Pub Pilgrimage

“Cocktails. Stat.”

That was the dire need last night. Unfortunately when you’re in a state where you really need cocktails, you rarely are able to focus on where to go to get them. At least when you have your head in the clouds like I do. So wandering into an extremely brightly lit and painfully antiseptic smelling bar/restaurant in Dupont was perhaps not the best idea. Getting up and leaving after two minutes certainly was an improvement.

“Beer. Stat.”

So the parameters changed, and noting my complete inability to make a decision, we stumbled into the dark womb of The Childe Harold’s lower level bar and settled for lager instead of vodka. Ah, but would Lord Byron approve of this snuggery? Undoubtedly.

I love Childe Harold, it’s one of those “constant” places in my seventeen years in DC, and the fact that it’s named after my favorite poet’s first epic, complete with his pic on the menu, seals the deal. It’s been around since 1967 and not many places in Washington have that kind of staying power. Not to mention it has killer pub grub. But as Byron detested watching women wolf down copious amounts of food and thought the only proper meal for a lady was lobster salad, I ordered a seafood salad in his honor instead of fries – after all, his birthday was two weeks ago.

At what other pub can you get a great seafood salad – scallops, shrimp, and meltingly medium rare salmon? Well, I suppose that’s because the Childe has a restaurant upstairs, though I’ve actually never been up there. But I’ll keep returning to the bar, with its unpretentious regulars, simple wooden furniture, its exquisitely darkened interior – “but damn description!” (as B. would say…)

After all, as “the best of life is but intoxication,” sometimes that chi-chi cocktail place is simply not as effective at providing libation enjoyment as that old reliable pub.

2 Comments so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 1:15 pm

    The room at the top level is rentable too, for a pretty fair rate. As I recall it was a bartab commitment of $500, period, when my girl reserved it for her 30th.

  2. wayan (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 2:01 pm

    Hmm… Jen, that’s an idea for 33 +1/3

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