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Going Out Gurus: April 5, 2009 - April 11, 2009

Eat and Drink Your Way to Nationals Park

Opening Day at Nationals Park is Monday, so we decided it was time to update our guide to the bars and restaurants near Nationals Park. If you've been to the Nationals' new home, you know there's not much around the...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 11, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Restaurants  
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He Said, She Said: The Ballad of Biddy Mulligan

When a new bar opens, Fritz is generally first in line to check the place out, but one particular new spot, Bar Dupont, had a special meaning to another guru as well. The Dupont Circle newcomer replaced Stephanie's favorite neighborhood...

By Stephanie Merry  |  April 10, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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Happy Hour Revisited

Thanks to all who came out last night to hang with us at Current. We had a lot of fun meeting you guys and hope you enjoyed the cherry blossom-themed cocktails, free sushi and roof deck time as much as...

By Stephanie Merry  |  April 10, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events , Misc.  
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Got Plans? Redux: Backpack Dancers

Okay, in theory, I get it. You don't want to leave your stuff just sitting out on a table or tucked into a corner at the club, so you just dance with that backpack or super huge purse you brought....

By Julia Beizer  |  April 10, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Bye-Bye, Bebo

One of the area's most controversial restaurants, Bebo Trattoria in Crystal City, closed its doors last night. Launched to initial enthusiasm by veteran Washington chef Roberto Donna in 2006 -- remember how we swooned over the spaghetti with clams and...

By Tom Sietsema  |  April 9, 2009; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Restaurants  | Tags: Tom Sietsema  
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Thailand and Greece: A Winning Combination

Okay, it's true. These two countries don't have much in common. Have beaches, great for travel. That's about it. But on Monday, local Thai restaurants and Greek powerhouse Zaytinya both kick off events that give you, the dining public, the...

By Julia Beizer  |  April 9, 2009; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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Fuddrucker's, You're on Notice

Nando's opens its second location in Washington today, bringing fiery hot chicken to Dupont workers and marking the company's next step in the U.S. market. The new outpost -- located on 18th Street, just across Connecticut from Lucky Bar and...

By Julia Beizer  |  April 9, 2009; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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Weekend Arts

If the sheer number of arts events last weekend had you a little overwhelmed, this weekend should be a little more manageable. But fewer events don't mean less fun, especially if art walks, space-inspired exhibitions and concert posters pique your...

By Stephanie Merry  |  April 9, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Museums  
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Nightlife Agenda

"If you know Comet Gain," says David, "you don't need anyone to tell you how awesome and legendary they are." Hear why at the Black Cat on Wednesday. (Courtesy of Comet Gain) Hear the "legendary" Comet Gain, join the Going...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 7, 2009; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Events , Music  
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Tally Ho for the Virginia Gold Cup

Since 1922, Virginia Gold Cup has been one of the state's preeminent steeplechase races and one of the D.C. area's key social events. Always held on the first Saturday in May, it stars thoroughbreds hurdling obstacles during seven races. But...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 7, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events , Misc.  
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Cherry Oh Baby: The Gurus Catch Blossom Fever

As you may have heard, the Cherry Blossom Festival is taking over D.C. these days, turning the Tidal Basin into a slow-moving tide of picture-snapping tourists. The festival winds down this weekend, but we couldn't help but get in on...

By Julia Beizer  |  April 6, 2009; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events  
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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 National Museum of African American History and Culture's Architectural Design Competition Submissions The...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 6, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Events  
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