12.19.2005

Cue Bar Opens

After a weekend of recovering from holiday parties and revelry, I figured what better way to start off the week than with talk of yet more places to test your liver's resilience?

It appears as if the Cue Bar on U Street between 11th and 12th is now open. I wrote about it back in August but lost hope that it would ever open after the "coming soon" sign was taken down and the place looked abandoned. But lo' and behold, I noticed a chalkboard out front this weekend that proclaimed the place is now open. All I know is that it's a pool hall. Anyone out there know more?

The new bar takes the place of Between Friends, which closed last year after someone was murdered inside and after "ANC Commissioner-elect Dee Hunter discovered that the club was operating while bankrupt," according to a DCist post about troubled clubs.

Meanwhile, according to washingtonpost.com's Nightlife Agenda, Felix's Spy Lounge is back after an extended absence following a fire in March and Science Club has opened near 19th and L streets.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I believe I saw a profile of the place on Friday, maybe in the Northwest Current?--they did a soft opening and it sounds like a nice casual place for the growing neighborhood. The owner worked at Bedrock and then bough a Georgetown pool hall before opening this place.

Amanda said...

Cool! Thanks for the info.

Anonymous said...

i went on wednesday, before the big opening on thursday. very cool space, more bar than pool (i think 6 tables), darts and ping pong.

Place has a big bar and a bit of a lounge area. It's going to be a good place, i'll definitelly be back during the week. nice folks.

Anonymous said...

It's great to see the Spy Lounge re-open. I was there for a happy hour last week and if you know the place prior to the fire, you will note that the decor is a little more polished and much more intimate than Spank or Cloud 9. Also, the bartenders Theo and Jen were awfully nice that night and I really liked the new drinks menu. If swanky ambience is your deal, check out the new Spy Lounge.

Amanda said...

Thanks for the Spy Lounge details.
I also found the Dupont Current story on Cue Bar: As reported above, there's ping pong, pool and 8 beers on draft; look for pool leagues and/or tournaments, Saturday night movie screenings, and 12:30 pm openings on Sundays for football fans.

dcbubble said...

I had fun at CUE Bar

Amanda said...

Do tell...

DF said...

Stopped by Cue Bar for a drink late last week. Nicely decorated place. Similar in style to Buffalo and Bedrock Billards. There are 5 pool tables, 1 ping pong table and a couple of dart boards. The pool tables are $8 normally but $10 on weekend evenings (which I think is lower than Buffalo and Bedrock). Ping Pong is $6/$8. Not sure about the darts. Had an Alagash White which was $6. At about 7:30 on Thursday, there were 4 people playing ping pong, and 4 people at the bar (including myself). Over the course of 45 minutes, 4 more people entered but two of them left rather quickly (perhaps just checking out the place).

There are 2 TVs over the, a large flat screen on one wall (near some couches and chairs) and 4th TV near the Ping Pong table. Not sure it would be the best place to watch a game (but given that the options in the area are limited, it might get some business on Sunday afternoons).

Talked to the owner for a bit. Nice guy. Also owns the pool bar in Georgetown (the one near Cafe Milano). Seems like he wants to try and make the place part of the local scene (i.e., the pool and darts league). He talked about trying to have some sort of special deal for people who live nearby (I suggested he copy The Reef which gives people with local zip codes a discount on non-weekends).

When I want to play pool (or ping pong) in the U St. area, Cue Bar is the place I'll go. But for a drink at the bar, I am still more likely to hit The Saloon, Bar Pilar, Cafe Saint-Ex and Stetson's.

Amanda said...

Thanks for the comprehensive review. Much appreciated!