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With the Pinch Bar Closing, D.C.’s Punk Community Loses its Columbia Heights Home

Plus, a new Turkish market and cafe will land in Georgetown

Hardcore dive bar goes quiet

The Pinch, a gritty corner bar and music venue in Columbia Heights that has become a home for fans of pretzel-coated fried pickles and hardcore punk and metal bands, will close next week after eight years of business on an upper 14th Street strip surrounded by pupuserias, taquerias, and nearby watering holes like Lyman’s Tavern and the Red Derby. Social media accounts for the bar shared news earlier this week that its last day will be Tuesday, October 22.

As of Thursday morning, a Facebook post announcing the closure at 3548 14th Street NW had more than 140 comments from people calling the news “tragic” and saying they were “absolutely gutted.”

A booking manager for the bar tells DCist that he found out about the news at the same time as everyone else and is now looking to reroute 30 bands scheduled to visit over the next two months.

Back in 2012, Washingtonian reported that industry vets Dan Maceda, Carlos Eyster, Ashley Brudowsky opened the bar because they were tired of working for other people. In addition to music, the Pinch hosted burlesque nights, poker, and trivia. [DCist; W]

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The Pinch

3548 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010 (202) 722-4440 Visit Website