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This Week in DC: April 27-May 3

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Has everyone properly recovered from their White House Correspondents’ weekend? While Washington was all glitz and glam, we were bopping around Las Vegas with Bon Appetit magazine for Vegas Uncork’d (more on that later)!

Meanwhile, we’re geared up for a super fun week in the District (it’s Gold Cup week, y’all!). Here are our picks, including the opening of our favorite summer pools and a knock-out Bloody Mary Festival this weekend that you simply must join us at!


We don’t mind that you’re still on the struggle bus from Nerd Prom weekend. We’re right there with you. Why not stay in, a la Bitches in the Kitchen, catch up on last night’s Game of Thrones and Mad Men, and cook up one of our recent recipes? Our New York Bitch Emily crafted amazing recipes for a Southwestern Kale Salad and Fromager d’Affinios Bleu Cheese Mac and Cheese. Or search through many more here. Yum.



Tone up for summer with instructors from VIDA Fitness, who leading a variety of yoga classes each Tuesday evening in The Park at CityCenter at the corner of 10th and I streets NW starting at 6:30 p.m. (weather permitting). The Toned Up Tuesdays program is free and open to the public in an effort to promote a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Guests will receive fitness swag from CityCenter DC, VIDA Fitness, City Sports and healthy snacks, shakes and special offers from various local vendors.


ChurchKey is throwing Heavy Seas a big ol’ birthday party for their 20 years in the brewing industry. The entire Heavy Seas crew will be in the house to talk shop, including founder Hugh Sisson. They’ll have brews from their year-round lineup, several vintage beers from 2014 including Holy Sheet Belgian Strong Dark Ale and Plank III Tripel aged on Jamaican Allspice Wood, and several beers from their newly-launched Desert Island series including the Strong Scottish Ale and Schwarzbier.


Thursday night, DNV Rooftop partners with Edible DC to launch its spring/summer season. This ticketed rooftop affair will feature specialty cocktails from lead bartender Matt Allred and bites from Chef Yo Matsuzaki, previewing the season ahead. In addition, downstairs at Zentan, the restaurant will host two private demos—highlighting Japanese whisky and springtime Japanese cuisine. Come check out some of Matt Allred’s new DNV cocktails, including the Handlebar, a classic Boulevardier with a Campari fruit roll up. Get tickets here.

Handlebar 1


The Penthouse Pool is officially open this weekend! We’ll be soaking up the sun not just at the requisite U Street location, but at the shiny new rooftop at The Yards. D.C. restaurateur and Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn has been retained by Urban Adventures Companies, Inc. (UAC) to create and design a new food and beverage menu for both rooftop locations. The 2015 summer pool season will debut the Penthouse Pool & Lounge at The Yards located on the rooftop of VIDA’s fitness and lifestyle complex at 1212 4th Street, SE. Want to get a spot? Click here to apply for membership.

PPL Yards Fire Pit and Bar (1)

Not making it to Gold Cup this Saturday? Instead, get down and Derby for a good cause! If you can’t be at Churchill Downs, join friends from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday on the top level of Johnny Pistolas for traditional Kentucky Derby drinks, fun company, live DJ, and horse racing. They will be collecting $10 cash at the door (100% of which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) for a wristband that gives attendees six hour access to awesome drink specials. Derby attire encouraged, and we will be awarding prizes to our Best Dressed and Best Hat winners. 2333 18th Street NW.


We’re judging the Bloody Mary Festival this Sunday! We recently judged the Brooklyn sister festival and it was amazing fun. The D.C. event promises to be no less, and Bitches Becca and Annie will be there trying all the Bloodys! Enjoy three hours of unlimited tastes of 12 of D.C.’s most creative and innovative Bloody Marys, created by the finest restaurants and bars around – all under one roof. Includes lunch snacks from Rocklands BBQ, tastes of local artisanal food and drinks, live music, and more. Click here for more information and tickets. And join us for Sunday Funday!


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