Mille and Al’s Turns 50

May 2, 2013

The story of Adams Morgan’s oldest bar, which celebrates its 50th birthday next week, is a love story. It starts in 1963, when a Bronx-born 43-year-old salesman named Al Shapiro buys Balance’s Columbian Restaurant on 18th Street NW and renames it Millie & Al’s, after the woman he’s smitten with. Millie died of cancer in the early 1970s, but Al kept the name; it’s still their place. And already there’s a big sign out front advertising the 50th birthday bash, during which drinks will be priced by decade. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., they will cost what they did during the 1960s. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., the 1970s, etc. Patrons will get to try new shots: the “Big Al” and the “Who Was Millie?” (WCP)

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