Karl Graham, a general contractor and former partner in New York Avenue Beach Bar, opens his new bar The Elroy at 1423 H St. NE tomorrow at 7 p.m.
The bar is named after the Jetsons’ character, who is painted on the wall with Astro, the dog, downstairs. Some of the more “futuristic” flourishes to go with the name: outlets and USB ports along the bar, TVs in the bathroom mirrors, frosted glass restroom mirrors that switch on and off, and funky glassware.
The cocktails, which were created by a bartender at Smith Commons, will also be named after Jetsons characters. (The menu was still being finalized when we stopped in this afternoon, so stay tuned.) There are also three beers on tap and a small wine list.
The food options will be limited since The Elroy doesn’t have a full kitchen. Instead, the bar will warm precooked food purchased from a vendor. Among the options: chicken wings, stuffed clams, cheese plates, fruit plates, salad, and other bar food.
The space has a larger bar downstairs, and a small bar with lounge area upstairs. Graham says there will occasionally be live music. One of the main summer attractions, however, will likely be the backyard deck and patio, which stretches from the back of the building over to Maryland Avenue NE. The outdoor space will include picnic tables and a grill.
As a contractor, Graham built much of the bar himself. “We started in February,” he says. “But I’ve been dreaming about it all my life.”
Check out more photos of the space below.
Elroy and Astro painted by Jonathan Barclay.
Upstairs bar and lounge.
TVs in the restroom mirrors.
Even more outdoor patio.
Photos by Jessica Sidman