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Posted at 2:14 PM ET, 09/12/2007

Take Happy Hour Outside

By Fritz Hahn

Summer's almost over, but the sunshine and warm weather are lingering long to let you keep out the sundresses and sunglasses for another week. What better way to celebrate than hitting a happy hour on Thursday afternoon?

The last few Thursdays have seen thunderstorms and cool temperatures, so the organizers of the Omni Shoreham Hotel's poolside Code Orange Happy Hour have extended their event for another week. It's like a mini-vacation without leaving town, so bring your bathing suit. The $15 cover charge includes one frozen cocktail as well as use of the resort-style pool, locker room and sunbeds. There's a menu of tropical slushie drinks as well as snack food, all served until 9 p.m.

Erin mentioned Charlie Palmer's new rooftop happy hour in her News to Digest column last week and it's every bit as good as it sounds. Bars, couches and tables sit under a large tent on the building's rooftop, and you have an unparalleled view of the Capitol building as well as the Mall, Capitol Hill and the dreary buildings around Federal Center SW. At night, the Capitol's floodlit dome is spectacular. There's no cover charge, though drink prices are steep - expect to pay $6 for a beer, $8-10 for a glass of wine and $12 for one of the house cocktails, though the Planter's Punch, made with aged rums, is worth it. A Senate staffer/lobbyist crowd filters in early, and everything begins to wrap up by 9.

Finally, the Usual Suspectz are hosting another of their rooftop "Elevation and Temptation" shindigs at RNR Bar & Lounge, but this one has a luau theme. (We're all invited to "get lei'd." How thoughtful.) Doors open at 6, and the evening includes $3 beers until 7, $5 Belvedere or Absolut vodka drinks until 8 and $5 martinis or cosmos until 11. Women also get free drinks from 11 to midnight. DJs Top Choice and Doc Rok spin hip-hop all night. Cover charges can be in the $5-10 range, but there's a printable flyer for free admission and a free Cruzan rum cocktail in the promoters' latest e-mail; sign up at or just click here.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | September 12, 2007; 2:14 PM ET
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Went to Charlie Palmer's last week and it was great! The view is worth every cent of the $10 glass of wine.

Posted by: Charlie Palmer's | September 13, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Resort "style" pool? I beg to differ. This place IS a resort. No traffic noise,beautiful grounds. The drinks are wonderful. I am amazed the place wasn't packed! I came here for the summer Dine and Dip and have fallen in love with this hotel. I look forward to future promotions from this resort in the city. I hope they do something for the fall so I can see the leaves turn. THAT would be spectacular!

Posted by: Conrad Horton | September 14, 2007 10:12 AM | Report abuse

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