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Penn Quarter Will Get a Dueling Piano Bar Next Year

National chain Howl at the Moon slides into the former Ping Pong Dim Sum space

A piano player at Howl at the Moon
A piano player at Howl at the Moon
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

After sitting empty for nearly two years, the space that formerly housed Ping Pong Dim Sum in Penn Quarter will soon turn into a location of a national chain that hosts dueling piano shows and serves 86-ounce cocktails in buckets.

Howl at the Moon, which has bars in 15 other U.S. cities, will slide into the space at 900 Seventh Street NW, Akridge landlord representative Wil Pace confirms.

The bar is targeting a spring 2020 opening for its first foray into the D.C. market. There are nearby locations in Baltimore and Philadelphia. A days-old blog post on its website details its pending arrival in the District.

Along with filling up patrons with buckets of rum-heavy Hurricanes and a rum-heavy “Chill AF,” the bar is known for putting on high-energy shows everywhere from Hollywood to the high seas (it’s partnered with Norwegian Cruise Line).

Musicians are invited to play upbeat cover songs and take crowd requests. There are often guitars and drums, too. A menu of shots includes the “Walk of Shame” (Jack Daniel’s, Butterscotch Schnapps, orange) and a “Basic B**** Bomb” (Don Q Coco Rum, Blue Curacao, Red Bull Tropical). There’s no food menu on the website, only categories of booze.

International chain Ping Pong Dim Sum, which temporarily closed the same location back in 2016, officially pulled the plug on its Penn Quarter presence in February 2018. A Dupont Circle location that lasted about four years closed in early 2016.

Dueling piano fans who can’t wait for 2020 can head to Bobby McKey’s in National Harbor.