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Posted at 1:06 PM ET, 11/18/2009

Three more reasons to go out this week

By Fritz Hahn

If you're tired of the same-old nightlife destinations, take heart -- it's a big week for bar openings and reopenings in D.C.

Probably the most welcome is the rebirth of the Black Rooster, the downtown pub that closed in October after losing its lease in a downtown office building. After a public outcry (and help from D.C. council member Jack Evans), owner Jody Taylor quietly reopened the bar Monday. Regulars will also be celebrating on L Street on Friday, when Evans presides at a 6 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony that Taylor called "the quote-unquote unofficial-official grand reopening." A DJ will spin from 6 p.m. on, and there will be food and wine specials in addition to the usual "$1.50 off all draft beers" deal that's offered at its weekday happy hours. It won't be hard to miss the party; Taylor says there will be searchlights outside.

We mentioned the Peroni Blue Ribbon party at Recess in this week's Nightlife Agenda, but I just wanted reiterate that this Friday will be the public's only chance to check out the new basement-level lounge at 727 15th St. NW until sometime next month. "This is it," owner Fisayo Esconsay says. "The grand opening's going to be in December. We're going to have some private events between now and then," but nothing else that everyone can attend. RSVP by the end of today to for admission to the happy hour, which runs from 8 to 10.

And finally, contrary to what I wrote earlier this week, the new cocktail bar the Passenger is going to open tonight, not tomorrow. The Passenger, which is taking the place of the bar at the Warehouse Theater north of Chinatown, is very much a work in progress. The dining room, which will be styled to look like a dining car, is little more than an arched ceiling and a couple of booths at this point, and the intimate Columbia Room, where mixologist Derek Brown (formerly of the Gibson) plans to whip up drinks for small groups of cocktail aficionados, is still not ready. But the Brown brothers are chomping at the bit to get going, so they're opening, regardless.

And they're not taking any chances with the new place: A Catholic priest is coming in to bless the bar on Thursday afternoon.

-- Fritz Hahn

By Fritz Hahn  | November 18, 2009; 1:06 PM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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