Burst pipes force area bars to close

The Polar Vortex may be receding, but its effects continue to be felt in the Washington area, thanks to dozens of broken water pipes. Several bars have been forced to close in the last few days due to water issues. We'll update this list if we hear of more.

Growlers of Gaithersburg
A pipe burst in the stairwell of the award-winning brewpub on Tuesday night, causing damage to the stairs and the lower level. It may take up to a week for the bar to reopen. The 19th Century building has an unfortunate past with severe weather: Growlers was closed for six months after storms tore off a portion of the roof and flooded the upstairs bar in August 2010.

Jack Rose
The rooftop deck at Jack Rose flooded on Wednesday afternoon when a pipe burst on the outdoor tiki bar. The damage was mostly cosmetic, and the bar expects to open as usual on Thursday. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Jack Rose was forced to close yesterday afternoon after a pipe burst on the third-floor outdoor tiki bar, sending "a dramatic flow of water from floor to floor," owner Bill Thomas said. Because the tiki bar is closed for the season, "we didn't catch [the break] until water started coming through the walls." However, Thomas said, the roof has been inspected, and the damage is mostly cosmetic. "The dining room never got touched," he said. "It's just cleaning. … We're replacing a couple of light fixtures and doing a little touch up painting. We'll be ready to go tonight as usual."

First Down Bar and Grill
The Ballston sports bar closed around 6:30 last night after a water pipe burst, but there was no damage to bar. First Down reopened as usual this morning.

Bedrock Billiards
Basement-level Bedrock tweeted last night that it had to close due to a broken pipe, but owner Geoff Dawson says there's no damage, and he expects the Adams Morgan pool hall to reopen tonight. "It wasn't on us so much as the building [Bedrock is located in], and we got knocked out," he said. "You lose a night of business, but them's the breaks."

Fritz Hahn has written about 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. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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