Inside Service Bar, Which Starts Serving Thursday

New U Street bars and affordable cocktails aren't typically synonymous, but that's about to change this week.

Service Bar DC (SBCD) is set to open Thursday, Oct. 20 with an all-night happy hour of $7 classic cocktails, as well as $7 Pop and Ponies (beer and a shot) and buy-one-get-one shots. Find its inconspicuous entrance at 926-928 U St. NW, across the street from El Rey. If the names behind the brand sound familiar, it's because they've got some deep booze roots in D.C.

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Most restaurants have a small, out-of-sight area where drinks are prepared for guests dining at tables, as opposed to the bar, where bartenders are front and center mixing drinks and passing them directly to customers with a side of showmanship.

These nooks are called service bars. “Usually it’s an area that’s thankless,” says Chad Spangler, one of the founders of the new Service Bar DC. “You are behind the scenes, so it’s not about you, it’s about the guest and the guest experience,” Spangler says. “They don’t see you, they don’t know who made the drink, so everything has to be perfect because they don’t have that personal connection.”

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The bar’s concept yields from the service industry’s well-known “service bar” where the goal is to make a large number, and variety of cocktails, quickly and well. SBDC aims to define what is to be a casual, neighborhood cocktail bar with high quality cocktails, and a price range that says “see you back here tomorrow.” Featured highlights include an all-day happy hour menu with $7 Cocktails, $7 Pop & Ponies, buy-one-get-one shots and a “snug room”, modeled after the small, private drinking rooms of the 18th century Scottish and British pub culture.