Last summer, the Neighborhood Restaurant Group — the owners of ChurchKey, the Sovereign and other beer-centric destinations — leapt into the world of pop-up bars. Canteen, which ran on the plaza of the 2100 M St. NW office building from June to October, offered an array of craft beers, bourbon-spiked slushies, a gourmet hot dog cart, lawn games and live music.

Canteen's short run went so well that the group is bringing it back this summer. The pop-up is moving from the West End to Shaw, steps from the intersection of Ninth and U streets NW. It debuts Friday in an empty lot at 1923 Ninth St. NW, next to the Riide bicycle shop and just down the block from the pricey Shay apartments, and will be open Thursday through Sunday until Aug. 4, a date that the group's communications director Molly Hippolitus says “is not set in stone” and could be “extended a week or two.”

The initial list of 20 draft beers, which is 10 more than last year, resembles a mini-tour of the group's properties: barrel-aged sours from Grimm and Upland; Belgian blonde ales by De La Senne and De Ranke; big IPAs from the Veil and Ocelot; and Bluejacket's popular Forbidden Planet kolsch. Also on tap: a pair of ciders, a short wine list and those dangerous slushies.

As with last year, Red Apron will sell meaty snacks, but customers can also grab food from food trucks or bring in meals from nearby restaurants and shops, such as Glen's Garden Market. There will be 60 to 75 seats, a figure that's smaller than last year's 100-seat patio.

You might want to get there right after work.

Canteen, 1923 Ninth St. NW. Open 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Check the bar's Facebook page for beer menus and updates.

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