Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Goodbye Eventide

Sadly and suddenly, Eventide announced last Sunday November 16 closed its doors for the last time. The high end three story restaurant was one of my favorite places in Clarendon since it opened in 2008 with expensive but well worth it food, a more upscale and intimate rooftop, and first floor bar which tried to be a little more upscale compared to its rowdy neighbors of Spider Kelly's and Clarendon Ballroom. This "Odd Bar" was more of a classy spot where you could order and Old Fashioned, with bourbon, and the bartender would push it across the bar to you with a cane.

I loved the second floor beautiful dining hall with extra tall ceilings - built before air conditioning to provide better ventilation in the 1920s - and fun felt doors to the interior booths. Menus usually varied depending what floor you were dining on, but I never had a meal on their second story that wasn't blown over by.

We don't have long to wait to meet Eventide's replacement, as ArlNow is already reporting that Don Tito will open their in Spring 2015. One the owners of this new beer and tequila bar is the famous (or infamous if you have a noise complaint out against him) Scott Parker. Two years ago Parker led a redesign of Caribbean Breeze into the successful and controversial Ballston nightclub A-Town, which is best known for its rowdy and over-the-top Sunday Funday brunches.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Rock Out For Vets benefit at Jammin Java

Awesome music venue Jammin Java in Vienna is hosting a benefit concert for Arlington veterans on Saturday, November 15. Local government contractor RazorX2 is organizing the event to raise money for the Rock Out For Vets concert to repair the John Lyon VFW Post 3150 building in Courthouse, which is a century old structure in great need for repair.

Two bands will take the stage that Saturday: Fairfax based rock band Traitors N Thieves  and Amsterdam. Tickets are $25 and includes open bar and hor d'oeuvres.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bracket Room Veterans Day benefit

In honor of  Veterans Day this Tuesday November 11, Bracket Room is hosting a fundraiser to help out veterans and military families. This entire week $1 of every Coors Light draft sold will be donated to the Fisher House, the charity that gives military families places to stay when family members are hospitalized, and the Green Beret Foundation which provides immediate financial assistance to Green Berets who are injured in the line of duty. Also, if you show your military ID CAC card at the bar you receive 50% your drink on Veterans Day.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween in Clarendon - Nov 1 Bar Crawl

Halloween isn't over on Oct 31! Here in Clarendon the holiday must always span two weekends, so save your costumes for the 2nd annual Clarendon Halloween Crawl on Saturday, Nov 1. Organized by Project DC Events, last year's bar crawl was massive and super fun. Be prepared for hordes of costumed party goers between 2 and 9pm who are taking advantage of each participating venue's specials, raffles and costume contests.

Early bird tickets are $10 until this Tuesday Oct 7. Then prices rise to $15 and then to $20 at the door. That price gets you a plastic mug, access to cheaper beer with that mug, $2 Bronx pizz slices, and prize contest entries. Despite all the controversy surrounding Arlington bar crawls over the past year, I'm really looking forward to this one because the costumed crowd was so friendly at the last Halloween crawl.

Register at Mad Rose or Clarendon Ballroom to start the day drinking out and expect long lines at both venues. Then hop to any or all the other participating bars, including: Whitlow’s, Spider Kelly's, SoBe, Hunan Number One, Mister Days, Hard Times, IOTA, American Tap Room, and Bracket Room.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Derek Evry's Halloween show at Iota

If live music in a fun setting is preferable than the throngs of wild drunken partiers at Ballroom, come out to Iota on Oct 31 for three live bands. The very talented local musician Derek Evry leads His Band Of Misantropes on Halloween night. Music starts at 9pm with Yum and Short Lives, $9 covers you for all three acts. More info on their Facebook event page.

Halloween in Clarendon - Ballroom DC101 Costume Contest

It's that time of the year again for the biggest party at Clarendon Ballroom on Friday, October 31. The annual DC 101 Elliot in the Morning Halloween party is the best night of the year at Ballroom, with party goers in creative costumes packing both the dance floor and rooftop to compete in the $3,000 grand prize costume contest. Last year's winner was the Invisible Man homemade costume.

The night starts at 8pm and cover is $15 before 10pm. Usually there will be a line wrapping around the block to get into Ballroom, so try to get there before 11pm. For costume contest rules check out DC101's event page.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween in DC - Nightmare on M Street

The 15th annual Nightmare on M Street will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25th thrown by Lindy Promotions. From 5pm-1am you can enjoy $2 Coors Lights, $3 Blue Moons, and $4 Bacardi drinks at over 30 DC bars spanning from Dupont to Chinatown! Tickets are $20 on sale now and you can use my promo code NIGHTS to save 20% off that until Oct 17.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Hot Buttered Nuggets and Miss Tess at Iota

If you are a fan of eclectic vintage variety shows don't miss the bands at Iota on Friday Oct 10. This is a special show for the band, as the mother and father team of Hot Buttered Nuggets will be opening for their daughter's band that night, Miss Tess and the Talkbacks. Miss Tess is a Brooklyn-based singer and with her band make grooving modern vintage music that nods to the traditions of saloon jazz, country swing and early rockabilly. The Talkbacks have just released The Love I Have For You, their second on rootsy label Signature Sounds. $12 cover and music starts at 9pm.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

White Ford Bronco at Clarendon Grill

The awesome 90s cover band White Ford Bronco is playing tonight, Thursday October 9 for a free show! One of the best local cover bands I've seen is on stage at Clarendon Grill at 9:30pm without a cover charge.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Doubleclicks at Jammin Java

I've been looking forward to the super geeky fun of The Doublclicks returning to Jammin Java for a while. When I last saw the Oregon based sisters Angela and Aubrey Webber at the Vienna venue I was laughing out loud at their whimsical and catchy original folk-ish songs like Lasers And Feelings and Spock Impersonator. They change up some of the lyrics for their live performances and have great audience interaction with their nerdy tunes themed around Star Trek, Dungeons and Dragons, Minecraft and dinosaurs. Tickets to Monday's 7:30pm show is $12 online or $15 at the door.