Esquire’s Bar List Unchanged, Useless


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DC’s a town of many watering holes. From the venerable Old Ebbitt to the brand new Bar Louie, and the many places betwixt the two, DC is definitely a town that can get its drink on. Esquire’s Best Bars list was sent to me by the Captain of the Austin Metblog, and I have to say I’m disappointed that DC’s selections of The Tune Inn and Hawk’n’Dove remain the same as when last we saw it eighteen months ago. How great bars like The Big Hunt, Fox and Hounds, RFD and its myriad beer taps, Brickskellar and its Guinness World Record, not to mention the venerable Saint-Ex, or Black and Red, stay off these lists is a mystery to me.

Though, come to think of it, if that keeps all the tools who read Esquire out of my bars…maybe that’s a price worth paying?

6 Comments so far

  1. deborah (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 8:08 am

    I stumbled upon your blog while I was looking someething a DCwriter and thought I would chime in ( I have never used that word "chime". I lived in DC from 82 til 92 , which I always refer to as DC ac or DC bc ( before and after crack)! Its cool to know that the Fox and hounds is still around, Dc space long away gone was cool, I would soom help to remember all the rest,there was in Georgetown that maybe you could help me remember maybe something in arms ??


  2. hiya (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

    Wow. I like Tune Inn, but that and Hawk N’ Dove are the best bars that Esquire can come up with?!?

    I mean, jeez, they’re even located on the same block!

    I don’t expect much from Esquire (and obviously that don’t update this list or do much research…), but they could at least make a little tiny bit of effort!


  3. hiya (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

    Oops. I meant to say "they don’t update" (instead of "that don’t update") above. -D’oh!


  4. KCinDC (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 6:02 pm

    "The venerable Saint-Ex"? It may be a great bar, but don’t you think you’re stretching the meaning of the word "venerable"? Plus you’ve already used it, much more justifiably, to describe the Old Ebbitt Grill.


  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 10:54 am

    Sigh, I usually try hard to avoid repeating adjectives like that. Thanks KC.


  6. Hey Pretty (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 12:15 pm

    The bars that are worth frequenting all do very well on their own. They don’t need publications like Esquire to inflate their customer base. Moreover, if not getting such publicity means a better chance of me getting a table on the patio of the Fox in nice weather, than that’s fine by me…



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