What does it take for a neighborhood sports bar to stand out in a city of nightlife options?

What does it take for a neighborhood sports bar to stand out in a city of nightlife options?

A number of sports bars closed in the Washington region this year. Some bars like 10 Tavern in Chinatown had been open for a little over a year. Others, like Ventnor Sports Cafe in Adams Morgan, were around for nearly 15. The nightlife industry is not an easy business, but sports bars have certain challenges that many patrons may not fully understand.

For some Washingtonians, they’re just a place to grab cheap beer and a game. Is there more to these local watering holes? Kojo explores the landscape of local sports bars, and the ups and downs of the business.

Produced By Ruth Tam

Guests

  • Laura Hayes Food Editor, Washington City Paper; @LauraHayesDC
  • Scott Auslander Former owner, Ventnor Sports Cafe
  • Tony Radwan Director of Operations, Tin Shop; General Manager, Franklin Hall

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