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…