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Posted at 2:56 PM ET, 10/ 5/2007

Nightlife Miscellany

By Fritz Hahn

Rather than a long post about one topic, I thought I'd offer a short compilation of news, deals and events on the D.C. bar scene, including trivia, happy hour and where to watch the baseball playoffs.

Columbia Heights could have a new bar in as little as two weeks. The Red Derby, a great little saloon which graced the upstairs of the Santa Rosa sports bar in Adams Morgan for a few weeks last summer, is getting ready to debut near the corner of 14th and Spring. Permits took months longer than expected, according to the owners, but they're almost finished. My favorite part? The can-only beer lineup, which boasts everything from Dale's Old Chub to Natty Boh. I only hope the beer-and-a-shot deals will be available in the new space.

Bedrock Billiards has brought back its Sunday night trivia. The five-round general knowledge game, which begins at 8 p.m., is hosted by Danny Boylen, whom you may remember as the general manager at Notti Bianche and PS 7's. My friend Melissa and I went to check it out and wound up winning first prize: a $50 bar tab credit. (If you're a Bedrock member, the top spot is worth $60.) Each round of 10 questions has a general theme -- presidents, the military, movies -- and a bonus question, which gets harder as the night goes on. Boylen's questions have a good mix of pop culture, history and D.C. facts, and it's worth a post-Redskins visit on Sunday.

Woodley Park is pretty dead in terms of bars and nightlife, but Murphy's of D.C. got my attention with a weekday happy hour special: $2 Budweisers and Bud Lights and 25-cent wings every weekday from 4 to 6. The wings are decent, not fantastic, but you're looking at a total of $5 for a cold beer and a dozen wings with your friends after work. Not bad at all.

If you're watching the Rugby World Cup this weekend (and how could you miss England and Australia in a rematch of the 2003 World Cup Final on Saturday morning?), skip the crowded Irish pubs and head for the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, where the games will be shown on a movie screen. I've never seen rugby at that size, but I'm guessing a larger-than-life scrum will be terrifying. A full schedule is posted on the theater's Web site. Only downside: the $20 cover for each match.

Hey Cubs fans: You can watch your team self-destruct at Bar Louie and Billy Goat Tavern, two Chicago institutions that have opened outposts in D.C. in recent years. Phillies fans are heading for Rhino Bar, which isn't much of a stretch, considering that place has been an Eagles hangout for years. I haven't found any bars catering to Rockies fans yet, although they're looking like they could make the World Series. Yankees and Red Sox fans have gotten enough mentions in Got Plans?, so they're on their own.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | October 5, 2007; 2:56 PM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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