Friday, July 31, 2015

Walter's Sports Bar showing Ronda Rousey fight this Saturday: deals aplenty

Walter's, the new sports bar from the Looking Glass Lounge and DC Reynolds folks, will be showing the Ronda Rousey fight against Bethe Correia on Saturday, with lots of deals.

It's a pretty big event (and Rousey is bad-ass.) There's a $5 cover from 4 to 8 p.m with $5 wings, $4 DC Brau, $3 shots of Powers whiskey. Their regular West Coast Happy Hour runs from 8 to 10 p.m. with $4 West Coast and drafts. Preliminary fights start at 7 with the fight afterwards.

Suntory Japanese whiskey pop-up Bar Otsukare at Crane & Turtle on Monday

This sounds awesome! The folks behind Bar Otuskare, which I wrote about last month, are back with another event this Monday the 3rd at Crane and Turtle on Upshur. Read on!

Bar Otsukare Offers “World Whisky of the Year” at Upcoming Pop-up

Released in December 2013 and named “World Whisky of the Year” 2015 in Jim Murray’s prestigious Whisky Bible, arguably no bottle has done more to thrust Japanese whisky into the world spirits limelight than the Yamazaki 2013 Sherry Cask. Bar Otsukare will have this whisky available at its next pop-up bar August 3, starting at 6:30pm at Crane & Turtle (828 Upshur St NW). This is open to the public and tickets are not required.

Named “Suntory Time!”, this installment of the Bar Otsukare pop-up will feature whiskies from the Suntory line of bottlings: whiskies from Yamazaki, Japan's oldest distillery and first Single; Hakushu, the pristine “Forest Mountain Distillery” on Mt. Kai-Komagatake in the Japanese Southern Alps; and Bill Murray's favorite blend, the complex and harmonious Hibiki.

Befitting this month’s theme, Bar Otsukare sought to include the Yamazaki 2013 Sherry Cask, described by Jim Murray as, “near indescribable genius,” and “a single malt which no Scotch can at the moment get anywhere near.” Released in Europe in December 2013 at the original price of £100, the entire stock of 18,000 bottles sold out almost immediately due to the reputation of previous Yamazaki sherry releases. Now, prices on the auction market exceed ~£1500, only fueling the surge in demand for all Suntory whiskies across the globe.

Photos from our Yamazaki 2013 Sherry Cask tasting:

About Bar Otsukare
“Otsukare!” is a word often heard in Japan after a hard day’s work. Short for “otsukare sama deshita,” the respectful phrase said to co-workers thanking them for their efforts, it is also the refrain that takes the place of “Kampai” when sharing a well-earned drink. A project from D.C. bartenders Eddie Kim (Room 11, Columbia Room, Daikaya) and Jesse Selvagn, Certified Sake Advisor, (Mandu, Proof, Daikaya), Bar Otsukare aims to demystify Japanese drinking culture in an accessible and unintimidating atmosphere.

The jerkstore called: Jerk Station restaurant to open in Sweet Mango space

Some news for Georgia Avenue: Sweet Mango, the Jamaican restaurant at Georgia and New Hampshire, will eventually be demolished and turned into condos, but in the meantime, a new Jamaican spot will be opening in the building, Jerk Station, according to Park View DC.

I like Jamaican jerk chicken a lot, and I also like Seinfeld:

(Or the short version:)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A reminder: don't park facing the wrong way on a one way street

You don't see this every day. A reader alerted me to this amusing situation yesterday: somebody parked facing the wrong way on Park Road. They're still there this morning, plus a few parking tickets.

Pretty weird: maybe they drove down, realized they were going the wrong way and parked? Maybe they were drunk? (Let's hope not.) Reader Yasha Moz, who sent it in, theorized that it's a Decepticon trying to blend in.

So, a helpful reminder: don't do this.

(And, naturally, they appear to have Maryland plates.)

Bizarre new Frankenstein condo attached to a townhouse

Well, this is strange. I was walking down 13th Street and at Otis saw something odd under construction: a modern-ish residential building where there used to be a townhouse with a big porch. What's extra strange though is that it's attached to what looks like other half of the townhouse.

This corner building has been a weird one for some time. Way back in 2009, I wrote about the crazy enormous rear staircase on the outside of the building, presumably a fire escape (commenters said the building was a home for special needs people, and thus the fire escape was required.)

The building seems to always have been a kind of Frankenstein duplex, with two not quite mirror image houses attached to each other. It seems the developer decided to demolish one half and replace it with an incongruous modern addition, which is still under construction. But even when it's finished, I bet it will still look very odd attached to its neighbor: it's much larger and blockier than the fairly nice, classic looking house it's attached to. (The twin houses were a little funky before, mainly due to the paint jobs not matching up, but this is another level of weirdness.)

The address is 3585 13th Street NW and there will be four 3 bedroom condos from the $600s to the $900s. The project's website doesn't actually show the adjoining house, it's just kind of a white square.

And I guess technically it's a Frankenstein's monster condo, but that doesn't quite roll off the tongue.

Here it was before from Google Streetview, and a few other shots from the other day.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Pretty funny: Transformers Ford Bronco on 13th Street

The other day I was walking to Wonderland and spotted this: it's a black Ford Bronco with "AUTOBOT" license plates and the Ford emblems replaced with the Autobots logo, from the Transformers. Good thing it's an Autobot and not a Decepticon.

It's nice to know that if the bad guys attack, 13th Street will have some giant transforming robot protection.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Colony Club opens their back patio July 31st: drink specials, food truck, DJs, more

Colony Club, the cool coffee shop and bar at 3118 Georgia Avenue NW, is celebrating the opening of their rear patio next Friday. They'll have the Timber Pizza food truck, drink specialist, a DJ and a balloon artist -- a little something for everybody. (The before version of the patio is below, plus some interior shots.)

If you haven't been, Colony Club is a cool spot: it's a coffee shop until 5, and then a bar afterwards (except on Sundays, when they close at 5.) It's a really nice space with good coffee and good drinks (and $3 Pork Slap, which is an awesome deal!) I wrote more about it a few months ago.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Zometa's bakery and restaurant replaces Pollomio at 14th and Spring

Some more changes up around the Spring Road area: a new place, Zometa's, has replaced Pollomio on the southeast corner of 14th and Spring Rd. Pollomio was a Latin American chicken spot and bakery, the new place seems to have a much wider menu: breakfast food, lots of sandwiches (deli sandwiches, burgers, etc.), Mexican and Latin American, and baked goods.

I haven't checked it out but plan to soon.

(And amusingly, the "Hamburger" picture appears to be a chicken sandwich. Click the pictures for bigger versions.)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Hilltop gastropub opening on Sherman Ave in September

A couple of years ago we heard about the Hilltop, a new bar and restaurant planned for 2737 Sherman Avenue NW. It's from Kaleabe Getaneh and Sam Jahanbeen, who are both affiliated with the folks behind the Saloon on U Street, and like that establishment will be focused on German and other imported beer and American food.

However, we haven't heard much except for a few construction updates, until Borderstan noticed that their Facebook page says they're opening in September.

The place is at the corner of Sherman and Girard in a big building that they've done a nice job renovating. The building has been vacant for a long time (the city previously had it registered as "vacant-blighted") so it's great to see something new and neat coming. It's also kind of in a gap, there isn't a ton nearby aside from Mama Chuy's and Dulcinea, and those are more restaurants.

The building will have outdoor seating and a big front window that opens all the way (like El Chucho.) According to their liquor license, which was approved, their hours will be 10am-1am Sun-Wed, 10am-2am Thurs-Sat, which suggests to me they'll have brunch. The outdoor areas will be 10am-11pm every day.

If you've been to the Saloon, you might recognize Kaleabe and Sam: Kaleabe is the longtime waiter formerly with dreadlocks (and a great guy) and Sam is the Saloon's owner's nephew.

The Saloon is a good spot too: relaxed, friendly, and they do a lot of community service, like building schools overseas.

Images from their Facebook and Google Streetview

Monday, July 20, 2015

Yikes, creepy Craigslist ad looks for "sexy friends with benefits" for free rent

This is pretty bizarre. On the Craigslist housing offered section there's a super creepy ad looking for a "sexy fwb" (as in friends with benefits) in exchange for free rent somewhere near the Howard campus. Basically he is asking for prostitution.

And bizarrely, seemingly the same person posted another ad at basically the same time asking for a female roommate (with similar language and poor spelling) which is less overtly illegal but still quite creepy. My guess is he realized this one wasn't obvious enough so he wrote the "sexy fwb" ad after.

Of course I flagged both ads. This person seems like a real piece of work. Be careful out there, folks.

Burlesque, comedy, music and more Wednesday at the Wonderland Circus

I've written about the Wonderland Circus before, it's a variety show with lots going on at the namesake watering hole. This Wednesday's event has burlesque, comedy and music. Read on!
WASHINGTON – The producers of The Capital City Showcase, the variety show that brings you some of DC’s finest performing artists, return to The Wonderland Ballroom with their latest installment of The Wonderland Circus this Wednesday, July 22nd at 8:30pm.

The Wonderland Circus is the variety show where anything goes! See a wide variety of performers do their stuff. Much like any circus, expect thrills, chills, and amazement! The show is Free Admission, though donations will be collected for the artists.

The July Circus will feature:

burlesque artist Crimson A'Lure
musician Spencer Joyce
comedian Michele Sometimes
comedian Ol' Mike B

Doors open at 8:00pm, show starts at 8:30pm. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Full bar service is also available!

For more info, call 202-431-4704.

Step Right Up!

What: The Capital City Showcase presents The Wonderland Circus
When: Wed Jul 22nd @8:30pm
Where: The Wonderland Ballroom - 1101 Kenyon Street NW, Washington DC 20010
Tickets: FREE ($5 suggested donation)
Info: Call 202-431-4704