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This Week: May 20-26

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Can you feel it? It’s almost Memorial Day weekend. Hurrah!


All this week, Mike Isabella is hosting a pop-up sandwich shop, called G, on the first floor of Graffiato. Each day through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. get his limited menu of sandwiches, salads, vegetables and dessert. The Cubano paninos, meatball subs and cauliflower sandwiches sound delish. G is slated to open in early summer. We can’t wait—but in the meantime, we’ll be stopping by Graffiato to try the goods. Graffiato, 707 6th St N.W.  Washington, D.C.

G Italian Sandwich Shop


The finalists of the Miss District of Columbia pageant are searching for a Mr. DC on Tuesday at Penn Social in Chinatown. But it’s not all supermodels and pageantry at this event—it’s actually going to be quite entertaining. The party benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, beginning with a happy hour, entertainment from the men themselves, plus their modeling. Go to admire, to heckle, or just to support the masters of ceremonies, Mr. District of Columbia 2012 Hirsh Singh and Miss District of Columbia 2006 Kate Michael. Get tickets here.


We’re co-hosting an exclusive summer rooftop party with Thrillist Wednesday evening at the Penthouse Pool & Lounge. The event is invitation only, but we’re giving away two cabanas (read: you and four friends). Simply leave a comment on this post and tell us what you’re excited about for this summer! We’ll pick two lucky readers and contact you directly to get you your tickets. The event will feature fabulous food from chef Michael Schlow (of Top Chef fame), an open bar with summer cocktails from Grey Goose and Bacardi, music from DJ Neekola, and rooftop summer breezes.



Step outside and enjoy spring at a “Spring Staycation” at the Textile Museum’s PM at the TM Thursday evening. Experience the arts, flavors, and sounds of Southeast Asia with live entertainment, drinks in the lush gardens, food, and more. Bring a blanket for the garden, grab a drink and some Indonesian food, and enjoy the evening at the galleries. Get tickets here. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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You know it’s truly summer when the Jazz in the Garden Series begins! Now in its 13th season, the free concert series kicks off this Friday, featuring an array of jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles including salsa, blusion, xylophone, and Afrofunk. Guests may purchase food and beverages from the Pavilion Café and its carts located around the Garden or bring their own picnics. 5-8:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.


Another reason to celebrate the arrival of summer? The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design’s Free Summer Saturdays begin this weekend. Enjoy gallery tours, workshops, demonstrations, and performances every Saturday between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend.


The Sunday of Memorial Day weekend should be a Sunday Funday for all. Head to Policy this Sunday to enjoy its third Annual Crab Festival. For $35, you can indulge in all-you-can-eat crab and tons of other food. This year, Blue Moon is sponsoring, so you can try exclusive, never sold or tasted in the U.S. craft beers. Limited tickets available at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, visit Policy’s website and click the shopping cart. Policy, 1904 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Everyone’s favorite dating app, Hinge, is hosting a massive Memorial Day BBQ Extravaganza at Jack Rose on Sunday. There will be an open bar featuring beer, wine, bubbly, cocktails and several specialty punches. The food will include grilled BBQ oysters, shrimp rolls, Kobe beef sliders, BBQ beef brisket sliders, and more. Plus a super official astroturf cornhole court, photobooth, and party favors. Get tickets here. Jack Rose, 2007 18th St N.W., Washington, D.C.

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  1. Is there anything NOT to be excited for about this summer? But rooftop mimosas, cornhole at the Fairgrounds, and soaking up rays are front runners!

  2. Ah summer! Let’s see….this Summer, I’m looking forward to going on a few dates with men that don’t make me regret my life. I mean it. I have been striking out hard since January – it’s like my loser radar is working overtime. My criteria is simple: please be employed. please be straight (otherwise I can totes just date one of my gay guy friends and not waste my time with you). please hold basic hygiene in high regard. That is all.

  3. This summer, I’m excited to try all the new outdoor patios opening up for brunch/happy hour! Especially the ones that are dog-friendly, so our dog Harley can tag along 🙂

  4. I’m excited to go to Jazz in the Gardens! I was here last summer and never got to go, so this summer I’m making it a must. Can’t wait for this week!

  5. Ode to Summer 2013(or What I’m Excited About For This Summer!!)

    It’s almost here, oh Summer 2013,
    it seems like forever that I have awaited your arrival,
    Jazz in the Garden and Brixton patio Friday nights,
    And all the Bitches “This Week’ emails that no other website can rival!!

    I’m taking a trip to Montana
    And of course Vegas with the girls,
    Then there’s always room for Table brunch,
    Penn Social drinks complete with cornhole hurls.

    Lavagna brunch on Barracks Row is calling,
    and any where that has the name on it of Todd Grey,
    Did I mention that although I LOVE to read this amazing blog in DC,
    I’ll also be doing so this summer from Italy?!?!

    So thanks for the all the fabulous weekly info,
    Will you guys get out to Gypsy Kings at WolfTrap?
    Oh Cori Sue and Becca,
    You bitches making brunching this summer in DC a snap!!

  6. I just moved back into DC (Logan Circle)…just in time for summer… and I’m excited to sample all of the new outdoor HH’s and brunch spots on 14th St!

  7. Sunshine. Fresh fruit. Evenings on rooftops. Summery drinks. Weekend road trips. Breezy dresses. And all of the other happy things the warm weather brings!

  8. So many things to love about DC in the summer! Rooftop bars, laying out on the Mall, endless froyo, lots of beaches nearby… It’s the best time of year 🙂

  9. Excited about flip flops, windows down, long days, sun dresses and trying new brunch spots…next one on the list: Tel’veh

  10. I am so excited for my first DC summer!! I recently moved here from Boston and can’t wait for Michael Schlow to open Tico, one of my favorite restaurants back home on U St (I know DC has great burgers but Schlow’s burger is the best!). Also, looking forward to happy hours (they are banned in Boston!!), trying out all of the BWB’s favorite brunch spots and spending hot summer nights exploring the District!!

  11. As much as I would love to be fist pumping my way through the newly revamped and renovated Jersey Shore (Jersey girl), I am looking forward to spending my first summer in DC! After graduating last year, I decided to put on my big girl pants and move away from friends and family to discover myself and grow. It was through this move, however, I learned the importance of friendships and love. My three best friends from college, although in different cities (Philadelphia, New York, Wilmington), continue to support my growth. From late night shows, festivals, drinks, laughs, dancing, and most importantly brunches, my girls and I are ready to take on summertime in DC. The miles that separate us will not prevent us from doing what we love–living in the moment, and celebrating our friendship. Cheers to the memories to come–pool parties, late night strolls through the Mall, beer, bbq, and brunch!!!

  12. Summer agenda includes learning how to make my own bitters… and guinea pigging them with friends by a pool. Second on the list is sailing classes come June. Also, braids, new sandals, summer shifts, coral lipstick and bright color-wheel appropiate mani-pedi combinations.Can-not wait!

  13. What’s not to be excited about in Summer? Pool parties, better brunch weather, the beach, volleyball, rooftop bars, Nats games, Pride, and a whole lot more!

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