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Posted at 2:02 PM ET, 05/29/2009

Nightlife Agenda Update

By Fritz Hahn

This week's Nightlife Agenda column s packed with concerts and DJ nights, but with the start of the weekend just a few hours away, we thought we'd throw out a few more ideas, ranging from beer tastings to DJs spinning on a hotel's rooftop deck.

The Brewers Association is holding its annual swanky craft beer event Savor at the National Building Museum this weekend, and a lot of the big names in microbrews are in town for the sold-out event. Naturally, your better beer bars are capitalizing on the occasion. Tonight at Rustico, for example, Sierra Nevada co-founder Ken Grossman will be at a meet-and-greet happy hour. Grossman's one of the most important men in the history of craft beer -- Sierra Nevada really paved the way for excellent pale ales -- and he'll be chatting with everyone about the past and future of brewing. Rustico will have Sierra's Pale Ale, Summerfest and the new Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale on draft, with Torpedo, Bigfoot and Porter in bottles. You'll pay between $4 and $8 per beer, and each one comes in a Sierra logo glass that you get to take home and keep. The party starts at 5 p.m.

Over at Birreria Paradiso, brewers from Stoudt's, Ommegang, Southampton, Anchor and Clipper City will be mixing and mingling from 9 to 11 tonight. (I'm a huge fan of both Carol Stoudt and her beers, so make sure you say hello.) All beers from those breweries will be $5.

The exotic sports cars outside the Shadow Room tonight won't belong to some athlete who booked a table at the velvet-rope club -- the Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Maseratis will be there for you to drool over. Take a look under the hood, then head inside to dance to a mix of Top 40, hip-hop and mashups from DJ Q. Get on the guest list at for free admission until 11 for men and midnight for women.

Town Danceboutique is one of the best dance clubs in the city, if not the best, but the music can be a little predictable, with thumping Top 40 remixes and electro ruling most weekends. Not tonight, though, when the DJs behind the Black Cat's Homo/Sonic night invade the lower level for a new event called Seizure, spinning everything from retro hits (George Michael, Madonna) to current indie and dance-punk (MGMT, Yelle, Franz Ferdinand). Get there between 9 and 11 for $8 admission and $2 frozen drinks; the cover goes up to $12 after 11.

One of our favorite summer parties of 2008 makes its return today: The Coolout is back on the roof of the Beacon Hotel, with Adrian Loving and Harry Dixon spinning the perfect beats for chilling out and enjoying the sun. Get there early for drink specials and free CDs, and spend the rest of the afternoon hanging out on couches or at the bar. The view isn't one to write home about, but the vibes are excellent. There's no cover, and doors open at 3.

If the Saturday afternoon Brightest Young Things pool party that David wrote about didn't pique your interest, maybe this will: Every Sunday, former "Top Chef" contestant/Good Stuff owner Spike Mendelson will be behind the grill at the Capitol Skyline Hotel's pool, cooking burgers while music plays. Take a dip, sip a $5 drink and chow down -- a burger is included in the $10 cover charge. The party runs from noon to 6.

The Stone Brewing Company's Arrogant Bastard is one of the finest American craft beers -- deep red color, wonderful taste of hops with a little bit of raisins and fruit in among the malt. That's why I can't wait to try it tonight at Rustico, where brewer Greg Cook will be on hand to discuss his company's beers at a meet-and-greet event, beginning at 4 p.m. Featured pours include a cask of Arrogant Bastard that's been aged with American oak chips to mellow it out, as well as Old Guardian barley wine, Levitation Ale, Imperial Russian Stout and Smoked Porter.

(On Monday, Cook will be at the Brickskeller doing a more formal tasting that includes a talk and sampling of many of Stone's beers, including a tasting of different vintages of the Vertical Epic Ale. That event costs $35, but should be worth it for the Vertical Epic alone. At Rustico, you pay for all beers individually.)

"Now let me welcome everybody to the wild, wild west / A state that's untouchable like Elliot Ness." The always-reliable DJ Jahsonic is feeling the "California Love" tonight at Marvin, where his Nuthin But a G Thang party will feature the best of Dr. Dre, Snoop, Tupac, Ice-T, E-40 and everyone from "Diego to the Bay," as Dre would say. Remember to watch out for krump battles. Doors open at 9, and there's no cover.

Have a secret crush on a favorite bartender? Try inviting them to the Jameson Bartender Ball tonight at the Rock and Roll Hotel, which is conveniently scheduled on most bartenders' night off. Bartenders love Jameson -- it's one of the most popular shots in the service industry -- and the Irish whiskey is free from 8 to 10, then $3 until close. Local bands U.S. Royalty (listen) and New Rock Church of Fire (listen) perform, along with the bodyrockin' Nouveau Riche DJs. Tickets are $20 in advance.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | May 29, 2009; 2:02 PM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Events, Music  
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