Are you Irish? You better be this week. There are so many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in town, including some fabulous bottomless Irish brunches (hint: I’ll be at PJ Clarkes)! Plus, it’s our Second Birthday on Thursday, and we’ll be giving away tons of great stuff this week to celebrate. Don’t forget it’s also the last week to redeem the 20 percent discount on a one-year membership to One Medical Group. Just click here and use code BWBDC20.
Make it a great one!
Being a huge McSweeneys fan, I have to support Dave Eggers’ D.C. charity, 826DC, which provides reading and writing tutoring to kids in the D.C. area (if you can’t volunteer, check out the Museum for Unnatural History in Columbia Heights). Tonight, they’ll be pouring Pints to Help Half-Pints: A Beer Dinner Benefitting 826DC at Birch & Barley. The event will feature a five-course tasting menu paired with nine different craft beers by Executive Chef Kyle Bailey and Greg Engert (a recent James Beard Award Nominee!). Tickets are $150; click here to purchase. 7 p.m. 1337 14th Street, NW;
Another great literacy charity will be celebrating Tuesday evening. Join Everybody Wins! DC for its 17th Annual Celebration Gala. Held at the Capital Hilton, the evening will kick off with a reception, silent auction, live auction, and Corporate Leadership Awards. There will also be a student performance, award presentations, and a salute to the Mentor of the Year. The evening will be hosted by David Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group, and CNN White House Correspondent & EW!DC Reading Mentor, Brianna Keillar. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and the chance to support the largest children’s literacy and mentoring program in the D.C. area. Tickets are $150. Get more information here.
It’s spring, which means Fashion For Paws fundraising is in high gear. This Wednesday, get your own gorgeous professional photographs while helping to raise money for the Humane Society of Washington. For a suggested $20 donation, guests at Wednesday evening’s Fashiontographer Party at L2 Lounge will have their image captured by celebrated photographer Walter Grio of Shoot for Change. Two free photos will be available for download, and the first 25 guests will receive a decadent bag of swag. For an additional $10, 15 guests will be able to have their hair professionally styled by Kristy Wang of Nolas Salon. All proceeds will be donated to the Fashion for Paws model fundraising campaign of Laura Swanstrom Reece and Ava Deylami in support of the Washington Humane Society’s event on Saturday, April 14 at the National Building Museum. Click here for more information.
Once you’re styled and photographed, head to Irish Whiskey Public House for the Luck of the Irish Happy Hour hosted by The Madison. The girls will be celebrating with specials on Irish cocktails, beer, and apps. Fifteen percent of the proceeds will benefit No Greater Sacrifice. Click here for more information.
Horray! It’s our Second Birthday this week (we’re old Bitches)! This Thursday, we’ll be giving away tons of surprises, so check back and help us celebrate!
Let the St. Patrick’s celebrations begin! Friday night, The Capital Club hosts its non-traditional St. Patty’s Day Party, the Shamrock Soiree, at a local D.C. drinking establishment (duh). This year the Celtic hooliganism will be at One Lounge Kitchen & Cocktail Bar. The attire? “Euro Leprechaun.” Ha! Tickets can be purchased at the door. Ladies are $10; gents, $20. Click here for more information.
Blame it on the luck of the Irish—St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, meaning Washington, D.C., will extend the debauchery throughout the entire day, with most Irish pubs and restaurants opening their doors at 8 a.m. Saturday morning (Fados is opening at 7—yikes!). I’ll be at the city’s biggest and best Irish celebration at PJ Clarkes with 14 of my favorite Bitches. The party 129 years in the making includes a Kegs & Eggs bottomless/endless $35 brunch, Pipes and Drums band, March Madness on six flat screens, traditional Irish fare, cocktail specials, and more (including a His and Hers Vespa giveaway—I will win that Vespa!). I can. not. wait.
Recover from the St. Patrick’s Day debauchery with brunch and a nap. We recommend Graffiato, Ben’s Next Door, plus new brunch reviews to come this week, including Bryan Voltaggio’s VOLT restaurant in Frederick, and Pearl Dive Oyster Bar.