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This Week D.C.: Nov 13-Nov 19

Well, we seemed to have entirely skipped the fall this November. The leaves have fallen, people are adorned in gloves and scarves, and the holiday peppermint and chocolate treats are seeming more and more enticing. Here’s what’s happening this week to get you warmed up and ready for the holiday buzz.


What could be better than chocolate ice cream? Chocolate ice cream with delicious chunks of brownies and blondies–all for a good cause! Ice Cream Jubilee created a new chocolate ice cream flavor called “Share the Love,” which incorporates Dog Tag Bakery’s handmade “Share the Love” brownies and blondies in Ice Cream Jubilee’s classic chocolate ice cream. Each flavor is made in small batches in Washington, DC with local cream from South Mountain Creamery. Ice Cream Jubilee will sell pints of this flavor in our stores and will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to Dog Tag Bakery. 1407 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009.

This Monday also marks the beginning of D.C Cocktail Week! Occidental Grill & Seafood is offering an over-the-top pairing perfect for seafood lovers during D.C. Cocktail Week.  Occidental will offer their Cthulhu cocktail, made with mezcal, avocado, cilantro, and chili-lime bitters garnished with lime-poached calamari and squid ink tuile, alongside octopus tacos served with fresh salsa and guacamole. The pairing special will be available for $16 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the duration of D.C. Cocktail Week. Make a reservation here or by calling 202-783-1475. 1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004.


Cocktail week continues at Taqueria del Barrio (and just in time for National Guacamole Day). Petworth eatery Taqueria del Barrio serves up the satisfying combination of their new Show Me Your Pepita cocktail, made with Ilegal Reposado mezcal and housemade toasted pepita syrup, and mouthwatering carnitas tacos for $10. The pairing is available during Taqueria del Barrio’s business hours during D.C. Cocktail Week. Make a reservation at Taqueria del Barrio by calling 202-723-0200 or stop by at 821 Upshur St NW Washington, DC 20011.

At Anderson House from 6-8 p.m, Spies and Spirits of the Revolution presents whiskey, spies, and, well, rebellion: a winning combination for the Patriots in the 1770s and for you in 2017. Spend an evening enjoying tales and tactics of the cunning spies George Washington depended on in the magnificent mansion dedicated to the War’s memory and toast them with whiskey distilled just as it was at that time. This evening you’ll enjoy an Old Fashioned cocktail and other whiskey and cider samples from Wigle Whiskey and Threadbare, Pittsburgh’s award-winning craft distillery and new ciderhouse, while the Spy Museum’s Vince Houghton and Jacqueline Van Eyl give you an exciting rundown of the wildest true tales of the brave and wily men and women who spied for Independence. Tour Anderson House, the home of the Society of the Cincinnati—founded by Revolutionary War officers, and try your hand at using George Washington’s own invisible ink. Buy tickets here for $25 or for members it’s only $20! 2118 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008.


The FotoWeek D.C. photography festival kicked off last week and awesome work is being featured in several places. Gallery shows and artist talks are featured around the city and will introduce you to some super talented photographers in your midst. You can find full details for everything here.

RARE Steak and Seafood brings a taste of Wisconsin to the nation’s capital when it opened its doors to the public today, November 6. The restaurant offers a history of Midwestern family hospitality and focuses on exquisite cuts of meat, fresh seafood, and an extensive wine selection. 1595 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005


Thirsty Thursday is extra festive this week due to heightened cocktail festivities. Pennsylvania 6’s Cocktail Week offering will have champagne lovers rejoicing! Penn 6 will be serving up their Dr. Neville cocktail made with champagne, house-made grapefruit liqueur, Lillet Rose, and Peychaud’s bitters. The bubbly cocktail will be paired with a scallop crudo marinated in a chardonnay citrus reduction, served atop fresh cucumber, and garnished with grapefruit. The pairing will be available all day in the restaurant for $14.  Reservations can be made here or by calling 202-796-1600. 1350 Eye Street NW Washington, DC 20005.

Support local art at the Howard Theatre! Organized through RAW, local artists from around DC will be showcasing their best artwork, from photography and painting, to music and fashion, at the Howard Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7pm. Be prepared for some good vibes, live music, and a fashion show. Be sure to stop by Patrick Koetzle’s booth for some awesome photographs of your favorite D.C. spots. Check out his RAW Artists profile and website for a sneak peak! You can buy your tickets here for $22 pre-sale only until Monday at midnight, or $30 for general admission. 620 T St. NW, Washington, DC 20001.


It’s Friday and if you haven’t taken advantage of cocktail week yet, now’s your time to shine. the offering from the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood gem, Sixth Engine, evokes all the flavors of fall. Their specialty cocktail, Mas Manzanas, features apples three different ways. The cocktail is made with house-infused apple Flor de Cana Rum, Charles St. Apple Brandy, Eve’s Cidery Darling Creek Dry Cider, lemon and spiced brown sugar syrup reminiscent of an apple crumble topping. The cocktail will be paired with two Thanksgiving-style mini tacos, complete with shredded house-smoked turkey, cranberry salsa, and sweet potato cheese sauce. The combo will be available for $15 daily. To make a reservation, visit here or call 202-506-2455. 438 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

We’re psyched for all the new development on The Wharf, but we’re particularly excited for the views. Our new favorite bar Whiskey Charlie is located in the penthouse of the Canopy Washington D.C. hotel, and boasts incredible views of the Potomac. The rooftop bar and lounge opens today with stellar cocktails, nautical vibes, and a cozy heated patio.  Stop by for a drink before dinner on The Wharf. 975 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

Le DeSales recently debuted Saturday brunch service. Guests can now enjoy Executive Chef Raphael Francois’ modern French cuisine crafted from fresh, local ingredients. Brunch is served exclusively on Saturdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Le DeSales’ guests can look forward to tempting options like steak & eggs with fries and watercress, eggs on toast with smoked salmon and pistou, swordfish with tomato, olive, almond and shallots, pancakes with jam or raw maple syrup, and Thick-Cut Fried Potatoes with harissa cottage cheese sauce. Prices range from $10 to $23. 1725 DeSales Street, NW, 20036.

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the Junior League of Washington’s annual Holiday Shops. Swing by Dock5 at Union Market this weekend for treats, shopping and libations. More than 70 vendors will sell items ranging from giftable snacks, stylish apparel, jewelry, and accessories for you or your loved ones, toys, home goods, and more. The weekend also features three special events – including a grand opening cocktail party on Friday; Santa Paws (pet photos with Santa); and Family Fun Day on Sunday. A portion of all purchases, along with all ticket sales, benefit the JLW’s programming: direct service and grants to the community and development programs that empower women to serve as civic leaders. Get your tickets here. 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

This Sunday Emmy award-winning TV personality Carson Kressley is hosting a brunch party at the one and only La Boum.  La Boum is seriously the most fun you can have at a party brunch in D.C. This cool opportunity brings entertainment and brunch to a crossroads. Find more details here.  St. Yves, is 1220 Connecticut Ave. NW., Washington, D.C.

BitchBiz: Bitches Who Brunch partners with Whiskey Charlie. While this post was written independently, we do receive compensation from the company.

Dannah Strauss

Dannah is our toughest critic. With a food and drink background, this Bitch brings her sophisticated opinion to the D.C. dining scene. Dannah is our D.C. editor and has all the restaurant intel. She's always game to try something new, but when it comes to brunch, she's looking for the classics done in an exceptional manner. French toast over pancakes, and bloodys over mimosas, always.

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