Friday, February 18, 2011

Windy night in Clarendon

The unseasonably warm weather Friday night brought out many people to Clarendon's night life scene, and probably helped boost the crowd for opening weekend at Mad Rose Tavern. Although the day started out in the mid 70s, later that night the fierce winds started thrashing around the more scantly clad party goers.

Mad Rose Tavern's front bar was packed beyond capacity, but we still managed to get a seat at their rear bar near the dining tables. If you were making a list of everything you would expect from a nice or "upscale" bar in Clarendon, this place has all the items checked off. Similar to Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill, except with less flat screen TV's. Except it seemed to lack one critical factor: personality.

On the opposite end of the night life spectrum, Hunan Number One has plenty of personality. Located slightly off the beaten path on Garfield street, the Chinese restaurant and bar was very popular Friday night. We also ended up at the rear bar at Hunan Number One, which was slightly less packed than their front spaces. Another reason for their popularity: they offer huge 32oz beers like the pictured Yuengling next to a normal sized Blue Moon.


JohnB said...

It's not often I agree with someone's first impression of a place but I think you nailed it with Mad Rose's lack of personality. I tried it for the first time on Sunday and I think they did a decent job planning for an oddly shaped space. My opinion is the no man's land between the two bars is a little awkward and they didn't make the bar areas big enough to handle the weekend crowds. The major complaint of everyone I was with was the place reeked of paint, so bad as it seemed they had painted right before it opened for the evening.

Scotch selection is good, beer prices are reasonable. We tried a few dishes, the Penne was disappointing but every new restaurant has to work out some kinks. I am going to keep any of my initial impressions from preventing me to go back, look forward to giving it another chance.

Clarendon Nights said...

Thanks for the comment JohnB! I did not notice a paint smell, but that would be off-putting!