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Posted at 2:08 PM ET, 02/10/2005

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The City Guide's staff of experts, collectively known as the Going Out Gurus, began a weekly discussion on local events and establishments called Got Plans? in 2001. From date spots to dance clubs, cultural diversions to cheap eats, the gurus answer queries on D.C. life every Thursday at 1 p.m.

Now the Going Out Gurus will be posting daily on what's new in Washington and what's worth revisiting, from the best concert tickets to the latest shopping trends, cool bars and top theater. They deliver the news that lets you plan your happy hours, family outings and special events. And remember that they still want to hear from you; so post your comments on our "GOG blog."

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Help! I am planning my best friend's bachelorette party and need ideas. (I relocated out of DC last year so I am totally out of the know on hot spots, etc.) I imagine there will be about 20 girls and we are shooting for mid-April. We love to eat, drink, dance, and generally have FUN. Any recommendations on good restaurants, bars/lounges and/or clubs? We are definitely more trendy than not, so we will probably avoid pubs and anywhere with peanuts on the floor. At least for the night! Also, tips on getting special treatment as a bachelorette party are greatly appreciated as well! Thanks Gurus!!

Posted by: bachelorette | February 15, 2005 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Hope you don't forget the huge gay social scene in D.C. It is hard to tell from the G.O.G. profiles, but it looks like you could use someone who ventures into that aspect of local nightlife!

Posted by: Matt | February 15, 2005 5:05 PM | Report abuse

so is this the end of the GoG's chat on thursdays at 1???

Posted by: j | February 15, 2005 6:02 PM | Report abuse

O.K., I'll do my best to address all three comments here. We will still be live online for our Got Plans? discussion every Thursday. As for bachelorette party queries and the like, the best place to send those specific questions is our live discussion. And we really do our best to meet the interests of all our readers in all aspects of D.C. nightlife. If you think a particular listing is missing from our database, don't hesitate to e-mail us at Thanks.

Posted by: Maura | February 16, 2005 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Need some sweet direction. A few of us have a monthly chocolate tasting at work. We started with the different but ever-yummy Sander's Hot Fudge Sauce (a Detroit area gem) on some vanilla Haagen-Dazs, spiced up last month with god-like pralines from Leonidas in New York, and saluted February with a Mocha Cake from Marvelous Market. Where do I go next to keep their interest? Thanks!

Posted by: Jeff | February 16, 2005 8:34 PM | Report abuse

This is a test

Posted by: Test | February 17, 2005 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Any word on Oyamel in Crystal City? I read Tom S's review, but wanted additional feedback from the all-knowing GOGs. If Oyamel is so-so, is the Jaleo next door as crowded as the DC one on a St night? Thanks guys, love the blog!!

Posted by: Good Mexican in Crystal City? | February 18, 2005 1:07 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: V street | February 22, 2005 12:17 AM | Report abuse

My husband and I want to enjoy our kid-free day this Saturday. Any suggestions? I was thinking, breakfast, matinee, musuem... something different.

Posted by: LDShap00 | February 22, 2005 10:55 AM | Report abuse

What musuems in the are have good exhibits that are worth checking out? I read the entertainment guide's editor picks but I want a Fresh Voice. What's the 411 on the Spy Musuem?

Posted by: Elle Dee | February 22, 2005 10:57 AM | Report abuse

If you're into Spy Stuff and willing to drive out to NSA, check out the National Cryptologic Museum. Better than the Spy Musuem, cheaper too BUT it's in the middle of nowhere. So, no cool restaurants like Jaleo or Zola's nearby.

Posted by: Sadie2 | February 22, 2005 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Is there a movie theatre near the Spy Musuem? I couldn't find one!

Posted by: LDShap00 | February 22, 2005 3:00 PM | Report abuse

You GOGs are fabulous.

I am part of a student organization which is trying to organize a networking dinner with professionals and law students. We have a modest budget, about $25-30/head, and are planning to keep the dinner to 75-80 people total.

We had our dinner at Maggiano's last year, but the manager was difficult and rude to deal with, and wasn't willing to negotiate like they did last year. We would like a private banquet area but still affordable. The dinner is supposed to be in a month and we are trying to find the right setting as soon as possible! Your advice would be, as always, much appreciated! Thanks!

Posted by: Ankita | February 22, 2005 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Most blogs have a blogroll. Got plans to unveil one of those anytime soon?

Posted by: A Thought | February 23, 2005 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Great brand-new movie theater near the Spy museum at the Ghunatown/Gallery Place metro... as well as the E Street cinema just a few blocks in the other direction.

Posted by: Spy Movies | February 24, 2005 4:34 PM | Report abuse

where's the RSS feed?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2005 11:45 PM | Report abuse

On MONDAY March 14th, I want to plan a Happy Hour with friends as a Spring Break "Can't-Get-A-way" ... somewhere in NOVA (Northern VA). Any ideas? Someplace that would be good for late twenties, early thirties ... AND would Monday be a bad idea?

Posted by: LDShap00 | February 28, 2005 1:17 PM | Report abuse

By the way ... On Saturday, we went to Old Ebbitt Grill for breakfast, then went to the Spy Musuem, and then a Matinee (Hitch).
The Old Ebbitt was great for a change. I loved the French Toast and Eggs Chesapeake. The Spy Musuem is SOO Overrated ... so not worth the money at all. Lame! I wish I would have taken your reccommendation and gone to the other musuem (National Cryptologic Museum) About the movie. ...
Hitch was a funny, (I laughed out loud) refreshing flick. Even my husband loved it!

Posted by: LDShap00 | February 28, 2005 1:21 PM | Report abuse

After reading all the positive comments on Chloe, a few of us decided to go check out it out last Saturday. Extreme disappointement!! The place and music was average but the crowd was extremely cheesy. There is way too much hype for a place that is not that cool. Want lounges/bars with NYC look and feel....this is not it, unfortunately.

Posted by: AllthatHype | March 1, 2005 2:31 PM | Report abuse

is this blog turning into a psuedo GoGs chat? ;-)

if so, i'll add my piece... anyword on the De La Soul concert tonite at Lincoln Theatre?? haven't seen any info on ticket prices or where to get them...

Posted by: hipHOP | March 2, 2005 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Hi all! Can anyone tell me where there may be a good hotel in DC that would have rooms with a good view of the fireworks on the 4th? And would they take reservation requests for this? Thanks

Posted by: Bernie | March 3, 2005 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Help! I have friends coming into town this weekend for the ACC Tourney. We are going to try and scalp tickets by the MCI center, and being that I live 1 block from it, shouldnt be that hard. But if for some reason, we cant get tickets, I need to have a backup plan. The backup plan should involve a cool bar that is offering deals and specials for tourney watching....anyone know of any in DC?

Posted by: Tom | March 7, 2005 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Looking for a place with a LOW cover charge that isn't self-consciously trendy (I want to turn up in jeans if I'm in the mood) where I can shake my 40+ bod to 80s music. Just looked through all 140 entries in Entertainment section's bar and club events category. Closest I can find is Club Heaven and Hell with a regular 80s night at 5 bucks. Sounds great, but I want other people's feedback: do I need to be too hip for words to go to this place? And how's the crowd? I want happy, laid back, and doing their own thing (and leaving me and my friends alone).

Posted by: Cinders | March 8, 2005 12:52 PM | Report abuse

On MONDAY March 14th, I want to plan a Happy Hour with friends as a Spring Break "Can't-Get-A-way" ... somewhere in NOVA (Northern VA). Any ideas? Someplace that would be good for late twenties, early thirties ... AND would Monday be a bad idea?

Posted by: LDShap00 | March 8, 2005 4:01 PM | Report abuse

My friend and I tried out Chloe last week- our young server was so rude that we promptly left. Their attempt to do trendy mod decor suffers from typical bar slum such as mutiple cigarette burns in their pleather seats. Given the long lines and snotty service I'll buy my overpriced drinks elsewhere - trendy decor is not hard to come by.

Posted by: Vanessa | March 9, 2005 11:56 AM | Report abuse

My two cents about Chloe: the old addage "If you have nothing good to say, don't say anything at all" was written for places like Chloe.

Posted by: NothingGoodToSay | March 9, 2005 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I used to go to Heaven and Hell for Bachelorette parties. I think the crowd is not a leave you alone type, just my experience.

Posted by: LDShap00 | March 10, 2005 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking for the same type of place to go for my boyfriend's 35. (Fun scene, 80's music) Was thinkin Polly Esther's but his birthday is on a Wednesday night.... any suggestions, anyone?

Posted by: Dawn | March 11, 2005 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey all, Just thought I'd ask if anyone had ideas for the following: a good place/salon for hair dying and cutting for a female, that won't cost an arm and a leg. Also, a nice date place to go that also won't cost an arm and a leg. Thanks for all the ideas so far
-New and curious in Arlington/DC area

Posted by: Anonymous | March 14, 2005 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I have a long history of going to different salons ... always searching for that unknown jem. I think Hidden Oasis Salon in Springfield, VA ( is the best!
9013 Silverbrook Road
Fairfax, VA 22039
(703) 495-8880
I am used to paying a lot more but at Hidden Oasis, a cut is $43 and up and the color is $53 and up.
It's a great deal.
I recommend Asrate.
For facials ... Nickie.

Posted by: LDShap00 | March 16, 2005 3:16 PM | Report abuse

PS. Mention my name and get a sock in the face. I'm kidding...but seriously.
Tell the crew I said "hey" all the way from Dallas (man, it's just like Laurel down here, in a bad way...)

Posted by: Fitzy | March 17, 2005 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Just wanted to say that you are doing a great job. I am going out this weekend for my friend's birthday and wanted to know of any cool places we should consider. Thanks and keep up the great work!

Posted by: Upcoming B-Day | March 22, 2005 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Looking for a bachelorette party alternative for a friend who's not into all of the usual crazy bachelorette party stuff. Was thinking a spa day, but it could get expensive and with about 10 of us, would prefer an activity where we can all hang out together rather than get spa services in separate rooms. Any suggestions?

Posted by: P | March 22, 2005 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Know of any pub-type places in the Fairfax area? Ones where an over-40's couple can kick back, have a couple of beers, and listen to some music. Maybe chat with folks, maybe not depending on the mood. We've been to ones in Alexandria, Great Falls, Leesburg, Fredericksburg but would like one a little closer.


Posted by: Maria | April 7, 2005 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I have seen a lot of 40's somethnings at Fat Tuesday's in Fairfax.

Posted by: LDShap00 | April 15, 2005 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Help! I am trying to plan a birthday dinner for a friend and need some place to host it. I knew right away that Mie N Yu would be perfect for her style and the atmosphere, but unfortuantley they are booked solid!!! Please please help me find some place with a great atmosphere that's fun and upbeat for some happy 20 somethings.

Posted by: kathy | April 20, 2005 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey, any suggestions for a good first day in Northern to the area and don't know what there is to do for people under 21 on a first date.

Posted by: Crystal | April 23, 2005 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Go to the Improv!

Posted by: LDShap00 | April 24, 2005 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Help! I need to find a rooftop patio that can be rented out - either partially or fully - for one night in late July/early August. I'm looking for a beautiful view of the city - something 7-8 stories up. I would go out as far as Alexandria or Silver Spring. I know this can get expensive, but my heart is set.

Posted by: Liz | April 25, 2005 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Try FIVE in DC; The Clarendon Ballroom in Clarendon, VA,

Posted by: LDShap00 | April 26, 2005 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Great band coming to DC on Friday (Apr 29). The Velvet Lounge has Black Tie Revue. Although they're from Pittsburgh, they can still play some good time power-pop Rock n Roll. I've seen them before on a lark, and they were great! Think Cars/Killers/Ramones. You won't be sorry if you check them out.

Posted by: Matt | April 27, 2005 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Are there any kewl Moped Bars in DC?

Posted by: Gil | April 28, 2005 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Please bring back Going Out with Kids!!! Having just one or (none) questions in the Going Out doesn't cut it. We parents NEED you! Thanks.

Posted by: Megan | May 4, 2005 11:31 AM | Report abuse

How do I access the transcripts from recent Got Plans?. It looks like the most recent one that I can find is from April 14th...

Posted by: curious | May 6, 2005 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Boyfriend's birthday and looking for an active, fun thing to do with friends on Friday night. Can't find any roller rinks, did karaoke for another friend last week, can't bowl- any ideas?

Posted by: Amy | May 9, 2005 4:06 PM | Report abuse

According to, Taste of DC is not happening on Memorial Day weekend. You have it listed in the Post ( and in this week's chat ( What's going on?

Posted by: Confused | May 13, 2005 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Hi! This is a great idea! I have a question. I am looking for a good picturing framing place that isn't going to be too pricey. I know I read it on one of the live chats that there is also a do-it-yourself framing place somewhere...could any of you point me in the right direction? Thanks so much!

Posted by: shopping question | May 16, 2005 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Just wondering if there are any bars that show O.C? We are celebrating a friend's birthday thursday night and no one wants to miss the season finale.

Posted by: Help! | May 16, 2005 3:40 PM | Report abuse

My sister is turning 21 and I would like to help her enjoy it with lots of cheap drinks...turns 21 on Memorial Day...suggestions? I was thinking Old Town, but am open to anything u have to offer...operative word "cheap"

Posted by: Help Sis Celebrate 21 | May 21, 2005 5:27 PM | Report abuse

When I turned 21, I started a happy hour in DC at a place called Tequilla Grill. They have weekly specials. Monday's are Sam Adams Drafts $2.50.
Happy Hour is Monday - Friday 3:30-7:30 and drinks are cheap! Half Price Drinks Margaritas 2.50 and Fruit Margaritas 2.95.
They usually have a happy hour buffet set up, all free!

Posted by: LDShap00 | May 23, 2005 1:35 PM | Report abuse

One last thing ...
check here for the cheap drinks list.

Posted by: LDShap00 | May 23, 2005 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Why aren't these posts displayed in reverse chronological order? It would be easier to read the latest posts.

Posted by: Marc | May 23, 2005 11:08 PM | Report abuse

My mom and sister are coming into town the first weekend of June. Wondering if you could recommend some fun girlie things to do during the day and also a few hip places to eat and get drinks in the evening in the Capitol Hill area. Thank you! You guys are great:)

Posted by: Anonymous | May 24, 2005 9:44 AM | Report abuse

From time to time, I find myself wondering if there is a place in DC where my wife and I can go to hear '50s style live jazz over a nice dinner and a bottle of wine. Ella Fitzgerald, Jerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond, the Duke playing to a small sea of two-tops with white table cloths. Nothing exclusive or terribly fancy, I'm just imagining a fun place where $75 to $100 feels like good money spent on an easy and stimulating evening away from the kids. I know something like this was happening this year at the Ronald Reagan building (Doc Scantling). An eclectic audience would be ideal. But most important is the volume, casual conversation requires subtle ambiance. Rick's American Cafe always comes to mind.

Please tell me wise sages of GoG, what is the name of my new favorite place? :)

Posted by: SledBaron | June 5, 2005 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Where is there a good Karaoke place in DC? I'd love to know what bar has the best spot- but MORE importantly (and more of a challenge): does DC have a Karaoke Room place? Karaoke Rooms (or Karaoke Boxes) are individual rooms you rent by the hour for anywhere from 4-15 people, so you can sing embarrassing songs to your friends and not to an entire bar. New York, Tokyo and Ann Arbor have them - does DC?

Posted by: Summer | June 9, 2005 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Help...I need to find a night club where they play favorites of 80ies ,90ies and today with a dance beat and the club should have nice and busy dance floor, with reasonably priced drinks....

Posted by: Deven | June 10, 2005 8:45 AM | Report abuse

This is not strictly a "going out" question--which is why i am attempting to ask it here instead of the thursday forum--but i did want to pick the brains of the entertainment gurus. i want to know how to promote my friend as a musician and whether there are any particularly good websites or other forums for local music that is actually good.
of course this is just my opinion but even bias aside the guy is a very skillful musican no question. i think he's an amazing guitarist/vocalist/songwriter (not folksy like you're thinking but bluesy and funky and very original) and should be filling up large venues, but he is so extremely humble that--though he plays gigs--he never does anything to promote himself so that new people might come hear him play. any ideas for what i could do to help him out (not including hire a publicist)?

Posted by: Mel | June 12, 2005 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know of free pools in the DC/NOVA area?

Posted by: POOLS | June 14, 2005 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I don't think that the Guru's have answered my questions in MONTHS! Thanks alot!

Posted by: LDShap00 | June 23, 2005 7:04 PM | Report abuse

See what I mean ... It's now June 28th ... and nothing.

Posted by: LDShap00 | June 27, 2005 9:55 PM | Report abuse

How do I let the Gurus know about an event?

The Midtown Liberty Bar Tour is this Friday, July 1. Registration is from 5-10PM at Mackey's. Great Drink specials! Admission is $10 w/ 2 cans of food and $13 without

Posted by: Lindsay | June 29, 2005 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Despite being a pretty cool, one-of-a-kind event, this somehow slipped through the cracks and didn't make the Weekend calendar. So, if there are any theater (or history) buffs looking for something to do July 7th, I hope you'll please pass this along...

World premiere of new play based on the trial of Mary Surratt, the first woman judicially executed by the United States of America. (She was implicated in the Lincoln assassination and subsequently hanged.)
Presented by Spotlight 1 and the Wok and Roll Restaurant.
Performed as a staged reading, with dinner included.

Thursday, July 7, 2005. (One night only)
(This date is the 140th anniversary of Mary Surratt's execution.)
Dinner served at 7 p.m.; performance follows immediately after meal.

Wok and Roll Restaurant, 604 H Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001 -- one block from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station
(This building is the original Mary Surratt boardinghouse where John Wilkes Booth and others are alleged to have plotted Lincoln's assassination.)

$21. Price includes sit-down dinner and live staged reading performance.
For tickets, call the Wok and Roll Restaurant, 202-347-4656.

Thanks very much. Love your weekly discussions.

Posted by: Rich | July 2, 2005 11:09 AM | Report abuse

My husband and I are both turning 30 this year, on August 1st and September 4th respectively. We decided to create a calendar for the month of August of all things that we have never done/experienced yet in DC, post it for our friends, and whenever they can, they will join us. Some of the activities we had in mind, were visiting a museum that we haven't been to, taking the water taxi from SW to Georgetown, tasting a Mint Julep at the Round Robin Bar, since they are suppose to make the best! Thought I would ask your advice of some good things to take advantage of here in DC, to add to our list.

Thanks for your help!

Posted by: Turning 30 | July 11, 2005 10:55 AM | Report abuse

How about going to the DC Improv, or going to the Inn at Little Washington, or how a dinner cruise on the Odyssey? All these things are classic DC things. How about seeing a movie at the Uptown? I could go on all day!

Posted by: LDShap00 | July 16, 2005 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I want to second that querry from Summer. Has anyone found a place in the area where you can rent Karaoke rooms for the night? About 20 of us are trying to find one to celebrate a friend's 35th birthday. And really we ought not to test our chords anywhere more public. Was an answer ever posted to this genious question?

Posted by: Out of tune with no room | July 25, 2005 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I got a flyer recently for "Friday Rendezvous" nights at Veramar Vineyard, in Virginia, just east of Berryville? How far is that, and does anyone know about this place? sounds really reasonable, and I like the idea of a Winery Happy Hour. What kind of wine goes with a heat wave?


Posted by: different happy hour stuff wanted | July 26, 2005 11:45 AM | Report abuse

has anyone done day-of, standing room tickets at the shakespeare company? if so, how likely am i to get a ticket? are they decent? (i know i'm standing but how's the view?) and how early do i have to get there to get in line? thanks!

Posted by: katinka | July 28, 2005 12:36 PM | Report abuse

"Friday Rendezvous" nights at Veramar Vineyard-- Happy Hour Stuff

Veramar Vineyard is about 55 mins West of DC on Route 7.

They have a Van that you can catch from west Falls Church Metro and points west
i.e Reston, Sterling, Asburn, Leesburg, Purcellville.

Posted by: DB200 | July 29, 2005 2:17 PM | Report abuse

There was a club/dining spot in Silver Spring last year called Izora. I drove by recently only to find out they are no longer there. Izora was a NICE after-hours spot on Fridays with a very good live band. What happened to them? More importantly, do you know of any similar venues in the area?

Posted by: Kathy B. | August 1, 2005 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm planning a BBQ for about 20 people this weekend and nowhere in the DC area can I find premium beer in quarter kegs! I know you guys are Going Out Gurusand not Staying In Gurus... but could you possibly help me out? And also, why is this? Thanks!

Posted by: Beulah | August 4, 2005 8:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm planning a BBQ for about 20 people this weekend ...and nowhere in the DC area can I find premium beer in quarter kegs! I know you guys are Going Out Gurus and not Staying In Gurus... but could you possibly help me out? And also, why is this? Thanks!

Posted by: Beulah | August 4, 2005 8:03 AM | Report abuse

What are you going to do next sunday? I think I'll go to plant a tree:

John Carrie
2010: Poverty Elimination

Posted by: John | August 5, 2005 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Finally, some decent maps of downtown Bethesda, even showing new sites like Union Jack's on St. Elmo's. Show's every building if you zoom in...
and click on "Bethesda Dining"

Posted by: Pete | August 13, 2005 11:08 AM | Report abuse


I read today's online chat and noticed the question at the end about the Saloon on U street. No fear, the bar is not closing. The owner closed it for the month of August to give his staff some time off and to spend a month working with Habitat for Humanity in Bolivia. They promise to reopen in September.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 18, 2005 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys,

I'm leaving the DC area on Thursday and will be away for a couple of months. My plan is to have an early dinner with my family, then go out and get drinks and dessert with my boyfriend. Any suggestions for a place where we can just get dessert (ie, not a whole meal), won't need reservations, and can sit for a couple of hours?


Posted by: Mandi | August 18, 2005 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I am a fan of formula one racing. i know that there are several establishments that have scheduled viewing of Premier league, german or spanish league football. are there any that schedule F1?

Posted by: netjammie | August 21, 2005 12:04 PM | Report abuse

What's the deal with the fish market on the waterfront (I think in SW)? Can you get good fresh fish there? Is it safe? Do individuals shop there typically?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2005 1:44 PM | Report abuse

HELP! I have recently been asked to plan a fall "booze cruise" on the Potomac for my classmates, but I can't seem to find an appropriate charter company. A lot of boats seem to dock in Alexandria, Baltimore, or Annapolis, but we are looking for one that leaves from the District. Do any of you guys have any recommendations? Thanks!

Posted by: meowey mcmeowerson | August 24, 2005 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Here's a cool little site that maps DC events, just plug in the day you're interested in on the calendar and see what's going on in the city.

Posted by: Event guide | August 25, 2005 1:23 PM | Report abuse

My friends and I are attempting to find a fun spot in DC to rent out for a college football watching/birthday party for about 30 people on a Saturday night. The big obstacle seems to be finding a place that will allow us to take over the TV and sound. Any suggestions?

Posted by: smp | August 31, 2005 5:41 PM | Report abuse

For the person asking about tango shoes on Got Plans? today, Viviana Levinson at sells them locally. Robin Tara sells them online at Also Maleva Co. at
Good luck!

Posted by: Angie | September 15, 2005 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I am going to the Coldplay concert at Nissan Pavillion--what is the best way to get there on a Friday without being stuck on Route 66 forever?

Posted by: Emily | September 16, 2005 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I am new to the Reston/Herndon area. I would like to know where you can go and meet the over 40 crowd.

Posted by: Bruce | September 24, 2005 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Take exit not take exit 44. There is a light that lets about 5 cars through that is absolutely ridiculous if you take exit 44.

Posted by: Nissan Tip | September 27, 2005 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I have an extra Coldplay 'lawn' ticket and am looking for a woman to accompany me or meet me there. No expectations, just a fun time and maybe a new friend.

Posted by: Brian | September 27, 2005 4:48 PM | Report abuse

hey there! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE come out to Jammin' Java, a hip little concert venue/coffee shop in Vienna, for an awesome community film festival--the 2005 Mid-Atlantic Film Festival! It's this Sunday at 5, and tickets are only 10 bucks! We are the ONLY all-volunteer film festival in Northern VA, designed to higlight local filmmakers.

This year we're featuring short films by filmmakers in the DC-metro area, including an eight minute animation called Sub, directed by Fairfax native Jesse Schmal. The film has already aired on Showtime and the Sundance channel! The festival will be judged by Buzz McClain, dvd critic for Playboy Magazine/music critic for The Washington Post, and will include a talk by the Executive Director of the Georgetown Film Festival. We'll end the night with a Q&A with filmmakers.

Call (703) 255-1566 now for reservations!!
Jammin Java is at 227 Maple Ave, Vienna, VA 22180.

Posted by: Laura | October 6, 2005 11:16 PM | Report abuse

After experiencing some pretty bad service at my used-to-be favorite local bar at 16th and U on Sunday night, our group of 5 left a 10% tip and were followed out of the bar by our waitress who was soliciting more gratuity from us. We've called the bar to complain about both her lazy service and end-of-the-night behavior, but I remain appalled at this behavior. This bar has undergone some management tunrover lately, and I do understand that the servers may be overworked these days. But that's certainly not the customer's problem!! We are at this bar at least once a week, and always tip a standard 20% or more-- she received less because she openly complained about how tired and hungry she was (all this while she snacked in front of us and licked her fingers- terribly unhygienic), treated us as if our presence was a burden on her, and generally harrassed us from the moment we walked in the door. That is not appropriate and it may be a while before I go back to subject myself to such offensive customer service.

Posted by: Jenny | October 11, 2005 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Check out Meat & Potato Theatre's latest show - POE 2000. It's a perfect lead up to Halloween!

Great theatre at a reasonable price.

At Playbill Cafe (1409 14th St., NW) through Oct. 30.

Posted by: MN | October 14, 2005 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have any good breakfast ideas for weekend mornings in DC. I know the Diner in Adams Morgan is always a good bet and Booeymongers isn't bad either, but I am looking for something new. Any ideas would be helpful. Thank!

Posted by: George | October 16, 2005 8:36 AM | Report abuse

A local nonprofit animal rescue is having it's 1st Annual "Rally to Rescue" picnic on Sun, October 23 and all of the public is invited! 1-5pm at Lake Accotink Park in Springfield, VA. Only $5/person (12 & under FREE!) and leashed pets are welcome!

It's going to be a great time... Food, live entertainment, a Blessing of the Animals, a dog show, moon bounce, and more!


Visit or call 703-831-4153 for more info.

Posted by: Terra | October 18, 2005 12:02 PM | Report abuse

*PinUp Bomb Goes Kamikaze Press Release*

Ignore Celia Wren's review of the Body Project!

Don't let the play's focus on how women's bodies intersect with the relationship a woman has to her self and to others around her fool you into thinking that the art performed in this play will not resonate with a y-chromosome audience member or a post-modern x-chromosome. Yes, the play is performed by an all-female cast produced by a woman-oriented theater company, but that is no reason for any of us to duck-n-cover like the Washington Post's special critic, Celia Wren, from the accessible and real scenarios presented in the two and a half hour performance. ALL OF US are impacted by the combination of the health & beauty imperative intertwined with the recession of culture to pop culture and our cult of celebrity. Cultivators of their own web identity might find some self-awareness and challenge in The Body Project's presentation of the detriment in letting our culture's appearance-driven preoccupation lead to consumption as a form of self-actualization. Sadly, there is no pop-up blocker against low self-esteem and blase critical attitudes.

Posted by: Hating the Post's Special Review of The Body Project | October 31, 2005 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I overheard someone talking about going bowling in DC but did not hear where it is. Does anyone know if there is a bowling alley DC and if so where is it?

Posted by: islandqueen | November 4, 2005 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Hey guys...
A while ago I read about a club kind of thing in the area where you'd go to a commercial kitchen with a bunch of other people and together make dinner for like a week. I've searched for ever on the web and the archives - can you help me with this one?

Posted by: Rob | November 12, 2005 11:04 PM | Report abuse

With winter right around the corner, I was wondering if anyone knew of any good hills to go tobogganing.

Posted by: Alex | December 2, 2005 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Hi Gurus! I LOVE your weekly Thursday chat, thanks for all the great tips and reviews. Fritz love your reviews too. I wanted to tell you all about a FAB new restaurant and lounge in downtown Silver Spring, called Gallery (where Izora used to be but NITE and DAY different). I had dinner there the other night and it was great - beautiful space with amazing decor(modern industrial DC-type lounge) and great food (latin fusion)...You all have to check it out!!! The owners are two hip young guys in their late 20s. It's the only lounge in SS and it was about time...HOPE you mention it next week in your blog!! Thanks tons

Posted by: Lily | January 19, 2006 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Hi GURUS - I need ideas of clubs/bars/restaurants in DC for dancing to Arab, Latin, and Euro music on Saturday nights. Agua Ardiente used to be good for dancing to this music, but the scene there has changed in the past year. Help!

Posted by: Lyn | February 1, 2006 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Three phrases should be among the most common in our daily usage. They are: Thank you, I am grateful and I appreciate.

Posted by: size genetics | February 2, 2006 5:32 AM | Report abuse

Just wanted to let you know that Mauro at Denim Bar is having a Valentine's Day Sale thru Tuesday 2/14. 20% off ALL denim!!!

Posted by: Jen | February 13, 2006 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Did you hear about the jazz & tap dance festival next weekend-?

It's the 20th annual Jazz & Tap Dance Festival is a showcase of regional dance companies that celebrates the vitality and breadth of jazz and tap dance. The dance companies performing at this year's festival are: Center Stage, Culture Shock, Dancin' Unlimited, Encore Performers, Shenandoah Dance Ensemble, and Stage Crew.

Two performances will be held in the Ernst Community Cultural Center on the Annandale Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College:
• Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 8pm
• Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 4pm.

It's a great show and very popular with dance enthusiasts of all ages. Inexpensive tickets are available at

Posted by: funkyflash | February 16, 2006 3:51 PM | Report abuse

went last year - fabulous show. American Dance Artists were the best!

Posted by: dancer4life | February 16, 2006 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if the satirical film/documentary CSA: Confederate States of America will be opening in DC anytime soon?

Posted by: lady jane | February 19, 2006 2:23 PM | Report abuse


I would like to inform the GOG and others of a fabulous opportunity tomorrow night in DC...The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is sponsoring a program called Meet the Artist: Hiraki Sawa. Please arrive early to ensure seating--past Meet the Artist programs at the Hirshhorn have drawn full audiences!
Here are the details...
All programs take place in Ring Auditorium unless otherwise noted. Seating is first-come and admission is free.
Hiraki Sawa
March 2, 2006 at 7 pm
The artist's enchanting video works, depicting toy planes that fly from room to room or household objects that sprout legs and wander around his apartment, are featured in the Black Box until the end of March. Join Hiraki Sawa and associate curator Kelly Gordon for a presentation of his latest video and a discussion of his work. Dwelling, 2002, which is currently on view, was recently acquired for the Museum's collection. Ring Auditorium.

Posted by: Rachel Schreibman | March 1, 2006 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Have you been to karaoke on Saturday nights at Clare & Don's (in Clarendon, of course)? It's a blast singing and watching others get up a sing. And the drinks are reasonably priced. I think they are having an "Arlington Idol" contest soon.

Posted by: Erik | March 9, 2006 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Last Saturday I went to the Black Cat bar for the New Order vs. Duran Duran Dance Party. It was a great time and I'll definitely be returning to the Black Cat. It was nice to hang out with other people over 30 who still love to dance.

Posted by: tyjoun | March 13, 2006 5:04 PM | Report abuse

My family's and my boyfriend's large family are coming into town for college graduation, and we are looking for a restaurant to go to to accomodate at least 16 people. Looking for a downtown DC location, prices 20-35 for an entree. Any ideas?

Posted by: Davina | March 30, 2006 1:24 PM | Report abuse

seriously guys. where are the straight male strip joints, looking to go to some for a friend's bachelorette party. about 10 girls all mid-twenties. help, men have it so easy =(

Posted by: twinky | April 4, 2006 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey David Malitz!
Below is the press on the regular Thursday night show on Capitol Hill.I'm the sound engineer for the band. Come by and visit or email me.

Celebration of American Music
Capitol Hill
American Legion Hall
Thursday nights 9:00 to 12:00
Traditional Dancing & Cocktails Served
3rd & D street SE for more information

Posted by: Paul Royce Koch | April 14, 2006 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Here is a note to those who are interested. This Traditional Country Music show is very popular with the folks on Capitol Hill so getting there early is a good idea when Congress is in session. The American Legion Hall is in a very nice area and only two blocks from Capitol South metro. Much of the proceeds of this event also benefits veterans. The Wil Gravatt Band has entertained The President and many other dignitaries. The music is sincere and traditional dancing is as much a part of the show as the songs themselves. Do not be surprised to find yourself surrounded by folks in cowboy hats on some nights. The commentary often heard from patrons is how this feels so much like a Texas night on the town. These are good times on a Thursday night so be prepared to call in on Friday!

Posted by: Paul Royce Koch | April 14, 2006 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gurus! I know it's not happening in DC, per se, but the Volvo Ocean Race is arriving in the Bay today for three weeks of parties and festivals in Baltimore and Annapolis. It is a huge event, not as huge as in otehr countries, unfortunately, but very significant that they chose our area for this stopover! Please try to spread the word, or at least look into it and see if you find it interesting. is a good place to start!

Posted by: Sailor | April 17, 2006 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Just went to Uncle Jed's (Old Georgetown at Wisc. Ave., Bethseda) website and discovered that the bar has closed.

Anyone know what happened? and when?

Last time through there was some construction that appeared to be unrelated to U.J., but it certainly obscured the location more.

P.S. anyone know of Bethesda bar showing hockey?


Posted by: Bumthesda | April 18, 2006 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Noticed in the GOG 5/4 discussion that you recommended Lebanese Taverna as a brunch spot in Rockville for Mother's Day.

Not a good idea!!! The Lebanese Taverna (LT) up here in the 'ville is a tiny tiny place, and decorated/run more like a fast food joint than the sites in DC and VA.

Just across the parking lot from the Rockville LT is Mosaic Cafe, which is a wonderful place for brunch/lunch/dinner. I would also recommend Addie's or Black Market Cafe if someone wants to score beaucoup brownie points with their Mom of choice.

Posted by: Rockville | May 4, 2006 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gurus,
There's a new summer, outdoor, day time party in the DC Met. The sound is curated by the lads at and the visuals by local artists Ross Powers and Dave Rosenberg. The summer event of the year keeps on going. The event aims to toast the roots of dub and the musicians that are pushing the 'summer sound' envelope. Harking back to the early days of electronic music, the event will feature 3 DJs that will get the extraordinary opportunity to play 3 hour extended sets aimed at taking the listener on an extended journery. This week, come out and join area selectors: Deyv (2-5) and live PA sets from The Last of Us (5-7:30) and Aligning Minds (7:30 - 10). The event will take place on the 10,000sqft. outdoor terrace of the Gallery Restaurant and Lounge ( located in SoPo Silver Spring. The terrace, with vistas of downtown Silver Spring and an environment surrounded by early 1900 chimney's provides the ultimate backdrop for an outdoor urban party serving exquisite Latin/Carribean dinning and drinks. Bring your sunglasses, tank tops, sketch books, cards, chess boards and lap tops. We're chillin all day, free wireless internet as you sip Gallery's fous Mojitos! Video Projections once the sun goes down! We hope the gurus and their loving masses can join us for this unique summer event *..*

Posted by: DavidF | June 8, 2006 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am looking for Saturday Breakfast/Brunch buffets. Maryland or N. Va preferred. Something that starts by 11am. Any ideas? Thanks!!!

Posted by: kboinmd | June 15, 2006 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys -

I don't know if you've ever heard of this vaudeville and burlesque show called "The Lobster Boy Revue". Anyway - they are having this tiki party show on June 25th at the Arlington Cinema "N" Drafthouse. It's only $12 bucks and you can stay afterwords and watch a 1950's horror classic called "Attach of the Giant Leeches!" Yea!

Posted by: Crustacea Lover | June 20, 2006 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gurus!

I'm looking for a place to get affordable good crab and oysetrs around DC - but anything within 1.5 hours from the city is still good...

Posted by: Limor | June 28, 2006 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Where can my friends and I go "clubbing" in DC when we are in the unfortunate 18-21 age range?

Posted by: Mike Leibenluft | June 29, 2006 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the funky Screen on the Green (SOTG) dance that one of your readers asked about last week. We have been attending the movies for the past 5 years and it's my understanding that it's been around since SOTG began. We kindly refer to it as the HBO dance. As told to me, it was originated up in New York City at a similar outdoor movie venue. The displaced NYC folks recreated the dance in DC ... the rest is history.

New to Washington, D.C.: I went to my first Screen> on the Green on Monday. Can you explain why people> got up and started dancing when the HBO screen came> up before the show? I'm hoping to see it again next> week. This one event made me love DC.> > Jen: I'm going to be in that neck of the woods on> Monday so maybe I'll see this for myself. I have no> idea why people were dancing, but maybe a Screen on> the Green regular can enlighten us?

Posted by: Screen on the Green Regular | July 26, 2006 8:49 AM | Report abuse

New to Washington, D.C.: I went to my first Screen on the Green on Monday. Can you explain why people got up and started dancing when the HBO screen came up before the show? I'm hoping to see it again next week. This one event made me love DC.

Jen: I'm going to be in that neck of the woods on Monday so maybe I'll see this for myself. I have no idea why people were dancing, but maybe a Screen on the Green regular can enlighten us?

the dance, was originated up in nyc at the outdoor movies, to pay homage to the good folks at HBO for providing free movies. the diplaced nyc peeps recreated the dance in dc when HBO took their show on the road ... the rest is history.
see you at the movies!
-charlie brown

Posted by: SOTG regular - Charlie Brown | July 26, 2006 2:09 PM | Report abuse

A Tribe Called Quest is scheduled to be at LOVE (formerly Dream) on Friday September 22.

Check the following site for full tour info

LOVE site has info, ticket details also

(this is a response to a 7/27 GOG chat question)

Posted by: show snoop | July 27, 2006 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gurus -

Ok boys and girls, so here it is and I need to know if you find this to be true cuz it made me sick. Six of my girlfriends met for a sort of reunion at Marcels in Georgetown a week ago. The food was fab, the bar better than any of the stuffy french venues in my hometown of LA, but I like really have an issue with one thing sitting at the bar where the service is a 10, the live music is a throwback to the old days in the Bay area, and you eat like a queen, when the Chef came out apparently while Momma Marcel is home taking care of baby Marcel and Bec who is the namesake of their next restaurant and Daddy Marcel is rubbing up against his girl friends galore at the bar laying his seed like a farmer planting corn in any warm fertile spot he can find. When I realized this was the owner of one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the District who apparently has a problem keeping his saucsison, french for saussage or salami or that thing those men think with sometimes, I was totally grossed and almost heaved my 5 star wannabe dinner. Well I just want to know if this guy is truleyso clueless that he thinks his food is so hot he can just drop trough anytime with any tart that wants a fling in the wine cellar and that paying customers would actually think its ok. What have you heard? Truth, dare or just ugly rumor?

Posted by: Janice Burke | July 30, 2006 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I have read some of your ideas for alterations on wedding dresses and such, but what about good and reasonable alterations for men's suits? Live in Arlington, but would travel for a good person.

Posted by: Dave | August 7, 2006 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Like your commentary, and place recommendations. Someone asked where the 20 - 30 somethings go. What about the over 40 crowd who may miss the old River Club in Georgetown and Yacht Club type dance places that are no longer with us? Any successor to these out there? Thanks for any information.

Posted by: Paul | August 18, 2006 12:00 PM | Report abuse

What do you do when you have an extremely unpleasant experience at one of your favorite restaurants? Mi Rancho in Silver Spring - one of the pioneers in the "new" SS - has been a favorite of mine for about 15 years. Last night the carne asada was served with almost no grilled onions so I politely asked if I could have more onions as there so few on the dish. The waitress came back with a small plate containing about one slice of grilled onion. Fine. Thanks. When my check arrived I was charged $1.25 for the onion slice. I asked the waitress to ask the manager to take the charge off the bill. The manager (actually the owner I believe) came to my my table and began to lecture me on the cost of food and told me that nothing was free. The lecture went on for about 3-4 minutes after which he said he would take off the charge this time but next time I'd have to pay for everything that came out of the kitchen. When I left I mentioned to the hostess (owner's wife?) that the treatment was humiliating, unnecessary and completely unjustified. Mr. Owner butt in to my converstation and told me in a liud voice "We don't need customer's like you."

The food and margaritas are good and I have lot's of memories at this place - but how can I ever go back there? Any ideas?

Posted by: Dave Lautenberger | August 18, 2006 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Please help! I have two amazing parents that are having their 30 year wedding anniversary in November. I want to do something really special and romantic for them. They love disco dancing and I'd love to find a place where they can have a romantic dinner then dance the night away. If there aren't any disco places, any dancing at all will do. My parents really deserve something special. Please help me make it happen!

Posted by: Distraught Daughter | August 19, 2006 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Are you thinking snow yet? The calendar says September but here at the Ski Club of Washington, DC (SCWDC) we are already thinking (and WORKING) snow! SCWDC have an event that will help you think snow.

Next Saturday, September 9th is our SCWDC Ski Fest 2006. This is a free event. The event starts at 7 PM and will run to 11 PM. It will be held at the Best Western Tysons Westpark Hotel, 8401 Westpark Dr, McLean, VA. For the Ski Fest 2006 announcement, see .

Our Ski Fest sponsor, Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), will present a heli-skiing movie followed by a discussion about how a heli-ski trip is a realistic and achievable adventure goal for the intermediate and above skier or snowboarder. For one lucky door prize winner, CMH will provide CAD$1,000 credit towards a CMH heli-skiing trip in the winter of 2006-2007, including the April 2007 CMH heli-skiing trip offered by our friends from Columbia Ski Club.

Before the presentation, wander among the exhibits presented by local ski shops and our participating tour operators, ski areas, and resorts. After the presentation, learn more about the ski club's ski trips for the 2006 - 2007 ski season. You can sign up for a trip (or two) at the event. Offering over 30 domestic, international and local ski trips, the club's ski trips are already over 35% sold as of the end of August, so don't wait too long. Learn more about the SCWDC Ski School, nosh on some delectable eats, and show your stuff on the dance floor dancing to the tunes spun by Ed the DJ. Besides the CMH drawing, there will be drawings for many more door prizes through out the evening, including a mini ski & stay vacation at Chateau Mont Sainte-Anne, Quebec. Everyone is welcomed. Mingle with our invited guests and friends from Columbia Ski Club, Capital Hikers Club, and EuroNet International.

SCWDC Background. SCWDC is a 501(c)(7), volunteer supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1936. It is either the largest or second largest ski club in the United States. It is certainly the largest in the DC Metro area. It is unique among ski clubs in that it has its own ski school, made up of PSIA and AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of America, American Association of Snowboard Instructors) certified ski and snowboard instructors. We teach the never-ever skiers/boarders, help get intermediates out of their intermediate rut, and hone the skills of the advanced skiers to conquer the bumps with elan, remove any nagging bad habit, and help them carve the slopes with greater efficiency and style on new generation of shaped skis. We have specific Ski Performance Enhancement (SPE) overnight ski trips to WV and several Sunday SPE trips to PA ski resorts.

Besides snow sports and ski trips, the club hold many social and cultural events through out the year when snow can't be found, though we do venture south to go skiing occasionally. We sail, hike, bike, dance, kayak, and play tennis, golf and softball among other sports. We go out to dinner and theater, picnic, happy hours, and other cultural and social events. We plan for our members great sports (and events) for all seasons. Our members are single, couples and families.

This year marks our club's 70th anniversary. We know what we are doing and we have been doing it for a long time.

The club's web site is and our email address is

Posted by: captain.ken | September 1, 2006 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Looking for a Thursday night Grey's Anatomy nite. Does anyone know about any DC area bars that would host such an event. I remember when there were Melrose parties and such. Help?

Posted by: Heidi Custer | September 18, 2006 4:03 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Chesapeak Chicken? It was suppose to open on Wisconsin Ave, next to Persimmon almost 3 years ago! They have a store front, but the phone has been disconnected. When I ask them at their Bay Bridge location, no one can say why.

Posted by: Catherine | September 19, 2006 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for your plug for the Arizona, Alaska, Illinois, and Delaware State Societies debate-watching party. Almost every state has a nonpartisan booster club in DC and nearly half of them are planning major Inauguration events that are a lot of fun and a good value. You can see all the actvities of state societies at

Posted by: Mark Rhoads | October 17, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

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