Posts Tagged ‘dive bar’

Love and Jell-O Shots: Millie & Al’s Turns 50

The story of Adams Morgan’s oldest bar, which celebrates its 50th birthday next week, is a love story. It starts in 1963, when a Bronx-born 43-year-old salesman named Al Shapiro buys Balance’s Columbian Restaurant on 18th Street NW and renames it Millie & Al’s, after the woman he’s smitten with. Millie dies of cancer in […]

Live and Let Dive: Does Renovating a Beloved Bar Mean Quashing Its Charm?

There’s no reason to gloss over the many flaws of the old Hawk ‘n’ Dove, the stalwart Capitol Hill bar that closed in 2011 and reopened under new ownership two weeks ago. The original place was dark and rotting, the smell of urine persistent and legendary, the food just a cut above a frozen tray […]

Here’s One For The Scrapple Book: Hawk ‘n’ Dove, R.I.P. (1967-2011)

Capitol Hill bid goodbye to longstanding neighborhood institution Hawk 'n' Dove over the weekend. The Hill offers a proper eulogy, complete with quotes from U.S. Rep Barney Frank, as well as long-time proprietor Stuart Long, who calls the closure "the end of my adult life."  After learning that the lease on the property would be […]

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