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Back to the grind! I’ll be in D.C. only four days this week (well, three. I’m going to New York for a day), and then I’ll be hopping on a plane back to Florida to attend Art Basel in Miami this weekend. Life is tough.

If you’re back in D.C., though, this week is packed with fabulous holiday parties!


Five top D.C. restaurants and their chefs and mixologists host a night of creative cocktail-and-food pairings at the Spirit of the Festival, part of the Washington, D.C., International Food & Wine Festival. The libations and dishes will be well worth the ticket, as the featured duos are from Equinox, Founding Farmers, Aria, Ici Urban Bistro, and PS7’s. The event will be held in the Atrium Ballroom at the Ronald Reagan Building, from 7 to 9 p.m. Main event tickets are $55. Tickets for the event and the pre-event mixer are $79.

Photo credit: Spirit of the Festival
Photo credit: Spirit of the Festival


Wednesday is World AIDS Day, and there will be tons of events in the D.C. area to raise awareness. Our pick? Head to Dupont Circle for the candlelight vigil at 5:30, then waddle over to Urbana for Cocktails for a Cure, hosted by Kimpton Hotels. The “Red Hot Night” will be emceed by TV personality Paul Wharton, and will have a live and silent auction for a stay at any Kimpton hotel nationwide (and two plane tickets, too!). All proceeds benefit D.C.’s Whitman-Walker Clinic. RSVP by emailing here.


There’s a new happy hour spot in town, the sports bar Redline. This Penn Quarter gastropub is having its grand opening this Thursday night, hosted by DC Magazine. Make sure you’re on the list.


The Newseum is throwing its first ever official after-hours party this Friday. If I were in town, I would so be at this party to start all 2010 holiday parties. BYT is hosting, so you know it’s going to be fab. $15 tickets will get you access to all of the Newseum, cocktails from Wolfgang Puck Catering, Autorock DJ, and – this sounds fun – a photo installation of favorite D.C. faces and characters from 2010.

Photo credit: BYT
Photo credit: BYT


Celebrate the 77th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition with D.C.’s best mixologists and bartending legends. The D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild is hosting the third annual Repeal Day Ball. It’s a sold-out event (so, hope you got your tickets early), with music by the Red Hot Rhythm Chiefs. Along with great live music and special guests, including nationally-renowned cocktail historian and writer David Wondrich and Tiki expert Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, the event’s proceeds will go to benefit the Museum of the American Cocktail. And what’s a more worthy cause than that?

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