New Dog-Friendly, Pop-Up Beer Garden Canteen Opening Saturday
Canteen to Open Saturday, June 18 at 12 Noon
The Neighborhood Restaurant Group has announced that a new beer garden called Canteen is opening this Saturday in the West End neighborhood. Featuring lawn games and live music, there will also be hot dogs and other snacks from Red Apron. From the press release and the logo, it seems like it could be a more refined version of the Bullpen at the Fairgrounds in Southwest, DC. Unlike the Bullpen which only has Flip Flop wine (yikes), Canteen will cater to oenophiles as well with "refreshing summer wines".
The corner of 21st and M Street in Northwest, DC has been an eye-sore since Hudson closed so it'll be interesting to see if this evolves into something more should it be a success.
Like many other DC beer gardens, Canteen will also be dog-friendly. George the coonhound can't wait to check it out with his pals.
This summer, the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) and Liberty Property Trust are partnering to bring a seasonal, craft beer garden called Canteen to the District. The 100-seat outdoor beer garden in the courtyard at 2100 M Street NW will feature 10 rotating drafts, a menu from Red Apron Butchery, weekly live music, and lawn games.
Canteen will be open Wednesday through Friday, 4-10 p.m., and Saturday, 12-10 p.m. (weather permitting). Canteen’s grand opening is on Saturday, June 18.
Beer Director and the mastermind behind Washington craft beer locales like ChurchKey, Bluejacket and The Sovereign, Greg Engert will be curating the beer list, which seeks to highlight some of the most exciting brewers and beers in American Craft, showcasing a wide array of styles from the best of the Mid-Atlantic, and further afield. Guests can expect to find beers from US brewers not typically seen in the District, including a number of outstanding offerings from out-of-market brewers such as Crooked Stave (CO), Melvin (WY), Parish (LA), Confluence (IA), and more. A selection of refreshing summer wines and a boozy slushies will also be available at Canteen.
Canteen will feature live music from area bands on Saturdays and lawn game tournaments will be held on Fridays. Programming including family-friendly activities and art installations are planned for later in the season. Red Apron will be joining the fun with their famous franks and other fare. Chef Nathan Anda has created a menu of original hot dogs that will be exclusively at Canteen this summer. Local food trucks will also be serving up a variety of offerings as the season progresses.
The new activations of the block will draw residents and area workers from around the BID and beyond, displaying its role as a major corridor in to Washington, D.C.’s central business district. Canteen is located just blocks from Foggy Bottom, Farragut North, and Dupont Circle Metro stops, with convenient access to the West End.
The Golden Triangle is in the midst of a redevelopment boom that will rebuild and renovate more than 5 million square feet over 10 years, primarily in the buildings near Canteen. The outdoor space is already the home of Golden Triangle fitness barre classes on Mondays at 5:30 p.m.that attract more than 75 attendees per class (goldentriangledc.com/trifit). Golden Triangle is also leading a conversation among key neighborhood stakeholders about a redesign of Duke Ellington Park across from the new beer garden.