Friday, February 1, 2013

What to Do in the District This Weekend

One month of 2013 down, 11 more to go! This weekend brings us the beginning of February, the Super Bowl, and a whole host of other awesome things to do despite the frost in the air. So, grab your parkas, boots and mittens and get out and about in D.C.


Two years of beer: Local beer purveyor Port City Brewing Company is celebrating its two-year anniversary on Friday with the release of TWO, a limited edition Smoked Imperial Porter, which will be on tap starting at 3 p.m. There will be food specials, and a band will play from 7-9 p.m.

3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, Va.

View Doctor Who: Every Friday, the Black Cat hosts a happy hour from 7-8 p.m. to view an episode of "Doctor Who" and serve drink specials.

1811 14th St. NW

Meat Week peak: This week is D.C.'s Meat Week, and in honor of that fact, LivingSocial is hosting a Meat Week BBQ Food Truck Face-Off at their 918 F Street events space. For $49, you'll get entry to the event, tastings of eight meats and eight sides (two from each truck!), and three PBRs. Sounds AWESOME to me!

918 F St. NW


Go ape for crepes: The Hillwood Estate, which I've written about before as a great place to take your mother, is making an offer this weekend that no one in his right mind would refuse: They are teaming up with the Alliance Francaise de Washington to bring you La Chandeleur, or "crepe day"! For $15 admission, you can take part in a crepe feast and participate in French storytelling, games and art activities. Crepes!

4155 Linnean Ave. NW

Mardi Gras madness: Fat Tuesday isn't actually until Feb. 12, but Big Easy restaurant Bayou is hosting a Mardi Gras Masquerade to benefit the Johns Hopkins Center for Cervical Dysplasia. You can still purchase a last minute ticket for $85 that will get you four hours of an open bar, New Orleans-style food and dancing to live music from the Lloyd Dobbler Effect.

2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Fear the Laughter: Feel like your abs just don't hurt enough? District Comedy is sure to have you laughing enough to change that with their "Fear the Laughter" comedy showcase at the Barking Dog in College Park. The cost of admission is $10, and trust me, you won't be disappointed by headliner David Tveite, who is seriously the funniest non-famous comedian I have ever seen in my entire life. Got a few friends? Email for group discounts.

7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park, Md.


Let's not lie -- everything I'm going to tell you about for Sunday involves the Ravens vs. 49ers.

All-night wine happy hour at Vinoteca: What?! A wine-fueled Super Bowl?! Yes, it's true -- if you're of the classy sort and would prefer to sip a Bordeaux over a Bud Light, you can watch the Super Bowl at U Street wine spot Vinoteca and enjoy a selection of 15 wines for $5 a glass and specials on a variety of their small plates.

1940 11th St. NW

"Eat for Free, Drink for Almost Free" at Jack Rose: From 6-10 p.m., Jack Rose Dining Saloon will be serving up complimentary bar food and $5 pints, hot punch and whiskey.

2007 18th St. NW

Bet on your team: Cause, the new philanthro-pub in the U Street Corridor, will be serving Baltimore-and San Francisco-inspired dishes as well as a selection of beers from the two cities. Additionally, if you arrive before 5 p.m., you can bet on your team and if you win, you get 25 percent off your final tab.

1926 9th St. NW

Those are the ones that sounded coolest to me, but that said, most bars are having specials of some ilk for the game, so you're sure to have a good time no matter where you go.

Enjoy your weekend!

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