By John Gillooly

The Greene Turtle, a bar/restaurant famous for its location within the Verizon Center in downtown D.C., has open a new location right smack dab in the middle of Fairfax, between University Blvd. and Route 123.

I went to the grand opening of the restaurant two weeks ago the night of the 

Washington Capitals playoff game against the Boston Bruins. The building was packed wall-to-wall in a sea of red. It was a fantastic atmosphere for a sports bar, the staff was very energetic and friendly and the crowd was all in an upbeat attitude.


“The Turtle,” as it’s affectionately called by its staff, plays host to more than 20 beers on tap and and at least 25 TV screens, not including personal TVs at every table.

“The atmosphere is electric,” says

Christian Klopfer, a 24-year-old subsititue teacher from Fairfax and avid Capitals fan.


“The Turtle is not simply a bar but the epicenter of something far greater. It is the great meeting hall of man’s desires, fears and whims. It is a forum for his greatest achievements and his crippling failures. For the Turtle is not simply the bar that Fairfax wants. It is the bar that Fairfax needs.”