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Going Out Gurus: October 26, 2008 - November 1, 2008

Chefs: They're Just Like Us!

They wear their team colors on their sleeves -- or in this case, pumpkin. "I want people to get fired up for this game," says Firefly's chef about this week's showdown with the Steelers. (Courtesy of Daniel Bortnick) The masterpiece...

By Julia Beizer  |  October 31, 2008; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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One Hell of a Beer

So far, most of the Halloween events I've been writing about are costume parties and haunted houses and such. Here's one for the beer connoisseurs: Brasserie Beck is having a fall clearance sale today. Beer sommelier Bill Catron is trying...

By Fritz Hahn  |  October 31, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Restaurants  
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Free Taxi Rides Home

If you're going out to a Halloween party tonight and aren't taking Metro, program this number into your phone: 1-800-200-8294. That's how you reach SoberRide, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program's free taxi service. If you've had too much to drink...

By Fritz Hahn  |  October 31, 2008; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Misc.  
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To Get You in the Halloween Spirit

We know, we know. The High Heel Race was so Tuesday. But for those who couldn't make it out -- or just want to see more drag-racing action, check out Monica Hesse's story from Wednesday, this photo gallery or the...

By Julia Beizer  |  October 31, 2008; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Election-Watch Party Planning

As Nov. 4 rolls near -- finally! --- we've started hearing about more and more local haunts throwing open their doors and tuning into CNN for the big night. Weekend's made a chart of election-watch parties, and we'd like to...

By Anne  |  October 30, 2008; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Nori Asian Bistro: The New Sushi Taro?

The gentrification of Columbia Heights marches on. Ruby Tuesday, Potbelly and Dunkin' Donuts have opened up shop -- and Panda Express is on its way. A few weeks ago, Nori Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar bolstered the ranks of the...

By Julia Beizer  |  October 29, 2008; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Nightlife Agenda

Bar and club schedules this week are dominated by Halloween parties and Election-watching gatherings. We're not going to list all the All Hallows Eve options here -- click here for a long list, or here for Fritz's rundown of the...

By Fritz Hahn  |  October 28, 2008; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Events , Music  
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Let the Cupcake Games Begin

10/28 Update: This week marks the last preliminary round of Cupcake Wars. We tasted specimens from Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe and BakeshopDC (sold at Murky Coffee). See the results here and check back next week for the finals, when we'll name...

By Julia Beizer  |  October 28, 2008; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (224)
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Dress to Impress

Every year, we implore readers to come up with a costume more original and adventurous than "Sexy Nurse" or "Sexy Governor" or, for the guys, pimps, pirates and random superheroes. To help stimulate your thinking, we offer this package of...

By Fritz Hahn  |  October 28, 2008; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Diving Into the Going Out Guide

The Tune Inn has been serving regulars like Tim Schlack (right) for more than five decades. (Jay Paul for The Washington Post) For our new Going Out Guide Best Bets, I was asked to come up with a list of...

By Fritz Hahn  |  October 28, 2008; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Welcome to Our New Site

As Going Out Gurus, we're never content to stay in one place for long, and we don't like our site to get old, either. Today we launched our new site with a new name, the Going Out Guide, to...

By Anne  |  October 27, 2008; 11:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Free and Easy Events

The Red Derby screens zombie films from the classic ("Invasion of the Body Snatchers") to modern ("Shaun of the Dead") in Columbia Heights. (Courtesy of Rogue Pictures) Monday Derby Horror Fest at the Red Derby The Red Derby gets into...

By Fritz Hahn  |  October 27, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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