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Monday, July 14, 2014

Annandale Blog readers pick Cue Club as best local bar

This is the third in a series of profiles of the winners of 2014 Annie Awards, presented to local businesses at Blogapalooza on June 28. The winners were selected by Annandale Blog readers in an open-ended survey.

Cue Club manager John Kim.
The Cue Club “is your neighborhood bar, no matter what your neighborhood is,” says marketing specialist Chase Moon Chichester. Located at 7014 Columbia Pike in the Annandale Shopping Center, the Cue Club is the winner of the Annie Award for best bar in the Annandale/Mason area.

It’s the kind of place where you might find a cadre of friendly regulars of all ages, a softball league relaxing after a game, sports fans, karaoke enthusiasts, and pool players of all skill levels—and most of the time you’ll find manager John Kim greeting customers and pouring drinks.

Kim switched from an office job to bartending when his mother, Sunny Kim, purchased the Cue Club about eight years ago. The bar was expanded this spring when a former storage room was transformed into a party room with another big-screen TV.

There are special happy hour prices every day, including $2.75 for domestic beer, $3 for Guinness and Corona, $3.50 for house drinks, and $4.50 for appetizers, including wings, tenders, quesadillas, mozzarella sticks, and cheese poppers.

The Cue Club also has a complete dinner menu, with the house specialty, bulgogi subs, as well as burgers, meatballs, nachos, sandwiches, salads, and much more.

The Cue Club opens every day at 3:30 p.m.—or earlier when there’s big sports event, like the recent World Cup finals or a big football game.

Three different pool leagues play at the cue Club: the TAP League on Mondays, the APA League on Wednesdays, and the Nine Ball League on Sundays. There are generally eight players on a team with a mixed level of skills. Dart teams play on Wednesdays.

There’s karaoke on the first and third Saturday of the month. Live music will be starting soon on the second and fourth Saturday. Kim is considering starting a “nerd night,” possibly with board games, videogames, and trivia contests.

You don’t need a special occasion to get into the Cue Club spirit; you would feel welcome just walking in for a cold one on your own. There’s a good chance you would make a new friend or two.


  1. best damn bar in fairfax county for that matter! friendly staff thats always happy to serve, good crowd, great food and drinks!

  2. Wasn't this were they had a drug bust in the parking lot recently? They were coming out of the bar... guess you get a meal and a show...

  3. Hands down, they welcome everyone. Food is good too.