all photos: Jeff Martin
Happy 2014 everyone! On the first day of this year, Shaw, bless its heart, saw another bar open doors, firmly confirming that 7th and 9th streets together CAN be the 14th street of the future (though, maybe/hopefully not, you know).
Located in a 2nd story walk-up at 1537 7th street NW, Ivy and Coney is the new project by the folks behind 11th street’s Kangaroo Boxing Club and has a concept so simple it is probably genius: hot dogs and beer. Because, sometimes, that’s all you need.
Inside, it has all the makings of a strong contender for 2014 edition of BYT’s Least Douchey Bars in DC: a good, affordable selection of beers ( including Strohs, Old Style, Goose Island and Bell’s two Hearted on tap, $4 for microbrews, $3 for domestics), a cash only policy (no sweat, an ATM is by the stairs), a small but essential spirits collection, Chicago and Detroit style hot dogs (3/4 of owners are from the Midwest – and it shows), a jukebox filled with Motown, Blues and Rock, plus (and fingers crossed this gets abused only in a good way) an ipod plug in for customers to share some of their own jams if so inclined. Oh, and CRACKER JACKS. They sell those behind the bar too.
The Chicago and Detroit love shows throughout – from the murals on the walls (which include Cubs broadcaster Harry Carey and Sparky Anderson) to the presence of Jappson’s Malort, a Chicago liquor staple (imagine a more intense Fernet) to TV schedule which will give precedence to Cubs, followed by Tigers, followed by Nationals.
Other fun facts: a rooftop bar is coming come next summer and there is an extra incentive for the regulars: “Ivy and Coney will offer reserved liquor lockers to our regular customers and friends. Locker holders will have the ability to purchase thousands of different labels at highly discounted service rates, store their choices on site, and be served their favorite bottles by our staff.” So, keep that in mind.
In the meantime-their doors are open. Come visit. 1537 7th street NW, 2nd floor. http://www.ivyandconey.com/