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Posted at 4:28 PM ET, 07/ 2/2008

No Work or School on Friday!

By Fritz Hahn

An extended holiday weekend means more chances to go out and party. Thursday becomes jam-packed, since many offices are closed on Friday, and Friday night's agenda fills up because everyone wants to head out and do something after a day of barbecuing and fireworks.


We know that many offices let their employees slip out a little early on July 3 to "beat the traffic," but if you're not leaving town, you might want to head directly for the Midtown Liberty Bar Tour, which runs from 5 to midnight. Sign up at Mackey's, then head for 11 other downtown bars, including Porter's, the Front Page, Madhatter and Steve's Bar Room. Each bar is offering food and drink specials, including $2 Miller Lites or $3 Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat or Captain Morgan rum cocktails. Admission is $13, but if you bring two cans of food, which will be donated to the Manna Food Center food bank, it's $10.

The annual Independence Eve Bash at the Clarendon Ballroom means cold beers on the rooftop deck, cover bands and DJs on the main stage and a line down the block. Featured again this year are '80s cover band Dr. Fu and the reliable DJ Pat Premier. Help your beer budget by getting there on the early side: Admission is $5 from 6 to 7, $10 after that and "more" as the night goes on.

We've written about Splash, the poolside party at the Washington Plaza Hotel, and we know that the cover charge ($10 with RSVP, $15 at the door) has turned some people off -- you're potentially looking at dropping $20 before you've taken the first sip of your frozen pina colada. But now the organizers have decided to drop the cover charge before 7 and make it $5 after. Throw in the hotel's chefs running a cookout on the patio, bartenders serving rum runners and a DJ spinning party music, and you've got the making of a hot (and not-as-expensive) evening.

It's not a holiday weekend unless Chuck Brown is taking over a hotel ballroom and holding court for a "grown and sexy" go-go crowd. This time around, it's the Sheraton in Crystal City, and the opening act is the always excellent Familiar Faces band. WPGC's Michelle Wright is the host. Tickets are $35, and a limited number are available for $25 from Downtown Locker Room locations. Hit up the Positive Black Men Coalition for tickets and more info: just turn your speakers down before you hit that page.

Another fixture on the holiday-weekend calendar is Taint, the gay and lesbian dance night for folks who prefer mashups and underground rock to Madonna remixes and circuit anthems. Tonight's throwdown at DC9 includes an appearance by New York electro-glam-pop band I Love You Airlines (listen), who should really get the crowd moving. There's a $5 cover after 9.

The promoters from the Nightlife Agency (Play, Indebleu, Lotus) are moving the party to Eyebar tonight for indepenDANCE, which features DJs Bikram Keith and Heat spinning mashups, hip-hop, top 40 and '80s remixes on two floors. Admission is free before 11 if you RSVP, and drinks are free from 9 to 10.

The biggest 18-and-over Independence Day Eve party is at H2O, where the Pre-Independence Day College Reunion offers free admission until 11 to anyone holding a college ID.


For a great view of the fireworks, it's hard to beat the Capitol Entertainment Group's annual Party on the Potomac, which takes place right on the water at H2O. Tickets have been selling fast, and the $100 "last chance" passes are all that's left, but those get you open bar from 4 to 11, unlimited food, live music by Jimi Smooth and Slim Pickins and an unobstructed view of the downtown pyrotechnics. Tickets must be purchased by 6 p.m. on July 3, but they probably won't last that long.

The Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill, which opened in April, is proving to be a good neighbor, inviting Independence Day revelers to watch the fireworks from its rooftop two blocks north of the Capitol. Hang out by the rooftop pool and sample a special barbecue menu and patriotic cocktails. (Admission is free, but you have to pay for food and drink.) No reservations are necessary. Capacity is limited, so guests will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Back at Eyebar, DC Nites promises its Euro-Asian crowd a night of hip-hop, house and mashups, and it's even gotten the "no sneakers" rule waved for the night. Admission is free before midnight with an RSVP.

What could be more American than a night of headbanging to Motley Crue, Poison and Van Halen? From leopard-print shirts and leather pants to blistering guitar riffs, Toxic Mouse (listen) channels the sleazy-cheesy '80s metal vibe better than any band we've seen. They're performing at Clarendon Grill from 9:30 on.

Okay, maybe some things are more American than Bon Jovi -- like Schlitz and PBR. Once the fireworks finish, Duffy's is offering $2 American beers, including National Bohemian, Schaefer, Natural Lite, Miller Lite and High Life, as well as the aforementioned Milwaukee beers, until 2 a.m.

The Black Cat has a DJ doubleheader going on: golden-age hip-hop rules on the backstage, where DJ Dredd and Uncle Q rock the bells at the Close to the Edge party, while DJ Stereofaith's Sorted!, a night of Britpop, indie and soul, moves onto the mainstage. DJs Ca$$idy, Cale and Say Wut are the special guests.

As anyone who saw the National Portrait Gallery's "Legacy" exhibit knows, Spain provided essential assistance to the American colonists during the Revolution in the form of money and military leaders. Toast King Carlos III today at La Tasca, which is starting its happy hour at 11 a.m. This means an extra five hours of discounted sangria and house wines ($3.50 glasses/$15 pitchers and bottles), $3.50 draft beers and a $2.50 tapas menu.

And in what's certain to be the weirdest and raciest event of the night, the Palace of Wonders is hosting a "Fourth of July Jammie Jam." Wear your [most suitable for public] bedclothes -- there's no cover charge and drink specials will be available from 6 p.m. on.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | July 2, 2008; 4:28 PM ET
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the "black people not really encouraged to attend" self-segregating event at eyebar isn't the "raciest" party?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm half black and asian, so I guess Euro-Asian doesn't apply to me at the Eyebar....darn.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 3, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

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