Five things to know about the new Park View Patio

October 31, 2013
Park View Patio Park View Patio's back garden features picnic tables and a bar -- and will eventually offer corn hole and heat lamps. (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Here are five things you should know about Park View Patio, which makes its debut in the former Blue Banana location on Georgia Avenue NW tonight.

"Patio" is in the name for a reason. Park View Patio's back garden extends the full width of two storefronts – both Park View and the neighboring beauty salon. It's covered with picnic tables and has a decent-sized outdoor bar. (The bar itself is not as large as the one at neighboring DC Reynolds.) There are plans to install plastic tents and space heaters to accommodate drinkers during the winter months. And, in keeping with trends at other outdoor spaces from Bardo to Suburbia to the Fairgrounds, there will be corn hole sets to play with.

There might be a culture clash. Park View Patio's owners include partners in George, Mason Inn and Capitale – a far cry from the usually laid-back Park View/Petworth/Columbia Heights bars in terms of both style and clientele. (No offense intended to anyone who loves happy hour at DC Reynolds and also has a black card for members-only George.)

There's no kitchen – yet. Those with long memories will remember that the Blue Banana didn't have much more than a microwave. Park View Patio co-owner Reed Landry says they're exploring the possibilities -– "I believe food operations are essential," he says -– but they're hampered by cramped space in the proposed basement kitchen area, and the lack of a full hood for ventilation. Until there's a permanent solution, they're partnering with some food truck vendors from Union Kitchen, including Altis BBQ, Milk Cult and Green Eggs and Burgers, the latter of which will be serving tonight. There won't be food trucks parked out front, either. At last night's soft opening, Altis was set up at tables in the front window.

Park View Patio The main bar at Park View Patio is much less of an attraction than the large outdoor space. (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

You can drink for cheap. Tonight's Halloween party has a sweet deal to lure crowds: $20 for all you can drink between 8 and 11 p.m. No costume required, but there's a contest with a $200 prize for the best outfit.

Drinking time will be limited – at first. After tonight, Landry says the bar will be open Thursday through Sunday during its first few months. The place has a stripped-down sports bar feel, with large TVs on all the walls. The bar has several microbrews on draft, including Flying Dog and Devils Backbone, and two Bud Light taps. There's a small whiskey collection, ranging from Makers Mark to Fireball, but the booze selection doesn't have as many flavored vodkas at Blue Banana did.

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.
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