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Tonight is last call at the The Pour House, after 11 years in Capitol Hill.
The closure is just one in a series of dive bars that have shuttered in the neighborhood recently. Lil Pub, 18th Amendment, and most recently, Remingtons have all met their ends. Not to mention the original Hawk ’n’ Dove, whose upscaled renovations have erased any trace of its former divey self.
There are no specific bar specials planned for tonight’s last call, but co-owner Mark Menard says it will be an opportunity to give one final thanks to all the longtime supporters, which include Pittsburgh Steeler and Florida Gator fans, as well as a host of skeeball and bocce ball players.
The Pour House is closing because its lease expires tomorrow, and the building is being sold by nightlife proprietor Joe Englert, who also co-owns nearby Capitol Lounge and a handful of other bars in D.C. The owners of Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, located a block away, plan to open a new restaurant in the space, according to the Washington Business Journal.
In a statement issued today, Menard says:
As you can expect, I’m super busy with the closing and cleaning out [of] the building. We will close tonight at last call. We would like to thank all our staff and customers for a great run and the incredibly awesome memories! We look forward to seeing them all at Compass Rose, Barrel, Trustys, and Star and Shamrock and our future endeavors.
Menard also says there are no plans right now to reopen The Pour House in another space, but he says he’s open to the possibility should it arise.
Photo via The Pour House