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This Week in D.C.: October 9-15

Back on that work grind. There’s no time to waste on this short week. There’s lots to do in our lovely city–don’t miss out on any of it.


Head to happy hour at City Perch for great deals on craft cocktails, wine, and beer. We have our eyes on the sangria and Applejack margarita. Go for the booze and stay for a movie at iPic Theatres. Read our brunch review here. 11830 Grand Park Ave. B, North Bethesda, MD.

It’s harvest season and that means Bill & Suzy of Via Umbria are heading to Italy for their Fall Food and Wine Tour! We’ll be touring with them, so follow along on social media! You can still experience the flavors of Umbria from D.C. at tonight’s Wine Tasting. In preparation and celebration of their upcoming travels this tasting will be a sneak peek to the Umbrian Adventure. 1525 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

B Too is delighted to share a five-course dinner with you at their Wines of Southern France dinner tonight. Importer Olivier Daubresse has been importing the wines of small, family-owned estates in France for over twenty years. Chef Vandaele started his culinary career in Belgium at the age of twelve, establishing second restaurant in D.C. in 2014. Together, they’ve created a dinner to celebrate the food and wines from the South of France. Purchase tickets here. 1324 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Manuel Iguina will be hosting an event at Ben’s Upstairs on H Street from 6-9 p.m. to support Friends of Puerto Rico‘s Hurricane Maria Recovery Fund. All proceeds will support this D.C.-based non-profit in working with communities in Puerto Rico affected by the recent hurricane to provide much needed supplies such as generators and meal programs. Tickets range from $50-$100. 1001 H St. N.E., Washington, D.C.

Every Wednesday Lavagna Restaurant donates 10% of their proceeds to a nonprofit. Support this amazing charity by eating at Lavagna! This deal includes happy hour 4:30-7 p.m. Lavagna is a delicious farm-to-table Italian restaurant with a friendly neighborhood wine bar vibe–we absolutely love it here for everything from brunch, to dinner, to drinks. 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The Fainting Goat will host a Beefsteak Dinner, a traditional dinner celebration made popular in 19th century New York where copious amounts of meat and booze flow freely and eating with your hands is encouraged. Chef and owner Nathan Beauchamp puts his spin on the traditional beefsteak dinner, with a four-course menu consisting of dishes like cheese fondue, herb-crusted prime rib, potato and rutabaga gratin, and strawberry shortcake with basil powder. The menu is $45 per person and served family-style. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant: 202-735-0344. 1330 U St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Winter has come and gone for Drink Company, and they’re ready to celebrate fall and fright in PUB DREAD all October long. The season is ripe for horror, which will dominate the spaces formerly known as Mockingbird Hill, Southern Efficiency, and Eat the Rich. Horror films rule the drink menu, with inspiration taken from childhood favorites and true chillers that still spook adults. 1839 7th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Take in a show at Studio Theatre and see Skeleton Crew. The story follows Faye, who has spent her career at one of the last auto-stamping plants in Detroit. Shanita is pregnant, Dez has a whole future to plan, and their manager Reggie owes a nearly unpayable debt to his work family. As rumors spread of a plant shutdown, these tight-knit workers face what they’re willing to sacrifice to survive. A timely and searing portrait of livelihoods under siege from Detroit native Morisseau. Purchase tickets for the 8 p.m. show here. 1501 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Happy World Food Day! Join 100+ restaurants across the nation today and eat out for a great cause. By dining at any of the participating restaurants, you’ll support World Central Kitchen’s relief efforts. Check out which D.C. hot spots are on the list and make your reservations ASAP.

As the sun begins to set, things take a slightly scarier spin as Flight Deck transforms into Fright Deck at The National Harbor complete with roaming ghouls, fog, and witches brew. Flight Deck staff will dress in their finest Halloween attire and serve fall beer samples from 7-8 p.m. and invite guests to spin the Wheel of Fright to win horrific prizes. Haunted Happy Hour specials run from 7-10 p.m. including $5 beer selections and $11 Sinister Sangria.192 Waterfront St., Oxon Hill, MD


On Saturday afternoons in October, Radiator is inviting neighbors and friends to celebrate fall with German beers, foods, and polka music on the patio. Oktoberfest aficionados and autumn weather lovers alike can enjoy steins of Spaten al fresco from 1-4 p.m. This cozy 14th Street patio will add a Bavarian-style satellite bar to its couches, fire pit, and arsenal of life-sized games. The patio bar welcomes everyone from spirited Oktoberfest celebrators to those looking to catch up with friends on a Saturday afternoon al fresco. 1430 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters and draft beers on the half shell, fried oysters, BBQ’d oysters, popcorn shrimp, Old Bay French fries, and onion rings at Hank’s Oyster Bar in Old Town. Tickets are $90. 1026 King St., Alexandria, VA


Head to a festival of Asian art, food, and cultures on the National Mall to celebrate the grand reopening of the Freer|Sackler. Free and open to the public, the IlluminAsia festival will transform the museum’s’ grounds with an Asian food market, interactive cooking and art demonstrations, live performances by members of the Silk Road Ensemble, and dozens of local and international artists. Inside, visitors can experience the reimagined galleries and innovative exhibitions, as well as performances, conversations, and other immersive activities. 1050 Independence Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

BitchBiz: Bitches Who Brunch partners with Studio Theatre, Via Umbria, City Perch, and Lavagna. While this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch, we do receive compensation from these 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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