Friday, November 30, 2012

What to Do in the District this Weekend

After our mere three days of work last week, we can all agree that this has been the loooonnnnggggest week ever.

In addition, Movember ends tonight, meaning that it's the last night to enjoy all the bearded and mustached men of the District.

Sadness all around.

It's time to cheer up, because Jules and AppealingKate have a whole host of fun things to recommend this weekend in the District.

Appealing Kate says:


Fujimar is hosting an extended happy hour called Flirt PartyYup, it got our attention, too. Drinks specials + encouragement to flirt? Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Friday night. Fujimar, which opened last year and is located near McPherson Square, has the perfect ambiance for flirting-- dim lights, modern feel, strong cocktails, and who knows...maybe you'll even score that cutie's number?

Attached or just need a night sans the opposite sex? With all the talk of the fiscal cliff, sequestration, and other D.C. jargon, why not enjoy the more humorous side of politics? The Capitol Steps, a group of former Congressional employees, perform satirical skits and songs about current political affairs every Friday night in the Amphitheater of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. This week's show begins at 7:30 and is bound to provide some enjoyable entertainment after this long week of back-and-forth partisan bickering. After, walk down to Fiola for a glass of malbec at the bar, or travel a bit further to Rasika for drinks and appetizers in the bar area. Both spots are uber cozy.


It makes sense that the first Saturday of December offers all kinds of events to welcome the 2012 holiday season.

If you're a huge dork like me, then you'll love this first thing: The National Postal Museum is hosting a free holiday card workshop. Attendees will get to design and decorate their own holiday cards with various holiday stamps from around the world, glitter, sparkles, festive paper, and even an ink stamp station. Best of all? You don't need reservations. You can simply show up and start crafting.  Wow, I just used the word crafting. I swear I'm not 90 years old.

After your hard work of designing that perfect card for Grandma, reward yourself by heading across the street to the Dubliner for a bowl of delicious beef stew (zoh-my-god is their stew good) and a pint of Guinness.

Arts and crafts not really your things? Then head to Dupont Circle at 3 p.m. for the first Santa Bar Crawl of the season! This annual event features food and drink specials at six different bars for anyone in a Santa suit, an elf costume, or any other festive attire (I have one friend who plans to wear an ugly Christmas sweater). The bars include Black Rooster, Lucky Bar, Irish Whiskey, The Mighty Pint, Public Bar and Big Hunt. My biggest dilemma? Do I wear that short red mini dress and freeze my butt off, or just settle on a simple Santa hat?  Oh the tough decisions I'm forced to make on a regular basis.

Parade of Lighted Boats
If drinking cheap beer and flirting with a bunch of Santas doesn't sound like fun, a more low key but equally festive and entertaining event is the Parade of Lighted Boats. Over a dozen boats are decorated with fun Christmas lights and sail from the Old Town waterfront to the Southwest Waterfront. You can either watch them set sail in Old Town (at 5 p.m.) and then grab some cozy hot chocolate while walking around doing Christmas shopping, or you can watch as they arrive at the Southwest Waterfront (at 5:30 p.m.). If you choose the latter, you will also get to enjoy live music, Santa, cookie decorating, aannndddd a bonfire where you can roast marshmallows! After, walk a few blocks to Station 4. It's a super cozy spot right across the street from the Waterfront Metro.

P.S. How many times can I use the word cozy in a post?

Jules says:


Fútbol Brunch
Since RGIII and company don't play until Monday, why not spend Sunday watching a different kind of football? The newly opened Drafting Table kicks off its Fútbol Weekend Brunch this month, starting at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday and going until the last game is played. Patrons will be able to watch their favorite European fútbol teams on the restaurant’s three flat screens and choose from an eclectic brunch menu (I myself am curious about the "Sexy Egg Sandwich") that highlights locally sourced, organic ingredients whenever possible. Drafting Table also offers an international wine program, along with 16 beers on draft and 20 by bottle and can, because viewing both football and fútbol is often enhanced by the presence of refreshments.

Afternoon Tea 
'Tis the season for celebration, merriment, and holiday-induced anxiety. What better way to combat the stress than by partaking in an event that doesn't require you to lift a finger? Or only a pinkie finger, anyway. Gather some friends and head to an afternoon tea, which is, in essence, an excuse to dress up and gossip with your nearest and dearest while eating delicate crustless sandwiches and scones heavily loaded with cream (if you haven't already picked up on it, this activity tends to be more of a lady thing). Prices vary across locations but on average run about $40 a person and come with a generous pot of the tea of your choice, light sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, and an assortment of pastries or other desserts. In other words, it's enough food to constitute a legit lunch or dinner. Check out this post for more details on the when and where -- just be sure to make a reservation soon, as spots go quickly. 

Holiday House Tour
Check out the 34th Annual Logan Circle House Tour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  More than 10 unique properties that represent historical architecture, modern renovations and new construction will be open to the public for a self-guided tour. Enjoy the architecture, interior designs, holiday décor and art during an afternoon of sights as well as sounds with live music at several of the homes. A reception with refreshments will be held at the Studio Theatre (14th and P Streets) for the duration of the event. Tickets for the House Tour can be purchased in advance from the website for $25 or on the day of the tour at the Studio Theatre for $30.

On behalf of all the Gamma Girls, we hope you have a great weekend in the District!

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