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Last week, we brought you in the Post's Metro section a story about The Park at 14th nightclub, the upscale dance club owned by nightlife impressario Marc Barnes. The story detailed the scene at the club and explored how much money Barnes stood to make thanks to the D.C. government's decision to extend drinking hours until 5 a.m. for inauguration week Jan. 17-21.

Marc Barnes, right, with friend Stephan Bekale. (Dominic Bracco II -- TWP.)

In the story, we noted the city politicians who voted to extend the hours had received healthy campaign donations from Barnes and held their own birthday parties and fundraisers at his clubs, including The Park.

It's only fair, then, that we disclose an internal Washington Post announcement today that the newsroom's administrative, information technology and news research departments are teaming up for a staff holiday party next Wednesday at ... the Park. It's from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. "Light fare and the first couple rounds are on us!" the announcement says.

Yes, the Post is bankrolling Barnes in this case. No, we didn't pick his club for last week's story because of some special arrangement. We picked him because he's the biggest nightclub player in town.

Alas, your D.C. Wire scribes won't be attending next week's party because we work for Metro, which had its holiday bash last weekend. For the record, it was at a private home in Friendship Heights and it was potluck.

By David A Nakamura  |  December 12, 2008; 12:58 PM ET
Categories:  Life at TWP  
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