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Initial Visitors Say New Gay Bar Orchid Is a Welcome Addition to D.C.

“Look forward to visiting again soon”

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New arrival Orchid on Barracks Row.
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Barracks Row’s newest gay bar, Orchid, burst onto the scene last month with late-night happy hour, seasonal snacks, and a roaring 1920s vibe.

The recent addition (520 Eighth Street SE), replacing now-defunct Senart’s Oyster and Grille Room, comes from the team at Hill Restaurant Group (Finn McCool’s, Hawk ‘n’ Dove).

Seasonal fare ($8-$19) includes shrimp cocktail, grilled lamb chops, avocado gazpacho, cheese plates, crab cakes, and seared sea scallops. Cocktails ($10) include a Blue Orchid featuring Jameson whiskey and blueberry syrup, while beers ($5-$6) include Pacifico and DC Brau. There’s also a handful of wines for $5 each.

Read on to see what locals are saying about Orchid so far:

The Give It A Minute News: Facebook user David Revilla calls Orchid a “great place” with “good drinks,” but acknowledges it’s very much a work in progress. “They’re still tweaking and improving. Def worth checking out.” And “despite growing pains,” Facebooker Andre Hopfer concurs. “There are still some growing pains. However it is a beautiful bar,” he writes. “The food is great and the atmosphere is awesome. A great addition to the DC gay community.” [Facebook]

The So Very Artful News: Instagram user @dannyc85 notes that the bar — and the new rainbow mural along the side of the building — are “just in time for Pride!” Fellow Instagram user @brockindc couldn’t agree more, calling it “a great new mural at a great new gay bar.” [Instagram]

The What Took So Long News: Facebook user Jamie S. Sycamore says Orchid is “exactly what DC Gay scene needs!” And Yelper Josh W. writes, “It’s so nice to have a decent gay bar on the Hill. Its been a few years since Remmingtons closed down and the trek to Dupont / U street is getting old.” [Facebook, Yelp]

The Raring to Return News: Facebook user Aron Schultz is already a fan. “Great atmosphere, laid back vibes, perfect place for any engagement. Look forward to visiting again soon,” he writes. And Instagrammer @chrisjonesdc calls it an “awesome new cocktail/wine bar!” [Facebook, Instagram]