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Title: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on May 26, 2011, 11:25:30 AM
Well... I should do a thread about favorite bars and new bars...or...whatever. For the once a quarter when I actually go out.

What's sort of nagging at me right now is the hideously named Truorleans, opening up on H St and about 10 minutes from my office. So not only an afternoon beer place, but they also claim that they'll be open at 7am. Finally! My morning beer dream will come true!

During my lunchtime walks, I pass by it every day...and I really don't see how they're going to make the "end of May" opening date. But...maybe when I get back from my NOLA trip, I'll be able to belly up and enjoy some sweet $7 bottles of Abita served by a waitress who's forced to talk with an accent inspired by episodes of Treme.


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With new development coming to H Street NE, the addition of TruOrleans Restaurant and Gallery will add an authentic Cajon Creole experience with a twist. Set to open the end of May, TruOrleans will feature family recipes from Lake Charles, LA as well as art work straight from the French Quarter.

Located on the corner of H and 4th NE, the restaurant will be open Monday thru Sunday from 7:00 am to 12:00 am on weekdays and 7:00 am to 2:00 am on weekends. The split level restaurant will offer an upscale experience featuring many Cajun Creole favorites like Po Boys, Gumbo, Jambalaya and Beignets as well as New Orleans drink favorites like the traditional Hurricane, Louisiana specialty beers and a spectacular wine list. The restaurant will offer bars on both levels as well as an outdoor sidewalk café.
For more information, visit our website at www.truorleans.com.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on June 13, 2011, 11:17:50 AM
Been trying to unearth true dive bars near my office. There's Lil Pub, on PA Ave, which is "Dc's last working class bar" and "just like Cheers." I'm not sure those two descriptions go together, but okay. It's on my list to try some day.

Near the Lil Pub is the Tune Inn, which is one of those dive bars that is a dive bar on purpose. Designer dive bars!

Of course, I love the reviews!  "What a dive! And Sierra Nevada on tap for just $6!"

I'll always be haunted by Cass's indignation at being served a $5 Sierra Nevada. There's really no getting away from yuppieville in DC, is there?

Still standing by for the opening of the hideous Truorleans, which should be any day now. Pictures show a completed restaurant, and wait staff going through training.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on July 14, 2011, 11:05:07 AM
Well, Truorleans opens tomorrow. The menu is up on their facebook page -- all NOLA inspired, and with $6 Abitas.

I'm going to spin by it today at lunch and see if they're open early. Otherwise, I'll hit it around lunchtime tomorrow and get a feel for it.

I don't know why I'm bothering. DC's bar culture is all one, terrible horror show of expensive beer, bad service, and patrons who make you want to go on a shooting spree.

But... It's New Orleans themed! I have to try it. And $6 Abita is cheaper than Abita at Union Station!
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on July 14, 2011, 04:49:42 PM
Not open today... But it sure looks nice. And it's a huge bar, with a second bar up on the balcony, and sidewalk seating. Lots of promise to this place... Glassware and booze were being delivered today, so that's a good sign for lunch tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on July 19, 2011, 01:50:18 PM
Truorleans has updated their website:

http://www.truorleans.com/

Check out the drinks menu and the hurricanes measured by category.

Maybe they can measure the strength of their other drinks based on body count?

Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: Cassander on July 19, 2011, 09:57:22 PM
What's with all the English Muffins?  Bleah.  Looks like they're trying, but some of those prices are outrageous.  I guess that's DC for you, eh?  But why would you spend $22 on shrimp and grits when $2 more will get who a whole delmonico steak?  On the plus side they do offer Lynchburg lemonade, a punch I try to make every summer with little success. 
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on July 20, 2011, 07:30:40 AM
Yeah, those prices are pretty mid-range.

That's why I was so shocked at the Commander's Palace bill. I expected that to approach $400.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: Cassander on July 21, 2011, 01:44:42 AM
I was shocked by our Commander's bill.  But I blame that on all the damn mineral water. 
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on August 31, 2011, 01:56:01 PM
Oh...sad...

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The Hawk ‘n Dove is located at 329 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. It’s Web site says:

“The Hawk ‘n’ Dove has proudly catered to Washingtonians, tourists, and Hill workers since 1967. It is a historic part of Capitol Hill and nearly everyone who has ever spent time in the Nation’s Capital has a story about a night spent at the Hawk. Despite the changing decades, the Hawk ‘n’ Dove remains steadfast on Pennsylvania Ave and the interior is virtually unchanged from when the doors opened on Christmas Eve over 40 years ago.”

No longer:

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“The new face of the Hawk is Xavier Cervera, another impresario of Capitol Hill eateries, The Hawk will join the Chesapeake Room, Senart’s Oyster and Chop House, Molly Malone’s, Lola’s and a host of other in-the-works establishments in Cervera’s portfolio. He waxes enthusiastic about his plans (closing in October and re-opening in about six months), and has not only purchased the name, but a good deal of the memorabilia (including the clock, some wall sconces and photographs) which will be returned to the walls. But he adds that it will be a “100% renovation.” He will open three heretofore hidden fireplaces, and plans to panel the walls and bar with the 30,000 pounds of dark mahogany he has already purchased.

The most radical change—but the one probably least unexpected—will be the replacement of the many small rooms, both upstairs and down, with what Cervera describes as a welcoming, open space overlooked by a mezzanine, and featuring a 50-foot exhibition bar, dispensing 25 beers on tap and 16 wines by the glass.”
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on August 31, 2011, 03:57:53 PM
Truorleans has updated their website:

http://www.truorleans.com/

Check out the drinks menu and the hurricanes measured by category.

Maybe they can measure the strength of their other drinks based on body count?



Finally got to Truorleans!

I feel like I've done some sort of deep damage to my soul and, forever more, will be spiritually damaged.

The gallery was closed, so I sat outside. After 10 minutes, my waitress came up, looking as if she just climbed out of a car crash, and took my order. I asked for a Restoration Ale and a fried shrimp Po' Boy. 20 minutes later, beer and sandwich arrived.

Figuring that it would be that kind of service, I asked her for another beer as soon as everything arrived. She seemed confused, but jotted down the note.

On the menu, next to the Po' Boy heading, it says "7-inch subs" in parenthesis. At the bottom of the menu, it bleats on about how authentic they are about New Orleans food.  The Po' Boy, though, is exactly what the parenthesis says. Fried shrimp on a hoagie. So...authentic on Earth 72, maybe, where New Orleans is a suburb of Philly.

For a sub, it wasn't so bad. And Abita's always nice. It took 30 minutes for my second beer to arrive, so I had plenty of time to contemplate the professionalism of waitresses.

But...she was cute, for a crash victim, and I tipped her well.

Glad to get the place out of my system, though. Now I can return to my soulless Capitol Hill bars and know that I'm not missing anything.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: Cassander on August 31, 2011, 10:32:53 PM
ah....your texts lent a much more hideous tone.  Maybe if you'd been seated at the bar and ordered a real entree things wouldn't have been so bad.

But I've been on the receiving end of a "long outside wait" here as well.  And for a real po-boy!  So maybe not too much to squabble there.  But, yes, fried shrimp on a hoagie?  That's a yankee sandwich.  But if the shrimp were fried nicely, maybe its worth a second trip at night.  Try to get a sazerac with an amber back, then shovel headfirst into those $13 red beans.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on October 17, 2011, 11:51:12 AM
I've finally decided to condemn Silver Spring's historic Quarry House... It hit me this weekend that I can't remain loyal to the memory of the old Quarry House in the face of  the new , hipper Quarry House.

So that bar review will go up on 10/26. Meanwhile, for the historical record, here's a Post article concerning the 2005 transition:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/bars-clubs/quarry-house-tavern,797175/critic-review.html#reviewNum1
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 08, 2011, 08:57:55 AM
Finally took Nacho to DC's speakeasy last night. Reservations only. No Beer. No Food. Just insane cocktails.

http://www.thegibsondc.com/ (http://www.thegibsondc.com/)
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on November 08, 2011, 10:39:46 AM
What's great about it is that whole speakeasy vibe. It's a shuttered rowhouse front with a crowded bike rack in front of it. You open what looks like a very private residential door and there's a guy sitting in the stairwell who, with a very serious sort of attitude, checks your reservation and ID. Then he takes you into a dimly lit, hushed back room. The insane drink menu is only a starting off point -- the wait staff are trained well enough to figure out what you want by description -- fruity, sour, boozy, whatever.

A real haven of mixology. A really cool experience.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on November 08, 2011, 10:45:15 AM
And...a larger realization: I need to explore the bars of U Street. Because I liked that Molly's place where we ended up. That was very NOLA. And I saw several others with that vibe.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 08, 2011, 10:55:17 AM
U Street is great. With all the deep cultural history, it should retain a lot of the local flavor that gets gentrified our of other "restored" neighborhoods. Plus it's close to Howard, so it's got the college vibe going on too. They've cleaned the neighborhood up but haven't sucked the soul out of it.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on November 08, 2011, 11:05:53 AM
Well, then, let's plan a monthly U St exploration!
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on January 15, 2012, 04:00:21 AM
Hi. I'm at Lia's. This is the New Orleans transplant bar. It's 3am and I'm crouched behind the bar drinking illegal Abita with NOLA people and we're all giggling and running serpentine-style whenever headlights wash across the windows.

I feel like I've found a whole new DC. I have found seven phone numbers from single New Orleans babes who say they hate the fuck out of this town and will I please call them first thing tomorrow. Of course...it is first thing tomorrow right now.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on February 14, 2012, 02:12:14 PM
New spot in Cleveland Park looks...well, kind of awesome:

http://starnoldsmusselbar.com/#
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: monkey! on February 16, 2012, 09:40:49 AM
These Belgian bars are all around Paris.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on February 16, 2012, 10:33:34 AM
Yeah...they're the thing now.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on March 01, 2012, 11:11:03 PM
Wait...so, Lia's in Friendship Heights has happy hour every night till nine and all day Sunday. And 40 ounce Abitas are $7? Okay.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on March 16, 2012, 04:14:08 PM
RC and I hit Off the Record last night -- the Hay Adams hotel bar located, via a circuitous route, in their basement.

It's an awesome place. Easily lumped right into the top 20 DC bars list, I think...
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 16, 2012, 06:35:27 PM
A White House staffer bar we decided... With the occasional possible high class prostitute.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on March 16, 2012, 06:39:34 PM
Yeah. That girl was amazing.

The Yelp people all rave about the wasabi peas. So we'll have to get some of those next time instead of death chips.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on April 17, 2012, 04:00:50 PM
Poor Piratz Tavern... They're not very good, but they survive because everybody wants them to be good. Plus, after a couple glasses of grog, you don;t care about the foor or the service or the creepy patrons. You don't care about anything. And that is good.

So they were briefly on the ropes, and took part in Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" reality show...which was a bust. Then they made news by "rejecting" the Bar Rescue advice and going their own way...which is a brilliant sort of cash-in on the little bump in publicity. But there's a little bad blood now...

The story so far...


http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/bar-rescue-gets-the-boot-in-silver-spring-after-piratz-tavern-renovation-goes-bust/2012/03/14/gIQAu9NpCS_story.html?hpid=z11


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‘Bar Rescue’ gets the boot in Silver Spring after Piratz Tavern renovation goes bust

By Tim Carman, Published: March 14

Michael Couey is better known around Piratz Tavern as One-Eyed Mike. He says he lost his left eye in a sword-fighting accident in 2006 as part of a promotional mall stunt for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” The sword, he adds, not only took an eyeball. It temporarily took away his ability to work, which would eventually cost him his job and then his home.

Piratz Tavern, the divey, grog-heavy pub in Silver Spring that opened in January 2007, would come to Couey’s rescue. It offered One-Eyed Mike a job as a server, but just as important, Piratz gave Couey a platform to continue playing out his pirate fantasies without making the employee feel self-conscious about his eye patch, which was now more than a costume accessory.

Not to be too blunt about this, but Couey was a pirate caught in Jon Taffer’s crosshairs. Taffer is the tough-love host of “Bar Rescue,” the Spike TV reality series that takes dying pubs and bars and attempts to reverse their fortunes. The program aims to save these moribund watering holes by modernizing their operations and ditching their dead weight, such as employees who view the workplace as their own private pirate ship.

“This is a place where [staff] comes to play pirate every day,” Taffer told a Gazette reporter last month when his crews hit Silver Spring to save Piratz from Davy Jones’s locker. “It’s like kids in a sandbox.”

Taffer’s solution — a temporary one as it would turn out — was to transform Piratz Tavern into the Corporate Bar and Grill, complete with a logo of a faceless, clean-cut businessman in a suit and tie. The menu, once a sprawling, multicultural affair that embraced pirate-themed dishes and Jamaican jerk chicken, was reduced to a trim, 12-item list of starters, salads, sides and sandwiches. A new menu of designer cocktails, none of them rum-based, incidentally, outnumbered the available entrees, six to three, all the better to capitalize on the large profit margins of mixed drinks.

The staff was stripped of its pirates’ scarves and wenches’ bodices and ordered to wear black pants, white shirts and sweater vests embroidered with the Corporate Bar and Grill logo. Likewise, the tavern’s Halloween-like ambiance of skeletons, Jolly Rogers and stuffed parrots was stripped down to a steel-gray-and-yellow environment, as enticing as an office cubicle. The walls were decorated with framed motivational posters, such as the one titled “Sacrifice,” in which a stern boss stares down at diners under the caption: “All we ask is that you give us your soul.”

It was the drab corporate world of Dilbert, not the high-flying Donald Trump version, and it didn’t sit well with either the old Piratz staff or its regular swashbuckling crowd, whose philosophy is to escape from the ordinary, not embrace it. On “While You Were (Out)” notepads placed on every Corporate Bar and Grill table, customers expressed their displeasure: “I hate the business theme,” one wrote. Added another: “You ruined our Piratz Tavern.” A number of regulars also started posting to a Facebook page, “The Soul of Piratz Tavern,” to express their outrage. One even coined a new “curse” word: “Taffer (v): 1) To screw things up so badly that you have the uncontrollable need to conduct a human sacrifice.”

Co-owner Tracy Rebelo knew what she had to do: reclaim her bar, even before the Piratz Tavern episode airs on Spike TV, likely this summer, as part of the program’s upcoming second season. She and her husband, Juciano Rebelo, plan to relaunch Piratz Tavern Thursday after a considerable renovation to undo the previous remodeling undertaken by Taffer and “Bar Rescue.”

“I think that they really, really underestimated and, to a certain extent, disrespected . . . who we are and the community that we serve,” says Tracy. “I think Jon Taffer and his crew did not really research or understand what downtown Silver Spring is. . . . They were thinking that there’s this huge corporate clientele. Well, this is not K Street or Bethesda.”

Counters Taffer: The owners never had any desire to embrace his concepts. “The reason why they didn’t? Candidly?” the host says in a phone interview. “They want to be pirates.”

* * *

Tracy Rebelo will tell you that she and her husband had their reasons for jumping on board with “Bar Rescue,” despite the dangers of turning their beloved pirate pub over to a stranger, who could, by contract, do anything he wanted with it. She and Juciano, after all, do not draw a salary from their business, which they say earns just enough to cover the bills. The couple live with Tracy’s parents; they also have a daughter who’s fast approaching college age, and they can’t afford her higher education. They figured Taffer could seal the leaks in their listing ship and make it profitable.

“We had a standing joke among us: ‘What’s the worst thing they could do? Make us into a sports bar?’ ” Tracy says. “We never imagined a corporate bar because I don’t think corporate bars exist.”

The entire premise of “Bar Rescue” is based on the promise of saving operations such as Piratz Tavern. As the star and host of the show, Taffer cuts a no-nonsense authority figure, the kind of grizzled veteran who’s going to hurt you for your own good. He’s the founder of Taffer Dynamics, which, according to its Web site, is a consulting firm that “offers a series of Business Invigoration Strategies that ignite, energize, revitalize, refresh and empower your organization.”

“I thought this was an angel, a godsend,” Tracy remembers. “Finally, something good is going to happen to me.”

“Bar Rescue” follows a fairly standard formula: Taffer sends in an undercover operative to assess the bar’s weaknesses, which can range from an unruly staff that’s pouring too much free booze to an aloof general manager who can’t be bothered to do his job. The problems they found at Piratz started in the kitchen (which Taffer says was a complete mess, requiring a professional crew to clean it) and rose all the way to ownership.

“He said I’m the absolute worst manager he’s ever seen, that I don’t know what the hell I’m doing,” Tracy says. “He made it out that I was just partying all the time with my staff, and they were walking all over me.”

But the “Bar Rescue” team also conducted research on Silver Spring, Taffer notes, and concluded that the area boasts about 240,000 people during the day, a combination of locals and workers who toil at Discovery Communications, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other offices. The population sinks to about 70,000 people once those offices clear out, Taffer points out; the obvious solution, he adds, is to cater to those worker bees during lunch, happy hour and the early evening, before they head for home.

Late on Saturday, Feb. 18, after a 36-hour makeover, Taffer and team unveiled Corporate Bar and Grill to try to tap into this eminently drillable market. The grand opening crowd was largely composed of guests invited by “Bar Rescue” producers. Any regular who showed up in pirate garb was rejected at the door, apparently in the interest of keeping the one-eyed scurvy types out of camera range.

“Bar Rescue” reportedly spent $250,000 on the makeover, which included the removal and storage of all pirate memorabilia (save for the aquarium with its sunken ship and skull ornaments) and the installation of a sandwich-heavy menu, including an $11 burger and a $13 charred chicken breast with pesto. Crews also installed some draft-beer tables and a Smart Bar system so customers could serve themselves drinks (and populate the all-important front room that faces the street). The only problem was that the “Bar Rescue” team did not secure the necessary permissions from the Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners, which is required for operating the new bar toys. (Notes Taffer: The producers left a list of to-do items for the owners, such as securing permissions.)

The bigger problem, however, was the tavern’s new identity, designed to attract Silver Spring’s corporate worker bees. The new place seemed to do just the opposite: It became a cruel joke among a number of locals. Posted one member of DonRockwell.com: “A faceless suit for a logo. Could Taffer mock Silver Spring any harder?”

As One-Eyed Mike heard more than one customer complain: “I just spent all day in an office,” recalls Couey, who remains employed there. “I don’t want to visit a place that makes me feel like I’m in an office.”

Tracy Rebelo wasted little time kicking the concept to the curb. In some ways, it was a practical decision, she notes; pirate-themed parties, whether for kids or adults, were difficult to stage in the revamped space, not to mention out of place. In fact, it was a massive kids’ party scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, just a week after the rebranding into Corporate Bar and Grill, that instigated the switch back to Piratz Tavern. Many staff members simply wore their pirate dress into the evening service, an act of protest against the Man. Little more than a week later, the Rebelos and their employees were starting to dismantle the new place, courtesy of customer donations and money provided by “Bar Rescue” itself.

“We were having an identity crisis,” says Tracy. “We were ‘Bar With an Identity Crisis,’ and that’s how we were answering the phone.”

Taffer would say Tracy and Juciano Rebelo had a crisis of a different sort: They had a crisis of confidence. He notes that moments after the unveiling of Corporate Bar and Grill on Feb. 18, a staff member told him that, “In the morning these [customers] are going to be welcomed by a pirate.” What’s more, he says, the owners did not open for lunch immediately after the makeover. “How can you say lunch works if you’re not open for lunch?” he asks.

Plain and simple, the TV host thinks it’s lunacy to revert to a concept that didn’t work financially for the owners in the first place. “They’re out in left field,” Taffer says. “I think they’re a bunch of fools.”

And the March re-opening:

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As you might have heard by now, the owners of the once and future Piratz Tavern have rejected their reality TV makeover in favor of more grog — and fewer $15 Glace luxury ice cocktails.

Just weeks after unveiling the Corporate Bar and Grill, courtesy of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue” team, owners Tracy and Juciano Rebelo have decided to revert to their own Jolly Roger-themed tavern. There’s just one problem: At present, they don’t have the crew or budget to install a new sign.

So . . . as Piratz Tavern enjoys its rebirth this evening, the old Corporate Bar and Grill sign will remain solidly in place, with one slight alternation: Last week, Dynamite Graphics of Silver Spring painted a sly little eye patch over the invisible left eye of the faceless corporate executive in the logo.

Tomorrow, Tracy Rebelo hopes to have a temporary Piratz Tavern banner in place to at least partially obliterate the visible scar of the reality TV makeover gone wrong.

Incidentally, the owners still have the old Piratz Tavern sign, but Tracy says it weighs two tons and was originally welded to the roof. “You need a small crane truck” to reinstall it, she says.

If their budget doesn’t call for such an expensive reinstallation, Tracy Rebelo says she will eventually order a new sign for the entrance and attach the old one to the side wall that faces Bonifant Street.

But no matter what name graces the facade tonight, the owners plan to fly their pirate flag and hoist tankards to the official reopening of Piratz Tavern.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on July 31, 2012, 07:42:12 AM
The Bar Rescue episode mentioned in the post above aired on Sunday. The guy running the show is an asshole but, of course, he had some valid points...which Piratz did not adopt. Mainly -- work on having edible food and drinkable drinks.

The rest of his shit makes sense, logically, but only if you're from out of town and you don't know that the "corporate" bar theme is happening at half the Silver Spring bars all within 1000 feet of Piratz...as opposed to the picture painted by the show where Piratz is the "center" of Silver Spring and has no competition.

That said...the other key point he brought to light was the deadness of the place when you pass by. All the fun stuff happens in the back room, and the front dining area is permanently empty. I've always wondered why they didn't stick a little bar up front... Just for the illusion of activity. Though the Bar Rescue people put up some retarded drink mixer machine and a pour your own draft table, which seemed joyless...

An article about the reaction, as well as a link to a streaming video of the show and other associated videos, are all at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/30/bar-rescue-taffer-piratz_n_1720145.html

Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on July 31, 2012, 11:49:50 AM
And here's some local commentary:


http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=23243255&postID=621743863540410064
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on September 18, 2012, 10:46:59 AM
Col. Brooks finally closes...


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Requiem for a Neighborhood Bar: Col. Brooks' Closes
By Jake Berg - September 14, 2012

Col. Brooks' Tavern isn't the kind of bar we normally write about here. It's not a beer bar, not a destination. Just a place in the neighborhood with a better draft selection than it had any right to, with Bell's Two Hearted, and a rotating cast of local beers on tap, cycling through Dogfish, Flying Dog, and Heavy Seas alongside macro products. Chocolate City and DC Brau were added later, poured through tap lines that could and should have been cleaned more often.

But it's bars like this that make a city, that create a "good beer city," that give it personality. Churchkey will forever be a place that put DC on the map as a destination. Bars like Col. Brooks' Tavern are the ones that make you want to move here. That's not to say that the better beer bars in DC aren't also neighborhood spots. Spend five minutes in The Big Hunt in Dupont Circle or Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights and you'll see that these aren't mutually exclusive. But if DC is to be a good beer city, then it's going to be because of everyday, perhaps even banal places like Col. Brooks', establishments that blend in, that feel like your living room. Col. Brooks' did this better than most, acting as a "third place," between work and home, for much of Brookland. It was, is, for a few more hours, a place where anyone in the neighborhood, black or white, blue collar or white collar, was welcome, and felt welcome. Bud or Bell's, DC Brau or Hennessey, with Dixieland jazz on Tuesday nights. A history lesson, courtesy of the Washington Post:

[Owner Jim] Stiegman helped open the tavern 32 years ago, finding 200-year-old pine planks from a barn for the bar, wooden pews from a Pennsylvania church to use as booths and old photographs for the walls. Col. Jehiel Brooks owned the mansion across the street long ago — the neighborhood is named for him — and surviving family members gave Stiegman portraits from legendary Civil War photographer Mathew Brady's studio.

I'm jumping between past and present tense here because tonight is the last night Col. Brooks' will be open. Come 1:30am, it will close, as it always does. It won't open on Saturday. Soon construction will start on a new 901 Monroe St., NE. It will be five storeys tall, with ground floor retail. Jim Stiegman, the owner of Col. Brooks', will be involved with this new building, so I want to be optimistic. I'm not anti-change, sometimes change is good, sometimes change just is, but I'm already nostalgic. Stiegman and the Tavern have been through a lot, including a gruesome triple murder by an ex-employee, which decimated the business.

Whatever moves in, I hope it's that third place, and that it serves craft beer.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on September 18, 2012, 01:39:33 PM
That depresses me.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on September 18, 2012, 02:37:50 PM
The good news is that Chocolate City opened up near Col. Brooks and you can get $16 growlers on Saturdays. Which I may do ahead of this Saturday's events...maybe...
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 27, 2012, 05:11:10 PM
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A Roundup of DC's 16 Iconic Dive Bars

http://dc.eater.com/archives/2012/11/27/a-look-at-dcs-iconic-dive-bars.php (http://dc.eater.com/archives/2012/11/27/a-look-at-dcs-iconic-dive-bars.php)
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on November 27, 2012, 06:01:54 PM
I have comments on that list...which I'll make when I'm not cutting up my supervisor's body.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on November 27, 2012, 06:43:38 PM
Okay!

Tune Inn has become a trendy dive. Does a dive going hipster exclude it from claiming true dive status?

Bottom Line! We've passed that and rejected it, RC, if you recall. White collar bar.

JV's: Virginia bias. Never been there.

Jays: Ditto.

The Big Hunt: Okay, Dupont bars cannot be dives, even if they look and smell like it. Even the list makers seem in doubt on this one.

Raven: I should leave this for you, RC... Though have you been there within the last couple of years? Let...my...Raven...gooooooo

Red Derby: Just made it onto my must-try list, eh?

Galaxy Hut: VA bias, and yet another one the list people aren't sure of.

Recessions: No. They wish.

Fox & Hound: What was once is not now a dive bar. Especially after being reworked.

Quarry House: Reading between the lines, they realize that this is no longer a dive bar...but it is close enough to its misty past to qualify, sure.

Sollys: Our post-drunk bar, RC! Do you even remember going to this one? Yes, it's divey.

Lil Pub: Huh? SE? Hmmm... Another for the list. Maybe.

Kelly's: Sure is a venerable institution...and easily the weirdest dive bar out there. It's right in the middle of everything, and veers dangerously close to frat bar than dive bar. If the Times were in NOLA, it would be a humdrum and sad place full of drunken kids from Alabama and Florida.

Dan's: Another for the to-try list.

Toledo Lounge: Having the dive removed, and not really divey to begin with.

Where's the ultimate dive bar? Hank Dietle's Tavern? And Stained Glass Pub? 
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 27, 2012, 07:48:19 PM
Raven: I should leave this for you, RC... Though have you been there within the last couple of years? Let...my...Raven...gooooooo

The Raven is awful now.  Back before the hipsters discovered it, The Raven was just a neighborhood bar. It was my neighborhood bar when I lived in DC. I was unfortunately there for the beginning of the end.

It was the jukebox that brought people to it in masses, I think. That jukebox was filled with top to bottom awesome.

EDIT:
From the picture, it looks like it's been renovated. I haven't been there in about seven years, so who knows?
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on November 27, 2012, 08:11:29 PM
It has been. It's been totally gutted and hipstered out...and takes credit cards! Imagine that!
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on February 12, 2013, 12:32:35 PM
Truorleans for lunch today. The closest faux New Orleans bar...

I'm in Mardi Gras mode. All my DC friends are in State of the Union mode. They're probably going to sit there and eat cottage cheese and go to bed as soon as fucking Maddow is done smirking her way through her analysis.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 22, 2013, 02:21:54 PM
Not a bar per say, but there's a beer tasting at Nats stadium at the end of March. The $40 ticket price is a little rich for my blood, but for those of you living the Bethesda Lifestyle...

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/fan_forum/dc_beer_festival.jsp?partnerId=aw-5446829968040409252-1047
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on February 22, 2013, 02:31:16 PM
That's real dangerous...
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 22, 2013, 05:31:21 PM
I went to a "Bacon and Beer" tasting last weekend. 7 tapas-sized courses involving bacon paired with 7 1/3 bottle of a beer.

Very interesting experience.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: monkey! on March 14, 2013, 11:47:11 AM
France has these "salons" for agriculture, wine, whiskeys, etc. and for a 15€ entry fee you can literally spend a working day drinking and eating free samples from hundreds of different stalls.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on March 14, 2013, 11:49:55 AM
France has these "salons" for agriculture, wine, whiskeys, etc. and for a 15€ entry fee you can literally spend a working day drinking and eating free samples from hundreds of different stalls.

I'll be there in 7 hours.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: monkey! on March 16, 2013, 12:42:20 PM
The separate events only happen one or twice a year per "theme." Which is a shame.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on March 27, 2013, 04:38:05 PM
Dog bars!

(A list that, inadvertantly, fills some of the gaps in my own side project...)

http://www.popville.com/2013/03/adrian-starts-a-list-of-dog-friendly-restaurantsbars/
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on May 15, 2013, 03:34:04 PM
Bethesda is losing Ri Ra...

http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Blogs/Table-Talk/May-June-2013/Ri-Ra-closing-in-September/

It's a chain, and the food sucks, but it's the only pubby-style place in Bethesda. Everywhere else is frat-i-fied, and Harp and Fiddle (AKA The New Flanagans) is, when not full of the same frat types, just strangely sad for old-timers who think of the glory days of the old Flanagans.

Ri Ra always had a corner for all ages, even when the kids were out and rocking the joint on a Friday night.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on September 11, 2013, 06:16:11 PM
This thread started with:

Well... I should do a thread about favorite bars and new bars...or...whatever. For the once a quarter when I actually go out.

What's sort of nagging at me right now is the hideously named Truorleans, opening up on H St and about 10 minutes from my office. So not only an afternoon beer place, but they also claim that they'll be open at 7am. Finally! My morning beer dream will come true!

During my lunchtime walks, I pass by it every day...and I really don't see how they're going to make the "end of May" opening date. But...maybe when I get back from my NOLA trip, I'll be able to belly up and enjoy some sweet $7 bottles of Abita served by a waitress who's forced to talk with an accent inspired by episodes of Treme.


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With new development coming to H Street NE, the addition of TruOrleans Restaurant and Gallery will add an authentic Cajon Creole experience with a twist. Set to open the end of May, TruOrleans will feature family recipes from Lake Charles, LA as well as art work straight from the French Quarter.

Located on the corner of H and 4th NE, the restaurant will be open Monday thru Sunday from 7:00 am to 12:00 am on weekdays and 7:00 am to 2:00 am on weekends. The split level restaurant will offer an upscale experience featuring many Cajun Creole favorites like Po Boys, Gumbo, Jambalaya and Beignets as well as New Orleans drink favorites like the traditional Hurricane, Louisiana specialty beers and a spectacular wine list. The restaurant will offer bars on both levels as well as an outdoor sidewalk café.
For more information, visit our website at www.truorleans.com.

And, now it's shut down...amid a street brawl, tax liens, and other insane problems:


http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry/2013/09/11/let-the-bad-times-roll-h-street-nes-most-hated-restaurant-closes-after-tax-troubles-lawsuits-and-a-food-fight/
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on September 12, 2013, 03:05:19 AM
Can I now admit how that place never turned my crank?
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2013, 08:46:36 AM
Can I now admit how that place never turned my crank?

It really was the most hated bar in DC, so I think you were safe to admit that at any point.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on September 25, 2013, 11:38:56 AM
Bethesda has a new beer garden! Sort of...


http://robertdyer.blogspot.com/2013/09/piazza-beer-garden-bethesda-review.html

Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2013, 10:15:49 AM
Bethesda, MD lost Ri Ra in the summer -- quite suddenly, as well. Now Union Jacks is closing (date TBD). Union Jacks isn't really a loss...it's a frat bar, really. But, during the day and early evening, it's actually quite nice. Good bartenders, a good beer selection, and an interesting bar that sort of twists and weaves so you can hide out in corners and still get the bar feel.

Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 18, 2013, 01:08:26 PM
The Uber class is chasing out all the riffraff.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2013, 01:57:22 PM
The Uber class is chasing out all the riffraff.

Bethesda is gaining 7500 new condos/single family homes in the downtown area in 2014, and another 10000 in the Battery Lane-NIH corridor in 2015. Condos the size of my Silver Spring apartment start pricing at 1.1 million.

Ri-Ra left because their rent was being raised from $13,000 a month. It's actually cheaper for them to have a bar in Georgetown than Bethesda.

So...uber class indeed. Very sad. But Bethesda has always had the gentrification bug up their ass. This started as early as 1980 when they squeezed out a certain ice cream store on a quiet tree lined street to make way for the Metro station complex.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 18, 2013, 02:41:07 PM
*deer in headlights*

*blink blink*
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: Reginald McGraw on December 18, 2013, 05:23:53 PM
Bethesda, MD lost Ri Ra in the summer -- quite suddenly, as well. Now Union Jacks is closing (date TBD). Union Jacks isn't really a loss...it's a frat bar, really. But, during the day and early evening, it's actually quite nice. Good bartenders, a good beer selection, and an interesting bar that sort of twists and weaves so you can hide out in corners and still get the bar feel.



Are all of them closing? There is one here in Columbia.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on December 18, 2013, 07:01:12 PM
Bethesda, MD lost Ri Ra in the summer -- quite suddenly, as well. Now Union Jacks is closing (date TBD). Union Jacks isn't really a loss...it's a frat bar, really. But, during the day and early evening, it's actually quite nice. Good bartenders, a good beer selection, and an interesting bar that sort of twists and weaves so you can hide out in corners and still get the bar feel.



Are all of them closing? There is one here in Columbia.

Yep. The buyer is getting the whole chain.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on March 25, 2014, 01:04:07 PM
Col. Brooks finally closes...


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Requiem for a Neighborhood Bar: Col. Brooks' Closes
By Jake Berg - September 14, 2012

Col. Brooks' Tavern isn't the kind of bar we normally write about here. It's not a beer bar, not a destination. Just a place in the neighborhood with a better draft selection than it had any right to, with Bell's Two Hearted, and a rotating cast of local beers on tap, cycling through Dogfish, Flying Dog, and Heavy Seas alongside macro products. Chocolate City and DC Brau were added later, poured through tap lines that could and should have been cleaned more often.

But it's bars like this that make a city, that create a "good beer city," that give it personality. Churchkey will forever be a place that put DC on the map as a destination. Bars like Col. Brooks' Tavern are the ones that make you want to move here. That's not to say that the better beer bars in DC aren't also neighborhood spots. Spend five minutes in The Big Hunt in Dupont Circle or Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights and you'll see that these aren't mutually exclusive. But if DC is to be a good beer city, then it's going to be because of everyday, perhaps even banal places like Col. Brooks', establishments that blend in, that feel like your living room. Col. Brooks' did this better than most, acting as a "third place," between work and home, for much of Brookland. It was, is, for a few more hours, a place where anyone in the neighborhood, black or white, blue collar or white collar, was welcome, and felt welcome. Bud or Bell's, DC Brau or Hennessey, with Dixieland jazz on Tuesday nights. A history lesson, courtesy of the Washington Post:

[Owner Jim] Stiegman helped open the tavern 32 years ago, finding 200-year-old pine planks from a barn for the bar, wooden pews from a Pennsylvania church to use as booths and old photographs for the walls. Col. Jehiel Brooks owned the mansion across the street long ago — the neighborhood is named for him — and surviving family members gave Stiegman portraits from legendary Civil War photographer Mathew Brady's studio.

I'm jumping between past and present tense here because tonight is the last night Col. Brooks' will be open. Come 1:30am, it will close, as it always does. It won't open on Saturday. Soon construction will start on a new 901 Monroe St., NE. It will be five storeys tall, with ground floor retail. Jim Stiegman, the owner of Col. Brooks', will be involved with this new building, so I want to be optimistic. I'm not anti-change, sometimes change is good, sometimes change just is, but I'm already nostalgic. Stiegman and the Tavern have been through a lot, including a gruesome triple murder by an ex-employee, which decimated the business.

Whatever moves in, I hope it's that third place, and that it serves craft beer.

Filling the Col. Brooks gap (and building, I think) is:

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The Public Option is a new brewpub that will be open in Washington, DC by late summer or early fall. But according to the Washington City Paper, it will also be unique: it will ban customers from tipping and instead simply pay its workers a living wage.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on May 28, 2014, 01:20:12 PM
Bethesda now has two "beer gardens." The first is the Piazza Beer Garden:

http://piazzabeergarden.com/

This is actually the porch area at the hideous Cesco/CO2 Lounge. The food sucks (the chicken on the chicken skewers was uncooked, the sausage is boring, the yucca chips are like a salt-lick), and they only have six or so beers. Rotating taps that try to keep it local (the ubiquitous Flying Dog is usually always represented), and three bottles, also local.  All clocking in at $6 or $7 a pint.

While that's all a very strong complaint against them, it's a place I'll probably return to simply because of the location. The deck area is quiet, comfortable, and excellent for people watching.

Next up is Tyber Bierhaus:

http://www.tyberbierhausmd.com/

Located in the "doomed spot" on Old Georgetown (it's a spot that, over the last few years, has seen a rapid turnaround, though all of the places that shuttered were weird redneck dance clubs or some shit).

On the night of the soft opening, we were nearly knocked out by the cleaning fluid fumes and RC got food poisoning from the Wiener Schnitzel. Which is what happens when you order Wiener Schnitzel at a bar's soft opening. And probably what happens when you order Wiener Schnitzel in, you know, America...

 My much less ambitious chicken sandwich was so profoundly unexciting I'm surprised I just mentioned it.

The beer is great. Here we get proper European beers, and you can get the big mugs if you want, and the "beer garden" aspect would be great if they actually had decent outdoor seating (which, upon last glancing over at them as I sped by, they do not).

Certainly worth a second chance on the food, and a more thorough investigation of their beers... I'm also suspicious that they may have a back patio that I missed.

So far, they seem to be doing brisk business.

Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on May 28, 2014, 02:41:35 PM
I'd like to go back to Tyber Bierhaus for the beer, but the food... Blargh.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on May 28, 2014, 03:11:13 PM
I'd like to go back to Tyber Bierhaus for the beer, but the food... Blargh.

They are getting raves for the food... And I know a couple people who prefer them to anywhere else in Bethesda.

But... I agree with you. Those people are fucking nutbags. Beer, beer, beer!
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on May 28, 2014, 03:21:23 PM
We should drop in next time I cross the tracks.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on May 28, 2014, 03:22:53 PM
Post half-price-wine night freakout!
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on June 19, 2014, 11:51:18 AM
And...it looks like we've lost the Harp and Fiddle. They've been closed all this week, with a note saying that they are "making improvements for the rest of the World Cup." The re-opening has now been delayed for three days, with the sign changing each day...
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: Reginald McGraw on September 30, 2014, 04:36:38 PM
Barhop this!

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/the-oldest-bar-in-every-state-in-america-98176755662.html
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on September 30, 2014, 04:50:50 PM
Annapolis!
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on October 01, 2014, 07:45:03 AM
Barhop this!

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/the-oldest-bar-in-every-state-in-america-98176755662.html

Just at a glance -- WVA is wrong. The Parkersburg Blennerhassett bar opened in 1889, is still there, and has a very storied history -- riverboat bootleggers, oil and gas magnates, corrupt officials, gangsters...

And DC is wrong -- I'm in the "It's not the same if you just use the name" camp:


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/19/AR2010061902832.html
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on March 19, 2015, 08:33:14 AM
So passes the Quarry House...


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County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer says patrons of the Quarry House Tavern noticed smoke around 1 a.m. Thursday and called 911 when they investigated and found flames. All patrons were able to escape unharmed.
Piringer says more than 100 firefighters responded and brought the fire under control quickly, but the tavern, Bombay Gaylord and Mandarin restaurants were seriously damaged. He says damage is estimated at $750,000.


Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/03/3-restaurants-damaged-1-firefighter-injured-in-2-alarm-silver-spring-fire-112440.html#ixzz3UpXjOyrV
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Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 19, 2015, 09:02:13 AM
Oh... That's a little sad.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on March 19, 2015, 10:22:55 AM
The QH died long ago... This is merely a physical death.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on March 20, 2015, 10:45:24 AM
Well, Jackie's going to keep it alive...


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In answer to the many inquiries, no one was hurt, which is all that really matters. The place is still there, folks, and we will definitely reopen. More news as soon as we have some. Thank you again-- we love you all.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 23, 2015, 04:10:22 PM
Chief Ike's was a theater hangout bar in the early aughts. A lot of people liked it, but it wasn't a personal favorite for me. Still, it's another piece of "old" DC fading away.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2015/03/23/storied-d-c-dive-bar-chief-ikes-mambo-room-is-closing/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2015/03/23/storied-d-c-dive-bar-chief-ikes-mambo-room-is-closing/)

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Storied D.C. dive bar Chief Ike’s Mambo Room is closing

On Sunday, the neon-blue lights of Chief Ike’s Mambo Room will go dark for good. The long-running Adams Morgan dive bar is closing because D.C.’s nightlife has shifted to other neighborhoods, like H Street and the 14th Street corridor, says owner Al Jirikowic.

“Adams Morgan is no longer where the hot, cool people go. It’s all becoming strollerified now,” he says.

In all fairness, it’s been decades since Chief Ike’s was at its peak hipness. When the bar opened in July 1992, it quickly became a hotspot for Clinton staffers and their Hollywood friends. “George Clooney used to come here, and we saw Steven Soderbergh a few times,” says Jirikowic. They’d dance to funk and samba spun by Stella Neptune — back when she was a DJ rather than a clothing designer.

Today, you’re more likely to find teetering bachelorettes and college kids looking for (relatively) cheap drinks at Ike’s undulating countertop — but not enough of them to keep the lights on.

So Jirikowic is retiring. He plans to write a personal history of D.C. and hopes to publish it next year.

“It’s been a tough go for Ike’s for a while now, just like it’s been for a lot of places in Adams Morgan,” says manager Alan Beal.

Inside the bar, the walls are covered in trippy paintings: day-of-the-dead skeletons and Marion Barry riding a lion, and the bar’s namesake in a feathered headdress.

“The name came from when I was 4, and I saw a picture of Eisenhower in a ceremonial headdress,” says Jirikowic. “For years I thought the president of the United States was an Indian.”

Pretty soon, those murals will be painted over and the space will probably end up becoming an upscale yuppie restaurant, Jirikowic says.

“That’s the way the neighborhood seems to be going,” he says. “Adams Morgan lost its funk, it really did.”
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on March 23, 2015, 04:12:48 PM
LOL -- "strollerified." That's excellent.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: monkey! on March 26, 2015, 02:19:12 PM
Your favourite bars close and I'm sitting here with fine red wine from near the Alps. It has pepper and violets on the nose, spiced strawberry and raspberry afternotes.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on March 26, 2015, 02:29:23 PM
Your favourite bars close and I'm sitting here with fine red wine from near the Alps. It has pepper and violets on the nose, spiced strawberry and raspberry afternotes.

And the taste of jet fuel and burned flesh?
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: monkey! on March 26, 2015, 02:59:15 PM
Only when I visit the synagogue.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on March 26, 2015, 04:13:50 PM
Oh no!

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Piratz Tavern in Silver Spring, Maryland, which was featured on the second season of Bar Rescue has announced that they will close on April 4th due to the bar losing their lease.  Tracy, the owner of the bar, posted the following message on the "The Soul of Piratz Tavern" Facebook group.

"It is with a heavy heart that I have to deliver the sad news that Piratz Tavern has lost it's lease. Our last night will be April 4th. I am trying to keep this information within the family as we really don't want to deal with anymore bullshit from the reality TV world. Thanks to all who worked and played so hard to make the last eight years so great. The memories will last forever!"


And this from their FB page:
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Piratz Tavern will open it's doors for the last time on Saturday April 4th. Unfortunately the negative publicity, constant prank calls, vandalism and bogus reviews generated by our unfortunate participation on Bar Rescue have taken their toll. To add insult to injury, late last year Taffer's crew reached out to me again asking that we participate in a back to the bar episode. They promised that it would be followed by a re-rescue and that they would right all the wrong's committed during the first episode. Obviously I don't learn. I believed them. On December 1st we went to the effort to open on a Monday, the one day a week we have been closed for 8 years, with a skeleton staff of former employees who agreed to play the parts. It was basically coerced and staged to be an opening act for a re-rescue. I was told to bring in several changes of clothes to make it appear that filming covered several days. As usual they brought in a bunch of extras to fill the house and we were told what to say and with whom to speak. Throughout the entire shoot the director coached Juciano to curse and say negative things about John Taffer. He referred to me as the "hero", my daughter as the "victim" and Juciano as the "villan". Total bullshit frown emoticon Basically we have been fucked by reality TV again and with know one to blame but ourselves, we have decided not to renew our lease. Just can't take anymore. Director James Agiesta sweet talked me into the deal and then left us behind like carnage, just like the first time. A HUGE thanks to all of you who worked and played so hard to make Piratz Tavern the awesome place it has been for the last 8 years
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 27, 2015, 10:59:12 AM
I never liked that place.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on March 27, 2015, 11:11:44 AM
I never liked that place.

Nobody did! What's weird is that they probably only stayed open these last couple years because of the bar Rescue episode... Almost all of their recent reviews are people saying they went there because of the episode...

I don't know...maybe it's just a book publisher thing, but I really do believe that there's no such thing as bad publicity. That snippy FB post only confirms that their horrible idiocy on the episode was genuine.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on April 06, 2015, 02:22:10 PM
So I didn't make the final night... Nor have I watched the "Back to the Bar" Bar Rescue special that aired Sunday night. I did hit Silver Spring on Saturday, though, and noticed that somewhere very much like the Corporate Bar and Grille (the Mix Bar and Grille) is opening up across the street. Interesting...
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on April 20, 2015, 03:52:58 PM
So the Quarry House took over Piratz Tavern! "Quarry House Temporary" opens tonight.

Wow... The Quarry House with a beer garden? This might be one of the signs of the Apocalypse.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 21, 2015, 02:09:31 PM
When are you going?
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: nacho on April 21, 2015, 03:22:46 PM
When are you going?

Oh, 2016 or so. Or whenever you text me and say you're there.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 29, 2015, 11:37:06 AM
We now live in a culture that wants huge scars without enduring the pain of the injury that causes them. Anyway, this really resonated with me. Everywhere I travel, I try to find true "dives" and they're getting harder and harder to find.

http://munchies.vice.com/articles/the-slow-and-painful-death-of-the-dive-bar (http://munchies.vice.com/articles/the-slow-and-painful-death-of-the-dive-bar)

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The Slow and Painful Death of the Dive Bar

Stop it. Stop what you’re doing. Can’t you see that you’re hurting us? We’ve been coming here for years—well, not here of course. Sure, we’ve been coming to this building, but ever since you claimed ownership, it’s all changed. Remember the good times? Back when it was that other place, the good place? Before you bought it. Before you ruined it. Before you renamed it something along the lines of an “eco friendly neighborhood pub SERVING IPAs ONLY, Bring Your Kids!” You sick fuck.  Just because you call it a dive bar doesn’t mean it’s a fucking dive bar.

Dive bars have soul. A dirty, discomforting soul. Imagine a less-cute Tom Waits—what’s that? Yeah, Ron Perlman does look like a less-cute Tom Waits. Imagine him. Dive bars are Ron Perlmans, face like cauliflower, breath akin to an ashtray. Trust me, shhhh, just shut up and trust me. You can’t fake your way through this one. You have to earn that worn and weathered skin through smoking and poor choices. By the way, the best poor choice would be to allow smoking.

A proper dive bar doesn’t beckon us in with false promises. This isn’t Vegas, hell, it ain’t even Reno, so there’s no need for gimmicks. The problem with new signs is that they’re based on trends, and trends are, by definition, fleeting. A good dive’s exterior should look like it’s survived a nuclear attack and has the chops to go toe-to-toe with another one.

Oh, you brought in an artisanal chef? That’s very cute. You know, there used to be food here before you annexed it. Real food, too. The kind of food that can only be cooked in a microwave, or if we’re feeling fancy, a deep fryer. You can’t locally source French fries unless we’re in fucking France. There’s no such thing as an organic Buffalo wing, since the word “organic” dies as soon as it enters upstate New York. I swear to god if I hear “truffle” anywhere near the list of your menu options, I’m gonna burn this bougie new place to the ground. Actually, razing this overly-hip buzzword palace would add the kind of charm this joint desperately needs.

Another thing: get rid of that web 2.0 compliant eyesore you call a jukebox. Do you really wanna cater to the kind of guys who wear shoes with the toes built in? Those are the only wienerboys who are going to use those extra options on your dumb jukebox/photobooth/tweet factory. If I want to drunk tweet I’ll pull out my phone, thank you. Ask the old Brit who always wears the same blazer for a couple band suggestions and buy a goddamned CD playing jukebox because that makes us feel less bombarded by the present. Fuck, why else do you think we’re here? We’re trying to escape that shit.

Does your daytime bartender have full arm-sleeves? That’s cool. Do ALL your new bartenders, barbacks, door men, regulars, and social-media coordinators have full arm-sleeves? That’s bad. See, tattoos are meant to indicate individuality. If everyone is uniform in their individualism, then this place is no better than Hot Topic. You can’t mass-produce an identity. In fact, you shouldn’t even have a social media coordinator. That dumb new mustache logo isn’t helping, either. The only logo a proper dive bar should have is that cold look a regular laser-beams at you when you open the door at 11 AM and it lets in too much light.

Actually, I’m not done with the bartenders. Why are they suddenly younger than me? Rule number one of any good local institution is that the bartenders have been working there since Gerald Ford was a viable late-night punchline. I’ve noticed that one of these drink-slingers has an eyepatch, this is troubling. See, usually I would cite this as an example of why a place is great. Unfortunately, this is not the case with your establishment. No man with hair that buoyant, a beard that manicured, a vest that crisp, has ever deserved an eyepatch. Turtle from Entourage with an eyepatch is still Turtle from Entourage. If it looks like a bro, and drinks Jaeger like a bro, it’s a bro.

Let’s talk about the toilets for a second. Why are they working? God help us, why the hell are they clean? Bathroom stalls are the breeding ground for our next generation of poet laureates. Banksy got his start in bathrooms. I don’t know if that’s true, but I want to believe it. This also serves as a warning to you if you begin to faux-embrace dumb graffiti in your stalls. Nothing’s worse than someone pandering to the kind of idiots who keep pens in their pockets to write “for a good time” while they’re taking a shit. Come to think of it, any phone number on the wall not belonging to someone who most likely died of GRID is an act of aggression. This is a dive bar for chrissakes, not Buckingham Palace.

To be completely honest with you, I’d be willing to look past this, all of this, if you didn’t make it cost five bucks for a Pabst. But do whatever the hell you want to do to this place, I’ll show up if I can get a decent pint for less than a pack of smokes.
Title: Re: The Barhopper
Post by: Reginald McGraw on December 29, 2015, 12:12:10 PM
I wonder if you'd have better luck in rural locations? Or even just Mid-Western/Southern locations? Places where progress, fads, gentrification flow in at a much slower pace.