A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break

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A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
© Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post Roasted bone marrow from Beuchert’s Saloon.

Fresh out of hibernation mode, a slew of sorely missed D.C. bars began reopening around St. Patrick’s Day. Many more have steadily come back since the city returned to pre-pandemic norms for capacity, service, and last call at restaurants (Friday, May 21) and taverns and nightclubs (Friday, June 11). On Saturday, July 31, D.C. reinstated an indoor mask mandate requiring customers to cover their mouth and nose whenever they’re not actively eating and drinking inside.

Opening This Week

Spin: The celebrity-backed ping-pong chain reboots its sleek, underground space downtown on Friday, October 22. Handheldnacks, sliders, and flatbreads join draft beers, riffs on classic cocktails, and wines by the glass that come from a horseshoe-shaped bar. The 12,000-square-foot club features fewer tables this go-around to encourage social distancing, with online reservations returning on Tuesday, October 26. Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and Saturdays from noon to midnight. 1332 F Street NW

Beuchert’s Saloon: Following its pandemic pivot into sandwich pop-up Fight Club, chef/owner Andrew Markert’s Capitol Hill restaurant returned to its original form on Wednesday, October 20, for dine-in dinner service daily. Comeback hits like dry-aged pork ragu bucatini and a Roseda Farms burger on brioche are joined by new dishes like seared rockfish topped with white sturgeon caviar and leeks two ways, and pan-seared foie gras accompanied by squash butter, a benne-miso biscuit, chili honey, and sorrel. A wood bar below a bison head sends out reliable bourbon cocktails and a seasonal Mike and Ike’s Hot Cider with spiced rum, apple cider, and baking spices. Meanwhile, Markert’s most ambitious project to date, Newland, is scheduled to open this winter. Fight Club is searching for its own location. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE

Recently opened

The Thirsty Crow: The basement bar underneath essential Malaysian restaurant Makan in Columbia Heights officially reopens Thursday, September 9, just in time for the NFL season opener (Cowboys at Buccaneers, 8:20 p.m., NBC). Chef and owner James Wozniuk opened the Thirsty Crow in November 2019, serving Virginia beef cheeseburgers and debuting dishes like a confit chicken nasi lemak there before they appeared at Makan. On his Instagram, Wozniuk has previewed new additions to the bar menu like an ayam penyet — smashed fried chicken with his homemade sambal and a spicy crumble — and bak kwa, a Chinese-style grilled pork jerky. 3400 11th Street NW


Recently reopened

New Vegas Lounge: The blues bar and Logan Circle institution reopened in September. 1415 P Street NW

City Winery: The D.C. music venue, events space, and wine bar from this national chain is reopening for live music in Ivy City on Wednesday, September 1. Genre-mixing D.C. band Secret Society will play the Main Stage the first two nights back, and Go-Go outfit Rare Essence is booked for the Loft on Saturday, September 4. Two hours before shows, the venue will open with a small menu that features mushroom and goat cheese risotto balls and braised short rib gnocchi. City Winery requires customers to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result from the previous 72 hours. 1350 Okie Street NE

Succotash Prime: The luxe Southern restaurant from celebrity chef Edward Lee reopened Monday, August 30, after going dark for more than a year. The recently tweaked name is a nod toward a revamped menu that includes a section of smoked-then-seared steaks paired with sauces like soy-ginger glaze, blue cheese with furikake, or Cajun-spiced butter. Sides include an Old Bay mac and cheese, cheesy grits, watermelon and fried peanuts, and collard greens with kimchi and country ham.

Penn Social: In an encouraging sign for the Penn Quarter neighborhood, sports bar, arcade, and events venue Penn Social will reopen today, August 26, after a months-long closure. Proof of vaccination will be required for entry, according to Instagram. Happy hour will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $2 off beer, house liquor, and wine. The sprawling bar announced its temporary shutter back in November. According to the Washington City Paper, Penn Social will be only open Thursdays through Sundays for now. 801 E Street NW

Terrain Café: The garden-inspired restaurant inside the Anthropologie & Co. shop in Bethesda Row reopens Friday, August 27. Visit for brunch, lunch, and dinner Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Terrain Café will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. 4801 Bethesda Avenue

The Gibson: After a nearly year-long hiatus off U Street NW, Eric Hilton’s trendsetting speakeasy returns Friday, August 13, with familiar throwback classics, candlelit vibes, and a jazzy playlist. The comeback cocktail list ($15-$17) includes a “Broken Promises” (vodka, Kümmel, lime, ginger beer) and “Algernon” (gin, blanc vermouth, St. Germain, orange blossom). The refurbished two-story space with an airy patio also accepts bookings for private cocktail classes and parties of 6 to 120. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to close, and reservations are recommended. 2009 14th Street NW

Allegory: The Eaton hotel’s downtown speakeasy, hidden past a wall of books off the lobby, reopens Friday, August 6, with complex cocktails that employ spherification, clarification, and forced carbonation techniques from head bartender Deke Dunne. A martini turned into “caviar” spheres comes served with a stack of Pringles. A Japanese-leaning “Queen’s Gambit” offers a fresh take on an Old Fashioned. A clarified milk punch “They Can’t Kill Us All” cocktail comes with African and Caribbean blended rum, kefir yogurt, yuzu, and ube. Classics making a comeback include the “Ramos Gin Fizz” vigorously shaken at the bar for a frothy and creamy concoction. 1201 K Street NW

Cafe Saint-Ex: The rowdy basement dance floor at the lower 14th Street NW bar will reopen Fridays and Saturdays, starting Friday, August 6. Light renovations include a new tin ceiling and reconfigured bar in the back. The DJ booth also got a makeover. 1847 14th Street NW


The Sovereign: Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s Belgian-styled pub in Georgetown returns on Wednesday, July 21, at 5 p.m. To celebrate its return, the bar will roll out rare kegs of Cantillon Saint Lamvinus, Tilquin Mure, and Jester King SPON: Muscat. There are 350-plus bottles and 25 drafts out of the gate, with plans to push to 50 over the first few weeks as overseas shipments arrive. The Sovereign will open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday to start. 1206 Wisconsin Avenue NW

The Eleanor D.C.: The game-filled bar with pinball machines and mini bowling lanes in Northeast reopens Wednesday, July 28. Sibling spot City-State Brewing Co. is sending over a new Madame Chiang beer infused with fresh ginger, Sichuan peppercorns, and orange peel to complement the Eleanor’s General Tso’s wings. 100 Florida Avenue NE

Silver Lyan: World-famous bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana’s basement-level cocktail bar makes a comeback at the Riggs hotel in Penn Quarter on Friday, July 16. 900 F Street NW

Boqueria Penn Quarter: The Barcelona-inspired tapas bar reopens its polished Penn Quarter location on Wednesday, July 14. To commemorate its comeback, customers can enjoy free flowing bubbly (with the purchase of food) every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 777 9th St NW

Jefferson Hotel: Downtown’s luxury boutique hotel and its upscale cocktail lounge Quill are back, but a rep tells Eater the hotel has “stepped away from” Michelin-rated Plume. The Greenhouse is the replacement restaurant situated in the same ornate space, open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. Dishes from returning chef Ralf Schlegel include seared New England hake, warm crab salad, and roasted lamb loin. Quill is open 4 p.m. to midnight (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) and its popular piano series is a no-go for now. 1200 16th Street NW


Off the Record: The historic Hay-Adams hotel’s crimson-colored cocktail lair that’s lined with caricatures of D.C.’s political elite reopened across from the White House. Hours are 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily, with light bites served until 10 p.m. 800 16th Street NW


Crumbs & Whiskers: The Georgetown cat cafe is back in business with hot and iced coffee to go along with its purring pets up for adoption. 3109 M Street NW

Ledo Pizza: The popular Maryland-based chain returns to Rockville Pike under new ownership. Longtime franchisees Sam and Jigar Sheth also own Ledo Pizza in Wheaton. 1319 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md.

Smoke & Barrel: Owner John Andrade reopened his beloved barbecue bar in Adams Morgan — now with space limited to the basement level. His chef from Meridian Pint put together a “more straightforward menu that has been fine-tuned to his scientific approach and expertise,” says Andrade. 2471 18th Street NW


— Smoke and Barrel (@BeerBBQBourbon) June 24, 2021

Carmine’s: The Italian American group known for heaping family-style portions at locations across New York, Atlantic City, and Vegas, reopened its 20,000-square-foot D.C. restaurant on Wednesday, June 23, near Capital One Arena. 425 7th Street NW

Columbia Room: Blagden Alley’s award-winning cocktail bar reopened its indoor “Spirits Library” bar on Wednesday, June 23, joining its alfresco Spritz Garden on the roof and ground-level streatery. The menu includes cocktails like a “Suit & Tie” (Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Scotch, cane sugar, berry-infused sherry vinegar, aromatic and mole bitters) and a new “Frozen Marg” for summer (Altos Reposado, amontillado, salted agave, lime). Reserve a seat via Tock Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. 124 Blagden Alley NW

Quarry House: Silver Spring’s beloved basement dive known for its burgers, tots, beers, whiskeys, jukebox, and church pew seating, rebooted service from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. to start. 8401 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, Maryland


Sangfroid: Hyattsville, Maryland’s small distillery founded by two brothers-in-law reboots its cocktail bar on weekends 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The setup is stocked with its lines of brandies made with fermented fruit sourced from its orchard western Maryland, rye whiskey, and dutch-style gins. 5130 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, Maryland

Maialino Mare: Danny Meyer and his Union Square Hospitality Group’s seafood-focused, Roman-style trattoria that briefly landed in Navy Yard just months before the pandemic returns with opening favorites like shrimp fettuccine and a salt-baked branzino for two from executive chef Rose Noel. Her spaghetti con polpetti di granchio special is now here to stay, starring Maryland crab meatballs in a simple tomato sauce. Open for dinner service to start, Wednesday to Sunday, with brunch and lunch hours coming soon. 221 Tingey Street SE

A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
© Maialino Mare/official photo Restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Maialino Mare is back in Navy Yard.

Last Call: The dive-styled bar near Union Market from Buffalo and Bergen owner Gina Chersevani reopens Thursday, June 10, with cheap brews, reliable Old Fashioneds on draft, palomas, and a new “Sazadaq” that whirls frozen Sazerac and daiquiri. A short food menu includes dips, sandwiches, and crackers. A new hallway extension lined with vintage signs from the wholesaler-heavy neighborhood nods to its past life as a 1940s-era cafeteria space. Closed Sundays and Mondays. 1301 4th Street NE

The Pug: H Street’s boxing-themed pub with a devoted D.C. following plans to reopen Thursday, June 10, or Saturday, June 12, depending on equipment arrivals, according to Washington Post reporter Fritz Hahn. 1234 H Street NE

Little Miss Whiskey: The wacky, New Orleans-obsessed lounge lit up in all purple returns to H Street’s drinking scene on Friday, June 11, Hahn reports. 1104 H Street NE

DC Brau: After a 15-month hiatus, D.C.’s OG brewery on Bladensburg Road reboots taproom service on Friday, June 11. In addition to a limited number of tables inside, a new outdoor beer garden in the parking lot between the two silos fits 50 at a time. Reservations are encouraged via Resy, Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends starting at noon. 3178 Bladensburg Road NE

Suns Cinema: Mt. Pleasant’s cult indie theater with a small bar opens for outside service to start across a deck dressed in colorful string lights (6 p.m. to midnight, Thursdays to Saturdays). 3107 Mt Pleasant Street NW

Green Hat Gin: The Ivy City distillery’s whimsical, green-hued gin garden kickstarted service on Saturdays with seasonal cocktails like a Corpse Reviver No. 2 (Capitoline white vermouth, fennel syrup, and lemon). There are plans to add Sunday service after July 4. 1832 Fenwick Street NE

Cane: Chef Peter Prime’s tiny Caribbean spot on H Street NE is finally seating diners inside again after a pandemic-era pivot to takeout. 403 H Street NE

H Street Country Club: H Street’s long-running destination for mini golf, games, tacos, and margs is back in business. 1335 H Street NE

Ristorante Tosca: Downtown’s 20-year-old power dining spot is back on Tuesday, May 25, with a lightened new look, a new chef, and seasonally focused menu, Washingtonian reports. Phil Marzelli, formerly executive chef at Fabio Trabocchi’s Casa Luca and Sfoglina, is selling big-ticket items like whole grilled Dover sole and a tomahawk steak for two to go along with a new chef’s counter serving six-course tasting menus. 1112 F Street NW

The Boardwalk Bar & Eatery: Penn Quarter’s whimsical, two-level destination for a “Cotton Candy” Collins, hot dogs, and arcade games reopens on Wednesday, May 26, at 5 p.m. Hours are Tuesdays through Sundays until midnight or 2 a.m., depending on demand. Better Hospitality Group (Cortez and Takoda) recently announced plans to plant a second Boardwalk on the Wharf. 507 7th Street NW

Showtime Lounge: Bloomingale’s cash-only jukebox dive that got a national nod from Esquire is back open inside. 113 Rhode Island Avenue NW

Lucky Strike: The neon-lit bowling and billiards bar is back in action at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda.

La Jambe: Shaw’s whimsical wine bar is back with a new chef behind the wheel. Maryland native D’Angelo Mobley, an alum of Maketto, American Son, and Shibuya Eatery, reimagines French bistro fare with braised short rib with pickled raisin barbecue and white bean miso; scallop ceviche; and crab salad with nduja hollandaise. Look for the return of brunch, wine tastings and events, new streatery, and daily hours. For now, it’s open Thursday through Sunday starting at 5 p.m. and 4 p.m. on weekends. 1550 7th Street NW

A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
© Dave Bloom/La Jambe La Jambe chef D’Angelo Mobley (center) is joined by former colleagues Cinoma Gilmer (left), from MiniBar and Bad Saint, and Kevaughn McCray (right), of American Son and Shilling Canning Company.

Anchovy Social: NYC hitmaker Danny Meyer’s whimsical rooftop bar that opened atop the Thompson hotel in early 2020 is back on Wednesday, May 12, with spritzes, a mezcal cocktail for two, seafood towers loaded with lobster, crab, and shrimp, snacks like smoked trout dip, and stunning views of its Navy Yard neighborhood. 221 Tingey Street SE


Pembroke: The glamorous restaurant tucked inside Dupont Circle Hotel is reopening for weekend brunch to start on Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a contemporary American menu from chef Taylor Burlingame. Reserve a seat online. 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW

DC9 Nightclub: Open since 2004, Shaw’s iconic live music venue and restaurant known for its burgers, fried chicken and garlic French fries recently rebooted service across its reliable roof deck and a newly added parklet. Comeback cocktails include a frozen blackberry bourbon lemonade on tap. Make a reservation for seatings starting at 5 p.m. 1940 9th Street NW

Quadrant: The Ritz-Carlton’s elegant lobby-level cocktail bar quietly reopened last week in line with its upscale hotel after over a year of being offline. 1150 22nd Street NW


The Saloon: The brick-lined U Street dive is back in business on Thursday, May 4, with drafts, pub fare, and a no-cellphones (or TVs) house rule. 1205 U Street NW

Barcode: Downtown’s lively, neon-lit lounge with 200 seats and a modern American menu recently rebooted service for happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.), dinner, and late-night from Thursday to Sundays. Weekend brunch includes two mimosas or sangrias with an entree. 1101 17th Street NW

Left Door: Tom Brown’s stained glass-covered cocktail bar, sitting just off the buzzy 14th Street NW strip since 2015, went into hibernation in late December. It returns with reliable classics shaken behind a marble bar and presented in pretty vintage glassware. There’s now an expanded outdoor seating area downstairs. Open 5 p.m. to midnight (closed Sundays and Mondays). 1345 S Street NW


Granville Moore’s: H Street NE’s long-running bar for mussels and Belgian beers pivoted to pasta last year but makes a surprise comeback its original form on Thursday, April 29. Open Thursdays to Sundays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 1238 H Street NE

China Chilcano: ThinkFoodGroup’s Bib Gourmand-designated Peruvian restaurant in Penn Quarter reopens for dinner on Thursday, April 29, with a range of Peruvian Criollo, Chinese Chifa, and Japanese Nikkei cuisines. Consulting chef Carlos Delgado (of forthcoming Chelita in Blagden Alley) brings back ceviches and dim sum to go along with an expansive pisco program filled out by frothy sours and chilcanos. A soon-to-open patio will add outside seats for the first time. 418 7th Street NW

Suburbia: Owner Gina Chersevani (Buffalo & Bergen, Last Call) gave her silver Airstream bar a makeover during the pandemic. The shiny outdoor station for frozen drinks reopens with a new look outside Union Market on Thursday, April 22. For its Earth Day weekend reboot, sales from Barr Hill gin “Bee’s Knees” cocktails served in honey bear jars help fund bee conservation efforts. Suburbia’s expanded outdoor setup includes 16 Adirondack chairs made from recycled plastics and positioned around pits overflowing with pick-your-own garnishes (mint, thyme, marigold) for cocktails that include a carbonated Old Fashioned on draft. Her converted 1960s trailer now has AC for its bartenders and an updated, polished look. “She’s 54 [years old] so she deserved it,” Chersevani says. “She got her hair did.” Now she’s hunting for an artist to spruce up its 12 patio tables out front. Parked outside of Union Market (1309 5th Street NE); open noon to 9 p.m. daily to start.

A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
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A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
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Punch Bowl Social: Ballston Quarter’s multi-level entertainment complex for bowling, arcade games, and ping pong reopens Wednesday, April 21. Happy hour runs Sunday and Wednesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $7-and-under drinks and bites — including a $3 surprise beer can in a paper bag. 4238 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va.

Brixton: The multilevel Shaw bar prominently planted at the corner of 9th and U Streets NW returns with a new menu of pub fare that includes various wings and burgers, plus larger plates like bucatini and a bone-in pork chop. The open-air rooftop has its own group of cocktails like a “Casino Royale” (Campari, vermouth, grapefruit, bubbles). First come, first serve from Wednesday to Sunday. 901 U Street NW

B Side: Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s funky outpost next to Red Apron at Fairfax’s Mosaic district reopens for indoor/outdoor dining with a medley of obscure wines, beers, cocktails, and a refreshed menu of meaty bar snacks set to tunes spinning on the turntable. Offerings include wagyu pastrami bowls, charcuterie, beef fat fries, burgers, and butcher’s cuts. Open Thursday to Saturday starting at 5 p.m. 8298 Glass Alley, Fairfax, Virginia

Charlie Palmer Steak: Capitol Hill’s power dining spot since 2003 reopens for weekday dinner and bar service on Tuesday, April 13, with lunch joining the mix starting Monday, April 26. Executive chef Zach Long’s comeback lineup includes a dry-aged prime porterhouse for two, bone-on ribeye, and seafood dishes like pan seared Atlantic halibut and dover sole meunière. 101 Constitution Avenue NW

A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
© Rey Lopez/Eater DC Charlie Palmer Steak reopens for indoor and patio dining on Tuesday, April 13.

Doyle: The Dupont Circle Hotel and its Mid-century bar are back on Wednesday, April 14, reviving service for martinis and other classic cocktails born in the 1950s and 1960s. Stay tuned for the glitzy property’s Pembroke restaurant and its pretty patio overlooking Dupont Circle to reopen a month later on Saturday, May 15. 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW

Boundary Stone: Bloomingdale’s beloved neighborhood watering hole is back in business on Thursday, April 15, with patio service only to start. Reservations are accepted online. Reopening hours are Thursday to Monday to start, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and starting at noon on weekends. Brunch will return at a TBA date. 116 Rhode Island Avenue NW

A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
© Boundary Stone/official photo A burger and beer at Boundary Stone

DC Improv: After going dark for over a year, downtown’s decades-old comedy club makes a comeback on Thursday, April 15 with a three-night performance from Howard University alum Erin Jackson. Other reopening headliners include Christian Finnegan (April 22 to 24) and Steve Byrne (April 29 to May 1). Ticket sales are limited to 50 people per show, and social distancing and safety protocols will be effect. 1140 Connecticut Avenue NW

Summit the Rooftop: Conrad Washington, DC’s scenic 11th-story rooftop reopened on Thursday, April 8, with revised focus on fare from the mid-Atlantic region, regional distillers/brewers, and female winemakers. Executive chef and Virginia native Josh Murray is sending out pork barbecue prepped in a solar oven, Chesapeake hard clams, and fluke ceviche. Reserve from Thursdays to Sundays, with the option to rent a pod in the lounge area ($500 minimum). 950 New York Avenue NW

Victura Park: Head to the Reach, the recently installed complex of green space and stages at the Kennedy Center, to check out this wine and beer garden run by D.C. bar owners the Hilton brothers and chef Erik Bruner-Yang. The sprawling picnic party reopens Friday, April 9, for the season, complete with a new outdoor grilling station, batched cocktails, and visiting chefs. Hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with Sundays starting at noon. 2700 F Street NW

A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
© Mykl Wu/Victura Park Victura Park reopens in April

Players Club*: The Hilton brothers’ retro arcade bar, tucked under Shake Shack in Logan Circle, officially reboots service on Wednesday, April 7. Its ’70s sports-themed “Skybox” rooftop boasts sky-high views of the surrounding neighborhood. Reservations aren’t accepted to start, and games remain unplugged due to COVID-19 restrictions. Opening hours are 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday (and starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday). 1400 14th Street NW

Crimson View: Motto by Hilton hotel’s airy drinking perch overlooking Chinatown returned on Tuesday, April 6, with a shortened menu of burgers and bar bites and seasonal cocktails to start. Open Tuesday to Thursday at 5 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 627 H Street NW

A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
© Mykl Wu/Crimson View

Sandlot Southeast: Starting Thursday, April 1, Black-owned restaurants, chefs, caterers, and food truck operators in D.C. will take over rent-free space around the Navy Yard shipping container bar. The first food truck duo includes veggie-based soul food from Soultarian and Jamaican jerk dogs from Dogs on the Curb. 71 Potomac Avenue SE

A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
© Sandlot Southeast [official] Sandlot Southeast’s shipping container bar setup near Nationals Park

Jackie: Dacha’s riverfront American Bistro reopens Thursday, April 1, with a new spring menu from chef Jerome Grant that includes calamansi citrus pepper wings, duck pastrami toast with peanut butter and cherry jam, and fried rice with Grant’s homemade Spam, crawfish, crab fat, and butter beans. 79 Potomac Avenue SE

A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
© Rey Lopez/Eater D.C. The front patio at Jackie

American Ice Company: The Hilton brothers’s no-frills bar for draft beers and barbecue nachos returns to Shaw’s drinking scene on Thursday, April 1, after shutting down with an uncertain future last fall. 917 V St NW


Sticky Rice: H Street’s long-running Asian fusion sushi bar and noodle house reopens for dine-in service for the first time in a year on Thursday, April 1, at 5 p.m. Snag a seat across on Resy; takeout and delivery will continue as usual. 1224 H Street NE


The Eleanor: The adult arcade and bowling bar born in NoMa reopens its year-old outpost in downtown Silver Spring on Thursday, April 1. The 7,700-square-foot setup sports multiple outdoor patios to enjoy 20 beers on tap and offbeat bar bites like elote-style hush puppies and a spaghetti sandwich. Reopening options include fresh pizza and pastas options. Reboot hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. (and happy hour 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.). 931 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, Maryland

Georgia Brown’s: The go-to for South Carolina Lowcountry cooking downtown since 1993, reopens after a months-long pause on Easter (Sunday, April 4), with its popular unlimited Sunday brunch for $67 per person, $30 for children from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Southern staple briefly reopened in November with a refreshed look and revamped cocktail menu full of cognac and whiskey from the team at Residents, its all-day sibling cafe in Dupont Circle. Open Wednesday to Saturday starting at 5 p.m. and Sunday brunch runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 950 15th Street NW

A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
© Georgia Brown’s/official photo Georgia Brown’s and its beloved shrimp and grits are back this weekend.

Top of the Gate: The Watergate’s iconic rooftop lounge overlooking the Potomac reopens on Friday, April 2, with a timely cherry blossom-themed menu drop. There’s a Belvedere vodka cocktail — with sparkling rosé wine, lime and cranberry juice, peach liqueur, ginger, and rhubarb cordial — and a new spring salad with strawberries, fennel, arugula, goat cheese, and sweet candied walnuts in a house champagne vinaigrette. Hours are Wednesday to Thursday and Sunday (4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and Friday and Saturday (4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.) for parties up to six. 2650 Virginia Avenue NW

Via Sophia: The downtown Hamilton Hotel’s glossy Italian restaurant and bar officially reopens to the public the first week of April with a new patio and drinks to go along with Neapolitan wood-fired pies. 1001 14th Street NW

A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
© Rey Lopez/Eater D.C. Via Sophia reopens to the public in April.

The Mirror: Downtown’s 1920s-style speakeasy curiously tucked behind a sign-less, mirrored door rebooted service last weekend with over a dozen classic cocktails (Boulevardier, daiquiri, Sazerac) from beverage director Jeff Coles. The dimly-lit, subterranean setup that’s lined with couch seating and high-top tables takes walk-ins (or email events@themirrordc.com to reserve a section). Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 5 p.m. to midnight. 1413 K Street NW

A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
© Nick Klien/The Mirror

Rebel Taco: The U Street tequila and taco bar that went the to-go route this winter recently reopened for on-site dining across the two-level, graffiti-lined space and across its colorful patio. Its pandemic-era Rebel Margherita pizza pop-up is now here to stay on the Mexican menu. Brunch is expected to join the mix on Saturday, April 10. 1214 U Street NW

A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
© Rebel Taco/official photo Weekend brunch at Rebel Taco is back this month.

Backroom at Capo Deli: The Shaw speakeasy tucked past the deli’s refrigerator door started pouring again last weekend. Swing by the Italian sub shop to try new vaccine-themed additions to its wildly popular Fauci Pouchy cocktail line. 715A Florida Avenue NW

L’Annexe: Georgetown’s swanky, library-themed cocktail bar returns from a long vacation on Thursday, March 25. The zinc-topped bar produces elegant-looking cocktails with liquors infused on-site and theatrical mixology techniques. Global small plates hold their own against the drinks. 2917 M Street NW

A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
© L’Annexe/official photo L’Annexe’s comeback cocktail menu includes the “Kirachi’s Return” (gin, Aperol, cumin, red chilies, lime).

Dan’s Cafe: In late February, the Adams Morgan dive known for squirt bottles full of liquor, reopened for indoor service on Friday and Saturday nights with food from next-door gay bar Pitchers. 2315 18th Street NW

Hill Prince: Nestled in a century-old restored carriage house, the Atlas District bar named after a Preakness winner reopened last week with expanded drinking areas dressed with dart boards and equestrian art. Craft cocktails, beer, and wine accompany a short list of snacks like Cup of Noodles or Gordy’s pickled okra. Seating blocks for one to six people include a 3 p.m. happy hour on weekends. 1337 H Street NE

A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
© Hill Prince/official photo The newly renovated “Barn” at Hill Prince will open soon.

Echo Park: In January 2020, the Hilton brothers flipped short-lived Gaslight Tavern into a new Shaw attraction for draft and canned beers and New York-style pies from Andy’s Pizza. Its wood-lined “sunroom” and flower-filled patio revived service last week. 2014 Ninth Street NW


Doubles/Sonny’s Pizza: Park View’s all-day cafe reopened last week (Wednesday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.), with espressos and pastries for takeout only while its patio wraps up a refresh. Next-door sister spots Sonny’s Pizza and No Kisses are also open with ready-to-pour cocktails, natural wine, beer, and spirits, with a virtual store too. 3118 Georgia Avenue NW

A Running List of D.C. Bars and Restaurants Reopening After an Extended Break
© Rey Lopez/Eater D.C. The pizza garden behind Sonny’s

Colada Shop: The Cuban cafe’s original location reopened its rooftop with rum cocktails and a new mural. 1405 T Street NW


Solly’s: U Street’s go-to Irish pub reopened with patio service on Monday, March 15. Drinkers can order food from neighbor Lulu’s Winegarden via QR codes on the table or buy a hot dog to fulfill a mandate to order food with drinks. When conditions improve, patrons can bring in food or get delivery like they did before. 1942 11th Street NW


Bartaco Ballston: The Mexican chain just reopened daily for on-site and patio seating starting at 11 a.m. Pair limited time crispy avocado tacos with “March Margarita” deals. 4238 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia

Electric Cool-Aid: The all-outdoor, food truck-friendly drinking space framed with bright artwork welcomes customers (and their dogs) back on Wednesday, March 17, with timely shamrock shakes and frozen Irish coffees to celebrate. Reservations are now live. 512 Rhode Island Avenue NW

Free State: Chinatown’s Mid-Atlantic bar reopens for patio service up top and for pickup on St. Patrick’s Day (Wednesday, March 17), with specials all weekend on Irish whiskey, hot drinks, and craft beer. 501B G Street NW

Cortez: The rooftop margarita spot in Shaw reopens Wednesday, March 17. 1905 Ninth Street NW

Tomorrow is not only St. Paddy’s day, but it is also our REOPENING. To say we are excited to be back is an understatement! We will be opening at 5pm. #seeyoutomorrow ☀️ pic.twitter.com/Hhbk8QMKf1

— CORTEZ Restaurant & Rooftop Bar (@cortezbardc) March 16, 2021

Proper 21: The sleek sports bar out of New York City opened a second D.C. location in Foggy Bottom last fall with BOGO crush deals, burgers, and bulgogi fried rice. After a months-long break, the massive 8,000-square-foot bar is back on St. Patrick’s Day (Wednesday, March 17). 2033 K Street NW

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© Rey Lopez/Eater DC Proper21K has a 66-seat patio in Foggy Bottom

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