Friday, August 31, 2007

Green Bars in Arlington? Not So Much.

A couple of friends who I met through the Arlington Young Democrats recently organized a green bar crawl for their birthdays. Here was the itinerary (their notes, not mine):

7:00 PM- Ragtime in Courthouse (Ragtime recycles all card board boxes and cooking oil)
8:00 PM - Ireland's Four Courts (2051 Wilson Boulevard) By far the greenest of all the bars - Ireland's Four Courts recycles glass and card board.
9:00 PM - Whitlow's on Wilson (2854 Wilson Boulevard) Whitlow's recycles card board and cooking oil.

10:30 PM - Tallula's (2761 Washington Boulevard.) Tallula's recycles card board and serves an organic beer.
11:30 PM - Royal Lee (2211 Pershing Drive) for some late night karaoke. We don't care if they are green or not, they have karaoke, therefore, they are exempt.

It's a marginally green list -- and these are the best of the best! It's sad how few Arlington bars and restaurants do even the bare minimum to recycle empty beer bottles. Most customers just assume their bottles do get recycled, but in reality, most go right in the trash. And good luck finding organic beer -- only Lost Dog Cafe and Tallula serve organic beer in Arlington.

Know of any Arlington bars that try to be green? Or serve organic beer? Post them in the comments!

Speaking of the Arlington Young Democrats, they're co-hosting the annual
Joint Campaign Chili Cookoff on Monday (Labor Day) from 4-6pm at the Lyon Park Community Center (414 N. Filmore St., closest Metro is Clarendon). Tickets are $35 for individuals (children under 15 are free), $25 for AYD/Roosevelt Society. They're also asking attendees to bring new schools supplies to be donated to Arlington students in need.


Unknown said...

Speaking of green beverages, another thing I've been thinking about lately is the actual container they come in. Kegs are probably the best bet, since they're re-used, not just recycled, and the drink containers are washed and reused also. Next up are cans, since aluminum is easier to recycle, and lighter than the equivalent glass bottle. Glass bottles are the worst, yet seemingly all decent beer is sold in grocery stores in bottles. Dale's (found in Whole Foods) is the only really good canned beer I've found.

I do agree that bars (esp small ones like Ragtime) should be able to recycle pretty easily -- just put bins near the wait stations and arrange for county pickup. How tough is that? Then they could claim "greenest bar in Arlington" and we greenies would flock.

Googla Monster said...

Have you gone to the Busboys & Poets that just opened in Shirlington? Hopefully they are recycling.

Anonymous said...

i think i shed a tear! two passions combined... beer and the enviroment. sort of an odd combination:) a blissful union. you need to come up with some catch phrase like "save the planet, one beer at a time!" (or 1 keg at a time, as an above comment mentioned.) you could put it on a t-shirt. could be the hot new fashion item this fall!

The Green Miles said...

Briana, someone beat me to it! Check out Beer Activist: Drink Beer, Save the World.

Anonymous said...

that's hysterical!

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