There’s something about Big Chief, the cavernous New Orleans-themed bar in Ivy City. Maybe it’s that the warehouse-like space is so massive (7,000 square feet!) that it rarely feels annoyingly crowded. Maybe it’s the cheap tallboys — or the fact that most people come in having already imbibed at one of Ivy City’s distilleries.
There's a way to try Chef Jerome Grant's cooking this weekend without tickets to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Grant is the chef at the museum's Sweet Home Cafe, which just received a love letter from national Eater critic Bill Addison. On Sunday, he'll shed his cafeteria digs for The Big Chief in Ivy City to give Washingtonians a taste of a traditional "chop bar."
With February comes the celebrated New Orleans staple of Mardi Gras, and even though we’re a few states north of Louisiana, the distance between DC and the festivities seems non-existent given the number of local bars offering a slice of the Southeast region. On Tap traveled to a few locations boasting New Orleans-style libations, so you’re not without a venue come February 28.
IVY CITY: Northeast has another new bar in Big Chief, which opened over the holiday weekend. They have live music, DJs and more. Status: Certified open. 2002 Fenwick St. NE; website.
Niketown, high-end apartments and a burgeoning distillery scene have turned Ivy City into the District's hottest transitioning neighborhood. Now it's getting its first nightspot: Big Chief, a cavernous bar and music venue that has taken over a former roofing supply company on Fenwick Street NE. Here's what you need to know about the new space, which is run by Geoff Dawson and Peter Bayne of Penn Social and Highline RxR.
Businesses along Fenwick Street include Louis’ Restaurant and Big Chief Bar. Next to Union Kitchen will be a new distillery, Republic Restoratives.