While some in the neighborhood knew Rhino Bar would be closing, this week’s news still made major media buzz. The legendary Rhino Bar and Pumphouse, popular with Georgetown University students, will close Feb. 28.
Known for its sports bar verve, Rhino at 3295 M St. NW is a big fan zone for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Eagles as well as for college basketball, especially the Hoyas. It is full of sports memorabilia.
For those who want a piece of the place, there is an online auction by Rasmus Auctions that lists just about everything that isn’t nailed down. Lighted advertising signage, flat-screen televisions, bar tables, stools and other restaurant fixtures are on the list, but it is the memorabilia that is worth noting.
First, there is the presiding rhino head at the center of the bar as well as signs from previous bars that existed at the property: Winston’s and the Shamrock. There are signed sports jerseys in frames that include Patrick Ewing, Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan, Joe Namath, Magic Johnson, Joe Theisman, Larry Bird and many more along with autographed magazines covers of sports figures.
The bidding continues until Feb. 27 with inspection at Rhino Bar, noon to 4 p.m., Feb. 26, and removal, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 2. Check out Rasmus.com/auction/250679/bar-and-restaurant-online-auction-washington-dc/