As local blogger Tim at the 42 reported yesterday, the 2323 18th St NW spot formerly occupied by Nolan’s will open again this Saturday. The replacement, “The Town Tavern,” has some gender-specific rules for entrance, and they’re not benefiting Adams Morgan’s storied dude population.
Here are some specifics: Women 21 and over can enter, but men must be 23. “No unaccompanied groups of males” are allowed. Most of the dress code applies to both genders (No Hats, No Visors, No Do-Rags, No Tank Tops, No Cut-Offs, No Sleeveless Shirts, No Jerseys, No Sneakers, No Combat Boots), but one rule is men only: they’ve gotta wear collared shirts.
These rules appear to be condescending toward the neighborhood’s men, but really, I think they’re more offensive to women. The collared shirts, the older men, the anti-friends-groups rule; they’re all made assuming that this is what women want, and that ladies will be falling over themselves to line-up to experience these perfectly calibrated hook-up conditions.
Whether Town Tavern can convince Adams Morgan to abandon its free-for-all clusterfuck hook-up culture for a more refined, collared experience remains to be seen. Drink up Town Tavern’s full set of rules, after the jump:
The Town Tavern Door Policy
Gentlemen: 23 Years & Above to Enter
Ladies: 21 Years & Above to Enter
You Must Present Two Valid Forms of Government Issued Photo Identification to Enter—-No Exceptions
Dress Code Strictly Enforced (No Exceptions): Appropriate Attire Required At All Times. Gentlemen, Collared Shirts Only. No Hats, No Visors, No Do-Rags, No Tank Tops, No Cut-Offs, No Sleeveless Shirts, No Jerseys, No Sneakers, No Combat Boots.
No College ID Excepted Ever, No International Student ID Cards Accepted, No Form of Expired Identifications Accepted, No Paper Temporary Licenses Accepted Without Accompanying Picture ID, Backup Photo Identification Required On All Out Of State Licenses
No Unaccompanied Groups Of Males
Door Close and Lights Up 30 Minutes Prior to Closing Time
THE GOLDEN RULE: IF ANYONE IS BEING RUDE AND/OR OBNOXIOUS AT THE DOOR THEY WILL BE DENIED ENRTY FOR THAT NIGHT AND CAN WORK THE PROBLEM OUT WITH MANAGEMENT SOME OTHER TIME. ONCE A PERSON IS ASKED TO LEAVE THEY ARE PROHIBITED FROM RETURNING FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE NIGHT. THERE WILL BE NO CONSIDERATION FOR RE-ADMITTANCE.
Please Be Courteous And Respectful Of Our Neighbors
Management Reserves All Rights
Thank You For Joining Us Please Have a Safe & Responsible Evening
Photo by rachelvoorhees