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Posted at 1:15 PM ET, 03/18/2009

WWSMGD? (What Would Shane MacGowan Do?)

By Fritz Hahn

11:25 p.m.: After the 4Ps, I decide to head to Duffy's to see how the party was raging. It's right across the street from the 9:30 club, where the Pogues are playing a sold-out show, and given the usual, uh, passion that Pogues fans have for Guinness, it should be a great time.

There are certain things you should remember when you're Bars and Clubs editor -- like that Duffy's has to close by midnight, thanks to an agreement with neighbors on its otherwise residential strip of Vermont Avenue. There's no line outside when I pull up, but the bouncer tells me that he's not letting anyone else in. "Sorry man," he says. "We're trying to wind things up so we can close."

Inside, the scene is calm and not crowded at all. It would have been a great place for a nightcap. Across the street, hundreds of people are streaming out of the 9:30. For them, the party is just beginning.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | March 18, 2009; 1:15 PM ET
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