Salutations, readers! I’m back from my mini-detox ready for more 🙂
Yes, you read that right. After determining my tolerance is WAY too high, I thought it would be a good activity for me to cut out the booze for a little bit. To my dismay, this past Saturday and the DC Social Sports St. Practice Day Bar Crawl indicated that I am still a fierce drinker, haha.
Saturday proved to be quite the active day. After resting up Friday night and completing some Saturday morning activities, I ventured to Clarendon around 1pm for this bar crawl. Skeptical at first because of my general disdain for going out in Clarendon, I discovered that day drinking there is actually quite tolerable…dare I say it…even fun.
Starting at Clarendon Grill, I waited for my buddies to arrive at the bar with $3 mimosas and a quesadilla ($8). Important to note, there is a $10 minimum on cards here. Luckily, I only encountered one creeper while waiting for others to arrive – advantage to day drinking? Fewer creepers haha. The general layout of Clarendon Grill is scattered. They have a large bar with many seats, making it great for watching sports at the bar. During the day, they also have tables that appear to be first-come, first-served. At night, they clear out the tables and there is more room for socializing/dancing/shenanigans. I will admit, I’ve only been there one other time – it was a weekend night, there was a $5 cover, an awesome cover band, and shots were most definitely involved. It was quite enjoyable. Anyway, back to the bar crawl 🙂 As more people filed into the bar for the start of the crawl, we continued drinking…three mimosas later it was time for a change of scenery.
Next stop – Mister Days.
I had never been here before, but had always heard good thing about this establishment. After entering…I wasn’t quite sure why. Inside the temperature rose about 10 degrees, the air felt sticky, and there was a distinct ‘man’ smell. There is a large downstairs with plenty of tables and a small upstairs complete with a bar. Mister Days is supposed to have a pretty decent trivia night and I could see it being good for watching big sports games. Venturing upstairs in an attempt to avoid a long wait for drinks, I took advantage of the cheap rail drinks and got myself a $3 vodka tonic (yes, it was supposed to be $4 and yes, the bartender poured me a double – just because I’m a feminist does not mean I can’t take advantage of my feminine wiles from time to time). We quickly finished our drinks and met back up with friends at Clarendon Grill. With a few minutes to spare before the specials ended, I got another mimosa (judge all you want, they went down easily!). At this point we were reaching the 3 hour mark and I still had not done any shots. Clearly, this needed to change. Mmm cherry vodka shots 😉
Onward to the next stop! Just down the block, we walked to Hard Times. This was the turning point for several people in our group. While I took this chance to slow down with just a vodka tonic and shamrock shooter, others took advantage of the $5 jumbo beers, haha. So sitting there with $5 jumbo beers, obviously the boys thought the best decision was to chug them in a drinking contest amongst themselves. Boys will be boys, haha. Overall, Hard Times definitely gets my seal of approval for its tasty food and cheap drinks. There is a small downstairs, but most of the action happens upstairs. They occasionally have live music and just a jovial atmosphere that cultivates making new friends. Hard Times is a great place to start or end an evening. For the purpose of this bar crawl, I’m going to say the atmosphere was a little rowdier than normal and felt more like a sports bar during a big game. Concluding our tom foolery here, we traveled a couple blocks to RiRa.
So I know a lot of people like RiRa, but I am not a big fan…at all. Perhaps too many sketchy encounters or weird memories, but this is not my bar of choice. In general, I try to avoid places with a cover like they have on a Friday or Saturday night, unless it’s really worth it. I’m typically skeptical of the crowd here and the prices are average (typically there is a cheap drink requirement for a Clarendon bar – I need some incentive if I’m going to pick Clarendon over DC for a night out). Either way, RiRa was fairly uneventful other than a few people in our group calling it quits for the night.
Losing a few people from our group at RiRa was not going to stop us though! It was time to refuel. We went to Pete’s and quickly pigged out on some pizza. Yum! Being from Jersey, I can be a little bit of a snob in terms of good pizza, but this was a decent drunk substitution. Galaxy Hut was the next stop! I had never been here before. My other opportunity to go here was on date. Yes, the guy actually was nice, but I got scared and made up a bogus excuse not to go – nice girls make dumb mistakes too! Anyway, a hipster haven, Galaxy Hut was quaint. With only a few tables inside and a small “patio” outside, this place was quite crowded when we arrived even though it wasn’t on the official bar crawl agenda. Switching my drink of choice to some Bold Rock cider ($7), I was happy as a clam. It certainly didn’t hurt that we got a chance to eat some tater tots here either 🙂 We finished off a second order of tater tots and left Galaxy Hut. Going on my 10th hour of drinking at this point, I was almost swayed to go home…instead I used other judgment and went to one last stop with my buddies…O’Sullivan’s.
O’Sullivan’s is another establishment that I hadn’t visited before. Just down the block from Spider Kelly’s and Ballroom, this Irish pub actually had a bit of charm to it. With another cider in hand, my group of friends proceeded to the larger part of the bar. They had a live musician playing covers who was decent enough to get me and my friends dancing. Unfortunately, exhaustion caught up with me and I had to call it quits going on hour 11. Confession time – this was my first organized bar crawl. Hope you all enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. Perhaps I’ll have some good stories to tell you all about next week 🙂