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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/ 3/2005

Saturday Night's All Right

By washingtonpost.com

Three newly opened bars in Adams Morgan. One Saturday night.

The first stop was T.S. Muttley's, an appallingly named pub that opened on February 16, replacing Chez Antoine. My friends and I were greeted at the door by a woman selling $3 beers from a giant tub of ice. Muttley's isn't a bad-looking place, and there were plenty of tables and plasma TVs, though the "exposed brick and Guinness posters" motif is a little old. It was pretty quiet around 10:30, but the crowd in the narrow room got younger and denser as the night went on. When the internet jukebox started alternating heavy metal with '70s rock, it was time to go.

We headed for Chloe, where we -- okay, me and the other guy in the group -- noticed that the people waiting in line were 90 percent male. That's never a good sign. We asked how long the wait would be, or if they were even letting people in. The bouncer dismissively said he didn't know.

Pharaoh's Rock N Blues Bar & Grill had been open for just over 24 hours, so we decided to go there. Replacing the much-missed Rocky's Cafe and the not-so-loved Cafe Sofia, Pharaoh's resembles nothing so much as a college dorm room that serves alcohol (legally, of course). There's an enormous Jim Morrison rug hanging over the stairs next to an informative how-to-make-shots poster, which the bartenders may use as a cheat sheet, for all I know. Other decorations included Grand Funk Railroad album covers, a collage of celebrity mugshots and a black-light poster of "an indian chief." Overhead, a flat-screen television and nice-sounding stereo play Santana and Allman Brothers concert DVDs.

Seats in the upstairs lounge are comfortable, and games like backgammon and chess are set on each table. (If you're lucky, you'll get Simon.) Beers are reasonably priced -- for Adams Morgan, at least -- but I'd at least expect them to be cheaper in a place that has centerfolds (literally) from FHM and Guitar World magazines nailed to the wall of the bathroom.

-- Fritz

By washingtonpost.com  | March 3, 2005; 10:00 AM ET
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Can you elaborate on Chloe? If im gonna stand in line will it be worth it? Or did you go elsewhere?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 14, 2005 4:37 PM | Report abuse

How could they do this to Rocky's?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 17, 2005 9:07 AM | Report abuse

T.S. Muttly's is our new favorite Adams Morgan bar! They have great irish food and a great crowd... (And just a note, you spelled thier name incorrectly!)

Posted by: Anonymous | March 25, 2005 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Yeah agreed...CHLOE IS AWFUL!!!
It gets soo packed and it really is all guys there. Its filled with all those kids from Virginia who think they are swanky by coming to DC. The music is also very questionable it alternates from techno to old school rap to 80's rock. I dont mind paying 10-12 dollars a drink if the atmosphere is amazing and the people are all having a great time or if I am in NYC. But the overpriced drinks are ABDSURD especially in the crowded "pack em in till they cant move" atmosphere that makes people hate DC nightlife.

Posted by: Mike Randolphini | April 5, 2005 3:25 PM | Report abuse

What you missed about Pharaoh's is that every Friday and Saturday night that I have been there, the owner gets up on stage with his 3 piece band and plays incredible rock and blues- Hendrix, BB King, etc., for several hours. There is no cover, the place is so far not too crowded, and it is quite wonderful actually.

Posted by: Nate Heller | April 11, 2005 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Muttly's on a weekend is just like any other adams morgan bar. But as long as you're not scared by the decor the food there is fantastic! So avoid the late night and just go for the dinner shift they have a leg of lamb there that makes me drool just thinking about it.

Posted by: Tom Nielson | May 24, 2005 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Any idea what happend to Chez Antoine? I'm hoping they relocated somewhere more parking friendly. They had the best crepes - comparable to creperies in Lyon, France.

Posted by: Missing Chez Antoine | July 5, 2005 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling we have some Muttly's employees in the house today.

Posted by: andrew | July 29, 2005 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Pharoah's is awesome, super place-- its very unique and I hope it never gets too popular

Posted by: Pinaki | March 5, 2006 6:04 PM | Report abuse

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