A traveling truck packed with Veuve Clicquot champagne will be parked at the bar’s patio at 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW from 5-9 p.m. tonight.
Representatives from the high-end champagne brand have been touring the country and hosting patio events at bars in several cities. Bar Dupont patrons will be able to purchase $20 glasses of bubbly or $110 bottles between 5 and 9 p.m. today. For $129, customers can purchase unlimited champagne for the evening.
Bar Dupont will also be serving three specialty cocktails made with Veuve Cliquot champagne, and a food menu that includes hibiscus-infused ceviche, mini lobster rolls, and Chesapeake Bay oysters.
The Veuve Cliquot truck will stop at several downtown bars over the weekend before leaving the District.
Photo via Twitter/ Veuve Clicquot
From Lauren Levine. Email her at lauren[AT]borderstan.com
It’s 5:30 pm, and you’re about to hit send on your last email of the day. What are you going to do with your five hours before bedtime?
Every Monday through Friday, young professionals are presented with the same quandary over and over – should I go to happy hour today? So then why does it often feel like we have to physically drag ourselves to the treasured DC tradition that is happy hour?
Maximizing the Happy
Here are some tips for maximizing the “happy” in your hour(s):
- Do what you want. If you’re fantasizing about that sushi delivery guy and West Wing on Netflix more than that friend you’re going to meet, simply don’t go! We have enough obligations as it — reschedule it for a time when you’ll be more psyched to dish on your non-existent love life or work frustrations. Plus, your friend will appreciate your honesty if you just say, “I’ve had a rough day and want to give you my full attention. Can we do this next week?”
- Bring a late afternoon snack to work that day. Is it just me, or do you feel gross when you leave a happy hour? You drink three beers before the specials end at 7 pm, and then you wolf down some cheesy fries… and a quesadilla… and those 30-cent buffalo wings were too good to pass up. A pre-happy hour snack at your desk will leave you full enough to save the munchies for when you get home to real food.
- Don’t let work dominate a work happy hour. So your coworker managed to rally the office to the bar, and now you all spend 3 hours talking about your least favorite client or how frustrated you are with the other side of the aisle. Gosh, you just worked for eight to 10 hours — the least you could do to actually take the edge off is talk about Game of Thrones or the Caps or something. Plus it’s nice to know your coworkers as real people.
- Really talk to new people. You know when you’re looking forward to some big happy hour so you can meet new people, but then you find someone you know and stand in the corner and talk to them the whole time? It can be hard to muster the energy to start from scratch with someone after a long day, so pump yourself up for it with some iTunes jams on the walk over. It could save you from an awkward OKCupid date later on. Plus, there’s a sweet deal going on if you wanna buy someone a drink, you stud, you.
From Alejandra Owens. You can find her at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Alejandra also writes for City Eats DC, a Food Network site, where you can book dinner reservations. Email her at alejandra[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter at @frijolita.
When it comes to best/worst lists, DC always seems to find a place. In 2010 we were among the fittest cities in America thanks to all you crazy running people. We were also one of the happiest cities according to a Gallop pole. Not surprisingly, we were also among the most expensive cities to live! But last week we topped another list – this time coming in as the 9th Drunkest City In The US!
So here’s the break down: according to The Daily Beast, the average DC adult consumes 15.6 alcoholic beverages a month (rounding up, that’s four drinks a week, give or take), 14.5 percent of us are binge drinkers and 5 percent of us are considered heavy drinkers.
I mean, are we really surprised? DCers have a penchant for rooftop drinking, patio drinking and dirt-cheap-happy hour drinking. We bestow our finest bartenders with a demi-god like status. We even have classic cocktail death matches! Bottom line: cheap, neat, classic, it doesn’t matter, we like our booze!
So it got me thinking, where did I drink the most in DC this year? In no particular order:
- Fiola – I’ve lauded Jeff Faile’s manhattan for awhile now.
- 1905 – Lyn and Joel serve up cocktails with a friendly “in your living room” kind of vibe.
- Estadio – They serve my favorite rose in the whole city.
- Stoney’s – A favorite spot to meet friends and have a bourbon & ginger.
- Iron Horse Taproom – A regular after work spot, any bar with a $5 Makers Mark night is a bar I’ll like.
- Cork – Wine flights. Enough said.
Then there were dinner parties – many, many dinner parties. So that means weekly visits to Connecticut Avenue Wine & Spirits where I pick up a bottle or two for those “just in case” moments. So Borderstanis, where do you booze… or buy your booze? It’s really not hard to imagine how one might get to four drinks a week – at minimum. Or, dear lord, is it?