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This Week in DC: September 12-18

September is in full swing! Don’t let your summer sadness get the best of you, enjoy this lovely transition month and be thankful for all of the outdoor activities. Spend your time eating pasta, drinking wine, and brunching.


Do you need to detox after a long and fun weekend? We know the just the thing! Try the Fire & Ice facial at The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner.  This 50-minute, organic facial is perfect for restoring your skin by making it brighter, tighter, and smoother. Using only certified organic ingredients, blood circulation is increased through hot and cold stimulation which helps to boost cellular renewal and get oxygen to the surface of the skin. Read about how much Cori Sue loved her facial here. 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA.

The DC Short Film Festival is here and runs through September 18th. This is one of the largest short film collections in all of the United States. Check out the schedule and start planning date night!


Dine at Lavagna to contribute to the National Italian American Foundation’s Earthquake Relief Fund! 10% of all pasta special sales will be donated. Pasta specials for the next few weeks will be focused on flavors from the affected regions. First up: Spaghetti alla Amatriciana. Pair your pasta with wine and try the September special. Enjoy 20% off Conte Guido Montepulciano! The regular price is $105, which you will snag for only $84. 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Hallelujah! It’s Taco Tuesday! Spend happy hour at Commissary and spend $2.50 per taco and $2.50 per 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.


Silver is throwing a party to celebrate the start of the Silver Social Club! You are invited to join them from 5-8 p.m. There will be complimentary cocktails and samples of our happy hour menu, plus a photo booth. You’ll receive your Silver Social Club card which gives you $1 specialty drinks during happy hour, one complimentary happy hour small plate for every two friends you bring, exclusive access to monthly events, and much more! RSVP to 7150 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD.

Join cookbook author and illustrator Marcella Kriebel in an evening of watercolor painting of an original recipe by mixologist Gina Chersevani! Participants will enjoy a specialty seasonal cocktail prepared by Buffalo and Bergen, and each will be supplied line art of an illustrated recipe of Chersevani’s drink to paint in watercolor. Watercolor techniques will be shared as well as a demo of how to make the drink at home. Each participant will bring home one of Chersevani’s classic cocktails as a hand-colored illustrated recipe. Tickets are $50. 1309 5th St. N.E., Washington, D.C.



Join Republic Restoratives for an evening that will include a summer-inspired five-course tasting menu prepared by Chef Matt. Each course will be thoughtfully paired with one of David Strauss’s delicious cocktails featuring Republic Restoratives spirits and seasonal ingredients. Get tickets here for $90. 1369 New York Ave. N.E., Washington, D.C.


After a 12-week closure for roof repairs, 1789 Restaurant reopens this week with a new menu. The menu, designed by Executive Chef Samuel Kim, allows the guest to create their own tasting menu of either four, five, or six courses. Priced at $85, $97 and $109 respectively, the menu is available seven nights a week. Think beef tartare, carbonara, artic char, and rib-eye. 1226 36th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Head to Truckeroo tonight at the Bullpen! Enjoy live music, good food, and cold drinks all day and night. There will be over 25 food trucks there for your pleasure. Bring your pup as well–four-legged friends are also welcome. 1299 Half St. S.E., Washington, D.C.


The Bird is back again! Head to The Pig for a pop-up of The Bird at this limited time two-day event. Today and tomorrow you can taste the brunch and happy hour concoctions from this beak to claw restaurant. Call 202.290.2821 or email for reservations. 1320 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

The H Street Festival block party celebrates the culture and history of the city with live music, food, all-ages activities, and a great craft fair. Stop into DC Harvest for a great happy hour while you’re there! H St. N.E. & 4th St. N.E., Washington, D.C.

Spend the day at the Virginia Wine Festival! Enjoy unlimited tastings from over 40 wineries as well as food trucks, oysters, and cheese plates. Tickets are $40-$80. 7700 Bull Run Drive Centreville, VA.



Spend the day brunching with your besties! Here’s some A+ restaurants that are great for large parties: Bar Civita, Zaytinya, Belga Café, Sette Osteria, Espita Mezcaleria, Local 16, and Ocopa.


Spend football season with Bar Deco! Enjoy $8 Jim Beam mules, 5 Bud Light ponies for $10, and apple Moonshine shots for $5 on football Sundays. Take advantage of all of their food specials as well! Chow down on Buffalo wings and chili at a reduced price. 717 6th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

BitchBiz: Bitches Who Brunch partners with Lavagna, Eatwell, DC Harvest, Bar Deco, and Silver. While this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch, we do receive compensation from those companies. 


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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