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Update: 11:25 p.m.: Check out Inaugural fashion photos and see who showed up where in the District. You can also share your own celebratory photos for other readers to see. Original Post: Now that the swearing-in and parade are over,...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 11:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Celebrations Hit District Streets

The inaugural celebration spilled out into the streets of Washington last night, as revelers braved freezing temperatures to toast President Barack Obama and swap stories about how they spent the historic day. Those without tickets to black tie affairs turned...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 20, 2009; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (8)

Inauguration Freebies

Here's a list of free things that you can get tomorrow in celebration of Inauguration Day: For a quick dance move, California Tortilla is offering customers a free taco. Legalforce.com is offering its users free legal advice. Krispy Kreme is...

By Washington Post Editors | January 19, 2009; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Update: 273 D.C. Bars Register Stay Open All Night

The final list is out and a total of 273 D.C. bars, restaurants and nightclubs have registered with the city to stay open all night and serve alcohol until 4 a.m. from Jan. 17-21. Here's the complete list with addresses....

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 05:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

Official Inaugural Ball Menus: Italian Chicken Roulade; Tortellini with Roasted Organic Tomato Cream Sauce

Greg Sharpe was hired as the executive chef at the Washington Convention Center shortly before George W. Bush's second inauguration. So he's had some practice with this. But Sharpe is under the gun to prepare a meal for 42,000 ball-goers...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (3)

At First Lunch, the Wrong Cake?

The menu planned for President Obama's first lunch as "The Chief" certainly looks sumptuous, as it features: ... a first course of seafood stew (with sauvignon blanc from Duckhorn Vineyards), a second course of pheasant and duck with sour cherry...

By Washington Post Editors | January 15, 2009; 04:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Anne Arundel County (Md.) Bars Could Stay Open Extra Hour

An emergency bill is making its way through the Maryland legislature to allows bars in Anne Arundel County to stay open an hour later than usual in the early morning hours after President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration Tuesday. The legislation was...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 04:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free Phone Application for BlackBerrys, iPhones to Help Navigate Washington

Coming to Washington from out of town and worried you won't have enough real-time information to make your way around town? Two local companies--Qorvis and Patton Boggs--have developed a cell phone software application to help you. The software is designed...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Where You Can Eat Jan. 20, Drink Until Late

Washingtonpost.com's Going Out Gurus today posted their latest list of which restaurants will be open for breakfast and/or lunch on inauguration day. The Gurus' Julia Beizer also chats up some downtown restaurateurs about their plans. "We're going crazy," said Spike...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 12, 2009; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Entertainment Roundup

The Lou Gossett Jr.-Purple Ball falling-out that Inauguration Watch reported this morning appears to have been short-lived, The Reliable Source says: By mid-afternoon, a rep for party organizer Asal Masomi was insisting that Gossett back on board. "All disagreements ......

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 9, 2009; 05:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

More than 200 Bars Register To Stay Open All Night

Ready to party 'til you drop for the inaugural? You're in luck. A total of 213 bars, restaurants and nightclubs formally registered with the D.C. Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration by yesterday's deadline to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. and, possibly,...

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 06:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Officials: New Bar Hours Won't Apply to 100's of Businesses

The District’s decision to extend last-call for bars and nightclubs during the inauguration week has its limits, officials said today: those businesses that have struck agreements in the past with neighborhood groups over hours and rules must honor them. Mayor...

By Mike McPhate | December 19, 2008; 04:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

D.C. Tells Congress to Butt Out of Inaugural Nightlife Legislating

Local Washington and federal Washington have always co-existed uneasily. The city has no voting representation in Congress and federal legislators mostly act as if District politicians don't exist--except when trying to big-foot the locals by bossing them around. So it...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

D.C. Council Amends Inaugural Bar Hours

District bars and nightclubs will be allowed to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., not 5 a.m., during inauguration week after the D.C. Council voted to amend the emergency legislation it had approved two weeks ago. Under the legislation approved by...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 08:10 PM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Overload? Try Biden Brunches

Call it a case of counter-programming. While most everyone else is caught up in Obama-mania, Nage restaurant is honoring Veep-elect Joseph Biden, the senator from Delaware who has almost been lost in the inaugural shuffle. For the first three Sundays...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

New Proposal Would Limit Alcohol Service to 4 a.m., Require Fee

As we told you last week, D.C. Council member Tommy Wells will propose legislation aimed at rolling back some of the provisions in the council's emergency legislation that would allow bars and nightclubs to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. and...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 01:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

D.C. Council Member Aims to Amend Bar Hours

A D.C. Council member filed formal notice today that he intends to propose a new emergency law that would alter the terms of the council's legislation that extended the hours of operation for bars and nightclubs during inauguration week. Tommy...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 03:44 PM ET | Comments (19)

Save the Parties! ... Or Not.

Though D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has pledged to sign the D.C. Council legislation that would allow bars and nightclubs to stay open all night from Jan. 17-21, some groups aren't taking anything for granted. They're fighting for their...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mayor Fenty: I Will Sign Law to Extend Bar Hours

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) reiterated his intention to sign the legislation approved by the D.C. Council last week that would allow bars and nightclubs to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. and stay open all night from Jan. 17-21....

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 05:02 PM ET | Comments (17)

D.C. Council Chair, Others React to Senators' Opposition of Extended Bar Hours

People continue to take sides in the debate over whether the District's bars and nightclubs should be allowed to stay open around-the-clock (and serve alcohol until 5 a.m.) during inauguration week. Reacting to the letter from Sens. Dianne Feinstein and...

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 01:48 PM ET | Comments (2)

Church Leaders Join Fight Against Extended Bar Hours

A day after Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Bob Bennett called on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and D.C. Council members to rescind the emergency law that will let bars and nightclubs stay open around the clock from Jan. 17-21 for...

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (24)

Breaking News: Sens. Feinstein, Bennett Object to D.C. Inaugural Nightlife Legislation

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah) are objecting to the emergency law approved by the D.C. Council last week that would allow city nightclubs, bars and restaurants to remain open all night and serve alcohol until 5...

By David A Nakamura | December 9, 2008; 05:12 PM ET | Comments (15)

D.C. Police Union Chief Questions Inaugural Deployment Plans

The leader of the D.C. police union is concerned about the department’s plans for police deployment during Inauguration weekend, especially in light of a recent decision by the D.C. Council to extend the hours of operation for bars and restaurants....

By David A Nakamura | December 4, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Does More Inauguration Revelry = More Cops?

Might the D.C. Council's decision to keep bars and nightclubs open 24 hours a day during Inauguration weekend mean more cops hitting the streets to keep late-night partygoers in line? Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier...

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Bars Open 24 Hours -- Good or Bad? Vote Here

As we've reported, the D.C. Council approved legislation to allow bars, nightclubs and restaurants to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. and stay open all night from Jan. 17 until the morning of Jan. 21. What do you think about this...

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

D.C. Expects 500 Temporary Street Vendors for Inauguration

As if there aren't enough places to buy Barack Obama memorabilia, the D.C. government now says it expects to issue 500 temporary licenses for street vendors good for just one day--Jan. 20, when Obama takes the oath of office....

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Party Planners See New Events, a Bit Less Glitz

Special Events magazine takes a look at inauguration parties in its latest issue, and finds that economic woes will result in higher turnover in ball hosts, and a lower-key tone overall: As for private events, the dour economic outlook is...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 3, 2008; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Bars, Nightclubs to Be Open 24-hours A Day for Inauguration Week

The D.C. Council approved emergency legislation this evening that will allow District bars, nightclubs and restaurants to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. — three hours later than usual — and remain open for food around the clock from Jan. 17...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 06:56 PM ET | Comments (2)

D.C. Officials Considering Opening Bars 24-7

The D.C. Council is considering legislation today that would allow bars to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. -- three hours longer than current regulations allow -- and remain open 24 hours a day from Jan. 17 through 21 to serve...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (12)

Post-Inaugural Lunch Is Another Hot Ticket

Add one more to the list of things you might have to stand inextra-long lines for during inauguration weekend: tables at D.C. restaurants. Lunch reservations on Inauguration Day are already flying in, downtown hosts and hostesses are telling our Going...

By Washington Post Editors | November 25, 2008; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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