Monday, March 30, 2020

Clap for healtcare heros at 8pm

Applaud out your balcony, windows or front yard at 8pm tonight, Monday March 30 to pay tribute to healthcare workers fighting to save lives against the COVID-19 spread. Arlington County is participating in the clap which coincides with National Doctor's Day.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Goodbye Bracket Room

The COVID-19 coronavirus appears to have permanently closed Bracket Room today, March 24. The sports venue on Garfield Street had previously reduced service for take out and delivery to help limit the spread of the virus. It is the first in what could be a series of permanent closures that will completely change the Clarendon nightlife and business scene in these dangerous times.

Bracket Room will be missed as it has been servicing drinks and throwing sports events for more than six years. I particularly remember an incredibly fun night in 2013 that turned into my favorite NYE in Clarendon ever. While relatively small and tucked behind Circa, it had a multitude of TV screens and often threw charitable events for suicide prevention and cancer fundraisers.

Thank you for Chris Bukowski and the other owners for the past six years! Sad to see Bracket Room shut down.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Justin Trawick on Facebook Live

Photo via Washington Post
As in person concerts are currently unsafe and prohibited, live performances on social media platform have started to fill in the gap. Arlington resident and musician Justin Trawick was one of the first to embrace this new medium and his live shows with Lauren LeMunyan have caught the attention of Reuters, Washingtonian and the Washington Post!

Filmed from their apartment, the couple perform original songs and covers while interacting and taking requests from Facebook comments live. The shows are free, but you should tip them on Venmo or Paypal just as you would in person. All of his income comes from live performances like this so be generous!

Their next show will be Sunday, March 22 broadcast from his Facebook music page (the one with the blue check mark) at 8pm and will last about an hour.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Stay indoors to stop COVID-19 spreading

Clarendon completely failed at social distancing this past weekend sadly. Arlington bar goers did not take the Coronavirus COVID-19 virus threat seriously, despite multiple cases already verified in Arlington and the constant warning from the CDC that this pandemic will get much worse soon.

At the present rate, the United States is on track to have the same level of infections as Italy which has been completely overrun with the virus. Unfortunately many 20 and 30 year olds didn't care about preventing our medical services from collapsing and running out of ICU room, but instead prioritized getting a drink on a rainy weekend of March 13-14 as if it was an ordinary time.

Bars and nightclubs are prime ground for the virus to spread, as many young people are infected with COVID-19 and show no symptoms and insist on selfishly socializing in close groups in these critical times. DC government first closed all nightclubs over the weekend, and now have taken the steps to shutter all DC bars at well because of this threat. Arlington County unfortunately is unable to shut down the nightlife venues itself due to the Dillon Rule and have to wait for decisions form Richmond to enforce. The governor has banned all events of 100 or more people as of today, and many bars and restaurants are closing or offering only carryout service to lower the number of infections.

This could be the worst time to try to convince Clarendon venues to act for the greater good and close their doors, as the combination of warmer weather, St. Patrick's day and many outdoor and patio spaces opening last week equal a huge boom to local businesses. Sadly, some venues are still staying open and promoting socializing while other bars have voluntarily closed for this holiday. If you want to support local restaurants and business during a quarantine, please buy gift cards from your favorite bar to redeem later or order take out/delivery from them.

There are still a few innovative options to get live music during a health crisis. Arlington musicians Justin Trawick and Laura LeMunyan put on several Facebook Live concerts that were so successful they attracted the attention of Reuters to interview them. Jasmine Gillison had a live show with Ben Tufts on WERA 96.7 last week. Derek Evry has an Instagram live show at 8pm March 16. All performers have Venmo or Paypal accounts where you can tip them virtually.

The blog, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for Clarendon Nights is going quiet for a long time, as its inappropriate and dangerous to promote large events. I'll probably still retweet events and news about Clarendon. Please check out ArlNow for up to date local news and coverage during these stressful times.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Bowties and Tails at Arlington Rooftop

Visit Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill this Saturday Feb 29 starting 7pm Lu's Labs celebrate five years of animal rescue at the Bowties and Tails fundraiser. Your $75 ticket includes beer, wine and heavy h’or d’oeuvres and music by Smoky the DJ. Cocktail attire and bowties encouraged.

Approximately $25 of each ticket goes directly to Lu’s Labs to help us continue their mission of saving the lives of as many dogs as possible. Lu’s Labs is a 501(c)3 approved foster based rescue, in Alexandria dedicated to the saving and rehoming of Labrador Retrievers and Labrador Retriever mixes.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Queer API game night at Boardroom

Come join us for a joint queer API board game happy hour at The Board Room VA on Friday, February 28. Join your friendly neighborhood queer Asians for board games, socializing, and conversation, and learn more about our various queer API area organizations (AQUA DC, APIQS, KhushDC, KQT) and our upcoming events.

Board games are available to rent for $2 each, or bring your own! Drinks and food are also available for purchase. If you are under the age of 21, you are allowed into the venue so long as you arrive before 8pm.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Relay-Palooza Battle of the Bands at Jammin Java

Join Relay For Life of Northern Virginia for our annual Relay-Palooza Battle of the Bands kickoff celebration benefiting the American Cancer Society on Sunday, February 23rd 2020! Doors open at 12 pm and the event begins at 1 pm. Local acts may register to perform on the Jammin Java stage and then we need your vote to choose a winner. The winner of Relay-Palooza will get the chance to headline our 2020 Relay For Life event! This is a family-friendly event. Donations benefit the live-saving mission and programs of the American Cancer Society. Tickets $15 on Eventbrite.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

King Street Bluegrass at Jammin Java

Although based in DC, King Street Bluegrass’ members have rural, farm and coal miner family roots from the mountains of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Southern Virginia. In 2014 lead singer and ace banjoist Robert Swain had a devastating stroke, which took away his speech, his right side, and nearly his life. The band wouldn't quit, from creating conga lines in ICU, to having him sing baritone at shows immediately upon his hospital release. His recovery has been remarkable. Their latest album celebrates his journey and the bands recovery.

Music starts at 7:30 at Jammin Java with Split String Soup. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 advance on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Acoustic Wednesdays at The Renegade

Every Wednesday from 7:30 to 11pm The Renegade is now hosting local acoustic acts on their new stage. The Renegade replaced the Clarendon staple bar Mister Days and has retained its charm and layout, but has added a coffee bar and new large central stage. Their lineup for this upcoming month:

1/8 : Tommy Gann Music
1/15: Down Wilson
1/22: Dan N' Friends
1/29: Ted Garber
2/5: Justina Beth-El

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

No Cover for New Years Eve in Clarendon

Don't have any plans for New Years Eve! Clarendon is very welcoming to last minute party goers with several places that don't charge a cover or sell tickets to get in. No reservations are needed at:

The Renegade
3100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
The new Mister Days maintains everything you liked about the classic previous bar and has a casual night with a DJ, dance floor and drink specials.

Spider Kelly's
3181 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
DJ Styles is playing here with plenty of room to spread out and mingle with the two bars and three rooms open.

3028 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
If you didn't get into Don Tito, The GOAT is another great venue for a similar experience. Expect it to be packed but the two story sports bar has room to move around.

Galaxy Hut
2711 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Clarendon's last true dive promises no drama and no silliness on NYE, just a fun time in a quirky tiny bar with a Vegan friendly menu.

Punch Bowl Social
4238 Wilson Blvd Ste. 1180, Arlington, VA 22203
Located in Ballston Quarter, the popular bar games venue is hosting a space themed New Years Eve party.