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When Trevor Frye took over Dickson Wine Bar on U Street NW, he knew exactly what he wanted to do—open a bar that would use cocktails to salute the musicians playing down the street at the 9:30 Club.

“The eclectic shows that come through the 9:30 Club allow for unlimited inspiration for me and the team to sit down the week before, look at the show lineup, and put the music on and listen to the artist that’s playing,” Frye told City Paper when the Five to One concept was first revealed in Fall 2016. 

Five to One even called its cocktail menus “set lists.” The bar shares its name with Frye’s favorite Doors song. Five to One is also the ratio of ingredients in one of Frye’s favorite bourbon cocktails, the “Mother-in-Law.”

Back on April 30, Five to One posted on its Facebook page that it would be temporarily closing for renovations. The post read: “Got some big things in the works. Unfortunately, those things will take a couple days to get in place. We appreciate your patience as we will be working tirelessly over the next couple days. Keep an eye on our social media for updates.” 

Frye provided an statement Sunday that Five to One will not be reopening at 903 U St. NW. He hopes to relocate the concept in the future.

“While a very difficult decision for me, sometimes in this industry when you peel back certain layers, you need to make decisions based on business acumen and not the passion we put in to it day in and day out. We are so thankful for all of the people who supported us over the course of the year and the neighborhood for embracing us the way it did. My team created something truly special within those walls and we hope to recapture that when the bar lands at its new home.”

Five blocks away, cocktail bar Quarter & Glory (2017 14th St. NW) also called it quits this month after leaving a note on the door for weeks saying the staff was renovating the space.

Five to One, 903 U St. NW; facebook.com/fivetoonedc