Tameka Cottle

At this tiny basement bar in Mount Vernon, music and mood are the focus

At this tiny basement bar in Mount Vernon, music and mood are the focus

The most memorable bars possess a certain strand of conviction in their DNA.

This doesn’t mean they’re rigid — good bars must adapt on the fly — but at their core, they know what they have to offer, and they confidently stand by it.

A recent Friday night trip to Diskobar, a small Mount Vernon establishment located in the basement of the Nepalese restaurant Kumari, served as a potent reminder of that. Its success didn’t require all that much: A few hours of good music, personable strangers and some interesting drinks left my friends and me walking away happier than we arrived. Diskobar had done its job.

We largely had Emily Bach, Diskobar’s operator and our bartender...

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