Laura’s Weekend Picks: Moombahton, Vitaminwater, Fathers Day Brunch

by June 16, 2011 at 11:21 am 1,678 0

Laura’s Weekend Picks include brunch specials for Father’s Day on Sunday. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things; you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs.

It’s great to finally be back in D.C. for a weekend! This weekend’s going to be PACKED, due to a high volume of awesomeness happening all weekend. Here are your best bets for eating, drinking, and dancing in and around Borderstan this weekend. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 16


1905 just announced a new addition to their “Neighborhood Nights” (which include Taco Tuesday [$3 lamb tacos, $4 Pilsener Ace beer and $6 taco/Pilsener combos] and Burger Wednesday [half-priced burgers]) called Thursday Nights Nines. Every Thursday they’ll offer off-menu, seasonal small plates at the bar for $9 each. They change every week so you won’t get bored!

After dinner, do NOT miss Moombahton Massive IV at U St Music Hall tonight, hosted by Dave Nada and featuring sets from Nadastrom, Sabo, Jen Lasher and more. Come celebrate DC’s OWN Moombahton at it’s best; Nada pretty much created the genre, which is best described as a combination of house, dubstep, and reggaeton, right here in DC so it’s gonna be legit.  Here’s a preview of Nada’s latest Moombahton mix, Blow Your Head Vol. 2. The best part is that entry is FREE if you sign up in advance. Doors at 9.

Orrrr, you may have snagged a ticket to the sold out Yeasayer show at 9:30 Club. Lucky duck.

Friday, June 17

Barbecue and cupcakes, anyone? If you’re around during lunch, swing by Westend Bistro’s weekly lunch barbecue pop-up to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. They’ll be joined by the Carnivore BBQ and Cupcake Buggy food trucks. They’re at 1190 22nd Street NW.

After work, Jazz in the Sculpture Garden is where you want to be. Preferably with a DIY picnic and sangria in hand. Glorious.

After an awesome three weeks, Brightest Young Things’ pop up nightlife and art mecca, Vitaminwater Uncapped Live, ends this TONIGHT. There’s a packed calendar this whole week, but the closing party on Friday night should be an epic way to go out with a bang. Exhibits open at 7 PM and the party starts at 9.  Don’t miss this–plus, you’ll likely never have access to this much gratis Vitaminwater ever again.

Saturday, June 18


Fatback returns! 10 pm to 3 pm at Liv (2001 11th Street NW). You know the deal: No cover, no dress code… just a chance to do it right. In my experience, costumes are optional, but encouraged.


If things get too sweaty, you can also head down the street to check out Right Round, an 80’s alt-pop dance party, at Black Cat. Doors open at 9:30 pm and entry is $7.

Sunday, June 19


Happy Fathers Day! Call your Dad, or if he’s local, do something fun together (a Capitol Bikeshare ride and some brunch, perhaps?).

Here are some of my favorite local brunch spots but PLEASE call ahead and reserve because these spots will be packed:

  • Mandu (1805 18 Street NW)
  • Birch & Barley (1337 14 Street NW)
  • Churchkey (1337 14 Street NW)
  • Logan Taven (1423 P Street NW)
  • Commissary (1443 P Street NW)
  • Policy, where all Dads will receive a complimentary Beermosa — wheat beer and OJ — at brunch (1904 P Street NW)
  • Masa 14 (1825 P Street NW)
  • Vinoteca (1940 11 Street NW)
  • Crème (1322 U Street NW)
  • L’Enfant Café-Bar (2000 18 Street NW)

I also firmly believe that there is a SomeEcards card for every occasion, including Fathers Day. Your dad will definitely appreciate one of these.

What are YOUR weekend plans? What did we miss? Let us know! Now, get out there and enjoy the WEEKEND.


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