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Free State Will Open Next Month With Local Brews, Salt Water Taffy

Chinatown is about to get more patriotic

Rendering of Free State Edit Lab
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

This winter, a bar with Mid-Atlantic brews, booze, and snacks will anchor in Chinatown.

Free State Atlantic Bar, a new bar from the team behind Lost & Found, will sit below deck of Bantam King at 700 5th St. NW.

Co-owner Hilarey Leonard said the driving force behind the Mid-Atlantic theme: Her husband is from Northern Maryland and has “always been a fan of everything that goes with it.” That means 14 draft lines will pour craft beers sourced from Mid-Atlantic states only, so don’t expect any large domestic brews (like Bud Light). That rule has also gotten patrons at Lost & Found to drink outside the box, she said.

Booze will be sourced from breweries and distilleries located within Pennsylvania-to-North Carolina confines. The 1,700-square-foot space won’t have a kitchen, so expect small bites like salt water taffy from Delaware.

Oceanic accents will include white-washed woods, brick, and a vintage ship's lantern. Each booth will get the nautical treatment, like a Captain’s leather-covered booth, array of seafaring photography, and other antique pieces the team has curated. Hours will be 4 p.m. until close and could be extended if daytime Verizon Center events are happening. The goal is to open by mid-December, with seating for 80.