A brand new 5,500-square-foot bar simply popped up in Penn Quarter that’s stuffed with beachside diversions like suspended Schwinn motorcycles, nostalgic arcade video games, and carnival-style food and drink.

At the Boardwalk, there are only a few remnants of the distance’s previous existence because the dim Iron Horse Faucet Room (507 7th Side road NW). That venue closed in past due October after a decade however reopened ultimate night time. Now it’s an homage to beachside boardwalks from Ocean Town, Maryland, to Santa Monica, California.

Iron Horse house owners Curt Massive and Geoff Dawson — the bar vets at the back of Franklin Corridor, Roof craftsman’s Union, Church Corridor, Rocket Bar, Misplaced & Discovered, and recently-closed Buffalo Billiards — retained the distance and taken on Shaw restaurateur Ryan Seelbach (Takoda Eating place & Beer Lawn and ethereal tequila bar Cortez) as a brand new managing spouse.

The menu is brief on meals. A frankfurter sourced from Pennsylvania’s Autumn Olive Farms seems in chili canine shape, arriving in a paper basket with an American flag at the aspect. There’s additionally an ice cream sandwich from Union Kitchen’s Milk Minimize for dessert.

All through day by day satisfied hour, a “Satisfied Meal” combo features a Top Existence Pony, shot of whiskey, and popcorn for $6. Popcorn may be unfastened throughout satisfied hour. Fun cocktails on faucet come with a Sweet apple spritz, Cotton Sweet Collins, and butter corn Previous Shaped, together with imported hits from Shaw like Takoda’s mule and Cortez’s margarita.


The bar at The Boardwalk

The bar is flanked with rows of curler skates and a postcard-styled symbol from prolific D.C. muralist Patrick Owens.
Anna Meyer/The Boardwalk

Some 25 contractors, designers, and group individuals spent 9 days across the clock to finish the fast switcheroo. Seelbach says he clocked 110-hour paintings weeks again to again.

“We repainted each and every sq. inch of all of the house,” Seelbach says of the short turnaround. Powered sprayers made its 20-foot commercial ceilings all white. A brilliant, white flooring is helping consumers fake they’re strolling on sand or a sun-stained boardwalk in Venice. Glance as much as see sparkling lantern clusters that resemble clouds.

“Everybody caught to the time line via thick and skinny,” he says. “Some other people concept we had been loopy.”

The overhaul incorporated changing Iron Horse’s “VIP” space perched above the bar right into a 20-person surf shack, geared up with reclaimed picket, woven chairs, rope rugs, and planters. The seaside bungalow will quickly have a rope swing, studying “Just right Vibes” at the picket seat.


The first-floor interior at The Boardwalk

Picket+Starr, a husband-wife design duo, had been the lead architects of the redesign of the two-story house, which keeps its 3 bars, 20 TVs, and 20 draft strains.
Anna Meyer/The Boardwalk


The downstairs space at The Boardwalk

Downstairs, dubbed “Below the Boardwalk,” has an offbeat side road marketplace vibe impressed via eclectic mom-and-pop distributors close to the seaside.
Anna Meyer/The Boardwalk

Dangling papier-mâché globes, clustered in several colours, will upload to the carny vibe downstairs. Designers studied very important boardwalks throughout 10 states, purchasing up masses of decals symbolic of every to join on concrete columns.

Nostalgic boardwalk leisure underneath contains Whack-a-Clown, % Guy, a claw merchandising device, balloon popper, and an old-school fortune teller sales space. The Boardwalk claims to have the D.C. space’s first Attach four Hoops — a towering two-person basketball recreation that capitalizes at the basement’s prime ceilings. Instead of cash, consumers can load up playing cards by way of money or credit score to swipe and play anything else.



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