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1841 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-8642
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Editorial review from 5/31/2004

Overheard one Saturday night at Zucchabar: "I can't believe there's a line [next door] for Mantis and this place is empty. I love this bar." The young woman sitting next to me seems genuinely perplexed about why, on a weekend, this subterranean Adams Morgan bar is as sparsely populated as most of its neighbors would be on a Tuesday evening. Well, the $5 cover might be one reason; most bars in the surrounding area are free. Or the dorm-room-chic decor, which consists of neon beer signs hung on concrete walls. Or that the DJ is mixing Ludacris' kind-of-dated "What's Your Fantasy" into 50 Cent's "In Da Club" into the Darkness' "I Believe In a Thing Called Love," a head-scratching mix that I haven't heard anywhere else -- and don't expect to. But I do love the service on this relatively slow night, which appears to include the bartenders offering a free shot to most (if not all) of the folks in the "crowd," plenty of sports-centric banter between customers and employees, and nary an empty glass at the 60-foot bar. Returning for happy hour finds a similar situation: friendly bartenders; cheap, well-made drinks; plenty of empty seats at the bar and room to stretch out in a couch-filled nook. At least there's not much of a wait for the pool table. Buffalo wings are crispy and hot, and the bartender brings over a free plate of hummus and pita. From floor to chunky girders overhead, the whole room is done in brick and concrete gray. Green plants, Persian rugs and couches strewn with zebra-patterned pillows provide an attempt at levity -- not to mention the numerous beer logos (neon and regular)! At its most basic, Zucchabar is reminiscent of a Cold War-era bomb shelter, but as long as I get a cold beer with a smile, who cares? -- Fritz Hahn (Updated June 2004) more
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    Northwest Washington, Adams Morgan, Northwest