Drafting Table plans to pour its last draft on Sunday, June 9, the day after the Capital Pride Parade passes by on 14th Street NW.
The dressed-down watering hole debuted along the strip in 2012 (1529 14th Street NW), becoming a steady spot for cheap beers, brunch, burgers, and bingo nights. Logan Circle has since been flooded with new drinking options, making it harder for longtime players to stay afloat.
“We had a good run. Unfortunately, the saturation on 14th Street and the D.C. restaurant market in general caught up to us,” owner Aaron Gordon tells Eater.
High-end cocktail bar Quarter + Glory (2017 14th Street NW) also called it quits last year, citing unrealistic real estate prices as the cause for closure.
A Popville tipster first noticed a sign in the window advertising specials for the bar’s final weekend. Starting Friday, Drafting Table will run specials for its final weekend including $2 craft beers and $1 shots. Its last day of service on Sunday will wrap up with a traditional “drink the bar dry” party.
“We won’t open another Drafting Table,” says Gordon, who adds that Red Light, its sister bar up the street, will continue operating as usual.
Like Drafting Table, Red Light screens Premier League games (siding with Arsenal FC). Plenty of events will be planned around the women’s World Cup this summer. The Gordon Food Group also includes Penn Quarter coffee shop Bakers & Baristas, adjacent Red Velvet Cupcakery, and Chevy Chase pizza joint Little Beast.
Gordon says he’s “pretty certain another restaurant concept from out of town is replacing [Drafting Table],” but didn’t have more details.
Bisnow D.C. reports that New York City-based wine bar Vin Sur Vingt has signed a lease to take over the property, where it will open its first location outside of its home base. The company reportedly has six standalone locations in NYC and a smaller business inside a food hall.