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J.Paul's has been a quintessential dining saloon in Washington, DC for over 30 years! Share your J.Paul's story with us, we know you have one... Were you proposed to at J. Paul's? Celebrated a special birthday with us? A funny or embarrassing memory while dining with us? Do tell! And we will give you back the start of a new memory at J.Paul's with a complimentary appetizer upon your next visit.

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J.Paul's Memories

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John Pafford
Arthur Steadman
Christine Brown
Butch and Barrie Dener
Erin Burgart
Andy Limbaugh
Katie Rider
Phil Pearmain
Paul Legrady
Barbara Hale Gregory
Rita
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John Pafford

Spent St. Patty's Day in G-town with uncle and cousin. First time at J. Paul's. We went in and I told the bartender my name. Next thing you know, management came out and gave me shirts, hats, etc....all with J. Paul's logo. What a great time, and a memory I'll never forget. I'll be back as often as possible. Thank you for the memories! ;)-

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John Pafford

I was living in Georgetown on 9/11. As night fell on a nearly evacuated Washington, DC, there was only one place to go, J.Paul's. The restaurant and bar were packed that night with people from the neighborhood waiting to hear President Bush address the nation. As he came on the television, J.Paul's went absolutely silent. I can remember it like it was yesterday. Amidst all the tragedy, loss, and fear of the unknown that day, J. Paul's provided a sense of comfort and refuge to the citizens of Georgetown. Thank you, J. Paul's, for always being there in good and bad times and always making us feel a little better when we walk out your door!

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Arthur Steadman

My wife and I met at J. Paul's in September 1984. I had just gotten off work at midnight from Channel 9 News, and went to J. Paul's... a block from my apartment.. to unwind. It was standing room only and I stood behind two women drinking wine at the bar. One of the women said to the other, "All of the men in here are so boring." I signaled the bartender for my tab, saying, "Quick, Mike, cash me out before I'm accused of being boring." One of the women turned and laughed. Helen Farrell had red hair and gorgeous green eyes. We married almost two years to the day later. We are still together in 2013... though far from Washington in northern Illinois... with three grown children. Thanks for the memory, J. Paul's!

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Christine Brown

Today is my 4 year wedding anniversary and I owe it all to J. Paul's. It was 11 years ago that I was at J.Paul's for happy hour with some friends, enjoying the live music and the company of the bartenders Avi and Rich. I also, that night, met my future husband. We subsequently shared our first quick kiss across the raw bar. I thank J.Paul's for the great memories and the future that it provided. My husband and I have been married for 4 years today and have beautiful 18 month old twin boys. I was checking out the website today because my husband and I were planning on drinks at the bar to reminisce and celebrate our years of happiness together. How ironic that there is a public place to share our memories. See you tonight!

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Butch and Barrie Dener

My husband took me to Washington D.C. for my 50th Birthday in May of this year, and rather than making reservations for dinner, he suggested we just stroll through Georgetown and choose a restaurant for its ambiance. As we passed J Paul's, the laughter and happy crowd noises and amazing food scents wafting out onto the sidewalk stopped us in our tracks. We took a chance on J Paul's, and we struck gold! Across the table, over perfect appetizers and entrees, we kept saying to each other, "You have to try this!" "No, YOU have to try THIS!" We are coming back this weekend, and bringing my Sister, for her birthday. Can't wait to show off our "find" and treat her to your Crab Cake Sliders and that amazing spicy Shrimp on ice. Thank you J Paul's!

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Erin Burgart

Tired of over the top bachelorete parties, my girls surprised me with a memorable evening out at J. Paul's. After sipping wine, enjoying local fare, and eating Tahoe-esque cake (all while wearing my bridal veil), J. Paul's allowed us to kick back, relax, and reflect on our friendships of year's past and look forward to our future as friends, family, and "gasp" wife. Eight years and two states later, I remember J. Paul's for its casual atmosphere, attentive staff, and amazing harbor view. I hope to go back to celebrate my ten year anniversary with the same group of friends along with many new ones met along the way.

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Andy Limbaugh

I had just graduated from college in August of 1984 and had moved "back" to D.C. from Missouri (worked on The Hill for a while when in college). I had just started a job at the then, NIKE GEORGETOWN. I needed lunch, walked directly across the street from the store, sat at the bar, ordered a burger and 3 days later, was working the door — late night - and shucking dozens and dozens of oysters and clams behind the raw bar (best seat in the house as the bay window allowed me to watch the masses not only on "M" street, but inside the restaurant as well). Thanks to Mark Bonafant, who was bartending at the time of my first lunch — he helped me get the job. Wherever you are buddy, I still owe you one.

Being from Missouri and working retail (the NIKE shop), I couldn't make it back home for Thanksgiving in 1984. However, I had one of the best Thanksgiving dinners ever at J. Paul's. Incredible that they served such a huge crowd that day! Many thanks to all who made my work experience (1984-1985) so much fun. And to all the great people I met there, either working or not — thank you for enriching my life.

Best wishes and congrats to all who made the first 25 years a huge success. Here's to the next 25! Still the best crab cakes I've ever had.

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Katie Rider

Wow . . . I can hardly believe that 25 years ago I walked into J. Paul's. Being new to the area, my father joined me on my first day of finding a job. Since my apartment was located in upper Georgetown and on the bus route, we thought this area would be ideal for employment. As we took the bus to the intersection of M St. and Wisconsin Ave, the hustle and bustle at J.Paul's caught our eye. As we walked in, the manager (Barry) noticed us. With a smile, he explained to us that the restaurant wasn't open until 11:00. As we glanced at our watches, we realized it was only 9:30, a bit earlier for the "saloon" lifestyle. So we explained that I was looking for employment. Being a bit young to waitress, Barry thought I could start out as a hostess. But I had to come back at 2:00 (normal saloon hours) to apply. Well, needless to say, I got the job! And what a wonderful opportunity lay ahead for the next three years. Without the good hearts of that amazing staff, I wouldn't be where I'm today. With the support of my "J.Paul's family", I finished college and learned that "kindness equals J.Paul's." Thank you for the wonderful opportunity and memories!!

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Phil Pearmain

I first visited J Paul's when I was on a business trip to DC more than 10 years ago and was immediately struck by the great atmosphere which was then topped by the quality and presentation of the food. Since that first visit I have made an effort to eat in J. Paul's on every subsequent trip (not that much effort is needed!) and have taken my wife to J. Paul's when we came to DC to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary - she too was impressed with the place. Having eaten in many places in DC, it is always a pleasure to come back to J. Paul's because you know exactly what to expect, great food, great service and a good pint of Amber Ale (and that coming from a Limey says alot!) Keep up the good work and see you soon!

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Paul Legrady

My then-girlfriend was a waitress at J. Paul's when we met in 1993. She told me that she got a free meal for one guest each night, and while I enjoyed sitting at the bar, enjoying a great meal, it wasn't until years later that I found out that she picked up the tab herself. I returned the favor for her 30th birthday, a few years after we got married. I threw a surprise party for her in the room upstairs. That was in 2000. J. Paul's has been a big part of our lives for the past 15 years.

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Barbara Hale Gregory

I have two memories - first, J Paul's was my favorite restaurant to eat at when I was the 'cop assigned to the beat' when they first opened until I transferred to K-9 in 1987. I loved their warm strawberry pie a la mode! My second memory ties in with the first. In May 1987, Officer Robert Remington was killed in the line of duty. My then husband, his partner, my partner and two brand new rookies and I were all treated to lunch and a few 'good stiff ones' at the end of that horrible day by the great folks at J Paul's. Thank you.

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Rita

It was New Year's Eve 1983..or was it 1984? It's all a little fuzzy. Nevermind. I was home in my Arlington efficiency apartment with a horrible case of laryngitis. I didn't feel bad, but couldn't peep a word. My girlfriend came over and convinced me that we had to go out: It was New Year's Eve! And Georgetown was right across Key Bridge! Nobody would notice that I couldn't talk...I could just drink and dance and have fun. Hmm. Really? Okay, I'll do it! I got dressed (in my Madonna-esque best: big hair, severe makeup, high heels, sequined boots...) and went out on the town. To J. Paul's! Where else would two happening girls go on New Year's Eve in Georgetown??

We had the time of our lives!! I ended up getting my voice back after only one beer!! It was one of the best New Year's Eves ever!! The crowd was pumped. It was more like a frat party than a bar. AND, at midnight, I found myself high above the crowd being passed around from person to person like a college coach after winning the Rose Bowl--screaming and laughing and dizzy with happiness that I made it to the hottest party in DC. I'll never forget that silly, fun, crazy night at J.Paul's.

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Kate King

Hello! Congratulations on 25 years of J-Paul's! I have many memories of the restaurant and have enjoyed many pints and sliders at the bar enjoying bartenders as Sleepy, Colin, and Tim and the company of good friends. All wonderful and have made me feel welcome. The best memory is my husband and I shared our first date at J-Paul's. It was a beautiful spring day and he asked me to meet him for lunch. I had the monte carlo. It was a day that I didn't want to end and our date went well into the evening. J-Paul's will forever be a part of our story. One has not lived well, if one has not dined well!