Like I mentioned in my Chinatown/Penn Quarter spotlight, DC’s Redline gastropub has been called the “douchiest” sports bar. But on the weekend, it turns up!
TASTE * AMBIANCE * SERVICE * THEME * EXHIBITION
I love the combination of food and a good time. If my taste buds are engaged, so are the rest of me. So I was pleasantly surprised when I spent a recent Saturday night at Redline near the Verizon Center in Chinatown. I’ve been here a few times for Happy Hour, but in the evenings, a DJ turns the music way up and the lights come down. As my friend and I weaved our way through the crowd, we managed to find two seats at the bar (this was a unique occurrence — don’t count on it happening for you Saturday night). The bartender was very helpful and quick to quip at our ultimate dilemma: nachos or buffalo wings? This time, no choice was necessary, we got them both!
While we waited, and sipped our Bacardi Rum and Redbulls (my drink for 2013), we looked around and saw some interesting things. Some very drunk college kids behind us, consistently leaning on my stool. A few older heads in the rear corner of the room lewdly dancing with some tourists. Then the huge TVs were playing a variety of sports exhibition games and whatnot. Overall, the loungey and laid back ambiance worked for me and the music was great, if you’re a fan of pop-like and top 40.
The food came promptly and the bartender was quick to pour up some rum, so I was satisfied with the service. Honestly, it doesn’t take much to make me happy, as long as you don’t ugly faces at me or get snarky, I’m calm. We didn’t want to eat too heavily because we were still going out later, but we demolished those nachos and wings. I consider myself a nachos connoisseur if you will, and these had the perfect chip to topping ratio, with guacamole included, which isn’t not a 100% guarantee in this town. For bar food, this gastrolounge serves up good eats and proper plating for the palette.
The next time I’m here, I’d like to sit at the table and sample the tapped beer selection, but this is a great look for a fun food and music experience before or after the big game.