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Mike Regan, who wasn't into looking at the camera. Mike is a fan of the Nine Pound Hammer's popular whiskey shot/beer pairing; specifically, Wild Turkey

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First Call: 9 Pound Hammer

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Mike Regan, who wasn't into looking at the camera. Mike is a fan of the Nine Pound Hammer's popular whiskey shot/beer pairing; specifically, Wild Turkey on the rocks and High Life. He told us the Neon Nights were there, but we missed them. Ah, well.

Locale: The 9 Lb. Hammer, 6009 Airport Way S in Georgetown

Bartender: Meaghan Richardson

The drink: A margarita on the rocks

The verdict: Respectable, lime-y, and generous with the tequila.

Cocktails are the exception at the Nine Pound Hammer, a dive-y Georgetown bar for bikers, longtime Georgetown inhabitants, and arty folks (Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics are just around the corner)-- all groups of people who take consumption of alcohol seriously. Rather than mixed drinks, a whiskey shot and a beer are the most popular drink bartender Meaghan Richardson serves; it's even her drink of preference.

When I walked in and asked her to make me her favorite cocktail, she looked at me blankly for a moment, then shrugged. "I'm a whiskey and beer sort of person," she told me. She thought about my request for a second, then asked, "Do you want a margarita? You like those?" I accepted; it seemed like more of a "drink" to me, and somehow, more appropriate for First Call. She made it on the rocks, with muddled lime and a whole lot of tequila. I don't consider myself a margarita expert, but I thought it was pretty damn good. I do, however, consider myself an expert on Bloody Marys, which Jordan (my companion and cohabitant) ordered. It was a respectable Mary, not at all spicy (though to be fair, I could've asked for it), but Meaghan obliged Jordan's request for extra olives, and gave him six. Plus, what the Mary lacked in heat, it made up for in alcohol content.

Between slinging drinks to a full bar, Meaghan explained to us that the most popular drink at the Hammer, more specifically, is a shot of well whiskey (Jim Beam) and an "Oly." I now know this is slang for an Olympia, but since I'm not from Washington, I first assumed the abbreviation referred to Old English, The Malt Liquor Also Known As Old E, (ew) before asking to confirm. It seemed to make sense for the crowd, a mix of artistic types, rock and roll scene folks in hoodies, and helmet-toting bikers in leather jackets; I'd swear I'd seen a couple of the people there at shows before. And it was crowded, but the comfortably shabby room, with its one old video game table (Pac-Man, I think), neon signs and couch corner near the door, felt like a cozy hangout-- and for a Wednesday, it was pretty packed. I may have to go back next Tuesday, because they'll be carving pumpkins. And though combining whiskey and pumpkin carving sounds unwise- your mother wouldn't recommend it, I'm sure- this crowd seems down for a little danger.

 
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