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Going Out Gurus: March 15, 2009 - March 21, 2009

Buzzer-Beater in Arlington

The first buzzer-beater of March Madness has arrived: A branch of Velocity Five, the upscale sports bar chain, opened in Arlington on Tuesday night, just in time for the NCAA tournament. Taking the place of King Street Blues in the...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 19, 2009; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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The Best of a 'Superstar'

What's the buzz on "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the Warner? The fact that it's starring Ted Neeley in the title role -- the same guy who took on the role of Jesus in the movie version more than 35 years...

By Stephanie Merry  |  March 19, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Theater  
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Save the Date: Arts Events

If you're sick of the same old date night or looking for something slightly more cultural than elbowing your way to the bar at another crowded happy hour, this weekend promises a surplus of events at local galleries as new...

By Stephanie Merry  |  March 18, 2009; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Museums  
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Local Flavor at SXSW

Today I and thousands of others will be trekking to Austin, Tex., for the annual South by Southwest music festival. Not every performer in the world will be participating in the four-day orgy of bands and beer, but it sure...

By David Malitz  |  March 18, 2009; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Music  
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Better Food for the Big Dance

Ben's Next Door will be showing tourney games -- and dishing out its better-than-average grub -- this weekend. (James M. Thresher) March Madness officially kicks off tomorrow and chances are that many of you will end up in some sort...

By Julia Beizer  |  March 18, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Restaurants  
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WWSMGD? (What Would Shane MacGowan Do?)

11:25 p.m.: After the 4Ps, I decide to head to Duffy's to see how the party was raging. It's right across the street from the 9:30 club, where the Pogues are playing a sold-out show, and given the usual, uh,...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 18, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  St. Patrick's Day  
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Things You Need to Know About Ireland's Four Fields

A stand outside Ireland's Four Fields offers last minute touches for your St. Patrick's Day getup. (Fritz Hahn/washingtonpost.com) 10:50 p.m.: 1. There are TV trucks outside, transmission masts reaching to the heavens, as local broadcasters "capture the scene" in Cleveland...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 18, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  St. Patrick's Day  
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The 'Real' Nanny O'Brien's

Larissa Fallon (left) and Sean Mason (back, red cap) celebrate a "traditional" St. Patrick's Day at Nanny O'Brien's with their friend Marissa (right) and one of Nanny's bartenders. (Fritz Hahn/washingtonpost.com) 10:30 p.m.: If you want to start a discussion about...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 18, 2009; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  St. Patrick's Day  
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More Shenanigans Than Shamrocks

The scene at Rumors, with the lights turned down to frathouse-basement level. (Fritz Hahn/washingtonpost.com) 9 p.m.: "Shamrocks and Shenanigans" is possibly the least "Irish" event I'll hit tonight, with $3.25 Miller Lites and Coors Lights as the drinks of choice,...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 18, 2009; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  St. Patrick's Day  
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Feeling the Effects

8:50 p.m.: Walking past Mackey's Public House on my way to the "Shamrocks and Shenanigans" party at Rumors, I can't fail to notice the large crowd that's waiting to get into the pub, which is currently at capacity. I also...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 18, 2009; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  St. Patrick's Day  
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The Biggest Star at the Dubliner

6:45 p.m.: The Dubliner has the biggest party in Washington, and the large crowd means it's one of those parties that you either love or hate. But everyone's in a good mood, the beer is flowing, novelty hats are out...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 18, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  St. Patrick's Day  
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Pipes and Pints

The excellent Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, representing the D.C. Fire Department, takes a well-deserved break/ (Fritz Hahn/washingtonpost.com) 6:35 p.m.: As always, there's a long line to get into the Dubliner, which has been hosting a St. Patrick's Day party...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 18, 2009; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  St. Patrick's Day  
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Wait a Minute (or 15)

Yes, the line keeps going down Wilson Boulevard, out of the field of view. (Fritz Hahn/washingtonpost.com) 6:15 p.m.: We've hit prime time. The line outside of Ireland's Four Courts now numbers in the dozens, snaking past four storefronts and the...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 18, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  St. Patrick's Day  
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Friday at Midnight, Get Your Hands on Edward Cullen

Ah, there's nothing like a little vampire hype to kick off the first weekend of spring. This Friday night, retailers around the country and here in the Washington area -- including Borders, Blockbuster, Hot Topic and Wal-Mart stores -- are...

By Jen Chaney  |  March 18, 2009; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Movies  
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Nightlife Agenda

Armin van Buuren, at Glow on Thursday, has topped DJ Magazine's Best DJ in the World poll in consecutive years. Celebrate Motown's 50th anniversary at Marvin, welcome one of the world's biggest DJs at Glow, get a taste of the...

By David Malitz  |  March 17, 2009; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Music  
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Fish, Chips and Energy Drinks

2:55 p.m.: On St. Patrick's Day, keep your corned beef and cabbage and shepherd's pie. I'm happy to tuck into a perfect plate of flaky fish and chips, straight out of the fryer at Eamonn's / A Dublin Chipper any...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 17, 2009; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Waiting for the Band

Bill Cutler (center) and Mary Ellen Holcomb (right) pulled a random (and unidentified) reveler into this photo. (Fritz Hahn/washingtonpost.com) 2:30 p.m.: At Daniel O'Connell's in Alexandria, Mary Ellen Holcomb is sitting in a banquette next to the fireplace, waiting for...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 17, 2009; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  St. Patrick's Day  
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Ronald Reagan and the Unicorn

Pat Troy, owner of Ireland's Own, on stage in full "Unicorn Song" regalia. (Fritz Hahn/washingtonpost.com) 1:45 p.m.: It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day in Old Town Alexandria without hearing Pat Troy sing at his pub Ireland's Own. For 29 years,...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 17, 2009; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  St. Patrick's Day  
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St. Patrick's Along Wilson Blvd.

It wasn't particularly crowded at Ireland's Four Courts at 11:15 this morning, but the mood was already festive. The bar, which opened at 10 a.m., started with the live music early. The lone guitarist's Irish rock covers were a little...

By Justin Rude  |  March 17, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , St. Patrick's Day  
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Picking Up Steam at Fado

12:30 p.m.: The live music was just getting started and every table was spoken for at the beginning of Fado's crowded but not overwhelming lunch rush. Men in suits hung out at the bar with green beads layered over neckties...

By Stephanie Merry  |  March 17, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  St. Patrick's Day  
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Luck of the Irish.

Since so many St. Patrick's Day parties involve Guinness, Jameson's or Smithwick's, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program offers free taxi rides home from 4 p.m. today through 4 a.m. Wednesday. If you're not in condition to drive, the SoberRide service...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 17, 2009; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  St. Patrick's Day  
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Slow Morning at McFadden's

12:19 p.m.: Despite early-morning drink specials and a free breakfast buffet, there was no line at McFadden's when we arrived at 10:30. Tables started filling up at 11, and were all taken by noon, but there were seats at the...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 17, 2009; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  St. Patrick's Day  
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At O'Faolain's, Planning Ahead

Twins Jennifer Arroyo and Jamie Kerkstra enjoy an early morning pint at O'Faolain's. (Fritz Hahn/washingtonpost.com) 10:30 a.m.: Dozens of people were in line outside O'Faolain's before the pub even opened its doors at 8, but don't be fooled: this is...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 17, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Top O' the Mornin' at James Hoban's

Want to know the secret to celebrating St. Patrick's Day without the crowds? Well here's your pot of gold: it turns out St. Paddy's revelers aren't morning people. At least that's my assumption after checking out the nearly empty scene...

By Stephanie Merry  |  March 17, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Mark Slater Moves From Citronelle to Ray's

Sommelier Mark Slater takes up a new gig with the Ray's family of restaurants this week. (Michael Temchine for The Washington Post) After 11 years on the job, Mark Slater stepped down as sommelier and bar manager at Michel Richard...

By Julia Beizer  |  March 16, 2009; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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