The biggest patio on U Street? If you’re not counting rooftops, it looks like that title now belongs to Dodge City, the awesome little DJ bar at 917 U, right next to Velvet Lounge. Wander through the bar and through a heavy door, and you find yourself in a fenced-in backyard decorated with flowers, hanging baskets and lights made from large beer bottles. Oblong tables fill the middle of the space, and a drink rail runs along the walls. Up a flight of metal stairs is even more space to hang out.
But the coolest part may be the misting system that bartender/partner Angie Hopson set up on Wednesday night to help beat the heat. It’s a simple solution -- a garden misting hose set up in front of a large fan -- but it definitely helps cool the place down on a warm afternoon. (You may get a little moist, and the woman at the next table was worried that the moisture might make her hair frizz, but I think this is a case where the benefits outweigh the cost.) If you absolutely need to get away from the mist, you can always head for the upper deck.
The future may hold backyard cookouts -- there was a grill set up at Tuesday’s opening party -- but for now, this is just a great place to relax outdoors and sample brews from Dodge City’s excellent selection of draft craft beers. Tonight DJ Provoke spins Brazilian tunes, cumbia and moombahton while accompanied by live percussion. Dodge City never has a cover charge.
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