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DC: Marvin


On the Saturday night of our DC trip this spring, all we wanted to do was relax after a full day of sightseeing. We met up with Guyvera and and he took us down to Marvin on U Street.

My initial suspicion of a bar picked by a non-drinker quickly faded when I heard the DJ spinning classics spanning genres from the 80's and 90s. We found a spot in the corner and spent a couple hours chilling, listening to music and watching the bar fill up. By the time we left, the place was full and there was line down the block of people waiting to get in.

The next day, we ran down the clock before we headed to the airport out on the roof deck. Another DJ spun Hip-hop while we debated the pros and cons of hipsters and their place in the world.

I don't tend to favor places with lines out the door, but that just seems to be a good reason to get there early and beat the crowd. It definitely rates a return appearance next time I'm in town.

Next time, maybe we'll get a chance to eat in the restaurant downstairs. Looking at the menu online, the blend of Southern and Belgian foods makes more sense than I'd initially expect. Steak Frites does seem to belong on the menu next to Fried Chicken and Waffles and given its recent resurgence, shrimp and grits can naturally whet the appetite for a braised pork shank.

It's all making me hungry as I write this. Maybe another weekend trip is in the plan sooner rather than later.

2007 14th Street, NW,
Washington, DC


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