11:00 Do you hear that? No? Listen closer. It's the sound of a barking dog — a Dogfish Head, in fact. Poor guy's in my fridge, scratching at the door. He knows it's 11 p.m., when I sign off, and he can't wait for me to open him up and pour him down my gullet. Thing is, I have to figure out this Twitter widget first. Let's see if this works:
It worked! Sweet. *blogger unsticks self from couch* I'M COMING BOY. *opens fridge* COME HERE DOGFISH HEAD. *barking dog* ATTA BOY! *crack, pffft* DOWN YOU GO.
10:58 TBD's Elahe Izadi, who moonlights as a stand-up comic, has this great joke about balls. That's right — testicles. I won't tell it, because that's not my right, but trust me, it's funny. She's funny. But sometimes she's not happy about her performance; her timing's off, or the crowd's full of arm-crossed hipsters. Anyway, she can always count on the balls joke, and I'm happy to report that she told it tonight "and they loved it."
10:53 Does Beaujon know I say goodbye in eight minutes? Yes, he does, which is precisely why he's tweeting insanity. Go:
Rustico: Bar closes at midnight. Not busy. Rustico not busy? What the hell is going on?
Cannot navigate Birchmere phone tree to ascertain status of Gonzo Bar. It's a Paula Poundstone show tonight so assume it's rockin'
Monroe's has closed. Dang! This neighborhood is really missing Del Merei.
Marino's on rt 1 WOW wotta special. 1 lg 1 topping pizza w/12 wings AND 4 cans of soda $22.99. Open till 1 a.m
If you are thinking of catching a drink at La Strada, don't bother--they don't have a bar. Never knew that.
Cafe pizzaiolo cafe and bar in del ray: Bar is "pretty busy." Open till at least midnight but kitchen is closed.
NOW PLEASE STOP.
10:50 Rowinski resurfaces in Falls Church with a freshly charged cell phone. He says the only seats at the bar at Dogwood Tavern are at the very end. Hey, a seat's a seat.
10:47 Jenny Rogers, now at the Pour House in Capitol Hill, calls the scene "low key." The Florida game just ended; several fans remain. Larry the bouncer told her she should go upstairs, where it is more "upscale." He added, "That's more upscale decor, not necessarily more upscale people."
10:42 Beaujon isn't simply alive; he's manning the phones like a telemarketer on meth. In his own words:
Firelies in Del Ray: music ends at 11 p.m. Says it was real busy earlier. Also: Had a pork chop sandwich special. Run!
CHEESETIQUE HAS CLOSED.
Los Tios closes at 11 p.m. Bar is not busy. Sometimes it rocks on a little later at Los Tios.
Evening Star not picking up the phone. Calling the bar now.
No. 9 lounge behind Evening Star: Last call is at 1:30. Person on phone says "It's not crazy, no."
Dairy Godmother has served its last cone, sorry folks (kid sick, got started late). special flavor was coconut cream.
Hops in Potomac Yard: Not busy. Closes at midnight. No specials.
10:33 TBD arts editor Andrew Beaujon is alive! Not that I feared him dead, but he hadn't tweeted for nearly 24 hours until several minutes ago. This is not like him. I was worried. Anyway, he says the kitchen at Madigan's Waterfront in Occoquan usually closes at 11, but they're packing their knives a half hour early. Stop the
presses CMS submission! At least they're still serving drinks, the potency of which is doubled if you forego the whole dinner thing. Bistrot Belgique Gourmand, also in Occoquan, is wrapping up dinner service. Writes Beaujon, "Seems to be about it for Occoquan, late-night-wise." I hadn't even heard of Occoquan until this very moment, so it's a win. (No offense, though! I'm new to these parts.)
10:24 Meanwhile, the Dead Kennedys haven't yet, or are about to, or just did take the stage at the Rock & Hotel, and yet the the place already "is thumpin."
10:22 Post music critic David Malitz is at Xiu Xiu — not the nail spa in Tenleytown but rather the band, which will be spazzing out at Red Palace any moment now. He tweets, "Xiu xiu wtf lol ugh fml." I know exactly how he feels.
10:17 CELESTE PIZZA = BURNED. Time flies when you're live-blogging other people's social lives.
10:14 Bryan Voltaggio sighting! The stoic Top Chef finalist has been spotted at ... his restaurant Volt in Frederick, Md. Unsurprising, but still, he's there. @locoallergylife tweets, "packed. nice staff, tour. Sipping fangelica. lovin it. music?" How about a Michael Bolton cover?
10:08 TBD's Sommer Mathis has been tweeting from Bengie's Drive-In Theatre in Baltimore. She's in the middle of Red right now, but if you hurry now you can make it there in time for the 10:45 screening of The Town, which contains the best action scenes you'll see in a film this year, and that list includes Inception. It's $8 and there's still room for more cars.
10:00 And we enter the home stretch. Despite all of your fine recommendations about pizza delivery systems in D.C., I chose instead to throw a Celeste into the oven. The Dogfish Head beer in my fridge keeps barking at me.
DOWN, BOY! I'LL BE WITH YOU IN AN HOUR!
9:59 Mie n Yu might be jammed, but TBD's Lisa Rowan somehow snagged a seat at the bar. "Feeling like a baller," she writes.
See? When you drink Pabst Blue Ribbon, magical things happen.
9:58 Music updates: Izadi tweets, "DJ Dan Cooper of the Brown Rice Collective is djing Sulu DC. I keep picking on him. He'll be at 18th Street Lounge later tonight." And if jazz is your thing, the Anthony Nelson Trio is reportedly "KILLIN it" at Twins Jazz on U Street.
9:53 Dan Rowinski tweeted Leesburg to death — or the death of his cell phone battery anyway. If you're out that way, read all of his updates here. He's headed to Falls Church now to recharge his battery and check out the scene there. Talk about dedication to the TBD Night cause.
9:51 Tonight's DC Shorts Screenwriting Contest, where the finalist's scripts are performed live by actors in front of an audience of voters, was sold out tonight — standing room only. I'll let you know when they announce a winner.
9:45 But OpenTable's got nothing on our reporters in the field, who have up-to-the-minute facts. The wait at Masa14 is 90-120 minutes, with very little room at the bar. Policy is also busy and lacking bar space. Birch-Barley has tables available outside — menu includes pan-roasted cobia, ricotta cavatelli, truffled herb mac & cheese — while ChurchKey is very busy. At Ulah Bistro, the wait for a table is a reasonable 15-20 minutes, with ample space in both bars. If all of this seems too much, you could always eat late-night at Oohhs & Aahhs, which is open until 4 a.m. Whatever you do, though, don't storm out of Clyde's because your hummus is too thick and cold, because you're mistaking it for porridge, apparently.
9:37 However, you can get a table for two at Corduroy and 8407 Kitchen Bar starting at 9:45; at BRABO, Cafe Atlantic, and Equinox starting at 10; and at Kushi Izakaya starting at 10:45.
9:31 According to OpenTable.com, four of the District's 10 most-booked restaurants no longer have availability for a table of two tonight: Rasika, Volt, Restaurant Eve, and Estadio.
9:26 Not everywhere is packed just yet. Nathasha Lim says U Street's Saloon, where the beer list is longer than this live blog, has room for eaters and drinkers alike.
9:23 If you're a 'Bama fan, then Old Dominion in Mt. Vernon Square is your home away from home. Or it's just a place to drink beer and watch the game. Either way, Roll Tide!
- (Root 'em home, Hannah, and don't let nobody knock your teef out.)
9:16 Comet Ping Pong "is happening now and will be happening all night." DJ Sammy Dee from Berlin is in the house. Beat that beat up.
9:15 Looks like Logan Tavern just opened back up to the general public:
9:11 The bar stools at Stoney's in Logan Circle are all occupied, and the tables in back are filling up. "Good vibe," though. Mova Lounge has an underwear show and drag queen. No specials at Commissary. And Ben's Next Door is incredibly slow, for some strange reason. I'd have to see it to believe it.
9:05 And now some news about humans filling up our most cherished eating and drinking spaces: Clyde's has a 45-minute wait; the Chi Cha Lounge is booked full, "but there's room at the bar"; and the wait for two at Estadio is up to 90 minutes. "Even more volume after Sietsema rave," writes Wemple.
9:00 The Georgetown waterfront is a "ghost town." Chaggaris suspects everyone's at Loews across the street, watching Jackass 3D.
8:59 Smooth sailing on I-95 north, if for some reason you need to leave town at this very moment.
8:57 Tonight's first street fight! Over dice!! In Bethesda!!!
8:53 The Kelly Bell Band plays at Whitlow's on Wilson in Clarendon tonight; no cover. I just Googled "Kelly Bell" and made an interesting discovery. I challenge you to do the same.
8:49 Still don't have plans? In 11 minutes, actor, singer, and local legend Pete Papageorge (Syriana and Step Up 2) takes the stage at Kelly's Irish Times, says Godfrey.
8:47 We are nothing if not comprehensive at TBD Night. Here, courtesy of Godfrey, are the names of the women dancing at gentleman's club Archibald's tonight: Alexa, Allison, Daisy, Emmanuel, Gigi, Iris, Julia, Lana, Layla, Max, Natasha, Sylvia, Victori.
How many of these are birth names, do you think?
8:41 TRAFFIC UPDATE: Writes Cooper, "Getting lucky with no beltway traffic on the way to Bethesda from Arlington. Outer loop looks good too."
8:40 TBD music reporter Sarah Godfrey reports that the K Street Lounge hosts guest DJ D-Miles, "all the way from Las Vegas," who spins house and top 40. Show is free for men until midnight, but only until 11 for women. Does this mean a favorable ratio for the District's bachelors?
8:37 The Yankees lost, by the way. City Paper's Benjamin Freed is despondent. I am elated.
8:34 More from Leesburg: Fire Works Pizza is packed; you'll wait 25-30 minutes for a table. So is Doner Bistro Biergarten. "Having what seems to be a kickass Oktoberfest shindig," tweets Rowinski. "Very large steins of beer." It's $12 if you want to keep the stein, $8 for just the beer. This is the IT spot in Leesburg, but the "sophisticants" can be found at Lightfoot, where you'll wait 35-45 minutes for a table. "Beautiful building. Used to be a bank est. 1888." A Stella draught is a reasonable $5, and they have Chimay Red Label on tap.
8:26 I have cashed in all of my favors and discovered that the Worn party is at Alchemie Forever in Georgetown, down by the waterfront. The event is by invite only, but Rowan says it's "easily crashable." Would someone please crash it for me? And bring me back two Pabst Blue Ribbons?
8:24 Jealousy, thy name is Lisa Rowan with two cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon at the Worn party.
8:22 Also at the Worn party: "cheerful hipsters."
8:18 Jenny Rogers is at the Worn Magazine party in ... I can't seem to figure out where. But she has this "terrible photo" of the editor wearing a killer hat and velvet leggings.
8:14 Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay looks nasty. Why can't we get a pitcher like that? Oh yeah, we can. #redsoxunderachievers
8:10 More from Clarendon: "Plenty of space in the alley at galaxy hut, including the best seat in the house, inside the silo!" See for yourself:
"The hut is also offering two pretty rockin tap beers tonight. First they are offering a preview of the collaboration between Left Hand and Terrapin brewers, the oxymoron imperial pale lager. The bar is actually hosting a tasting event for the beer at the end of the month, but they 'snuck it in' for a preview this weekend, according to owner Lary Hoffman. 'It is probably the last night to try the nectar black xantus. The bar got a very limited amount and it'll probably kick tonight,' he said."
8:08 If you're in Clarendon, or heading there, TBD's Arlington scribe, Rebecca Cooper, has you covered. She writes, "Tonight is Clarendon Grill's 're-launch' party after they were closed for renovations for August and part of September. Toxic Mouse, 'a premiere 1980s tribute band' will be playing starting around 10 p.m. No drink specials that the bartender knew of, but the cover will be $10."
What constitutes a "premiere 1980s tribute band," I wonder. Angular haircuts and parachute pants?
More deets: Tallula and sister bar EatBar have tapped a new cask ale tonight: Williamsburg AleWerks Pumpkin Ale. It costs $7. Cooper called them and there aren't any tables there right now, but there are still seats at the bar. According to the hostess, though, the back lounge is empty.
8:02 Wemple returns with this incisive report from the "Paintings by Sheep Jones" opening reception at Gallery plan b:
Jones, a 59-year-old resident of Fairfax, produces what she calls "narrative art": Each work tells a tale, and that tale is up to the "viewer."
Not wanting to lay bare my amateurish interpretations to the swelling TBD Night audience, I begged Sheep to walk me through a painting or two. She was happy to comply. Take the two pieces of art pictured here. Bees and the "female form" are big in Sheep's oeuvre, and clearly these two pieces are no exception. What's going on here, quite simply, is that the children depicted in the paintings are wearing hats that are emitting pollen for the bees.
That's kind of cool. Though Sheep told me what was happening in the painting, she still ended up leaving the interpretation to me. So despite what I said in the last graph, here goes: Children, in Sheep's view, hold the key to our future. The pollen coming from their headgear means that they are our best hope for a bountiful future. Consider that insect pollination is responsible for an enormous amount of the human food supply — like a third or so, a big part of which is done by bees.
The thing I can't quite tell from this painting is whether the bees are monolectic or oligolectic, the former meaning a bee (or insect) that digs pollen from just one plant species and the latter meaning a bee (or insect) that cheats on its mates all the time, by rounding up pollen from all kinds of species.
OK, so much for reading between the strokes. What's cool about these two paintings — which are on sale for $1,600 per — is how they were created. Sheep, who's been at this for 35 years, tells me that there are three different layers of color throughout. More cool is that on the bottom of each painting is a surface layer of what she called "encased wax," an appropriate substance when you're talking about bee-oriented paintings.
So Sheep spreads a layer of this wax over the painting, lets it dry, and then goes to town — cutting those hexagons from the wax. Note, too, that the wax in some of the hexagons is removed entirely, though not in all cases cleanly or surgically. That's because Sheep is after an effect here. She wants the viewer to see what's under the wax, to "find what's underneath."
7:55 The reason the party is pink, by the way, is because it "involves breast cancer awareness & pink grapefruit vodka," tweets Godfrey.
7:53 We're minutes away from game one of the NLCS. Lincecum vs. Halladay. This is as good as playoff pitching matchups get. If you're watching at a bar, tweet your location with #tbdnight.
7:48 Jenny Rogers hasn't sent any pics of her "cute" outfit yet, but she stepped into the Georgetown Apple Store to snap this pic:
7:43 More from Chaggaris: "Full house (and patio) at Martin's Tavern at N and Wisconsin. Must be the welsh rarebit."
7:43 Overwhelmed by the fine dining options in Georgetown, has Chaggaris settled on Five Guys? Boston's "Peace of Mind" is on the stereo there, and only four people in line.
7:35 Where's a cab when you need one? @lisatella can't find one near the zoo.
7:32 Wemple has a tit for my tat, tweeting, "Kearney botches noun-verb agreement. "Her words me da hambre" Missing an "n" there, RK. Not a Hess-caliber "n" omission, however." I have officially been served. Did my South American love affairs teach me nothing?
7:27 TBD's TV clicker guru, Steve Chaggaris, is in Georgetown tonight. Brave man. The Guards has a homemade country pate special for $8.50. There are plenty of empty tables at Mie n Yu and Mendocino, plus "a great wine selection and a tasty hazlenut risotto" at the latter. The traffic on M Street is dreadful, as always.
7:23 As you head out, don't forget your unique footwear. But whatever you do, don't ever pair a Yankees cap with a Yellow Tail chardonnay shirt. Actually, don't wear any Yankees gear, ever. Thanks much.
7:15 Rowinski is owning Leesburg. At Bunker Sports, he reports, there are $10 domestic pitchers, $1.50 draughts and rail liquors until 9 p.m. Also: $5 burgers. And they have a smoking room, the UPC pay-per-view fight (but no cover), and DJ Jealousy will be spinning after the fight. "This place is HUGE," he tweets. "Bartender says it will get pretty full too."
7:12 And now a photo of Sheep Jones herself:
7:09 Erik Wemple, the guy who makes those wacky Wednesday videos about local newspapers (and who decides whether or not I get fired for that snarky remark), knows where his TBD Night is: Gallery plan b in Logan Circle, which is hosting the opening reception of "Paintings by Sheep Jones." He sends these photos of people's backs:
7:00 It's 7 o'clock, people. Do you know where your night is?
6:52 You know that prime rib special at Red, Hot & Blue in Leesburg? Well it's been 86'd.
6:50 There's a reason that TBD's sole staff photographer is Jay Wescott. Here he gets Hipstamatic on the Washington Monument:
6:44 Professional aggregator Dan Rowinski is live-tweeting his meal at Red Hot & Blue in Leesburg. What is he doing in Leesburg? Having a TBD Night, that's what! We don't discriminate based on geography here; as long as you're out and about, you're cool with us. Of course, if you're indoors, reading this live blog, you're even cooler with us because you're increasing our page-views. Ideally, you'd be out and about and following this live blog via our (shameless plug!) iPhone app.
What was I saying? Oh yeah. Rowinski is feeding himself. He reports that there's blues on the stereo, the specials are prime rib and roast beef, his drinking buddy is a pig, his pulled pork sandwich looks delicious, and there are four sauces to choose from.
6:36 JENNY ROGERS SKIRT UPDATE: She tweets, "leaving for Worn magazine party with @lisatella. Many pictures of cute outfits to come." So I take it she wore the skirt after all? Take that, Godfrey!
6:34 Alright, so Jenny Rogers agrees with Godfrey about the whole temperature-dropping thing: "Debating the wisdom of wearing a skirt out when the temperature will hit 46 tonight. But it's a very cute skirt. DECISIONS"
6:27 My foot soldiers have suddenly become very active on Twitter; this is what happens once the sun goes down. Let's start with Godfrey:
Crystal City's restaurant row has tons of available outdoor seating.
Tagolio has the Yankees game on, so don't even think about going there; unless, of course, you want to try their seasonal pumpkin ravioli, which does sound pretty good. But I repeat: the Yankees are on TV there. That team will ruin even the nicest of meals.
6:25 From Merriam-Webster: ague: "a fever (as malaria) marked by paroxysms of chills, fever, and sweating that recur at regular intervals." Or was it a typo, Chinatown Coffee Co.?
6:21 It's called the Chinatown Coffee Co., but apparently they have wine, too, and at half-price right now. The establishment tweets, "Wale: no charge. (no accent ague)." I have no idea what that means.
6:18 TBD's resident walker, Dave Jamieson, is pounding the pavement in Capitol Hill's Barracks Row. He found half-price beers and pizza at Cafe8 until 7 p.m. "They've got both the front and back patios open and the fronts about half capacity right now," he reports. "Lots of folks out on the street enjoying the nice weather."
Banana Cafe's happy hour goes until 7:30. "It's discount domestics and rails but only upstairs at the piano bar. Will be music later."
Fusion Grill has a happy hour until 8: $5 margaritas and mojitos; $5 wines and $3 beers. "Pretty quiet here thus far."
Jordan's 8: half-price on all beers until 8, and the rooftop patio is open.
Ugly Mug has "the most extensive specials" on the strip: $4 Yuenglings, $6 Jack Daniel drinks; $5 SoCo and limes; $7 nachos and $5 "mug" pretzels. "They're also showing both American football and the other kind."
Concludes Jamieson: "Long and the short of it is there are a lot of folks out here right now sitting outside and enjoying the crisp air and a few cold ones."
6:08 In case you were surprised there's a revolving lounge high in the skies of Crystal City, here's some more info: It's atop the DoubleTree Hotel, and Godfrey calls it "one of the cheesiest spots in the area.... Bad drinks, worse food, but beautiful views of DC. It's empty right now (for people who like to drink in peace) and turns into a eurotrash disco at 9 for people who don't." It also makes people do the technicolor yawn, as she has made abundantly clear.
6:03 "Even staff sometimes feel pukey if they look down at the spinning floor, they say." Okay, Godfrey. Enough already. I'm feeling sick.
6:00 Godfrey is owning the puking beat tonight. She adds, "Sometimes they can only take 2-3 mins of revolving, esp if they've been drinking, says bartender." Oh, and here's the scene of said vomiting — which, it's my duty to add, has not yet occurred. (Cross you fingers!)
5:56 Godfrey found herself wondering if people get motion sickness and vomit at the Sky Dome Lounge. Being an intrepid reporter (is there any other kind?), she asked the staff. Their response: Yes, stomachs occasionally empty their contents onto the floors, tables, and bar top. (I'm taking some creative liberties here; they simply said "yes.")
5:54 Jenny Rogers, TBD's Señorita de la Lista, has some nonalcoholic news for you: "Dairy Godmother in Alexandria has Chai Tea ice pops with honey for just over $2 today. I would also recommend the ginger cookies."
And yes, in case you're wondering, my Spanish-isms are only going to get worse as the night progresses.
5:51 Our resident events guru, Ally Schweitzer, has come through with some high-quality intel. Her words me dan hambre:
Red Rocks in Columbia Heights has two special pies this weekend: Zucchini pizza with mozzarella and veggies ($12), and a pancetta pizza with goat cheese, parmesan and spinach for $13.
Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights: Tonight is Breakin' Glass with DJ Nitekrawler and DJ Lunch Money. Hip hop, funk, 80s, disco, dance classics. Free admission, upstairs, on the later side (10pm or so).
Meridian Pint tapped a couple new beers this week: Jolly Pumpkin's Oro de Calabaza (Belgian ale, Michigan) and the Coronado Mermaids Red Ale.
Eighteenth Street Lounge in Dupont: a DJ set by Brandon from Properly Chilled. Promises downtempo atmosphere, starting 9 p.m. Second floor is jazz with the Donvonte McCoy Sextet.
Fab Lounge in Dupont: Girls Taking Over DJ night with drink specials, 5 p.m. to close.
5:48 TBD's Sarah Godfrey was enjoying the Sky Dome Lounge's "lovely view" of the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and Boeing building, but now the revolving bar is making her feel "barfy." The very word "barfy" makes me feel barfy, kinda like when you see someone gagging. (Detour: Anyone see the recent It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in which Mac fights gay marriage? There's a classic scene involving contagious gagging.)
5:39 Cali punk band Dead Kennedys are playing the Rock & Roll Hotel tonight, and @sfaulstich has painted her nails black for the occasion. Btw, $20 tickets are still available for the show, and get this: The band will be holding a "meet and greet" with fans after the show. If you know anything about the Dead Kennedys, then you know how cool — and potentially frightening — this could be.
5:27 TBD's resident comedienne Elahe Izadi — seriously; she does stand-up comedy by night — will be hosting SULU DC tonight at Artisphere. That is where I would be if I weren't here. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7, all for the price of two happy-hour beers plus tip: $10.
5:26 The Clarendon Grill has been closed for some time. How long? I can't say. All I know is that it's throwing a reopening party tonight.
5:19 Policy DC tweets, "Happy Hour today and tomorrow from 5pm-8pm....who has happy hour on Saturdays??? We do! We do!" They are very excited over there. Too bad they're short on details. Maybe they're just literally happy?
5:14 CityShopGirl.com turns 2 years old today, and @cheeky_geeky — the handle of one Mark Drapeau, director of "public sector social engagement" for Microsoft — is off to celebrate with $5 cocktails at Bar Dupont. I assume he'll be socially engaging with much of the public sector tonight.
5:07 It's past five o'clock, which means a whole new batch of bars began happy hour. Be overwhelmed:
Adams Mill Bar and Grill: $3 pints, $10 pitchers, and $5 Jack Daniel's all night.
Asylum (Adams Morgan): has their "normal countdown action": Their homebrew beer starts at 50 cents at 5 p.m. and goes up by 50 cents each hour. (DID I JUST READ THAT CORRECTLY? I WANT TO GO TO THERE NOW.)
Banana Café (Capitol Hill): $3 House Margaritas on the rocks; $3.75 Cuervo Margaritas; $3 All Rail Drinks; FREE Hors d’oeuvres until 7:30 p.m.
Zengo (Chinatown): $5 Latin-Asian cocktails; $5 wine; $4 beer; $5 small plates until 7 p.m.
Zola (Chinatown): $5 Select beers; $4 wines; $5 sangria and margaritas; $1.50 Tasty Bites menu until 7 p.m., and then 9-11 p.m.
The Heights (Columbia Heights): $4.50 Cocktail Specials; $3.50 Rail drinks; $2.75-$3.75 beer specials; $3.25-$4.00 wine specials until 8 p.m.
Bardeo (Cleveland Park): Discounts on wine: $5 off wine flights, $2 off glasses, $10 off bottles under $50, $15 off bottles over $50 until 7 p.m.
14K Restaurant and Lounge (Downtown DC): Order two entrées off dinner menu and get one bottle of house wine. Until 7 p.m.
Bangkok Joe’s (Georgetown): $5 Thai wings; $5 Steamed mussels; $3 Edemame; $4 Fried sesame green beans; $2 Grilled chicken satay; $2 Grilled street meatballs until 7p.m.
Le Chat Noir (Friendship Heights): Half-price wine by the glass at the bar until 10 p.m.
Lounge of Three (U Street): $3.50 Drafts; $4 rails; $4 margaritas; $5 wine until 8 p.m.
Jordan’s 8 (Southeast): Half-price beers until 8 p.m.
H Street Country Club (Northeast DC): $5 Margaritas; $3 Dos Equis and Bud Light until 8 p.m.
5:00 TBD reader Cheri Spiegel tweets that "there's a ton of Police activity on Braddock road near Kings Park. Any idea what's up?" I don't, but now I know to tell my readers to steer clear of the Fairfax neighborhood.
4:52 If you're a Penn State fan, you're bored; your team is off this week. But perhaps you are, like @djlilelle, a Yankees fan, too. If so, she says, the 51st State Tavern is the place to watch the Yankees ... lose to the Texas Rangers tonight. Sorry, folks, but a bitter Bostonian's manning the TBD controls tonight.
4:46 TBD's Amanda Hess is in Poolesville, MD, picking pumpkins. She says it's "hopping." That is not an adjective I ever thought would be associated with pumpkin-picking.
4:40 And the best of the remaining happy hours happening now:
The 51st State Tavern (Foggy Bottom): $3.00-$3.50 Beer & rail drinks; $3.75 Smirnoff Mixed Drinks; $5.75 Smirnoff Specialty Martinis until 7 p.m.
Chadwicks (Georgetown): $2 Domestic bottle beer and house wine; $2.50 rail drinks and margaritas until 7 p.m., then 10 p.m. until closing.
Rhino Bar & Pumphouse (Georgetown): $8 Miller Lite Pitchers and $10 16’’ pizzas until 8 p.m.
Breadsoad (Glover Park): $4 Viking, Guinness, Peroni, Miller, rail drinks, house red and white wine until 7 p.m.
Black Salt (Palisade): $7 Svedka vodka martinis; $8 Mojitos; $5 Select drafts; $4 Bottles of Heineken Light or Abita Amber Ale; $6 Featured sparkling wine, $5 Select champagne cocktails unti 7 p.m.
Duffy’s Irish Pub (U Street): $14 Buckets of Bud Light all night.
Cantina Marina (Southwest Waterfront): $4 Dos Equis Amber or Lager all day.
4:38 Now some current Dupont Circle happy hours:
Bread and Brew: $1 Drafts; $3 Rails; and $2 Tecates all day.
James Hoban’s: $4 Drafts, rail mixed drinks, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon until 7 p.m.
Urbana: $4 Shiner Hefeweizen and Estrella Galicia; $5 sparkling/white/red wine selections; $5 cocktail special; $1 oysters; $5 small plates until 7 p.m.
4:30 @50FirstJDates has responded to a request seeking more information about Meghan McCain, who, wearing a leopard coat and carrying a Fendi bag, "turned down an open table and didn't want to wait." The restaurant? Circa in Dupont Circle.
4:24 As college football heats up today, our nation's future leaders are shotgunning beers on hot asphalt, all in the name of collegiate solidarity. Me, I'm watching unranked Texas test #5 Nebraska; the Longhorns are up 10-3. This sport is much less interesting when you're sober.
Anyway, here's TBD candyman Daniel Victor's roundup of bars "that are likely to be overcome by some team's alumni." Many of these games start at 7 p.m. or later, but you better start planning now — to attend or avoid these spots:
Ri Ra Arlington: 2915 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA. Ohio State.
Tortoise and Hare: 567 3rd St S, Arlington, VA. Wisconsin.
Crystal City Sports Pub: 529 S. 23rd St., Arlington, VA. Separate sections for Oklahoma, Iowa State, Washington Huskies.
Union Jack's: 4915 St. Elmo Ave, Bethesda, MD. Ohio State. 4915 S
Bailey's Pub & Grille-Ballston Common Mall: 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. LSU Tigers.
The Pour House: 319 Pennsylvania Ave SE Washington, DC. Florida.
Old Dominion Brewhouse: 1219 9th St NW, Washington, DC. Alabama.
Rhino Bar and Pumphouse: 3295 M. Street, NW, Washington, DC. Ohio State.
Penn Quarter Sports Tavern: 639 Indiana Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004. Colorado Buffaloes.
BlackFinn American Saloon: 1620 I Street Northwest, Washington, DC. Washington Huskies.
4:18 @50FirstJDates got into the TBD Night mood early, tweeting two hours ago, "Oh hey #meghanmeccain in a leopard coat and Fendi bag. Too bad she was turned down an open table and didn't want to wait..." I hope this didn't occur at McDonald's.
4:11 Downtown likes its drinks cheap, too:
Café Asia: $2.50 Miller Lite, Stella, Kirin; $2 Sm Sake; $4 Lg Sake; $6 Special Martini; $3 House red/white wine; and $1.25 Nigiri sushi until 7:30 p.m.
Ceiba: $5 Specialty cocktails and half-priced bar food menu until 6 p.m., and then from 9:30 p.m. until closing.
Elephant & Castle: $4 20oz Amstel or Heineken and $5 sharing plates until closing.
Kellari Taverna: $15 all-you-can-drink Miller and Blue Moon products all day long.
4:08 Now some Chinatown happy hours:
La Tasca: $3.50 Draft beers, sangria, house wine; $15 bottles of wine; $15 pitchers of sangria and beer; $5 margaritas; $7 mojitos; and $3 tapas until 7 p.m.
Ping Pong Dim Sum: $5 Cocktails and $3 Dim Sum until 7 p.m.
Iron Horse Tap Room: $2 off drafts and $5 rail drinks until 8 p.m.
Rocket Bar: $4 Miller Lite, Bud Light, Bud, High Life bottles and Miller Lite drafts; $3 PBR Cans; $5 rail drinks; and $5 house wine all day long.
4:04 Let's start things off with some happy hours in Capitol Hill, shall we?
Bullfeathers: $3.25 Miller Lite Drafts and $3.50 Bloody Marys all day, plus appetizer specials from 3:30-6:30 p.m. 202-488-2701
My Brother’s Place: $2 Domestic drafts until 9 p.m. 202-374-1350
Union Pub: $3 Miller Lite bottles and drafts, $12 Miller Lite Pitchers, and $5.50 frozen cocktails until closing. 202-546-7200
4:00 Good afternoon, everybody! I hope you've all taken advantage of this impeccable weather. I spent my morning playing the blue-collar sport of golf at Pinecrest in Fairfax; I shot about a 69 — for nine holes. I'm told this is not good. Afterward I swung by the Union Street Public House in Alexandria's old town (photo above). I don't recommend ordering the chicken-chorizo-shrimp sub, unless of course you like contentious food. Now I'm home, some meaningless college football on the TV, ready to report on the best and worst of what's happening tonight. While you're out there, having a good time, please remember to stay safe.