Because billing itself as a place for people to drink Vigilante coffee, telework, drink craft beer, try out pop-ups, and host private events wasn’t enough, a huge new venue in the former Kraken Axes space in Park View has also given itself a pirate theme.
Hook Hall is opening today at 3400 Georgia Avenue NW, welcoming its first customers to an indoor-outdoor space that covers more than 12,000 square feet. The all-day joint announced on Facebook that it will make its debut at 4:30 p.m. today, with longstanding Rocklands BBQ selling food from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Rocklands will run the same hours there tomorrow, and Hook Hall is advertising $1.50 glasses of a house lager from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
According to a release that Popville shared, Hook Hall has a 32-tap system, a 40-foot mirrored bar as part of an indoor space with room for 700 people, and an outdoor pavilion with room for 675. The outside space includes its own bar, a deck, and 10 private cabanas.
Although Hook Hall is named “in salute of a legendary pirate,” it doesn’t sound like a place for merry pirate cosplay and potent grog (RIP Piratz Tavern). Design touches include front windows salvaged from Baltimore-based nonprofit Second Chance, an “algae wall” mural shimmering with green and gold paint, a mural of stormy seas that doubles as a projecting screen, and copper shelving courtesy of restaurateur-turned-designer Andy Gruver.
Owners Steuart Martens and Anna Valero brought the ax-throwing bar to D.C. last year, then relocated it while renovating the space. D.C.’s Kraken Axes is now in Penn Quarter. Hook Hall adds to a Park View scene that’s steadily building. The Midlands beer garden is just a block away. Sonny’s Pizza and its adjoining No Kisses bar are just down the street. Call Your Mother, one of Eater’s 16 best new restaurants in America, is close, too.
Hook Hall lists its hours as Sunday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to midnight.