If Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is the Delta darling of 14th Street, then its upstairs lounge and bar, Black Jack, is where Carnival really comes to life. Murals of mischievous circus monkeys, vintage marquee lights, exposed brick, red velvet curtains, and bartenders wearing tight jeans, black vests, and handlebar mustaches all contribute to the laissez les bons temps rouler vibe. And if you needed more proof that Black Jack is not your average alcohol sponge, there are bocce ball courts in the back. Waiting for a table downstairs at Pearl Dive? Your number will be illuminated on a deli-style, take-a-number system. Impress your friends by ordering a drink by name from the speakeasy cocktail menu. Three drinks are posted monthly on Black Jack’s blog and come in at $10 a pop (as opposed to $12 regular charge), but you have to ask for them by name. If you’re looking to nibble, like downstairs, oysters on the half shell rule here. More substantial fare includes the Blacks’ take on burgers, hotdogs, and fried chicken (chefs here sling some of the best in town). As for pies, order the spicy grilled shrimp pizza, which is loaded with green chilies, pepper jack, and a garlic-anchovy puree.
|Venue name:||Black Jack|
1612 14th St NW
|Cross street:||between Corcoran and Q Sts|
|Opening hours:||6pm–12.30am Tue–Thur; 5pm–1.30am Fri, Sat; 3pm–12.30am Sun. Closed Mon|
|Transport:||U Street/Cardozo/Dupont Circle Metro|