Once upon a time, there was a divey bar in Arlington. It had totem poles and old cars. And it brewed more
beer than anyone else around.
Then it closed. The end.
No, wait. Alternate ending: it’s back. In Northeast DC. And it brought barbed wire. And... not much
Yes, here’s Bardo
, the strangest, airiest beer garden you’ll ever see, now open.
Picture a former vacant lot, ringed with chain-link fence and barbed wire, into which have been dropped
fermentation tanks, shipping containers and a plywood bar
. Good. You’re picturing this place.
Notice we didn’t say “doors” or “roofs,” because there aren’t any. So showing up during a
blizzard is probably out.
But at night... that’s your time. Bring a huge group (they have enough real estate for 500), and make for
the bar and its 20-odd drafts (Natty Boh, Old Rasputin). Take your beers over to the picnic tables. Or over
on the grass, where there are corn-toss sets. Drink. Talk. Play. Repeat.
Still in the works: self-serve taps, movies on a big screen, fire pits and a license to brew their own beer
and distill their own booze on site.
Don’t worry, there’s a Denny’s next door.
1200 Bladensburg Rd NE
Washington, DC 20002