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Foggy Bottom’s Bayou Closing June 3

The lively music hall and bar is calling it quits

Bayou DC’s last Mardi Gras was this year.
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

The party’s over at N’awlins-themed Bayou come Saturday, June 3, so the music-friendly venue and local watering hole is booking bands galore to help it play itself off.

It’s the second Foggy Bottom bar to throw in the towel in the past few months. 51st Tavern unceremoniously closed in mid-March without a word of notice.

Bayou’s parent company Georgetown Events, which also owns Jetties, Surfside, Due South, and the new Millie’s in Spring Valley, announced the impending shutter late Tuesday via a newsletter blast to subscribers and a farewell post on Instagram:

The two-story bar plans to go out with a bang, lining up live musical acts through the end of the month. “We've lined up some of our favorite bands from the past eight years to rock out the Bayou stage over the next three weekends,” management told supporters in the email alert. “Come help us celebrate great memories as we make some new ones.”

Bayou, wedged right between Georgetown and George Washington University, was a regular stop on the collegiate party circuit. Food was also a focus: executive chef Rusty Holman’s po’boys were a destination dish, and Bayou also boasted a catering component.

It’s unclear why the restaurant is calling it quits, but it appears the company is shifting its focus; sibling bar Smith Point was put up for sale at the beginning of the year.

Eater reached out to Georgetown Events for more information regarding the shutter.

McFadden’s, another college favorite located just one block away, permanently closed its doors in 2015 after five people were stabbed inside the rowdy saloon on a particularly violent Saturday night.

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2519 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. , 20036