Party Earth Review Owned by the same guys behind Tabaq Bistro – U Street’s trendy rooftop tapas joint – The Codmother takes patrons in an entirely different direction, down into a basement haunt that’s all about punk and beer-battered fish... ... read full review
1334 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
M–Th, Su 4pm–1:30am, F–Sa 4pm–2:30am
U Street Corridor, Washington, DC –
Owned by the same guys behind Tabaq Bistro – U Street’s trendy rooftop tapas joint – The Codmother takes patrons in an entirely different direction, down into a basement haunt that’s all about punk and beer-battered fish.
Exposed brick speckled with graffiti and drawings of rock icons like Sid Vicious keep the feeling divey, while old framed British newspaper clippings, soft-white lamps, and mounted medieval armory create the atmosphere of a genuine London watering hole.
Young professionals who probably blew the roof off their garage in high school are lured down by the sounds of The Clash or Gogol Bordello that billow up the stairs, while everyone else from chatty skater types to relaxed older locals gathers around small wooden tables with plates of deep-fried Oreos and deeper-fried cod.
Bottles of imported English beers are plentiful behind the small bar, and though the tap list is fairly small, rowdy barhoppers who crush U Street every weekend can snag a PBR and whiskey combo if the Guinness isn’t cutting it.
A massive chalkboard toward the back entices bathroom-goers to draw a picture or drunkenly scribble a joke as they wait in line, but once back at their tables everyone must decide whether it’s time for a Snickers bar – deep-fried of course.
Just as grandmothers are known for spoiling their grandchildren rotten, The Codmother – with its oddly harmonious mix of pub and punk – spoils its patrons rotten too: Johnny Rotten.
Young professionals, skaters, punk rockers, pub lovers, and barhoppers, mid-20s to late 30s.
Bartenders play punk rock, hard rock, and oldies. One TV. Giant chalkboard available for patrons to draw, write, or simply mark their territory.
Selection of British pub grub, seafood, and desserts, including fish and chips, mussels, and deep-fried Oreos and Snickers. Happy Hour M–F 5–8pm.
Appetizers $5–$7, entrées $8–$10, desserts $4. Beer $3–$7, cocktails $4–$8.
Anything goes: collared shirts, jeans, plaid shirts, simple dresses, skate shoes, band t-shirts.
Earlier in the week for a mellow crowd of pub and punk fans, or Fridays and Saturdays to join the young and rowdy U Street throngs.
Solly’s U Street Tavern (1942 11th Street NW) boasts a similar vibe that treads the line between laid-back dive and rowdy, drink-till-you-puke weekend hangout.