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twenty ways to revel, sip, dine and indulge your way through those hot summer nights | By Michael McCarthy, Katie Wilmeth, Yelena Moroz Alpert, Jeff DuFour, Kelly Magyarics and Nevin Martell |
Twenty Ways To Spend Your Summer Nights
Michael McCarthy, Katie Wilmeth, Yelena Moroz Alpert
ways to revel, sip, dine and indulge your way through those hot summer nights
It may be o cially known as Independence Day, but everyone knows the sparks really y at night on the Fourth of July. And no one does the quintessential American holiday better than DC. For those who are more passionate about the party than the pyrotechnics on the National Mall, you’ll want to book your VIP table at the W’s annual Boom With a View. Hosted at the hotel’s rooftop lounge, P.O.V, the annual party features some of the best views in the city, signature cocktails and lush tunes. And, with the Fourth blissfully falling on a ursday this year, you can extend the fun to a long patriotic weekend by combining the party with a hotel package. Priority table for four to six people at POV, $1,500. Boom With a View, email povevents@ whotels. Com. W Hotel, 515 15th St. NW, 202.661.2400, wwashingtondc. Com/july-4th
2 Smokin’ Good! Kick off your week in style by heading to the Observatory at The Graham Georgetown for Pin Up Mondays.The new hotel and Georgetown Tobacco have partnered to host evenings around the abundant pleasures of cigars and whiskey—all set to a soundtrack of 1950s music.The Observatory, 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, 202.337.0900, thegrahamgeorgetown. Com
3 Tune In!
The cozy Empress Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental transforms into a sultry enclave for jazz lovers every Friday and Saturday night this summer. Sip the seasonal Cherry Blossom Sling (vodka, cherry liquor and sour-cherry puree), and listen to the likes of soulful voices like Sharón Clark and indie-inspired Karla Chisholm, as well as instrumentalists Chuck Redd and Lyle Link. If the rotating repertoire of jazz performers isn’t enough to lure you back, the addictive veggie samosa bites will.Didier Pouzier, the new executive chef, has nessed the international menu with his straightforward approach to traditional and inventive dishes. 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, mandarinoriental.Com/washington
Oh, Sherry Sherry is one complex chick. She can be sweet (sometimes), but she is always decidedly stylish—and found all over DC bars and nightspots this summer. At Estadio, mixologist Adam Bernbach offers a glorious variation of the Jabberwock by combining manzanilla sherry, cocchi Americano, gin and grapefruit bitters. “Sherry’s acidity, its zing and brightness give a drink a bold base without weighing it down,” says Bernbach. 1520 14th St. NW,202. 319.1404, estadio-dc. Com
On the Fringe
From July 11-28, the Capital Fringe Festival delights and dazzles (postmodern burlesque, anyone?) With 135 performing arts groups (about 80 percent of them local) spread across 19 venues. Take a break by journeying to Fort Fringe to relax at the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar, which o ers chilly cocktails and sizzling bands. 607 New York Ave. NW, 202.737.7230, capitalfringe.org
6 Swing Away The triple threat of cocktails, food and art ushers in summer at The Phillips Collection, with an inventive Phillips After 5 lineup: Jazz and Swing of the 1930s, June 6, celebrates the gallery’s Georges Braque exhibit with swing dance performances. 1600 21st St. NW, phillipscollection.org
Penthouse Pool & Lounge at Vida on U Street returns for its sophomore swim season with a slew of new after-sunset events. e members-only rooftop club hosts Summer Splash Thursdays with midnight swims and signature cocktails, Sunset Happy Hour Fridays with housemade sangria and Sunday Fundays with MargaVida & sangria pitchers. But we say skip the velvet rope on Saturdays in favor of the pool club’s Arabian Nights theme, featuring bottle service at every cabana.Plus, the pool has gone gourmand this season with an all-new menu from awardwinning chef Michael Schlow. Bring on the bikinis. Memberships start at $159 per month, 1612 U St. NW, 202.939.2563, penthousepoolclub. Com
Mixologist extraordinaire Todd Thrasher is equally obsessed with spirits and rock ’n’ roll at TNT Bar. Try his new peachy, whiskey-laced David Campbell—named for the composer who worked with the Counting Crows and fathered Beck.
2413 Columbia Pike, 703.920.0315
Bueno Alfresco! For more sips and culinary thrills, head to Fuego Cocina y Tequileria. Grab the Amor Prohibido—strawberryinfused tequila, triple sec and strawberry puree. Request P1, a two-seat table perched on a balcony.Order duck autas and crackly-edged queso fundido. 2800 Clarendon Blvd.
571. 970.2180, fuegova. Com
When circling dates on your summer calendar, mark two nights for local musical upstarts Mission South and Shark Week. Like most bluesy power trios, the members of Mission South bonded over B.B. King and Robert Johnson records.The three Bethesda natives have been playing music together since high school. After recording an EP, they’ve been spending as much time as possible on the road. eir music offers “pockets of pop, soul and jazz,” says bassist John Beck. Shark Week keeps it simple, as the four members draw heavily on the quintessential surf-rock sound, along with blues and R&B from the ’50s and ’60s. at formula earned them spots at South by Southwest and the Sweetlife Festival this year, as well as talks for upcoming dates in London. Mission South, June 28, Iota, iotaclubandcafe. Com; Shark Week, June 7, Rock & Roll Hotel, rockandrollhotel. Com
Drive to Loudoun’s Doukenie Winery for its Friday bistro nights. The setting—pondside amid rolling hills—is like a scene from Sideways. Try the 2011 riesling. 14727 Mountain Road, Purcellville, Va., 540.668.6464, doukeniewinery. Com
U STREET CORRIDOR: SHOW
Organize a group of 10 friends and splurge on the Fan Club VIP treatment at e Howard eatre. You’ll skip the line and enjoy an open bar while watching a cappella heavyweights e Persuasions (July 12) or experiencing the spirit of Bob Marley via e Original Wailers (Aug. 18). 620 T St. NW, 202.803.2899, thehowardtheatre.com
U STREET CORRIDOR: DRINKS
14 Mad Men in the City Sleek, smart and stealth, The Gibson, a creative speakeasy, renews our faith in the almighty cocktail. Ask for a gin-based Algernon to kick off the night—it’s swoon-worthy.
2009 14th St. NW, 202.232.2156, thegibsondc.Com
U STREET CORRIDOR: DINNER
Oh, let us count the ways Le Diplomate has become the place to be on 14th Street! Before dinner here, your rst stop should be the buzzworthy bar for creative cocktails and, yes, Champagne. Next, a heavenly meal waits at the newly minted Parisian-style brasserie from restaurateurimpresario Stephen Starr.Executive Chef Adam Schop immaculately executes French fare, such as tuna carpaccio dressed with leek vinaigrette, and buttery scallops on a bed of orzo. 1601 14th St. NW, 202.332.3333, lediplomatedc.com
Shake, Rattle and Roll
e venerable Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club with an art deco vibe just got a $1.5 million face-lift. Now it hosts white-hot jazz shows, like the hard-bopping Larry Brown Quintet (June 9) and the Paul Carr Quartet with special guest Akiko Tsuruga (July 2). 7719 Wisconsin Ave., 240.330.4500, bethesdabluesjazz. Com
17 Dangerous Liaisons Come out swinging at Brickside Food & Drink with Prohibition punches. The moonshine punch features raspberries soaked in moonshine and mixed with orange vodka, while the Pink Murder features a delightful combination: vodka and pilsner. 4866 Cordell Ave., 301.312.6160, bricksidebethesda. Com
Mod Moves Chef-owner Damian Salvatore of Persimmon recently revamped the sleek bistro with the mod menu. Ask for table 15 or 16 by the front windows and opt for sesamespangled tuna dressed with zingy tomato vinaigrette. 7003 Wisconsin Ave., 301.654.9860, persimmonrestaurant. Com
19 Down Low Shhh. Nightlife wizard Vinoda Basnayake and DC chef Spike Mendelsohn will open an intimate speakeasy called The Shepherd in midsummer. Top Chef finalist Mendelsohn says to “expect my version of late-night food.” Translation: It’ll be original, over-the-top and undeniably memorable. Save us a seat. 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW
If there’s a DJ who evokes the zeitgeist of summer, it’s Heather Femia, a Virginia Beach transplant whose sweet mixes brim with everything from tribal to groove-laden tech sounds. Duck into L2 (3315 Cady’s Alley NW, 202.965.2001, l2lounge. Com) and Lima Lounge (1401 K St. NW, 202.789.2800, limaloungedc. Com) to hear her make the room move all summer. Uberchic e Huxl ey (1730 M St. NW, 202.737.3783, thehuxleydc. Com) recently opened its library for music, and management has tapped Femia for gigs June 8, 15 and more to be added through September.The venue is “doing exciting things, like having live percussionists and dancers to complement the Djs,” says Femia, a woman who usually needs no accompaniment.