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Going Out Gurus: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

Living the 'American Dream'

1350 Okie St. NE -- At Jay-Z's "American Dream Inaugural Gala" at Love on Friday, the only question was whether the host would make an appearance and if she would be with him. The four-level nightspot was packed to the...

By Fritz Hahn  |  January 17, 2009; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Inauguration  
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Quasi-Open Bar

Myopenbar.com is an eager-to-please reference site for the thriftiest drinkers among us, guiding visitors to open bars in some of the nation's biggest cities -- New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami included. So what better time than now to...

By Ellen McCarthy  |  January 16, 2009; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Things Every D.C. Tourist Should Know

In today's Style section, Monica Hesse writes a letter to tourists with tips on navigating the city. Since there are so many visitors descending here these days, they probably need all the help they can get. So let's play friendly...

By Anne  |  January 16, 2009; 3:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Inauguration , Misc.  
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Cuisine From Obama's Hometowns Comes to Town

During the election, we receivers-of-press-releases grew weary of all the Chicago- and Arizona-themed food and drink out there. The specials were designed allegedly as a tip of the hat to the home states of Obama and McCain, but the cynics...

By Julia Beizer  |  January 15, 2009; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Inauguration , Restaurants  
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Inauguration Day Update: Open and Shut

It looks like the 300,000 people watching the inaugural parade may have a harder time finding shelter than we initially reported. Since our last post about places to warm up, grab some food and use the bathroom on Inauguration Day,...

By Stephanie Merry  |  January 14, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Inauguration , Museums  
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Inauguration Nightlife Agenda

This week's column features some of the biggest names in hip-hop, legendary DJs from both sides of the Atlantic, all-day burlesque shows, dirt-cheap inaugural balls and many cool events. Barack Obama has Jay-Z on his iPod, so it's only natural...

By Fritz Hahn  |  January 14, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Events , Inauguration , Music  
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Best of the Baracktails

We gurus don't like to brag, but this job's got some decent perks. We took advantage of one of them last Friday when we dipped out of the office a little early to try some Barack Obama-themed cocktails: three from...

By Julia Beizer  |  January 13, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Inauguration , Restaurants  
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Inauguration Day Meals: 'To Go' Edition

There's something very End Times about the Inauguration Day transportation announcements. Bridges will be closed to car traffic. Metro, a company that's in the public transportation business, is basically saying, "Hey, Public, why don't you just walk?" Bus service is...

By Julia Beizer  |  January 13, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Inauguration , Restaurants  
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Eats Before the Inauguration

Eight days out and restaurant plans for the inauguration are still in flux. Transportation hassles are hindering both staffing and deliveries at locations near the parade route, but many nearby restaurants plan to open early for breakfast or extend lunch...

By Julia Beizer  |  January 12, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Inauguration , Restaurants  
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Free and Easy Events

Every week, the Going Out Gurus suggest ways to enjoy Washington's cultural scene without spending any money. Have an idea for us? Send it to events@washingtonpost.com. Monday Ripley at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage Tony-nominated actress Alice Ripley has appeared...

By Fritz Hahn  |  January 12, 2009; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events  
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Where to Play Gawker

Dozens of movie stars, athletes and entertainers are expected to arrive in Washington in the next week. They'll be at the balls and parties, of course, but if you're hoping to catch a glimpse of your favorite actors -- or...

By Anne  |  January 12, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Events , Inauguration , Restaurants  
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