<<EDIT #2: Not sure exactly what’s going on, but the listing is still active at www.costar.com as of 11 AM today (9/30). To find it yourself, click on the link above and do a search for properties in ZIP code 20037.>>
<<EDIT: As you can see from today’s (9/27) comments below, the owner has withdrawn Brickskeller from the market. Thanks to John Nemeyer with Randall Hagner for the update.>>
You’ve been there – several rounds into an evening of “Around the World” at DC’s most famous beer bar – when someone in the group has a brilliant idea. “We could totally do this,” is usually how it starts, before listing all the reasons that you and your friends are ideally suited to run a place just like the Brickskeller.
Well here’s your chance.
Though you won’t see a “For Sale” sign out front or a listing for an open house this Sunday, the Brickskeller is officially on the market. Randall Hagner Ltd. Showcase lists 1523 22nd Street – the “Brickskeller Dining House and Inn” – as being available immediately for the low, low price of only $12.5 million (down from $15 million a week ago). The best way to find it from the home page is to do a search for properties in ZIP Code 20037. The entire five-floor building is for sale, including 40-plus guest rooms on four floors and the two-floor restaurant/bar. The alcohol license will convey to the new owners, but you won’t be able to keep the memorabilia or even the Brickskeller name – the current owners will be holding onto those.
I can’t speak from personal experience, having never drunk enough downstairs to necessitate an overnight stay, but the general consensus is that the rooming house-style Inn has seen better days. Guest rooms share common bathrooms in the hallways and are accessed via stairs or a hand-operated elevator.
Though the new owner will have to build a name for the new place from scratch, it’s hard to believe that the Brickskeller’s cache won’t carry over and help them start strong. Assuming the place remains a beer bar (and why would you mess with success?), they would do well to focus on delivering what they promise; these days, the Brickskeller’s reputation isn’t entirely positive on that front. As the manager of another popular bar joked, the $12 million dollar price tag is “about a million for every beer they have in stock.”
Check out the flyer, a .pdf found on the sale listing page, for more details. And if you’re already drunk when you read this, do yourself a favor and sleep on it before making an offer right away.