Major shakeups today in the Dupont Circle happy hour scene. First, everyone who’s ever won free booze at popular intern and college student hangout Sign of the Whale reacted to the dive bar’s Instagram post announcing that “This is Sign’s last week.”
Now, the Washingtonian reports that Dupont bars Buffalo Billiards and the Front Page will soon close up too. The two adjacent happy hour fixtures will shut down in August after the bar owners were unable to renew their leases with new ownership.
“We were hopeful that we’d be able to stay in, I think, as was the Front Page,” Buffalo Billiards owner Mark Handwerger told the Washingtonian. “We were trying everything under the sun…. They were hearing none of it.”
Both owners dangle the prospect of finding new spaces and relocating Buffalo Billiards and the Front Page in the future.