Asylum Getting Smoked (& Barreled) Out

Downstairs bar will be taken over by Smoke & Barrel

By Carissa DiMargo
|  Thursday, Jan 19, 2012  |  Updated 11:53 AM EDT
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Smoke and Barrel: New 'Cue in Adams Morgan

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Punk is dead, and vegan brunch was the killer.

Last fall, the upper floor of the edgy/dingy Adams Morgan bar Asylum (2471 18th St. NW) transitioned into a new restaurant, Smoke & Barrel.

But asylum has ended for Asylum. Prince of Petworth is reporting that the lower floor is transitioning over into more Smoke & Barrel space.

Owner John Andrade told Prince of Petworth that that the change will happen gradually over a two-week period.

"Truly the end of an era," commenter Admiral of AdMo wrote on Price of Petworth. "From 50 cent pints of shiner bock/high life/natty light on Saturdays to having a porno filmed in its basement, Asylum was a strange place."

Indeed it was.

Meanwhile, Smoke & Barrel serves strange... uh, creative interpretations of barbecue (BBQ egg rolls, espresso-rubbed brisket), plus a carefully edited list of 50+ beers and a whole mess o' bourbon.

The venue opens at 5 p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m. on weekends for brunch.

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