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Sip a stiff drink and make a new friend at NettBar.

Image: Lauro Rojas

"Low-key" isn't the term we'd typically use for bars in the Washington Corridor. But NettBar is a sweet exception. It's located off 4504 Nett Street, right next to the train tracks. The building was finished in 1917 and was once a home that housed a family of seven. Now, it's been transformed into a bar with a massive patio boasting outdoor activities like corn hole, ping pong, bocce ball and giant Jenga.  Opened in June, this is Washington’s undiscovered gem.

NettBar's first departure from Washington's norm is an absence of loud, thumping, bass-heavy music or rowdy revelers. On the contrary, the down-home feel is like going to your best friend's house. The patio and its games are the main draw here, and the natural shade of the oak trees can make any Houston summer day or night bearable.  But if it’s too hot outside, feel free to step inside—the renovated interior is all kinds of classy with a rustic charm that can be attributed to the hardwood floors, vintage Edison lights and old school barn-style decor. Be sure to check out the pictures adjacent to the bar, as they are there to pay homage to the Hohmann family and what came before. 

We caught up with one of the three partners of NettBar, Ryan Echiverri, to get some insight. “We’re trying to focus on being the neighborhood bar. No offense to Washington, but we didn’t want to be that bar," he says. "Especially since we’re next to all these homes we have to be very neighborhood-friendly.” And indeed, it is already becoming a popular stop for guests from the surrounding area.

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There's plenty of patio space at this circa 1917 former home.

Image: Lauro Rojas

They have a full bar complete with ready-made frozen drinks, as well as a wide-ranging beer selection that’s sure to keep any beer drinker happy. If you're lucky enough to be lounging when a train passes, be part of the mad dash to the bar to proclaim, “train shot.” For two dollars each, they’re solid and it creates a sense of anticipation until the next train inevitably chugs along. And the food? “Food trucks," says Echiverri. "On Tuesday and Thursday we've got some smokers, we have steak night on Tuesdays and on Thursdays we’ll make tacos or burgers. But every other night of the week we have rotating food trucks.”

Inclusion is the name of the game, as NettBar is dog- and kid-friendly, although kids are only welcome until 9 p.m.  “We want you to feel comfortable.  So if you’re comfortable coming in by yourself, you’re going to make a new friend. It’s all about the hospitality we want to provide for our neighbors,”  says Echiverri. 

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