Editors' pick

Asylum Anniversary Party

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Editorial Review

It's been a long, strange 18 years for local biker/metal bar Asylum, from its early days on Ninth Street NW (in what's now the DC9 space) to a few years "in Exile" near 11th and U. The last decade has been spent in the heart of Adams Morgan, where it has grown from a tiny basement-level dive to a two-story restaurant and bar with live music and a vegan menu. Through it all, Asylum has stayed popular and relevant by sticking to its guns. The rock music is loud. The beer is cheap (especially at Saturday's happy hour). There's plenty of motorcycle parking out front. Friday's anniversary party features live music by local reggae band Lucky Dub (listen), DJ Joshua spinning punk and heavy metal classics, and 18-cent beers -- that's not a misprint -- from 8 to 10, then $1.80 beers until close.

-- Fritz Hahn (Aug. 18, 2009)