Buzzer-Beater in Arlington
The first buzzer-beater of March Madness has arrived: A branch of Velocity Five, the upscale sports bar chain, opened in Arlington on Tuesday night, just in time for the NCAA tournament.
Taking the place of King Street Blues in the Courthouse Plaza development, Velocity Five copies its sister restaurants' focus on large high-definition screens and great wings. There are 30 TVs throughout the building -- 10 of those can be found in the bar alone. (If you can, try to score one of the three booths in the bar with their own mid-sized flat-screen.)
I was hoping for more of the "urban steakhouse" look that characterizes the Velocity Five in Falls Church -- leather couches, lighter touches -- but this one is all dark wood, with most of the space given over to a dining room filled with large booths. Autographed Redskins photos hang in the bar area -- no surprise, given that owner Jim Speros was a coach on the Super Bowl-winning 1982 Redskins team.
There's a covered patio for when the weather's nice; a TV is positioned so it can be seen from most of the tables.
Velocity Five makes some of my favorite wings around, and the new kitchen doesn't disappoint: the Island Wings, dry-rubbed with spices that tang but don't burn, and the crispy southern-fried Velocity Wings shine with a spicy sauce. (You can get wings the traditional way or a boneless version for a couple bucks more.) The draft beer list is nothing special -- Bass, Pilsner Urquell, some domestics -- but it's affordable, with beers priced at $4 or $5 outside of the daily happy hour.
I was told that the restaurant will be open for all tournament games, and there will be specials offered, but as of last night, those hadn't been finalized.
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