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Last night, I organized a debate-watching party with members of my Log Cabin chapter who enjoy smoking cigars. Actually, there were a few there who don’t smoke, but wanted to join in the camaraderie. We had a great time watching Congressman Paul Ryan show class over Vice President Joe Biden’s clown face.
Good debate. Good friends. Good cigars!
I first had a Montecristo #2 Torpedo, then I smoked a Pléiades Paris Envoy
According to WaPo, the DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration has granted 42 bars and restaurants permission to remain open round-the-clock on Monday, Columbus Day, and serve alcohol until 4 a.m., the first test of a new city policy permitting extended alcohol sales before holidays.
Among that list are 8 gay and lesbian bars throughout the District, including JRs, Cobalt, and Dupont Italian Kitchen along the gayborhood.
The full list of restaurants and establishments granted permission for the extended hours is below.
(3)Boundary Stone Public House
(4)Old Ebbitt Grill
(5)U Street Music Hall
(6)18th Street Lounge
(8)Eye Bar/Garden of Eden
(14)Phase I of Dupont
(15)Rock N Roll Hotel
(20)Dangerously Delicious DC
(22)Jr’s Bar and Brill
(23)Dupont Italian Kitchen
(24)Cobalt/30 Degrees/Level One
(25) Bachelor’s Mill/Back Door Pub
(26)Dirty Martini Inn Bar/Dirty Bar
(27)Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar
(28)Jackie Lee’s Lounge
(29)Phase I in SE
(34)Opera Ultra Lounge
(35)Lima Restaurant and Lounge
(42)Music and Arts Club
“Look, I’m a [expletive] bartender, not a constitutional scholar. It’s clearly frustrating, and it is what it is.”
– My good friend, Tony Tomelden, owner of The Pug
This is was after the DC Office of Human Rights threatened Tony T with a $10,000 fine if he didn’t remove a sign paying homage to Mayor-for-Life Marion Barry’s recent comment about those “dirty Asians.”
Last night, me and about twenty friends ventured out to Falls Church, VA to see a performance of The Legwarmers, DC’s premiere 80s cover band. I had only seen them once before, about five years ago. And as they approach their ten year anniversary, they are just as amazing as when I first saw them.
There was only one negative thing I can say about the show last night at The State Theatre. It started 45 minutes late! I know concerts rarely start on time, but 45 minutes?!
But the over all night was extremely fun! Their set list included 43 songs that span more than three hours. But don’t just take my word for it. Visit my YouTube channel where I posted nine videos from last night’s performance. Below, I’ve included the set list for the show. Needless to say, I will be going to see another show!
|You Give Love a Bad Name
I Wanna Be Sedated
Summer of ‘69
Hit Me with Your Best Shot
Eye of the Tiger
Melt With You
500 Miles (I’m Gonna Be)
We Got the Beat
Every Rose Has its Thorns
Take On Me
|Total Eclipse of the Heart
Don’t You (Forget About Me)
We’re Not Gonna Take It
Don’t Stop Believing
Pour Some Sugar on Me
What I Like About You
99 Red Balloons
Should I Stay or Should I Go
Who Can It Be Now
Back On the Chain Gang
Come on Eileen
Jack and Diane
Take Me Home Tonight
Welcome to the Jungle
I Love Rock ‘n Roll
Fight for Your Right
Shook Me All Night Long
Here I Go Again
- Birthday Shots
A birthday shot today go out to another friend from my Capitol Hill days. Jenny Silva, who is both beautiful on the outside and inside, gets a little bit longer in the tooth. Are Dewey Days in your new future, Jen?
It’s official! Cab riders in the District will soon pay more for most trips after the D.C. Taxicab Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to give final approval to a fare hike that’s been in the works for months. Read the WaPo article about it here.
- Able to Leap Taller Buildings
If you haven’t already heard, there’s new momentum to relax federal building-height limits in the District, reopening decades-old debates about the look, feel and character of the city as well as whether the restrictions stifle economic growth. It appears that both Mayor Vincent Gray and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) agree on increasing the limit of most city buildings above 130 feet.
- Crepes R Us
New Columbia Heights blog recently announced that Coffy Cafe, “the tasty little crepe and coffee shop at 3310 14th Street NW, is holding their grand opening celebration this Saturday from 3 to 7 pm.” They go on to say that they’ve been open a few weeks but decided to have a special event. Here’s the important part! There’s a 3 pm ribbon cutting, door prizes, and a free chocolate Nutella crepe for the first 100 people.
- Birthday Shots
Birthday shots today go out to Robert Zinger, a buddy I haven’t seen in awhile, Sterling Richardson, who seems to be everywhere, and the lovely Shalla Ross, an ole’ friend from my Capitol Hill days.
- No More Love on the Run
According to the DCist, Looks like there won’t be a Caribbean Queen this year, as the organizers of the Caribbean Carnival Festival and Parade work furiously to find a new location for the annual event now that it appears they won’t be getting any help from Mayor Vince Gray.
- Shaw Tavern Lives
Also from the DCist, the Florida Avenue restaurant finally got itself a liquor license, a dramatic change of fortunes for a locale that seemed destined not to survive last year when it was originally denied the opportunity to serve booze along with its meals. When the restaurant threw open its doors late last summer, it quickly ran into trouble with the city’s liquor regulators because it had served drinks during a soft opening that took place before a liquor license had been granted. It eventually closed its doors, but reopened under new ownership a few months later.
- Dupont ANC See Another Retirement
Most of us already knew that ANC2B04 Commissioner Jack Jacobson has threw his hat in the ring for Ward 2 School Board member, so that seat will become vacant. Now, as was announced at last night’s ANC 2B monthly meeting, long-serving 2B03 Commissioner Bob Meehan is set to retire at the end of his term. Meehan will also be the guest of honor this weekend as he will flip the switch to turn on the fountain at Dupont Circle on Saturday.
Looks like the outstanding Jamie Leeds will open a third rendition of her popular Hank’s Oyster Bar on Capitol Hill. Perched between Remington’s, DC’s only country gay bar and Mr. Henry’s, Capitol Hill’s long-serving gay restaurant, the new Hank’s will locate in the spot that formerly housed Ba Bay, the contemporary Vietnamese restaurant which closed its doors back in November. Ba Bay was only opened a year.
Before Ba Bay, the space housed Locanda. So there is not a good track record with this space and restaurants. I am sure Jamie will break that curse. It’s a shame I don’t live on The Hill anymore. Best of luck to Hanks!
JRs Bar on 17th Street in Dupont Circle is known for its cheap specials and happy hours. It’s Sunday special is VERY well known to most gay men in the DC area. For years, you could stop in for Sunday Funday and order an 8oz Skyy vodka cocktail for a buck. About five or six years ago, they doubled the price, but started pouring in 12oz. glasses. Still a great deal!
Yesterday, I made the obligatory trip to visit one of my favorite bartenders, TJ, and noticed that the price had gone up to $3 per drink. While this saddens me a little, I understand full well how costs of things are going up, even for one of my favorite haunts. Let’s hope $3 is the perfect price point for Sunday Funday, and they leave their other specials throughout the week alone.
Update on coat check:
It appears that one of the rods holding up the coats snapped and broke, causing many of the jackets to detach from their hangers. Thus, the ensuing chaos.
Last Friday night, I went to the reopening of Mova (formerly Halo) which used to be located on P Street across from Whole Foods. The new location, 2204 14th St., NW, is still in the gayborhood, but just slightly north of most of the traditional haunts. It’s nestled midway between the 17th Street strip of JRs and Cobalt, and the Shaw area bars of Nellie’s and Town.
The VIP Reception was overall quite a delight! It was the venerable who’s who of the DC gay community. There were the political leaders of Stonewall Democrats and Log Cabin Republicans, as well as the Mayor’s Director of GLBT Affairs. Also in attendance were leaders of other community organizations and events including Team DC, Capital Pride, and Homo Hotel Happy Hour. Mayor Gray even made a brief appearance.
Upon entrance, I noted a problem. Standing in line for coat check at the beginning of the night showed a flaw in their preparations for the night. No one had bothered to prep the coat check. So as the staffer was taking coats at the beginning of the night, she had to grab an empty hanger, attach a ticket to it, drape the coat over the hanger, and then tear the ticket for the customer. At first, this didn’t seem too arduous. However, when you add ten to twelve people standing in line, it became time-consuming.
Moving further inside, the place had an exalted look to it. It was completely different from its original location; probably more akin to its sister bar in South Beach Miami. Mova is broken up into three sections with two bars. The front room has an elongated bar on the right side, much like its original location. There were four very friendly bartenders serving up delicious Finlandia vodka drinks. The pours were extremely generous, but I mostly attribute that to it being the VIP reception. There is a hallway that leads to a quaint, yet small back room. It houses the DJ booth immediately on the right, and another bar at the very back. There are two restrooms on either side along the hallway.
The stairs on the left lead to a charmingly decorated rooftop terrace with four Hammered Bronze Quartz Glass Tube Heater heating lamps. They were quite the conversation starter. However, once you were more than a foot away from the lamps, you felt no heat. So people tended not to stay on the deck for more than a few minutes.
Another issue for the deck was the sound system. While inside, you could easily lose yourself in the thumping beats of the DJ who was doing an excellent job. But once you went outside, the music faded in and out of the poorly chosen Garden Rock Outdoor Speakers.
At the point in the night when the doors were opened for all, there was a line of people coming into the bar waiting to check their coats, as well as another line of people who were there from the VIP party ready to leave. The scene quickly delved into chaos, as the two separate lines morphed into what was close to a mob.
People were shouting their ticket number at the staffer, who was visibly overwhelmed and a bit shaken. At one point, the poor guy simply started holding up coats asking aloud, “does this jacket belong to anyone?” It appears that one of the rods holding up the coats snapped and broke, causing many of the jackets to detach from their hangers. After waiting nearly 40 minutes simply to retrieve my coat (thankfully he was able to find it), I finally left.
The worse thing for a new or reopening bar to have happen is for the very last interaction with the bar be a negative one. I am sure Mova can recover from this near fiasco, but some damage has been done to the brand.
I am quite sure I will return to Mova, just not sure it will be before it warms up and I don’t have to fear more coat check mayhem.