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This Week in DC: May 23- 29

Holy moly, it’s almost June! Where does time go? Don’t waste any more time sitting on your couch watching Netflix (we’re all a little guilty of this since it’s been raining for the last decade!) Instead, enjoy a busy week in the District. Check out all these amazing events and sights our city has to offer.


Buy your tickets for tomorrow night’s fabulous five-course beer dinner on the rooftop garden, Betsy, at Belga Café! Enjoy deep fried Brussels sprouts, shrimp & grits, pork belly, and banana splits, with each course paired with a Belgian ale. To find the hidden outdoor oasis, head around the building, through the alley, and climb the stairs to the rooftop garden. Tickets are $69.50 for the five-course dinner, which begins at 6:30 p.m.. Call (202) 544-0100 to make your reservation. 514 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.


EatWell DC’s new restaurant and bar The Bird will be hatching this fall. Book your reservations now for the beak-to-toe restaurant’s pop-up at The Pig, which runs today through Wednesday. The three-day-only preview will showcase happy hour, dinner, and bar service beginning at 5 p.m. Call (202) 290-2821 or email for your exclusive first-look. The menu is inspired by poultry dishes from around the world using chicken, capon, duck, quail, turkey, squab, grouse, goose, and ostrich and all of their various parts and pieces, as well as their eggs. Think crispy tongues, BBQ necks, grilled hearts, and duck pastrami as well as a fried chicken & buttermilk waffle with fried chicken ice cream, Maple syrup, candied cockscombs, and dulcey crispy pearls. 1320 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Head to DC Harvest for half-priced bottles of wine and delicious appetizers and entrees. Try oysters, quinoa-encrusted shrimp, grilled tuna, fried chicken, strip steak, or fresh spelt linguine. Don’t forget to order dessert! We love the coconut macaroon cake and s’mores chocolate pot de crème. 517 H St. N.E., Washington, D.C.


Hallelujah! It’s Taco Tuesday! Spend happy hour at Commissary and spend $2.50 a taco and $2.50 for a draft beer. The tacos include chicken, pulled pork, Mahi Mahi, and avocado. Only great deals and great vibes during happy hour here. Grab a spot on the patio and enjoy! Happy hour is from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. 1443 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Head to Georgetown’s newest neighbor, Violet Boutique! The Adams Morgan transplant is finally up and running on M Street. Take advantage of the amazing prices and even better selection of great finds. Whether you want a statement accessory, a date-night outfit, or cocktail dress–Violet has you covered. You will definitely leave with a shopping bag in tow, maybe two, without breaking the bank. The store is open until 8 p.m. 3289 M St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


After you’ve shopped, head to some of the best happy hours in Georgetown! We recommend El Centro, Maxime, and ENO.


Join Gourmet Symphony for local brews, homegrown tunes, and barbecue at the Beuchert’s Saloon garden patio. In this second installment of The Saloon Concert Series, you will savor American tunes to the taste of Chef Drew’s smoked and grilled bites. And what goes with BBQ? Beer. Our friends at Atlas Brew Works and Charm City Meadworks will offer tastings of their artisanal craft beers and meads. Tickets are $45 and include beer tastings and passed small plates. The event is from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. 623 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Head to dinner the night at Lavagna for a great cause. for Every Wednesday, the charming Barracks Row spot donates 10 percent of proceeds go towards a charity as part of its Dine Out for Charity night. Throughout the month of May, Lavagna will be donating to the Capitol Hill Art Workshop‘s Paint Bucket Campaign. Go for happy hour from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and order $4 beers, $7 cocktails, and 25% off glasses of wine. Order any of the fresh pastas, bruschetta, charcuterie and cheese, or delicious entrees. No need to feel guilty for indulging because you’re helping a great cause! So, go ahead—get that second or third glass of wine. You deserve it. 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.



Spend an evening with Righteous Cheese in an intimate class discovering and savoring seasonal, artisanal cheeses. Fromagers Melissa Provinsal and Carolyn Stromberg will delve into the story behind each cheese and beer, as well as give advice about selecting, serving, pairing, and more. Through tasting four of of their favorite local brews and four favorite local artisanal cheeses, you’ll learn how to pair cheese and beer while getting the lowdown on the funky stories behind some special makers. Class is from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and costs $49. 1309 5th St. N.E., Washington, D.C.

If you haven’t been to Ice Cream Jubilee yet in Navy Yard, then I suggest you visit them ASAP. They offer the funkiest flavors such as Banana Bourbon Caramel and Gin & Tonic, and they use only the freshest and best ingredients. Enjoy this weather and indulge! 301 Water St. S.E., Washington, D.C.



Today marks the first day of Jazz in the Garden on the National Mall at the Sculpture Garden. Tonight’s lineup is the 19th Street Band from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. I have mixed feelings about the overcrowded venue and overpriced sangria at Jazz in the Garden. But alas, it is a rite of passage in D.C. and you’ve got to go to a couple at least. We recommend getting there early and packing your own picnic to avoid the lines and prices at the café. 6th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Spend your Friday night at the French Embassy at the Gatsby Soiree for an evening of music, French wine, Parisian desserts, and dancing! Let the French teach you how to dance the Tango, Viennese Waltz, and Swing followed by an evening of dancing in the French Embassy ballroom. Wine and French desserts will be available for purchase at the cash bar. Cocktail attire is required and dressing in vintage or Gatsby inspired garb is encouraged. Tickets are $40. The event is from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. 4101 Reservoir Road N.W., Washington, D.C.


Take your Bitches to brunch and check out all the great places we’ve been recently! We loved Local 16, Convivial, Ocopa, Bar Deco, Blue Duck Tavern, and Lavagna.

Spend your afternoon at The Lemon Bowl learning how to crochet fruit-inspired coasters. They are perfect for gifts or keep them for yourself–just in time for summer patio beverages! Class is from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $65. 3015 Georgia Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Taste of Peru is the biggest culinary festival showcasing the gastronomical marvels of this gorgeous country. The event will feature renown Peruvian chefs and participation of local Peruvian restaurants, chefs, entertainment, vendors, and culturally related topics. Tickets are only $15 for entry and bites and drinks can be purchased on site. The event is from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Not a bad way to spend the day. 4200 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Summer is coming–so spend the day on a rooftop for a clam bake! A new summer series, DNV Rooftop, will host special roasts on select Sunday evenings this season. Ticket holders will enjoy the rooftop pool, music by DJ J-$crilla, unlimited clams, and beautiful sunsets over Thomas Circle Park. Tickets are only $40. The event is from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. 1155 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

BKE is hosting the second annual “White, Pink & Blue, Welcome to St. Tropez! ” to welcome the summer of 2016. The legendary rooftop of the Embassy Row Hotel will give the guests a riveting experience of the lifestyle of St. Tropez in the nation’s capital. Mix and match your attire with White, Pink, or Blue. Join us with your friends and enjoy an elegant evening of music, fashion, performance. Tickets are only $20 with cash bar. The event takes place from 6:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.

BitchBiz: Bitches Who Brunch partners with Lavagna, DC Harvest, EatWell DC, and Bar Deco. While this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch, we do receive compensation from the company.




Tess enjoys all things D.C. and food related. You can find her pursing a marketing career during the week while brunching and boozing all weekend. Will work for truffle potato chips.

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