Ventnor Sports Cafe closed at the give up of November after 14 years in Adams Morgan. But the void won’t remaining long. A new sports bar known as the Game Sports Pub opens on February 7. This isn’t your traditional sports activities bar though. Certain, you’ll find 22 screens, nachos, and wings. however the pub additionally wants to Spotlight Filipino dishes and cocktails.
The new spot comes from longtime bartender Jo-Jo Valenzuela (previously of Brine in Mosaic District and Jack Rose) and Oscar Guardado, an alum of suppose food group who’s now a accomplice and manager on the Rosebar lounge in Dupont Circle. Guardado’s family owns the building but were not able to come to a hire agreement with Ventnor. So Guadardo teamed up with Valenzuela to do some thing new.
The meals menu can have a few international flare with bar snacks starting from Spanish garlic shrimp to Buffalo wings. Valenzuela, who turned into in brief a companion in a Crystal town Filipino restaurant, will even provide some Filipino dishes such as sisig (a scorching plate of chopped pig ears, pork belly, and fowl liver aioli) and pares (an Asian-style red meat brisket served with garlic fried rice and a side of red meat broth). The group will also convey again ceviche and pupusas from the Mexican-Salvadorian restaurant that Guardado’s circle of relatives operated in the building within the ’80s and ’90s.
Six beer taps are available upstairs and some other half of-dozen can be determined downstairs. Bottles and cans will range from craft beers to Tecate and Filipino San Miguel lager. Valenzuela additionally plans to offer cocktails but says that they’re “not going to be very nerdy.” count on Manhattans, White Russians, and “weng-weng”—a Filipino drink with six one-of-a-kind spirits, pineapple and orange juices, and grenadine as a minimum two bartenders have backgrounds as sommeliers, so Valenzuela hopes shoppers received’t neglect the small selection of wines both.
As for sports, the bar will play NFC East, football, baseball, UFC, and extra with a focal point on nearby teams. The proprietors replaced all of the TVs with more updated displays and are also speaking approximately in the end providing karaoke or night events.
The area additionally has a new paint activity and a few different beauty improvements, however the biggest exchange will come down the line after they remodel the upstairs bar right into a eating place and lounge centered on greater Filipino meals.