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Local Saturday Event Options: Looking Glass Lounge and Blue Banana

February 10, 2012

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it looks like Park View’s Looking Glass Lounge and the Blue Banana will both be doing something special in its honor. Blue Banana’s Saturday Stoplight Party will be the more low-key of the two.  The event runs from 9:oo p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Looking Glass Lounge’s 3rd Annual Black Heart Masquerade Ball looks to be the bigger of the two events. Full details of this event are below:

When: Saturday, February 11 9:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m.
Where: Looking Glass Lounge — 3634 Georgia Ave
What: 3rd Annual Black Heart Masquerade Ball

Event description below:

The Looking Glass Lounge has slowly been creeping into the hearts and livers of Park View & Petworth drinkers for the last few years. This Saturday the best neighborhood bar in NW is donning masks for the Third Annual Masquerade Ball. For the cost of nothing with no donation, all are welcome to spend the Saturday before Valentine’s Day consuming special punch made for those in love and those hating love. Drink and food specials all night. For the unprepared, masks will be available for $2.

Facebook invite at http://www.facebook.com/events/349445401732692/

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Park View’s Blue Banana Now Has Food Options

April 29, 2011

The Blue Banana, located at 3632 Georgia Avenue

There’s no better way to end a week than with good news, and I think this qualifies as some.

As of yesterday, the Blue Banana now offers food in addition to drink. Next time you go, you’ll be able to choose from the following:

  • Chicken wings,
  • Chicken tenders,
  • Mozzarella sticks, and
  • Tater tots.

All options are available for $5.

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Finishing Touches Continue at Blue Banana

January 19, 2011

The nearly month old Blue Banana (3632 Georgia) with new illuminated sign

In the month since the Blue Banana opened, the bar has continued to address its punch list of items that were not quite finished. The most obvious change is the contemporary sign in front. It only includes two elements, the address of 3632 and a cut out of a banana in mid-peel. In the evening both cut outs are back lit in blue.

Along the lines of the more mundane, since the opening, hooks have also been installed along the bar for purses, etc., and additional lighting has been ordered for the bathrooms.

While food still isn’t available there yet, I understand that they are still finalizing the selection of a vendor and menu options.

Hoping to enhance customer’s experiences, Blue Banana is also exploring the possibility of providing live music, though the details have not been worked out. At this time they are hoping to have cover bands a few nights a week.

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Blue Banana Soft Opening a Success

December 22, 2010

Last night, December 21, the Blue Banana at 3632 Georgia Avenue had its soft opening. They opened their doors around 6 p.m., but the real draw was the open bar from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. As 8 p.m. drew near, the place was packed.

For those that weren’t there and feel like they missed out, don’t worry. Tonight is another night like last night. With the official opening more or less being on Thursday, tonight will have another open bar between 8 and 9 p.m.

The remainder of the week is scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday: 1/2 Price Beers all night!
  • Friday: Xmas Eve 1/2 Price Drinks 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed during the day but opening at 8 p.m. 1/2 Price Drinks 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon – Close

But enough about beer and specials, something I could have next door at the Looking Glass Lounge. What is most impressive about the Blue Banana is the space. Even though it has a smaller footprint than some places, the finishes, colors, materials, and lighting achieved a standard that hasn’t been seen on this part of Georgia Avenue before.  It struck me as being somewhat sophisticated and more in keeping with trendier parts of Washington. I was particularly taken with the lighting which clearly didn’t come from the Home Depot bargain aisle.

Another nice touch was the overall ambiance. Even though 10 televisions where showing various sports games, only music was heard over their sound system. I would expect this to change during the Super Bowl or Stanley Cup finals, but for last night it was nice to hear music rather than announcers.

Despite a few logistics still being worked out, the Blue Banana looks to be off to a promising start.

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Blue Banana Poised for Thursday Opening

December 20, 2010

(Image from Thrillist Web site)

If Thrillist and the Washington Post are reliable, the Blue Banana — located at 3632 Georgia Avenue — is set to open tomorrow, Tuesday, December 21st. (After talking to those “in the know,” the public opening is currently scheduled for Thursday, December 23rd.)

Park View’s newest watering hole will make sports its focus and have 10 TVs on its walls for sports entheusists.

Drink options include a dozen beers on tap for $5 to $7 and at least that many more in bottles. As noted earlier, the intial line up will include Sam Adams seasonal, Hennepin, Abita, Sierra Nevada, Chimay, Brooklyn Lager, Allagash, Dogfish head, Victory Golden Monkey, Peroni, Coors Light, and Blue Moon. The Post also reports that all beers will be half-price on Thursday nights.

A 40-person beer garden is also in the works and planned to open in the Spring.

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You Me Them Everybody Kicks Off Program in Park View

December 7, 2010

Last Thursday, Brandon Wetherbee and crew kicked off their DC debut of You Me Them Everybody at the Looking Glass Lounge, 3634 Georgia Avenue. Host Wetherbee describes the show as being “in the same vein as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Fresh Air if Terry Gross drank on air and liked comedy too much.”

The talk show has been going on for a little over a year in Chicago and is recorded for podcast.

I attended the first show and agree that it reminds me a lot of NPR — but edgier. There was live music, guest interviews, and a stand-up comic among the line-up. Barring any opening night quirks, the show showed promise. My only complaint was in some of the material the comic chose to use — the chief example being a “4 minute” joke about him being on 17th Street and trying to convince a guy that he was not interested in gratuitous oral gratification. That stated, the joke was on par for with many of the themes that one encounters if you happen to be at the Looking Glass during one of their Comedy Nights.

To get a better sense of what You Me Them Everybody is like, and to hear about this coming Thursday’s show, you can watch Wetherbee’s promotion below.

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Green Room/Blue Banana Still Progressing

November 22, 2010

I don’t have much news to share regarding the Green Room/Blue Banana project, beyond that it is still moving forward. From the looks of things, it should be ready in about a week. Below are two new images from the weekend to show its progress.


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