Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Live Music Venue Buckeye + Bear Celebrates Grand Opening This Weekend

From our friends at Buckeye + Bear...

Doc Marten and the Flannels, Jukebox Hero and New Old School Will Perform at New Live Entertainment Space & Karaoke Bar in Dupont

New live music venue and karaoke bar Buckeye + Bear (1730 M Street, NW) will celebrate its grand opening this weekend (June 16 through 18) with special performances by local musical acts, including:

• Doc Marten and the Flannels on Thursday, June 16 at 8:00 PM
• Jukebox Hero on Friday, June 17 at 8:00 PM
• New Old School on Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 PM

Buckeye + Bear, an eclectic, 280-person venue, is Dupont’s newest hub for multi-genre live entertainment, comedy shows, costume karaoke and trivia nights. In addition to the exciting grand opening acts, Buckeye + Bear’s rotating weekly entertainment schedule kicks off over the next three weeks with:

• Tuesday, June 21 at 8:00 PM: Underground Comedy Show (free; every Tuesday)
• Thursday, June 23 at 9:00 PM: White Ford Bronco
• Friday, June 24 at 8:30 PM: Live Band Karaoke & Gong Show (2nd and 4th Fridays monthly)
• Thursday, June 30 at 8:00 PM: DC Cowboy
• Wednesday, July 6 at 7:00 PM: Kostume Karaoke (free; 1st and 3rd Wednesdays monthly)
• Wednesday, July 13 at 8:00 PM: Latin Band Nights featuring Trio Caliente (2nd and 4th Wednesdays monthly)

The Green Room at Buckeye + Bear (Photo: Joy Asico)

Buckeye + Bear’s unique layout, consisting of The Ballroom and The Green Room, ensures that whether patrons are looking to discover a new band, let loose with karaoke or catch the big game, every facet of evening entertainment is covered.

In The Ballroom, guests will enjoy a wide variety of live entertainment, including local and regional bands, comedy, karaoke and trivia. The Ballroom features a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system with an eye-catching assortment of vintage speakers serving as the stage backdrop. Banquette-style seating with dining tables forms the border of The Ballroom, while the center of the space is dotted with lounge-style couches that can be removed for larger concerts and private events. The Green Room is a sports bar with six large flat-screen TVs, 22 seats at the bar, seven cozy booths ideal for small groups and two standing rail tables that are great for larger groups.

Buckeye + Bear will offer the following weekly programming schedule:

• Every Tuesday (Starting June 21): Comedy Show hosted by Underground Comedy
• 1st & 3rd Wednesdays (Starting July 6): Karaoke Night hosted by Kostume Karaoke
• 2nd & 4th Wednesdays (Starting July 13): Latin Band Night hosted by Trio Caliente
• 2nd & 4th Thursdays (Starting June 23): Country Music Night featuring Original Bands & Cover Bands
• 2nd & 4th Fridays (Starting June 24): Live Band Karaoke & Gong Show (Yes, Gong Show!)
• 1st & 3rd Fridays + Every Saturday (Starting June 18): Local & Regional Original Bands & Cover Bands
Beginning July 10, Every Sunday: Evening Variety Show

Buckeye + Bear offers eight beers on draft, including local favorites such as DC Brau and 3 Stars, American classics like Bud Light and Pabst Blue Ribbon, and internationals staples such as Stella Artois and Heineken. Beer and cocktail prices range $6 to $10 and select items will be half price during happy hourSunday through Friday, 5 to 8:00 PM. Buckeye + Bear’s traditional southern BBQ menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, shredded brisket nachos, buffalo chicken dip and D.C. classic, the half-smoke.

Buckeye + Bear is the newest venture from D.C. hospitality entrepreneurs Ryan Seelbach and Eric Lund, deriving its name from the co-owners’ home states - Ohio and Alaska. Seelbach and Lund are also the owners and operators of popular Shaw neighborhood venue TAKODA Restaurant & Beer Garden.

“We are thrilled to bring an entirely new destination for live music and entertainment to D.C.,” Seelbach says. “With our exciting slate of weekly acts and events, we look forward to seeing guests become regular fans of our diverse programming.”

Buckeye + Bear, designed by Edit Labs - the firm behind TAKODA Restaurant & Beer Garden, The Dabney and Red Hen - will be open Tuesday through Saturday and starting July 10, on Sundays.


• Tuesday and Wednesday, 5:00 PM to Midnight
• Thursday, 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM
• Friday, 5:00 PM to 3:00 AM
• Saturday, 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM
• Sunday (beginning July 10), 7 to 10:00 PM
• Happy Hour is available Tuesday through Friday, 5 to 8:00 PM, and includes half-priced drink specials. Buckeye + Bear’s kitchen closes daily at 10:00 PM.

ABOUT Buckeye + Bear:
Buckeye + Bear is located at 1730 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, two blocks away from the Farragut North stop on Metro’s Red Line. To book private events and receive additional general information, please call (202) 670-1730 and visit

FOLLOW Buckeye + Bear:
Instagram: @BuckeyeBearDC
Twitter: @BuckeyeBearDC