As the bars of your parents and grandparents slowly atrophy, the layers of paint and smoke are peeled off and the floorboards ripped up, no one is quite sure how to replace these one-time classics while maintaining their old-fashioned spirit. But Frank Bonnanno's Vesper Lounge found a way.
The former Lancer Lounge on Capitol Hill was mourned by many when it closed in 2012, but happy hour revelers have embraced it over the past two years. Turns out it doesn't take much to update the watering holes of yesterday -- except cheap drinks and really good food.
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