.

Photo via Facebook/The Blaguard

by Tim Regan December 8, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Some Place Else December 2016

A Dupont Circle bar appears to have shut down after losing its liquor license more than a month ago.

Some Place Else, the bar and restaurant located in the former Townhouse Tavern space at 1637 R St. NW, was locked and dark when a Borderstan reporter visited around happy hour earlier this week. Additionally, phone calls to the bar and restaurant went unanswered when we tried today.

Community members told Borderstan the bar went quiet after District alcohol regulators denied its liquor license renewal application last month.

Despite the apparent closure, it looks as though local regulators have reason to suspect the bar may still be serving alcohol. D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board ordered Some Place Else to “stop selling, serving, or permitting the consumption of alcoholic beverages” earlier this week:

The Respondent is unlawfully operating or attempting to operate with an expired license in violation of Title 25 of the D.C. Official Code. The Respondent’s license has EXPIRED and it will remain expired until the Respondent pays the required renewal fee and the daily fine of $50.00 imposed by the Board for the late payment.

This isn’t the first setback for the business. Health inspectors shut the bar down in June after finding a “heavy infestation of vermin” there.

A representative for Some Place Else wasn’t immediately available to comment on the possible closure. We’ll update this story if we hear back from them.

by Andrew Ramonas December 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

The 12 (or More) Beers of Christmas at The Black Squirrel (Photo via Twitter/The Black Squirrel)

An Adams Morgan bar is once again set to celebrate the holiday season with more than a dozen Christmas beers and cookies for “well-behaved boys and girls,” according to the watering hole’s owner.

The Black Squirrel at 2427 18th St. NW is scheduled to hold its seventh annual Twelve (Or More) Beers of Christmas beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, owner Amy Bowman said. The festivities are slated to continue into Saturday night.

“On the ninth day of December, your true love sent to you: five Christmas Ales, four winter warmers, nine ladies dancing, and one Black Squirrel,” she said in an email. “It is that time of year again — time to shout to the skies and have a glass, or three, of holiday cheer at The Black Squirrel.”

The beers are set to include:

• Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Great Lakes Christmas Ale (Winter Warmer, Cleveland, OH, 9%);
• Great Lakes Christmas Ale (Winter Warmer, Cleveland, OH, 7.5%);
• Bell’s Christmas Ale (Scottish Ale, Kalamazoo, MI, 5.4%);
• Blue Mountain Barrel House Blitzen (Strong Dark Ale, Afton, VA, 7%);
• Dark Horse 4 Elf (Winter Warmer, 8.75%, MI);
• The Breuery 9 ladies Dancing {Imperial Milk Stout, Placentia, CA, 11.3%);
• Peak Organic Evergreen IPA (IPA with Juniper & Spruce, Portland, ME, 7%);
• Southern Tier 2XMAS (Swedish-Style Glögg, Lakewood, NY, 8%);
• Troegs The Mad Elf (Belgian-Style Strong Dark Ale, Hershey, PA, 11%);
• Natty Greene Red Nose Winter Ale (Winter Warmer, Greensboro, NC, 6.8%);
• Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve (Amber, Newport, OR, 6%);
• Port City Tidings (Belgian Strong Pale Ale, Alexandria, VA, 7.8%);
• Smuttynose Smistletoe (Bière de Garde, Hampton, NH, 8.5%);
• Union Miracle (Weizenbock, Baltimore, MD, 7.7%);
• Sly Fox Christmas (Winter Warmer, PA 5.6%);
• Unibroue La Resolution (Strong Dark Ale, Chambly, Canada, 10%).

In addition to the brews and cookies, The Black Squirrel also is set to have a “XXXmas Burger” with turkey, bacon and cranberry aioli and a “Holy Cheesemas Burger” with beer cheese sauce.

Photo via Twitter/The Black Squirrel

by Andrew Ramonas December 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Dacha Holiday Market (Photo via Facebook/Dacha Beer Garden)

A holiday market with more than a dozen local vendors is scheduled to come to a beer garden in Shaw in the coming days.

Dacha at 1600 7th St. NW is set to host its annual shopping event, with German mulled wine and spiked hot cider available for sipping, from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Facebook event post.

The vendors are slated to include:

Photo via Facebook/Dacha Beer Garden

by Andrew Ramonas November 30, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

1337 H St. NE (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 4:10 p.m.) The cousins behind Dupont Circle’s DGS Delicatessen are planning to bring a “neighborhood bar” to the H Street corridor, D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration documents show.

DGS co-owners Nick and David Wiseman are working on a watering hole at 1337 H St. NE, according to ABRA paperwork Borderstan obtained today. But the name of the bar is unclear.

Documents the Wisemans filed under a company called “Bespoke 1337” repeatedly say the spot’s name is to be determined. But one document refers to the place as “Butcher’s Word.”

The ABRA paperwork also doesn’t provide details on the bar’s menu or when it will open. Documents do say, however, that the spot will have room for nearly 200 people, including 65 seated customers. It also will provide chairs for 15 people outside.

Neither Nick nor David could immediately be reached for comment.

The space between Dangerously Delicious Pies and H Street Country Club previously spent time as an illegal funeral home and a “live, work, and studio space,” according to Washington City Paper. The building also was set to become a bar from Eric and Ian Hilton.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas November 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm 0

Wunder Garten indoor pavillion (Photo via Instagram/Wunder Garten)

(Updated at 3:10 p.m.) Free beer is set to flow in NoMa in the coming days in celebration of a revamped bar.

Wunder Garten (1101 1st St. NE) on Wednesday is slated to have a free brew for each of the first 100 people who visit the beer garden, which now has a heated indoor pavilion, according to a Facebook event post. The grand opening party for the space also will include a DJ when it kicks off at 4 p.m.

The bar also is scheduled to host a holiday market for do-it-yourself gift givers and shoppers looking for ready-made handmade presents this weekend.

The first-ever “Holiday Make-It” market will include classes on making terrariums, notebooks and other gifts Saturday and Sunday. Visitors to the market also can buy Christmas trees and handcrafted goods.

Photo via Instagram/Wunder Garten

by Andrew Ramonas November 7, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Marble Alley (Image via Facebook/Marble Alley)A bar that a former Jack Rose Dining Saloon beverage director is bringing to Adams Morgan is slated to try out some of its cocktails in Dupont Circle later this month.

Trevor Frye’s Marble Alley is scheduled to serve drinks with sherry, whiskey, Chartreuse and other liquor at Hank’s Oyster Bar (1624 Q St. NW) Sunday, Nov. 20, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., the forthcoming bar announced on Facebook over the weekend.

The booze is set to include:

Marble Alley cocktails (Image via Facebook/Marble Alley)


The event at Hank’s will be Marble Alley’s second research and development night. Marble Alley previously tested some cocktails at the restaurant in September.

Marble Alley is slated to open with a deli in the former Bardia’s New Orleans Cafe at 2412 18th St. NW in February, according to the Washington City Paper.

Images via Facebook/Marble Alley

by Tim Regan October 13, 2016 at 11:35 am 1 Comment

U Street’s newest neighborhood bar is set to start serving seasonal cocktails and fried chicken sandwiches when it opens its doors next week.

Service Bar (928 U St. NW) co-owners Glendon Hartley, Chad Spangler and Chris Willoughby are scheduled to host a grand opening event next Thursday at 5 p.m., a representative for the company told Borderstan.

When Service Bar opens, its bartenders will shake, stir and serve a list of cocktails that includes classics like mint juleps, old fashioneds, and daiquiris alongside contemporary specialties such as the “Sumo Punch,” a concoction of clarified lime, yuza, smoked apple mint, Midori and Japanese whiskey infused with green tea and Asian pears.

The hangout’s food menu is composed of five chicken dishes. Offerings include a fried chicken sandwich on a pretzel bun, chicken quesadillas and fried chicken salad. Service Bar will also sell Good Humor ice cream cones and have a happy hour with $7 cocktails that “literally never ends.”

Read the full event listing for the grand opening below:


by Tim Regan September 23, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

bowls-and-bohsA new pop-up will bring hot bowls of soup to a Bloomingdale bar starting next week.

Showtime Lounge (113 Rhode Island Ave. NW) is scheduled to start serving “Bowls and Bohs” each Wednesday at 6 p.m., according to the bar’s resident souper hero, Jason Mogavero.

During the pop-up, Mogavero — a longtime Showtime patron who says he drinks there “way too much” — will be serving steaming bowls of homemade soup for $5. For an extra two dollars, Showtime’s bartenders will throw in a cold Natty Boh.

Originally, Mogavero wanted to do a cheesesteak pop-up, but when he floated the idea to Showtime owner Paul Vivari, his response was lukewarm. Vivari worried the bar didn’t have much ventilation, Mogavero recalled. Cooking cheesesteaks could make the place reek of cooked meat.

So, Mogavero decided to switch to his other love in life: soup.

What’s on the menu? The pop-up will kick off with West African peanut soup on Sept. 28, then — of course — cheesesteak soup on Oct. 5.

“It’s going to be a different soup every week,” Mogavero said. “I’m going to get the full beautiful kaleidoscope of soup in there at some point or another.”

Mogavero is no stranger to serving up hot broth. Last year, he organized the D.C. Rock ‘N’ Roll Chili Cookbook, which had its launch party at Showtime. He also DJed at a gathering for soup lovers there earlier this year.

Though Mogavero said he’ll be the bar’s resident soup chef to start with, there might be some “guest soup artists” in the mix at a later date. And attendees can request soups, too, he added.

“Soup and beer are two of the great connective tissues of us as a species,” Mogavero said. “I don’t think that anyone is going to stop loving soup any time soon.”

Photo via Twitter / Jack on Fire

by Andrew Ramonas August 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

Bottles and mugs at Left Door

Two bars in Shaw and Logan Circle are looking for your help to get in Playboy this November.

Columbia Room (124 Blagden Alley NW) and Left Door (1345 S St. NW) are among the 50 finalists for the men’s magazine’s annual “Best New Bars 2016” list. But the D.C. watering holes could rank among the top 10 U.S. bars in Playboy’s November issue, if they secure enough votes on this website (which is safe for work).

Columbia Room, which Eat the Rich and Southern Efficiency owner Derek Brown reopened earlier this year, is “far grander” than when it was in the back of the old Passenger, Playboy reports (SFW).

As for Left Door, the bar is a “hushed, bygone haven that belies the non-stop bustle outside” and has a “bordello-meets-parlor” vibe, according to the magazine (SFW). Brown’s brother, Tom, who also owns The Passenger, opened Left Door in January.

“Every year we search the U.S. for the top new places to get a good drink: the best spots where they take making a good drink seriously, but don’t take themselves too seriously,” Playboy says on its website.

Voting ends Aug. 31.

by Alyse Mier August 4, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

(Updated at 4:10 p.m.) A subterranean watering hole with a jukebox and cans of beer is set to arrive in Logan Circle this month.

Kingfisher is slated to open in the vacant space underneath Sav On Liquor at 1414 14th St. NW as early as this week, c0-owner Daniel Williams said.

“We’re shooting to be the new, sort of cool, chill neighborhood spot,” said Williams, who also helped open Iron Horse in Penn Quarter. “We’re going for that middle ground between a chic trendy bar and a dive bar.”

The space is expected to house 65 people, making for a “cozy, comfortable environment,” he added. The bar also will have daily happy hour specials, including shot and beer deals.

“We’re not trying to be this spot that does super fancy cocktails,” Williams said. “This street has plenty of them, so we don’t necessarily feel like we need to fill that role.”

In addition to drinks, bar goers can snack on free popcorn, watch old movies and listen to the jukebox, which will have a music library curated by customers, he said.

Williams said he hopes Kingfisher will become like a second home for locals.

“Fourteenth Street has a lot of cool spots,” he said. “We just felt there was room for one more.”

by Andrew Ramonas May 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm 1 Comment

The perfect place for American cuisine has come to Shaw, at least according to its management.

Right Spot Restaurant & Bar opened in the former Queen Makeda space at 1917 9th St. NW Friday. The restaurant, which initially was set to go by Gebena Restaurant, has seating for more than 50 diners across two floors, and room for a disc jockey in a lounge area.

All of Right Spot’s food is $20 or less, including chicken wings for $12, a hamburger for $14 and shrimp and grits for $13. It also has a breakfast burrito for $11 and french toast stuffed with an Italian-style cream cheese for $12, among other dishes for brunch on weekends.

“When you come here, you’ll get the best service, the best food and the best drink around here,” manager Lea Teguaze told Borderstan last night.

by Andrew Ramonas May 11, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Project Flavour Behaviour Experiment (Photo via The Scotch Malt Whisky Society)

A Scottish psychologist is looking for subjects to participate in a free Adams Morgan whisky tasting, for science.

Dr. Adam Moore of the University of Edinburgh’s Psychology Department is teaming up with Scotland’s Scotch Malt Whisky Society for the “Project Flavour Behaviour Experiment” at Jack Rose Dining Saloon (2007 18th St. NW).

Participants are expected to take a written test on personality traits before trying “special” whisky on Saturday, May 21, from 3 to 5 p.m., according to the event’s website. Volunteers don’t need a knowledge of the distilled liquor to take part, but rather an “open mind and adventurous spirit,” the webpage adds.

“Sample rare whiskies and learn something about yourself in the name of scientific research by being a guinea pig in a secretive scientific research experiment,” the website says. “The findings from the event will be analysed by Dr. Moore and feed into the ongoing research experiment, which will be unveiled in more detail later this year.”

Interested volunteers can register online.

Photo via The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

by Tim Regan April 28, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

Photo via Facebook : Eat the RichA bar in Shaw will celebrate May 4, an annual unofficial annual “Star Wars” holiday, with drink specials, costumes and giveaways next week.

Eat the Rich (1839 7th St. NW) will resemble Mos Eisley Cantina between May 2 and 6 for “Star Wars Week,” the bar said yesterday in a Facebook post.

“Driven by our staff, we’re initiating our first annual Star Wars Week, May 3rd through May 6th,” the posting reads. “We’ll be featuring a special Star Wars cocktail menu, passing out schwag and dressing up as our favorite characters.”

Additionally, patrons who dress up as their favorite characters will get 10 percent off their bill, and everyone will receive “Han Solo Cup” shots on the house every time the “Mos Eisley Cantina theme” plays in the bar.

Photo via Facebook / Eat the Rich

by Andrew Ramonas April 4, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Dacha (Photo via Dacha)Dacha in Shaw is getting a face-lift, while it complies with a D.C. government order that has forced it to shut down temporarily.

The beer garden at 1600 7th St. NW is in the midst of a week-long closure that it said on Twitter it began Sunday to “renovate & further improve the garden.” The renovation work is scheduled to run through this upcoming Sunday, a post on Dacha’s Facebook page added.

In November, the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board suspended Dacha’s liquor license for a period starting today and ending this upcoming Sunday. The order came out of a deal the beer garden’s owners negotiated with District officials to resolve claims that they let too many customers inside their bar. The agreement also directed the owners to pay a $42,500 fine.



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