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Going Out Gurus: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

Raising a Glass to Spring

It's spring, when my thoughts turn to ... spring cocktails. This is the time when many bars jettison their winter drink lists, adding more beverages with fresh, light ingredients instead of the darker, heavier concoctions that saw us through the...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 24, 2009; 9:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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Got Plans? Redux: Steeplechase Dreamin'

Given this weekend's weather forecast, it's no surprise your minds were on the outdoors during yesterday's Got Plans?

By Julia Beizer  |  April 24, 2009; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Misc.  
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The Great Outdoors

With the promise of warm weather this weekend, everyone's thoughts are turning to places where they can enjoy the sun. You can check out a list of our Best Bets for outdoor bars here, but we thought it would also...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 23, 2009; 8:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Keeping It (Way) Underground: DNA Test Fest

Kurt Vile is one of the few acts playing DNA Test Fest with some crossover appeal. (Photo by David Malitz) Sean Gray and Christopher Berry are at the Austin Grill in Silver Spring and they can't stop talking about the...

By David Malitz  |  April 23, 2009; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Music  
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'Cocktail Sessions' at Bar Pilar End Next Month

For every bit of good news for D.C. cocktail fans (tiki bar in Georgetown!), there's some bad news: Adam Bernbach, the inventive mixologist who runs Bar Pilar's weekly Cocktail Sessions events and serves as Pilar's general manager, is leaving the...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 22, 2009; 10:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Coming Soon: Tiki Drinks in Georgetown

When people ask me "What do you wish we had in D.C.?" my answer is pretty unequivocal: A tiki bar. Ever since the Honolulu Restaurant and Yenching Palace closed their doors, there's been a paucity of D.C. bars serving flaming...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 22, 2009; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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Hey, You Gonna Eat That?

If you love tater tots, you probably know that you can find them on menus everywhere from neighborhood taverns to hipster sushi bars. But do you love them enough to scarf down two-and-a-half pounds of them in six minutes? That...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 22, 2009; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Nightlife Agenda

Screen Vinyl Image presents "an updated take on shoegaze" as part of the Velvet Lounge's two-night DNA Test Fest. (Eamon Aiken/Courtesy of Screen Vinyl Image) Celebrate Duke Ellington's 110th birthday, bust out your Members Only jacket for the return of...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 21, 2009; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Events , Music  
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Tonight: A Double Shot of Single-Malt Whisky

Scotch lovers, I hope you're free tonight, because there are two events that are worth your time and money -- especially if you're a fan of single malts from Speyside. The small, century-old Balvenie distillery isn't as widely known as...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 21, 2009; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Will Michel Move to Maestro?

"Pure speculation at this time." Michel Richard may be opening up shop in the Tysons Corner Ritz-Carlton. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) That was the response I got from Mark Sherwin earlier today when I asked the general manager of the...

By Tom Sietsema  |  April 20, 2009; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Restaurants  | Tags: Tom Sietsema, maestro, michel richard  
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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. The Rev. Joseph Lowery, who asked America to look forward to the day when...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 20, 2009; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events , Misc.  
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Earth Day on the National Mall: Live Updates

Here's to hoping the weather stays dry for today's Earth Day festivities on the Mall. Schedule updates, brief reviews and other tidbits will be updated below throughout the day. * Opposite of We Are One concert; perfect weather, plenty of...

By David Malitz  |  April 19, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Music  
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