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Posted at 4:33 PM ET, 02/25/2010

Got Plans? redux: Do we need more bars?

By Julia Beizer

A reader posed this query in today's chat:

D.C.: A fairly open ended question (that struck me a couple weekends ago while moving from one packed place to the next)... does the District need more bars? All types, neighborhood pubs, dives, clubs, wine. I say yes.

Fritz and I took a stab at answering, but I'd like to know what you think. Do we need more bars? And if so, where should they go? Let us know in the comments below.

We also talked about kid-friendly brunch places, gallery openings and restaurants with good champagne. We'll be back next week with more guru goodness. See you then.

-- Julia Beizer

By Julia Beizer  | February 25, 2010; 4:33 PM ET
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Yes, some areas of DC are woefully underserved and in desperate need of neighborhood bars. I say this with conviction as someone who lives in the currently desolate neighborhood of Southwest DC. There's a lot of talk about new development that will be coming to Southwest over time, but some of us are desperate for comfortable places to go for a beer or glass of wine (and ideally, some decent food) sooner rather than later. We need something besides The Channel Inn and Cantina Marina! (Cantina Marina is great but only serves the purpose in nice weather, and one good place isn't enough for such a populous neighborhood.)

Beyond neighborhoods like Southwest with a complete dearth of options, it would be nice to see some larger spaces opened for nice bars for wine and good microbrews and imported beers. A lot of interesting places have opened in DC in the last couple of years, but they're often quite small and thus become quickly overcrowded and uncomfortable.

Posted by: AK33077 | February 25, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

But how can bar owners make money? In order to stay in business, the proprietors have to bribe the DC ABC, the MPDC, the local ANC commissioner, the DCRA...the bar/restaurant/nightclub business in DC is an endless shakedown...

Posted by: pat1425 | February 25, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I concur with the first poster: there are lot of underserved areas in DC. Places like Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Dupont, U Street and downtown probably have more than they need, whereas Historic Anacostia doesn't have a single one. As a matter of fact, there are only two places east of the Anacostia that I know of where you can get a drink: Players Lounge in Congress Heights and Wah Sing in Randle Highlands. Rays the Steaks will increase that by 50% when they open later this year. Other places that, in my opinion, could use/support a pub/bar/restuarant or combo thereof are Near Southeast around the baseball stadium, Rhode Island Ave near the Metro station, Kennedy St in the North Petworth/Brightwood/Manor Park area, close to the Fort Totten Metro, and Hillcrest.

Posted by: clchurch1 | February 28, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Let me add North Capitol Street to the list of areas that could use a bar/pub/restaurant.

Posted by: clchurch1 | March 1, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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