Enough already. Let’s do the exact opposite of that.
By going down a few steps into Penn Commons, the new industrial-looking sports bar from the folks behind DC Coast, Acadiana and, yes, District Commons. They’re taking reservations for a Monday opening next to the Verizon Center.
This place looks like a really amazing finished basement—communal tables, corner nooks with leather couches, 10 TVs, a bar with 38 taps, wall-size photos of Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson being all sporty.
Sure, you’ll frequent here for pregame when the Wizards and Caps start back up, but for now, it’s a nice place to escape the heat for happy hour. In front of you: a menu of 13 cocktails inspired by colonial America. Think lots of rum and whiskey, housemade shrubs and limoncellos, and some beer cocktails like the Rattle-Skull (rum, applejack, lime and DC Brau porter).
Then once you’ve debated the Federalist Papers (or at least the Nats’ starting rotation), get a look at the menu, which is pretty much exactly what you want in a place such as this—dips like smoked whitefish and pimento cheese, fresh oysters, hot pretzel bread and pulled-pork hand pies.
Yes, you can use a fork.