Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Pug (Round Two) Washington DC -- UPDATE

1234 H Street NE
(between N 12th St & N 13th St)
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 388-8554

This isn't a full review of the place, I did that a few months ago, but I had the chance last week to stop by The Pug again (by invitation of owner Tony T.) for a shot (NOT a shooter) of whiskey. 

So let's just consider this an addendum to my first review, and I even when back and changed the original score...considerably.

Why The Pug is great:
  • Let's start with owner extraordinaire Tony Tomeldon...a guy who offered to buy me a shot next time I was in town...and then made good on his promise.  In a time of shitty bar owners (running shitty bars) Tony is a throwback owner to an era when running a good establishment was job number one.
  • There is no jukebox, the music seems to be whatever The Pug staff likes to hear. So, will you hear the Pogues?  Of course!  Will you ever have to hear some Top 40 crap?  NEVER!
  • Be a smart drinker, by sticking with the affordable prices of the swill beer, and you can drink cheap...even for DC.
  • All the free UTZ cheese balls you can eat.
  • The rules of the bar:  No idiots. No specials. No shooters. No politics. No bombs. Relax. Be cool. Drink. Behave.

I'll admit it, my original review completely missed the charm of this place.  Here's a tip if you ever get a chance to stop by The Pug, ask for Tony, tell him you read about his place on HitThatDive, and then buy HIM a shot.  I guarantee after doing that,  you that you'll have one of the best times you could ever have in bar.

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