Last week, someone mentioned Virtue Feed & Grain was closed for a private event. I suppose that’s great for people who need such things, but what about those of us who just want to eat/drink at a popular, well-regarded venue? I feel like this is happening more and more often. I’ve seen it at Jack Rose, Hill Country and Capital City Brewing Company (and not on days or at times when they’d normally be closed anyway). It’s bad enough when the one bar in a restaurant gets reserved for a party or when a place gives half its dining room to an event where the noise and sometimes the guests inevitably spill over, but do owners consider what message they send to potential patrons when they close their doors completely? I hope they make the money they need to survive, but I’m certainly unlikely to go out of my way to try and visit again when I know their willingness to close. I can’t possibly be expected to follow the Twitter feeds of every establishment I might want to visit or call ahead every time I want to go out just to make sure a place is open!
Fritz Hahn: I see your point, but if I’m going out of my way to travel to a place, I do try to make sure they’re going to be open. (And most places are better about updating customers on closures via Twitter.) The fact is, almost every bar will close for the right price, especially during the week, when business is slower and more unpredictable. A private event is guaranteed income.
Sparkling wine for three
Hi! Do you have any suggestions for where three girls can go out in D.C. and enjoy some sparkling wine? It would be great if the place wasn’t a romantic, coupley place. Thanks!
Firefly at the Hotel Madera would be fun for sparkling cocktails. Same with Hank’s on the Hill. (I think Hank’s might be too datey.) Alternative suggestion: What about posting up at the bar at Bistrot du Coin or Bistro d’Oc with a bottle of bubbly? Obviously avoid wine bars, such as Veritas Wine Bar, Proof or even Estadio.
Pinball and more in Baltimore
Gurus, my parents are coming into town this weekend and I was thinking of heading up to the pinball museum with them as something fun and different to do. I have never been to Baltimore. How long do you think the pinball museum will occupy us? Also, is there anything else to do in that area? Can you recommend any restaurants near there? Thanks!
Amy Orndorff: Baltimore is fantastic and has tons of things to do. I visited the National Pinball Museum before it moved from Washington and estimate that it will take you about an hour to 90 minutes to run through the exhibits. You should allow more time if you want to play the games, which you should totally do.
As for nearby attractions, you are really close to Inner Harbor. My favorites there include Top of the World, the National Aquarium, a neat lighthouse and the Maryland Science Center. Walk a little bit farther and you can check out the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum and the Sports Legends Museum.