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Blagden Alley’s Newest Wine Bar Is Here

There’s 30 wines by the glass at the Dabney Cellar

Descend a winding staircase under a 9th Street NW rowhouse to access the new wine bar. 
Photo: Andrew Cebulka
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Fans of Blagden Alley’s Michelin-starred Dabney can now snag a seat at its new 30-seat subterranean bar, dubbed Dabney Cellar, to slurp Virginia oysters and small-batch wines.

The 30-seat, brick-lined space, which accepts walk-ins only from 6 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday, mimics the cozy tavern-style look of its upstairs sister. Edit Lab at Streetsense’s design accents include reclaimed wood shelving for spirits behind the bar and custom-made iron racks to house the main attraction: wine.

The list, curated by Dabney co-owner and beverage director Alex Zink, includes 30 wines by the glass ($9 to $18), many of which are from small producers.

Stacked firewood stored alongside the bar will fuel The Dabney’s wood-burning hearth upstairs.

Photo: Andrew Cebulka

Dabney chef Jeremiah Langhorne’s lineup of locally sourced bites ($5 to $14) include East Coast oysters and other shellfish, salads, snacks, charcuterie, and cheeses. The small menu splashed on a chalkboard wall will rotate daily. A sampling: scallop crudo, foie gras parfait, and marinated kale salad.

Beverage options range from ciders and draft beers to cocktails like negronis (El Buho Mezcal, aperol, Don Ciccio amaro, Barolo Chinato and pineapple weed) and daiquiris (Hamilton Black Jamaican Rum, Angostora amarao and lime).

A cheese plate at Dabney Cellar.
Photo by Andrew Cebulka

Status: Certified open. 1222 Ninth Street NW; website.

The Dabney

122 Blagden Alley Northwest, , DC 20001 (202) 240-2660 Visit Website