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We hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day weekends!!

Last week I did a quick blurb on the new bar with a unique concept that would soon be opening in the District. Well last Friday, the 25th, the New York Avenue Beach Bar opened it’s doors to the public and Gina & I were there to check it out!

Doors to the much anticipated bar opened at 5pm and when I arrived a little after 5:30, the line was already half way down the block. Apparently we weren’t the only ones waiting to check things out.

Once inside, oddly enough, it really did feel like a mini beach. There was sand, food, music & bars! Yes, with an ‘S’. One bar station was strictly for frozen margaritas; which came with a hefty, not quite worth it, $10 pricetag. There was also another for beer and then a 3rd that sold both beer and $9 mixed drinks. In addition to the bar stations, there was a food truck parked near the entrance selling beach-y foods like peel-n-eat shrimp, grilled Mexican corn with Cotija cheese and a variety of sandwiches.

The rules for the bar are simple, you must wear shoes, they actually sell flip flops for $10 if you need them, no smoking and no glass bottles. Easy enough right?

Since this was their first day, there were naturally a few bumps in the road: the credit machine kept going in & out, the music wasn’t nearly loud enough and a delayed opening due to waiting for a visit from D.C.’s mayor, Vincent Gray. But all of those minor things aside, I’d give the beach bar, 3 out of 5 stars. I’ll definitely be checking things out again once they pick up steam and get more of a beach party vibe going.

The New York Avenue Beach Bar is open from 4pm – 2am Tuesdays – Thursdays and  12pm – 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. If there is rain in the forecast, I would be sure to check their twitter page, @NYAveBeachBar,  before heading down to the bar; rain means the fun will be shut down for the day.

Have any of you all visited D.C.’s first beach? If you have, what did you think? If you haven’t, would you ever?

~ Dyanna

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