Photos By Franz Mahr, Words By Brandon Wetherbee
You’re going to like this place. You’re going to consider a walk up a hill and think about the Northwest (like Washington state and Oregon) and most likely stay all day. You’re going to like Lyman’s.
From the people that worked at some of your favorite bars, Merid Admassu from Raven, Jessica Kleinmann from Saint-Ex and Kevin Perone from Dodge City and Raven, you’re going to like this place. It’s got a neighborhood feel like the Raven. It’s got an interior feel like Saint-Ex (not super kitsch but filled with enough neat stuff that makes you kinda wish you had a storage space full of your favorite flea market finds). It’s in a location that will hopefully inspire a consistent crowd at all evening times like Dodge City. It’s got a lot of things going for it and it’s finally open.
There are four pinball machines at Lyman’s. One is an AC/DC pinball machine. This pinball machine has the devil inside it. There’s also an Off-Road that lets three people play at once, a piano (that has a lock and key which is very awesome because drunk everyone likes to play horrible drunk piano) and a fantastic jukebox.
The above photo features albums by Blondie, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Patsy Cline, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Eyes and a fantastic French 60s girl group compilation. I’m writing about the jukebox because this is a shot-and-a-beer bar. No specialty cocktails infused with a hard-to-find plant. It’s a place for beer and natural conversation. Sadly, DC needs more places like this. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with specialty cocktails. I know what site this is going on. But there needs to be both. No frills, basic corner bar with great music. It’s here.