- The Washington Times - Friday, March 30, 2007

There is a buzz of anticipation as you walk into Billy Martin’s Tavern on Wisconsin Avenue.

Steeped in Hoyas history, the weathered black-and-white pictures on the walls echo Georgetown’s athletic excellence.

“I hope our Hoyas get to be No. 1,” said Billy Martin III, the founder’s grandson and current president of the Georgetown Business Association.

In anticipation of today’s Final Four game against Ohio State, Georgetown bars like Billy Martin’s are gearing up to handle the influx of Hoyas fans on M Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

Mr. Martin said he has scheduled more managers and waiters to handle the crowds.

“We have quite a few reservations in the book, and I think we will be really busy.”

Mr. Martin was working at the bar in 1984 when the Hoyas won their first championship trophy.

“The crowd we had back then will probably dictate the amount of business we get on Saturday,” said Mr. Martin, “and hopefully on Monday, too.”

Other bars in Georgetown are expecting big crowds as well.

“It’s going to be crazy, it’s going to be loud and it’s going to be a good time,” said Clay Patat, the manager at Old Glory. “We’re definitely looking forward to it.”

Mr. Patat said Old Glory was at full capacity during the Hoyas’ victory Sunday. He wouldn’t reveal any sales numbers but said the bar brought in well over double what it normally sells on a Sunday.

“After the win, the students all ran down M Street yelling and shouting, and when they came back up the street, they hit every bar,” Mr. Patat said. “That’s when we really got slaughtered.”

Mr. Patat said he has scheduled six bartenders and a handful of bouncers to handle the rush of supporters that will come tonight.

Mr. Smith’s, which calls itself the “friendliest place in town,” is also expecting big numbers.

Patrons will have to be friendly with their neighbors as manager Mark Sparrow predicts bar activity to double.

Mr. Smith’s has a maximum capacity of 200 persons, said Mr. Sparrow, though the bar squeezed in nearly 400 on Sunday. He expects this weekend to be about the same.

Some bars hope to keep the drinks flowing with specials that honor John Thompson III’s team.

Clyde’s of Georgetown is offering an exclusive drink menu that includes “The Hibbert,” a mix of Hpnotiq, lemonade and blue Curacao, named after Georgetown’s 7-foot-2 center.

Teammate Jeff Green is honored with “The Green Tea,” a combination of a Long Island ice tea and green apple liquor.

And for true blue fans, Clyde’s is featuring “The Hoya,” a mix of Absolut Mandarin, Red Bull and Blue Curacao.

Mr. Martin said his bar won’t offer any drink specials or discounted drinks for the game.

“We will put up a few decorations,” he said. “But Georgetown is an upscale school, they can afford to pay the usual prices.”

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