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OT: College bars around GW, late 90s - early 00s
Created: 3/4/2015 12:54:40 PMReplies: 44
3/4/2015 12:54:40 PM - squid - 1,465 posts (#21)

Hey all, I'm going to be writing a thing for DCist.com about former college bars around GW from when I was there, which was 99-02. I think I remember most of them, but wanted to make sure I didn't miss any.

There was Odds, the lame club, I think on New Hampshire? Lulu's Club Mardi Gras, site of the famous fight with the team. Tequila Grill, Zei Club, Mister Day's, the old Froggy Bottom, Dark Horse (?) on Penn at 24th next to the Domino's (which foolishly accepted GWorld.) Any others? There was one I can't remember the name of, it was a basement bar that you got to from a staircase in the little pedestrian plaza at 21st, M and New Hampshire, anybody remember that place? It was super weird.


3/4/2015 12:58:04 PM - herve - 9,026 posts (#1)

Wasn't there a "Mr. Smiths" as well which was a bit of an old school dive with tables. Froggy Bottom used to be "Milos" and sold yards of beer.

3/4/2015 1:20:06 PM - squid - 1,465 posts (#21)

Hm, don't remember Milos, it was always Froggy for me. I think yards of beer would be bad news for me in those days. There was Mr. Smith's in Georgetown, with the piano player guy.

3/4/2015 1:29:18 PM - SDF - 73 posts (#175)

21st, M, and NH? You sure you have the right intersection? I worked in an office at that intersection for 2 years, and don't remember any staircase in that triangle island. I do remember gyros at Port of Piraeus, though.

Also, does Mad Hatter count? Because it should.

3/4/2015 1:31:31 PM - MinskMonster - 138 posts (#128)

Mr. Henry's was the underage bar on Pennsylvania. There was The Dome, (or the "Do Me"), the Black Rooster, and some others whose names escape me. 

3/4/2015 1:34:21 PM - Chrisw - 398 posts (#57)


Don't forget the brickskeller on 22nd st. 1000's of foreign beers before we knew how bad Coors and Bud tasted. Also the 21st amendment (forgive me if I picked the wrong amendment), and I know the Chinese restaurant on Penn near the hospital went disco on Friday and Saturday nights.

3/4/2015 2:04:39 PM - Boston Colonial - 316 posts (#70)

Was the place on 21st and M Abbey Road?

3/4/2015 2:05:34 PM - JAE - 196 posts (#102)

21st Amendment, The Exchange.


3/4/2015 2:16:14 PM - herve - 9,026 posts (#1)

Mr. Henry's was the place! Thanks for the correction!

3/4/2015 2:45:32 PM - Flyer Fan-DC - 290 posts (#78)

The 21st . . . every night after grad school. Made graduate school fun again. And the Brickskeller - this won't mean anything to anyone on the board other than Herve . . . after the GW-Dayton game many years ago - Purnell was still coaching. I was drinking there with the "Dayton broadcast team" . . . including a guy named Bucky Bockhorn, a legend in Flyerland. He ordered a Bud Lite from the waitress, which is, I guess, the equivalent of ordering vanilla at Baskin Robbins. Good luck tonight and Saturday.

3/4/2015 3:11:22 PM - squid - 1,465 posts (#21)

Good call on places like the Brickskeller and Madhatter -- I used to go to the Brickskeller all the time. It's a similar place called Bier Baron now.

Where was 21st Amendment? Is that also near Marshall's?

And what's the Dome? A few folks mentioned that to me too. Is the same as the Cellar, which I think was the place in the plaza at 21st, M and NH?

3/4/2015 3:17:01 PM - squid - 1,465 posts (#21)

This place isn't closed, but I also remember going to the Vegas Lounge at 14th and P, before anything was there, and Las Placitas in Eastern Market, as neither carded. Plus at Las Plac you could get relatively cheap Mexican food and tons of margaritas.

3/4/2015 3:32:53 PM - rocket - 643 posts (#34)

The Dome is/was where Squid describes it. Never went there but we had a Scottish nanny who went there all the time in the mid-eighties. Did spend a lot of time at Mr. Henry's way back when.

3/4/2015 3:33:13 PM - ChrisW - 398 posts (#57)


21st Ammendment is/was on Penn right off of Washington circle.

3/4/2015 3:34:03 PM - The MV - 4,742 posts (#4)

The 21st Amendment was my favorite bar, and there wasn't a close second.  Even though I met my wife at a different establishment.  OK, I guess it's tied for first.


3/4/2015 3:51:17 PM - GW Fan - 498 posts (#45)

I remember going to the 21st Amendment for happy hour when the office building next door was getting knocked down. The bottles on the back of the bar would all shake with each swing of the wrecking ball. Great place for after-hours card games. Abbey Roads was on L at 21st. I think there's a gym there now. Not sure if this was mentioned earlier but the Red Lion is still ther I think.  There was also EE Wolenskis in 2000 Penn.  

3/4/2015 4:11:01 PM - Bigfan - 2,736 posts (#9)

21st Amendment (may have had two m's) for some reason.

One Yukon Jack night was the highlight and probably lowlight of college drinking experience.

Went there even more after GW as it was a big softball hangout with cheap pitchers of beer, good burgers and some friendly bartenders.

Mr. Henrys, at least a long time ago, was not particularly discriminating on the 18 for wine and beer law (back then) and 21 for mixed drinks.

3/4/2015 4:56:03 PM - BuffBlue - 252 posts (#87)

There was this place - bonus points for whoever can remember the name - that was in the basement of a nondescript office building near M Street, something like Concessions, Recessions, maybe?  They had these ridiculous $10 open bar deals on the weekends from 10-midnight, and they let you order 10+ drinks for yourself at 11:59.  They had awful live music, but the bar area was decent.  And, man, those open bars.  

3/4/2015 4:56:48 PM - Umpleby - 138 posts (#128)

What was Milos again? 

3/4/2015 5:16:51 PM - Porter71 - 132 posts (#131)

These are a little further away from Foggy bottom, but there was  The Common Share in Adams Morgan  , Georgios in DuPont (had $5 pitchers), and Club Hawk, which was the crappy dance hall above the hawk and dove..

3/4/2015 5:22:20 PM - Free Quebec - 6,174 posts (#2)

the 21st Amendment was torn down in like 89 or 90, well before the time period squid is looking for.  It was on the block where mcdaddens is now and was kind of a stand alone building there before the office building which now takes up the whole block.  

Umpleby, Milo's was a pizza place on the south side of Penn between 21st and 22nd.  It served deep dish pizza and, as Herve said, at some point they added yards of beer.   I think it was only there for 5 or 6 years.  They would serve underage kids so a good alternative once every freshmen realized Mr. Henry's sucked.   

When I was in school, The Black Rooster on L was a popular hangout, but after a flood in the mid to late 90s, they closed for like a year and then when they reopened, they kept it from having a college crowd   It's still there but I don't think its a GW hang out anymore.   Odds/GG Flips was also popular but I think that was gone by Squid's time.    Also spent a lot of Thursday nighta at the Roxy at like 19th and Connecticut for Reggae night but I think that also left around squid's time.   

To squid's question, unfortunately, I'm too old to answer though I have a friend who went there then and said he spent a lot of time at Sign of the Whale (or was it MadHatter's?) on M St  



3/4/2015 5:24:08 PM - SDF - 73 posts (#175)

It's Recessions, in the Quincy Hotel. Ridiculously cheap beer; it felt like drinking in a late '70s basement family room or a rural midwestern golf clubhouse.

3/4/2015 5:50:35 PM - NJ Colonial - 1,894 posts (#15)

FQ - the 21st Amendment (a.k.a the 2-1 A) was on the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue in the 2100 block - across from GW and on the same block as the old Circle Theater, the original location of Puglisi Barber Shop, S&W Loans and Luggage, etc.  Loved that place!

3/4/2015 7:20:47 PM - Tuna Can - 1,630 posts (#17)

Classic thread. By then, it was Adams Morgan.... Millie and Als; Madams Organ.... and more.... including another Mr. Henry's

3/4/2015 7:28:47 PM - GW0509 - 27 posts (#220)

Loved Recessions with the King Kong beers!

3/4/2015 8:15:45 PM - GDL - 15 posts (#232)

Big Hunt

Fifth Column

Red Lion

Winston's (Georgetown)

Dome / Washington Cellar (same place, different owners)

G.G. Flipps (same as Odds)

Champions (Georgetown)

Quiggleys (probably before your time)

Third Edition (Georgetown)

3/4/2015 8:38:01 PM - GDL - 15 posts (#232)

930 Club

Sign of the Whale

Black Cat


3/4/2015 9:23:02 PM - Adclub - 376 posts (#59)

The Ascot, Bravo Bravo, Sesto Senso, XII XXIII, Brass Monkey, Adams Mill. Shall I continue? 


3/4/2015 11:23:11 PM - NJ Colonial - 1,894 posts (#15)

Was the Rat in the Marvin Center ever cool? By the late '80's it was definitely not!

3/5/2015 8:20:16 AM - Boston Colonial - 316 posts (#70)

I know this started as a thread about 1990's bars but since other folks have gone in the Way Back Machine, the best GW bar was Tammany Hall.  It was next to the 21st Amendment.  It was a row house that once helf the State Department in the jefferson Administration and was torn down in 1980.  Many an interesting evening there.

3/5/2015 9:13:44 AM - Chester Would - 155 posts (#121)

The Crow Bar on 20th probably pre-dates Squid too, that closed in the late 90s, and a few of those guys went on to start the Big Hunt. I believe Garrett's was a pretty cruddy option near the Biograph just the other side of the bridge. I definitely took the blue line to the Tune Inn many times for cheap greasy chili and pitchers of Natty Bo for less than 4 bucks in the mid 80s.

The Rat was never cool, but I ate a lot of bacon burgers there in lieu of the 2nd floor ugly concoctions, and they let my band play there at least once that I can remember. Pitchers of headache beer will do that to your memory.

3/5/2015 9:18:22 AM - Chester Would - 155 posts (#121)

I remember the rumor about the Black Rooster Pub was that they never cleaned their taps, and there were big worms living in them that vied with the rats in their basement for supremacy.

I got my first mixed drink in Mr. Henry's on PA ave. They never carded.

3/5/2015 12:55:03 PM - Buff Seats - 50 posts (#197)

There was both G.G. Flipps (Odds) and Flicks, at least around 93-94. I think both were on 19th, separated by a few blocks. Odds closed before I graduated in 1997. Flicks closed before that, I think.

Mr. Henry's allowed GW IDs to be used as proof of birth, even though they had no birthdates on them.

I thought Milo's was the restaurant that pre-dated McFadden's at that location. If not, something else was there before it became McFadden's.

Of all the bars that were around when I was at GW (93-97), I think only Friday's, the Lion and Froggy Bottom remain (and Froggy Bottom is in a new location).

That Friday's is never going to die, or change.

3/5/2015 12:58:49 PM - Buff Seats - 50 posts (#197)

There was one place that had cheap-ass pitchers and pizza specials. It was more West End than Foggy Bottom, north of Pennsylvania on 26th, maybe? In the first floor of an office building. Was the only place around that had GW basketball posters on the wall. For the life of me I can't remember the name. It closed like 95 or 96, I think.

3/5/2015 1:21:30 PM - Hatchet Man - 545 posts (#41)

Dove and Rainbow was that place, Buff Seats. And Mick's predated McFadden's.

3/5/2015 2:35:10 PM - squid - 1,465 posts (#21)

Thanks all! This is great.

I went to Odds in like 99 or 00, so it was still there at that point. There's also Foggy Dogg/Dark Horse/other names, the place that never stays in business on Penn next to the Papa John's. I think it's Bayou now (not the Bayou music club in Gtown.)

Was there a Mr. Henry's near campus? There's still one in Eastern Market, like 3rd and Penn SE but I figure you aren't talking about that place.

3/5/2015 3:08:31 PM - NJ Colonial - 1,894 posts (#15)

Wasn't Mr. Henry's in the alley between 18th, 19th , M and L streets - somewhere over there but not far from campus. Or was that Mr. Smith's?  What about the great bar over on Connecticut Ave., below M, that had the jukebox with the Redskins fight song on it? Great times!

3/5/2015 3:13:54 PM - Chester Would - 155 posts (#121)

Could it have been Mister Days, NJ Colonial?

3/5/2015 3:18:34 PM - squid - 1,465 posts (#21)

That was Mister Day's in the alley, though there may have been more bars in alleys too. I remember going there after our intramural floor hockey team finally won a game, and I first used my fake ID there. Good times.

3/5/2015 3:26:19 PM - NJ Colonial - 1,894 posts (#15)

Yes!  Mister Day's was in the alley!!  I think the one with the jukebox on Connecticut was Mr. Henry's.  Free popcorn (or peanuts?) too as I recall.

3/5/2015 4:03:53 PM - MV Colonial - 4 posts (#243)

As an old timer from the 60's I remember places like The One Step Down; think the waitress was Chole. Basins GW Inn which was open 24 hours and served not to good greasy food. There was an Italian restaurant on Pa. Ave it think it was Moracos or something like that. And of course the one and only GW Campus Club; serving great burgers and underage kids from VA.I had fun working there. I believe it was on G St in the former "Pike" house. I still think of it whenever I hear "I've Got Tjat Rightous Feeling."

3/5/2015 5:20:10 PM -




Basins had the coldest draft beer in town. Winstons was big from the mid 70's to mid 80's. Lots of students, athletes, and coaches would frequent when GW baseball player Paul MacMahon would bartender.



3/5/2015 5:21:19 PM -

Squid, Mr. Henry's was on Pennsylvania on the same block where the Kaiser Permanente building was. It's long closed. I think in its final incarnation the location was a Thai restaurant. More or less right next door to Froggy Bottom's original location, if that helps.

I'm pretty sure all of that stuff is coming down when GW builds whatever monstrosity it's building on that block. And with it, a major piece of underage-drinking GW history. It was the first place I (and many, many others) ever bought an illegal drink in the District, in like my first week at school.

NJ Colonial, the bar with free popcorn on Connecticut was Mr. Egan's, which also was great.

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