Archive: Bars and Clubs

Something for the Weekend: Celebrate St. Patrick a wee bit early

St. Patrick's Day arrives next Thursday, but if you're itching to down a Guinness and dance a jig or two, there's no need to wait, thanks to bars getting the parties started this weekend.

By Fritz Hahn | March 11, 2011; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Black Squirrel's basement takes beer to a new level

The Black Squirrel has expanded into the building's basement, and the new space has 32 beers on draft and a cool rock and roll vibe.

By Fritz Hahn | March 10, 2011; 03:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda: Wild Flag, Nouveau Riche and real ale

The week between Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day contains the much-anticipated debut of Wild Flag, the kickoff of a real ale festival at Rustico, a hip -- and free -- party on the roof of the W Hotel with bands from Eighteenth Street Lounge Records, the Nouveau Riche dance party's fifth anniversary, groovy French band Chateau Marmont, and the Going Out Guide's special pre-St. Patrick's Day happy hour at the Dubliner.

By Fritz Hahn | March 8, 2011; 05:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

The quick guide to Mardi Gras

A quick guide for those still trying to make up their mind about where to celebrate Mardi Gras.

By Fritz Hahn | March 8, 2011; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

U Street's newest sports bar touches down

There's one thing that's immediately apparent about U Street's newest sports bar, Touchdown: It's not going to replace Public Bar or Buffalo Billiards, and it isn't trying to.

By Alex Baldinger | March 8, 2011; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Something for the Weekend: Tasty local brews

Six brand-new microbreweries are set to deliver beers to thirsty Washingtonians this year, and Alexandria's Port City Brewing Company has won the race to be first on taps around town.

By Fritz Hahn | March 4, 2011; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coming Soon: Bars to watch for

Wondering when you'll get your first taste of Jack Rose, Toki Underground and other long-awaited nightspots. We have new estimates.

By Fritz Hahn | March 3, 2011; 04:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda: Mardi Gras parties, Kurt Vile and Prince Paul

Mardi Gras events feature heavily this week -- apparently some people can't wait until Tuesday to sample king cake and toss beads -- but there's much more to fill your calendar. Don't miss Philadelphia troubadour Kurt Vile, a return performance by the Dum Dum Girls, a tribute to "Glee" at Town, hip-hop visionary Prince Paul or an album release show for local rockers the Caribbean.

By David Malitz | March 1, 2011; 06:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife agenda: Maker's Mark dipping, Dmerit EP release, electro-funk at Liv

Dip your own bottle of Maker's Mark into a vat of red wax (it'll be fun, trust us), help Dmerit celebrate the release of its new EP at U Street Music Hall or get a taste of the Baltimore indie rock scene without taking a trip up I-95.

By David Malitz | February 22, 2011; 06:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda: Kid Congo, Dilla tribute and Africa Underground

Kid Congo Powers and Chain and the Gang team up for a show that will get bodies moving at Comet Ping Pong, Indulj hosts a tribute to late hip-hop producer Dilla and some go-go on the same night, and the National Museum of African Art keeps the museum parties trend going.

By David Malitz | February 15, 2011; 06:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Last call for Adams Mill

After 11 years, the Adams Mill -- known for its large patio, game-day crowds and supertubes of beer, closed this weekend.

By Lavanya Ramanathan | February 13, 2011; 06:02 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda: World-Class DJs, Nerd Nite and slow jams

This week find three world-class DJs in D.C.: Rich Medina, Cosmo Baker and Ewan Pearson should all please the pickiest fans of dance music. Four bands you'll want to say you saw "way back when" fill the Rock and Roll Hotel this weekend, including Braids and Baths. Don't miss Hip-Hop Karaoke or some real hip-hop from up-and-coming Detroit wordsmith Black Milk. And finally, because you-know-what is Monday, we have some fun Valentine's Day ideas, ranging from shredding parties to slow jams.

By Fritz Hahn | February 8, 2011; 06:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Valentine's Day and fondue: A cheesy way to say 'I love you'

Looking for a fun, kitschy date idea? Share a pot of fondue at Cafe Mozart.

By Fritz Hahn | February 8, 2011; 04:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

U Street Music Hall changes its 18-and-over policy

U Street Music Hall, one of the city's most popular dance clubs, will be ending its 18-and-over all-the-time admission policy as of February 18.

By Fritz Hahn | February 8, 2011; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (2)

Something for the Weekend: The perfect pisco sour

A dozen mixologists presented their variations on the pisco sour to judges at the Peruvian embassy on Thursday, and you can try them all at the participating bars and restaurants this Saturday -- a day celebrated as Pisco Sour Day in Peru.

By Fritz Hahn | February 4, 2011; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

ChurchKey wins beer bar nod from Nightclub & Bar

ChurchKey, the heavy-duty suds emporium off Logan Circle, just won the Best Beer Bar Award from Nightlife & Bars magazine.

By Tim Carman | February 2, 2011; 03:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Growlers of Gaithersburg reopens with music and fresh brews

After storm damage closed the Gaithersburg brewpub for six month, Growlers has reopened with fresh beer and live music.

By Fritz Hahn | February 2, 2011; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Want to see Chromeo at the 9:30 Club for free?

Want to see Chromeo at the 9:30 Club for free? Tell the Going Out Gurus about your favorite non-football-related things to do on a Super Bowl Sunday.

By Fritz Hahn | February 2, 2011; 02:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda: Chromeo, Monotonix and parties for charity

Wait, it's February already? Make the most of the shortest month with funky DJs, including DJ Spun and Chromeo, the wildly unpredictable Israeli garage-clues band Monotonix, a Chinese New Year DJ fete, the return of the '90s hip-hop party Kids at DC9 (with free malt liquor!) and a slew of charity events, including cocktails for homeless animals, swing dancing for underprivileged kids and a happy hour with drink specials and "heart-friendly" snacks that benefits the American Heart Association.

By Fritz Hahn | February 1, 2011; 04:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Where to watch the Super Bowl (Updated)

Whether you're wearing black and gold or green and gold or just want to watch the game with beer specials and huge TV screens, our list of Super Bowl sports bars will have you covered.

By Fritz Hahn | February 1, 2011; 02:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

Valentine's Day: Where to find bromance

If you're looking for an excuse to get the guys together, try one of these bromantic ideas.

By Fritz Hahn | January 31, 2011; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

Something for the Weekend: Hopslam and Natty Boh

Try Bell's Hopslam on draft and in bottles tonight at the Black Squirrel, and get ready for the return of draft Natty Boh.

By Fritz Hahn | January 28, 2011; 02:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Snow day closings and specials

If you're home for the day or need to get out of the office, here are some snow day restaurant and bar specials worth checking out.

By Fritz Hahn | January 27, 2011; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Valentine's Day: Happy hours that will impress a date

If you want to make a good impression, don't go to your usual after-work watering hole. This is a date that deserves some effort. Pick a new place where you can impress them with exotic tropical cocktails, robust French wines or fancy Belgian beers -- without spending a lot of money.

By Fritz Hahn | January 27, 2011; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hot deals for a snowy night

Snowy weather means deals at local bars and restaurants, including $25 two-course dinners and all-night happy hour.

By Fritz Hahn | January 26, 2011; 04:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

This week, pump your fist and "Beat Dat Beat" with DJ Pauly D, celebrate ?uestlove's 40th birthday with a DJ set by the man himself, dance to the global grooves of Si*Se, experience the blissful-but-loud guitar melodies of The Radio Dept. or Best Coast, toast Australia Day with a special cocktail and whip your hair back and forth at a night of guilty pleasures at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

By Fritz Hahn | January 25, 2011; 04:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

How to mix an award-winning cocktail (sort of)

How do you create an award-winning cocktail? Ask Todd Thrasher, the mixologist at PX and Restaurant Eve, who won the 2010 World Cocktail Cup with a drink called I Have Too Much Thyme on My Hands Right Now at This Point in My Life.

By Fritz Hahn | January 25, 2011; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Where to watch the State of the Union address

Gathering to watch the State of the Union on giant TVs has become a tradition at Capitol Hill watering holes. If you're looking to go out for drink specials and drinking games, here are our top picks for Tuesday night.

By Fritz Hahn | January 24, 2011; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (4)

Something for the Weekend: Where to watch the NFL playoffs

Fans of the Steelers, Packers, Bears and Jets can cheer on their team this Sunday while enjoying food and drink specials and plenty of camaraderie.

By Fritz Hahn | January 21, 2011; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda: Eden's new Green Room and Karaoke Championships

Eden continues its overhaul by introducing a new Green Room, Matthew Dear finally makes it to D.C., Fatback celebrates three years and U.S. Royalty releases its highly-anticipated debut album.

By David Malitz | January 18, 2011; 06:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Last call at the Mayflower

Saturday night, around 1 a.m., bartender Sambonn "Sam" Lek will pour the last martini at the Mayflower Hotel's Town and Country bar.

By Fritz Hahn | January 14, 2011; 03:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

H Street NE becomes D.C.'s karaoke capital

The regular karaoke nights at Sticky Rice and Little Miss Whiskey's team up to find the city's best karaoke performers and put them on the Rock and Roll Hotel's stage.

By Fritz Hahn | January 13, 2011; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda: Parties for a long weekend

With a long weekend on the horizon, we've got a calendar full of events, including appearances by trailblazing DJs Afrika Bambaataa and Ron Trent, the 10th anniversary of the Prince Dance Party, a showcase for D.C.'s own Socket Records, a competition that sees six of the area's top bartenders crafting bourbon cocktails, a Roaring Twenties-themed evening at the Phillips Collection and a big night at U Street Music Hall starring DJ Dave Nada and his brothers-in-moombahton.

By Fritz Hahn | January 11, 2011; 05:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Something for the weekend: New Orleans tunes and eats at Bayou

The members-only Rookery bar has been reborn as Bayou, a New Orleans-themed bar and restaurant that features live bands, a menu stuffed with po' boys and fried green tomatoes, and a new drink list heavy on Hurricanes and Abita beers.

By Fritz Hahn | January 7, 2011; 02:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

Visit the new Smith Commons and take 25 percent off your meal

Smith Commons, a restaurant and lounge which opened Tuesday night at 1241 H St. NE, is still finding its feet, and as a goodwill gift to early test subjects -- er, guests -- is offering 25 percent off of all dinners through Sunday night.

By Fritz Hahn | January 6, 2011; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife agenda: The Dance Party, Paul Collins, Optimo and Quentin Harris

Scythian is for the children, at least on Sunday. (Paul Haring) This week offers some rock contrasts on Friday night, a weekend's worth of strong shows at Comet Ping Pong, a special children's performance by Celtic rockers Scythian and...

By David Malitz | January 4, 2011; 06:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Year's Eve FAQ: Where to go for brunch

You ended 2010 with a bang. Now you need the perfect way to start 2011: Brunch. Whether you're looking for fine dining, a hangover remedy, bloody mary specials or a place to watch bowl games, we've got ideas for you.

By Fritz Hahn | December 31, 2010; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

New Year's Eve FAQ: Free parties, drink specials and dancing

New Year's Eve is tomorrow. And while some of the big hotel parties and all-inclusive events have sold out, we prefer celebrations that are low-key and free or relatively inexpensive.

By Fritz Hahn | December 30, 2010; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brickskeller reopens tomorrow as Bier Baron

The former Brickskeller near Dupont will reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 29, as the Bier Baron, with a revamped beer list and a modified menu.

By Tim Carman | December 28, 2010; 08:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda: Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth, hockey and hangover cures

New Year's Eve is obviously the biggest event of the week, but it's not the only thing going on -- dance your hangover away with local DJ showcases at U Street Music Hall and Science Club, reminisce over the glory days of hip-hop with Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth, cheer on the Washington Capitals at Winter Classic viewing parties, get funky with Trombone Shorty or drop into the Black Cat to watch cult movies while sipping discounted cocktails.

By Fritz Hahn | December 28, 2010; 02:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Year's Eve FAQ: Bar hours, transportation and unlimited drinks

Our FAQ for New Year's Eve continues today with tips about going out and getting home.

By Fritz Hahn | December 28, 2010; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Your last-minute New Year's Eve questions answered

To help you get ready for one of the biggest nights of the year, we're updating our New Year's Eve FAQ. Every day this week, we'll answer even more questions. Today, we'll tell you about open-bar parties, special events for beer lovers, where to see fireworks and restaurants that will be open well after the ball drops.

By Lavanya Ramanathan | December 27, 2010; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (2)

Something for the Weekend: Bars open on Christmas Day

On Christmas Day, the majority of bars and restaurants are closed to allow employees to spend time with their families. But if you don't celebrate Christmas, or if you're in town for the holiday, it can seem a bit unfair. However, some bars will be open for business this weekend, though not all on their usual schedules. If your favorite neighborhood spot isn't listed here, make sure you call before heading out.

By Fritz Hahn | December 23, 2010; 01:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda: The final Mousetrap, Falafel Frenzy and the Roots

The big story this week is the final Mousetrap dance party at the Black Cat after 11 years of bringing Britpop and indie tunes to the masses, but the days leading up to (and including) Christmas are full of good cheer and good beer. Try rare Stone brews, including "Lukcy Basartd" at Bourbon's Get Stoned Evening; drink well and help charity at the new Falafel Frenzy party on Christmas Eve; sip free beers while checking out Petworth's new Blue Banana sports bar, settle next to a fire and sing Irish drinking songs in Alexandria, or sip free drinks at the Park's Christmas night party.

By Fritz Hahn | December 21, 2010; 03:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Something for the weekend: Where to drink for $1

With all those Christmas gifts to buy, money's a little tight for most of us right now, so we're on the lookout for a great deal. How does beer for a buck at happy hour sound?

By Fritz Hahn | December 17, 2010; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tonight's Good Deed: Help wounded vets at the Pug

The Pug is offering a new Friday night promotion on H Street: Every week, 10 percent of sales go to a different charity. This time around, it benefits wounded warriors at Walter Reed.

By Fritz Hahn | December 17, 2010; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

American Ice Company opens tonight

Two brand-new neighborhood spots to check out this week: on Friday, the Blue Banana Sports Bar is moving in next to the established Looking Glass Lounge in Petworth. And a block from the 9:30 Club, the American Ice Company could be the new spot to grab a drink before a concert.

By Fritz Hahn | December 16, 2010; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

DC9 set to reopen tonight -- without live music

Tonight, DC9 opens its doors for the first time since Oct. 15, but don't expect to see any live music at the club for the next few months.

By Fritz Hahn | December 15, 2010; 03:04 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda: Holiday happy hours and Bell Biv Devoe

Holiday season means two things: Events celebrating Christmas with spiked eggnog and ugly sweaters, and happy hours encouraging you to give a little something to help others at this time of year. You'll find plenty of both in this week's column, along with an appearance by New Jack Swing legends Bell Biv Devoe; a parade of art cars; live music and dance lessons at a festive Brazilian holiday party; chances to try rare seasonal beers at Rustico's Festivus gatherings; and the 17th anniversary of the famed '80s Dance Party, which has now run seven years longer than the decade it celebrates.

By Fritz Hahn | December 14, 2010; 05:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Something for the weekend: Hot drinks and eggnog at Poste

Poste's new holiday cocktail menu features an outstanding variation on hot buttered rum, a warming toddy made with hazelnut rum and mulled wine served up on a silver platter -- with gingerbread men.

By Fritz Hahn | December 10, 2010; 02:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

For the Brickskeller, the end is near

As the Brickskeller prepares to close later this month, we revisit the iconic bar -- once holder of the Guinness World Record for the world's largest selection -- and find that both the good and the bad remain.

By Fritz Hahn | December 8, 2010; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (8)

Today in Food: Cookies, toddies and cocktail chemistry

Holiday cookies dominated the food front this week, and I anticipate spending a few cold days indoors satisfying my family's craving for seasonal sweets with some of the section's staggering 27 recipes. On the other hand... the issue did give me plenty of reasons to get out of the house too:

By Justin Rude | December 8, 2010; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda: Holiday parties, EPMD and '90s dance grooves

Holiday season kicks into gear this week with Duke Ellington's "Nutcracker Suite," a seasonal cocktail class taught by top mixologists, ugly-sweater parties and a ski-themed '80s bash. But there's also hip-hop legends EPMD, a new home for popular all-'90s dance party Peach Pit, Russ Parr and DJ Sixth Sense's "Wrong Songs" party, a whiskey tasting, an appearance by DFA Records stalwart The Juan MacLean, five hours of pure funk at U Street Music Hall, voodoo at Nerd Nite and much more.

By Fritz Hahn | December 7, 2010; 05:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Getting Up Guide: Battle of the Beers tonight at Bourbon

A cheap beer showdown at Bourbon offers $3 Natty Boh and Pabst Blue Ribbon, free food and plenty of free swag. But which beer will barflies drink more of?

By Fritz Hahn | December 6, 2010; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Something for the weekend: A special your bubbie would love

The Star and Shamrock -- half Irish pub, half Jewish deli -- celebrates Hanukkah with a special menu, discounted He'brew beers and kosher cocktails.

By Fritz Hahn | December 3, 2010; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

At Fruit Bat, a bar menu that's vegan-friendly

I've been eating my way across the region in search of surprising veggie and vegan fare, but I never expected to stumble upon a veg-friendly gem while writing the nightlife column for the Dec. 3 issue of Weekend. At Fruit Bat, the three-month-old bar on H Street NE, I spied one little word on the cocktail menu begged for more investigating: Soymilk.

By Lavanya Ramanathan | December 2, 2010; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Start cramming for Going Out Guide trivia night

We're now just four days from the inaugural Going Out Guide trivia night, which will take over Bedrock Billiards Sunday at 8 p.m.

By Alex Baldinger | December 1, 2010; 05:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda: Madonnagagarama and Thanksgiving parties

Get ready for a fun-filled holiday weekend. A number of bars are kicking off with special Wednesday events -- how does free cocktails at the Park at 14th with Big Tigger sound? -- but we're also excited for happy hours and retro dance parties on Thanksgiving night. Then you've got Fort Knox Five at Artisphere, a tribute to Madonna and Lady Gaga at Town and Doc Scantlin's swinging holiday party at the Carlyle Club.

By Fritz Hahn | November 23, 2010; 07:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Give thanks for bars open on Thanksgiving night

While most bars are closed on Thanksgiving night, the places that are open often have great deals. Check out these options if you need a fun place to hang out with visiting family (or a convenient escape from the in-laws). We'll be adding to this post as we hear about more bars, so keep checking back before heading out on Thursday.

By Fritz Hahn | November 23, 2010; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Something for the weekend: Seasonal Belgian beers at Beck

For fans of Belgian beer, this really is the most wonderful time of the year, and Brasserie Beck has a full lineup of flavorful Christmas beers to get you through cold winter nights.

By Fritz Hahn | November 19, 2010; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Music for Saturday

If you're looking for someplace to go dancing on Saturday night, here are two wildly divergent but highly recommended options: retro-minded Britpop at the next-to-last Mousetrap at the Black Cat and forward-thinking funky house and techno from Malente at U Street Music Hall.

By Anne Kenderdine | November 19, 2010; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Two great tastes tonight

Tonight, you could go to the same-old happy hour and drink the same-old pilsners you had last week. But why do that when you can try rare one-of-a-kind brews from Germany at a special four-course beer dinner, or explore new art and sip Belgian beers at a special gallery-and-bar-hop adventure on U Street?

By Anne Kenderdine | November 17, 2010; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife agenda: Simian Mobile Disco, Maceo Parker, free Scotch

Need a dance party or your D.C. go-go fix? Check. Maybe you want to de-stress after work? We suggest the Drink and Draw Happy Hour. Or you want to impress a friend with your taste in music? This week brings both veteran sax man Maceo Parker to the 9:30 Club and on-the-rise British DJs Simian Mobile Disco to U Street Music Hall, a venue we predict they'll quickly outgrow. Read on for more of our picks of the week's best nightlife.

By David Malitz | November 17, 2010; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

A great day for fans of local beers

Attention fans of Delmarva breweries: Both Dogfish Head and DuClaw are offering big savings at their D.C. area pubs today. DuClaw's wallet-friendly deal: All draft beers are $1 until midnight.

By Fritz Hahn | November 15, 2010; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Something for the Weekend: Hot drinks for cold nights

Head to Room 11 every weekend to enjoy glögg -- a traditional Swedish mulled wine -- on the bar's large patio. Borrow a fleece blanket from the bar if you feel a chill.

By Fritz Hahn | November 12, 2010; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

A big week for fans of Dogfish Head beers

Dogfish Head beers are the subject of a new Discovery Channel series. Get in the spirit of the new show with discounted drinks and viewing parties.

By Fritz Hahn | November 12, 2010; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife agenda

Funny folkie Todd Snider plays a benefit show at Rock & Roll Hotel, Little Miss Whiskey's has its version of a yardsale and two of 2010's most deserving buzz bands share a bill at the Black Cat.

By David Malitz | November 9, 2010; 06:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

A quick scan of the new Barcode

The opening of Barcode, in the former Fourth Estate Grille space near 17th and L streets NW, qualifies as big, huge, stop-the-presses news -- at least as far as our happy hour options are concerned. While the vibe is totally different from the ways of old, the beer menu picks up -- and even improves upon -- where the old Fourth left off.

By Alex Baldinger | November 5, 2010; 01:45 PM ET | Comments (5)

Michael Hartzer returns with Jack Rose

One reason we haven't heard from Michael Hartzer since IndeBleu closed last December is because the chef has been busy cooking up an ambitious new restaurant with his pal Bill Thomas, the owner of Bourbon, with locations in Glover Park and Adams Morgan. Come January, the two hope to open Jack Rose Dining Saloon at 2007 18th Ave. NW, the site of a former boxing gym.

By Justin Rude | November 3, 2010; 02:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife agenda

This week catch Brazil's newest musical star at Bohemian Caverns, get schooled on the riot grrrl scene, see one of Baltimore's most unique bands (which is saying something) and hear some local hip-hop producers share some of their unreleased beats.

By David Malitz | November 2, 2010; 05:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife agenda

Raheem Devaughn hosts an After the Yard showcase Friday at U Street Music Hall. (Dayna Smith/FTWP) This weekend. This is one of those weekends that is truly overwhelming. Howard Homecoming, Halloween and the Stewart/Colbert rally? Needless to say, things...

By David Malitz | October 26, 2010; 06:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Something for the weekend: A cocktail for grown-up kids

A tasty new cocktail at PS7's takes its inspiration from childhood breakfast cereal.

By Fritz Hahn | October 22, 2010; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

This week, don't miss an all-request DJ night, kinetic electronic duo Underworld, the anniversary of the popular Brazilian Rhythms dance party (with a special food and drink menu), next-big-thing dubstep producer Rusko, happy hours that benefit charities or our picks for watching the baseball playoffs.

By Fritz Hahn | October 19, 2010; 05:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

New on the scene: Pizzeria Paradiso and Tonic Up Top

Last night, I went to check out two new bars: Pizzeria Paradiso's Old Town location, which officially opens Wednesday and is the local institution's first venture into Virginia, and Tonic on Top, a reinvention of the Mount Pleasant watering hole's upstairs restaurant. (Wait, you didn't know they had one?)

By Fritz Hahn | October 19, 2010; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Red Palace opening delayed until at least early November

Red Palace, the new H Street bar that will take the place of The Red & the Black and Palace of Wonders, will not open until at least early November due to construction and licensing delays.

By David Malitz | October 18, 2010; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

First impressions of P.J. Clarke's

Our first night out at the much anticipated PJ Clarke's.

By Anne Kenderdine | October 17, 2010; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mandu's sojutini: A sunburn slayer?

Even though it's already Wednesday, I'm still pretty pumped about the big Redskins win over Green Bay in overtime Sunday. But I'm also still sunburned from sitting in the 400 level at FedEx Field for four-plus quarters without sunscreen. I...

By Alex Baldinger | October 13, 2010; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Say farewell to "Mad Men" at a dinner with '60s-style food and cocktails, celebrate garage rock at a three-day festival in Silver Spring, welcome Blue Ridge's new beer program with a week of dinners and events, dance to the breezy electro sound of Classixx or the hottest new German Oktoberfest tunes, say hello to the new Red Palace (and goodbye to the Palace of Wonders and the Red and the Black) or hear some exciting aural experiments as local DJ duo Bluebrain teams with Animal Collective's Geologist.

By David Malitz | October 12, 2010; 04:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Something for the weekend: A chic new happy hour

The Ritz Carlton's chic Degrees Bar and Lounge has started a new happy hour with half-price food and drinks, and it's perfect for impressing a date or out-of-town guests.

By Fritz Hahn | October 8, 2010; 02:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

There's a little something for everyone this week: An artsy opening party for Rosslyn's Artisphere features a variety show, DJs, performance art and $10,000 worth of balloons, rising reggae star Gyptian visits the Crossroads, Wale shows off D.C. hip-hop artists at U Street Music Hall, veteran doo-wop acts perform at National Harbor, LMFAO pours "SHOTS!" at Eden, the German Embassy hosts a black-tie Oktoberfest party and the Kreeger Museum gets in on the after-hours arts action.

By Fritz Hahn | October 5, 2010; 07:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Taste Test: Pumpkin beers

Washington Post staffers and volunteers rank six popular fall pumpkin beers during a blind taste test.

By Fritz Hahn | October 1, 2010; 01:37 PM ET | Comments (3)

Nightlife Agenda

The Palace of Wonders says farewell with one final night of burlesque dancers, sword swallowers, fire-breathers and sideshow performers before it merges with neighbor the Red and the Black. Next month, it will reopen as the Red Palace. (Jay...

By Fritz Hahn | September 28, 2010; 04:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Our cups overfloweth with fall beer events

As summer winds down, beer tasting season is gearing up, with tastings, festivals and, of course, Oktoberfest. This week is busiest than usual for D.C. beer lovers.

By Fritz Hahn | September 27, 2010; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda

Among this week's picks: Thievery Corporation plays an intimate show, Bollywood and retro dance parties raise money for charity, the Bliss Dance Party celebrates 10 years of booty shaking, Ponytail's guitarist strikes out on his own, ballerinas and ballet fans gather for happy hour (with free food) at the W Hotel, Sonic Circuits brings experimental music to D.C. and house guru Rich Medina gets the dance floor grooving at Eighteenth Street Lounge.

By Fritz Hahn | September 21, 2010; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lift a glass for Oktoberfest

Find beers, festivals and events with our picks for the area's top Oktoberfests.

By Fritz Hahn | September 21, 2010; 01:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

The Congressional Black Caucus returns to town for its annual conference, which meants happy hours, DJ parties and John Legend. Also on tap: Oktoberfest beer, righteous hip-hop from Dead Prez, a swinging night out with Doc Scantlin, BBC DJ Annie Mac, a religious experience dancing to Timmy Regisford, the final Maison pool party of the year and a big celebration for Mixtape's second anniversary.

By Fritz Hahn | September 14, 2010; 07:09 PM ET | Comments (3)

Move on up: DC9's rooftop deck opens tonight

DC9 debuts its rooftop deck tonight, with a DJ featured at Wednesday's grand opening party.

By Fritz Hahn | September 14, 2010; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Something for the weekend: Cheap PBR and free DJs

Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club offers cheap PBR -- starting at $1 a pint -- and free DJs every Friday night.

By Fritz Hahn | September 10, 2010; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Staying in town for Labor Day weekend? Say goodbye to summer with pool parties and pig roasts, or welcome college football season with a happy hour for ACC alumni. DJs make the most of the extra day off with special dance nights, the Tune Inn gets its 15 minutes of Food Network fame (and celebrates with $1 beers), and Town wishes Beyonce a happy birthday with a celebration in her honor.

By Fritz Hahn | August 31, 2010; 05:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Something for the Weekend: Sangria on an Old Town rooftop

Old Town's Lorien Hotel and Brabo restaurant team up for a rooftop happy hour with unlimited sangria, cheese and charcuterie.

By Fritz Hahn | August 27, 2010; 01:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tonight: Free Pho Dogs at U Street Music Hall

Check out DJs while enjoying free pho dogs at U Street Music Hall.

By Fritz Hahn | August 25, 2010; 01:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Among this week's picks: Celebrate Michael Jackson's birthday with a pair of dance parties, drink in the D.C. Beer Week festivities, check out the sound of African hip-hop, pretend to be in a lost episode of "Beverly Hills 90210" at a hip pool party, judge for yourself whether Yo Majesty protege Dominique Young Unique is the next big thing, and dance to a pair of Bay Area bands that recall the Smiths and vintage pop-punk.

By Fritz Hahn | August 24, 2010; 05:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Something for the Weekend: Make your own cocktails at Fruit Bat

A new H Street cocktail lounge allows customers to invent their own cocktails by picking from a list of house-infused spirits and other ingredients.

By Fritz Hahn | August 20, 2010; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Something for the Weekend: New beers to drink tonight

Four beers that should be perfect for drinking on a Friday night, including the rare Canadian Breakfast Stout at Pizzeria Paradiso and a firkin of Blue Mountain's Full Nelson Pale Ale at Galaxy Hut.

By Fritz Hahn | August 13, 2010; 02:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

There's something for every taste this week: A mix of rising indie-rock groups (Title Tracks, Casper Bangs) and scene veterans (Tommy Lepson, Eric Brace and Last Train Home) play tribute to the artists of the British Invasion at Strathmore over two nights. '80s hitmaker Jellybean Benitez -- producer of Madonna's early hits, remixer of Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis and the "Flashdance" theme -- takes the decks at U Street Music Hall. Trombone Shorty brings the sounds of Treme to D.C. Plus the Crystal Method pays Fur a visit, Public Enemy's DJ hosts a free after-party, a new club opens its doors and local clubs are swamped by garage rock.

By Fritz Hahn | August 10, 2010; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

What to drink tonight: Fat Tire Ale, pre-game beers and Room 11 party

The Black Squirrel brings Fat Tire Ale back to D.C., Room 11 pours punch and cava to celebrate its first anniversary and Duffy's offers discount beers because Stephen Strasburg's back on the mound.

By Fritz Hahn | August 10, 2010; 01:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Something for the weekend: Where to hold your fantasy football draft

If you're planning on holding a fantasy football draft party, these bars offer space and free Internet use for draft parties. Not surprisingly, most prefer that you call ahead and schedule your event for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Just BYO laptop.

By Fritz Hahn | August 6, 2010; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda

One of our favorite summer traditions returns this week: D.C. rockers form one-off cover bands at the Black Cat to raise money for charity. The Nightlife Agenda also features go-go legends Junkyward Band celebrating the group's 30th anniversary with a special concert, DJs Scottie B., Will Eastman and Tittsworth raising money for a fellow turntablist, a summer-themed party that benefits the families of wounded soldiers, an '80s-style prom, Jeru the Damaja, new beers, the Ohio Players -- yes, those Ohio Players -- and DJs Cosmo Baker, Wolfgang Gartner and Seba. Oh, and Gucci Mane.

By Fritz Hahn | August 3, 2010; 05:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Something for the weekend: Saturday and Sunday happy hours

Not all happy hours take place after work on weekdays; try these suggestions for discounted beers, pizza and wine on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

By Fritz Hahn | July 30, 2010; 02:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

This week's nightlife happenings include birthday parties for E.U. singer Sugar Bear and longtime Black Cat bartender Chad America, Fort Reno concerts by the Evens and Soft Power, a tailgate party for fans of SEC football, a new venue for Hip-Hop Trivia Night, appearances by Biz Markie and Fantasia at the Park at 14th and plenty of DJ nights that will have you movin' and groovin',

By Fritz Hahn | July 27, 2010; 07:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Something for the Weekend: Frozen drinks and an IPA festival

It's hot as blazes outside, which means only one thing: I'm looking for a cold drink as soon as I leave the comfort of air conditioning. If you're in the same boat this weekend, try some new frozen cocktails at Estadio or head to Pizzeria Paradiso for a refreshing India Pale Ale during the bar's first-ever JulyPA festival.

By Fritz Hahn | July 23, 2010; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Are you ready for winter? The Rock and Roll Hotel is hosting a New Year's Eve party (complete with DJs, free food and an open bar) and the Rams Head Tavern is gearing up to serve egg nog and dark seasonal beers at Christmas in July. Other highlights of this week in nightlife: U Street Music Hall plays host to a can't-miss night of local music, "Caddyshack" screens at a special themed pool party, the Hip-Hop Happy Hour returns to Lounge of Three, Title Tracks performs at a special matinee at the Quarry House Tavern and Brasserie Beck marks Belgium's independence day with all-you-can-drink Belgian beer.

By Fritz Hahn | July 20, 2010; 05:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Start your weekend with cheap Belgian beers and free cocktails

The weekend is finally here, and if you're looking to finish the work week with a bang, try half-price Belgian beers this afternoon and free drinks at the Shadow Room tonight.

By Fritz Hahn | July 16, 2010; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Taste Georgia beers, celebrate Bastille Day, get down to hip-hop from Chile (Ana Tijoux) and D.C. (Educated Consumers), celebrate 11 years of Britpop at the Black Cat, enjoy free global grooves under the stars at Carter Barron, explore the art on vintage reggae record covers, or dance the night away to live funk and go-go with the Fatback crew.

By Fritz Hahn | July 13, 2010; 04:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Loteria de Amor kicks off

With the advent of a new game show night, H Street's Palace of Wonders is continuing to do what it does best -- serve up fun and games with a side of burlesque. The game, inspired by the Mexican version...

By Stephanie Merry | July 6, 2010; 10:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Take the party to a roofdeck or a pool, catch the reunited indie-pop band Unrest, nerd out with a beer in hand or pay tribute to the late J. Dilla.

By Fritz Hahn | July 6, 2010; 05:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Prime Meridian: Meridian Pint opens in Columbia Heights

Meridian Pint, the new Columbia Heights beer bar opened by John Andrade (the owner of Asylum) makes its grand debut at 11th Street and Park Road tonight. Though it has tons of potential, it's obviously way too early to write a full review, but not too soon to tell you a few things you should know about the place.

By Fritz Hahn | July 1, 2010; 04:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Get ready for the long weekend and the long hours spent counting down to said three-day weekend. We've got pool parties, cookouts, an Oktoberfest beer tapping (yes, already), happy hours with cool DJs, the anniversary of super soul night Moneytown, a holiday bar crawl, DJ Dave Nada's birthday party and live performances by Rick Ross, Nobunny and U.S. Royalty.

By Fritz Hahn | June 29, 2010; 05:37 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

The D.C. Caribbean Carnival brings soca stars Fayann Lyons, Bunji Garlin, Alison Hinds and Machel Montano to town, DJs honor the first anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, the author of "Dance of Days" shows 70 minutes of local punk history on screen, from the Bad Brains to Fugazi and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association holds a pike-friendly prom.

By Fritz Hahn | June 22, 2010; 05:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Have a drink, help the Argonaut

The Rock and Roll Hotel hosts a fundraiser for the staff of the Argonaut, who are temporarily out of work after a fire severely damaged the H Street bar on Sunday morning.

By Fritz Hahn | June 21, 2010; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Among this week's many picks: Lady Gaga's tour DJ opens a new night at Ultrabar, a smarter-than-average trivia night moves to the pool at the Capitol Skyline hotel, the Donovan House Hotel unveils a tres chic new party, Eli "Paperboy" Reed and J Roddy Watson bring retro sounds to H Street, Trouble Funk celebrates the spirit of go-go and "Wedding Crashers" screens under the stars in Bethesda -- with $2 beers to sweeten the pot.

By Fritz Hahn | June 15, 2010; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Biergarten Haus: The good and the bad

Biergarten Haus finally made its D.C. debut Friday, with a crowd waiting outside at 9 a.m. for the opening game of the World Cup. Judging by the number of questions we've received in recent weeks, this is one of the...

By Fritz Hahn | June 14, 2010; 04:34 PM ET | Comments (5)

Where to watch the World Cup (Updated)

We had so many listings for bars and restaurants showing the World Cup that we couldn't fit all of them in the paper. That's why I've created this blog post with even more information about bars showing matches live, restaurants with early morning specials and places to go if you want to watch games with fans of certain countries.

By Fritz Hahn | June 11, 2010; 01:38 PM ET | Comments (3)

Nightlife Agenda

This busy week features multiple Capital Pride parties, new pool parties, a concert by underground soul sensation (and one-time Arrested Development singer) Dionne Farris, a tasting of cult BrewDog beers from Scotland, an arty warehouse celebration that runs the gamut from live music to breakdancers to a graffiti-painting robot, a return performance by D.C.'s one-time "American Idol" Sy Smith, World Cup viewing parties and a rare show by hometown psychedelic stoner rockers Dead Meadow.

By Fritz Hahn | June 8, 2010; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Drink up: Savor festival brings beer events to D.C. bars

If you didn't score tickets for the Savor craft beer festival, you're not left completely out in the cold. Many of the brewers coming to Savor will be in town for several days, and there are numerous beer dinners, tastings and meet-and-greets planned for the week. Here's a day-by-day run down of some of the best.

By Fritz Hahn | May 25, 2010; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda: Pool parties, rooftop parties and Black Pride

Can you believe Memorial Day is here already? Get ready for summer with multiple pool parties and rooftop gatherings, or a day-long Sunday block party with an all-star DJ lineup. The Black Pride festival returns to Washington, along with club and lounge parties. And then there's just all kinds of random events on our calendar: Soul Asylum playing for free in Rockville, Dutch DJs Kraak N Smaak, Daylight's fourth anniversary party, three legendary D.C. house DJs teaming up at the U Street Music Hall, Erykah Badu and a headbanging tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio.

By Fritz Hahn | May 25, 2010; 04:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

Take happy hour outside at Clyde's

The lovely little patio bar at Clyde's of Chevy Chase unveils a new Thursday and Friday happy hour with food and drink specials.

By Fritz Hahn | May 21, 2010; 01:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda: Paul Oakenfold, Michael Mayer and outdoor parties

This week, take your nightlife outdoors with pool parties and DJs spinning on patios, or stay inside to catch sets by world-class trance master Paul Oakenfold, influential techno DJ Michael Mayer or house maestro Derrick Carter. Rock out with Medications or Veronica Falls, hear hip-hop from Devin the Dude or K-OS, Lindy Hop at a tribute to Artie Shaw, or meet "RuPaul's Drag Race" star Pandora Boxx.

By Fritz Hahn | May 19, 2010; 02:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda

This week, play skeeball with the Going Out Gurus, have a beer with a ballerina, say farewell to Little Brother, hit a tiki party for charity, hear some of D.C.'s best rock bands at a fundraiser, dance to records selected by the DJ behind Hercules and Love Affair, flash back to the '90s (from go-go to hip-hop) with champagne in hand or get down to the fresh sounds of moombahton.

By Fritz Hahn | May 11, 2010; 05:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

This week, you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo, spend Saturday night dancing to Madonna, listen to some up-and-coming local hip-hop and R&B stars, play a round of mini-golf at nine downtown bars or spend Sunday afternoon pogoing to punk rock at the U Street Music Hall.

By Fritz Hahn | May 4, 2010; 04:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fat Tire beer now available in D.C. -- at least temporarily

New Belgium's malty, Belgian-inspired amber ale -- probably the most fetishized beer on the East Coast -- isn't usually available in D.C., but you can try it at the Black Squirrel through Saturday.

By Fritz Hahn | May 3, 2010; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (5)

Nightlife Agenda

A solid week of beer drinking includes events dedicated to brews from North Carolina and Southern California, plus a five-course guided dinner. Then there's hip-hop from the reunited Reflection Eternal and locals Diamond District and Tabi Bonney, Kentucky Derby parties, an appearance by microgenre-hopping Chicago rockers Light Pollution, a warm-weather sundress festival, an Iranian post-punk band, an extremely nostalgic '80s dance party and much, much more.

By Fritz Hahn | April 27, 2010; 06:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coming soon: Biergarten Haus and Buddha Bar updates

Let's break up the Wednesday afternoon boredom with news about opening dates for two much-anticipated openings on the D.C. bar scene: Biergarten Haus and Buddha Bar.

By Fritz Hahn | April 21, 2010; 05:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda: Eighteenth Street Lounge anniversary, Animal Collective, Hot Chip

Eighteenth Street Lounge celebrates its 15th anniversary with a special DJ set from - who else? - Thievery Corporation. Electro-pop group Hot Chip makes the rounds on Saturday, Animal Collective's movie "Oddsac" is screened in Silver Spring and genre-hopping party starters Ozomatli rock the 9:30 club.

By David Malitz | April 20, 2010; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Got Plans? Redux: Places for people watching

You told us your favorite spots for people watching.

By Julia Beizer | April 15, 2010; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda: Titus Andronicus, Black Tambourine, 88-Keys

One of the most rocking weeks in recent memory features album-of-the-year contenders Titus Andronicus, the crushing noise of Pissed Jeans, tuneful pop from Title Tracks, and the debut of a new album by local Americana group Shortstack. But don't overlook salsa star Oscar D'Leon's intimate show at the Salsa Room, an '80s-themed prom and a party celebrating influential 1990s indie-pop band Black Tambourine.

By Fritz Hahn | April 13, 2010; 04:09 PM ET | Comments (2)

Thursday's happy hour: ChurchKey set the scene

Our April Going Out Guide happy hour ruled. Why? Because we talked ChurchKey, one of the hottest bars in town, into letting us throw a private party there just for our fans. See what happened.

By Anne Kenderdine | April 9, 2010; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

Boost your food IQ: Classes you might also like

We wrote about some of our favorite food and wine/beer classes in the Weekend section, but there are so many more options around town. Here are some others you might like.

By Julia Beizer | April 8, 2010; 02:33 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife agenda: Jellybean Benitez, Done and Done, Panda Head

The best things to do on the nightlife scene this week: Celebrate the newest issue of local fashion mag Panda Head with bands and DJs, enjoy a drum 'n' bass throwback at Warehouse Loft, crawl through Northern Virginia bars at the Ballston Caddy Crawl and catch some of New York's hottest DJs at (where else?) U Street Music Hall.

By David Malitz | April 7, 2010; 06:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Spend happy hour outside

According to Accuweather, today's temperatures won't fall below 70 degrees until some time between 10 and 11 p.m. If, like me, you're dying to get out and enjoy the weather after work, here are five patios on my to-do list.

By Fritz Hahn | April 5, 2010; 02:47 PM ET | Comments (3)

Outdoor bars: DJs, waterside cocktails and half-price drinks

Since everyone's dying to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather, here's a list of recommended outdoor bars for the weekend.

By Fritz Hahn | April 2, 2010; 03:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda: Calvin Harris, Sonic Circuits and Cherry Blossom parties

Hear cutting-edge music from Sonic Circuits, celebrate warm weather on an outdoor patio, dance to chart-topping UK producer/DJ Calvin Harris, taste cask ales from Maryland's award-winning Flying Dog brewery, stay up late dancing to some of D.C.'s top DJs or catch a great lineup of bands at Comet Ping Pong.

By Fritz Hahn | March 30, 2010; 05:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Love nightclub to reopen this Saturday

Love, the city's largest and dance club, will reopen on Saturday night, almost three months after a New Year's Eve stabbing led police to close the club indefinitely.

By Fritz Hahn | March 24, 2010; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

If you love rock music, there are almost too many good choices this week: Dum Dum Girls, Wye Oak, Soft Pack, the Ruby Suns and Surf City, to name just a few. And that's not counting Chad Hugo of the Neptunes and N.E.R.D., who's spinning at U Street Music Hall, an '80s party with big-screen Atari games and a breakdancing competition at the G:40 exhibition, the Corcoran's annual Artini gala, which combines cocktails and culture, an appearance by Dipset's Jim Jones, the Jamaican DJs visiting Zanzibar on the Waterfront or superstar Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren's visit to Glow.

By Fritz Hahn | March 23, 2010; 06:42 PM ET | Comments (3)

Biergarten Haus brings a German beer garden to H Street

Biergarten Haus, the city's largest -- and only -- German-style beer garden, is poised to bring bratwurst, hefeweizen and strolling accordion players to 1355 H St. NE in about three weeks. (There's still some construction to be done, says co-owner Aaron McGovern, and the target date is "early-to-mid April.")

By Fritz Hahn | March 19, 2010; 04:48 PM ET | Comments (7)

Spring means watching college basketball on a rooftop

Want to celebrate the arrival of March Madness -- and beautiful weather -- at a sports bar with a large outdoor patio or a TV-laden rooftop deck.

By Fritz Hahn | March 18, 2010; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Aeroplane will be the first of many big name acts to appear at the brand new U Street Music Hall. (Courtesy of William Morris Agency) The Warehouse hosts its second straight big show this weekend when Chicago deep dance...

By David Malitz | March 16, 2010; 07:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Last night's happy hour: Lords of the dance

Our party at Ireland's Four Fields last night marked a couple of firsts for a Going Out Guide happy hour: there was a live band, couples (inspired by the band) were twirling out on the dance floor and some kids showed up.

By Anne Kenderdine | March 12, 2010; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Spider Kelly's reopens, four times bigger

Clarendon's Spider Kelly's is about to get bigger. A lot bigger.

By Julia Beizer | March 10, 2010; 02:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Gurus go green

The word around our desks here is that Thursday's Going Out Guide happy hou at Ireland's Four Fields is going to be the best one ever. And here's why we're saying so.

By Anne Kenderdine | March 10, 2010; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Join the Going Out Gurus for a pre-St. Patrick's Day happy hour with live music, free food and free whiskey, hear new music from promising locals Title Tracks and Casper Bangs, celebrate spring on the Georgetown waterfront, wake up bright and early to party with Andrew WK, or get down to Yacht's off-kilter electro-pop.

By Fritz Hahn | March 9, 2010; 08:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bliss, Nouveau Riche dance parties headed to U Street Music Hall

The popular Bliss and Nouveau Riche dance parties are leaving the Black Cat and DC9 for the U Street Music Hall, which is set to open next week.

By Fritz Hahn | March 9, 2010; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

Start your engines: Slot car racing is underway at the Reef

On Monday nights, the Reef moves tables aside and sets up an H0 slot car track in the main bar. There's no charge to play, and beers are $3 all night

By Fritz Hahn | March 8, 2010; 02:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leftbank to close Saturday after one last party

Leftbank, the modern restaurant and dance club that drew an international crowd to the heart of Adams Morgan, will close Saturday after one final party.

By Fritz Hahn | March 5, 2010; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

Sip free drinks while checking out vintage record covers, enjoy Blood Feathers' old-school rock and roll, hear one of the world's top DJs at Lima, catch Norwegian troubadour Sondre Lerche at an intimate one-man show, bounce between 12 downtown watering holes during a St. Patrick's Day-themed bar crawl or celebrate First Down sports bar's first birthday with cheap drinks and cheaper wings.

By Fritz Hahn | March 2, 2010; 08:42 PM ET | Comments (3)

Countdown to spring ... and the beach

Start counting down to Memorial Day -- less than 100 days to go! -- with a Dewey Beach-themed party at the Front Page.

By Fritz Hahn | February 26, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

Before heading to Austin for the South by Southwest music festival, local rockers Middle Distance Runner perform in Alexandria. (Helayne Seidman for The Washington Post) Hit a party for psychedelic sounds, hear two of Washington's bright musical hopes share...

By Fritz Hahn | February 23, 2010; 08:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Closed for business: Polly's and Posh

Polly's and Posh Supper Club both closed for good last weekend.

By Julia Beizer | February 23, 2010; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

DJs remember Metro Cafe owner Nick Nichols at Saint-Ex

Panic dance night at the Metro Cafe in fall 2001. Owner Nick Nichols "gave us both a chance and a place to indulge in what we loved," Panic's DJ Pogo said. "Then miraculously, people seemed to love it, too."....

By Fritz Hahn | February 22, 2010; 01:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Hear two different sides of The Soundtrack of Our Lives on Thursday night: An acoustic show at the House of Sweden at 6 p.m., followed by a full plugged-in performance at the Black Cat. (Boel Ferm) An international week...

By Fritz Hahn | February 16, 2010; 07:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

How to avoid Cupid on Valentine's Day

Tonight, D.C. is sure to be full of those lovey-dovey folks who've drunk the Feb. 14 Kool-Aid. If you saw Lavanya's Valentine's Day FAQ in Friday's Weekend section, you know my take on staying away from Cupid: Go somewhere that...

By Fritz Hahn | February 14, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The bright side of winter weather: Special deals

In an effort to lure people out of their snowy lairs, theaters, bars and restaurants are enticing patrons with special deals over the next few days. You can check out #opendc on Twitter for chatter about what's open tonight, but...

By Stephanie Merry | February 11, 2010; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (1)

Fight cabin fever: go to a bar

These bars are open today, and we'll be adding more as we hear about them.

By Fritz Hahn | February 10, 2010; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (6)

Nightlife Agenda

Snow got you down? Look forward to a weekend full of Mardi Gras, carnival and Valentine's Day events, a release party for the new CD by Title Tracks, a concert by the reunited Goodie Mob, a rare U.S. appearance by...

By Fritz Hahn | February 9, 2010; 08:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Snowy Monday: What's open

Not everything is closed because of the snow -- some bars are offering free movies, lunch deals and opening for DJ dance parties to appeal to stuck-at-home workers.

By Fritz Hahn | February 8, 2010; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

Valentine's Day dancing and romancing

For some couples, the ideal Valentine's Day is dinner followed by a glass of wine or cocktail in a dimly lit lounge. For those who favor going out dancing instead of sitting still, here are three great ways to get your groove on: Bollywood tunes, a night of slow jams and three funky soul DJs.

By Fritz Hahn | February 6, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bars offer super specials for the Super Bowl

Can't make it to Miami this weekend? Saints fans will be taking over multiple D.C. bars on Sunday. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images) The Saints and the Colts face off in Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday. Some people care about the...

By Fritz Hahn | February 4, 2010; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

At H Street bars, the more it snows, the more you save

If you're able to venture out to H Street NE this weekend despite the coming Snowpocalypse, five bars are banding together to offer a wintry happy hour on both Friday and Saturday nights.

By Fritz Hahn | February 4, 2010; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (3)

Nightlife Agenda

Jane Birkin, known for the lounge songs she recorded with Serge Gainsbourg in the 1960s and '70s, makes a rare D.C. appearance at the French Embasssy on Tuesday. (Kate Barry) Feb 5 Update: The impending snowpacalypse is playing havoc...

By Fritz Hahn | February 2, 2010; 05:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Happy hour with the Gurus: bonus edition

We've been talking about the Passenger, a bar in the Warehouse Theater space, since it opened in November. The neighborhood lounge is known for its mixologists' personalized approaches to cocktails: you tell them what kinds of drinks you like, and...

By Anne Kenderdine | January 31, 2010; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

More help for Haiti

In the two weeks since Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake, we've been keeping a list of happy hours and concerts that benefit relief organizations. Many of these events have been one-time affairs. But now we're seeing an increasing...

By Fritz Hahn | January 27, 2010; 07:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife agenda

H.R., the vocalist for the trailblazing D.C. hardcore band Bad Brains, is the subject of a new documentary. Catch the trailer, along with DJs and a band, Thursday at DC9. (Photo by James Lathos/Courtesy of Small Axe Films) What...

By Fritz Hahn | January 27, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Slimming down PS 7's cocktail menu

Can you guess which of these PS 7's cocktails contains less than 110 calories? Answer: They all do. (Fritz Hahn - The Washington Post) PS 7's mixologist Gina Chersevani lost almost 50 pounds since last summer, and the biggest...

By Fritz Hahn | January 25, 2010; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The new late show: half-price oysters and beer at Brasserie Beck

Brasserie Beck's half-price beer happy hour has been so successful that the restaurant is extending it from 10 to close on weekends -- and throwing in half-price oysters, too.

By Fritz Hahn | January 23, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife agenda

It will be all Mary J. Blige all night at Marvin on Monday. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) Sockets Records showcases its diverse roster at the Black Cat, hip-hop jam session Guerilla Lounge makes its long-awaited return at Liv,...

By David Malitz | January 19, 2010; 05:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Beer events on tap

This week looks promising for local beer lovers: there's a chance to try rare (and wonderful) beers from Switzerland and two events celebrating the return of local favorites Tuppers Hop Pocket Ale and Tuppers Hop Pocket Pils....

By Fritz Hahn | January 18, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Today's agenda: Got Plans?, happy hour and cocktails for charity

It's Thursday, which means the Going Out Gurus will be ready to chat about anything you want at 1 p.m. (We already see questions about Restaurant Week experiences, Martin Luther King Jr. memorial events, Valentine's Day planning and the fate...

By Fritz Hahn | January 14, 2010; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (2)

Bar openings for beer lovers

When a sign went up in late December proclaiming that Axis Bar and Grill was closed and "Bistro La Bonne will open after New Year's Eve," my friends and I were concerned that the new place -- whatever it was...

By Fritz Hahn | January 13, 2010; 07:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife agenda

Looking to make the most of your long weekend? We have details on DJ parties (including Fatback's second birthday blowout), concerts and an appearance by the cast of "The Jersey Shore" that's bound to get crazy. (Guys, maybe you'll want to hit a bar seminar on how to meet women before you practice your lines on JWOWW.)

By Fritz Hahn | January 12, 2010; 11:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Black Fox brings jazz, cocktails and a retro feel

The Black Fox, a new lounge and restaurant just north of Dupont Circle, isn't part of a hotel, but its retro styling and simplicity harken back to hotel bars of the '70s and '80s. The decor tells you this is...

By Fritz Hahn | January 10, 2010; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two rare beer tastings on Monday

It's a great Monday for beer lovers. For the first time in D.C., you'll be able to get draft beers from Cleveland's Great Lakes Brewery. Head to the Big Hunt on Monday, where you'll find free samples of three beers...

By Fritz Hahn | January 10, 2010; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

New at Brasserie Beck: happy hour

My biggest gripe about D.C.'s best beer bars? The lack of happy hours. ChurchKey, the Brickskeller and the Black Squirrel all have great selections, but you can't drop in for a discounted beer after work. So when news of a...

By Fritz Hahn | January 5, 2010; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

"The Message" was a brand new tune when this photo of Grandmaster Flash was taken in 1982. He's still rocking clubs around the world -- catch him Saturday at Ibiza. (Chris Walter/Photofeatures International) Catch hip-hop legend (and Rock and...

By Fritz Hahn | January 5, 2010; 06:45 PM ET | Comments (3)

The Black Cat becomes a hotspot for movies and drinks

Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise star in 1983's "The Outsiders," which screens at the Black Cat on Sunday night. Grab a $5 beer-and-a-shot combo and enjoy. (Warner Bros) The first week of...

By Fritz Hahn | January 3, 2010; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's time to start getting 'Real'

You muttered about the cast of MTV's "Real World" taking over your favorite bar. You combed blogs and Twitter feeds to find out about the latest sightings. Now you can see the results when the first episode of "The Real World: D.C." hits TV screens at 10 p.m. on Wednesday. And you don't have to watch from your couch, either. A number of the bars the cast visited this summer are hosting viewing parties so you can laugh and groan along with a crowd - and cast members who will be serving as guest hosts.

By Fritz Hahn | December 29, 2009; 03:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Our New Year's Eve FAQ

There are a lot of New Year's Eve options out there. We know it can be a little overwhelming, so we pulled together this post to help you sort through them all.

By Fritz Hahn | December 23, 2009; 04:09 PM ET | Comments (2)

Christmas presence: Bars open on Dec. 24 and 25

The Black Cat's Red Room bar has long been a refuge on Christmas night. (Mark Finkenstaedt - The Washington Post) Christmas and Christmas Eve are nights when many people want to get out on the town, whether to catch...

By Fritz Hahn | December 23, 2009; 08:21 AM ET | Comments (3)

Nightlife Agenda

The most festive Nightlife Agenda of the year features multiple holiday parties, from salsa dance nights and tacky Christmas sweaters to the Gefilte Fish Gala and Matzo Ball. There are also concerts by Baltimore's dreamy Wye Oak and sultry soul...

By Fritz Hahn | December 23, 2009; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Snow-related closings: what's open and what's not

D.C.'s largest-ever December snowstorm is playing havoc with this Washington weekend, and it's not just the Smithsonian's museums and zoo that are closed Saturday and Sunday. Express Night Out has a big list of the impact at theaters and concert...

By Fritz Hahn | December 19, 2009; 06:02 PM ET | Comments (3)

Nightlife Agenda

Feeling the holiday spirit yet? This week features numerous fundraising parties and dance nights and concerts full of seasonal music from a variety of genres. There's also a reunion of D.C. punk icons Scream (two of whom went on to play with the Foo Fighters), a rare appearance by Husker Du frontman Grant Hart, a tribute to Joe Strummer, plenty of soul, a star-studded birthday party for Cobalt's lesbian night, and an event with board games, cocktails and dance music for adults.

By Fritz Hahn | December 15, 2009; 06:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

$5-or-less deal: Radius' Slice and a Pint Happy Hour

The daily $5 happy hour includes a large-but-not-jumbo slice of New York-style cheese pizza and a choice of any of the beers on draft.

By Fritz Hahn | December 14, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free taxi rides home

Tonight marks the beginning of the holiday season's SoberRide, the annual service that offers free taxi rides home to anyone who's been out having fun at a bar or holiday party and shouldn't get behind the wheel.

By Fritz Hahn | December 11, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Last night's happy hour: Hey, Santa!

He wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy ho-ur. (Dakota Fine) Thanks to everyone who braved the cold last night to join us for the Going Out Guide happy hour at Buffalo Billiards. From the looks of things,...

By Anne Kenderdine | December 11, 2009; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Seasonal beers make the holidays merry

Want to get into the holiday (beer) spirit? Here's where to go.

By Fritz Hahn | December 9, 2009; 04:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

The spirit of the holiday season is alive and well in the Nightlife Agenda, as we have ugly holiday sweater parties and bar crawls for charity, a gift-filled Going Out Gurus happy hour, an apres-ski themed '80s dance party and a chance to see a Swedish Santa Lucia celebration (with DJs and an open bar) at the House of Sweden. Something else? Nas and Damian Marley bring an all-star roster of hip-hop and reggae luminaries to Zanzibar, Love celebrates its anniversary with free admission, free drinks and guest hosts, Brendan Benson leaves the Raconteurs behind to rock out and '90s indie favs Versus play the Black Cat.

By Fritz Hahn | December 8, 2009; 06:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Despite ban, Wilson Boulevard is still smoking

At Whitlow's on Wilson last night, it seemed like any other Thursday -- a band played on the stage in the restaurant, patrons carried around large plastic mugs of beer that they could refill for $1.50, and friends played pool...

By Fritz Hahn | December 4, 2009; 02:09 PM ET | Comments (8)

Nightlife Agenda

El Vez wishes you a "Merry Mex-Mas" at the 9:30 club Thursday. (Sympathy for the Record Industry) El Vez wishes you a Merry Mex-Mas, D.C. bartenders throw a formal 1930s-themed ball to celebrate 76 years since the end of...

By Fritz Hahn | December 1, 2009; 07:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

How busy is this week? We've got a dozen options for you on Wednesday night alone, which include open-bar parties with hip-hop and electro DJs, a special edition of the Glow dance night with superstar DJ Paul van Dyk, live go-go from Chuck Brown, a party hosted (and allegedly featuring a live performance by) R. Kelly, cover bands in Clarendon, and a lounge serving sushi rolls along with the beats. Then you move on to a weekend with Afrobeat, conscious reggae, classic hip-hop, a record release party at Bliss and a Black Friday bar crawl.

By Fritz Hahn | November 24, 2009; 06:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Give thanks for bars open on Thursday

Want to catch up with old friends in town or simply escape the family on Thanksgiving night? While a lot of bars are closed for the holiday, there are plenty of places happy to serve you a drink -- and...

By Fritz Hahn | November 24, 2009; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (5)

Three more reasons to go out this week

If you're tired of the same-old nightlife destinations, take heart -- it's a big week for bar openings and re-openings in D.C.

By Fritz Hahn | November 18, 2009; 01:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

A hectic week starts with Beaujolais nouveau parties and a fundraiser hosted by hip-hop icons Public Enemy, but also includes a hip-hop history lesson from a cavalcade of local artists, Texas-style two-stepping with Gary P. Nunn at the Clarendon Ballroom, a tribute to the daiquiri, an appearance by highly rated DJ David Guetta, fonk from the Pimps of Joytime, a CD release party for the Jet Age and a new beer night.

By Fritz Hahn | November 17, 2009; 06:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Passenger: Ready to board

If you've been looking forward to the Passenger, the new neighborhood bar in Shaw from cocktail experts Tom and Derek Brown (formerly of Cork and the Gibson, respectively), here's some good news. The Passenger is set to open at 5...

By Fritz Hahn | November 16, 2009; 05:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Families of Fort Hood victims get a lift from Luke's Wings

The mission of Washington-based charity Luke's Wings is to help wounded members of the military in a very special way -- the group pays for service members' families to fly to the hospitals where their loved ones are recovering. The...

By Fritz Hahn | November 11, 2009; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Slumberland Records throws itself a 20th anniversary party at the Black Cat, Wale's debut album finally -- finally! -- drops and he celebrates at Ibiza, the Reef relaunches its weekly celebration of traditional beers, Lucky Strike becomes a gay nightlife destination, swing dancers go in search of new blood, and hip-hop stars Rakim and Goodie Mob hit town. Oh, and the Going Out Gurus invite you to happy hour, where the drink specials and free food are on us.

By Fritz Hahn | November 10, 2009; 07:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

All aboard the Passenger for cocktails

Derek Brown and his older brother Tom have almost 40 years of bartending experience between them: most recently, the two have won acclaim at the Gibson and Cork, respectively. But except for a few private events, they have never worked at the same bar. Until mid-November, that is, when the Browns will transform the bar at the Warehouse Theater (1021 Seventh St. NW) into the Passenger, a neighborhood bar and lounge.

By Fritz Hahn | November 6, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

Newly minted Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer DMC brings the old-school hip-hop on Saturday to raise money for charity. (Tobin Grimshaw - AP) An old-school soul revue, a show by hip-hop pioneer DMC, a new album from local rockers Le...

By Fritz Hahn | November 3, 2009; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

It's Halloween Week -- like Shark Week, but with more vampires -- and there are plenty of chances for freaks to go out the next couple of nights. Think your costume can win a $5,000 cash prize or a stay at a four-star hotel in Paris? Want to dress like a "Twilight" extra? Just want to enjoy a really good cocktail or some funky tunes? We've got plenty of options. But then there's also plenty of live music this week, including Future of the Left, Saul Williams and Living Colour, the Vivian Girls and a local hair metal cover band.

By Fritz Hahn | October 27, 2009; 10:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Gibson's expanding to two floors Saturday

Last weekend, I took a friend to the Gibson for cocktails. As usual, there was a line, so we left our names and cell phone numbers with the doorman and went somewhere else to wait for the "we have two...

By Fritz Hahn | October 26, 2009; 04:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

What's on tap at Birch & Barley and ChurchKey

So, as you may have read in today's chat, the long-awaited beer bar Birch & Barley and ChurchKey opens tonight. (The dual name refers to the two floors with different food and themes.) B&B&C has been promising 50 draft beers,...

By Fritz Hahn | October 22, 2009; 03:52 PM ET | Comments (3)

Drink the flavors of fall at local beer dinners

So, you thought you got a break from beer after Oktoberfest? Wrong, wrong, wrong. There are five six tasting events going on next week that should be on the radar of any right-thinking beer-lover. Update: After this was written, I...

By Fritz Hahn | October 21, 2009; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Local R&B singer (and Grammy nominee) Wayna pays tribute to Billie Holiday during a pair of shows at Blues Alley. (Courtesy of the Bloom Effect) Howard University's homecoming weekend brings a number of hip-hop and R&B stars to D.C....

By Fritz Hahn | October 20, 2009; 07:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Not sold out: Boo at the Zoo, Fall Fete and Hirshhorn After Hours

Wednesday morning update: Hirshhorn After Hours is now sold out. Normally, with just a few days left before the National Zoo's Boo at the Zoo, the Hirshhorn's After Hours party or the Corcoran's Fall Fete, we'd be telling readers: "Sorry,...

By Fritz Hahn | October 20, 2009; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Quizzo's comeback is a smart idea

Rejoice, trivia fans: Quizzo, the one-time king of local quiz nights is back. Kind of. Quizzo, which ran at the Pour House from September 2001 to until ending in January 2008, became one of my favorite test-your-knowledge events thanks to...

By Fritz Hahn | October 20, 2009; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Turntable adventurer Kid Koala will be DJing from four decks simultaneously on Friday night. (SekondHandProjects) The Red Derby and Brazilian Rhythms celebrate two years of brews and samba, respectively, DJ stars Kid Koala and Francois K bring their eclectic...

By Fritz Hahn | October 14, 2009; 01:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Brickskeller Has a Birthday, Punch Club Returns and Maddy's Replaces Timberlake's

There are three new reasons to go bar-hopping this week: the Brickskeller celebrates 53 years in business with (what else?) discounted and rare beers, cocktail fave Punch Club finds a new home at Room 11 (which is also also offering free gin for everyone tonight) and a new bar called Maddy's has replaced Timberlake's in Dupont Circle.

By Fritz Hahn | October 7, 2009; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

Our week kicks off with happy hours and a date auction, and winds through multiple Oktoberfest parties (including one hosted by the Gurus), swaggering New Orleans jazz, a pre-CD release party with the Fort Knox Five, the return of Dinosaur Jr., the last-ever Taint, a new DJ night on H Street NE and Nadastrom's final D.C. appearance of 2009.

By Fritz Hahn | October 6, 2009; 08:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bugging Out at Marvin

If you read last week's Nightlife Agenda, you saw Rhome raving about a Saturday night appearance at Eighteenth Street Lounge by Daz-I-Kue, the genre-bending DJ from soulful dance music favorites Bugz in the Attic. We know some of you might...

By Fritz Hahn | October 5, 2009; 04:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Sips: Social and the Reserve

While I was roaming the city the other night, I made pit stops at a pair of lounges: the two-week-old Reserve on L Street NW, where you'll find an extended happy hour and live jazz targeted at downtown office workers,...

By Fritz Hahn | October 5, 2009; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vandalism & Break-Ins at Cleveland Park Restaurants & Bars

Cleveland Park bars and restaurants were vandalized on the morning of Oct. 1.

By Julia Beizer | October 1, 2009; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

This week is one of the busiest for live music in ages, with must-do concerts across the board: the fuzzy, lo-fi indie of Wavves, Mayer Hawthorne's throwback soul, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart's perfect guitar pop, a new album from anthemic local rockers Middle Distance Runner, and the hip-hop-meets-electron promise of the "All Killer, No Filler" showcase. But then there are Oktoberfest beers to be drunk, the revival of the once-popular Sinatra night with live swing and free martinis, multiple chances to help charities at happy hours, and a night where you can meet new people over cocktails and games of Uno and Twister.

By Fritz Hahn | September 30, 2009; 04:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

D.C.'s Top DJs to Headline Their Own Club

D.C.-based DJs Jesse Tittsworth and Will Eastman have spun records and gotten audiences dancing across the globe, from divey bars to the biggest nightclubs, so you can figure they know a lot about what makes a great party spot. By...

By Fritz Hahn | September 24, 2009; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

A tribute to Patsy Cline, a celebration of Mystikal and the No Limit soliders, a happy hour with $1 beers and a band cranking out cover hits, outsider electronic music, charity happy hours and the tasty musical gumbo of the Cornel West Theory are high on our agendas this week. Don't miss two chances to see Eighteenth Street Lounge Records' newest artists: A German hip-hop duo named Ancient Astronauts.

By Fritz Hahn | September 23, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

PDA: Yay or Nay? And Join Us at 1!

We'd *love* it if you chatted with us at 1 p.m. (Melina Mara - The Washington Post) So, I think these people are adorable. They're at a bar (specifically, Old Town's Light Horse) and just sharing a sweet little...

By Julia Beizer | September 17, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

How to Toast Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest begins in Munich on Sept. 19, but Berlin got its party underway -- complete with one-liter beer glasses -- on Sept. 9. (Fabrizio Bensch - Reuters) If St. Patrick's Day is the day when everyone is at least...

By Fritz Hahn | September 17, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Please Explain to Me ... Lettuce on Appetizer Plates

You're at happy hour at any number of pubby establishments and you order a plate of deep-fried bar eats to sate your growling stomach. Why oh why do they arrive on a bed of lettuce?

By Julia Beizer | September 17, 2009; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

Local artists rule the scene this week, whether we're talking about hip-hop showcases, album release parties, free concerts or DJ duos with new videos. Our picks include the return of the popular Uncle Q's Living Room hip-hop night, a no-cover performance by Baltimore's Dan Deacon, a rare show by John Forte or a night starring English drum 'n' bass pioneer Andy C.

By Fritz Hahn | September 15, 2009; 09:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Raise a Glass for Bourbon

We're gearing up for Oktoberfest celebrations in coming weeks -- the party in Munich begins Sept. 19 -- but this is also a big month for one of our favorite American spirits. Back in 2007, the U.S. Senate declared September...

By Fritz Hahn | September 11, 2009; 02:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Making Friends at Last Night's Happy Hour

Game on at Public Bar. (Dakota Fine) In yesterday's chat, there was some debate about how easy it is to strike up a conversation with new people at our happy hours, so I'm curious -- what did you think?...

By Anne Kenderdine | September 11, 2009; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pop Quiz -- With Beer

Teenagers and college students are heading back to school, where they'll grumble about next week's history test or try to avoid a literature quiz. Meanwhile, some of us go out of our way to find bars' trivia nights where we'll...

By Anne Kenderdine | September 3, 2009; 05:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Science Club Extended Happy Hours: Survival of the Cheapest

Just in time to ease the post-Labor Day blues, Science Club has announced a September stimulus plan: Happy hour will run from open until close Monday through Thursday as well as the usual 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Science...

By Fritz Hahn | September 2, 2009; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

There's a long weekend on the horizon, and we have a huge stack of options in this week's column. The return of Buzz, with a reunion of the cult Dubtribe Soundsystem. An outdoor "Ferris Bueller" screening followed by an '80s dance party. A super-sized Fatback with live go-go and electro-funk bands. A DJ from the Happy Mondays. (No, seriously.) An alt-country doubleheader with two of the genre's biggest names. A roast for basketball star (and Takoma Park native) Steve Francis with former teammates. A Flip Cup Tournament with cheap beer.

By Fritz Hahn | September 2, 2009; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

New: Pizza and Brews in Dupont Circle

Here's the news Dupont Circle pizza and beer fans have been waiting for: Pizzeria Paradiso opens tomorrow at 2003 P St. NW -- just down the street from its original restaurant.

By Fritz Hahn | August 28, 2009; 01:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

These United States celebrate the release of "Everything Touches Everything" -- their third album in less than two years -- at the Black Cat Saturday. (Photo by Sarah Law) Local hip-hop takes over the Brightest Young Things pool party,...

By David Malitz | August 25, 2009; 06:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Midtown Loft: Taking Cheap Drinks in a New Direction

If you needed a barometer for the current economic climate consider this: Midtown Loft, the latest nightspot from Michael Romeo, the owner of velvet rope-and-bottle service places like Lotus Lounge, gives out free beer for an hour every weekday, and...

By Fritz Hahn | August 21, 2009; 01:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Will Eastman's Bliss dance party -- shown here back in the heady pre-laptop/iPod days of 2001 -- celebrates its ninth anniversary on Saturday night. (Mark Finkenstaedt - For The Washington Post) Chuck Brown gets a street named after him,...

By Fritz Hahn | August 18, 2009; 10:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Get Your Fill During D.C. Beer Week

During D.C. Beer Week, beer lovers can get their fix of rare Belgian styles, limited-edition Dogfish Head concoctions and tasty cask ales.

By Fritz Hahn | August 14, 2009; 04:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Uncle Q's Living Room Moves Back Into Bourbon

Great beats and a house-party atmosphere made Uncle Q's Living Room one of the hottest hip-hop parties in D.C. in the mid-2000s. (Michael Temchine for The Washington Post) Uncle Q's Living Room, one of the city's most celebrated weekly...

By Fritz Hahn | August 13, 2009; 03:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Celebrate 10 years of D.C.'s busiest Britpop dance night and three years of the Rock and Roll Hotel, learn more about rum at two free tastings, explore a new H Street bar, watch "Anchorman" at a pool, get down to top-flight local DJs and join four of the Going Out Gurus at their rooftop birthday party.

By Fritz Hahn | August 11, 2009; 10:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

It's Dark and Stormy on U Street

On a warm day, there's nothing like a Dark and Stormy: The Bermudan drink hits all the right notes with its mixture of dark, molasses-y rum and jarringly sweet ginger beer, a soft drink with a kick of ginger. My...

By Fritz Hahn | August 6, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

Spend the weekend rocking out at Velvet Lounge, catch "the best hip-hop group of all time" (according to Rhome), celebrate Wonderland Ballroom's five-year anniversary with music and drink specials, hit a surfing-themed party to raise money for charity, bring your dog to happy hour and hear soul goddess Erykah Badu as she joins Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown.

By Fritz Hahn | August 4, 2009; 09:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Birch & Barley: A Date?

The Washington City Paper's Tim Carman reports that the Neighborhood Restaurant Group could open its long-awaited Birch & Barley project by late September. The project has been delayed significantly over the years -- the original opening date was supposed to...

By Julia Beizer | July 31, 2009; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Crab Cakes, Restaurant Web Sites and Bartenders on Beer Summit

A few things have bubbled up across The Washington Post universe over the last few days that we think might be of interest to you, dear GOG readers. Just passing these along in case you missed them. * Our colleagues...

By Julia Beizer | July 30, 2009; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

Catch the captivating '80s-inspired rock of the Veils at the Rock and Roll Hotel. (Rough Trade Records) Get an early start on football season with the Redskins cheerleaders, sample some limited-edition beers at Birreria Paradiso, get woozy with Cass...

By David Malitz | July 28, 2009; 10:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Destinations for Wine, Beer and Margaritas

In August, a new wine bar called Room 11 opens in Columbia Heights and Pizzeria Paradiso expands to a new space that will mimic its popular Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown. Meanwhile, Surfside is finally allowed to serve drinks on its Glover Park rooftop deck.

By Fritz Hahn | July 22, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

The Crystal Stilts carry the torch for shambolic '80s-influenced shoegaze and indie rock. They're from New York, of course. (Lauren Bilanko) Catch a trio of indie rock bands that span the decades; hear up-and-coming local hip-hop and soul acts;...

By Fritz Hahn | July 21, 2009; 11:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

Nigerian singer King Sunny Ade brings four decades of experience and more than 100 albums worth of material to the 9:30 club on Friday. (Robert Lyons) Like the great outdoors? We have multiple rooftop happy hours this week, plus...

By Fritz Hahn | July 14, 2009; 11:59 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bastille Day: A New Entry for the Waiters Race

When Les Halles closed suddenly last year, it meant the end of the traditional Bastille Day waiters' races on Pennsylvania Avenue -- or so we thought.

By Anne Kenderdine | July 10, 2009; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bastille Day Parties -- Don't Lose Your Head! (Updated)

L'Enfant Cafe's annual "French Maid Race" is a highlight of the restaurant's Bastille Day celebrations. (Anthony Smallwood) Every July 14, France marks the beginning of the French Revolution with a day of parades and fireworks. Here are some of...

By Fritz Hahn | July 9, 2009; 03:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Ryan Leslie has gone from producing hits for Beyonce and Cassie to making them on his own. He "hosts" a party at the Park on Thursday. (Helayne Seidman For The Washington Post) R&B star Ryan Leslie, talented breakdancers and...

By Fritz Hahn | July 7, 2009; 11:42 PM ET | Comments (2)

July 4th Beer Garden at the Hirshhorn

On the Fly is operating a beer garden at the Hirshhorn's plaza on July 4.

By Julia Beizer | July 4, 2009; 05:52 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda

The Fourth of July means a long weekend with plenty of pool parties and late-night throwdowns, but we also have also Michael Jackson tributes, stellar lineups of globetrotting DJs, go-go bands and an appearance by Jay Reatard. And hey, if you couldn't get Sonic Youth tickets, the Velvet Lounge offers the next-best thing: a lineup of "noisy, out-there" artists, including a member of Animal Collective.

By Fritz Hahn | June 30, 2009; 05:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

DJs Pay Tribute to Michael Jackson (UPDATED AGAIN)

Local dance nights turn to the focus to playing all Michael Jackson.

By Fritz Hahn | June 26, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

You Have to Try This: BLT Pizza at Rock Bottom

A BLT pizza hits the spot at Rock Bottom Brewery.

By Julia Beizer | June 24, 2009; 11:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

"Queen of Soca" Alison Hinds performs at the Crossroads nightclub in Bladensburg on Saturday night, and at the D.C. Caribbean Carnival on Sunday. (Courtesy of the Crossroads) Caribbean music fills the air this weekend, thanks to the D.C. Caribbean...

By Fritz Hahn | June 23, 2009; 11:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

D.C.'s World Is About to Start Getting Real

"The Real World" begins filming in Washington this week, which means the new cast of twenty-somethings will soon be invading our streets and nightspots with their drama and camera crews. For plenty of people hoping to make a token appearance...

By Fritz Hahn | June 21, 2009; 01:23 AM ET | Comments (6)

Nightlife Agenda

Too-hip cover band Nouvelle Vague brings its Americana and bossa nova takes on new wave hits to the French Embassy this week. (Courtesy of Nouvelle Vague) This week brings your first chance to see influential post-hardcore greats Frodus in...

By Fritz Hahn | June 16, 2009; 10:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

Will Proof Become Destination for Cocktails as Well as Wine?

Only a few weeks ago, D.C. cocktail aficionados stared glumly into the bottoms of their Sazeracs, wondering what would replace Adam Bernbach's wildly inventive (and wildly popular) drinks once he left Bar Pilar. He said he wanted to take a...

By Fritz Hahn | June 11, 2009; 05:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Capital Pride is in full swing with RuPaul and a late-night party at the Hirshhorn, but we've got a packed week of other events, too -- happy hours for charity, cool art openings, Bob Dylan on the big screen, crazy L.A. punks Mika Miko, a chance to hear of one of the world's top electronic DJs for free, gambling with rugby players and much, much more.

By Fritz Hahn | June 9, 2009; 06:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

W Moves Next Door to the White House

The W Hotel, set to open in July 2009, offers picture-postcard views of Washington landmarks and a drink menu created by New York cocktail guru Sasha Petraske.

By Fritz Hahn | June 9, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Happy Hour at the Beach

This month at the Going Out Guide happy hour, we're giving away a trip to Rehoboth and tickets to see Beyonce.

By Anne Kenderdine | June 9, 2009; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dive in to Summer Pool Parties

When the temperature rises, the Capitol Skyline's pool is the coolest place in D.C. (Dakota Fine/ Even at summer happy hours, Washington enjoys a somewhat stuffy reputation. When the Euronet International group threw a series of after-work pool parties...

By Fritz Hahn | June 4, 2009; 11:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Time to Join the H Street Country Club

Golf meets half smokes on the first hole. (Fritz Hahn - The Washington Post) The Lincoln Memorial had me tearing my hair out. It was just sitting there. All I had to do was knock a little ball up...

By Fritz Hahn | June 3, 2009; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (4)

Nightlife Agenda

2008 Miss D.C. Kate Marie Grinold (left) and Miss Virginia Tara Wheeler are hosting a happy hour with free vodka to raise money for the Race for the Cure. (Courtesy of Discovery Communications) This is a big weekend for...

By Fritz Hahn | June 2, 2009; 07:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

Interns, Hop a Bus for Happy Hour

A new happy hour shuttle ferries interns from Capitol Hill to Glover Park every Tuesday, where there are two-for-one drinks all night at Gin and Tonic.

By Fritz Hahn | June 2, 2009; 01:33 PM ET | Comments (3)

Nightlife Agenda Update

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...

By Fritz Hahn | May 29, 2009; 02:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Bullpen Preview

A video peek at the Bullpen, a new beer garden in Southwest.

By Julia Beizer | May 22, 2009; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Nightlife Agenda

Mustafa Akbar, best known as the doorman at Eighteenth Street Lounge, releases a new CD of funky, soulful tunes on Saturday at -- where else? -- Eighteenth Street Lounge. (Courtesy of Odara Productions) Memorial Day weekend means that everyone...

By Fritz Hahn | May 20, 2009; 12:11 AM ET | Comments (1)

Get Ready to Putt-Putt

Just a little tidbit in today's Got Plans? that I wanted to make sure everyone saw: H Street Country Club has set a tentative opening date. I spoke to owner Joe Englert earlier this week, and he said the much-anticipated...

By Fritz Hahn | May 14, 2009; 04:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Breaking News: Two Adams Morgan Bars Have Liquor Licenses Revoked, More Could Follow (Updated)

Two Adams Morgan bars had their liquor licenses revoked for low food sales at yesterday's meeting of D.C. Alcohol Control Board, and more closures could be on the horizon for establishments in the neighborhood and across the city. Bossa and...

By Fritz Hahn | May 14, 2009; 02:02 PM ET | Comments (30)

Nightlife Agenda

Blazing-hot local DJ duo Nadastrom (Dave Nada, left, and Matt Nordstrom) takes over the second floor of Muse Lounge on Thursday night. (Courtesy of Nadastrom) Get free food and cheap drinks courtesy of the Going Out Gurus, dance to...

By Fritz Hahn | May 12, 2009; 11:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

You Have to Try This: Salmon Tataki at Perrys

The fish is good, but the pearls of roe make this dish fun. (Julia Beizer - The Washington Post) The second the mercury rises above 70 in this town, we all begin taking happy hour outside. Adams Morgan's Perrys...

By Julia Beizer | May 8, 2009; 02:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

World Cocktail Week: Eight Days of Great Drinks

Chantal Tseng of the Tabard Inn has summery drinks on tap for Wednesday, May 13. (Michael Temchine for The Washington Post) Today marks the beginning of World Cocktail Week, a worldwide celebration of mixed drinks. In D.C., there are...

By Anne Kenderdine | May 6, 2009; 12:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

We defy you not to dance to the infectious funk and soul of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. (Lois Raimondo/The Washington Post) Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings perform for two nights at the 9:30 club, Wisconsin's favorite foods (and...

By Fritz Hahn | May 5, 2009; 06:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

New on the Scene: Stir, Public Bar, Elephant & Castle and the Laughing Man Tavern

A new lounge and dance club awaits you in the old Indebleu space -- if you get past the velvet rope. (Courtesy of Stir) Bars are popping up like flowers in D.C. this spring, with two opening their doors...

By Fritz Hahn | May 5, 2009; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Cheat Sheet

Our list of Cinco de Mayo parties is full of $3 Corona bottles and DJs spinning salsa, so to help you figure out which of today's events is right for you, we've compiled this list of tips. Best for Free...

By Fritz Hahn | May 5, 2009; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Free Beer for Capitals Fans

Caps fans, if you're looking for a place to watch the big game tonight, we've got the perfect spot for you: Darlington House. Okay, so it's not right next to the Verizon Center, but check this out: Every time the...

By Fritz Hahn | May 4, 2009; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Run for the Juleps

You don't have to be a horse racing fan to love the Kentucky Derby. Parties with delicious mint juleps and "best bonnet" hat contests make the 135th annual race an event that anyone can enjoy. If you'd like to experience...

By Fritz Hahn | May 1, 2009; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

That Seat Better Be Taken

I'm generally a pretty tolerant person in bars. I don't correct the knuckleheads who wave $20 bills at bartenders to attract attention, and I rarely complain when someone squeezes in between my friend and me when we're sitting at the...

By Fritz Hahn | April 29, 2009; 01:49 PM ET | Comments (8)

Nightlife Agenda

They've had several huge U.K. top-10 hits remixing Beyonce, Shakira and Kelly Rowland, but the Freemasons have never performed in the U.S. -- until this weekend. (Courtesy of the Freemasons) Dance to hip-hop legend Afrika Bambaataa or sample new European...

By Fritz Hahn | April 28, 2009; 07:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 09:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 08:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

'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 | Comments (1)

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; 04:48 PM ET | Comments (5)

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; 02:36 PM ET | Comments (2)

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; 06:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

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 | Comments (0)

Sipping Outside at the Gibson

Getting into the Gibson just got a little easier. The speakeasy-style cocktail bar's amazing libations, strictly-enforced 48-person capacity and bothersome rules (including two-hour time limits at tables) have made it one of the hottest tickets in town -- and also...

By Fritz Hahn | April 17, 2009; 01:46 PM ET | Comments (3)

The Real Hip-Hop Is ... in Adams Morgan?

"Friday night in Adams Morgan ..." conjures up some pretty unpleasant images. Lowest-common-denominator DJs spinning tired '80s hits. Drunk 22-year-olds spilling out of bars. Roaming bachelorette parties. It's exactly the time you don't want to be in the neighborhood --...

By Fritz Hahn | April 16, 2009; 11:16 PM ET | Comments (2)

Southeast D.C. Makes a Call to the Bullpen

An outdoor beer garden across from Nationals Park could be open by May 1 now that the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission voted 7-0 Monday night in favor of a developer's proposal. Plans for "the Bullpen," a 15,000-square-foot entertainment zone on...

By Fritz Hahn | April 15, 2009; 04:39 PM ET | Comments (5)

Nightlife Agenda

Hugh Masekela visits Zanzibar on Friday, and Rhome says that "if you can turn down seeing a living repository of jazz and world political history blow his horn for $25, you must already have some amazing plans." (AP Photo/Burt Steel)...

By Fritz Hahn | April 14, 2009; 05:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

Making Tax Day a Little Less Painful

Tax day is our least favorite time of year. To help make April 15 a little brighter (and easier on the wallet), we suggest you take time out from filling in forms to sip a cocktail, enjoy a discounted dinner...

By Fritz Hahn | April 14, 2009; 03:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live From Opening Day

Today is Opening Day at Nationals Park, so I called in sick decided it would be a great idea to spend the day twittering. I'll be checking out bars and restaurants with pre- and post-game specials, exploring the beer-and-food situation...

By Fritz Hahn | April 13, 2009; 01:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (4)

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; 06:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

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; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 03:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 05:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tweet Nothings from Cherry Picks

Cherries may not be in season, but you wouldn't know it from looking at our inboxes. Restaurants around town are offering cherry-themed cocktails and dishes to get into the Cherry Blossom Festival spirit. Every year, the festival hosts Cherry Picks,...

By Julia Beizer | March 25, 2009; 04:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sushi Happy Hours: Let's Maki a Deal

While I love getting half-price burgers or wings to go along with my happy hour drinks, I'm a sucker for after-work sushi deals. There's something about using chopsticks that makes grabbing a snack seem much more urbane, even if you're...

By Fritz Hahn | March 25, 2009; 03:47 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda

Kraak and Smaak sounds like a duo, but there are actually three members of the top-notch Dutch DJ collective. See for yourself Saturday at the Eighteenth Street Lounge. (Michel Mees) Get some culture with your cocktails, celebrate a new cassingle...

By Fritz Hahn | March 24, 2009; 06:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

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 | Comments (4)

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; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

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; 06:28 PM ET | Comments (2)

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; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Shaw's New Mixtape

The latest stop on D.C.'s burgeoning indie-minded gay nightlife circuit: The Warehouse Theater. No, I'm not talking about some genre-busting performance art or a late-night alternative production. The draw in the Warehouse's black box theater is Mixtape, a dance party...

By Fritz Hahn | March 13, 2009; 02:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

St. Patrick's Day Survival Guide

When St. Patrick's Day falls early in the week, as it does in 2009, the holiday should really be renamed St. Patrick's Days. Since not everyone can duck out of the office early to hit the pubs, or stay out...

By Fritz Hahn | March 12, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (15)

Nightlife Agenda

On Sunday, Estelle makes her first trip to D.C. since picking up a Grammy for "American Boy." (estelleonline) Join the Going Out Gurus for happy hour, visit a members-only lounge while helping the Humane Society, hear classic U.K. punk, local...

By Fritz Hahn | March 10, 2009; 05:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Where to Watch March Madness

When March rolls around, there's a competitive spirit in the air. Whether the game is shuffleboard or college basketball, everyone wants to win and win big. For the next few weeks, bars across the area are going to be packed...

By Fritz Hahn | March 10, 2009; 03:28 PM ET | Comments (7)

Get the Blues This Weekend

Bluesman John Cephas died Wednesday in Richmond, Va. He was 78. (Tom Radcliffe/Courtesy of Alligator Records) Piedmont blues guitarist John Cephas passed away Wednesday -- read Post Rock's tribute and the Post's obituary -- and while memorial details are still...

By Fritz Hahn | March 6, 2009; 02:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Soulful singer Alice Russell is on "an express train to mainstream attention," Rhome says. See her at Bohemian Caverns while you can. (Digby Oldridge) The first of many St. Patrick's Day events takes place this weekend, but if you're not...

By Fritz Hahn | March 3, 2009; 06:35 PM ET | Comments (4)

Nightlife Agenda Update

Every so often, we get sent information about events for the Nightlife Agenda after our Tuesday deadline, but we still think you need to know about them. When this happens, we make a Nightlife Agenda Update. Friday, February 27 Today...

By Fritz Hahn | February 27, 2009; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Polly's Cafe Sparks Fears of Flames

U Street was briefly closed down last night after the fire department received a report of a fire at Polly's Cafe. "Someone saw sparks coming off the roof," says Polly's owner Cici Mukhtar. "They didn't realize we had a working...

By Fritz Hahn | February 26, 2009; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cheap Dates: A Social Life Stimulus Plan

We offer more than a dozen date ideas for the bank account-challenged. Free wine tasting at Vidalia is one of our top picks. (Jay Premack) Classic Guru discussion this morning. Some of us felt really bad for all the young...

By Julia Beizer | February 25, 2009; 01:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

If this guy told us he shot a man in Reno, we'd believe him. (AFI Silver Theatre) This week is very D.C.-focused: Benjy Ferree releases a new album, DJ Eurok makes a rare club appearance, brewers offer their latest beers...

By Fritz Hahn | February 24, 2009; 06:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mardi Gras: Beads, Cocktails and All That Jazz

If you've ever been to New Orleans, you know there's no one way to celebrate Mardi Gras. Leave Bourbon Street's raunchiness and you can find cool jazz clubs, family-friendly parades and bars whipping up great cocktails. With that diversity in...

By Fritz Hahn | February 23, 2009; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

The OTHER Wedding Party

A wedding involves more than just a ceremony and a reception. If you've got friends coming from out of town, it's nice to throw a party to welcome them to Washington. And after the rehearsal dinner ... it's the afterparty....

By Fritz Hahn | February 20, 2009; 06:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Call it Carnival, Karneval or Mardi Gras, but there's a whole lot of celebrating going on this week, as the spirits of Rio, New Orleans, Germany and Trinidad and Tobago descend on D.C. for crazy parties. We've also got news...

By Fritz Hahn | February 17, 2009; 06:17 PM ET | Comments (5)

Farewell, Felix

Felix, the Adams Morgan martini bar once famous for its "Sex and the City" viewing parties, closed this weekend. According to a press release from D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham, U.S. marshals evicted the occupants for owing the landlords "a significant...

By Fritz Hahn | February 17, 2009; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Singing at Solly's

It was awesome to see (and hear) you all at Solly's last night at our second monthly Going Out Guide happy hour. We especially thank the good people of Kostume Karaoke who hosted the musical entertainment part of the evening,...

By Anne Kenderdine | February 13, 2009; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Tide Has (Finally) Come In

"Nats Park took 22 months to build," says Dave Pressley with a smile. "I think we're at 27." This table looks dark now, but tonight, diners can snack on cheese plates or fried oysters on Eventide's first floor. (Julia Beizer)...

By Julia Beizer | February 12, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Special Wines for a Special Someone

Wine and romance go together at Cork Wine Bar. (Sean McCormick) Chocolates from CVS, boxers with hearts on them -- there are lots of ways a Valentine's Day gift can go oh-so-wrong. But there's something just right about toasting your...

By Julia Beizer | February 11, 2009; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

For this long weekend, you can choose between pro-Valentine's Day or anti-Valentine's Day parties. Or you can ignore the holiday altogether: there's also the Going Out Guide's Kostume Karaoke happy hour, a slew of local Americana bands, old-school hip-hop, a...

By Fritz Hahn | February 10, 2009; 06:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

Solly's Reopens After Crash

Unlikely as it may seem, Solly's U Street Tavern is back open for business this evening, even after a taxicab crashed into its side window last night. According to owner John Solomon, the fire department checked both upstairs and downstairs...

By Julia Beizer | February 7, 2009; 08:19 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda

Celebrate Bob Marley's birthday with one of the Wailers, hear one of Animal Collective DJ, dance to grooves from New York godfather Timmy Regisford, listen to one of today's finest indie-pop bands, sample French wines, hit a happy hour for...

By Fritz Hahn | February 3, 2009; 05:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Want to Meet Someone Before Valentine's Day?

The drugstore aisles are awash in Pepto-Bismol pink and the diamond industry is turning up the volume on its love=consumerism coercion. Valentine's Day is coming! We promised to keep you in the loop on pre-VDay events, so here are a...

By Ellen McCarthy | February 3, 2009; 01:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Smoking Banned in Virginia Bars -- By Choice

It looks like yet another bill to ban smoking in Virginia's restaurants and bars is doomed to failure in the House of Delegates. But while the state is preserving patrons' right to smoke with a beer or a meal, individual...

By Fritz Hahn | February 3, 2009; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (9)

Coming Soon: Bars Opening in 2009

As 2009 gets underway, there are some bright lights on the horizon: New destinations for microbrews, an international lounge and, finally, the chance to play mini-golf indoors with a beer in hand. When reading this, keep in mind that because...

By Fritz Hahn | January 30, 2009; 01:23 PM ET | Comments (3)

DJs Are Not Rock Stars (Unless They Are)

For years, it's been all the rage to have musicians from synth/electro/dance-punk bands to DJ at concert afterparties: Ladytron, CSS, the Brazilian Girls, the DFA crew, even VHS or Beta or Stellastarr* have graced the decks at venues from the...

By Fritz Hahn | January 29, 2009; 05:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

Where to Watch the Super Bowl (Updated)

Unless you're a Steelers fan or a Cardinals fan, here's what matters on Sunday: big screens, filling food and cheap drinks. As long you you've got a better view than you would on your couch and someone's putting cold beers...

By Fritz Hahn | January 28, 2009; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (7)

Nightlife Agenda

Help local favorite Wayna celebrate her 2008 Grammy nomination at Liv on Thursday. (Kevin Clark/The Washington Post) Thursday | Friday | Saturday Thursday, Jan. 29 As long as there are afterparties that go until 5 a.m., there will be a...

By Fritz Hahn | January 27, 2009; 05:15 PM ET | Comments (4)


The club MCCXXIII, known as 1223, has closed its doors after a decade on the popular Connecticut Avenue strip north of M Street. "In short, we were there for 10 years, the lease was up and the new fair-market value...

By Fritz Hahn | January 23, 2009; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (9)

Nightlife Agenda

Sam "The Man" Burns, a longtime fixture on the D.C. house music scene, launches a new party at Muse Lounge on Thursday night. (Stephanie K. Kuykendal for The Washington Post) Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday |...

By Fritz Hahn | January 21, 2009; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

At Rock the Vote: Dirty Hands on Deck

707 G St. NW -- 12:32 p.m.: Veteran hip-hop DJ Dirty Hands is capping off his inauguration week by spinning at the Rock the Vote party at Indebleu, and it sounds like he's had a busy couple of days. "Man,...

By Fritz Hahn | January 21, 2009; 02:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bohemian Caverns, a Bargain of the Night

U and 13th streets -- 10:30 p.m.: I get off at the U Street Metro with some out-of-towners. "We're still in the ghetto," one of them informs someone on a cell phone. "Maybe 20 years ago, but not anymore," I...

By Anne Kenderdine | January 20, 2009; 11:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Celebrating the Inauguration With Sword-Swallowers

Being in a bar when the sun is shining? Not so unusual. Watching sword swallowers and belly dancers perform in the middle of the afternoon? Not something you get to do every day. The Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow is on stage...

By Anne Kenderdine | January 20, 2009; 05:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Warning: Palace of Wonders Party Not Open Yet

One of the parties we were excited about this week was today's Inauguration Feast of Flesh Fest at the Palace of Wonders, which was supposed to start at noon. But I'm outside the bar right now, and it's shut up...

By Anne Kenderdine | January 20, 2009; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Morning Toasts

12:27 p.m.: "Can I get a shot of absinthe?" is not the sort of question you expect to hear before noon, but the Brightest Young Things Inauguration Spectacular at Bohemian Caverns is not your average inauguration party. Champagne glasses filled...

By Anne Kenderdine | January 20, 2009; 01:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Party's Over

411 New York Ave. NE -- I had barely made my way into Shift, the late-night party featuring house music legends Ron Trent and Danny Krivit, when a police officer told everyone to make their way outside. Krivit was apparently...

By Fritz Hahn | January 18, 2009; 04:36 AM ET | Comments (2)

Fulfillingness at the BET Honors Afterparty

1350 Okie St. NE -- Diddy's inaugural gala at Love doubles as the afterparty for the BET Honors, so it's only natural to wonder which celebs are coming over after the ceremony. But since most of the crowd lacks the...

By Fritz Hahn | January 18, 2009; 02:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Living the 'American Dream'

1350 Okie St. NE -- At Jay-Z's "American Dream Inaugural Gala" at Love on Friday, the only question was whether the host would make an appearance and if she would be with him. The four-level nightspot was packed to the...

By Fritz Hahn | January 17, 2009; 06:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Nightlife Agenda

This week's column features some of the biggest names in hip-hop, legendary DJs from both sides of the Atlantic, all-day burlesque shows, dirt-cheap inaugural balls and many cool events. Barack Obama has Jay-Z on his iPod, so it's only natural...

By Fritz Hahn | January 14, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (5)

Best of the Baracktails

We gurus don't like to brag, but this job's got some decent perks. We took advantage of one of them last Friday when we dipped out of the office a little early to try some Barack Obama-themed cocktails: three from...

By Julia Beizer | January 13, 2009; 04:44 PM ET | Comments (1)

Where to Play Gawker

Dozens of movie stars, athletes and entertainers are expected to arrive in Washington in the next week. They'll be at the balls and parties, of course, but if you're hoping to catch a glimpse of your favorite actors -- or...

By Anne Kenderdine | January 12, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Thirsty at 3 a.m.?

Wondering where you'll be able to party until 4 a.m. in the days before Barack Obama's inauguration? The District's Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration has released the names of bars and nightclubs that received permission (and paid $250 a night) to...

By Fritz Hahn | January 10, 2009; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (3)

Adams Morgan Limits Inauguration Parties

When the City Council announced last month that bars could stay open until 4 a.m. in the days leading up to the inauguration, it was a natural assumption that Adams Morgan, with its blocks of bars and restaurants, would be...

By Fritz Hahn | January 9, 2009; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

Thanks for Coming!

So nice to see you all at Bourbon last night. We couldn't be more psyched that you rallied in the rain to come hang out with us. As Rhome mentioned last night, our next happy hour will be Thursday, Feb....

By Julia Beizer | January 8, 2009; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Let the Going Out Gurus entertain you with music, free food and cheap drinks at happy hour, hit a Brazilian party with the buzzed-about Sao Paolo band Garotas Suecas and DJs spinning dance tunes at Comet Ping Pong, taste vintage...

By Fritz Hahn | January 6, 2009; 06:26 PM ET | Comments (3)

Toasting the New Year

In the Washington bar scene, 2008 was one of the best years for cocktails that I can remember. If you're looking for a great way to raise a glass to 2009, here's a list of the most memorable cocktails I've...

By Anne Kenderdine | January 1, 2009; 03:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bowl-ed Over By College Football

If your alma mater made it to a college bowl game, you're probably pretty excited -- even if it's the Humanitarian Bowl -- and looking forward to rooting the team on to victory. Sure, you can do that in your...

By Fritz Hahn | December 30, 2008; 04:51 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife: The Year That Was

In 2006 and 2007, the major nightlife stories centered on the growth of the Atlas District of H Street NE and the influx of upscale nightclubs and bottle-service lounges to the downtown K Street corridor. This year, though, the trends...

By Fritz Hahn | December 30, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

When the Watering Hole Gets a Wii

Brothers buy a beloved bar, give it a facelift, enjoy the rewards. The storyline is almost a cliche, like that "Family Guy" episode where all the renovation takes place during a speedy construction montage set to '80s music. But that's...

By Julia Beizer | December 23, 2008; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (8)

Nine Days and Counting

The latest casualty of the faltering economy? New Year's Eve. As I write this, less than 10 days before the holiday, most of the area's big parties still have tickets remaining, from black-tie hotel events to concerts to open-bar affairs...

By Anne Kenderdine | December 23, 2008; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Last Reel for Montgomery Cinema 'N' Drafthouse

The Montgomery Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, which brought live music, standup comedy and beer to a six-screen movie theater in Wheaton, has closed after just two months. "It's a very disappointing thing," said Greg Godbout, who owned the Montgomery location as...

By Fritz Hahn | December 19, 2008; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (10)

Putting Out the Sparks

There are a lot of sad hipsters in Washington right now: MillerCoors announced today that Sparks, the popular, slightly citrusy alcoholic energy drink, will be reformulated to remove the caffeine, taurine, guarana and ginseng -- you know, the only reasons...

By Fritz Hahn | December 18, 2008; 03:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

The last Nightlife Agenda of the year is stuffed full of presents for nightlife connoisseurs: Dance to the hits of 2008 at DC9 or the hits of the '80s at the State Theatre, hear one of the world's top DJs...

By Fritz Hahn | December 16, 2008; 10:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda Update

If all the options in the usual Nightlife Agenda column weren't enough, we've got three more ideas for you. Friday, Dec. 12 Gavin Rossdale met fame in the '90s as the frontman of Bush, the post-grunge band who had huge...

By Fritz Hahn | December 12, 2008; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodbye to You, '80s Night (With Update)

It's the end of an era in Adams Morgan: The '80s Dance Party, which drew bachelorettes, retro-loving singles and generations of Madonna fans to Club Heaven for 15 awesome years, got the boot from the club this week in favor...

By Fritz Hahn | December 12, 2008; 01:07 PM ET | Comments (12)

A Toast to the President-Elect

We're a month away from the inauguration, and Barack Obama-related merchandise is slowly taking over the city. My favorite souvenir so far isn't sold by vendors outside Farragut North or along the Mall -- it's only available at the Capitol...

By Fritz Hahn | December 12, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

The holiday season's feel-good factor extends to bars and clubs this week, with a number of happy hours and bar crawls collecting money or goods for the less fortunate. We've also got a full slate of local rock bands, a...

By Fritz Hahn | December 9, 2008; 06:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

Christmas for Beer Lovers

Christmas is coming early for beer lovers. Last night was the Three Floyds tasting at Birreria Paradiso, which we previewed in last week's Nightlife Agenda. Sadly, none of us made it, but there are more chances to taste some new...

By Fritz Hahn | December 9, 2008; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

Stretching Your Dollars This Weekend

"Man," one of my friends said the other day. "Recession's gonna mean some awesome drink and dining specials." Whether it's because of the economic climate or not, you can make a buck go pretty far this weekend if you take...

By Fritz Hahn | December 5, 2008; 02:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Post-Thanksgiving letdown? Hardly. A revitalized club in Shaw launches a new weekly party and hosts an appearance by Ne-Yo, while Ballston welcomes a new British-inspired pub. Some of the city's top bartenders celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of...

By Fritz Hahn | December 2, 2008; 07:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

An extra-long weekend starts with DJs, cover bands and charity at night-before-Thanksgiving parties, then moves on to flashback '80s go-go, an event dedicated to hits of the '90s, the premiere of the D.C.'s first dueling piano bar and a chance...

By Fritz Hahn | November 25, 2008; 06:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

After the Turkey, it's the Afterparty

If you're not leaving town for Thanksgiving, you're going to want to grab a drink with friends who find themselves in a similar situation. And if your family lives in the area, you're probably going to want to get out...

By Fritz Hahn | November 24, 2008; 05:43 PM ET | Comments (4)

My New Favorite Summery Drink

In the face of bitter winds and snow flurries, I steadfastly refuse to stop drinking cocktails more suited for warm weather. Last week, I stopped into Gin & Tonic in Glover Park with some friends, and before I could order...

By Fritz Hahn | November 19, 2008; 04:14 PM ET | Comments (5)

Nightlife Agenda

This week, old-school hip-hop heroes like Slick Rick and Kurtis Blow meet Trouble Funk at Constitution Hall, Beaujolais Nouveau parties offer DJs, dancing and free French wine, southern hospitality comes to Penn Quarter at the Mississippi State Society's tailgate happy...

By Fritz Hahn | November 18, 2008; 04:44 PM ET | Comments (3)

Bring on the Beaujolais Nouveau

Beaujolais Nouveau is one of my favorite marketing gimmicks. Because French law prohibits the young, light-bodied wine from being sold before the third Thursday in November, restaurants around the world make a big deal of staying open late on Wednesday...

By Julia Beizer | November 17, 2008; 04:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Hailing Changes for Cabs in Adams Morgan

On Friday and Saturday night, Adams Morgan grinds to a halt. Part of the problem lies with the tipsy barhoppers jaywalking for jumbo slices and the people trying to back into parking spaces in front of the Diner. But the...

By Fritz Hahn | November 14, 2008; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

Party Like a Bond Star

This outfit might not get you past the bouncers at kstreet, so we recommend a tux. (Sony Pictures) Despite some less-than-glowing reviews for "Quantum of Solace," James Bond remains as much of a cultural force as ever. So if you're...

By Fritz Hahn | November 14, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Fundamentals of the Bar Economy Are Strong

Economic problems don't seem to be slowing down the nightlife scene. Last week, Muse Lounge made its debut in the old R 'n R/Coyote Ugly space. This weekend, new lounges from the teams behind Marvin and Tattoo will be fighting...

By Fritz Hahn | November 13, 2008; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

This week features a pair of notable events at the Civilian Arts Projects, including a celebration of D.C. by Chicago-based culture magazine Stop Smiling. The Black Cat hosts a stacked lineup topped by ahead-of-the-curve DJ Diplo, and also featuring noisy...

By David Malitz | November 11, 2008; 03:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

Shuffle on Over to Bedrock

Playing shuffleboard on Bedrock Billiards' two tables will run between $12 and $20 an hour, depending on the night of the week and how many people are playing. Except on Mondays, when the weekly Shuffleboard Night means that everyone plays...

By Fritz Hahn | November 10, 2008; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

You Rocked the Vote, Now Rock the Parties

We were hoping to take a break from politics for a while after Tuesday night but we're getting a number of announcements about "Obama Victory Parties" scheduled for this weekend. Some of these are already-scheduled parties that, as of this...

By Fritz Hahn | November 5, 2008; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Post-Halloween and post-election, there's no slowdown on the nightlife front with the always-engaging Dan Deacon bringing his electro beats to the Hirshhorn, D.C.'s finest soul DJs uniting for a dancefloor showdown, a new club opening in Penn Quarter, King Kong...

By Fritz Hahn | November 4, 2008; 06:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Voting Early?

Yesterday afternoon Joe Uehlein, leader of the roots-rock group The U-Liners and an Obama supporter, sent out word announcing the band's "Election Victory Celebration" concert at Iota on Saturday night. Does that seem a bit, uh, premature? Actually it was...

By Anne Kenderdine | November 4, 2008; 01:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rock the Vote, Get Free Stuff

If you're wearing an "I Voted" sticker -- or, in my case, a "Yo Vote" sticker -- a number of area businesses are offering freebies and discounts today. (There's a question over whether this is legal -- Starbucks has already...

By Fritz Hahn | November 4, 2008; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ready for Some Football (With Drink Specials)?

If you want to watch the Redskins/Steelers tonight somewhere other than your couch, here are a couple places we'd recommend checking out for cheap drinks and solid food specials. Velocity Five Owner Jim Speros has a Washington Redskins Super Bowl...

By Fritz Hahn | November 3, 2008; 03:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

One Hell of a Beer

So far, most of the Halloween events I've been writing about are costume parties and haunted houses and such. Here's one for the beer connoisseurs: Brasserie Beck is having a fall clearance sale today. Beer sommelier Bill Catron is trying...

By Fritz Hahn | October 31, 2008; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free Taxi Rides Home

If you're going out to a Halloween party tonight and aren't taking Metro, program this number into your phone: 1-800-200-8294. That's how you reach SoberRide, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program's free taxi service. If you've had too much to drink...

By Fritz Hahn | October 31, 2008; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Election-Watch Party Planning

As Nov. 4 rolls near -- finally! --- we've started hearing about more and more local haunts throwing open their doors and tuning into CNN for the big night. Weekend's made a chart of election-watch parties, and we'd like to...

By Anne Kenderdine | October 30, 2008; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (3)

Nightlife Agenda

Bar and club schedules this week are dominated by Halloween parties and Election-watching gatherings. We're not going to list all the All Hallows Eve options here -- click here for a long list, or here for Fritz's rundown of the...

By Fritz Hahn | October 28, 2008; 06:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

Dress to Impress

Every year, we implore readers to come up with a costume more original and adventurous than "Sexy Nurse" or "Sexy Governor" or, for the guys, pimps, pirates and random superheroes. To help stimulate your thinking, we offer this package of...

By Fritz Hahn | October 28, 2008; 06:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Diving Into the Going Out Guide

The Tune Inn has been serving regulars like Tim Schlack (right) for more than five decades. (Jay Paul for The Washington Post) For our new Going Out Guide Best Bets, I was asked to come up with a list of...

By Fritz Hahn | October 28, 2008; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (7)

That Funk in the Velvet Lounge Last Night

No, I'm not talking about the music, although that was certainly notable with the Japanese garage rock insanity of DMBQ. You know a show is awesome when it ends with the drummer crowd-surfing and playing drums at the same time....

By David Malitz | October 22, 2008; 03:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

Little Brother, one of the rare hip-hop acts to straddle the line between underground success and mainstream acclaim, performs Sunday at the Black Cat. (Atlantic Records) Get ready for German beer at a party celebrating David Hasselhoff, rambunctious rockabilly, big...

By Fritz Hahn | October 21, 2008; 07:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

LiLo and SamRon at Lotus

Yes, Lindsay Lohan attended girlfriend Samantha Ronson's DJ gig at Lotus Lounge last night. But no, unless you were at the very, very front of the $1,500-a-table VIP section, you didn't see LiLo, who spent the whole night hanging out...

By Fritz Hahn | October 17, 2008; 02:04 PM ET | Comments (3)

Will LiLo Show at Lotus?

Samantha Ronson (left) is DJing for charity at Lotus Lounge on Thursday. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images For IMG) Samantha Ronson, whom US Weekly readers know as Lindsey Lindsay Lohan's better half, is DJing at Lotus on Thursday night for Hollywood Vibes...

By Fritz Hahn | October 15, 2008; 03:34 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda

Swedish singer Theresa Andersson will have the crowd dancing at a free show at the House of Sweden. (Miranda Penn Turin) Howard Homecoming weekend means stars from Diddy to Eric Roberson to the Sugar Hill Gang are in town, the...

By Fritz Hahn | October 14, 2008; 06:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Where to Watch the Final Debate

The Top of the Hill, located above the Pour House on Pennsylvania Avenue SE, has shown all the presidential debates. (Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images) There's only one more presidential debate left before the election, and if you haven't made it out...

By Fritz Hahn | October 13, 2008; 06:49 PM ET | Comments (5)

Adams Morgan Crime on the Rise

Shootings and muggings have plagued Adams Morgan in the last 30 days. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) Just last week, in the wake of two shootings in heavily trafficked nightlife areas -- in Adams Morgan and at 14th and T Streets...

By Fritz Hahn | October 10, 2008; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (10)

Nightlife Agenda

Local singer Yazarah once sang backup for Erykah Badu, but now she's rocking the mike on her own. (Michael Robinson-Chavez/The Washington Post) Female MCs and soul singers take the spotlight at the Can a Sista Rock the Mic? Festival, Eyebar...

By Fritz Hahn | October 7, 2008; 06:25 PM ET | Comments (6)

Breaking News: Oktoberfest Crackdown

If you're looking forward to sampling beers from 40 different breweries at the Capitol City Brewing Company's Oktoberfest in Shirlington tomorrow, be warned: The days of unlimited tastes are over. For the last five years, attendees paid one price for...

By Fritz Hahn | October 3, 2008; 04:18 PM ET | Comments (15)

Debate Viewing, Round 2

So last week we did a big rundown of all the debate-watching events around town. With two debates taking place over the next week -- vice presidential candidates on Thursday, then the presidential candidates on Tuesday -- you won't be...

By Fritz Hahn | October 1, 2008; 03:33 PM ET | Comments (9)

Nightlife Agenda

Swedish rockers Division of Laura Lee are just one of the attractions at the House of Sweden of Friday -- there's also a fashion show and roofop DJs. (Joshua Kessler/Courtesy of Burning Heart Records) A diverse Nightlife Agenda column includes...

By Fritz Hahn | September 30, 2008; 05:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

On Violence in Nightlife Districts

Last night violence gripped the Adams Morgan and U Street neighborhoods with two shootings. The first occurred at approximately 4:20 p.m. in an alley near 14th and T streets NW; the Adams Morgan shooting took place around 11 p.m. inside...

By Julia Beizer | September 29, 2008; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (18)

Debating Where to Go Friday

There are many parallels between sports and politics, and in Washington, the lines are blurred even further every four years. While the rest of the country comes together in pubs and sports bars to watch their favorite football and baseball...

By Fritz Hahn | September 25, 2008; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (5)

Nightlife Agenda

Surprise! Thievery Corporation celebrates the release of a new album with a rare joint DJ appearance at Eighteenth Street Lounge on Saturday night. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post) This is a monster five days in the nightlife world, with a surprise...

By Fritz Hahn | September 23, 2008; 06:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

Get Your Game On

Cheering on your alma mater with fellow students and alumni is far more exciting than watching from your couch. (Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post) It seems like every other bar is football-crazy these days, boasting "We show every game" with the...

By Fritz Hahn | September 18, 2008; 02:41 AM ET | Comments (10)

Nightlife Agenda

The Puma Store turns into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Saturday as Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow and others stop in. (Getty Images) Get fresh with Afrika Bambaataa and Kurtis Blow -- and some talented D.C. rappers -- while rocking some...

By Fritz Hahn | September 16, 2008; 05:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Raise a Glass for Oktoberfest

Whether you prefer beer made in Germany or in D.C.-area brewpubs, there's an Oktoberfest party you'll enjoy. (Jan Pitman/Getty Images) The annual Oktoberfest in Munich doesn't start until Saturday, but brewers in D.C. seem to want to get an early...

By Fritz Hahn | September 16, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

New on Wisconsin Avenue

It was an interesting weekend on Wisconsin Avenue as Champions of Georgetown, the city's first real sports bar, made a triumphant return after a four-year hiatus, and the Late Night Shots-loving denizens of Glover Park got their first look at...

By Fritz Hahn | September 12, 2008; 03:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Feisty local punk band Partyline guarantees a good time at Phasefest on Saturday. (Michael Temchine for The Washington Post) Phasefest returns with four days of music, dance and spoken word from gay and lesbian performers, the Silver Jews play their...

By Fritz Hahn | September 9, 2008; 05:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bachelorette Parties: The Possibilities are Endless

There's generally a pretty simple recipe for planning a bachelorette party: cocktails, dinner and some sort of all-night activity. Of course with so many options, the planning can get daunting. Things get even more difficult when you take into...

By Stephanie Merry | September 6, 2008; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (10)

Playtime Is Almost Over

Play, in much younger days. The Dupont club is closing after this weekend. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post) Play Lounge, a beloved spot for bachelorettes and bottle-service devotees since 2005, will be closing after its Saturday night party for a renovation/makeover...

By Julia Beizer | September 4, 2008; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda Update

Buy 64 ounces of beer at a DuClaw brewpub this weekend to help an adorable puppy. (Craig Herndon for The Washington Post) With a long weekend getting ready to kick off, there are plenty of nightlife events to choose from....

By Fritz Hahn | August 29, 2008; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

I Have a (Very Bad) Dream

Love wants you to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy with champagne in a penthouse VIP suite on Friday night. (Click for a full-size image) When you spend as much time as I do sifting through promotional e-flyers, invitations and...

By Fritz Hahn | August 27, 2008; 02:34 PM ET | Comments (8)

Nightlife Agenda

Sam "The Man" Burns is among the DJs giving you a late-night fix of soulful house music at Hometown Heroes on Friday. (Stephanie K. Kuykendal for The Washington Post) We're dreaming about teleporting and time travel because of the concerts...

By Fritz Hahn | August 12, 2008; 05:18 PM ET | Comments (7)

The Current Clubbing News

After being shut for renovations for more than a year, the former Dragonfly lounge and sushi bar on Connecticut Avenue -- will open to the public as Current tonight. "We're eight months behind," says manager Mood Bacho, adding that costs...

By Fritz Hahn | August 12, 2008; 02:33 PM ET | Comments (3)

Nightlife Agenda

We'd suggest not wearing an "EZ Duz It" shirt to Avenue on Saturday, unless you're looking for trouble with O'Shea Jackson. (Columbia Pictures) Ice Cube comes to town, comedy and trivia meet at the Improv, live music returns to Comet...

By Fritz Hahn | August 5, 2008; 04:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Gold Medal Dining Deals

The Source offers roasted duck and scallion wraps as part of a special Olympic promotion. (Amber Pfau) Stop me if you've heard this one: the Olympics kick off in Beijing on Friday! Most of us won't be making the 7,000-mile...

By Julia Beizer | August 5, 2008; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda Update

Rising English singer Estelle performs her hit "American Boy" for free at the Hard Rock Cafe on Friday night. (estelleonline) Every Tuesday, we compile the week's top concerts, happy hours and after-dark events into the Nightlife Agenda column. Sometimes, there's...

By Fritz Hahn | August 1, 2008; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Local troubadour Justin Jones is among four familiar names playing at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Friday night. (Joel Didriksen) This week in nightlife: Local singers, including Justin Jones, take over the Rock and Roll Hotel, charitable events offer...

By Fritz Hahn | July 29, 2008; 05:27 PM ET | Comments (1)

Drinks for a Summer Sunday

Tim Stover's version of the Orange Crush is very different than what you'll find on the Eastern Shore, but it's still refreshing on a hot summer day. (Fritz Hahn) After yesterday's dramatic thunderstorms, some friends and I were happy to...

By Fritz Hahn | July 28, 2008; 05:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda Update

Blues guitarist Bobby Parker played with all the greats, and he's called D.C. home for more than four decades. (Chris Stanford/The Washington Post) It's pretty shocking that guitarist Bobby Parker hasn't moved beyond the D.C. blues scene in the last...

By Fritz Hahn | July 24, 2008; 03:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

After 30 years and 40 albums, Zimbabwean singer Oliver Mtukudzi shows no signs of slowing down. (Bill Ellison Photography) Dress as a tourist and brave the bars of Adams Morgan for charity, hear some of the top voices in hip-hop,...

By Fritz Hahn | July 22, 2008; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (3)

After Hours in Arlington

Domaso's terrace is a pleasant place to enjoy an after-work cocktail -- if you don't mind the sound of planes overhead. (Julia Beizer/ We're fans of Arlington -- we spend most of our work week here -- so we...

By Julia Beizer | July 21, 2008; 04:16 PM ET | Comments (8)

Nightlife Agenda

When the last time you saw Clipse perform at an Irish pub? You get your chance Friday! (AP Photo/Jim Cooper) Flash back to the '90s at the Black Cat, hear some of the area's best blues artists at an old-fashioned...

By Fritz Hahn | July 15, 2008; 05:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

On the Fringe: Drink Discounts and Happy Hours

Rocket Bar is just one possible happy hour spot for Fringe-goers. (James M. Thresher - The Washington Post) Grabbing a drink before or after a Fringe Festival show? Don't forget to bring your little white Fringe button, because a number...

By Stephanie Merry | July 14, 2008; 06:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

A European Union of Independence

Driving on Pennsylvania Avenue NW next Monday? Watch out for racing waiters. (Gerald Martineau) There's something about long, hot summers that puts revolution in the air, and I'm not just talking about July 4. France's biggest holiday is Bastille Day,...

By Fritz Hahn | July 9, 2008; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (7)

Nightlife Agenda

Gallery brings the party to Silver Spring on Friday night. (Graham Meyer) Fans of soul make out like bandits this week, with appearances by YahZarah and PPP, plus a new night of classic funk and soul 45s. But you can...

By Fritz Hahn | July 8, 2008; 05:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

No Work or School on Friday!

An extended holiday weekend means more chances to go out and party. Thursday becomes jam-packed, since many offices are closed on Friday, and Friday night's agenda fills up because everyone wants to head out and do something after a day...

By Fritz Hahn | July 2, 2008; 04:28 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda

Local indie-rockers Metropolitan may play their final show on Saturday night. (Veronika Lukasova) The long holiday weekend means more chances to go out and have fun, whether you're rocking to hip-hop DJs, indie bands, happy hours for a good cause,...

By Fritz Hahn | July 2, 2008; 02:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Breaking News: Five Deep-Sixed

Five, the troubled nightclub whose liquor license was suspended until June 18th because of violence inside the club, has had that suspension extended until further notice, according to the District's Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. Because of this, a number of...

By Fritz Hahn | June 26, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

It's not surprising that Tiesto, one of the world's most famous DJs, sold out Saturday night at Ibiza, but some tickets remain for his 18-and-over Sunday performance. (File Photo) The Caribbean Carnival means we have a number of soca, reggae...

By Fritz Hahn | June 24, 2008; 05:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda Update

Local reggae group Oasis Band helps to celebrate International Surfing Day at the Art Whino Gallery this weekend. (J Carrier) This week's Nightlife Agenda column was jam-packed with events -- if you haven't read it yet, you should do so...

By Fritz Hahn | June 20, 2008; 01:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wine, American Style

The Buzz: Washington's newest wine bar is an all-American affair. Enology, which has just replaced the old Zebra Lounge at the corner of Macomb Street and Wisconsin Avenue, pours 60 wines by the glass, hundreds by the bottle and about...

By Fritz Hahn | June 19, 2008; 02:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Reggae's "Fireman" Capleton brings his energetic live show to the Crossroads on Saturday. (William Richards) How do we begin to list the awesomeness that is this week? A certifiably insane night of rock at the Black Cat, a full day...

By Fritz Hahn | June 17, 2008; 06:00 PM ET | Comments (5)

Taking Pride in D.C.

Dancers get down at Cobalt's Flashback retro night. A special edition follows Saturday's Capital Pride parade. (J Carrier for The Washington Post) The Capital Pride festival is underway in Washington, and along with official events like the parade and street...

By Fritz Hahn | June 11, 2008; 02:33 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda

Can Collie Buddz follow up his monster 2007? "Come Around" to Zanzibar on Friday to find out. (Dan Mandell) The Capital Pride festival brings late-night dance parties, bachelor/ette auctions and "Project Runway" winner Christian Siriano; the Breeders cannonball into the...

By Fritz Hahn | June 10, 2008; 06:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda Update

The scene at Juste Lounge, which turns six on Saturday night. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post) The Nightlife Agenda was pretty packed this week, but we couldn't let you go into the weekend without knowing about a few more events...

By Fritz Hahn | June 6, 2008; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

An H Street Update

If your living room had a wine bar, it might look a bit like Sova. (Courtesy of Sova) Julia recently posted on the opening of Sticky Rice, and there are even more new venues cropping up on H Street NE....

By Fritz Hahn | June 4, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (9)

Blooming in Glover Park

With shuffleboard, three pool tables, a Nintendo Wii and a great beer lineup, Breadsoda can serve as Glover Park's rec room. (Courtesy of Breadsoda) When it comes to dining and nightlife, Glover Park is often overshadowed by Georgetown, its bustling...

By Fritz Hahn | June 4, 2008; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (11)

Nightlife Agenda

Former Mekon Jon Langford blends insurgent country and a pop edge in the Waco Brothers. (Courtesy of the Waco Brothers) This week's Nightlife Agenda features throwback hip-hop, a happy hour that involves frozen drinks and a Jacuzzi, record releases by...

By Fritz Hahn | June 3, 2008; 05:54 PM ET | Comments (6)

The Bar That Ruth Built

The Sign of the Yankees outside the Sign of the Whale. (Fritz Hahn/ With the Red Sox nation having taken over bars from Capitol Hill to U Street to Georgetown, cheering for Manny and Big Papi in Arlington and Bethesda...

By Fritz Hahn | June 3, 2008; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (18)

Nightlife Agenda Update

Max Scozia mixes up flavored martinis at Skye Lounge (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) Sometimes, one Nightlife Agenda column just isn't enough. If you're looking for ideas beyond the live music, bar crawls and DJ nights we suggested earlier in the...

By Fritz Hahn | May 30, 2008; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Mambo Sauce, D.C.'s 2007 breakout go-go band, performs at Artomatic this weekend. "Welcome to D.C.," indeed. (Richard A. Lipski/The Washington Post) After the bustle of Memorial Day, this is a relatively quiet week on the nightlife scene, but you can...

By Fritz Hahn | May 27, 2008; 06:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Yaz and Coach K Have Their Revenge

Can you spell the name of this former University of Maryland guard? Hint: His first name is Sarunas. (Getty Images) The Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee returns to Washington this week, and the streets around Penn Quarter are full of precocious young...

By Fritz Hahn | May 27, 2008; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (1)

Interns' Guide: 25 Happy Hours Every Intern Should Know

Can you think of a better way to turn 21 than with cheap beers and free snacks at the Hawk and Dove? (Michel du Cille/The Washington Post) Cheap beers and bar food are an intern's lifeblood, whether for nourishment or...

By Fritz Hahn | May 23, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

Interns' Guide: Get on the Guestlist

Why pay to get into Play Lounge when you get sign up for free admission and an open bar? (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post) "I'm on the list." Those four words are magic on the nightlife scene. They can be the...

By Fritz Hahn | May 23, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Nightlife Agenda

Fantasia, who's set to star in Oprah's musical version of "The Color Purple," headlines a Black Pride concert on Sunday night. (AP/RCA Music Group) Fantasia comes to town for Black Pride weekend, bicyclists and goths host their own proms, Texas...

By Fritz Hahn | May 20, 2008; 05:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Will the Black Cat's stage be big enough for all seven Los Campesinos! on Friday? (Sarah Wilmner) A busy week finds numerous events for beer lovers, a cultural cocktail party at the House of Sweden, an '80s-themed prom with the...

By Fritz Hahn | May 13, 2008; 05:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Tonight's Agenda: Free Drinks

Nothing goes together like '90s hair metal and free cocktails. (Michael Temchine for The Washington Post) If you haven't rocked out to VJs spinning AC/DC, Kiss, Guns 'N' Roses and the Clash on Tattoo's huge video screens, there's really no...

By Fritz Hahn | May 13, 2008; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

Miss Kitty Victorian welcomes you to the new Golden Triangle Cabaret. (Nate Lankford for The Washington Post) This week, a new burlesque night appears south of Dupont Circle; singles party outdoors in Reston; bands make a mysterious return to Comet...

By Fritz Hahn | May 6, 2008; 05:57 PM ET | Comments (1)

Take a Dip Before You Sip

The mercury's supposed to hit 80 degrees today, which has me thinking about ways to beat the heat once warm weather arrives for good. A leisurely afternoon in a pool and a refreshing frozen cocktail are my preferred solution, though...

By Fritz Hahn | May 2, 2008; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (5)

Best Bets for Cinco de Mayo

Monday is Cinco de Mayo, and for the next four days, there are a lot of parties on our plate -- some barely or only slightly tangentially related to the Mexican army's great victory over the French forces at the...

By Fritz Hahn | May 1, 2008; 02:11 PM ET | Comments (3)

Run for the Roses

The Nightlife Agenda boys already told you about the Round Robin Bar's Bonnets and Bow-Ties Kentucky Derby Party, which is sure to offer some of the best mint juleps in town. But we also wanted to give some love to...

By Julia Beizer | May 1, 2008; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda

It's Cinco de Mayo weekend, so there are parties, margarita deals and mariachis galore, but don't miss a benefit for Mt.Pleasant fire victims, a DJ battle and happy hour at the Phillips Collection, the "Booze for Boobs" fundraiser, an Oscar...

By Fritz Hahn | April 29, 2008; 05:46 PM ET | Comments (18)

Happy Hours, Happy Dogs

Is happy hour is more fun with man's best friend? Find out this summer, when bars around the area are organizing weekly events with specials for dogs and their two-legged companions....

By Fritz Hahn | April 25, 2008; 04:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

Not the Usual Patios

With the second consecutive weekend promising at least partially beautiful weather, Julia and I thought we'd recommend a dozen or so of our favorite places to enjoy food and drink outdoors. Thing is, we don't want to suggest the same...

By Fritz Hahn | April 24, 2008; 03:36 PM ET | Comments (9)

Nightlife Agenda

It's a great weekend for doing good, as bachelorette auctions, '80s parties, bar crawls and live music benefit charities. Also contained in this week's column: old-school hip-hop, an appearance by South African singer Goapele, a gathering of top house DJs,...

By Fritz Hahn | April 22, 2008; 05:50 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda

There's a little something for everyone in this week's column -- local DJs getting their mid-week groove on at Modern, Lounge 201 and Fly; the long-awaited Child Ballads album-release party; old-school house music in Fairfax; and a ?uestlove DJ set...

By David Malitz | April 15, 2008; 05:14 PM ET | Comments (3)

Play Video Games, Win Big

You've spent hours practicing the lightning-fast Slayer and Metallica riffs in Guitar Hero, and you've pumped an endless stream of quarters into Big Buck Hunter while going after those big horn sheep. Shouldn't you be rewarded for your dedication? A...

By Fritz Hahn | April 15, 2008; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (3)

Nightlife Agenda

This week's column is full of Bhangra Blowout parties; some great local bands, including a homecoming show for These United States; an exclusive Hot Chip DJ set; beer tapping parties for charity; beer pong for charity; the search for the...

By Fritz Hahn | April 8, 2008; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Coming Soon: Mini-Golf, Wine and Sushi

On a recent trip to H Street NE, I was heading for the Rock and Roll Hotel when I happened to look over at the old Phish Tea cafe building at 1335 H St. "Oh yeah," I said to myself....

By Fritz Hahn | April 7, 2008; 04:02 PM ET | Comments (6)

Riding the Kegbus to the Ballpark

"Take public transportation to Nationals Park." We've been hearing that over and over, from Metro's spokesPeeps to the Nationals' own shuttle service, which will ferry fans from RFK's vast parking lots to the front door of the new stadium. Personally,...

By Fritz Hahn | April 3, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Chasing Down the Green Fairy

Lately, Got Plans? readers have been asking about bars serving absinthe. It's showing up in more and more places throughout the area, though I'm still looking for one that prepares its absinthe using the traditional ceremony. In the meantime, if...

By Fritz Hahn | April 2, 2008; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda

There are no excuses for not catching some great local rock on Friday night; bars (and Clydesdales) celebrate 75 years of legal beer drinking; hip-hop legends Biz Markie and Slick Rick perform; Sasha and Digweed bring their reunion tour to...

By Fritz Hahn | April 1, 2008; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Coming Soon: Belgian Beers Alfresco

Lovers of Belgian beer have had much to be excited about over the past year, including the additions of Brasserie Beck and Dr. Granville Moore's, and the good news keeps coming....

By Fritz Hahn | March 25, 2008; 06:03 PM ET | Comments (6)

Nightlife Agenda

Check out chart-topping Rick Ross and local hip-hop veterans the Package, meet Thievery Corporation DJ and restaurateur Eric Hilton, get an introduction to experimental music at the Velvet Lounge, attend an '80s prom and sample California beers or traditional rum...

By Fritz Hahn | March 25, 2008; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Play Time Is Over, Current to Open

The block north of Connecticut Avenue and M Street is one of the city's most popular nightlife destinations, home to clubs like Eighteenth Street Lounge, Five and MCCXXIII. In the next few months, they're going to be joined by two...

By Fritz Hahn | March 24, 2008; 03:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Games People Play: Skeeball and Bingo

A bit of the beach has come to Seventh Street, as the newly expanded Rocket Bar adds two Skee-Ball machines, among other amusements, and Drag Bingo has moved to U Street after the closing of Dupont Circle's Club Chaos....

By Fritz Hahn | March 18, 2008; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (8)

Big Screens, Bigger Deals

March Madness has rolled around again, and I know everyone is wondering where they can watch their team on high-definition screens and, perhaps, with drink specials. While compiling this list (which follows after the jump), I've also paid careful attention...

By Fritz Hahn | March 13, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (8)

Nightlife Agenda

There's lots going on this week, including St. Patrick's Day parties, the Clash and Godzilla on the big screen, a benefit concert with a deep lineup of hip-hop and go-go acts, and a party where you'll be denied admission unless...

By Fritz Hahn | March 12, 2008; 06:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

Best Bets for St. Patrick's Day

Even though St. Patrick's Day falls on a Monday this year, most pubs and bars will still be hauling out the tri-colored flags and green bunting on the 17th. Here's my advice on where to celebrate that day, with an...

By Fritz Hahn | March 11, 2008; 04:39 PM ET | Comments (16)

Hump Day Highlights

It's only Monday afternoon, and many of us are already looking forward to next weekend. However, there's no need to be dreaming of Saturday when there's so much going on during the week. This Wednesday, for instance, you have the...

By Fritz Hahn | March 10, 2008; 03:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bethesda Happy Hour Rundown

Last summer, I reported on happy hours at two new Bethesda bars, Gator Alley and Vegas Bar and Grill. Cheap beer was about the only thing either had going for it, so I'm not too surprised to say they've both...

By Fritz Hahn | March 5, 2008; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Rock and Roll McDonald's

Local rock club DC9 is apparently now serving food, something it hasn't done in the five years since it opened. The menu, according to the venue's Web site, includes "hamburgers named after local bands." This led to much speculation in...

By Fritz Hahn | March 4, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

New Nightlife Agenda Podcast

Canadian electro-rapper Cadence Weapon fuses sounds old and new at DC9 on March 6. (Epitaph) Rhome is off on a beach, but David and I bravely soldiered on and recorded a new Nightlife Agenda podcast. This episode features music by...

By Fritz Hahn | February 29, 2008; 05:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

A few weeks ago, we had the Wammies, the much-derided local music awards ceremony. In the spirit of "If you want something done right ...," D.C.'s finest reggae musicians are getting together this weekend for the 11th annual D.C. Reggae...

By Fritz Hahn | February 28, 2008; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Play Me A Song, Piano Man

During yesterday's Got Plans? discussion, a reader from Foggy Bottom wrote: "Gurus! My mother is visiting this upcoming weekend and is looking for a piano bar. I live in Foggy Bottom, so if there are any close by, that'd be...

By Fritz Hahn | February 22, 2008; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Keren Ann brings her globe-trotting pop sound to the Black Cat on Feb. 27. (Courtesy of Blue Note Records) You'd be forgiven for feeling slightly uncomfortable at a Daniel Johnston (listen) show. Imagine standing there watching someone who you know...

By Fritz Hahn | February 21, 2008; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Multiple Changes, Beginning at Five

The popular nightclub Five is shifting direction under new management, the Common Share reopens this weekend after a Gaelic makeover and Capitol Hill lounge Tapatinis is going on hiatus....

By Fritz Hahn | February 20, 2008; 08:28 PM ET | Comments (40)

Nightlife Agenda Podcast and Pick of the Week

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week Just released on DVD this week, the documentary "Africa Unite" adds a new dimension to the existing body of work that aims to capture Bob Marley's musical and cultural legacy. This film records Bob's...

By Fritz Hahn | February 14, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Miscellany

I had a busy weekend that involved running from one end of the city to another. Here's a brief roundup of news from the nightlife world, including an ongoing table shuffleboard tournament, a tasty new beer, the pending arrival of...

By Fritz Hahn | February 12, 2008; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

Beers Going Head-to-Head

On Tuesday night, Rock Bottom Bethesda brewer Geoff Lively unveiled this year's batch of his award-winning Highland Courage Scottish ale. I really like Highland Courage -- a dark, malty ale with good richness and balance -- so I was doubly...

By Fritz Hahn | February 6, 2008; 05:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Destinations for Flying Solo

You'd be surprised how many questions we get in Got Plans? about whether it's okay to go out to bars alone. (For some reason, this comes up a lot around Valentine's Day.) Our answer is always the same: Of course...

By Fritz Hahn | February 5, 2008; 05:25 PM ET | Comments (6)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

The House of Sweden occupies a place of pride on the Georgetown waterfront, and while it's used as a exhibition space for rotating exhibits by Swedish artists, the Swedish embassy is launching a series of cultural events called the House...

By Fritz Hahn | January 31, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

The African Cup of Nations Runneth Over

I really envy people who work in Silver Spring. It must be so nice to look up at the clock, realize it's lunchtime and slip out to Roger Miller Restaurant over on Bonifant Street and watch some of the best...

By Fritz Hahn | January 29, 2008; 01:59 PM ET | Comments (9)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

We haven't talked about Jukebox the Ghost (listen) too much, but it's not because we're ignoring them. It's because we have a bit of a conflict of interest: Guitarist Tommy Siegel was a City Guide intern a few semesters back....

By Fritz Hahn | January 24, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Big News From Behind the Bar

In a major shake up of Washington's mixology scene, Gina Chersevani of Rasika and Will Earls of Hudson have both parted ways with their employers in the last week....

By Fritz Hahn | January 22, 2008; 03:04 PM ET | Comments (30)

New Nightlife Agenda Podcast

A Buffalo Tom reunion has the Gurus feeling nostalgic for "My So-Called Life." (ABC) The latest edition of the Nightlife Agenda podcast went online yesterday (Jan. 15), featuring Rhome, David and me talking about six concerts taking place in the...

By Fritz Hahn | January 16, 2008; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (41)

A Tonic for the Neighborhood

As I posted last Thursday, the Foggy Bottom branch of Tonic is finally serving alcohol, only seven months after the restaurant first opened. They're celebrating "the end of prohibition" with a weekday happy hour that should interest anyone who works...

By Fritz Hahn | January 14, 2008; 05:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Future of Dr. Dremo's

There are only two weekends left for Dr. Dremo's Taphouse, the Arlington landmark that's closing for good at 2 a.m. on Sunday, January 27, to make way for a high-rise condo building. With time running out, I thought I'd check...

By Fritz Hahn | January 14, 2008; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (15)

Finally, Beer in Foggy Bottom

Here's some news that George Washington students (and Foggy Bottom office workers) have been waiting for: Tonic at Quigley's has finally received its liquor license and will begin serving alcohol tonight....

By Fritz Hahn | January 10, 2008; 04:42 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

We're counting down the minutes until 2 a.m. on January 27, when Dr. Dremo's Taphouse closes its doors to the public forever. Allow us to get nostalgic for a second: The place opened in 1993 as Bardo Rodeo, one of...

By Fritz Hahn | January 10, 2008; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Final Jeopardy

A mix of irreverent trivia questions, a heavy dose of pop culture and a sharp-as-a-tack audience of Hill wonks have made Quizzo my favorite weekly quiz night in D.C. since September 2001, but founder, quizmaster and former "Jeopardy!" contestant Neal...

By Fritz Hahn | January 8, 2008; 02:07 PM ET | Comments (4)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

DJ Will Eastman's calendar already includes a Friday night residency at Metropolitain, the champagne bar underneath Adams Morgan's Napoleon bistro, and the long-running Bliss indie/electro monthly at the Black Cat, but we're always glad when he can squeeze one of...

By Fritz Hahn | January 3, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

The 2007 Nightlife Hot List

The Hot Neighborhood Hint: It's not H Street, U Street, Clarendon or Columbia Heights. Nightlife is moving back downtown, with bottle service-focused nightspots increasing clustered on 14th and K streets NW, right around McPherson Square. The four-story Park at 14th...

By Fritz Hahn | January 3, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (21)

Getting Around on New Year's Eve

If you're out hitting parties tonight, don't drink and drive, no matter how "fine" you think you are. Extra police will be out in force looking for drunk drivers, and you don't want to become a statistic. Instead, here are...

By Fritz Hahn | December 31, 2007; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

More on New Year's Eve

I wrote a lot about New Year's Eve on the blog yesterday, but I've since had people ask me if the parties I mentioned were the only ones available, or if an event didn't make the column because it was...

By Fritz Hahn | December 27, 2007; 03:50 PM ET | Comments (8)

Last Call for New Year's Eve

There's less than a week to go before New Year's Eve, and if you haven't made plans yet -- or you've found your plans have changed -- there are still plenty of options out there. It all comes down to...

By Fritz Hahn | December 26, 2007; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Bowled Over

Bowl season is upon us, and if you can't travel to watch your alma mater in person, the best way to cheer for the team is with fellow alumni. Washington is packed with alumni groups that go all-out on game...

By Fritz Hahn | December 24, 2007; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (7)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Christmas Eve is the best night of the year to be Jewish, especially if you're looking for a packed dance floor. While some folks are staying up late to wait for Santa, you'll find a pair of parties catering to...

By Fritz Hahn | December 20, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Hot Drinks for Cold Nights

With a winter cold snap finally enveloping the Washington area, I wanted to share a few of the best warm drinks I've tasted this year....

By Fritz Hahn | December 17, 2007; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (8)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Lucky Dube triumphed over oppressive socio-political realities to achieve international success as a South African reggae ambassador, and when he was senselessly murdered in October, it left fans around the world reeling with grief. Dube began his career crafting songs...

By Fritz Hahn | December 13, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Through the Looking Glass in Petworth

Well, it looks like the cat is out of the bag about Temperance Hall. On Monday night, blogger Prince of Petworth quoted "sources" as saying that the Roaring '20s-era tavern had been sold to the owners of the Wonderland Ballroom,...

By Fritz Hahn | December 11, 2007; 05:49 PM ET | Comments (7)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

A large article in Tuesday's Metro section focused on how Hanukkah is helping turn Jewish music hip, and you'll get firsthand proof Saturday at the historic Sixth and I Synagogue with the Eighth, a concert featuring the LeeVees and DeLeon....

By Fritz Hahn | December 6, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Festivus for the Rest of Us

December is a busy month for holiday celebrations: Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid al-Adha, Kwanzaa, Festivus ... Yes, Festivus. That's the theme for tonight's holiday celebration at Rustico, one of my favorite places to grab a beer in the D.C. area. And...

By Fritz Hahn | December 4, 2007; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

If we could look back over all the questions that we've gotten since Got Plans? began, we'd have to say that "Where can I ride a mechanical bull?" would be near the top of the list. Blame regulations, licensing or...

By Fritz Hahn | November 29, 2007; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Destination Restaurants -- for Cocktails

Washington has seen an explosion of lounges, Belgian beer bars and classic dives this year, but over the last few months, my thoughts have turned toward four new restaurants. Hudson, Restaurant K by Allison Swope, The Source and Westend Bistro...

By Fritz Hahn | November 27, 2007; 04:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Fritz's Wish List: Drinks With Friends

While I could use a new flat-screen TV, home wet bar or made-to-measure suit for Christmas, the holiday season is really about spending time with the people who mean the most to me. That's why, if I had unlimited funds,...

By Fritz Hahn | November 26, 2007; 05:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Modest Proposal for the Bethesda Bar Scene

A question that went unanswered in yesterday's Got Plans? discussion made me wax a little nostalgic for the Bethesda bar scene (such as it was) of yore. Our reader writes: My girlfriend is insisting that we go to Bethesda this...

By Jen Chaney | November 16, 2007; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (8)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

As huge as go-go music is in D.C., it's never been able to establish a foothold outside of the Beltway. That changed for a brief period in 1988, when Experience Unlimited -- EU to their fans -- made an unforgettable...

By Fritz Hahn | November 15, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Talk of the Town

Town Danceboutique, the city's newest gay nightspot, is set to open its doors on Saturday night. Created by Ed Bailey and John Guggenmos, the team behind the long-running Velvet Nation dance party and the hot Halo Lounge, Town has taken...

By Fritz Hahn | November 15, 2007; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (3)

Beaujolais Nouveau Update

I blogged about some Beaujolais Nouveau parties last week, but we've received information about other events since then, and I wanted to come up with an easy way for folks to compare and contrast the various events. Here's our updated...

By Fritz Hahn | November 12, 2007; 04:04 PM ET | Comments (4)

Want Some Free French Wine?

It's November, so it's time for the annual uncorking of the Beaujolais Nouveau, a young French red wine. Because it only matures for a few weeks before being bottled and consumed, it's traditionally been a wine for farmers and rural...

By Fritz Hahn | November 8, 2007; 03:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Quittin' Time? Go to Matchbox

When Matchbox expanded earlier this year, I was looking forward to having more elbow room at the Chinatown pizzeria's notoriously cramped bar. Sadly, despite 7,000 additional square feet of dining space, there is little extra space. Even at 4 p.m....

By Fritz Hahn | November 6, 2007; 04:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

Raise a Glass to Vinoteca

Good news for oenophiles: Vinoteca has opened its doors on 11th Street NW, offering 68 different wines by the glass and a menu of cheese and charcuterie. The "official" opening isn't until Nov. 5, but owner Paul Carlson says he...

By Fritz Hahn | November 2, 2007; 01:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

If the brand-new Carlyle Club wasn't built with Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra in mind, it may as well have been. Alexandria's new supper club, inspired by legendary art-deco nightspots in New York and Chicago, features beautiful leather...

By Fritz Hahn | November 1, 2007; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

The End of an Era on U Street?

Here's a day I never thought I'd see: Republic Gardens, once the place to see and be seen on U Street, has been evicted from its home at 1355 U Street. The doors that throngs once clamored to get through...

By Fritz Hahn | October 30, 2007; 02:09 PM ET | Comments (18)

Happy Hump-Day Halloween

Most Halloween parties at bars and clubs took place over the weekend -- some of us needed to sleep in on Sunday morning -- but there are more than a few events around the area on Wednesday night. Here's our...

By Fritz Hahn | October 29, 2007; 04:47 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Real Deal on Real Ale

We don't usually talk about articles in other newspapers, but the New York Times had an excellent story about real ale in its Food section Wednesday, and we've had a number of readers write in to ask where they can...

By Fritz Hahn | October 26, 2007; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Turn That Costume Into Cash

Okay, so this year, you're positive you've created the best costume ever. You spent hours finding just the right pieces, and now you look down with pity and scorn at the folks wandering through Georgetown in their George Bush masks...

By Fritz Hahn | October 26, 2007; 02:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pumpkin Carving Still On

Despite the truly miserable weather, Helix Lounge's Pumpkin Carving Contest and Happy Hour is still on tonight -- it will just take place inside the hotel rather than on the patio. If you've never been to the annual event --...

By Fritz Hahn | October 25, 2007; 04:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

TV on the Radio isn't quite big time but they are at least big time. A featured slot at Virgin Festival, sold-out two night stand at the 9:30 Club, major articles in magazines that your parents might have even heard...

By Fritz Hahn | October 25, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

For the last six weeks, burlesque goddess Kitty Victorian has been putting a bunch of neophyte dancers through rigorous training, teaching them the proper way of twirling their tassels and sexily taking off . . . one long evening glove...

By Fritz Hahn | October 18, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Aroma Lights Up the Night

A friend and I went to Aroma last night to say goodbye to longtime bartender Krishna Ramsundar, and as we walked in, we took in the aroma. It wasn't because we were caught up in the moment -- it was...

By Fritz Hahn | October 16, 2007; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (27)

Farewell to Krishna

There will soon be a void in Cleveland Park: Bartender Krishna Ramsundar is leaving Aroma after seven years of mixing martinis, dispensing advice and being the ringmaster of a true neighborhood hangout....

By Fritz Hahn | October 12, 2007; 04:33 PM ET | Comments (6)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

We understand why Germans love Oktoberfest: Endless giant mugs of beer, piles of bratwurst, drunken singing. We don't understand the country's love affair with David Hasselhoff, though, especially after seeing poorly dubbed episodes of "Baywatch" and hearing the Hoff's sketchy...

By Fritz Hahn | October 11, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Miscellany

Rather than a long post about one topic, I thought I'd offer a short compilation of news, deals and events on the D.C. bar scene, including trivia, happy hour and where to watch the baseball playoffs. Columbia Heights could have...

By Fritz Hahn | October 5, 2007; 02:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ein Prosit for Oktoberfest

Washington seems to finally be ready for Oktoberfest, with this weekend's Capitol City Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest street festival bringing beers from 35 brewers to the streets of Shirlington and Blob's Park cranking up the polka music. Just about every local brewpub...

By Fritz Hahn | October 4, 2007; 05:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

It's a good thing that the 9:30 Club doesn't have a marquee, because there's no way the following would fit: Gypsy Eyes Records, ESL Music, the Federal Reserve, Proper Topper and the DC Public Library Foundation Present A Fund Raiser...

By Fritz Hahn | October 4, 2007; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Still More on the Fillmore

Today's press conference about the Fillmore's arrival in Silver Spring was short on actual news, but all about saying the right things. County Executive Isiah Leggett was asked why the original plan, which involved the Birchmere, called for the concert...

By Fritz Hahn | September 26, 2007; 04:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Very Happy Hour in Falls Church

Northern Virginia beer lovers, here's the news you've been waiting for: The Dogfish Head Alehouse is opening at 5 p.m. in the Seven Corners Center in Falls Church. "We don't have our signs up yet, and we don't have our...

By Fritz Hahn | September 26, 2007; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (7)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

The Capitol City Carnival is a new beer-and-music festival that's trying to capture the spirit of the now-cancelled Old Dominion Beer Fest, and looking at the lineup, it might even better it. Fifty breweries are bringing pairs of beers to...

By Fritz Hahn | September 20, 2007; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Pirate's Life for Me

Arrrr, blow me down - today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! So if ye landlubbers be looking fer ... Okay, wait. It's TALK Like a Pirate Day, not WRITE Like A Pirate Day, so I'm going to drop...

By Fritz Hahn | September 19, 2007; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

Munich on the Potomac

Start brushing up on your polka and the words to "Ein Prosit," because Oktoberfest season is hitting the Washington area next week. The big party in Munich begins on September 22, but many local brewpubs will be unveiling their special...

By Fritz Hahn | September 13, 2007; 02:32 PM ET | Comments (3)

Take Happy Hour Outside

Summer's almost over, but the sunshine and warm weather are lingering long to let you keep out the sundresses and sunglasses for another week. What better way to celebrate than hitting a happy hour on Thursday afternoon?...

By Fritz Hahn | September 12, 2007; 02:14 PM ET | Comments (2)

Where to Find Props, Locks and Fly-Halfs

It may be the opening weekend for NFL football, but today is also the kickoff of the Rugby World Cup. The U.S. team gets underway on Saturday against England, but most eyes will be on tournament favorites New Zealand and...

By Fritz Hahn | September 7, 2007; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

Buzz is Back

It's been over a year since Nation nightclub closed, leaving the long-running Buzz dance party without a home. It's been a tough 14 months for fans who used to gather every Friday night to hear world-famous electronic DJs like Paul...

By Fritz Hahn | September 6, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (10)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

What is it about the beginning of September that makes everyone want to throw a music festival? Okay, it's Labor Day, that last gasp of summer when people might be looking for any excuse to head outdoors. That makes sense....

By Fritz Hahn | September 6, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Time has flown by, but it's been 15 years since Dr. Dre unveiled "The Chronic," the most influential hip-hop album of '90s. Packed with P-Funk samples, gangsta boasting and endless dissing of Eazy-E and Tim Dog, the lyrical highlights of...

By Fritz Hahn | August 30, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wheat for the Heat

With temperatures expected to soar into the 90s over the next week, you'll need a nice cold drink to take your mind off the heat. For me, the perfect thirst-quencher is a German wheat beer, or Hefeweizen. I find that...

By Fritz Hahn | August 24, 2007; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (6)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

It's an embarrassment of riches on Sunday night for fans of that increasingly hard to define genre of "indie rock." There are five very worthy shows, so let's give a quick rundown of our three favorites. Full writeups can be...

By Fritz Hahn | August 23, 2007; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's Your Fantasy?

Football season is almost here. While many of us are getting psyched to watch actual games, played by actual teams, some people just can't wait to demolish their coworkers and friends in fantasy leagues. In yesterday's Got Plans?, a reader...

By Julia Beizer | August 17, 2007; 04:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

After the Game, It's the Afterparty

D.C. United fans know that tonight's Beckham sideshow -- sorry, match against the L.A. Galaxy -- has been sold out for weeks. We'd been hearing the same thing about the semi-private post-match party at Lima, which will be hosted by...

By Fritz Hahn | August 9, 2007; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

We're too young to have experienced d.c. space, but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate it. Starting in the 1970s, the F Street spot was one of the first venues in the city to embrace punk, as well as other...

By Fritz Hahn | July 26, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Rock'em Sock'em Robots is one of the coolest toys ever -- the 1960s version of "Mike Tyson's Punch Out." The robot-shaped boxers have been making a comeback lately -- seen those Dodge Ram truck ads? -- and Mattel has reissued...

By Fritz Hahn | July 19, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Bohemian Caverns scores a major coup this week with back-to-back shows featuring Les Nubians, the acclaimed Francophone sisters who began their love affair with America right here in Washington. The breezy Afropop and nu-soul of Les Nubians' debut caught fire...

By Fritz Hahn | July 12, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raining on the Deck's Parade

The Deck, the wildly popular outdoor bar at Glover Park's Savoy Suites hotel, closed suddenly on Monday -- a victim of its own success. However, the nightspot's management team has plans for an imminent return to the scene....

By Fritz Hahn | July 11, 2007; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (11)

Bastille Day Blowouts

Washington becomes a hotbed of French culture every July as restaurants, bars and cultural groups throw parties to celebrate Bastille Day, which marks the symbolic beginning of the French Revolution. This year, the 14th falls on a Saturday, which is...

By Fritz Hahn | July 10, 2007; 03:07 PM ET | Comments (7)

Making the Most of Your Day Off

In a company town like Washington, most workers have Wednesday off, so the parties are flying fast and furious on Independence Day Eve. (If you're one of the people who has to work on July 4, you have our sympathy...

By Fritz Hahn | July 2, 2007; 05:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Many new bars and lounges opened their doors to the public in 2006, but even in a class that included Fly Lounge, the Rock and Roll Hotel and PX, the Palace of Wonders stood out. Perhaps it was the glass...

By Fritz Hahn | June 28, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Thursday is the New Friday

Our Nightlife Agenda column comes out on Wednesday afternoons, but sometimes we want to give you extra warning about Thursday events -- just in case you need to cancel other plans or rearrange your schedule. Here are a few promising...

By Fritz Hahn | June 26, 2007; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

Explorations in Bethesda

I've taken some stick in the past for dismissing Bethesda's nightlife, which boils down to a couple of Irish pubs, a decent brewery, random sports bars and a pair of lounges with live R&B groups and hip-hop DJs. Reliable, but...

By Fritz Hahn | June 22, 2007; 03:32 PM ET | Comments (3)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

One of the highlights of the Black Cat's calendar is Run For Cover, the annual event at which members of local bands form temporary supergroups to play brief sets of cover songs, all in the name of charity. (Proceeds from...

By Fritz Hahn | June 21, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bachelorette Superlatives

There's something about a bachelorette party that's a little bit like high school. All of your girlfriends now have jobs, apartments, maybe even mortgages -- but somehow they revert back to shot-guzzling party chicks in honor of your upcoming nuptials....

By Julia Beizer | June 14, 2007; 05:20 PM ET | Comments (9)

Mai Tais Drying Up

It's almost always a sad occasion when a neighborhood restaurant makes way for a chain drugstore, especially when it's somewhere as storied as Yenching Palace, which served its last plate of General Tso's chicken yesterday and will reopen as a...

By Fritz Hahn | June 11, 2007; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (12)

Clarendon Ballroom's Roof Closed After Accident

The Clarendon Ballroom's rooftop deck will be closed until next week after part of the floor dropped "three or four inches" last night while crowds were standing on it. No one was injured. Ballroom owner Peter Pflug said a board...

By Fritz Hahn | June 8, 2007; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (7)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

The ever-popular Helix Lounge closed in May for a makeover, and while we agreed the all-white '60s-influenced interior could really use a facelift, we were sad to see the pleasant little patio shuttered just when the weather was getting nice....

By Fritz Hahn | May 31, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Buzz on Dragonfly

As we noted in last week's Nightlife Agenda column, the cool, minimalist Dragonfly Lounge shut its doors for good after Sunday's party with Sam "The Man" Burns, bringing down the curtain on eight-and-a-half years of DJs, cocktails and late-night sushi....

By Fritz Hahn | May 29, 2007; 03:53 PM ET | Comments (2)

Trivia Matter? Hardly.

I'm not sure I can pin down one thing that makes Quizzo my favorite trivia night in Washington. It has irreverent hosts Neal and Rebecca, clever questions with a sharp pop-culture edge that fly from baseball to '80s movies to...

By Fritz Hahn | May 11, 2007; 01:37 PM ET | Comments (3)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

We admire -- no, love -- the idea of a group of motorcycle-loving, hard-riding police officers and firefighters that calls itself the Renegade Pigs. We like it even more because it's a nonprofit group dedicated to raising money for charity....

By Fritz Hahn | May 10, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fight Night Thrills

With one of the biggest bouts in recent memory coming up on Saturday, there's only one question in the minds of boxing fans: Which bars are showing Oscar De La Hoya take on Floyd Mayweather? The answer: Not as many...

By Fritz Hahn | May 2, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

Dressing Up on Sunday

My passing reference to the Wonderland Ballroom's annual Sundress Festival in yesterday's Got Plans? seems to have stirred up a lot of interest, so I wanted to provide more details for anyone interested in dressing up for drink specials on...

By Fritz Hahn | April 27, 2007; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Warm Weather On Deck

When the weather is warm and the sun is shining, I want to be outside. I don't need much from bars -- just food, drinks, some shade, music and people-watching, and maybe a TV if the Nats are on. The...

By Fritz Hahn | April 23, 2007; 03:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Victor Manuelle has played at Constitution Hall, hosted the Latin Grammy Awards and performed a cappella at the legendary Celia Cruz's funeral. And Friday night, you can see him at ... the Hilton Hotel in Tysons Corner. Seriously. Manuelle, known...

By Fritz Hahn | April 19, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

This Friday is Friday the 13th, which means there's plenty of bad luck afoot -- you could wind up impaled on spikes, trapped in a straight jacket, get a concrete block broken over your chest or maybe even find a...

By Fritz Hahn | April 12, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Helix Lounge Closes, and a New Margarita Arrives

Helix Lounge's trippy patio, sweet cocktails and budget-saving All-American Happy Hour have earned it a legion of fans since it opened in 2002, but change is in the air: The Hotel Helix's popular bar will be closed for the next...

By Fritz Hahn | April 6, 2007; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Bus to the Ballgame

The Nationals are back at RFK, and so is my favorite way to get to the game: the Kegbus. Offered before and after every Friday and Saturday home game, the free shuttle runs between the stadium and seven Capitol Hill...

By Fritz Hahn | April 5, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (3)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Wrapping up a stellar week for DJ lovers is Wednesday's appearance by Kid Koala at Rock and Roll Hotel. This inventive Canadian DJ started out in the early '90s like many aspiring turntablists, making his name on the battle scene...

By Fritz Hahn | April 5, 2007; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Are You Ready for Carnival?

In a city crowded with cultural events and festivals, the D.C. Caribbean Carnival stands out as one of the parties of the year. One Saturday every June, elaborately costumed dancers and steel pan bands wind down Georgia Avenue from Missouri...

By Fritz Hahn | April 4, 2007; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rated X in P.G.

It's no secret that crime is on the rise in Prince George's County. There have been 38 murders so far this year -- compared to 25 at the same time last year. On Sunday, an Oxon Hill teenager became the...

By Fritz Hahn | March 29, 2007; 06:18 PM ET | Comments (10)

... And Then There Were Four

Now that we're down to the Final Four, fans and alumni are writing to ask where they should go to watch their teams. There's nothing like a room full of fellow supporters holding its collective breath with every foul shot...

By Fritz Hahn | March 29, 2007; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (2)

Open Bar Madness

There are plenty of happy hours offering $2 beers or half-price martinis. What I'd rather do, though, is spend nothing at all -- or at least get my money's worth with unlimited drinks. That's where this guide to D.C.'s open...

By Fritz Hahn | March 28, 2007; 05:51 PM ET | Comments (2)

Jazzy Hotels

Toward the end of yesterday's Got Plans? chat, a reader from Southwest Washington had a "quick question": "I went to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel two weeks ago for after-dinner drinks. We were in the lobby area and they were playing...

By Fritz Hahn | March 23, 2007; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

The best thing about legendary BBC DJ Gilles Peterson's late-night sessions -- which you can listen to on -- is the way he bounces between genres and artists in a manner that's virtually unknown in the United States. He...

By Fritz Hahn | March 21, 2007; 07:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kill The Televisions

Sometimes March Madness is just plain maddening. You want to go out and have a drink and gossip with your friends or meet a date for a cocktail, but most of the places you're thinking of will be packed with...

By Fritz Hahn | March 15, 2007; 01:41 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

The Passover seder involves drinking four cups of wine, and yeah, you could go the bargain basement route and pick up a couple of bottles of Manischewitz at the corner store, but don't you (and Elijah) deserve better? Problem is,...

By Fritz Hahn | March 15, 2007; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Drinking of the Green

Even if you're not Irish, there's a good chance you're heading out to one of the area's many pubs on Saturday. Some tips: No matter which bar you're going to, arrive early. A perfect storm of NCAA basketball games, the...

By Fritz Hahn | March 13, 2007; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (26)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Local drummer Keith Killgo started playing jazz at an early age. By the time he was in his teens, he'd already jammed with Miles Davis and Art Blakey and received musical education from Roberta Flack. In college, he joined the...

By Fritz Hahn | March 8, 2007; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

For All the Fantonellas

What is it about "American Idol" contestants from Washington, D.C., universities and risque conduct? A few years ago, Howard University student Frenchie Davis was unceremoniously removed from the hit show after producers learned that she posed for pictures on a...

By Fritz Hahn | March 7, 2007; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

The March to Madness

Spring is my favorite season -- the time of year when young men's and women's thoughts turn to basketball. Between conference championships, Selection Sunday and the NCAA tournament, passions are running high in offices all over the area, including ours....

By Fritz Hahn | March 6, 2007; 06:43 PM ET | Comments (7)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

DJ Dave Nada seems to be everywhere these days, dropping his lethal mix of Daft Punk, Baltimore club, electro, indie-rock remixes and hip-hop classics on Wednesdays at Vegetate, random weekends at Wonderland, house parties, underwear parties at Rock and Roll...

By David Malitz | February 28, 2007; 06:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Better-Than-Average Sports Bars

With the Wizards atop the Southeastern conference and college basketball entering the all-important final stretch, sports bars will be packed the next few weeks. But what if you want something above and beyond the usual TV-packed pub? A Got Plans?...

By Fritz Hahn | February 23, 2007; 05:17 PM ET | Comments (18)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

The first (and only) time David saw Akron/Family was Dec. 8, 2005. Why does he remember the specific date for a random concert? Because -- and sorry to get all Zach Braff on you -- more than any other show...

By Fritz Hahn | February 22, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Rocket Bar Takes Off; The Pug Gets in the Ring

Two bars have taken their first steps on the D.C. bar scene in the last week, and while it's a little early to pass full judgment on them, it's only fair that you know what's out there. So here my...

By Fritz Hahn | February 20, 2007; 01:55 PM ET | Comments (6)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Cro-Magnon Man finally gets a steady lady friend and decides to pass on a Valentine date that would feature one of the most romantic songwriters of modern progressive soul music. He figures, "How could I compete with that guy?" Enlightened...

By Fritz Hahn | February 15, 2007; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Pug Is Coming, and Nanny's Is Back

A decade of holding court behind the bar at Capitol Lounge has earned Tony Tomelden a very loyal following of Hill staffers, off-duty cops, soccer fans and neighborhood residents. For more than a year, Tomelden's been waiting to open his...

By Fritz Hahn | February 12, 2007; 02:56 PM ET | Comments (4)

Six Nations, But How Many Pubs?

From Dublin to Rome and beyond, rugby fans are buzzing about the Six Nations tournament, the annual contest between Europe's top national teams. The problem is, where to watch the action?...

By Fritz Hahn | February 9, 2007; 01:06 PM ET | Comments (7)

Beer, Beer and More Beer

I have favorite beer bars in Washington -- Birreria Paradiso, the upstairs of the Brickskeller, the Reef, the Saloon -- but few places outside the district have a selection that can compare to their choices. One that can, though, is...

By Fritz Hahn | February 7, 2007; 02:38 PM ET | Comments (10)

Smoke 'Em if You Got 'Em

When Washington's smoking ban went into effect on January 2, it meant the end of cigarettes, cigars and hookahs in almost all bars, restaurants and nightclubs. However, there are exceptions: Any restaurant, bar or store that makes at least 10...

By Fritz Hahn | February 1, 2007; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (12)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

It's been almost a year since J. Dilla, arguably one of the most prolific and innovative producers hip-hop has ever seen, lost an ongoing battle against Lupus. A chameleon of a producer, Dilla pioneered many of hip-hop's foundational elements, from...

By Fritz Hahn | February 1, 2007; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

The Super Bowl Shuffle

With the Super Bowl on the horizon, everyone wants to know where to watch the big game. Here's a half-dozen of the best parties out there....

By Fritz Hahn | January 30, 2007; 02:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

We always try to bring attention to worthy benefits in this space and there's one Saturday that certainly fits the bill. Cal Robbins celebrates his first birthday tonight, but the heartbreaking truth is that he might not see his second....

By Fritz Hahn | January 25, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lucy, Let's Go to Bobby Lew's

Martin Corboy is involved in Angry Inch Saloon and McFadden's -- two places known for young, boisterous crowds that drink lots of Miller Lite, dance to '80s hits and occasionally get into trouble. So for his newest project, Bobby Lew's...

By Fritz Hahn | January 18, 2007; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (15)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Guitar Hero is one of our favorite video games because, well, who doesn't dream of covering Motley Crue's "Shout at the Devil" and Suicidal Tendencies' "Institutionalized" in front of screaming crowds and challenging friends to Van Halen-esque solo battles? Shredding...

By Fritz Hahn | January 18, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

A Bit of the Old Dominion in D.C.

It's been almost two years since I first wrote about plans to install the Old Dominon Brewhouse at the Washington Convention Center. At the time, it was scheduled to open in summer 2005, but a series of construction and permitting...

By Fritz Hahn | January 17, 2007; 04:31 PM ET | Comments (11)

Legislative Aid

As Congress gets down to business, bars on Capitol Hill are hoping to lure legions of new staffers to their happy hours. On Wednesday, the Hawk and Dove is playing up to the new Democratic majority -- remember, this is...

By Fritz Hahn | January 16, 2007; 01:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Alive!

During yesterday's Got Plans? discussion, we heard from a number of New Orleans Saints fans who want to celebrate the team's first time in the second round of the NFL playoffs. This question from Arlington was pretty typical: "For the...

By Fritz Hahn | January 12, 2007; 03:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

One of the biggest success stories of the last few years is the growth of Blowoff, the DJ night run by legendary guitarist Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar) and remixer/producer Richard Morel (New Order, the Pet Shop Boys). The duo's...

By Fritz Hahn | January 11, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lounges on the Horizon

As 2007 dawns, here are some things I'm looking forward to welcoming to our vibrant nightlife scene, and some other things I'd like to see this year. The Hot New Area It looks like a stretch of K Street NW...

By Fritz Hahn | January 8, 2007; 03:34 PM ET | Comments (6)

Smoked Out

After the first weekend of life under Washington's new smoking ban, the verdict is in: Wait until it gets colder. In Adams Morgan on Saturday, the Reef's rooftop was at capacity, so customers who wanted fresh air had to mill...

By Fritz Hahn | January 8, 2007; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (95)

Changes on Capitol Hill

Welcome to Capitol Hill, 110th Congress! Welcome to Capitol Hill, Hamilton's Bar and Grill! Just in time for the opening session, the Hill has a new spot for after-work drinks. Hamilton's Bar and Grill replaced the Flying Scotsman late in...

By Fritz Hahn | January 5, 2007; 01:21 PM ET | Comments (8)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Saturday, Jan. 6 Almost 20 years after Elvis Presley (allegedly) died on a Graceland toilet, local bars and clubs are still throwing over-the-top birthday parties in the King's honor. Jumpsuited Fat Elvises line up for costume contests, bands blast "All...

By Fritz Hahn | January 4, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

U Street's New Axis

For months now, we've been wondering about the Axis Bar and Grill, a new business next to Polly's on U Street. Formerly the hair salon Braids Unlimited, the building's large, paper-covered windows had been peppered with building permits and alcohol...

By Fritz Hahn | December 29, 2006; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (12)

Bars, Clubs, Cocktails and Hype

This isn't a complete list of every nightspot that opened in 2006, or all the trends on the nightlife scene. (You can read about those here.) Instead, it's a list of places, people and drinks that I remember for the...

By Fritz Hahn | December 28, 2006; 06:01 PM ET | Comments (9)

Where to Watch Bowl Games

College bowl season is here, and while sure, you could watch football on your couch, it's a lot more fun to be surrounded by other fans and alumni in school colors singing fight songs. Here's where the action -- and...

By Fritz Hahn | December 27, 2006; 06:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Looking back on 2006, Jesse Tittsworth has been one of our favorite DJs, thanks to his crowd-pleasing, floor-filling Baltimore club and booty bass remixes as well as his deft turntable skills. He's headlining Saturday's Pho Real Xmas Party at Five,...

By Fritz Hahn | December 21, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

After the Turkey, It's the Afterparty

You love your family, but after a few hours of turkey, stuffing and football, you're going to be looking for something else to do on Thursday night. Maybe you'll need to escape after Uncle Fred tells one too many stories...

By Fritz Hahn | November 20, 2006; 01:48 PM ET | Comments (5)

How You Ride the Crime Wave

During Thursday's Got Plans?, we joked that "Is H Street Safe?" was going to surpass "Do you know of a bar with a mechanical bull?" as most popular chat question of all time. It's true, safety's been a popular theme...

By Julia Beizer | November 17, 2006; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (7)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Daniel Craig makes his debut as the sixth James Bond in "Casino Royale," and reviews of the film have been glowing so far. While we haven't seen it yet, that won't stop us from getting dressed up and heading over...

By Fritz Hahn | November 16, 2006; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Free French Wine

If you're a hardcore oenophile, you probably look down your nose at Beaujolais Nouveau, the light, fruity wine that's aged for just a few weeks before being consumed -- traditionally by peasants at harvest festivals. By French law, it cannot...

By Fritz Hahn | November 14, 2006; 02:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Coming Soon to Penn Quarter and Columbia Heights

As of Sunday morning, there's going to be one less place for bands in Adams Morgan. Staccato, the little storefront bar near the corner of 18th and Florida, is closing after six years of hosting rock, folk, Celtic and country...

By Fritz Hahn | November 13, 2006; 03:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

As Close As K-Fed Will Get to Platinum

Kevin Federline's had a tough week. Last Saturday's show at New York's Webster Hall drew only 300 people to a venue that holds 1,500. Sales were so slow for Tuesday's show in Chicago that the House of Blues started giving...

By Fritz Hahn | November 10, 2006; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (4)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Any e-mail announcing "The Return of Proper Utensils!" was sure to get our attention, because Rhome and Fritz are fans of the legendary go-go group. (If you ain't heard "Go-Go Rump Shaker," go find it now.) Featuring Lil' Benny and...

By Fritz Hahn | November 9, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

The Biggest Night of the Year

In other cities, people gather in bars to watch major sporting events, like the World Series or the Super Bowl. In Washington, people write in to the Going Out Gurus to ask where they should go to watch election results...

By Fritz Hahn | November 2, 2006; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (6)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Nearly six months after its launch party, Gypsy Eyes Records finally has GYP-001 ready to go. Shortstack's "The History of Cut Nails in America" proves to be worth the wait, as the local quartet hones its twangy, throwback country sound...

By Fritz Hahn | November 2, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Secret Information

Here's a Halloween surprise for you: Beck is playing the Black Cat tonight. After Benjy Ferree, the Archie Bronson Outfit and Apples in Stereo finish on the mainstage, Beck, who's pushing a new album called "The Information," is taking over...

By Fritz Hahn | October 30, 2006; 03:42 PM ET | Comments (5)

Fall Back to the Bar

It sounds like an obvious question: With Eastern Standard Time turning the clocks back on Sunday morning, do we all get an extra hour of drinking and clubbing? (I'm sure some of you are thinking about that extra hour of...

By Fritz Hahn | October 27, 2006; 01:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

On the surface, it seems that the Baltimore-spawned and Philadelphia-based duo Spank Rock has provided hipsters a way to mold hip-hop into their own image. As part of a movement pushed by DJs like Diplo, Spank Rock has helped bring...

By Fritz Hahn | October 26, 2006; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Nanny O'Brien's: Still Open

If you've been keeping an eye on our weekly Got Plans? discussion, you may have noticed a growing stream of questions about the fate of Nanny O'Brien's, the Cleveland Park pub known for its traditional Irish jam session and well-poured...

By Fritz Hahn | October 24, 2006; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (3)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

The Brand New Heavies's blend of acid jazz rooted in '70s funk put them at the top of the heap when that trend peaked in the '90s. Once the group went dormant, its hits gradually became classics. Last year vocalist...

By Fritz Hahn | October 19, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Real Find

Last night, I had one of the most beautiful beers I've had in ages. I was at Birreria Paradiso for a last-minute tasting of Dogfish Head products when I overheard a waiter telling another customer that they had a cask-conditioned...

By Fritz Hahn | October 18, 2006; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Scaring Up a Little Cash

You've been planning your Halloween costume since Memorial Day, buying bits on eBay, picking up accessories at Target, finding the perfect finishing touch at Backstage on Barracks Row. Sure, you could show it off at a house party or down...

By Fritz Hahn | October 17, 2006; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Agenda Picks of the Week

It's Howard Homecoming Weekend, and you know what that means -- Partying with Diddy! Maxing out your credit card on expensive champagne! Renting an Escalade so you look cool cruising down U Street! But let's say that's not your scene,...

By Fritz Hahn | October 12, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Raising money for charity and going on dates -- two things we should all do more often. Thursday at Smith Point, eight singles have put themselves forward for a date raffle to raise money for Children Direct, including a legislative...

By Fritz Hahn | October 4, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Going Out for the Gold

Local brewers did well at last weekend's Great American Beer Festival, an annual event that brings together thousands of beers from hundreds of American breweries. There's networking and sampling to be done, of course, but the highlight is always the...

By Fritz Hahn | October 2, 2006; 02:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Rollie Fingers. Tom Selleck. Friedrich Nietzsche. Salvador Dali. Freddie Mercury. Teddy Roosevelt. What do these great men have in common? Mustaches. Bushy, waxy, attention-getting mustaches. We'd wager Magnum P.I. would do pretty well for himself at McFadden's Friday, where the...

By Fritz Hahn | September 28, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Make It Work

Tonic is perhaps the most unlikely place in the District to have become the place to go for "Project Runway" viewing parties, but sometimes things get a little crazy in this mixed-up world. Tonight, the King of Beers is setting...

By Julia Beizer | September 27, 2006; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Beers as Big as Your Head

Oompah bands and lederhosen are nice, but nothing says Oktoberfest like a huge glass mug of beer. Known as a mass (short for a mass krug) or a seidel, these weighty vessels hold one liter of beer -- that's almost...

By Fritz Hahn | September 26, 2006; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (3)

Where the (Older) Boys Are

We get hundreds of questions in our weekly Got Plans? discussion -- far more than we can answer in the hour or so allotted. On Fridays, we like to provide a response for one of the queries we didn't have...

By Fritz Hahn | September 22, 2006; 01:50 PM ET | Comments (13)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

"The formula is this: me, Tip and Ali." Phife's verse on A Tribe Called Quest's "Oh My God" from 1993's "Midnight Marauders" album really could suffice for the entirety of this blurb. Really, what more do you need to know...

By Fritz Hahn | September 21, 2006; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (7)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

In what's becoming an annual tradition, hip-hop godfather Afrika Bambaataa -- the block-party-rockin' Bronx DJ who gave us the classic "Planet Rock," set the template for electro and founded the Zulu Nation collective -- is joining a slew of local...

By Fritz Hahn | September 14, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

"The Wire" may be set in Baltimore, but the HBO drama features one of Washington's hometown heroes. Anwan "Big G" Glover was a founding member of go-go legend Backyard Band before taking a role as thug enforcer Slim Charles. "The...

By Fritz Hahn | September 7, 2006; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

New, Not So New and Gone

News from the local bar scene includes a new lounge in Shaw, a new name in Adams Morgan and a farewell to a bachelorette party destination near the Verizon Center....

By Fritz Hahn | September 6, 2006; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (2)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

As consistently disappointed cheerleaders of local music, we hold these truths to be self-evident: that D.C. based hip-hop artists and go-go music will never become national phenomena. And just when we're convinced of that declaration, one new voice on the...

By Fritz Hahn | August 31, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

A Night at the Hotel

Joe Englert and his partners plan to open eight bars on H Street NE, and they're halfway there. This past weekend, in the neighborhood that he may revitalize almost singlehandedly, Englert unveiled his biggest venture: the Rock and Roll Hotel....

By David Malitz | August 28, 2006; 06:32 PM ET | Comments (3)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Back in May we welcomed Gypsy Eyes Records, a new local label that launched with an impressive showcase at the 9:30 club, featuring Americana-tinged acts Shortstack, Revival, These United States and Brandon Butler. In the months since then ... not...

By Fritz Hahn | August 24, 2006; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Time for a Pop Quiz!

Neal Racioppo has a loyal following for his Quizzo trivia night, which packs the Pour House on Capitol Hill every Tuesday night. Staffers, wannabe "Jeopardy" stars and barflies all come out for the weekly dose of pop culture, trivia and...

By Fritz Hahn | August 21, 2006; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (1)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Combining zany activities and philanthropic work is all in a day's work -- or in a day's drinking -- for SMASHED. Best known for the Idiotarod, which had teams of twentysomethings racing through D.C.'s streets pulling shopping carts sled-dog style,...

By Fritz Hahn | August 17, 2006; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Sophistication on the Cheap

In my line of work, "happy hour drink specials" usually means discount Miller Lite or rail vodkas that are closer to paint stripper than Snow Queen. When wine is marked down, it's often from one of those commercial Australian wineries...

By Fritz Hahn | August 14, 2006; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (8)

Don't Believe the Hype

Here's a cautionary tale for interns and happy hour fans, especially those who read today's Metro section story about young people networking at happy hour while seeking out $2 beers. To find the best deals, they pass around an Excel...

By Fritz Hahn | August 14, 2006; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (4)

Where the Boys Are

Yesterday, a reader wrote into Got Plans? asking about the best bar to meet "great guys" ages 26-32. It was sort of late in the chat and though we responded to this question -- and a couple follow-ups -- I...

By Julia Beizer | August 11, 2006; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (26)

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

A new monthly mixture of DJs, art installations and late-night dancing, the Friday debut of Mixed Signals at Duke's City has us intrigued. With techno DJs running from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. -- including the Motor City's Detroit Techno...

By Fritz Hahn | August 10, 2006; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

Starr Power

During yesterday's Got Plans? chat, a reader from Arlington wrote in to ask where they might find Starr Hill beers in the Washington area. I'm a fan of the Charlottesville-based microbrews, having tried them at local beer festivals and on...

By Fritz Hahn | August 4, 2006; 03:37 PM ET | Comments (8)

Drinking on the Fringe

On my way out to a doubleshot of Fringe last night -- "Lunch" and "Vaud Rats" -- I swung by Poste for the festival's daily happy hour. The weather was fine (if gloomy) and many of the tables on the...

By Fritz Hahn | July 26, 2006; 01:59 PM ET | Comments (2)

A Tribute to 'Sasha'

Russian artist Alexandr "Sasha" Zhdanov exhibited his paintings in galleries from Washington to Moscow, and some of his expressionist works sold for as much as $50,000. But in his later years, Zhdanov was more likely to trade one of his...

By Fritz Hahn | July 24, 2006; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

When I Say Freeze, Y'all Stop on a Dime

Yes, we know that all the government heat-advisory warnings tell you to skip alcohol because it leads to dehydration, but who doesn't want a nice cold drink when the temperature soars? And at this point, we'd suggest something frozen, because...

By Fritz Hahn | July 17, 2006; 06:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Even Without the World Cup, the Party Goes On

French expats and Francophiles mourning Les Bleus' penalty-kick loss in the World Cup final will have a reason to cheer by the end of the week: Bastille Day, France's independence day, invariably brings parties that go on well into the...

By Fritz Hahn | July 10, 2006; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (6)

World in Motion

France vs. Italy: It's just like 2000 all over again. With Sunday's World Cup final on the line, here are some hints about where each country's fans will be watching the game. If you're joining a loud-and-proud contingent for a...

By Fritz Hahn | July 7, 2006; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

Ladies! Drink! Free!

Ladies, if you're short on cash and looking to to party, tonight is your night. Bar and club promoters realized a long time ago that the easiest way to draw large numbers of men to a club was to make...

By Fritz Hahn | June 29, 2006; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

Tiki Tumble

When did Clarendon turn into Arlington-by-the-Sea? You've got the flip-flop-covered-walls of Clare and Don's Beach Shack, Dewey favorites Love Seed Mama Jump and Kristin and the Noise performing regularly at the Clarendon Ballroom, and now Mama Quan's Tiki Hut, which...

By Erin | June 16, 2006; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (25)

Freaks Come Out on H Street

Ladies and Gentlemen! Step right up to see the remains of the last living unicorn, an amazing beast that traveled the world with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus! Gaze with wonder at the bull with two faces!...

By Fritz Hahn | June 13, 2006; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (3)

The Truth About Carpool

Contrary to reports in other local media outlets this week, Carpool is not being driven out of Ballston. Yes, says Curt Large, the chief operating officer of parent company Bedrock Management, Carpool has entered into a contract with Donohoe Development...

By Fritz Hahn | June 8, 2006; 02:33 PM ET | Comments (7)

Girls Gone Wild

Wedding season is upon us, and that means questions in Got Plans? about where to throw the perfect bachelorette party have grown exponentially. We feel for you, maid of honor, bridesmaid, friend/coworker/sister-of-the-betrothed. Planning a party that accommodates 8-15 of the...

By Julia Beizer | May 23, 2006; 05:14 PM ET | Comments (8)

Waiting to Fly? Expect Delays

When you enjoy going to clubs and lounges, velvet ropes become a fact of life. I've essentially given up trying to suck up to bouncers or figure out why they act as they do. What's more curious to me, though,...

By Fritz Hahn | May 22, 2006; 01:31 PM ET | Comments (25)

One More Dose of '24'

The fifth "day" of "24" wraps up on Monday, and if the last episode is anything to go by -- a Russian sub armed with missiles, a trigger-happy First Lady, hidden nerve gas canisters -- you probably won't want to...

By Fritz Hahn | May 19, 2006; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (2)

Can't Get Enough of That Wonderful Duffy's

So far, it seems that every other bar opening in 2006 is an Irish pub. Ri-Ra expanded to Clarendon, Ned Devine's Irish Village appeared in Sterling and has plans to open in Centreville sometime soon, McGinty's Irish Pub arrived in...

By Fritz Hahn | May 18, 2006; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Deluxe Penthouse in the Sky?

I have a dysfunctional relationship with Washington's rooftop bars: They treat me bad, but I still keep going back. The Hotel Washington's Sky Terrace is the grand dame of Washington's cocktail-and-a-view destinations, and its vistas of the Mall and the...

By Fritz Hahn | May 5, 2006; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (7)

Viva Mexico

When it comes to Cinco de Mayo, there are two schools of thought. First, there are those who use the holiday as a reason to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture. On the other hand, some folks just want an excuse...

By Erin | May 4, 2006; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Sun Sets on the Half Moon

Musicians and music lovers gathered at Half Moon BBQ Sunday for a couple of hours of honkytonk and Budweisers and to say goodbye to Silver Spring's best live music venue, which closed its doors forever last night. Hosted by local...

By Fritz Hahn | May 1, 2006; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (15)

Two Ways to Get Beers for Less

Before inflation hit a few years ago, Washington's most popular after-work events were "Dollar Bud Nights" at Lucky Bar and the Front Page, where interns, students, nonprofit employees and bike messengers packed bars to suck down $1 bottles of beer....

By Fritz Hahn | April 24, 2006; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Quick Shot of Bourbon

Adams Morgan's Blue Room closed earlier this month to make way for the expansion of Bourbon, its upstart downstairs neighbor. Owner Bill Thomas explained that he didn't really want to close the popular lounge, but he chose to focus on...

By Fritz Hahn | April 20, 2006; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Quick, While the Weather is Nice!

One of the city's best patios may finally -- finally -- be ready to live up to its potential. Poste, in the historic Hotel Monaco, has a gem of a outdoor space: a private courtyard accessed through a long, covered...

By Fritz Hahn | April 13, 2006; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (4)

Fight Night

If you're a boxing fan -- and I am -- you've got to be pretty excited about tomorrow night's IBF welterweight title bout between Zab Judah and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Starring two strong, quick, talented fighters who used to be...

By Fritz Hahn | April 7, 2006; 01:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mason Madness

In light of Mason Mania, we're updating our list of recommended tournament bars with our favorite Final Four specials. Even though GMU busted my bracket, I'm pulling for them to go all the way and I'll have my eyes glued...

By Erin | March 31, 2006; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Club Down

It's been a tough couple of weeks for fans of cheesy nightlife fun. Lulu's Club Mardi Gras, the Washington instution that everyone hated to love, the place which had become synonymous with college functions, bachelorette parties and under-21 events, will...

By Erin | March 28, 2006; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (18)

Long Live the Bee

All right, spelling stars, your moment has come. Starting next Monday, the Warehouse hosts a biweekly spelling bee with music, prizes and -- most importantly -- no shortage of words like "perestroika" or "catastasis." At this point, pretty much everyone...

By Julia Beizer | March 22, 2006; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Feeling Blue in Adams Morgan

When a bar closes, it's natural to look for a scapegoat. Poor location? Bad promoters? Awful DJs? Outdated concept? Sky-high prices? The Blue Room doesn't suffer from any of these common problems, but the Adams Morgan dance club and lounge...

By Fritz Hahn | March 17, 2006; 02:26 PM ET | Comments (4)

Whither Tony and Carmela?

Many readers of our "Got Plans?" discussion wanted to find a place to watch "The Sopranos" on Sunday night, but we drew a blank yesterday. The U Street restaurant JoJo, which hosted "Sopranos" parties last season, got rid of its...

By Fritz Hahn | March 10, 2006; 02:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Drinks at Vegetate

Vegetate's battle for a liquor license is over, and Shiloh Baptist Church's protest has been successful. Officially, the vegetarian and vegan restaurant, which opened in Shaw last fall, can't serve alcohol because it's within 400 feet of a school. (Shiloh...

By Fritz Hahn | March 3, 2006; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (8)

Rock For Breakfast

From a sold-out Madison Square Garden to ... Lulu's? Weird. From multi-platinum alt-rock superstars to complete irrelevancy to ... Lulu's? OK, that makes a bit more sense. Both of those descriptions fit the bill for this St. Patrick's Day, though....

By Fritz Hahn | March 2, 2006; 05:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Pall Over Foggy Bottom

Foggy Bottom beer is no more. Founder and owner Gary Heurich has announced in a e-mail today that "after 20 unprofitable years, the Olde Heurich Brewing Company has discontinued brewing operations, and will cease sales of its beers ... with...

By Fritz Hahn | March 1, 2006; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (3)

Let's Go Red Sox?

We live in Washington, D.C., proud home of the Washington Major League Baseball Franchise. (Might as well start hedging bets on "Nationals.") There's another team about 45 minutes up I-95 in Baltimore. Going by the number of caps I see...

By Fritz Hahn | February 27, 2006; 05:18 PM ET | Comments (19)

Countdown to Fat Tuesday

With a week to go until the start of Lent, it's time to begin gearing up for Fat Tuesday. We know not everyone wants to go Bourbon Street-crazy, so here are our suggestions for celebrating New Orleans-style, whether that means...

By Fritz Hahn | February 22, 2006; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (2)

A Tip of the Hat to Stetson's

Stetson's Famous Bar & Grill has always been a bit of an anomaly on U Street. On a stretch filled with jazz clubs and lounges with dress codes, this is a simple Tex-Mex-flavored dive with a solid, classics-heavy jukebox, a...

By Fritz Hahn | February 9, 2006; 04:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

For Beer Lovers, This Is Paradiso

I made a first visit to my new favorite beer bar last night. Located in the basement of Georgetown's Pizzeria Paradiso (and as yet without its own entrance), the Mediterranean-influenced Birreria Paradiso is a sunny yellow room with a tile...

By Fritz Hahn | February 7, 2006; 03:59 PM ET | Comments (11)

Movies and Merlot

It's safe to assume that most people settling down in front of the Super Bowl yesterday did so with a frosty beer in hand. A nice glass of Chardonnay or Meritage was probably the last thing most viewers would think...

By Fritz Hahn | February 6, 2006; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (2)

Searching for Seahawks

Okay, Seattle fans -- I'm stumped. Everyone knows that the Pour House will be Steeler Central on Sunday. Heck, people were lining up outside the bar an hour before it opened for the AFC Championship game. Off the Hill, though,...

By Fritz Hahn | February 1, 2006; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (11)

Black Cat Goes Smoke-Free (Twice)

Want to take a peek into the future, all the way to the year ... 2007? You'll have the chance on Saturday evening, as the Black Cat's main performance area goes smoke-free for the show featuring spiky-but-sweet San Francisco experimental...

By Fritz Hahn | January 26, 2006; 05:19 PM ET | Comments (8)

Back to the Lounge

Late-breaking news from the Hill: Capitol Lounge's main bar is reopening tonight, almost five months after it was gutted by fire. The smaller side bar and basement Shriner's Lounge reopened Dec. 9, but the much larger main room needed a...

By Fritz Hahn | January 23, 2006; 04:28 PM ET | Comments (6)

Dining in Denim

So we set off a mild firestorm on the chat yesterday when Erin suggested that a diner going to Ten Penh could wear "(nice) jeans." You'd think that we were encouraging them to break some unwritten social contract, like popping...

By Fritz Hahn | January 20, 2006; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (53)

Fire in Adams Morgan

Firefighters were called to Adams Morgan nightspots Chloe and Saki yesterday afternoon after what General Manager Danny Coyle termed "a small electrical fire" started in the building's office. (Chloe is located directly above Saki, and the two are both owned...

By Fritz Hahn | January 17, 2006; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (2)

Get Your Motor Running

It pales in comparison to the L.A. and Detroit auto shows, but the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Convention Center, is big news for those who prefer two wheels to four. Among the...

By Fritz Hahn | January 11, 2006; 02:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fritz's Edumacated Guesses

By now, I know that bureaucracy, construction issues and other seemingly minor delays can render these "What I'm Looking Forward To" blog posts rather pointless. After all, early last summer I was anticipating the imminent arrivals of Vegetate, Ned Devine's...

By Fritz Hahn | January 9, 2006; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Lighters Down

As expected, the D.C. Council passed a city-wide smoking ban today by a margin of 11 to 1; all restaurants, bars, taverns and dance clubs will become smoke-free on January 1, 2007. Mayor Anthony Williams still has to sign the...

By Fritz Hahn | January 4, 2006; 04:16 PM ET | Comments (176)

Fritz's 2005 Bests on the Bar Scene

Top New Arrivals (Alphabetically)AfterlightJust in time for summer, a rooftop happy hour with sweeping vistas, DJs, a pool, freshly grilled burgers and frozen drinks. The ArgonautA neighborhood pub with house-infused rum drinks and solid bar food in a building chock-full...

By Fritz Hahn | December 23, 2005; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

A Nightclub Where Your Job Is Your Credit

An easy way to pick a fight with the Going Out Gurus: Ask which local television commercial has the better theme song. Is it Shoe City ("It's your city / It's my city / It's our city / It's Shoe...

By Fritz Hahn | December 19, 2005; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (8)

Sorry, You're Not on the List

Scanning our large and ever-growing list of New Year's Eve parties, you may notice a few names missing. It's not that we're ignoring Bar Rouge or the Madhatter -- they're closed for private parties on Dec. 31. Among the other...

By Fritz Hahn | December 15, 2005; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

Phoenixes Rising

Four D.C. bars have been shuttered by fire in the last year, but I'm happy to report that two are on their way back. Capitol Lounge has reopened ... well, about two-thirds of it has, which is more than enough...

By Fritz Hahn | December 9, 2005; 01:13 PM ET | Comments (4)

Spreading Holiday Beer

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season has little to do with presents, decorating a tree or a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. I look forward to winter beers, made in small quantities, that only appear at...

By Fritz Hahn | December 6, 2005; 01:48 PM ET | Comments (1)

Scoring Near the MCI Center

Four of us gathered at Lucky Strike Wednesday night to check out the District's second bowling alley. Turns out the brand new venue is more a sleek bar that happens to house 14 lanes than a place where thousands cheer....

By Anne Kenderdine | December 1, 2005; 05:15 PM ET | Comments (11)

Drink and Be Merry

'Tis the season for giving, but 'tis also the season to be jolly. While there is plenty of time to be both spirited and selfless, this week you have the opportunity to be both at once. This Thursday is World...

By Erin | November 29, 2005; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hold Your Horses

Rumors spread like wildfire yesterday after a blogger on DC Urban Family took a picture of a beer delivery truck parked outside Capitol Lounge. The Capitol Hill watering hole has been closed since May after being gutted by a fire....

By Fritz Hahn | November 10, 2005; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

A Walk in the Cleveland Park

Since the Park Bench Pub and Bricks Tavern closed this spring, Cleveland Park residents have been wondering what would replace the two neighborhood hangouts. Both were known as places to watch sports and get a beer with friends, and their...

By Fritz Hahn | October 28, 2005; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (1)


Helix Lounge is getting into the Halloween spirit with two happy hour events. On Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m., the Logan Circle spot hosts its first pumpkin-carving contest happy hour. Helix will provide 30 pumpkins, converting the patio...

By Erin | October 25, 2005; 01:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Big Boy on the Block

Although the liberal and artsy leanings of the space don't suggest competitive conflict, Busboys and Poets seems like it's trying to knock Tryst and Kramerbooks out the box. Tom Sietsema recently weighed in on the food but really, it's not...

By Rhome Anderson | October 19, 2005; 06:16 PM ET | Comments (12)

Ready to Veg Out

Finally, y'all can stop peppering Got Plans? with questions about Vegetate, the vegetarian restaurant/art gallery/lounge run by hip-hop mixmaster DJ Dredd (aka Dominic Redd) and his wife, Jennifer. After months of delays, red tape, inspections and more delays, Vegetate opens...

By Fritz Hahn | October 18, 2005; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

Red is Dead

There's no easy way to put this, so I'll cut to the chase: Red, the (literally) underground club that kept a friendly, diverse crowd of house-music-loving folks dancing until 5 a.m. on weekends, is closing as of October 23. There's...

By Fritz Hahn | October 14, 2005; 01:51 PM ET | Comments (13)

Voting Against the 18th Amendment

Bars with themes are often a bad idea. In the rush to make a bar "feel" like an Irish pub or look like some aging corner boozer, what some bar owners often don't think about is this: What will make...

By Fritz Hahn | October 7, 2005; 01:24 PM ET | Comments (11)

Random Thoughts

A few quick notes from my wanderings around town: 1. It's at least a month away, but Bourbon is coming to Adams Morgan, says General Manager Steven King. The popular Glover Park bar, known for its wide-ranging selection of bourbons...

By Fritz Hahn | October 3, 2005; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

The French Touch

I've been on a number of dates in Georgetown, but I've never quite found the right date spot. Washington Harbour can be too much of a scene. Ditto Blue Gin, despite its excellent cocktails. Martin's Tavern is cozy -- and...

By Fritz Hahn | September 27, 2005; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Whinedown the Street

Uncle Q's Living Room has been consistently well received, so the folks behind it recently tried to extend that bonhomie to a similar venture on U Street. Hence the birth of the hump night reggae happy hour at Duke's City....

By Rhome Anderson | September 20, 2005; 05:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Halo 2

Dupont and Logan Circle barcrawlers have been eagerly awaiting the expansion of Halo, the trendy gay lounge that opened last summer in a shoebox-sized second-floor walkup across the street from Whole Foods. The friendly crowd, excellent cocktails and smoke-free environs...

By Fritz Hahn | September 16, 2005; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Crawling Through Baltimore

After an afternoon of fresh pierogies, Obolon beer, traditional sword dances and Medivka shots at Baltimore's annual Ukrainian Festival on Sunday, my friends and I decided a mini bar crawl was in order. In my experience, Baltimore is a better...

By Fritz Hahn | September 12, 2005; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

Adams Morgan Summerslam

We're disappointed that Asylum's Labor Day weekend Jell-O wrestling tournament was postponed, but the delays seem to be for the best. When I stopped in last night to talk to the staff, everything they told me made the event sound...

By Fritz Hahn | September 6, 2005; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

Hardcore is Rocking the Asylum

Asylum is in the midst of celebrating its 14th anniversary. While parties are on the agenda at Adams Morgan's favorite biker bar, what's really worth celebrating is the introduction of live music and entertainment. I stopped by Wednesday night for...

By Fritz Hahn | August 26, 2005; 01:36 PM ET | Comments (2)

Capitol Lounge Gutted By Fire

Popular Capitol Hill hangout Capitol Lounge was devistated by a fire early this morning. A jogger called 911 to report smoke coming from the windows of the bar, located at 231 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, around 6 a.m., and all residents...

By Fritz Hahn | August 24, 2005; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (10)

The Soccer Scene

With the English soccer season underway as of last weekend, here's a look at the top spots bringing Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United to early risers on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Check each bar's individual Web site for a...

By Fritz Hahn | August 22, 2005; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (7)

Happy Hours Keep on Comin'

I hope everyone got a chance to check out the massive Happy Hour Compendium on Friday. There wasn't enough room to list every deal that's worth your while, so I'm posting a few more here. Check them out, then post...

By Fritz Hahn | August 16, 2005; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

New On U

These days, new places are cropping up all over the U Street corridor. The food and bar scene is getting particularly interesting, thanks to three spanking-new spots with distinctly different flavors on the block between 13th and 14th streets. Tabaq...

By Fritz Hahn | August 11, 2005; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

It Must Be Love

After August 28, Dream, the popular megaclub that's played host to Beyonce, the Roots and Bill Clinton, will be no more. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for Love. "We want it to be something new," explains Gloria Nauden, Dream's --...

By Fritz Hahn | August 9, 2005; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (10)

Last Night Was Shaking (and Pretty Loud)

Last night, I sang "Rock You Like a Hurricane" in the middle of a crowded bar. I am not ashamed. There's not as much karaoke in Washington as I'd expect, so any new singalong event is welcome. But the Reef's...

By Fritz Hahn | August 3, 2005; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (5)

What's Brewing on the Hill and at the Zoo

Two of my favorite things -- outdoor happy hour and the cask-conditioned beer known as real ale -- now come together every Thursday at the Capitol City Brewing Company on Capitol Hill. Every Thursday, weather permitting, brewer Pete Velez will...

By Fritz Hahn | July 25, 2005; 03:35 PM ET | Comments (4)

Ups and Downs on the Club Scene

For 4 1/2 years at Aroma, DJ Dredd brought an infusion of funk to Cleveland Park residents and more than a few carpetbaggers who traveled across town to dance to his sets of hip-hop and soul classics. Differences with the...

By Rhome Anderson | July 21, 2005; 05:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

First the Bad News...

Bad news for local music fans: Alice Despard is selling Galaxy Hut, the intimate Arlington pub that made a name for itself by booking little-known indie-rock bands (including the Strokes and Godspeed You! Black Emperor); offering free live music three...

By Fritz Hahn | July 20, 2005; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Opening Bars All Over the Map

I'm going to take a moment here to keep everyone up-to-date with the adventures of Joe Englert, the nightlife maven who owns a number of the city's best-known bars (including Capitol Lounge, Lucky Bar and the Big Hunt), opened --...

By Fritz Hahn | July 18, 2005; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (6)

BYO Records

I have a love-hate relationship with open-turntable DJ nights. On one hand, they allow bedroom DJs (myself included) a chance to spin records they love and don't hear enough of in bars and clubs. (In my case, East London grime.) ...

By Fritz Hahn | July 1, 2005; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Red River Keeps On Flowin'

In previous years, any list of Capitol Hill's top summer happy hours would have started (and often ended) with frozen swirly margaritas on the patio at Red River Grill. Sure, the bar was a little ratty around the edges, but...

By Fritz Hahn | July 1, 2005; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Hospitality at Five

When I'm in the mood for drum 'n' bass, I usually reach for something from London's Hospital Records imprint. In a genre clogged by the repetitive clatter of dark, crawling chords and computer-generated beats that fall like hailstones, the DJs...

By Fritz Hahn | June 21, 2005; 06:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

NV Fridays Jumps Ship

Over the past year, Bar Nun found a smart niche that kept its bar registers jingling consistently. Friday night promoters realized that not everyone wants to suffer through the social engineering of upscale clubs, yet folks still want to be...

By Rhome Anderson | June 16, 2005; 06:43 PM ET | Comments (8)

The Bar Also Rises

After a couple of weeks of false starts, Bar Pilar finally opened Thursday night. A sister restaurant and bar to the neighboring Cafe Saint-Ex, Bar Pilar takes its name from Ernest Hemingway's fishing boat, but its menu and motif are...

By Fritz Hahn | June 13, 2005; 05:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

State of the Union Pub

I kind of scooped myself in the chat yesterday, but Capitol Hill favorite Red River Grill is reopening on June 27. For years, interns and staffers flocked to the Mass. Ave watering hole to sip red-white-and-blue frozen margaritas on the...

By | June 3, 2005; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (9)

Hey DJ, Play That Song

The viral nature of blog content recently brought this to my attention. Comedic value notwithstanding, I figured it was a good way to set off a more sober question that I've long been curious about, especially because we frequently write...

By | June 2, 2005; 05:51 PM ET | Comments (26)

In Cleveland Park, Two Become One?

Cleveland Park is abuzz with news about the fate of the shuttered Park Bench Pub and Bricks Tavern after Atomic Billiards notified the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission that the pool hall plans to expand into the neighboring Park Bench Pub....

By | May 17, 2005; 03:08 PM ET | Comments (7)

Nonstop Hookahs

Recent renovations to the old Arbor Restaurant have left some people wondering if the Adams Morgan wine bar was planning a comeback. It's not. Sometime in the next week, the 'hood will welcome Prince Cafe, a shisha lounge and Middle...

By | May 13, 2005; 03:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Hottest Cocktail in Washington

The Yenching Palace opened in 1955 and it doesn't look like it's changed much since then -- a formal dining room filled with mirrors and Chinese art, and a so-so menu that features standbys like General Tso's Chicken and chewy,...

By | May 9, 2005; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (9)

Juleps and Jump Shots

Two quick updates for fans of horse racing and Gilbert Arenas: I wrote about the Round Robin Bar's annual "Bonnets and Bowties" Kentucky Derby-watching party in the This Week in Nightlife column, but wanted to let everyone know about a...

By | May 5, 2005; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Oya Vey!

Whenever Washingtonians find themselves apoplectic over some aspect of the nightlife scene, they're likely to exclaim "This isn't New York!" as if the Big Apple had the exclusive license to long lines, velvet ropes or black-clad bouncers with earpieces. (Note...

By | April 22, 2005; 02:08 PM ET | Comments (10)

Brother, Can You Spare A Nickel?

During yesterday's Got Plans? discussion, someone asked where to find the cheapest happy hour in Washington. Last night, I found it -- at the Jefferson Hotel. Dimly lit, decorated with Civil War prints and full of men in suits reading...

By | April 15, 2005; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (7)

The Great Outdoors

Temperatures are climbing into the 70s. The sun sets after 7:30. It's time to move happy hour outside. Here's a quick look at what some of our favorite bars with rooftops and patios are doing this week. Just remember that...

By | April 5, 2005; 02:55 PM ET | Comments (6)

With Cheap Cocktails, You Get What You Pay For

I love sampling new drinks, but so many Washington area bars have made their cocktails prohibitively expensive -- hot spots like IndeBleu, Degrees and Blue Gin push and break the $10 barrier with alarming regularity -- that it's tougher on...

By | April 1, 2005; 03:17 PM ET | Comments (7)

Playing to Win at Stetson's

When I hear about "seasonal" events at bars, I usually think of drink specials on the patio, or football-themed happy hours, not weekly pub quizzes. But trivia night at Stetson's made its welcome return earlier this month after taking a...

By | March 29, 2005; 12:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

What's On Tap at the Brickskeller

Last night, I took a trip to the Brickskeller to check out the new draft beer selection. Yes, the Brickskeller, where the enormous selection of 1,000 different bottled beers (give or take) earned the Dupont Circle saloon a listing in...

By | March 25, 2005; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (6)

Mount Vernon, Square No Longer

If you're looking for the next big nightlife neighborhood, head for Penn Quarter -- and keep going north. The area around Mount Vernon Square and the Washington Convention Center is already home to the neo-soul spot Juste Lounge and the...

By | March 22, 2005; 04:31 PM ET | Comments (3)

Erin Go Bragh Humbug

After New Year's Eve, readers always write to us to grumble about the parties they went to at bars and clubs. Common complaints: Lines were too long; the bar was too packed to get a drink; there was nowhere to...

By | March 16, 2005; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (8)

Phoenixes Rising

The aftermath of a fire is never easy to deal with, so it's nice when the local community comes together to help. Kingpin, which caught fire on Christmas Day, remains closed while its owners deal with insurance issues. In the...

By | March 14, 2005; 01:47 PM ET | Comments (7)

A Really Big Beer

Oktoberfest is six months away, and when you're a fan of German beers, that seems like forever. To help tide me over, I often head to Cafe Mozart, a German deli/European pantry/bar/restaurant tucked into a nondescript office building near the...

By | March 7, 2005; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Saturday Night's All Right

Three newly opened bars in Adams Morgan. One Saturday night. The first stop was T.S. Muttley's, an appallingly named pub that opened on February 16, replacing Chez Antoine. My friends and I were greeted at the door by a woman...

By | March 3, 2005; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Spy Lounge Closes After Fire

Offices above the Spy Lounge caught fire early this morning, causing extensive damage to trendy Adams Morgan nightspot. Owner Alan Popovsky says the most serious damage occured at the front of the building, where part of the ceiling collapsed. "I...

By | March 2, 2005; 03:34 PM ET | Comments (9)

Heads in the Cloud

It's one thing to open a new restaurant and lounge in Dupont Circle. It's another to transform a ho-hum restaurant-with-a-bar into some kind of sleek new nightspot with tapas. That's the challenge for restaurateur Savino Racine, who's remade his namesake...

By | February 24, 2005; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

Here a British Pub, There a British Pub

We're being invaded by our neighbors from the Great White North -- not one but two Canadian pub chains are bringing their own takes on the "traditional English pub" to the Washington area. The Elephant & Castle will be the...

By | February 23, 2005; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (9)

To Your Health

At 11 tonight, hundreds of thousands of revelers in Irish pubs across the country will simultaneously lift their pints and offer a toast to their friends, bartenders and the memory of Arthur Guinness. It's the annual Great Guinness Toast, a...

By | February 18, 2005; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (7)

Vegging Out With DJ Dredd

DJ Dredd is one of our favorite local DJs, providing the hip-hop and old-school beats at Uncle Q's Living Room; Lovesexy, the monthly Prince dance party at Modern; and a long-running Friday residency at the Aroma lounge. Soon, he's going...

By | February 16, 2005; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (8)

Martinis and Miniburgers at Morton's

It's usually not hard to convince co-workers to go check out a new bar, so Maura, Jen and I traveled up to the new 12-21 at the Morton's of Chicago in Bethesda. Steakhouse bars are often dinosaurs, serving jumbo-size martinis...

By | February 15, 2005; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

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