Georgetown Bars Now and Then

Have you ever heard the rumors of Georgetown’s bustling nightlife and bar scene in the 1980’s, 1990’s and early 2000’s? Have you wondered where these bars went? Or have you accepted the fact that M Street is an eerily too similar replica of your hometown mall? Here at 4E we asked these questions and did the research into Georgetown’s bar history, and no this is not a shameless plug for my final research project. But if it was, I would suggest that you check out this website to learn more. So if finals have you feeling down, take a walk with 4E down memory lane and peer into the past with our Georgetown Bars Now and Then. 

3401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then: Poseurs

Now: The Running Company

This bar created Georgetown’s punk rock scene. It was the first bar in Georgetown that integrated music videos into the bar! It closed in 1989 and is now the Running Company. However, Poseurs loyal followers hosted a 30-year reunion, so check out their event on Facebook Event.

3477 M Street, NW Washington D.C. 

Then: The Cellar Door

Now: For rent

This building used to house The Cellar Door, a live music club that played host to famous artists such as Jimmy Buffet, Patti Smith, Carole King and many more from 1965-1981. Since then the location has been a sandwich shop but currently remains for rent.

3295 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then:  Rhino

Now: Club Monaco

This location has been a bar since 1952 when it was first the Shamrock. It transitioned to Winston’s Pumphouse in 1972, and then in 1996 it became Rhino–a popular if not beloved Georgetown University bar. It was closed in 2015 due to high rent and is now Club Monaco, a clothing store.

3259 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then: Crazy Horse

Now: Coach

Now a Coach retail store, Crazy Horse was a local bar popular with both Georgetown students and young adults from the DMV area.

1238 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then: Carriage House, followed by Tramps

Now: Zara

This location was first the Carriage House, a dining room frequented by many important social and political figures of the District. Then it was taken over by the famous disco club Tramps, run by Washington Playboy Mike O’Harro. This establishment was a left over remanent of the 1970s disco scene. Unfortunately, in 1982 it stopped “Staying Alive” and closed its doors. It is currently a Zara clothing store.

1218 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then: The Third Edition

Now: El Centro

The Third Edition was a Georgetown neighborhood staple, serving students, visitors and the neighborhood from 1969 to 2013. It even got a moment of Hollywood fame as the beloved St. Elmo’s Fire bar in the 1980’s classic “St. Elmo’s Fire” Now it is an upscale Mexican restaurant called El Centro.

3104 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then: Mr. Smiths

Now: Fine Retailer

Mr. Smiths was arguably the second oldest continuing bar in the Georgetown neighborhood as it was founded in 1962. In 2014 it was forced to move from its M Street location to K Street, where it replaced longstanding bar Chadwicks due to rising rents. Now, it’s location is filled in with “Fine Retailer” (whatever that means).

3111 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then: Bayou

Now: AMC Theatre

Currently the AMC Theatre, the Bayou was the go-to music scene from 1953 to 1998. Check out this website to learn more!

3003 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then: Garret’s Railroad Tavern

Now: I-Thai

Garrett’s Restaurant and Railroad Tavern shut its doors for the last time on a Monday in 1979. It was described as “not simply another restaurant closing but rather the loss of a popular community hangout loved and frequented by locals, students, employees, and tourists.” It has since been replaced with a Thai restaurant. Here is another article discussing Garret’s closing.

1206 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then: Champions

Now: The Sovereign

Champions closed their doors in 2002. It was a dubbed “the original sports bar” and was a favorite with the Georgetown student body, visiting college students, tourists and residents of the DMV area. The bar was bought and converted into an upscale Belgium restaurant called The Sovereign.

Check out the website Booze to Bougie to learn more:

Photos/gifs: trophyhomes.com, images.google.com, boozetobougie.wordpress.com

Guacamole Festival: Hurry Before It’s GONE

VillaMaria_GuacamoleWhile there are plenty of great places to go for great food and cheap drinks here in Georgetown, El Centro is definitely a fan favorite. With their five dollar margaritas at Happy Hour and their delicious guacamole, what’s not to love? Lucky for us, El Centro is in the middle of a guacamole festival! Naturally, I had to try it out.

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So what exactly is a guacamole festival, you might ask? Well, until September 30 (that’s right- you’ve got exactly 8 days) there are four special guacamole flavors on the menu.

  1. The Yucatan: This spicy guacamole includes shrimp ceviche, habanero, pickled onion, orange and lime. If you like it spicy and zesty, this is the guac for you. (Editor’s Note: This is my personal favorite)
  2. The Supremo: This guac comes with a unique blend of bacon, corn, queso and pumpkin seeds. For the more adventurous guac eaters among us.
  3. The Baja: In this one you get kiwi, strawberry, mango, mint and lime. It was definitely the highest rated at our table. A little on the sweet side, but irresistible.
  4. The Norteno: Chicarron, menonita (that’s a cheese), pickled onion and lime. I can’t pronounce half the ingredients in this one, but don’t ask questions and just eat it.

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So there you have it, the four special flavors of guac that make up El Centro’s guacamole festival. If you haven’t been yet, get your butt in gear and go this weekend! For the 21+ among us, do yourself a favor and get yourself a margarita. Or the special guac fest drink the suavecito: tequila, agave, lime and champagne. Guacamole and champagne? I’m pretty sure this is heaven.

Photos: giphy.com, knorr.com

OMG: Tomorrow is National Guacamole Day

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Attention: Guac lovers of the world

Tomorrow is the day. It’s like Christmas, Rosh Hashanah and my birthday all rolled into one. Yep, you guessed it, it is National Guacamole Day (NGD, for those in the know)!

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As this is a national holiday, you are basically mandated by the U.S. Constitution to eat GUAC. Come on people, it is your god given right as an American citizen!

If you are left wondering how to best celebrate this holiday, do not fret. 4E has got you covered.

Here is how I, the queen of guac, mandate you should spend NGD:

1.Visit your favorite guac serving restaurant. Whether that be El Centro (try their Guacamole Festival menu!) or Chipotle, as long as you have some guac in your life your day will be instantly better.

2.Do not mention paying more for guac. While you should never do this, on this holy day you should especially not mention the extra $2.05 that transforms your regular Chipotle burrito bowl to a heavenly experience.

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Leo knows the guac costs extra

 

3.Wear all of your guac-pparel. Because, obviously you have this. I will personally be sporting my “I heart Guac” t-shirt. Get ready to be jealous. I am ready for my close up.

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4.Post on social media about your BFF (guac). Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like an Instagram of you and your BFF guac doing a variety of fun activities. TBT that time you guys went kayaking on the Potomac! SOOOO CUTE.

5.Be creative and make your own guac! PSA: If you do this please contact me personally and let me know. I would be more than happy to be your tester. I know a thing or two about guac.

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6.Attend the “Make your own Guac” class at Leo’s! Tomorrow. O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront. Lower Level. 5 p.m. Be there, or be a NARP.

Guac today, Guac tomorrow, Guac forever.

Photos/Gifs: lovelace-media.imgix.net/; imgur.com; http://nachosny.com/; bravotv.com; http://www.organicauthority.com

Old Memories and New Murals

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It’s no secret that we at The Fourth Edition have a special soft spot in our hearts for The Third Edition. Though as you probably already know, the Georgetown favorite, Thirds, went by the wayside last year. We sadly thought Thirds would be out of our minds and our news stories forever, which is why we were so ecstatic to hear of a recent discovery from within our favorite social spot of the past.

According to the Washington Post, renovation plans were underway for El Centro (a restaurant and bar that is soon to replace what was Thirds) when designers found a surprise hidden in the downstairs interior wall: a mural. The mysterious work of art depicts a historic street scene with mountains and a lighthouse in the background that is also covered in graffiti.

Though the work of art doesn’t exactly fit El Centro’s Mexican theme, the new restaurant’s design team couldn’t resist keeping the quirky piece in the plans. So, Third Edition lovers, it looks like there is still a bit of hope: while Thirds may be gone, a hidden piece of its artwork will live on in El Centro forever.

If any of you are interested in El Centro, the new tacos and tequila joint that will be replacing Thirds, check out their website here. Disclaimer: it’s for their 14th Street location; the Wisconsin Ave. website is on its way. But you should still definitely check it out – I mean, who doesn’t love bottomless brunch, octopus tacos, iron skillet fajitas and secret hidden murals?

Photo: Amy Lee/The Hoya