On Rooting for the Underdog

by Rachael on March 29, 2012 · 13 comments


When I moved to the Bloomingdale neighborhood in December, I fell in love. Quickly, and deeply. I’ve actually been having what might be called “a torrid affair” over the past few months; we see each other almost every night, and I think it’s definitely getting to the point where I’d call it serious.

Hi, my name is Rachael, and I’m in love with a whiskey bar.

Boundary Stone Public House isn’t just the closest bar within stumbling distance. (Although, hey, easy access never hurts, amiright?)

No, friends. This place is a magical haven for those in the neighborhood. It’s our very own Cheers; warm, welcoming, cozy to the point of never wanting to leave. The bartenders are talented, wonderful people you actually want to talk to. Their servers are fantastic, everyone knows their whiskey, and all the staff – from the owners to the kitchen – can be found at the bar after their shift. (And as someone who spent a decade in the industry, THAT’S the mark of a truly great place – when their own people want to drink there.)

Drinks and service and atmosphere; check, check check. (And bonus: a free jukebox!) These are all very important things to have in a local watering hole, to be sure. But what about food?

In short, the Stone’s food is stellar. The daily arancini never disappoints. The fish and chips is offensively good. The burger smothered in BACON JAM is – wait, didn’t you just hear me say it’s smothered in bacon jam?!

But their crowning achievement, for me, is the wings. Their honey hot wings will make you weep, they’re so good. The sauce… I dream about it, is all I’m saying.

And they’re up against a corporate behemoth in the Washingtonian battle for DC’s best wings.

I want them to WIN, guys. I want this for them, bad. They’re the greatest little bar in the world, and they just opened in September. It may seem trivial, but this would be huge for them. Put them on the map, so to speak.

So if you have the time, lend a click. Just ONE, and vote for them over this Korean BonChon place.


Go on… do it for the little guy. Who just so happens to be the best damn whiskey bar in DC.


1 kelly March 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I am always ready to support an underdog. And whiskey. And bacon jam. Done and done.

2 cari March 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I need to go back and try these magical wings. STAT.

3 natako March 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm

was there last nite for the first time- it wasn’t rapey at all. which is the first thing i look for in a whiskey bar. i dig it.

4 Micah March 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm


And now I want to go there next time I’m in D.C.

5 doniree March 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I LIVE for good wings. VOTED.

6 Patty Duke March 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I haven’t been there yet, but I’m voting. I also like underdogs.

7 Stevie March 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm


There is an awesome hole-in-the-wall wing joint here in Seattle that I LOVE. The “wingmaster”, as he likes to refer to himself, makes all of his sauces and rubs from scratch and they’re to die for. His jerk chicken wings are unbelievable. Mmmmmmm wings…..

8 Courtney Elizabeth March 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I’ve lived in the area for years and never knew about this neighborhood. Sounds awesome! Can’t wait to check it out.

9 inkpuddle March 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I’m a vegetarian AND I live nowhere near there. But I still voted for “the little guy.” So there.

10 Mike March 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Underdog eh? Nice. But what about updog?

11 Teacher Girl March 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Voted! And if I make it to DC anytime soon I am contacting you so you can take me here for these magical wings and whiskey! ;)

12 Jas April 1, 2012 at 11:05 am

You said bacon jam. I voted.

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