From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow herÂ on Twitter @kandriulli.
Hey yâ€™all. What do you say we take a short break from panicking over Instagram (and the impending end of the modern world) to figure out what weâ€™re going to do this weekend?
Iâ€™ll be hoarding jars of mayonnaise in preparation for tomorrow, but if youâ€™re willing to venture out, Agora is hosting a Turkish wine dinner at 7:30 pm. Seventy-five dollars gets you four winter-themed (re: meat and veg-centric) courses with wine pairings, and tax and gratuity are included.
Or, if youâ€™re looking for an excuse for some guilt-free drunkenness, Meridian Pint is teaming up with New Belgium Brewery from 5 until 11 pm for a holiday fundraiserÂ benefitingÂ the awesome local organization Common Good City Farm.
Well, itâ€™s finally hereâ€¦the day John Cusack warned you about. The Washington Post has a pretty good apoca-list of whatâ€™s going down tonight, including a party in a â€śfallout shelterâ€ť courtesy of Brightest Young Things, mezcal cocktails and foie gras tacos(!) at Oyamel and a special â€śLast Fridayâ€ť menu at T.G.I. Fridays, who, to their credit, is ballsy enough to try to pass off pretzels & craft-beer cheese sauce as a Mayan delicacy.
For my money, though, you canâ€™t really beat the combo of half-price apocalyptic draft beers and pizza specials at Pizzeria Paradiso from 11 pm until midnight, followed by the 9:30 Clubâ€™s totally tubular sweat-fest the No Scrubs ’90â€™s dance party (if Iâ€™m going be consumed by a mythological rain of fire, I might as well be singing â€śWonderwallâ€ť when it happens).
Good news: you made it! Bad news: Now you have to do all that stuff you were putting off during the rest of the week, like showering, laundry and last-minute holiday shopping. I canâ€™t really help you with those first two, but if you still need to pick up some gifts, head over to the Downtown Holiday Market (8th and F Streets NW), open from noon until 8 pm through Sunday, or swing by the delightfully bizarre Mansion on O Street, which is holding its annual holiday open house and Christmas sale all weekend from 10 am to 7 pm. If you havenâ€™t had a chance to wander around the place before, trust me, just do it.
Forty percentÂ of DC residents vacating for the holidays = 40 percent fewer waiting for a table during prime brunching hours, friends, so take advantage of this glorious time. A few WW-approved joints worth checking out: Policy, whose menu boasts the best hash browns this side of the Mississippi (I try not to go West of the Mississippi so I have no idea if this is true, but probably!), The Pig, where you can feast on a gruyere and smoked ham waffle, and St. Arnoldâ€™s on Jefferson, whose Drug Opera sandwich is as delicious as it is inexplicably named.
Finally, to end on more a serious note: like many of you, Iâ€™ve been wondering what I can do to help following last Fridayâ€™s tragic events in my home state of Connecticut. If you can, please consider supportingÂ one of the many charities and volunteer groupsÂ that are on the ground helping the Newtown community, like these incredible comfort therapy dogs.
Iâ€™ll be back next week with some NYE happenings, but in the meantime, wishing you and yours a fun, festive holiday!