It’s official. The sky is NOT falling.

And several of my favorite watering holes around town still appear to be open. Cafe Cero closed for a few weeks, but as of last weekend the joint was back in business. Now they’re open noon to 2 a.m., 7 days a week, with live music throughout the week. I’ll be dropping by soon to quiz the staff on any upcoming changes, as this is one of my neighborhood haunts and I like it just the way it is.

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Don’s Club Tavern (aka Don’s Mixed Drinks due to the ancient neon sign) is still open, although whether or not the place will be sold by Don’s widow — as we were told last December — remains to be seen. Maybe the customers simply wouldn’t stand for it, but as of my last visit in mid-February, the dive-bar darling of Capitol Hill is still alive and kicking.

Another great rebound story: 15th Street Tavern. It seems that like a bad stain, these little neighborhood spots are too tough to rub away so easily. After the Tavern changed owners they were apparently able to renegotiate the lease; I had heard earlier that the entire block was scheduled for renovation to make space for a massive retailer to move in. We’ll see if that happens eventually, but for now, grab your earplugs and swing by for some headsplitting rock & roll, or a cheap happy hour beer and a game of pool.

All in all, it’s good news for the barflies in town, who were getting worried for a while that all of our dark corners and lowbrow nooks were drying up. Seems that for the time being, the sky is safely in place over our heads (and barstools).