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This Week in DC: June 30-July 6

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I love America, don’t you? In my book, this is the best week of the year. It’s National Ice Cream Month, it’s America’s birthday, and it’s the birthday month of several friends and Bitches, including yours truly and co-Bitch Becca. I’ll be decked out in Americana gear all week long, cheering on Team USA in Tuesday’s World Cup game and celebrating July 4 on Friday.

There’s plenty to do in Washington this week. Enjoy it!


You can shop unique, high-end pieces from STYLECABLE, an online boutique launched here in Washington, in person at Urban Chic in Georgetown. The pop-up trunk show takes place Monday through Saturday of this week, with 15 percent off all orders. 1626 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.


In the evening, enjoy a happy hour for a good cause on Capitol Hill. Balkan-inspired restaurant, Ambar, is hosting a fundraiser for victims of the recent floods in Serbia. The $20 entrance fee gets you complimentary appetizers and cocktails, and all the proceeds go to the flood victims. 4 to 9 p.m. Ambar, 523 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.


July is National Ice Cream Month. To celebrate, Dolcezza Gelato is serving up complimentary cones of chocolate and dulce de leche gelato to the first 100 customers at each of their five locations. Also, if you’re a July birthday baby like me, you can receive a complimentary gelato with a valid ID all month long. Dolcezza’s sixth location, on 14th and P, opened last week. You can sample seasonal favorites such as blackberries and cream, chocolate-mint stracciatella, Valhrona chocolate amargo, lemon opan basil, salted caramel, and cucumber mint vodka.

The locations:

– Dolcezza Logan Circle, 1418 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
– Dolcezza Union Market, 550 Penn Street, NE, Washington, D.C.
– Dolcezza Mosaic District, 2905 District Ave., Suite 155, Fairfax, Va.
– Dolcezza Georgetown, 1560 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
– Dolcezza Dupont, 1704 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
– Dolcezza Bethesda, 7111 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, Md.


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I’ll be in Chicago this week, working on expanding Bitches to our third city! But if I was in Washington, I’d surely be at the Woodrow Wilson House for croquet on the lawn and vintage board games. Sip cocktails and play vintage games (croquet, cards, and more) from the 1920s on the lawn and inside the historical home of America’s 28th president. Tickets are $15, and include museum entrance, two cocktails, hors’ d’oeuvres, and games. You can purchase online or at the door that evening. 5:30 to 8 p.m., 2340 S St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


It’s that time again … for the Phillips After Five, which takes place on the first Thursday of each month. The series features jazz, cocktails, conversation, and activities in the nation’s first modern art museum. This month’s theme is, appropriately, America. Guests can celebrate Independence Day with Made in the U.S.A. gallery talks and make and mail your own #MyAmericanArt postcard, test their knowledge of American pop culture and history with games and activities. Tickets, $12. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


There are plenty of options to celebrate the Fourth of July in Washington. First up, the following restaurants are serving brunch: Commissary, El Centro, the Heights, Logan Tavern, Masa 14, the Pig, Toro Toro, and Zengo.

We tend to avoid tourist traps like the National Mall, and would suggest snagging a spot at a rooftop party. The W Hotel hosts its annual Fourth of July party, Boom with a View, an upscale soiree with an excellent view of the fireworks. Popular Shaw bar and restaurant 1905 has a rooftop party with 3 Stars Beer and great snacks from the grill. Tickets are only $15. More details, online.

Downtown, City Tap House is hosting a BeerBQ Brewery Battle, with the restaurant’s team going head-to-head against representatives from 3 Stars Brewing Company and Evolution Craft Brewing Company. Guests pay $10 for BBQ favorites. For the beer pairing, there’ll be 10 drafts from 3 Stars Brewing Company and 10 drafts from Evolution Craft Brewing Company, priced at $5 each. Additional specials include $5 John Daly’s all day. Noon to 5 p.m. City Tap House, 901 9th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

If you’re in Adams Morgan, head to Cashion’s Eat Place for its Fourth of July cookout. From 1 to 6 p.m., the restaurant is offering all-you-can-eat food, plus a Cashion’s cocktail, for $40 per person. Food service begins at 2 p.m. sharp and continues until they run out of food. The menu features delights such as slow-roasted pork shoulder with red onion relish, Cashion’s famous corn dogs, and plenty of barbecue favorites like coleslaw, corn on the cob, and watermelon. Tickets are required, get them here.

And, last but not least, there are alcoholic sno cones at Marvin starting at noon on the roof deck. Sounds like the perfect treat to snack on while watching fireworks.

Photo credit: Stephanie Breijo
Photo credit: Stephanie Breijo


You’ll likely need some R&R after a busy July 4, so we recommend heading to the Penthouse Pool. Get a membership with the special discount code “BITCHES” using this link. U St. N.W., Washington, D.C. Also, Aura Spa is offering a 15 percent discount to all VIDA members on weeknights all summer long. So, book your summer massage or facial, Bitches. We highly recommend the spa.

In the evening, try out a new spot in Brookland. There’s a new restaurant from the team behind Smith Commons, the popular H Street upscale casual restaurant. Inspired by Baltimore, Smith Public Trust is a 40-seat bar built into a shipping container. Smith Public Trust, 3514 12th St. N.E, Washington, D.C.

Or, try a new menu at a popular Penn Quarter spot, Zengo. If you’re like the Bitches, you love the World Cup and global cuisine. It’s in that vein that Zengo is celebrating global sports diplomacy and cuisine with a Test Kitchen: China to Brazil, beginning July 1 until September 30. The menu will feature unique items like Pan De Queijo Shrimp Buns served with Brazilian cheese bread, Thai chile shrimp, and orange Glaze, and Kung Pao Lamb Chops Asado with spicy szechuan sauce, yuca puree, toasted peanuts, and tamarind. Zengo, 781 7th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Or, take advantage of the empty city to snag a spot on rooftop garden at Rose’s Luxury. Washington’s most talked about new restaurant, Rose’s Luxury, created a family style tasting menu, available only on the rooftop at 6:30 p.m. nightly. While the prix fixe is steep at $125, it’s sure to be worth it. Learn more online. Rose’s Luxury, 717 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.


Why not take in a lovely brunch on the patio? Check out our patio brunches through our mobile-friendly brunch finder. Off the top of our heads, we’d recommend Bar Charley, B Too, City Tap House, Iron Gate, and Satellite Room.

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  1. Just a heads up, Le Diplomate is also serving brunch today, July 4th. Normal hours: 9:30am – 3pm.

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