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Posted at 3:40 PM ET, 10/28/2005

A Walk in the Cleveland Park

By Fritz Hahn

Since the Park Bench Pub and Bricks Tavern closed this spring, Cleveland Park residents have been wondering what would replace the two neighborhood hangouts. Both were known as places to watch sports and get a beer with friends, and their disappearance left a yawning gap in the Connecticut Avenue social scene: Park Bench for late-night dancing, Bricks for the small (but much appreciated) rooftop deck.

Fast-forward six months and both have reopened under new management: Park Bench is now the Uptown Tavern, owned by the brothers who run Annapolis's Sly Fox Pub, while Bricks is the Cleveland Park Bar and Grill, and is in the hands of the guys from Vida.

There wasn't much to the Park Bench Pub -- essentially a basement rec room with TVs, a kitchen, video games and a bar -- so it's not surprising that the Uptown Tavern (202-244-7061) hasn't made that many changes. Most notably, the whole place got a new coat of blue paint, and one Got Plans? chatter reports the women's room is greatly improved. (I'll take her word for it.) A couple of flat-screens and some high bar tables will satisfy the sports fans. Foosball and Golden Tee are great for just hanging out. DJs spin after 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, while some brave souls gyrate on the small wooden dance floor. Cheap drink specials, which included $2 PBRs and $3 Kamikazes last night, will make everyone happy.

Cleveland Park Bar and Grill also received a fairly superficial makeover. It's still a long room with tables running down one side, facing a bar and row of televisions. The primary difference is a bordello-red coat of paint and framed photos of Washington landmarks. Service at the bar was quick and friendly, and there's a decent beer selection, but nothing really stands out about the place.

Sadly, we'll have to wait a few more months to enjoy CPBG's one outstanding feature: the deck.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | October 28, 2005; 3:40 PM ET
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Any word on the upstairs part of the Park Bench Pub with the entrance on Ordway? I always thought that was better as there were windows to let the light in!

Posted by: Julie | November 4, 2005 9:09 AM | Report abuse

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