Millie and Al’s Celebrates 50 Years

Millie and Al'sBefore it was Adams Morgan, the 18th St and Columbia Road NW area was home for many well-known clubs including the famous Showboat, where top entertainment performed. Many well known businesses got their start on 18th street.

Al Shapiro spent much of his time in the neighborhood and was a regular at one of the local 18th restaurants called Ballance’s Columbian Restaurant, nicknamed Bobbies. Once he learned his favorite restaurant was for sale, he jumped on it, and renamed it Millie and Al’s. Millie was Al’s girlfriend who bartended and had a great steady following.

MilliesIn the 60’s, patrons could fill the bar from 8:30 a.m. til the wee hours bringing a new meaning to the word, regulars. Many sat at the bar the same time everyday and the only way they gave up their permanent bar stool was after passing away.

Well, Millie and Al’s is still here 50 years later and it’s time to celebrate. May 8-10, guests will enjoy:


  • $5 Jameson shots
  • $5 Maker’s Mark shots
  • $5 Fireball shots & other specialty shots
  • Drinks priced by the decade

The entertainment schedule is:
May 8: DJ spinning Motown
May 9: Karaoke with oldies and current
May 10: DJ spinning oldies and current


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