City Paper is not for tourists
Bardo, Trinidad’s massive brewery/beer garden, is opening a second location on the Anacostia River next to Nationals Park. Founders and brothers Andrew and Bill Stewart have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the 100,000-square-foot space, which aims to include the “city’s biggest” dog park, an on-site bike shop, sculpture garden, kids’ sand playground, and a floating screen for waterfront movie nights.
“We have enough cash to do a bare bones build out, but the last time we opened before the permanent bathrooms were built and it was not well received,” says Bill Stewart in a press release. He’s aiming to raise $200,000 to “do this thing deluxe,” which includes flush toilets.
The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail runs through the property, so Stewart is expecting a cycling-oriented clientele—which explains the planned bike repair shop and parking lot for up to 500 bikes.
Bardo is selling sets of pints and pitchers to people willing to help jumpstart their next beer garden. If you give $20 to the Indiegogo campaign, you get four pints of beer this summer. “Marion Berry” t-shirts (named for one of the brewery’s summer beers) are also on sale for $25. The high rollers out there with $5,000 to contribute will get the run of the place for a whole weekday, along with 100 pitchers.
“Help make this the only park in D.C. where you can walk around with a drink in your hand legally and your dog can run around off leash legally, while your kiddies play in the sandbox!” implores Bardo’s “Bardog” in the brewery’s promotional video.
If all goes well, Bardo on the riverfront should be open this July. The beer garden will occupy the lot on a year by year basis until the developer of the property, MRP Realty, begins construction on a mixed-use project.