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This Week in DC: March 3-9

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My Oscar party turned up a notch last night when Federal employees got the message that today is a snow day. Champagne and popcorn were popped, and the Best Picture award running past midnight was suddenly no big deal.

Now I’m cozied up inside, peering out at Washington’s third (fourth? fifth?) winter storm. This week hosts Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, but not sure we’ll be venturing too far past cozy happy hours. Here’s our itinerary.

PS. Heading to SXSW this weekend? Let me know; I’d love to meet up!

Monday
Cashion’s Eat Place is celebrating the Snow Day with an Arctic Happy Hour beginning at 1 p.m. today and ending, well, whenever it ends. The guys are offering half-priced wines by the glass, 30 percent off wines by the bottle, $5 for all craft beers and rail cocktails, and $7 for signature cocktails. They’re not serving their regular dinner menu, but they will have bar snacks and plenty of “Nana’s Chicken Soup” to keep warm while you imbibe. 1819 Columbia Road NW.

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Tuesday
Still snowed in? Head to VIDA Fitness, which is always open. Plus, March is Free Guest Month, meaning first-time guests of members get their first visit in March for free. Better yet: For each new member you refer, you’re entered into a raffle to win six free months of membership. Members can also pre-register their guests online to offer them a three-day trial. Get out of your pajamas and get to the gym!

Wednesday
It’s time to get out and get a martini. Bethesda Row is hosting the third annual March Martini Madness contest all this month. Ten restaurants are whipping up their finest martinis in hopes of being named the new Bethesda Row-tini. Be sure to try them all at happy hour prices ($5-7 each) and vote for your favorite on Bethesda Row’s Facebook page. One lucky voter will win a $500 dining certificate for up to ten guests. 4950 Elm Street, Bethesda, MD.

Thursday
Head to the W Hotel’s POV Lounge for a Thursday evening of great music and beer. The band U.S. Royalty is releasing its sophomore album, called Blue Sunshine, and is celebrating with a rooftop concert overlooking the city. Listen to their cinema-inspired sound and be the first to taste DC Brau’s new specialty brew, aged in Buffalo Trace barrels, exclusive to the W DC. Show starts at 9 p.m. RSVP to [email protected]

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Friday
Friday night the Gilt City DC Warehouse Sale opens with a special VIP party. Featuring Gilt’s top designer brands–from men’s and women’s fashion to home accessories, kids goods and more–this is the only time to snag merchandise at up to 90 percent off the retail price. Didn’t get an invite to Friday night’s shopping shindig? General tickets to the Saturday warehouse sale can be purchased here. Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW.

Saturday
Saturday is International Women’s Day, and both Piola locations – in D.C. and Rosslyn – are celebrating with special events just for us ladies. Fabulous, empowered women will get specials all night, including wine or beer for only $2.95 a glass. A portion of proceeds from  the restaurant and bar between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m. Saturday night will be donated to the YWCA Capital Area. Don’t miss it!

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I had a blast at the Brewer’s Ball last year, and this year will be no different. The 10th annual event, held at the National Building Museum, serves up hand-crafted beers from more than 30 of the region’s best craft breweries and bites from more than 20 popular area restaurants. The entire evening, which also features live entertainment and a silent auction, benefits the CF Foundation, the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. Get tickets here.

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Sunday
Brunch, of course. Lately we’ve loved Quench, Beuchert’s Saloon, and Duke’s Grocery.

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