Washington, D.C. Opening: The Gryphon

Meet the Gryphon, a mythical beast that’s half eagle, half lion new sports-centric Dupont Circle gastropub from David Karim and Rich Vasey (Lost Society) and Tony Hudgins (Capitale) that’s classy enough for date night, but won’t make your lager lout friends feel self-conscious during the playoffs. No more surreptitious checking of the phone for scores: 31 TVs ensure there are no bad angles from which to take in all manner of athletics, from the big leagues to the weird leagues (is cheese rolling televised?). 

Interior is woody and wild, thanks to a collection of animal skulls and a chandelier made from antlers–all from animals Hudgins wrestled and killed with his bare hands, no doubt. The menu, from Lost Society chef Joseph Evans, features upscale takes on game day classics. Apps like cajun gator bites and Gryphon wings are easy to nosh while gesticulating wildly, while those in the mood for a proper chowdown can tuck in the napkins for mains like coco- and chipotle-rubbed sirloin and crispy Scottish salmon with roasted maitake mushrooms. Plenty of draft beers of the fancy pants and tailgate variety remind you of the joint’s gridiron DNA, but those with more discriminating palates will find that the bartender can mix a fine sidecar without looking it up on the drinks rolodex. 

[Photo: Travis Vaughn]

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