Woman Around Town: Redline Gets Jazz in its Soul

by Jenna Nicole Levine

When I think of a sports bar I rarely picture table taps, Thai chicken skewers, and champagne flutes; however Redline Gastrolounge is not an ordinary sports bar, but a revolution in high class game watching. Redline opened in December of 2010 in the heart of Penn Quarter and since that time has had several stand out activation ideas, including Friday’s Jazz in the Garden after party. Jazz enthusiasts who attend the National Gallery of Art’s Jazz in the Garden concert series on Fridays are invited to Redline for a free glass of Champagne or a draft beer simply by saying the secret code, which on July 15th, happened to be Cuban Jazz performer “Con Candela” who played the gallery that evening.

The venue itself is perfectly situated with views of both the Verizon Center and National Portrait Gallery. The local architectural design team of DBD Studio turned the space into a warm and inviting hub for sports enthusiasts and their friends, complete with exposed brick, hand scraped mahogany flooring, and 24-foot high ceilings. When I asked the owner Mick Dadlani what led him to create Redline Gastrolounge, he said that he wanted a sports bar where he would feel comfortable bringing his non-sports enthusiast girlfriend. The result is a venue with great music, 33 HDTV plasma screen televisions, table taps for beer enthusiasts, and a delicious menu created by Executive Chef Fabrice Reymond.

The menu features classic American cuisine with a French flair, but the expansion is not complete. Come fall, an additional 3,000 sq ft will be open to the public, and with that, a new and exciting menu from Chef Reymond. I was lucky enough to sample the chicken skewers and they leave traditional bar food far in the dust. The menu brings a level of class to classic sports bar cuisine that is mouth watering without being overly priced.

Upcoming events at Redline include “Movies and Martinis” which will feature a signature martini menu that patrons can enjoy while watching classic movies on any one of Redlines 33 HDTV’s. To learn more about Redline please visit the website.