Jimmy Valentine’s

Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

I’m still not entirely convinced that Jimmy Valentine’s is actually a bar and not just the living room of someone named Jimmy Valentine, who lives on Bladensburg Road in Northeast and has a phone booth in their house. As a matter of fact, I have been to house parties that are better publicized and more inviting than Jimmy Valentine’s. The fact that it has a loyal and consistent clientele however seems to indicate that it is worthwhile to some people.

Cost – $$

Service – B
If you can figure out how to get into the bar, the service is actually pretty good. The bar staff is friendly and will definitely engage with you if it is a slow night.

Food – ?
I am not entirely sure if they serve food at Jimmy Valentine’s but the place smelled like fried chicken so I sort of feel like they must have been cooking something there. That being said, I don’t know what it was or if it was any good.

Decor – A-
I think someone has done a pretty decent job of decorating the place because as far as dive bars go it certainly has a cool feel to it, and I think that is largely due to the general decor of the place.

Feel – B-
I have to admit I’m not much of a dive bar guy. The night we headed out to check the place out, it may have been too early (around about 10PM) and from what I have heard, things don’t get really started until midnight. That being said, it was sort of sparse while we were there – and it isn’t really the type of place you drop in for a few drinks (unless your wanderings take you to the Bladensburg Road area) but it is worth a visit if you want something new and interesting.

Jimmy Valentine’s is located at 1103 Bladensburg Rd. NE.

What’s the Buzz:

November 14, 2007 – D.C. Dive Bar Doesn’t Want Much Attention (Express) – JIMMY VALENTINE’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB, the city’s newest dive bar, is a place that’s trying to tap into all of the interest in the redeveloping H Street NE corridor. Almost. Full Article…

6 Responses to “Jimmy Valentine’s”

  1. eric March 7, 2008 at 3:57 pm #

    Dive bar? Please, other than the area, there is nothing about this that speaks to being a dive bar. Its usually inhabited by hipsters, yupsters with a smattering of old folks like me.

  2. John March 8, 2008 at 12:28 am #

    Really? I guess we may not agree on a definition for ‘dive bar’. According to Wikipedia, “In the US, so-called dive bars have become a fad among urban hipsters. Since working class people and urban hipsters rarely care to mingle, urban hipsters go to bars that specially recreate the physical characteristics of dive bars (run-down hardware, outdated furnishings, general uncleanliness) but without the working class clientele.” I guess that is the definition I had in mind. . .

  3. colin December 8, 2008 at 3:05 am #

    What about me and my blue collar?

  4. orange girl December 8, 2008 at 3:06 am #

    juice springstein!

  5. JBC August 3, 2009 at 11:44 pm #

    If you think this bar is in the hood, you’ve never really been to the hood. It’s in NE in a middle class neighborhood. It’s the next “it” area in DC, and is blocks from H street. Great spot, not a “dive bar” at all. It’s a hip hidden bar with great atmosphere.

  6. JennyNDC September 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    @JBC – You must not be a native to DC.

    In DC you can have the ‘hood’ about a block away from half a mil condos. Just like there are section 8/project housing in a couple of blocks from the waterfront area. That’s DC for you. So yes, this bar is in the hood. It’s the Trinidad neighborhood; a neighborhood very much known for some serious crime.

    – Jenny, a DC native. đŸ™‚

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