The New York Times ran an interesting article last weekend; writer Glen Collins sought out bars and taverns in Gotham without televisions. This interesting idea got GM thinking, what bars and taverns in Georgetown are T.V.-free? The answer: not many.
The Times article laments the social loss that accompanies a bar with a TV. Collins quotes a bar-keep:
“Not having television — that’s the pure bar environment, where conversation is most important,” said Danny McDonald, 43, co-owner of the lounge, at 34 East Fourth Street in NoHo. “We’ve never had a television because we wanted to inspire something that is close to the conviviality of pubs in Ireland.”
He shook his head. “And now even pubs over there are putting in TVs.”
GM agrees that as they do at home, TVs do in bars, namely give people a reason not to talk to each other. (It’s a fair counterargument, however, that sports give people a common topic to talk about, like the weather. But then all you end up talking about is sports).
So what bars and taverns in Georgetown are TV-free? The only ones GM could think of are:
- Cafe Bonaparte
- Bistrot Lepic’s Wine Bar
What’s the common theme? European. (Ok, Mate is technically a South American-sushi fusion place, but most people would call that place pretty damn Euro). All the tradition “pubby” places like Martin’s Tavern and Nathans have one or more television (although Martin’s is now hiding theirs behind a one-way mirror, so that almost counts).
Certainly there are restaurants that happen to have bars and those bars don’t have a television (e.g. Hook) but GM doesn’t think of those primarily as “bar” establishments (GM’s treating Bistrot Lepic’s wine bar as separate from the main restaurant).
Are there any others that GM missed? Do you prefer a TV-free bar or do you like the background noise of a TV?