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Friday, September 12, 2014

Dive In

Wednesday's Kojo Nnamdi show on WAMU was right up DC ROCKS' alley. The discussion was all about dive bars and included Jackie Greenbaum who rescued The Quarry House from extinction and kept the atmosphere in tact right down to a low hanging but now defunct heating pipe.

 Even though I knew almost all the bars mentioned, I learned a lot from this show. I knew JVs was old, but didn't know it was born in the oldest strip mall in the DC area. I knew Quarry House goes way back but didn't know it might have been a speakeasy, and that there is no heat. I'm not sure why I 'm drawn to the darker side of sticky floors and creepy bathrooms with bad locks, but at least I know I'm not alone. This show also turned me onto a rather outrageously perfect punk rock explanation called Burn Down the Brixton by Jack On Fire- a band I can't wait to see.

Curious? Quarry House has live music every Saturday night with The Rock-a-Sonics coming up this week. JVs somehow churns out shows almost every evening- often twice on the weekends. Already have a favorite hang out? You can use the link above to chime in on Kojo's  dive bar survey.

Two not mentioned on the show that are a couple of my favorites (though relative new comers) are The Galaxy Hut which has a capacity of about 60 people, and a formidable beer list, plus  The Big Hunt. With it's furry chandeliers and dark strange atmosphere, I have to put this one on the list.

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