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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)

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)

Christmas Day dining

If all you want for Christmas is Chinese food and a trip to the movies, here's a guide to your Dec. 25 culinary options: a mix of old favorites and new ones to try.

By Alex Baldinger | December 22, 2010; 11:00 AM 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)

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)

Getting Up Guide: PWYC for Second City; D.C. history lesson

What are your plans tonight? The Getting Up Guide is here to help you answer that question. Here's what's happening Wednesday:

By Alex Baldinger | December 8, 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)

To market, to market

Hate Black Friday? Try crossing off lots on your shopping list at some of these holiday markets.

By Lavanya Ramanathan | December 3, 2010; 11:00 AM 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)

Going veggie this Thanksgiving?

For some, Thanksgiving is one big Dionysian gorge-fest. For vegans and vegetarians, it can feel more like a day of fasting. More than likely, there's meat in the stuffing, butter in the mashed potatoes and giblets in the gravy. And you're left to nosh on the rolls. The best way to put your mind at ease is to bring your own Thanksgiving dishes (and keep the fact there's tofu lurking in your stuffing to yourself) or spend Thanksgiving where vegetarians won't get short shrift.

By Lavanya Ramanathan | November 23, 2010; 03:00 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)

More options for eating out on Thanksgiving

Last week I posted a collection of intriguing holiday dining options. Now, time is getting short and reservation books are filling up. Where do things stand?

By Justin Rude | November 22, 2010; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy: shopping, salsa and rock musicals

Shake out family stress at this week's few events: salsa dancing, a Black Friday shopping frenzy and extended hours for an all-American exhibit at the Smithsonian.

By Alex Baldinger | November 21, 2010; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Eight options for eating out on Thanksgiving

Not doing any holiday cooking this year ? Well, there are a lot of special Thanksgiving menus at area restaurants. Here are some of our favorites, and why you might want to check them out.

By Justin Rude | November 16, 2010; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

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