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Saturday, February 4, 2017

White Ford Bronco at Clarendon Ballroom

One of the best 90s cover bands out there White Ford Bronco will be playing Clarendon Ballroom  on Saturday, February 4. Since 2008, this five member band has played all around the DC area at Clarendon Ballroom, Clarendon Grill and Truckeroo amongst over places. It's no surprise they were named Best Local Cover Band in Washington City Paper earlier this year, as their energetic renditions of your favorite songs and Gretchen's vocals will make you an instant fan of theirs. Music stars at 10pm and cover is $12.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pamplona Grand Opening

Aamir Mohd @aamirmohd_
This week Clarendon welcomes a much anticipated Spanish themed restaurant Pamplona! It is officially opening this Thursday, January 12 in the old Sobe space next to Mad Rose.

Pamplona's Grand Opening will be held on Thursday but if you just can’t wait to get a peek they will  host soft openings beginning on Tuesday, January 10 and Wednesday, January 11. Come sample their signature black squid ink seafood paella, extensive pinxtos menu, and 8 different sangrias. Pamplona looked great when it was unveiled during their private NYE celebration and is sure to be a hit in the Clarendon nightlife scene.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Goodbye Sehkraft Brewery

Justin Trawick and the Common Good performing
an amazing set at Sehkraft late Dec 2016 
Local authoritative news source ARLNow is reporting the unfortunate news that Sehkraft Brewing is closing early January. The new venue, barely one year old, was one of my favorites with its ambitious goal of being a brewery, butcher meat backed restaurant, outdoor beer garden and live music stage. Their last day will be Tuesday Jan 10. This seems sudden as they had booked bands out until March.

I recently had the opportunity to see Justin Trawick and the Common Good put on a great show, as well as Sehkraft being a home for a short time to the Nine Songwriter Series and Derek Evry's open mic nights. Sadly, it wasn't enough to keep Sehkraft a float combined with the tough restaurant competition in Clarendon.

Sehkraft will be missed. No word yet on what might replace it in the large commercial space on 925 North Garfield Street, but I'm hoping for the best.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Justin Trawick at Sehkraft Brewery

This Friday, Dec 30 local favorite Justin Trawick returns to Sehkraft Brewery for a live show starting 9pm. This is a free event at one of Clarendon's best live music stages with one of our best musicians. Justin Trawick is a Virginia native born in Leesburg. His music ranges in styles from folk/bluegrass all the way to funk/hip hop. Justin’s lineup varies for each show varies from upright bass, electric and acoustic guitars, to everything else including harmonica.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Don Tito Taco Eating Contest

On Monday, December 19 one of Clarendon's most popular nightlife spots Don Tito will host their first Annual Arlington Taco Eating Contest upstairs on the 2nd floor at 7pm. The cost to enter the contest is $20 and includes all of your tacos. The contest includes two rounds: Preliminary and Championship. The first Preliminary speeds round determines who can eat the most chicken and beef tacos in one minute. The Championship round feature one winner from each of the first 10 rounds. The winner of the final round will be the first person to eat 10 tacos of varying spiciness.

The winner will win a $150 Don Tito gift card and a championship belt. The second place contestant will win a $100 Don Tito gift card and third place will receive a $50 Don Tito gift card. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Rosslyn Holiday Market with The Reflex

This Friday and Saturday, Gateway Park in Rosslyn is hosting the Fourth Annual Holiday Market. This year again we will be showcasing over 25 local and renowned vendors who will be offering a full variety of unique and high quality gifts.

Then at 5:30pm Friday the Pub in the Park opens with a cider, beer and wine area to enjoy along with food trucks and a photo booth. A DJ starts spinning at 7pm and from 8-11pm popular 80s band The Reflex takes the stage.

On Saturday the Market opens again after The Great Chocolate Racea five mile chocolate-themed race. That will be followed by a finish festival in Gateway Park, with food trucks and the bar opening early to serve hot chocolate and bloody marys.
Holiday market hours:
  • Friday, Dec 9, 2016 3 pm - 11 pm
  • Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 8:00 am - 3 pm

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Barley Mac Pig Roast

On Saturday, November 19 Rosslyn newcomer Barley Mac will celebrate a couple of their favorite indulgences of the fall and winter season: Roast Pig and Bourbon Bash. This decadent affair will run all afternoon from 1 to 5pm. Tickets are just $30 and include all the roast pig you can eat, as well as Chef Mike and Jeremy’s creative side dishes, plus several tastings of select bourbons. The weather will have probably taken a turn for the chilly worst by this time, so they will have spiked hot apple ciders and hot toddy’s ready to help warm you up until the bourbon kicks in. Tickets are available for pre-purchase using the link above or at www.barleymacva.com and this is a limited event.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Alex The Red Parez at Iota

Every Wednesday night my favorite local live music venue Iota hosts an open mic night at no cover charge. This Wed November 16 the free open mic night is hosted by Alex Parez and features Brian Dolzani as the guest artist at 10pm. Two signups at 7:30pm and 10pm if you want to play onstage.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election Night Viewing Party at Barley Mac

After a successful debate watching party, Barley Mac in Rosslyn is hosting an Election Night Viewing Party this Tuesday November 2 starting at 7pm. They will once again serving up red "3rd Term" (moonshine, pomegranate, simple syrup) cocktails, blue "Tax Included" drinks (Absolute, curacao, lime, simple syrup), and specialty bar snacks for the politically themed party.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Clarendon Halloween Bar Crawl

The annual Clarendon Halloween Crawl is back this year on Saturday November 5th. Halloween falls on a Monday this year so make sure to hold on to your costume for this popular bar crawl on the weekend after. From 1 to 9pm, about nine or more local bars will participate with lots of costumed party goers, food and drink specials, and raffles.

Tickets are now $15 online or $30 at the door. You don't need a ticket to get into any of these Clarendon bars, but it is necessary for the drink specials poured into the refillable orange mugs. If you buy a ticket, register at either Mad Rose or Ballroom first. Bars that will host you are: