Monday, February 24, 2014

First look at Lyman's Tavern, the new neighborhood bar coming to 14th and Quincy

by Jacqui Burger

Lyman's Tavern, which we've mentioned before, is well on its way to opening in March. It is located next the the Red Derby, at 14th and Quincy St. NW, and will offer a new alternative to the popular area.

On Saturday I got a chance to stop by. Featuring an impressively long 36' wooden bar on the inside, there's also a bar built into the wall behind the indoor bar that opens up to the patio (see above). The patio will extend most of the length of the bar and be enclosed in a fenced-in area (but will not wrap around to the front of the building at the time of opening, as that requires extra permits that Lyman's is not yet pursuing.) A fresh coat of paint will give the former graffiti-strewn laundromat an entirely new look. Despite rumors, there are no plans for a roof deck at this time.

Lyman's is named after the owner's grandfather, and there are some framed photos on the wall featuring his father, including one of him posing with Mike Tyson and Don King. Homey touches like a fireplace mantle and cabinets culled from a remodeled home on 11th Street add to the rustic charm of the place. In a modern touch, there are outlets located along the bar for people to charge their phones.
There will also be hooks to hang jackets and bags under the bar, which in my opinion is the first sign of a great bar.

There is a small kitchen in the back, which they stress is not a full kitchen, that will offer a selection of bar food.

Lyman's will have three pinball machines, a CD jukebox, and a stage for musical performances.

There has been a lot of anticipation surrounding this place, and it will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

Plugs under the bar for customers!


  1. Hooks!!! I feel weirdly excited about that.

  2. I can't wait for them to open. A WELCOME addition to the neighborhood!

  3. No kitchen? Meh. Welcome addition but really looking for better food options on that strip.

  4. Yes, there is a kitchen. It's a small kitchen that will serve food, but this will not technically be a full service restaurant.

  5. Who will the bar be owned by? Is this his or her first?

  6. It's folks from Cafe St. Ex and The Raven


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