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Monday, October 8, 2018

Another Loss For Live Music As Clarendon Grill Closes

Today's a sad day for Clarendon live music scene as another venue announced it is closing. Clarendon Grill, which has been a local mainstay for 22 years, confirmed that the August rumors were true and they will be closing in October.

Here is their Facebook post from today announcing their upcoming closure:
"So Long, Farewell...



It’s been an amazing ride. Our hearts are heavy as we share that the doors of the Clarendon Grill will be closing for good at the end of October. We were not ready, but sometimes things happen to change the course.

Some of you were around when the doors of the Clarendon Grill first opened back in the 1996 and some of you may not have been born yet. Either way we have truly enjoyed being the go to place for live music in Clarendon. When the Grill first opened there were few bars and fewer customers. As Clarendon grew in popularity, so did The Grill. We were extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to be a part of a community that has since blossomed into a vibrant collection of local businesses.

One of the most unique aspects of the Clarendon Grill is the staff. From our General Manager, to our bus boys, to our bartenders-the staff has remained the same for close to 20 years. That is a reflection of the unique culture and values that went well beyond a typical neighborhood bar. The Clarendon Grill was not just burgers, beers, and live music; it was a family to it’s staff and a “Night Out” for the community.
One of the many things we can be thankful for is all of the memories we have helped create, whether happy, funny, sad or forgettable (purposely or not). Thank you all for your support over the past 22 years.

It’s been a great run, but alas all good things must come to an end. There will be other bars, but none quite like the Clarendon Grill. Some things are replaceable like burgers and beers, but other things are intangible and we will argue that the staff and the experience we provided, will not be matched.

Cheers!

The Clarendon Grill Staff"

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Alex Parez at Galaxy Hut

Local favorite Alex Parez is playing this Sunday, Sept 30 night at Galaxy Hut. Music starts at 8:30pm, $5, 21+. Come help us celebrate the first year of his band Alex The Read Parez And The Hell Rojos album's existence! Guest performance by Derek Evry.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Clarendon Day 2018


The giant annual neighborhood festival Clarendon Day returns this Saturday Sept 22 from 11am to 6pm. The day starts out with a 10k/5k run at 8am, then the tents on Highland, Hudson, Wilson and Clarendon Blvds open up with tons of food from local restaurants. Throughout the day there will be plenty of entertainment available with two stages full of live music options:

Main Stage Line-up:
11am - 12pmRuepratt 
12pm - 1pm Soul Stew
1pm - 2pm Calista Garcia
2pm - 3pm Dave Kline Band
3pm - 4pm SubRadio
4pm - 5pm Fellowcraft
5pm - 6pm Bushmaster featuring Gary Brown 

Performers Stage Line-up:
12pm - 12:30pm Adagio Dance Company
1pm - 2pm Carley Harvey
2pm - 3pm Ballet Nova
3pm - 4pm Melissa Elizabeth Wright
4pm - 4:30pm Jaleo Arte Flamenco
4:30pm - 5pm O'Neill - James School of Irish Dancing

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Marymount Alumni HH at GOAT

Marymount University alumni's are returning to Clarendon this Thursday, Sept 20 for another Arlington Saints Social happy hour. This time the venue is at the G.O.A.T. 6 to 9pm, and is bound to be popular as the last Saints Social at Boardroom was packed. Meet, mix and mingle with your fellow alumni, including MU’s seventh President, Dr. Irma Becerra. Your $10 per person includes hors d’oeuvres and a full bar and supports Marymount University’s Scholarship Fund. RSVP by Tuesday, September 18.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Joshua Palace & Koshari at Galaxy Hut

Local musician Joshua Palace returns to Galaxy Hut this Sunday Sept 9 to open for another great local talent Koshari. The shoegaze/progressive rock/noisey music night starts at 9pm and is only a $5 cover for both acts.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

20 years of Mexicali Blues

This August 25 Mexicali Blues will be celebrating their 20th year in business in Clarendon! The colorful casual Mexican restaurant has popular happy hours and is lucky to enjoy a great location on the corner of Wilson and Garfield Street. They will be having an anniversary party that Saturday from 11am to 1:30pm with food and drink specials.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Ms Peacock's Lounge Cocktail Making Class

This Tuesday, August 21 Ms Peacock's Champagne Lounge is hosting a Summer Sparklers Cocktail Making Class starting at 7:30pm. Located next to Boardroom in Clarendon, you will learn the techniques of making four summer cocktails, drink them, and go home with recipes. Appetizers accompany the cocktails. $45 per person plus tax, tickets here.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Goodbye Clarendon Grill?

ARLnow recently reported the possibly of long time nightlife staple Clarendon Grill closing soon as its address has been listed up for rent. This would be an incredibly sad development if it comes true that the Grill is leaving us, as it has been a major late night venue in Clarendon for over 20 years. The Grill holds a special place in this blogger's heart as well, since my very first Clarendon Nights post was of an 80s cover band there in 2008.

Clarendon Grill offers something for everyone, with a wide variety of events including Salsa class Mondays, trivia Wednesdays, and touring cover bands playing every Friday and Saturday night. With a central stage, multiple long bars, a renovated interior in 2010, a large outdoor rear patio, and situated in the center of Clarendon with plenty of foot traffic the Grill seems to have all the makings of a successful bar and restaurant.

Owner Peter Pflug opened up Clarendon Grill with its iconic vertical CLARENDON neon sign in 1996. He even lived in Clarendon just down the street from his venue for a while. It's hard to guess at what could cause the Grill's demise, as it could be the rent, or stiff competition from newcomers like Don Tito or the GOAT, or possibly the decline of interest in live music after the closing of Iota.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Arlington Cornhole Late Summer League


Arlington Cornhole is having their league playoffs at Mister Days starting 7pm this Tuesday, July 17. ACH started two years ago with a group of friends and has grown into a league of 80 people. Their seasons are 8 weeks long and played at local Clarendon bars, with proceeds being donated to charity. They have raised over $6,000 for charities including the Wounded Warrior Project, Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, St. Baldrick's Foundation, The Carpenter's Shelter, Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, The Lyon Village Community House, The Arlington Housing Corporation, The Hurricane Maria Relief Fund, and Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

If you want to join the fun, Arlington Cornhole's late summer registration is now open. Their season will run from August 7th through September 25th and will be played at Mister Day's and Whitlows. Food and drink specials are available along with all registration money going towards the winning team's charity of choice. $40 to enter and you get a t-shirt.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Barley Mac Yappy Hour

Barley Mac in Rosslyn is hosting a Yappy Hour dog friendly happy hour fundraiser this Sunday July 15.  From 4 to 7pm they will feature special cocktails and treats for your pup. You can bring dog food donations or cash donations to benefit Homeward Trails. For examples of what to donate check out their Amazon wishlist.