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Going Out Gurus: March 29, 2009 - April 4, 2009

Coming Up: Sugar Highs in Arlington

The two owners of The Liberty Tavern in Clarendon have partnered with local pastry chef David Guas to open a southern-themed bakery this June. Their location for Bayou Bakery: 3211 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, better known by java junkies as...

By Tom Sietsema  |  April 3, 2009; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Bar Hopping on 14th: Policy and Cafe Salsa

Two new after-dark destinations have joined the bustling strip of 14th Street between R and V, which already boasts some of the city's best lounges and nightspots. Policy is a restaurant and bar run by Omar Miskinyar, whose Soulstice Productions...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 3, 2009; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Restaurants  
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From Willard Room to Private Room

The Willard InterContinental Hotel announced yesterday that, as of April 13, its grand fine-dining space, The Willard Room, will no longer operate primarily as a stand-alone restaurant. The room will become a venue for private events of up to 175...

By Julia Beizer  |  April 3, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Got Plans? Redux: The Casanova Files

As usual, dating was a hot topic among Got Plans? chatters today. Readers wanted "make it or break it" dinner locales, cheap date ideas that don't involve a meal and bars where you can get cozy (but not too cozy)...

By Julia Beizer  |  April 3, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Luxury Takes a Holiday at Le Paradou

Chef Yannick Cam plans to close his formal French restaurant after dinner April 25. Le Paradou fell victim to both recession and landlord issues, he says. "Business dropped 30 percent" from last year, says Cam, who actually considered turning out...

By Julia Beizer  |  April 2, 2009; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Weekend Arts

This weekend offers plenty of opportunities to spice up your nights out while simultaneously steering clear of the cherry blossom-seeking tourists. With all the exhibition openings and art parties, you have options ranging from a rooftop fundraiser to a night...

By Stephanie Merry  |  April 1, 2009; 11:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Museums  
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April Mixtape

There's the usual batch of indie rock goodness this month -- Comet Gain and Kurt Vile are two of my most anticipated area performances of the year, for sure -- but there's also some disco delights from Lovefingers and Lee...

By David Malitz  |  April 1, 2009; 10:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Guerilla Queer Bar Going Back Underground

"In Washington, where nightlife is often stratified by race, income and sexual orientation, the Guerilla Queer Bar events are one of the boldest experiments in recent memory: Mix a few hundred gay and straight patrons in a small space, add...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 1, 2009; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Flower Power

Today's the beginning of peak bloom for the Tidal Basin cherry trees, says the National Park Service. (Want to see for yourself? Click on over to our Cherry Blossom Festival Guide, where you can see a daily photo from the...

By Anne  |  April 1, 2009; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Up Next: April Arts

April is overflowing with family events from Smithsonian celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month to the Archives commemorating its 75th year and the Newseum marking the one-year anniversary of its move downtown. And what's in store for those without little ones? How...

By Stephanie Merry  |  March 31, 2009; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nightlife Agenda

French DJ Sebastian Tellier brings synth-heavy retro lounge grooves to the 9:30 club on Friday night. (Eduardo Hernandez) DJs, art and drink specials combine on Local 16's roofdeck, Godard Space Flight Center invites you to party like a cosmonaut, UK...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 31, 2009; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Signature Changes at the Mandarin Oriental

The Asian-themed Cafe MoZU is expected to close early this summer and reopen the same month, with a new look, lower prices and flavors reminiscent of Maryland's Eastern Shore, says Eric Ziebold, the chef of MoZU's sister restaurant in the...

By Tom Sietsema  |  March 31, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Sweet Tweets From Taste of the Nation

Only munched on a salad for lunch today because I'm gearing up to eat my way through Taste of the Nation The foodie-fundraiser extravaganza at the Mellon auditorium tonight features food, wine, cocktails and music by DJ Lil' E. I'll...

By Julia Beizer  |  March 30, 2009; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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. Budding female DJs can try out the turntables at the Black Cat and get...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 30, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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