DC Got Robbed by Esquire!

Take a wild-assed guess which bar the June Esquire picks as Washington DC’s best inebriation institution in the “Best Bars in America” article.

I’ll give you a hint: its not on the DC Metblogs Definitive Patio Bar List.

Of all the cool bars, dive or not in DC, Esquire picked The Tune Inn. The Tune Inn. Huh… And what the hell is that? I’ve never even heard of the Tune Inn. Have you? Have you actually been there? Are you willing to admit to it in the comments section? Would you ever go back?

Esquire, who anointed this random crap bar the “Best in DC” over stalwarts like Fox and Hounds or newcomers like Tonic, which cures what ails ya, doesn’t sell me on the Tune Inn’s worthiness either.

Your Having: A ten dollar pitcher of Miller with a burger. The mounted deer heads on the wall make this dive interesting. The deer asses make it great. (331 1/2 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202-543-2725)

Amazing. I say that the only great ass is Esquire in picking the place. Oh and if you agree with me, don’t be shy, get all up in Esquire’s face – they’re taking America’s Best Bar submissions now.

14 Comments so far

  1. WTF (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 11:37 am

    Metrobloggers, Tune Inn is a kewl bar. And if you think it’s not, PLEASE DONT CITE FOX AND HOUND AS AN EXAMPLE OF ONE THAT IS. That is random crap bar par excellance.

  2. wayan (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 11:48 am

    Tune Inn defended by folks who use the word “kewl” and type in ALL CAPS? I rest my case – unworthy crap bar.

  3. RW (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

    Wayan — you should be embarrassed by this post. The Tune Inn is an institution in this town and has been for decades. It’s a real bar, not a crappy yuppy bar like the faux Irish places along Wilson Blvd. that you probably prefer, or the haughty martini joints on U Street. The Tune Inn is a bar for real people. Give it another try.

  4. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 3:09 pm

    Hey now, don’t go dragging places like Four Courts into this, it’s a great bar in its own right, don’t go dragging them down with accusations of being a yuppie bar like Ri Ra! Given the fact that it’s owned by an Irishman, and staffed by several actual Irish publicans, I don’t want to hear this pomo bullcrap about “reality bars”.

    Say what you want about Tune Inn, but don’t go denigrating worthy bars in the process.

  5. wayan (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 3:21 pm

    RW – Whoa! Don’t go accusing me of going out-District for my drinks or heading to U Street yuppie-fluf.

    Which is the whole point of my post – there are so many, better instutitions in this town to profile. Ones with solid followings and years of street cred, w/o the need for deer buts or Miller Lite pitchers.

  6. Hater (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 12:43 am

    “The Tune Inn. Huh… And what the hell is that? I’ve never even heard of the Tune Inn.”

    Which is why no one can take you seriously. A bar that was pouring pints DECADES before you were born, but because they’re not “cool,” you’ve never heard of it? Wayan, there’s cred, and there’s cred you never recover. This is the later.

  7. doubleonegative (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 9:42 am

    i can see why your upset over the selection, but don’t knock it until you try it. i’ve lived in dc my whole life, and just visited tune inn for the first time last year. it’s a hole-in-the-wall, sure, but it’s a legit hole-in-the-wall that has stood the test of time. the burgers are great, the drinks are affordable, and the crowd is diverse. dc is packed with bars with contrived “themes”– tune inn is what it is, and you’ve got to love that.

  8. Kurtie (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 9:51 am

    What a tool. Tune Inn is a classic DC bar. A real institution. Great mix of blue collar, Capitol Hill, and anyone in between. If you haven’t been, you should try it. Sad that you have such little sense of place.

  9. Luis (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 11:38 am

    Tune Inn is a DC institution. That you don’t know this is sad, especially if you take your bars seriously. I enjoy lots of bars in this town, and I’m still not sure I’d characterize Tune Inn as the “best” in DC, but it deserves a mention in any story about DC bars.

  10. Ohio Stranded (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 11:59 am

    Timely. That issue of Esquire’s only been out a month now.

  11. CUBANERO (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 2:49 pm

    D.C. is being overrun by yuppie bars and johnnie-come-lately yuppy yokels with no respect for locals or precedent, and you have the audacity to critique one of the last remaining icons of the city that remains long after the self righteous yups have left for the ‘burbs?

    BTW, there’s more to D.C. than NW.

  12. TUNE INN MAN (unregistered) on June 18th, 2006 @ 12:54 pm

    Tune Inn rules! One time I shoved a guy off his stool.

  13. TUNE INN MAN (unregistered) on June 18th, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

    By the way, Tune Inn gets picked as one of the 100 best bars or sommat by some stupid magazine like every year. They stopped bothering even to put the articles on the walls.

  14. Pagan Marbury (unregistered) on June 18th, 2006 @ 7:42 pm

    Have you really never been there? That’s a travesty.

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