And just like that, May is here. Let’s celebrate spring all this week!
Kill your case of the Mondays by relaxing on a gorgeous patio with a half-priced bottle of wine. We highly recommend happy hour at SoHo in Adams Morgan, perched right on the corner of Columbia and 18th Street (Read: the perfect people-watching spot). See you there. 1815 Adams Mill Road N.W., Washington, D.C.
Cori Sue and I will be checking out the new cocktails and sips at PJ Clarke’s Sidecar. Not a member of the classic Washingtonian power spot? You better get on that, as this party is for members only. 1600 K St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
In anticipation of this weekend’s Kentucky Derby, Del Frisco’s is hosting a “Derby” Bourbon Dinner Wednesday evening. The five-course dinner will pair Kentucky’s best bourbons with state-inspired cuisine from Executive Chef Rob Klink. So put on your Kentucky best (read: Derby attire, loves! Seersucker and sun hats) and head there. $70 per person, call (202) 450-4686 for reservations. 1201 Pennsylvania Ave N.W., Washington, D.C.
Cori Sue and I are heading to Georgetown to check out the rooftop bar at the newly renovated Graham Hotel. The Observatory rooftop lounge has gorgeous views and fabulous cocktails. We can’t wait to check it out, and perhaps make it our summer roof haunt. 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
The Willard InterContinental and Café du Parc are celebrating La Fête du Muguet (Lucky Lily Day!) with a courtyard event of wine, beer and French bites from the regions of Brittany, Loire Valley, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Southwest, Provence and Rhone Valley. On May 1, traditionally, the French exchange small bouquets of fragrant Lily of the Valley as a token of love and friendship. $20. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave N.W., Washington, D.C.
You can’t miss the 88th running of the Gold Cup steeplechase race at Great Meadow in The Plains. It’s a spring tradition. We’re judging the Members’ Hill tailgates this year, doing what we do best (being judgy) along with Leo Schmid of Thrillist. I’ll be on the Beasley Real Estate bus with Tyler Jeffrey and colleagues, heading to the Becky’s Fund “Investing in Hope” fundraiser. Tickets range from $125 to $190, get them here.
That night, replace big hat with ball gown and head to the Fifth Annual Ball on the Mall. The annual ball, featuring dinner and dancing under the stars on the National Mall, raises money for the Trust for the National Mall, which helps keep our gorgeous mall gorgeous. VIP tickets are $350, ball tickets are $175, get them here.
Post-brunch, spend your Sunday afternoon at the Living Social Beer Fest. You’ll get unlimited pours of more than 90 craft beers, live music, silent disco dance party, food trucks, souvenir mini-steins and more. Fairgrounds Container Park. Tickets range from $35 to $80, get them here.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Bandolero. The Georgetown Mexican restaurant is serving up $4 Tecate and PBR, $5 Pacifico, $6 Bandolero Margaritas, plus $5 food specials at the bar. Bandolero, 3241 M Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
Or, if you’d like to party for a good cause, head to Bring Your Bra to Brunch hosted by Bras for a Cause and The International Women’s Democracy Center from 3-6 p.m. at Napoleon Bistro & Lounge in Adams Morgan. The event will donate new or gently used bras to be distributed to women and girls in need across the globe, and Napoleon will be serving a crafted “Cinco de Mayo” inspired menu for Bra brunchers. Napoleon, 1847 Colombia Road N.W., Washington, D.C.