Saturday Night's All Right
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.
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