Friday, January 29, 2016

Quarter+Glory Opens in Washington, DC

Photo: Daniel Swartz

From our friends at Quarter+Glory...

Quarter+Glory, an American Cocktail Bar Now Open in DC's Thriving U Street Corridor

'Dignified for the Discerning and Bold for the Courageous,' new venue captures spirit of classic American watering holes

Quarter+Glory, the latest addition to Washington, DC’s thriving hospitality scene along the U Street Corridor, today opens its doors at 2017 14th Street, NW on the corner of U Street. Patrons will find a modern take on the classic American watering holes of past generations, where all walks of life convened over a shot of whiskey, a cold beer or a simple cocktail and enjoyed good conversation in a convivial atmosphere.

At the core of Quarter+Glory is a menu of 25 cocktails, comprising both “The Survivors” classics and “The Originals” house originals, which will rotate seasonally. Cocktails on tap include the No Sé, a Barrel-Aged Ilegal Mezcal Negroni made with Campari and Cinzano Sweet Vermouth; and Jamie (Here’s How), combining Rittenhouse Rye, Gran Classico and Angostura Bitters with house carbonated Sarsaparilla. Signature originals include: the namesake Quarter+Glory cocktail, a smooth new classic blending Brugal Añejo Rum and Cutty Sark Prohibition Scotch with Punt e Mes Vermouth, Gran Classico Bitters, Pok Pok Tamarind vinegar and salt; Tyrone (Cutty Sark Prohibition Scotch, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Montenegro Amaro, Giffard Banane Du Brésil, Orange Bitters, Whole Egg, topped off with Founders Porter and nutmeg); and Burn This (Hochstadters Straight Rye, Bonal, Cocchi Vermouth De Torino, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Benedictine and peated Scotch).  With 15 taps, the draught beer selection will be a platform for highlighting local breweries DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works and Right Proper Brewing Company, as well as regional U.S. favorites like Dogfish Head, Ommegang and Lagunitas. A selection of Boilermakers pairing beer or cider with a shot of rye, Bourbon, mezcal or Brennavín Icelandic schnapps is available to tempt the palate. A diverse wine & spirit list covering a range of styles, regions and flavor profiles is also offered, with brown spirits and sipping rums featured prominently.

Quarter+Glory embodies the spirit of creative types of a past era coming together - whether it be journalists, poets, actors, novelists, or just the neighborhood raconteur - to converse about their individual crafts and the unique creative process that connected them. In that vein, Quarter+Glory borrows its name from an alleged secret literary society said to be started by famed playwright Eugene O’Neill. As lore would have it, the members would gather in old waterfront bars and conclude each meet by raising their glasses and pledging, “give me Quarter and Glory!”

Quarter+Glory is managed and operated by Public House Collective, the New York-based hospitality management and consulting company behind NYC nightlife destinations The Rum House and Ward III.  The bar is the group’s first venture outside of the New York market and is conceptualized by Ryan P. Burke, President, and Kenneth B. McCoy, Chief Creative Officer. Robert Yealu, who was recently named to D.C.’s first-ever Zagat “30 Under 30” list, has been tapped to serve as General Manager.

“Quarter+Glory is truly an authentic ode to the bars of old New York that my father owned and operated, where folks from a cross section of society gathered to share great drinks and conversation with whomever happened to stride up to the bar,” said McCoy. “We chose D.C. as the place to take our first step outside of New York because the city has such a distinctive energy that feels very much in tune with our own. I think it’s fair to say that Washington, D.C. also captures the essence of Quarter+Glory, ‘Dignified for the Discerning and Bold for the Courageous.’”

Public House Collective partnered with acclaimed design firm Parts and Labor Design to execute their vision for the space, which is inspired by American craftsmanship rooted in tradition. Housed inside a building constructed in 1919, original brick walls set the scene while a 33-feet long oak bar top serves as a frontispiece to the stunning back bar that reaches all the way up to the lofty ceiling. With warm leather banquettes and covered bar stools enhanced by intersections of tweed and other fabrics in various patterns, the 44-seat space evokes a sophisticated handsomeness that is both timeless and effortless. Custom lighting accents add curvature and softness, complementing some of the harder edges noticeable in features like brushed metal and marble utilized in the drink rails located around the room. The original hardwood floors have been refinished and are joined by a new brass entryway detail that will immediately welcome new guests and future regulars to experience the hospitality and community of Quarter+Glory.

Quarter+Glory is located at 2017 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009 and will be open Sunday-Thursday from 4:30 PM - 2:00 AM, and Friday-Saturday from 4:30 PM 3:00 AM. For more information, visit

About Public House Collective:
Established in 2012, Public House Collective (PHC) is an independent hospitality management and consulting company based in New York City. Founded on the principles of quality and longevity as benchmarks for success, PHC approaches each new project with an integrated strategy designed to maximize profitability and deliver results, while executing at the highest level of service. Public House Collective takes a holistic approach to hospitality with equal emphasis on business functionality, operations, and the overall creative process.

About Parts and Labor Design:
Parts and Labor Design is a full service design firm specializing in hospitality, commercial and retail spaces.  Based in New York City, PLD offers a bespoke, bare-knuckled and straight forward approach to high end design, focusing on unique and highly customized interiors, furniture and lighting. In 2009 partners Andrew Cohen and Jeremy Levitt sought out to start a company whose foundation is built upon their relationships with fellow designers, fabricators, and most importantly their clients. Their goal is that each product embodies integrity, originality and a love of design.