Arlington, VA

What’s Next with Nicole is a biweekly opinion column. The views expressed are solely the author’s. Today’s post was guest written by Nicholas Beirne.

Whitlow’s oh Whitlow’s
We will miss you so
Booths from St. Patrick’s
That beautiful woodwork show

A storied place for the townie Arlington crew
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving
Whatever will we do

A friendly staff that always had your back
Thank you for sneaking us the coffee
Giving us our evening comeback

Crab legs & lobster mac
A classic birthday brunch
That alone keeps us coming back

The beach bar and tiki rooftop
Lines so long it’ll make your heart stop

Did you really want to play the ring game
Or were you just bored with your crew

Soja and Footwerk – our local tried and true
Those vibes that make your feet hurt
And DFMOs to make your Sundays hurt

The smokers tent —
Was it legal?
Now we’ll never know

Whitlow’s oh Whitlow’s
We will miss you so
This is an ode to Whitlow’s
Ever sad to see you go.

Nicholas Beirne is a lifelong Arlington resident. His best Whitlow’s memory: Ryan Zimmerman buying him a drink on his 21st birthday, on Thanksgiving eve, oh so long ago. Whitlow’s Crew, you will be missed.

Mar. 30, 2020 – A cyclist passes Whitlow’s in Clarendon, which was closed at the time due to the pandemic (Staff Photo by Jay Westcott)
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