A very smart senior policy advisor to one of the three extant presidential campaigns just sent in this picture of Larry’s Lounge, a dive on the corner of 17th and R Streets in Dupont Circle. I used to hang out there until they spruced up the place and got plastic menus.
I sat there once when during a bad storm the branch of a huge weeping willow tree broke off and came through the bar’s window. They trimmed the tree back and made it look respectable, but even that has now been removed in favor of a salmon pink patio.
Metaphorically, this picture and the history of this bar represent a lot about my own misgivings about the elevation of veneer over substance. I’ll miss that willow tree.
— Steve Clemons