Happy Hump-Day Halloween
Most Halloween parties at bars and clubs took place over the weekend -- some of us needed to sleep in on Sunday morning -- but there are more than a few events around the area on Wednesday night. Here's our guide to some of the best.
Before we start, here's another reminder about SoberRide, which is offering free taxi rides home -- up to a $50 value -- on Halloween night. Dress up like a ghost. Don't become one.
If you've got a truly amazing costume that took time and money to put together, you might as well get some cash and/or prizes for it. WPGC's Big Tigger is judging the contest at Spank, which features $500 in cash for the best outfit and bottles of champagne for the runners-up. (They also have a mind-blowing three hours of premium open bar and a free late-night soul food buffet.) Union Jack's in Bethesda is offering $500 in cash and prizes in its own contest, awarded in three categories: Best, Scariest and Sexiest. Are you a fan of Play on Thursday nights? Then you'll like the Halloween contest: The winner gets a $500 VIP table and bottle service the following Thursday. Runners up get $250 and $100 bar tabs. Asylum is giving out $200 for the best overall costume as well as prizes for the sexiest and most creative, but also handing out free drinks, bar tabs and promotional swag in plenty of other categories -- some of which seem to be created at the staff's discretion. Cafe Citron has two-for-one drinks at happy hour (4-7 p.m.), followed by a costume contest with a $200 prize. My Brother's Place, meanwhile, is giving out a prize that's nearer and dearer to Going Out Guru hearts: The winner of the costume contest gets to host a happy hour at the bar for 10 friends, with free draft beer and $1 rail drinks.
Sometimes you want to do something more than stand around at the bar with your friends and show off your Sexy Nurse outfit. Tommy Joe's karaoke night has a costume contest to go along with the singing and discounted drinks. At H2O, it's swing versus salsa: instructors teach the basics of the two dances, and then host a competition with prizes. (Two left feet? There's a prize for the best costume, too.)
Georgetown is always a madhouse on Halloween night, with revelers crowding the sidewalks of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue and showing off their costumes. You can take a break from the madness by ducking into one of the bars throwing special parties: Modern has DJ Blk Ceaza spinning hip-hop, Blue Gin offers drink specials all night long and Smith Point is open from 9 p.m. on, deviating from its usual Thursday-through-Saturday schedule.
Finally, our tips for hot music and dancing: Rare Essence -- still the Wickedest Band Alive -- kicks off a new Wednesday night party at Fur. Bob Perilla & The Big Hillbilly Bluegrass Band dress up their usual Wednesday night slot at Madams Organ with drink specials and costume contests. The Bravery are heading over to the Rock and Roll Hotel to DJ and "host" after their headlining slot at the 9:30 Club, and the "Warriors"-themed party features dance music and a live performance by young Nashville punks Be Your Own Pet. There's a costume contest at the Crossroads, but most of the action is going to be on the club's two dance floors: DJ Super Slice is spinning reggae and dancehall on one, and the Funk Regulator DJ Celo is taking over the other. Go back and forth as often as you like. And finally, the legendary George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars are at Constitution Hall.
Find a longer list of Wednesday night Halloween events here.
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