‘Hip’ Replacement Can Bethesda and its environs be transformed into a happening kind of place? Well, kind of, maybe
My best bro and I got so wasted
in Bethesda last weekend that we were
crawling until we passed out.
Let me translate that into Bethesda-speak: My husband and I worked so
hard in our garden that we barely could
walk to the medicine cabinet for aspirin. We tried watching a Downton Abbey
rerun on Netflix, but fell asleep sitting
up in bed at 10 p.m.
Bethesda, like a lot of Montgomery
County, isn’t as young and hip as it could
be. While suburban empty nesters age
in place, young adults who grew up here
or came to the region for work often
migrate to neighborhoods in the District
or Arlington, where affordable apartments and nightlife are more plentiful.
“Bethesda seems to be a nice place to
live, but it does shut down pretty early,”
says Bret Carlson, 30, an assistant man-
ager at Mussel Bar & Grille, the rare
Bethesda restaurant to keep its kitchen
open and its cool vibe pulsing past 10
on weeknights. “When I get off work
around midnight and walk to my car,
it just seems like everything is closed. I
guess it’s just the culture for now.”
That may change.
The county has convened a Night-
time Economy Task Force that could
recommend revamping liquor laws that
now require restaurants with full liquor
licenses to sell one dollar of food for
every dollar of alcohol and force them
to close hours earlier than
competitors in the District.