You don’t need US to tell you that 14th street is on fire this spring. There seems to be a new place opening seemingly every 10 days and while it has not been too hard to be excited about a lot of them, we, over here at BYT, are PARTICULARLY jazzed for the brand new Black Whiskey (opening party-THIS SATURDAY), because it is the kind of place that initially made us love 14th street, a place you can really imagine yourself feeling at home at.
A two level project from the Ari Kushimoto and Darren Norris (team behind Kushi), Black Whiskey’s 250 capacity ground floor will be a concert venue (booked mainly by Sasha Lord Presents, who is in charge of COMET’s programming too, so expect a lot of cute girls, rock’n’roll, and art pop weirdness, in a good way) and gallery space ( the opening party is done in collaboration with the around-the-corner Transformer and will feature “CULT FICTION” artwork by Zach Storm and Cheyenne Lee Seeley), while the upstairs will be a bar/ restaurant focusing on small batch whiskeys and Scottish style pub food. Plus, there’s a pool table and plenty of small tables-for-two-or-ten-if-you-pull-them-together seating lining the walls. And to say that is passes the flattering lighting test is an understatement.
The focal point of the restaurant is the carving station, and you can expect daily specials of fine roast beef, pork, and more, in combination with orders of assorted seasonal vegetables. A “meat and two veg” kind of deal, perfect for lining your belly in between whiskey sips. For now, Black Whiskey will be open daily from 6pm (till 1:45am Sunday-Wednesday and 2:45am Thursday-Saturday) but there is potential for daytime weekends soon.
The downstairs space (aka “The Social Room”) is as intriguing with the opening party this weekend featuring a super solid DC local hero line-up of Ian Svenonius and Kid Congo DJing and Chris Richards and John Davis’ new band PAINT BRANCH playing live after the CULT FICTION reception, and the booking list we saw involves plenty of BYT favorites in search of a smaller, more intimate space.
Here is the performance list for the next few weeks:
- Tuesday, May 7th – SISU (feat. Jules and Sandra Vu of Dum Dum Girls), Young Boys and White Laces w/ DJ Baby Alcatraz, $12, 8pm and All Ages at Black Whiskey
- Thursday, May 9th – Worn Magazine Party
- Friday May 10th, Danceportation Benefit for Provisions Library with DJ Gavin Holland of Nouveau Riche
- Monday, May 13th – Cosmonauts, Hollywood, and Thee Lolitas w/ DJ Roary Lion (of Mousetrap) $10,
- Friday, May 17th – Lindsay Buckingham Palace and Villians 21 $10, 8pm and All Ages
- Saturday, May 18th – The Delegation, Satro, and Deaf Scene, $10, 9pm and All Ages
- Sunday, May 25th – Free Blood and Heavy Breathing, $10, 8pm and All Ages
So, basically-see you all there all the time (address is 1410 14th street NW, where the old Mar Del Plata used to be, between P and Rhode Island)
all photos: JEFF MARTIN