by Borderstan.com March 7, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

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Weekend Warrior: End of Hibernation Edition. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

I may still be hungover from my birthday weekend, but before we kick things off, I feel it’s my duty to bring to your attention to what may just be the most adorable video of the week. It involves the National Zoo’s baby sloth bear, a box, and a battle of the wills. I’m sure if you try hard enough, you can also find some kind of metaphor for the sequester in there too, but all I know is that it’s the weekend and it’s going to be in the high 50s and sunny, so it’s time to come out of the den.

Thursday

While the inside of Dupont’s Irish Whiskey is often populated by the same unsavory clientele as its predecessor Porter’s, their patio — which is equipped with its very own fire pit — is quickly becoming my favorite happy hour spot. Proceed with caution however, as open flame and hard liquor can, in some instances, lead to the loss of an eyebrow.

Friday

Although I have a tendency to overshare when I’ve had a glass or five of pinot grigio, I admire the folks behind Story League DC for their ability to tell their own self-deprecating/hilarious/embarrassing tales in front of large crowds of drunkards. Check out several of the League’s most popular performers tonight at the Black Cat as they celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the project. Tickets are $12 and doors are at 9 pm.

Saturday 

If you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early (re: drinking copious amounts of whiskey, stumbling around and passing out before sundown) then the DC Whiskey Walk should fit the bill. The 8-stop bar crawl through Dupont Circle costs $40, and a portion of the proceeds will go to nonprofits and charities. Check in starts at noon (yeesh) at James Hoban’s, so God speed.

Sunday

True story: apparently Cork Market’s fried chicken was named one of the top 10 best in the country by Bon Appetit magazine, which you’re probably thinking is crazy because, um, Cork Market has sold fried chicken for the last two years and why was wasn’t I made aware of this?? Luckily you can make up for lost time today at 6 pm when they’ll be hosting a special fried chicken and champagne dinner. Tickets are $75 per couple and include lots of delicious chicken, two glasses of champagne per person, biscuits, greens and a fruit crostata for dessert.

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by Borderstan.com February 28, 2013 at 10:00 am 2 Comments

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

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Katie is exploring beer and donuts this weekend. (Brian Hussein Stanton)

As I approach my 30th birthday (why, it’s this Friday, thanks for asking!) I have been ruminating about life more than usual. The milestones met and unmet, what the future holds, what it all means, etc., and so far the only thing I know unquestionably is that I MUST become a stow-away aboard Titanic II when it sets sail in 2016.

Looks like I have a bit more soul-searching ahead of me. But in the meantime, it’s the weekend! So, let’s keep procrastinating, shall we?

Thursday

Does the ability to tweet snarky comments about Tom Coburn’s beard translate into telling actual funny jokes? Roll the dice and find out tonight at The Hamilton as 13 journalists compete in Commedia dell Media a stand-up competition benefiting Writopia and REACH, Inc., local organizations that promote youth literacy. The show starts at 8 pm and tickets are $22.50 in advance or $33 at the door.

Friday

Sometimes when two good things come together they create something even better (like screaming goats and Taylor Swift), and other times they implode in epic proportions (like Sex and the City: The Movie). I’m tempted to say that a “Mint Chocolate Ale” would fall into the latter category, but find out for yourself tonight at H Street Country Club, where you can sample and vote for it along with the two other beers that are currently in the running to join Blue Moon’s Fall 2013 lineup. Things kick off at 8 pm and free snacks will also be provided.

Saturday

I WAS going to recommend that you check out the DC Donut Fest that’s happening this afternoon from 12 pm to 4 pm at Penn Social, but apparently donuts are the new cupcakes or something and the whole thing is straight up sold out. If you want to swing by and try to scalp your way in, I won’t judge you. $15 for bottomless donuts is definitely worth it.

If you don’t end up gorging yourself on donuts (or even if you do) you can gorge yourself on beer tonight at the 9th annual DC Brewer’s Ball to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tickets are $130, and include beer tastings from dozens of breweries, bites from local eateries like Hank’s Oyster Bar, Masa 14 and Mon Ami Gabi, live music and a silent auction.

Sunday

One of the Food Network’s top 3 least annoying chefs/king of my heart and stomach Bobby Flay recently claimed the people’s choice award for best burger at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival with his Green Chili Cheeseburger. The burger, a majestic beef patty topped with (OMG) roasted green chilis, queso sauce, pickled red onions and crushed potato chips, is available through today only at Bobby’s Burger Palace on K Street. Get over there and treat yo’ self.

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by Borderstan.com February 21, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

Katie Andriulli is making sure your pours are up to standards this weekend.

Katie Andriulli is making sure your pours are up to standard this weekend. (Borderstan)

The only really bad thing about “House of Cards” (which I know you watched last weekend, because I told you to), is that it rarely shows anything redeeming about DC other than the fact that it’s got a lot of stately looking statues of dead people and really good cell service, apparently.

For example, it doesn’t mention that we have an Office of Weights & Measures (whaaat?) and that said office has been looking after YOUR rights as a wino by inspecting the pours at various area establishments to make sure you’re not getting shorted. It’s almost enough to make up for taxation without representation!

Word on the street is that DC Mayor Vincent Gray has suspended the investigations, but if you see a rogue out at the bar this weekend with a ruler looking skeptically at your beverage, give them a high five just in case.

Thursday

For the past several years, Bartending 4 Change has been doing the Lord’s work: getting the fair citizens of our city drunk for a good cause. Tonight they’ll host a fundraiser at Agora for Joseph’s House, an Adams Morgan-based nonprofit that provides much-needed hospice services for the homeless. The event runs from 6 to 9 pm, and will feature food and drink specials. A $5 donation at the door is suggested and all tips the bartenders earn go directly to Joseph’s House.

Friday

Well guys, it’s National Margarita Day (because 364 other days of the year devoted to alcohol just wasn’t enough). In honor of this important holiday, Casa Oaxaca will be running their Hora Feliz all night long, and Borderstan’s own Tortilla Coast will donate $1 for every el Jimador margarita sold tonight to Food & Friends.

Saturday

Much like those that ban unruly children (get on the bandwagon, DC), restaurants that have happy hour on Saturdays and Sundays hold a special place in my heart. As my colleague Rachel told us earlier this week, Poste Brasserie has just unveiled a new local happy hour that runs from 4 to 7 pm on the weekends, and features drinks and snacks made with home-grown ingredients, including Green Hat Gin and Rappahannock River Oysters.

Sunday

It’s Oscars night, otherwise known as America’s second favorite Sunday next to Easter the Super Bowl, and there are a plethora of options out there if you want to snark on the celebs in a group setting other than Twitter.

The Black Cat will be hosting a free viewing party in their back room starting at 8 pm, but since an Oscar party is really just a thinly veiled excuse to get dressed up, let me suggest the Glamour, Glitter and Gold gala at Town. Tickets start at $15 and sales benefit the DC Center for the LGBT Community. If, like me, you prefer to stay home a yell obscenities at Ryan and Giuliana from the comfort of your couch, here are a slew of Oscar-themed cocktail recipes to try, although I will probably just opt for a “Zero Dark & Stormy” (see what I did there?)

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by Borderstan.com February 14, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

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Weekend Warrior: Is Love Actually All Around? Edition. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

If The Washington Post story last weekend about a couple who is going on a date at a bunch of Metro stops hasn’t inspired you to renounce love (and humanity) in all its forms, then you’re probably looking forward to Valentine’s Day, in which case, have at it!

I’ll be celebrating a much more important occasion, the birthday of Rob Thomas, frontman for Matchbox 20, by listening to “Smooth” on an infinite loop while wearing Jnco Jeans, but to each her own. Luckily, there are plenty of other things going on during this (long!) weekend to help us forget that Thursday ever happened. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Thursday

  • As I mentioned, there are a LOT of things going on tonight, and even a few tables left at restaurants around town (if you’re cool with eating at 4:30 pm). Or, if you’re flying solo and want to launch a silent protest against Hallmark by grabbing dinner alone, you have now been validated by NPR, so eat that soup for one with pride!

Friday

  • Do you like bite-sized portions of foods and also gambling? If so, head over to Ping Pong Dim Sum tonight, which is running a special promotion in honor of the Chinese New Year (of the snake): roll a pair of dice at the end of your meal, and if you hit snake eyes, they’ll take $50 off your bill.

Saturday

  • Those who know me are aware that I do not venture to the other side of the river (aka Virginia) without a VERY good reason, so trust me when I say that tonight’s headliner at the Arlington Cinema and Draft House, Adam Cayton-Holland, is very much worth the trip (if you don’t believe me check out his recent performance on Conan). Then call up your teetotalling friend with a car and convince them to drive you to the show, which starts at 10 pm and costs $20.

Sunday

  • The Downton Abbey season finale is really the only thing that matters today, but, as the Dowager Countess once said, “It would be a shame to waste a good pudding.” I’m going to assume by “pudding” she meant “bloody mary,” and suggest that you venture over to Dupont’s own DGS Delicatessen, which just launched a new brunch menu featuring delectable items like eggs benedict latkes, and a scrambled eggs with Matzo.

Monday

  • Mondays of a long weekend are good for a variety if things, including by not limited to: sleeping, ordering pizza, sleeping, not going to the gym and watching Netflix for hours on end. House of Cards, its new original series, is so good it will make you forgive Kevin Spacey for Pay It Forward. 

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by Borderstan.com January 31, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

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What’s the Weekend Warrior got planned? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

It was recently brought to my attention, in this article from The Onion USA Today that roaming cats are basically killing all the beasts in our skies (and most of those on land, too). Also, there are over 300 roaming cat colonies in DC alone. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that if you go out this weekend, your chances of getting attacked by a cat are probably pretty high. But don’t let that stop you!

Thursday

  • Plus 10 points to Ginger Root Design for throwing an anti-Valentine’s Day drinking party today from 6 pm to 10 pm. Minus 10 points for making me think about Valentine’s Day two full weeks before it’s absolutely necessary.
  • In the mood for some banjo with your beer? Obviously you are. One of Columbia Heights’ newer, more notable dive bars, The Pinch, is teaming up with DC Brau tonight for their inaugural Brau Ramble, a bluegrass & beer bonanza that will take place on the last Thursday of every month. The music starts at 8 pm, and it’s free. There will also be tons o’ drink specials and a 9:30 Club ticket giveaway to boot.

Friday

  • It’s Pisco Sour Day (because why not?) Learn how to make one at home (warning, it’s kinda annoying), or better yet, visit the friendly barkeeps at Lincoln, Ceiba, or The Gibson who will froth your egg whites for you.
  • Slam back Chesapeake Bay oysters for 50 cents each and Alexandria’s own Port City beer for $4 a pint at the always solid Urbana in Dupont, which kicks off the first of several local oyster and beer happy hours tonight from 4 to 7 pm. Then go stand drunk outside the Kennedy Center and beg someone for an extra ticket to one (or both) of tonight’s sold-out Louis C.K. shows.

Saturday 

  • Today is Groundhog Day, when we place our hopes and dreams for the future in the hands of a panicked, obese rodent. If for some ungodly reason you’re awake at 7:30 am, head over to the Dupont Circle fountain to see if Punxsutawney Phil’s taxidermied cousin Potomac Phil sees his shadow or not. Or, better yet, sleep in, order some pizza, and watch Groundhog Day on Netflix for the one-thousandth time. It still holds up.

Sunday

  • Well guys, it’s Super Bowl Sunday. Will Ray Lewis cry? (Probably) Will any of the 30 second commercials be worth the $4 million companies spent on them? (No) Will you eat one of these recipes made in a crock pot? (If you know what’s good for you) Tune in to CBS at 6:30 pm to find out the answers to these questions and more. Oh, and once that’s over, fire up the DVR, because PBS ain’t letting some frivolous gentlemen’s sporting competition preempt Downton Abbey. #FREEBATES

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by Borderstan.com January 24, 2013 at 10:00 am 1 Comment

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Don’t let cold weather keep you at home. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

Well, well. It’s already the weekend, guys, and I’m as happy as an orangutan with an iPad (Yes, the orangutans at the National Zoo now have iPads. This is the world we live in!) “But Katie,” you’re probably saying right now, “isn’t it going to be like negative bajillion degrees out this weekend? Why would I even want to leave the house?”

To which I reply: you have a point. It’s hard to motivate when it’s a high of 13 and Luther is sitting there on Netflix streaming just waiting to be devoured. But if you can manage to force yourself out of hibernation, here are a few things that will make it worth the trouble.

Thursday

  • If you lived in DC at all during your 20s, chances are you were dragged to Third Edition in Georgetown at some point, probably for a sloppy yet memorable birthday party in the summer in their “tiki bar.” Well, like sands through the hourglass, so are the comings and goings of Georgetown real estate: it was revealed recently that restaurateur Richard Sandoval is buying out Third Edition to turn it into an upscale eatery. Spill some drinks on the floor and dance to Van Halen one last time at their closing party tonight starting at 7 pm. It’s free and there will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drink specials (re: shooters?) flowing throughout the night.

Friday

Saturday

  • When the zombie apocalypse comes, you’re going to want to have a good stash of booze on hand to help you survive. Learn how to mash, ferment, distill, store and bottle your own spirits at the Catoctin Creek Distilling workshop today from 3 pm – 5 pm at the Park Hyatt in the West End. The workshop is a great deal at $55, which includes tastings and complimentary small plates from Blue Duck Tavern Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault.

Sunday

  • Celebrate Borderstan fave Cork Wine Bar’s 5th anniversary by grabbing a bite from their excellent brunch menu, which features unique dishes like a coddled egg with caramelized leeks and a house-made waffle with strawberry rhubarb butter. Also, did we mention they have mimosa flights? Your Sunday, sorted.
  • Once you’re good and tipsy, head over to the year’s first DC Record Fair, which is being held at Penn Social in Chinatown from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission is $5 bucks between 11 am and noon, and $2 from noon to 5 pm, but the extra $3 is totally worth it if it means you’ll have a better chance of scoring that copy of Billy Joel’s Glass Houses you’ve been searching high and low for (or maybe that’s just me?)

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by Borderstan.com January 17, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

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Weekend Warrior: Four More Years! (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

Okay, so here’s the deal. This weekend is that Inauguration thing. It’s gonna be crowded, cold, and lots of people from [insert midwestern state here] are going to stand on the left side of the metro escalators. You’ve been warned.

If you DO decide to leave the confines of your abode, you can find a massive list of unofficial inaugural balls here, bars staying open ’til ungodly hours here, and food specials around town here, but really you should just do the things listed below because they are going to be fun, probably!

Thursday 

  • Although his mom jeans belie his coolness, we all know that Obama enjoys a good beer from time to time. In honor of POTUS and his hometown of Chicago, Jack Rose Dining Saloon is hosting a Goose Island Tap Takeover starting at 5 pm, featuring $3.12 cans of the 312 Urban Wheat, $7 drafts and a rare bottle tasting from 6 to 10 pm in their new basement bar.
  • Do you like Reggae? Because it is one of the things in this world that I do not like. But if you do, that’s cool. To each his own! Also, you should probably check out the official Thievery Corporation After-Party tonight at The Brixton which will feature a reggae DJ. It’s free and things will kick off around 10 pm when the Thievery show at the 9:30 Club winds down.

Friday

  • My colleague, Rachel, said it best: Inauguration weekend calls for doughnuts. Snag some of the Obama-themed variety from DC’s own Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, who will be holding another pop-up shop today at Chinatown Coffee Co. starting at 10 am.
  • I will admit that I am not entirely sure what takes place at an improv comedy inaugural ball, but if you want to satisfy your morbid curiosity, head over to the DC Arts Center for the Aboulia! Inaugural Ball featuring a packed lineup of DC’s best improv troupes. The shows start at 7:30 and 10 pm, and tickets are $10.

Saturday

  • Preemptively counteract any licentious deeds you’ll be engaging in the rest of the weekend by volunteering as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. There are a ton of events going on across the city, including one at DC Armory, where volunteers will be putting together care packages for the troops. Get all the info you need and sign up or a shift here.
  • Remember when Moby dated Natalie Portman? That was pretty weird! Be sure to ask him about it tonight when you see him headlining the Blisspop Inauguration Party at U Street Music Hall, starting at 10 pm. The show is currently sold out, but it’s definitely worth scouring Craigslist for tickets.

Sunday

  • If you’re starting to feel yourself descending into an alcohol and tourist-induced fugue state by this point in the weekend, then the Nevermind the Inauguration Counter Inaugural Ball and Festival of Resistance might be just what the doctor ordered. The event, which starts at noon at the Warehouse Theater, features free workshops and films on global resistance, and caps things off with a good old fashioned punk rock benefit concert at 6 pm.

Monday

  • True story: In 2009 I watched the Inauguration on TV at a bar in Columbia Heights with an endless supply of mimosas and bloody marys, and it was the best decision I have ever made. If you’re smart enough to follow suit (did I mention it’s going to be COLD OUT today?) plant yourself at one of the many establishments that will be serving up their usual weekend fare and specials today, including Firefly, Tabaq and Red Rocks.

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by Borderstan.com January 10, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

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Weekend Warrior: Edition We’re number 9! (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

Good news guys: we’re apparently the 9th drunkest city in the country (suck on that, Omaha!) Normally I don’t put much stock in these kinds of rankings, but since this particular list assuages my personal guilt about binge drinking, I’m embracing it. On that note… hey look, it’s the weekend!

Thursday

OK, so technically Mellow Mushroom is in Adams Morgan, not Borderstan, but any event that combines pizza and shopping gets a free pass in my book. Find those Zubaz pants buried at the bottom of your closet and bring them by the Xchange DC Fashion Swap taking place from 5 to 9 pm. Enjoy some eats (the Kosmic Karma pie is a personal favorite) and specials on DC’s own Chocolate City beer while you peruse the offerings.

Or, if you’re more in the mood for caffeinated art, check out DMV Coffee‘s first Thursday Night Throwdown (TNT) of the year, where you can watch skilled baristas go head to head in a latte art competition (yes, that is a thing!) This month’s battle, which is being hosted at Room 11, kicks off at 9 pm, and if you’ve never seen someone craft a swan out of milk foam, trust me, you don’t want to miss it.

Friday

Celebrate barely surviving your first full week back from vacation at Cause Philanthropub’s 5-5-5-5 happy hour from 4 to 7 pm, where draft beers, select bites, featured cocktails and wine are just $5 (even better: 100% of Cause’s profits go to deserving charities, so don’t be a teetotaler!) If you’re still hungry, walk a mere 20 yards across the street to grab dinner at 1905, which just rolled out a some new, sure-to-be-delicious menu offerings like pork belly with black eyed peas and braised beef cheek with fried yucca.

Saturday

I have it on good authority that the double-bill tonight at the Black Cat is going to be a face-melter. Co-headliners Kingsley Flood, whose sound my friend described as “foot-stomping, raucous, Americana rock,” and DC’s own Ugly Purple Sweater, whose new EP, DC USA, is named in honor of the eponymous Columbia Heights shopping center, are both releasing new albums tonight at the show. Locals kindlewood open. Doors are at 8:30 pm, and tickets are only $12, which is same price as a ticket to Texas Chainsaw 3D (and, I would imagine, a much better value).

Sunday

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are hosting the Golden Globes tonight, which is basically going to be this times a million. Before the show, catch up on some of this year’s nominated movies that you might have missed, including the insanely great Django Unchained, which is playing at Borderstan’s very own West End Cinema, and Rust and Bone at E Street Cinema (which is basically Amelie meets Free Willy I think?) Then head home and make some cocktails before the show starts so you can ensure that you’re as liquored up as the celebs in attendance.

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by Borderstan.com January 3, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

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What’s in store for the Weekend Warrior? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

So this is the New Year, and I don’t feel any different (yet, anyway). But I think 2013 is going to bring the awesome. The signs are all around. So let’s resolve to be even more warrior-like (warrior-ier?) in the New Year, and get to what we’re all here for: this weekend’s happenings.

Thursday 

Tonight at DC9, Monument Music & Arts is hosting an evening of music to benefit Sandy Hook Elementary featuring local headliner Justin Jones. Tickets for the 9 pm show are $10 and all proceeds go to the Connecticut PTA, which is helping to coordinate donations for the Newtown community. If you feel like gettin’ crafty for a good cause, organizers are also encouraging folks to make paper snowflakes, which they will collect at the show and ship to Newtown where they will be used to decorate the new school when students resume classes in mid-January.

Friday

Was one of your resolutions to have more 98° in your life in 2013? If so, I’m a bit concerned for you, but the 9:30 Club has got you covered tonight with its Lady Gaga vs. Madonna vs. Boy Bands dance party. Things kick off at 8 pm and tickets are $15.

Saturday

Get inspired by painting at the National Gallery of Art’s exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, which is in its final weeks, then get frustrated by painting and transition to drinking at Fun+Art+Wine’s class Inspired Pairings: Henri Matisse & Viognier.” The workshop, which is held at their studio in Penn Quarter (RSVP to get location details) runs from 2 to 4 pm and costs $85, which includes painting instruction, supplies to make your own masterpiece, and most importantly, lots of wine and snacks.

Sunday 

Resolve to expand your foodie horizons in 2013 and check out one of my favorite after-work spots Boqueria in Dupont Circle, which also serves a killer brunch. The menu features both authentic Spanish dishes like Tortilla Española and twists on American brunch standbys like eggs benedict, which they serve with either Serrano ham, Piquillo peppers or smoked Scottish salmon (all of which are preferable to Canadian bacon, which should be outlawed). And, best of all, they offer a $35 all you can eat and drink option, if you’re into that kind of thing (you are).

Monday Bonus: Pig Party!

If there’s one thing I like better than puns, it’s pork products. Borderstan’s very own house of hog The Pig offers both with its Oinkupy DC beer dinner tonight, which they’re hosting with Flying Dog brewery. Tickets for the dinner, which starts at 7 pm, are $70 without tax and tip, but that’s a small price to pay for a five-course meal with beer pairings (dishes include beer soup and pig head mole) and the chance to be among the first to try Flying Dog’s limited edition Chipotle Dark Ale.

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by Borderstan.com December 27, 2012 at 9:00 am 1,074 0

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End of 2012 edition. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

Hey guys, how was your holiday? I ate my body weight in lasagna and watched Mrs. Doubtfire with my parents, so basically par for the vacation course for me.

Luckily for you, the weekend is already upon us, and it has a few things going for it, not the least of which is that it’s the last one of the year (good riddance to 2012, amirite?) So let’s see what’s on the agenda.

Thursday

Give your holiday-addled liver a brief reprieve tonight and stare in wondrous, childlike joy at holiday lights in the shape of lemurs at the National Zoo. Their annual ZooLights celebration (which is free, by the way) runs from 5 pm – 9 pm and ends on New Year’s Day.

Friday

Stop reading this, and go watch this CBS Sunday Morning interview with Georgetown grad Bradley Cooper. How cute is he? Eat some popcorn for dinner tonight and go see Silver Linings Playbook, because he and the movie are both equally delightful.

Saturday

Bibiana restaurant is kind of incredible, which is why I’ll forgive them for calling their black truffle tasting dinner tonight “Truffle-rama.” The three course menu will set you back $60 (because, truffles) but admit it: you’re sort of curious to see how they’re able to make a dessert out of them.

Sunday

For the first time in (maybe ever?) Washington has a shot as seeing TWO of its professional sports teams make the playoffs in the span of a year, which is almost as good as having Congressional representation. Even if you haven’t watched one Skins game this year, Google RGIII and head to a bar to watch them throw down against longtime rivals the Cowboys in the last game of the regular season. Because DC is DC, there are more sports bars here dedicated to out-of-town teams than the Skins, but Borderstan stalwarts Nellie’s, Solly’s and Stoney’s are all good locales to catch the game, which starts at 8:20 pm.

Monday

I’m sorry you guys, but objectively speaking, 2012 was pretty terrible (there are a lot of reasons why, but may I present Exhibit A and Exhibit B). I don’t begrudge you the chance to pay a bunch of money to spend the night trying to avoid getting rail drinks spilled on you. However, if you’re more like me (re: a 85-year-old woman in a 30-year-old-body) you might be more inclined to go out and grab an awesome dinner, or head to one of the many bars around town that will be cover-free and low key tonight.

Better yet, stay in with some takeout, some friends and some whiskey and play the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest drinking game (take a shot every time Seacrest has more money than you). You’ll forget all about the year that was in no time.

Whatever you do, have fun, be safe and remember to take the metro or a cab home if you’ve had too many cocktails. Take it from this guy: starting the New Year off with a DUI is so not chic.

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by Borderstan.com December 20, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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Get ready for the holidays with our Weekend Warrior. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

Hey y’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 we’re going to do this weekend?

Thursday

I’ll be hoarding jars of mayonnaise in preparation for tomorrow, but if you’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 you’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 fundraiser benefiting the awesome local organization Common Good City Farm.

Friday

Well, it’s finally here…the day John Cusack warned you about. The Washington Post has a pretty good apoca-list of what’s going down tonight, including a party in a “fallout shelter” courtesy of Brightest Young Things, mezcal cocktails and foie gras tacos(!) at Oyamel and a special “Last Friday” 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 can’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 Club’s totally tubular sweat-fest the No Scrubs ’90’s dance party (if I’m going be consumed by a mythological rain of fire, I might as well be singing “Wonderwall” when it happens).

Saturday

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 can’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 haven’t had a chance to wander around the place before, trust me, just do it.

Sunday

Forty percent 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. Arnold’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, I’ve been wondering what I can do to help following last Friday’s tragic events in my home state of Connecticut. If you can, please consider supporting one of the many charities and volunteer groups that are on the ground helping the Newtown community, like these incredible comfort therapy dogs.

I’ll be back next week with some NYE happenings, but in the meantime, wishing you and yours a fun, festive holiday!

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