That’s what D.C.’s alcohol board found after investigating whether the bar “created a facility for dancing without Board approval” last December. The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) released its findings in an order this week.
The problem first arose last year, when someone emailed regulators claiming that Policy (1904 14th St. NW) “was permitting dancing” and “did not have a dancing endorsement.”
In the District, bars or restaurants that want to have a dance floor or host dance-related events must obtain what’s called an “entertainment endorsement” to do so. There are multiple kinds of entertainment endorsements, and although Policy does have an entertainment endorsement that allows it to have a DJ, it does not have one related to dancing.
A new Cuban-themed coffee and cocktail hangout is apparently in the works near 14th Street NW.
The cafe and bar is called Colada Shop and is set to open at 1405 T St. NW “early summer 2016,” according to its website. The forthcoming business is described as “a social spot serving coffee, food, cocktails and conversation.”
Hey, Bstan. Big weekend on deck, since it’s officially unofficially Halloween on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and even Sunday nights. Do you have your topical/witty/sexy costume ready to go? If you’re not into the costume thing there are plenty of “regular” weekend activities for you, but why not get in on the fun? Without further ado, here’s your Special Edition: Spooky Scary Borderstan Halloweekend Picks.
But, first things first with this reminder: Don’t drink and drive.
Safety PSA + Free Cab Rides
AT&T wants you to leave “scary” off the road this Halloween. Even though we’re located in an area of the city with GREAT public transportation option, no one should drive drunk. Ever. Together with the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) SoberRide initiative, AT&T is providing free taxi rides (up to $30) to anyone 21 and over in the Washington, DC area this Saturday night (10/29) from 10pm until 6am. AT&T customers can call #TAXI to get a safe, free ride home, while others can dial 800-200-TAXI.
Thursday, October 27
- Get festivities started early at Policy (1904 14th Street NW) tonight for their “Spooktacular Trick or Tweet-Up” from 5 to 8 pm. It sounds a little nerdy, but they’d like to thank their Facebook and Twitter followers with complimentary appetizers drink specials, a costume contest and more.
- Then swing by Local 16 for “a local nightmare” and I mean that in the best way possible.
Friday, October 28
- BYT’s back at the Newseum, hosting “A Night at The Newseum IV in 3D, ” featuring DJ Questlove, 3D glasses and LOTS more. More details and tix here.
- The W Hotel’s (515 15th Street NW) Rooftop Howl-o-Ween Bash at POV should be a good time, but it’s at capacity. If you snagged tickets, have fun.
- Also: BeatCity: Werewolf Bar Mitzvah at Chief Ike’s Mambo Room.
Saturday, October 29
- During the day, check out a Doggy Costume Contest (I dieeeeee) in Mitchell Park, hosted by the Kalorama Kennel Club.
- If it’s your thing, Nightmare on M Street 2011, a “spooky bar crawl” of 13 different Dupont and midtown bars featuring drink specials at each is always a popular option for the more frat-tastic among us.
- I’d also recommend Lost Society’s Halloween Party (2001 14th Street NW), featuring beats from DJs Dynamix and Chris Burns as well as a one-hour open bar. Get more info and $30 tickets through GiltCity.
- Lincoln Restaurant (1110 Vermont Avenue NW) is also hosting a clubby open-bar party “Boo! Halloween” from 8 pm to 2 am, promising the allure of candy! minimal clothing! more candy! and not wearing pants! $30 advance tickets and more information here.
- And where do I really want to be on Saturday? Hopefully at the back-to-back Little Dragon show and DJ Rheka Bhangraween set at 930 Club (815 V Street NW).
Sunday, October 30
- If you’re still raring to go, The Might Pint (1831 M Street NW) is hosting a costume-d “Kill the Keg” party at 7 pm. Entrance $10, more information here.
- For something completely different, head over to American Ice Company (917 V Street NW) at 8 pm for a Halloween-themed Spirits in Black Metal Party, complete with a spooky heavy metal-themed cocktail menu designed by PS7’s mixologist Gina Chersevani and a costume contest.
Have fun out there this weekend, Borderstan, and be safe! What are YOU doing for Halloweekend? Let us know what we missed!
Clark Ray, candidate for an At-Large seat on the DC Council, held a meet and greet for area residents last evening at Policy on 14th Street NW. Ray is running in the Democratic Primary for the seat currently held by Phil Mendelson. The primary is September 14 and you must be a registered Democrat to vote in it. In DC, voter registration ends 30 days before an election.
Let’s take a break from The Real World: DC and DC Council crime bills… and head over to the blog, 14th & You. The folks there had a posting Tuesday (“Partner of ANC Commissioner Attempts to Scuttle Saint-Ex Agreement; Goes After Policy Employees”) about the brouhaha over Cafe Saint-Ex, Bar Pilar and Policy on 14th Street NW, and the role of ANC 2B-09 Commissioner Ramon Estrada and his partner. (For background, it helps to first read the blog’s postings from June 6 and April 24.)
This story, as reported by 14th & You, is actually about more than just these three establishments on 14th Street NW. It is about our local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, city government, regulation of local businesses, liquor licenses, voluntary agreements and privacy issues–and how our city treats small business owners in general.
The story raises questions about all these issues, and they warrant discussion in our neighborhood and our city. It is a discussion that is long past due. Borderstan.com welcomes comments (even some guest postings) from ANC commissioners (including Mr. Estrada), community groups, city officials and residents of the Dupont–Logan area.