Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Eve at Eleventh

As expected, Clarendon was a hot bed of scandalous and creative costumes during this Halloween weekend. Although nowhere near as packed as the craziness that is the massive sea of people that hits Georgetown, the local dance floors of Spider Kelly's, Ballroom, Mister Days and the rest all had long lines of festive party goers at midnight.

I prefered Eleventh for this year's Halloween partying, as the often overlooked lounge is smaller and had a much shorter line and doesn't charge cover. Like everywhere else, it was full to capacity and people had to wait for some one to leave before they could enter. But its two floors had plenty of activity for great people watching, and our waitress was extremely nice and attentive for such a busy night.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

BYT's guide to Fear and Sanity in DC

If you are hopping on the Orange Line this Saturday to attend the Stewart and Colbert rallies on the mall, check out Brightest Young Things first. They have created this handy info graphic of A Sane Person's Guide to DC for hanging out in the city after the events.

Also, thanks to Clarendon Culture for this schedule of the rally and events. The rallies are only from noon to 3pm, and its sure to be crowded!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Charity Happy Hour at Mister Days Thurs

Drop by Mister Days this Thursday Oct 21 for a charity happy hour to benefit child literacy. Local nonprofit group The Reading Connection will be holding a raffle with prizes such as a Kindle and gift cards to Arlington restaurants and stores.

The Reading Connection serves the at-risk and homeless children in our area by providing them fun, literacy-rich experiences. Volunteers visit their shelters or housing complexes on a weekly basis to read to them and provide them with new, free books to keep.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Must See Music in Clarendon

Lots of music to feed your soul coming up this month, including:

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tonic in DC Nonprofit Fundraiser Oct 16

One Brick is a local non-profit that promotes volunteering in the community by connecting volunteers with non-profits such as food banks, youth organizations, and local parks. They are having an Annual Campaign Kickoff Event on October 16th at Tonic in Foggy Bottom.

Tonic will feature two hours of open bar, live DJing from The DJ's Ball, a chance to win raffle prizes (including box tickets to a Caps Game), and guest speakers.

Tickets are $35 through 10/15, and $40 the day of 10/16.

Friday, October 8, 2010

BYT Artisphere this Saturday in Rossyln

The hip musical scene site Brightest Young Things is hosting their Artisphere opening called Burst. The madness starts at 8pm two blocks from the Rossyln metro and includes free beer, skate and balloon sculptures, DJs Chris Burns and Ultra Nate, live music by DJs and Family Hemerlein at 9pm. For non-Arlingtoners, there will be free bus rides back to Dupont Circle and free parking.

Tickets are $22.09, and there is still time left now to buy them. Also, TLC will be on location to film some sort of reality show.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Juniper Lane this Friday at Iota

One of my favorite bands to see live is returning to Iota in Clarendon this Friday night! The always entertaining Juniper Lane will go on stage after Emily Greene and No Second Troy open up the club.

The $12 cover is a good investment it too see all three bands that night, in fact Juniper Lane is talented and inspiring enough to make the trip out to Wilson Blvd worthwhile.

Vivion Smith consistently mesmerizes me with her vocals, the band's tunes are always energetic and catch,  and our own Arlington Connection raves that they are "following the trends set by British bands like U2 and Coldplay."

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Frontpage in Ballston

Frontpage in Ballston has always been a sports bar to me, similar to its neighbors Union Jack's, Rock Bottom and Bailey's. Besides hosting a few charity fundraisers, I thought of Frontpage as another place for jerseys to gather during football season.

But after getting a $20 coupon for a $40 meal at Frontpage from LivingSocial,  I decided to try their dinner options. I was pleasantly surprised that the dining section was more upscale than I expected, with white table cloths, large booths, and a menu with prime ribs, crab cakes, and tasty appetizers. Now I know why the restaurant was featured on the cover of Northern Virginia magazine in May.

Frontpage's weekly dinner specials are:
  • Monday - Seafood bar (also Wii Night)
  • Tuesday - Lobster
  • Wednesday - 1/2 price burgers
  • Thursday - 2 for $1 tacos from 5-8pm
  • Friday - Different every week
  • Saturday - Rib Special
  • Sunday - Prime Rib (also Wii Night)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Bacon Week Returns to Restaurant 3

Bacon Week is returning to Clarendon's Restaurant 3 this month. Last June the Travel Channel showed up and filmed them for their "Food Paradise" series. Now the same people who manage Whitlow's is having a 2nd Annual "Week of Bacon" on October 14th to 21st.

Restaurant 3 will offer a Bacon Tasting Dinner on the patio and a Bacon Brunch for diners to taste the various styles of house-cured bacon. Each day for the duration of the festival the restaurant will offer a daily Bacon Happy Hour, where guests can feast on bacon bites such as bacon on a stick and bacon-wrapped shrimp and wash it all down with $3 craft beer draft specials.