Thursday, April 30, 2015

Get There Before It's Gone 2015

1. Jay's Saloon
After years of being in limbo, Clarendon's last true dive bar Jay's Saloon will now close on May 18. Known for being down to earth, casual and super cheap Jay's flourished in being the opposite of all the new and flashy bars that have popped up in Clarendon over the past 10 years. Husband and wife owners Jay and Kathi Moore are forced to close up the house-turned-bar due to development on that block that will eventually become a four story mixed use building.

2. Carpool
Carpool is officially here to stay in Ballston, but there are rumors that the land this great sports bar sits on may be redeveloped. Apparently the owner of the land is playing with the idea of replacing Carpool with a residential tower and parking garage. I understand this is prime real estate, but Carpool has so much character, lots of games, fun outdoor space with cornhole tournaments when its nice out, and is another local Penn State gathering point. I hope I'm wrong, but I recommend checking out Carpool soon just in case.

3. Public Shoe Store
While not a nightlife venue, Public Shoe Store has had a constant presence in the middle of the Clarendon strip for 78 years. Sadly the owner is closing down the shop after two generations of family providing Arlington with professional shoe care.

No word yet on what might replace the shoe store, but it is prime location for another high end restaurant or small bar.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Justin Trawick at Galaxy Hut

Justin Trawick returns to Clarendon this Monday April 13 to play a show at the cozy and quirky Galaxy Hut. Justin is a well known and accomplished local musician, writing his own moving songs, founding the traveling super group Nine Songwriter Series and hosting The Circus Life podcast. Watching him perform in the friendly and tiny Galaxy Hut space will be a treat. More info and details on the Facebook event page.

Justin will be joined by Jahnel Daliya, another local singer songwriter with a  powerful voice, along with the guitar and vocal duo Len and J. Music starts at 8:30pm with a $5 cover.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Courthaus Social opening soon

After years of teasing Arlington citizens, the Courthouse beer garden themed bar appropriately named Courthaus Social is opening in April.

I am excited for the change, as Velocity 5 was forgettable at best. Courthaus Social should have a friendlier, brighter atmosphere with bench social seating and server 2 liter boots and steins with lots of draft beers. I'm looking forward to their "life-size games" and District Trivia on Wednesday nights.