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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Guarapo Memorial Day Party

If you are not headed out of town for the three day weekend, come celebrate Memorial Day on Sunday May 24 at Guarapo in Courthouse. The party starts at 4pm with extended happy hour until 9pm. Enjoy 1/2 price hookah all night and beats by DJ Eku!

Toga Party at Wonderland Ballroom

A completely different way to spend this Memorial Day long weekend would be in DC for a toga themed party. Relive your college days at a toga party at Wonderland Ballroom on Sunday May 24. Wonderland is a casual, divey and quirky bar with a tight upstairs dance floor in DC on 11th Street. Attendees are encouraged to wear togas as their will be a costume contest for sexiest man and woman. DJ The Question provides music for the night starting 9:30pm.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NextGenGOP Freedom To Marry Happy Hour

This Wednesday May 20 a political group of 20-30s millennials called NextGenGOP is hosting a happy hour at Mad Rose Tavern from 6 to 8pm. This will be a "Freedom to Marry Happy Hour" thrown by young Republicans who believe in equal marriage rights for everyone including gay couples. The event is free, and anyone can RSVP online.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Clarendon Golf Tournament for Cancer Fundraiser

This Monday May 18 the Clarendon Business Association, including many local venues like Whitlows, is throwing its annual Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The event is in Dumfries, Va at the Potomac Shores Golf Club. Registration starts at 11am Monday and Shotgun start at 1pm. Foursomes are $600 (individual golfers are $150/person) and sponsorships are available. Both CBA and LLS are 5013c organizations. For more information, contact emmanuel@whitlows.com

The Association includes Whitlows, Boulevard Woodgrill, Clarendon Grill, Faccia Luna, Liberty Tavern, Lyon Hall, Mexicali Blues, O'Sullivan's, RìRà and Mister Days.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Taste of Arlington May 17

This Sunday May 17 the Taste of Arlington returns to Ballston with will likely draw a huge crowd to this outdoor family-friendly event. Over 50 restaurants will be participate by setting up tents and tables and exchanging small plates (tastes) for event tickets you can buy online or at the event. Tickets will cost $40 for a book of tickets the day of the Taste. Beer and wine is sold separately at the Beer Garden with a huge selection provided by Port City Brewing Company, Virginia Eagle Distributing, Premium Distributors and Barefoot Wine and Bubbly.

The Taste will of course feature some great live music, like one of the best local cover bands White Ford Bronco!

12-2pm - Jumpin' Jupiter
  2-4pm - White Ford Bronco
  4-6pm - Burnt Sienna

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Classic Albums of 1996 at Iota

Travel back to the 90s this Saturday May 9! Iota is hosting another great night of classic albums, this time different local musicians channel songs that came out in 1996. Starting at 8pm and for a $12 cover, you get a lineup that includes:

Alex Vans and the Hide Away as BeckAcross the Sea (Evry/Scoops/Tufts/Walker) as Weezer
The Right Handed Lefties as The Cranberries
Rachel Levitin as Fiona Apple
Jacqueline Pie Francis as Tori Amos
Ardamus as Ras Kass
Hosted by Jamel Johnson

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cinco De Mayo at Guarapo

Cinco De Mayo is one week away! On May 5, Guarapo in Courthouse is throwing a party starting at 5pm. They offer $1 tacos and discounted drinks including margaritas, coronas, dos equis and tequila shots, along with DJ Ruben spinning all night.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Gold Cup bus trip from Front Page

The Gold Cup horse racing all day party is returning Saturday May 2! This is a super fun and outdoor popular party that revolves around women in giant hats, men in pastel shirts, day drinking, corn hole and other games, and horse racing in the background. The race party takes place on the lawn of the Great Plains in Warrenton, so a bus ride is the most fun and safest way to get there.

Lindy Promotions is hosting pre-party and bus rides running out of the Front Page near Ballston and Dupont Circle metro stops. Buses leave Front Page at 10am Saturday, and there is a pre-party with drink specials from 8:30 to 10am that morning. This is a Bring Your Own Beverage event, so make sure to bring coolers, food and picnic stuff.

Tickets are currently $60, but you can get $5 with my promo code NIGHTS! Tickets get you a bus ride there and back, entrance to Gold Cup, and access to Lindy's Tavern tent where you can buy more food and drinks if you run out of your own.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Get There Before It's Gone 2015


1. Jay's Saloon
After years of being in limbo, Clarendon's last true dive bar Jay's Saloon will now close on May 18. Known for being down to earth, casual and super cheap Jay's flourished in being the opposite of all the new and flashy bars that have popped up in Clarendon over the past 10 years. Husband and wife owners Jay and Kathi Moore are forced to close up the house-turned-bar due to development on that block that will eventually become a four story mixed use building.

2. Carpool
Carpool is officially here to stay in Ballston, but there are rumors that the land this great sports bar sits on may be redeveloped. Apparently the owner of the land is playing with the idea of replacing Carpool with a residential tower and parking garage. I understand this is prime real estate, but Carpool has so much character, lots of games, fun outdoor space with cornhole tournaments when its nice out, and is another local Penn State gathering point. I hope I'm wrong, but I recommend checking out Carpool soon just in case.

3. Public Shoe Store
While not a nightlife venue, Public Shoe Store has had a constant presence in the middle of the Clarendon strip for 78 years. Sadly the owner is closing down the shop after two generations of family providing Arlington with professional shoe care.

No word yet on what might replace the shoe store, but it is prime location for another high end restaurant or small bar.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Justin Trawick at Galaxy Hut

Justin Trawick returns to Clarendon this Monday April 13 to play a show at the cozy and quirky Galaxy Hut. Justin is a well known and accomplished local musician, writing his own moving songs, founding the traveling super group Nine Songwriter Series and hosting The Circus Life podcast. Watching him perform in the friendly and tiny Galaxy Hut space will be a treat. More info and details on the Facebook event page.

Justin will be joined by Jahnel Daliya, another local singer songwriter with a  powerful voice, along with the guitar and vocal duo Len and J. Music starts at 8:30pm with a $5 cover.