Pharmacy Bar in Adams Morgan to become The High Dive, will have Street Fighter II

Last year it was announced that Pharmacy Bar — the beloved Adams Morgan dive where you could count on a solid jukebox, a round of “Big Buck Hunter” and a respite from the crowds — would be converted into a coffee shop and bar by new owners.

Those plans fell through, and in January the property was secured by another set of owners, who intend to reopen it as a dive bar.

Dubbed The High Dive, the new space comes from Tristan Magee and Andrew Stuart, college buddies and longtime local service industry alums. It’s expected to open in March.

“It has to remain a dive bar in the midst of all the Adams Morgan craziness,” says Magee, who grew up in D.C. and left his construction job to start The High Dive. “Without Pharmacy Bar, there’s a hole and someone has to fill it.”

“We want to keep the same feel that it originally had, but we’re dressing it up a little bit,” adds Stuart, a certified sommelier who grew up in Los Angeles.

The interior will get a revamp (say “so-long” to Pharmacy Bar’s signature RX-themed furniture), with the addition of more seating, a new jukebox and “Street Fighter II.” “It’s going to have an early ‘90s vibe, without being intentional,” says Magee.

The concise beverage menu will include a draft list, bottles, wine and classic cocktails with a subtle twist, like a Moscow Mule with jalapeno-infused vodka and a spin on the Long Island ice tea. “Our focus is on getting people in and out without spending a fortune,” Stuart says.

As new high-end bars seem to be on the rise, the High Dive is hoping to offer a no-frills space that you can treat like your own living room. “We don’t’ want to have these cocktails that take 20 minutes to make,” Stuart says. “Those are great, but we want to return to the concept of a local watering hole.”


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