by Tim Regan November 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm 8 Comments

Wet Dog Tavern exterior, photo courtesy of Raj Lal

A new watering hole near U Street is set to start welcoming pups and people by mid-December.

Wet Dog Tavern, a new “dog-friendly” beer garden, is set to open its doors at 2100 Vermont Ave. NW in a matter of weeks, according to general manager Raj Lal. Though the bar was originally slated to open over the summer, some construction and permitting issues have delayed that process.

When the bar finally opens, it will serve beer, wine and seasonal cocktails. The idea, Lal said, is to keep things simple and unsophisticated.

“I want to focus on producing great, balanced cocktails that patrons can connect with and really enjoy,” Lal said. “I’m a huge fan of a well-made perfect manhattan, so you can expect to see something like that offered. Perhaps a twist on a margarita and a warm cocktail or two for our winter opening.”

The bar will also pour some beers “that are being brewed for us out of a Pennsylvania brewery,” Lal added. “For the rest of the taps and bottle choices, we’ll be focusing on nationwide brews, not just the same local breweries that are commonly found around this area.”

Patrons can sip their drinks in a heated outdoor beer garden that will be large enough for about 75-100 people. The tavern’s interior will hold between 35 and 50 people, Lal added.

As the name implies, customers seated in the outdoor area can bring along their canine companions.

“We plan on having tables outside where people can bring their dogs,” Lal told us in April. “You want to walk your dog, you can bring them here.”

Photo courtesy of Raj Lal

by Tim Regan June 15, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

(Updated at 2:52 p.m.) A new outdoor pop-up beer garden from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group is coming to downtown D.C.

The beer garden, called “Canteen,” will arrive at at 2100 M Street NW this Saturday, June 18, according to a press release.

Bartenders will serve 10 beers, and food from a menu by Red Apron Butchery.

The seasonal beer garden will be open Wednesday through Friday from 4-10 p.m. and Saturdays between noon at 10 p.m. and will also feature live music on Saturdays and lawn game tournaments on Fridays, the release said.

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by Tim Regan April 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm 1 Comment

A new hangout for people and their dogs is set to open near U Street this summer.

Wet Dog Tavern, a new beer garden, will open its doors at 2100 Vermont Ave. NW in the mid to late summer months of this year, according to general manager Raj Lal.

When the tavern opens, it will be a “relaxing neighborhood place,” Lal said. No speakeasy gimmicks or complicated themes.


by Tim Regan March 9, 2016 at 3:15 pm 0

A restaurant with a rooftop beer garden is slated to start slinging cold beer and chicken wings near U Street by Friday.

Takoda is scheduled to open at 715 Florida Ave. NW on Friday, according to co-proprietors Ryan Seelbach and Eric Lund, who also own the Huxley nightclub in Dupont.


by Andrew Ramonas December 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0


(Updated at 3:25 p.m.) A restaurant with a rooftop beer garden is slated to start serving beer, whiskey and American bar food within weeks on Florida Avenue, its owners announced this week.

Takoda is scheduled to open at 715 Florida Ave. NW in January, according to Ryan Seelbach and Eric Lund, who also own the Huxley nightclub in Dupont.

Going by an American Indian phrase meaning “friend to everyone,” Takoda will have chicken and sweet potato waffles, hamburgers and deep-fried Oreo cookies, along with more than 24 American beers and dozens of American whiskies.


by Tim Regan October 22, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

Glen's at The Shay, photo via’s Garden Market has moved a step closer to opening its new location in Shaw.

The Dupont-based business has applied for a liquor license application for its forthcoming location at The Shay (1924 8th St., NW). According to the application, the new Glen’s aims to serve local beer and wine in a “communal eating space.”

Glen’s owner Danielle Vogel said at an ANC 1B meeting three weeks ago that she hopes to open the new location some time next month.

In May, Vogel told the Washington City Paper that employees at the forthcoming Glen’s would sling $4 beers and freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and entrees alongside locally sourced groceries.

“It’s going to feel more like a bodega,” Vogel told the Washington City Paper. “You’re going to be completely enrobed by the bounty of the region.”

The new Glen’s will also include a large beer garden and sidewalk cafe with seating for 51 people.

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by March 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0


Standard at 14th Street NW. Click above for pictures (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s still a little chilly out, but Washingtonians are looking for any excuse to soak up hints of spring-like weather… and Standard is giving them an excuse to get outside.

Borderstan’s beer garden and BBQ patio, Standard, reopened this month, after closing for the winter season.

The 14th Street NW restaurant’s early spring hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 pm to 1 am; Friday from 5 pm to 2 am; Saturday from noon to 2 am and Sunday from noon to 1 am.

However, Standard also closes for bad weather or when it “runs out of BBQ.”

On the menu this year are a variety of sandwiches (pulled pork, barbecue brisket and bratwurst, among others), fries and traditional BBQ sides (think hushpuppies, beans and pickles) and a healthy draft beer list.

Save us a seat at the picnic table.

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