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Lessons in Parsimony

January 23rd, 2008 · 6 Comments

Ezra sez:

Occasionally, I get e-mails from folks moving to DC and asking what’s worth doing. In general, I mean to reply to these e-mail with something along the lines of “never go out in Adams Morgan or Dupont Circle.” I tend to forget to do that. But Gridskipper has a good list of soul-sucking, faith-shaking, bars in Dupont to avoid. Now, if someone would only do the same for Adams Morgan, we’d be set.

I can compile that list fairly quickly: All of them.

OK, OK, in fairness there are one or two tolerable joints on that strip—Pharmacy Bar isn’t bad—but none remotely good enough to be worth wading through the noxious drunken throngs mobbing the sidewalks on their way to, from, and between the other 99 percent of places.

Tags: Washington, DC



6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anonymous // Jan 23, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Anyone who claims to object to the use of “whilst” should hardly be tossing about the term “sez”, I would say.

  • 2 The Navigator // Jan 23, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    I must say in defense of the Brickskellar that I was in there in the summer of 96 and ordered something only to have the waiter tell me about a new beer they’d gotten which wasn’t on the menu but which I might like even more. He was right – I liked it even more. He’s probably long gone, but if they still have service like that sometimes then they deserve their props.

  • 3 Julian Sanchez // Jan 23, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Yeah, the Brickskellar is OK if it’s not too crowded–though that’s DuPont, not AM.

  • 4 JB // Jan 23, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    I have to stick up for Angles in Adams Morgan. That bar is totally out of place, usually pretty quiet, and they used to have a great burger and a beer special on Sunday nights. Much more like the Raven than pretty much any other establishment on 18th street.

  • 5 southpaw // Jan 24, 2008 at 3:37 am

    The only thing worthwhile about AM is the jumbo slice pizza.

    Of course, you do have to get drunk somewhere around there to properly enjoy it . . .

  • 6 Kbones // Jan 24, 2008 at 10:10 am

    This place, though now defunct, was great for Capitol Hill bar info. http://capitolhillbars.blogspot.com/
    kinda wacky.

    also, i send this for kicks.