February Fun Ideas for the Weekend

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Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz

Rare Bird Coffee

This popular spot in Falls Church makes phenomenal coffee, and also supplies roasted beans to several local restaurants too.  It’s an any-time kind of place for both socializing and work, with wifi, outlets everywhere, coffee, tea, pastries, the whole deal!  Plus they display work by local artists, so you can double down on supporting the community.  Open 8 to 5 on the weekends.

*Laughter*

Dana Gould LIVE  at the Arlington Drafthouse

Actor and comedian Dana Gould is probably best known for his work on THE SIMPSONS, where he was a Co-Executive Producer and performed several voices for the show, and as a producer on NBC’s PARKS AND REC.  He has tons of other credentials but those two alone are enough for me! Friday night, Saturday matinee and Saturday night, General Admission $22

Piano Man

The Stranger- A Tribute to Billy Joel at the State Theater

What’s your favorite Billy Joel song?  Chances are whatever it is, you can belt it out at the top of your voice at the State Theater on Saturday night.  Get your tickets soon if you want to go! $17 advance/$20 day of show (btw mine is “Only the Good Die Young!”) 

Cheap Eats

Alexandria Restaurant Week

Just when you thought you missed Restaurant Week, you have another chance to catch the tail end of  the one in Alexandria, which goes through Sunday.  Participating restaurants offer a $35 three-course dinner for one OR a $35 dinner for two.  Great picks include Hen Quarter (for biscuits and bourbon!) and Lena’s (for wood-fired pizza). 

Lokl Gourmet

Sticking with your clean eating resolutions?  Awesome!  You may want to swing by LoKL Gourmet in McLean for fresh juice, a yummy breakfast or gourmet sandwich.  This Washingtonian “Best Cheap Eats” spot is also a grocery store, so you can stock up on stuff for your healthy diet while you’re there.  So proud of you!

Art League Patron Art Show

Picture a wild party at a huge art exhibit, and at the end of the night everyone goes home with one of the paintings.  Which one will you get?  It’s all in the luck of the draw: numbers are drawn randomly and recipients choose their pieces in order.  Tickets are $225 for one seat and one piece of artwork, or $300 for two seats and one piece of artwork.  Check their website for details.  View the art here.  Tickets on sale now, and the drawing (party!) is on Sunday, February 18 at 4:00 pm.

Mussel Bar

Seems like a perfect weekend to order up a giant Belgian beer and (repeatedly) dunk French fries into a steaming bowl of mussels. There are lots of options around, but you really can’t go wrong with Mussel Bar on Wilson.  In the mood to start early? They have happy hour specials every day from 3-7 in the bar.

The Convertible Jerk Band

The Little City’s favorite HusBand unleashes their inner ‘80s teenagers on a hometown crowd at Clare and Don’s on Saturday night.   With a little nostalgia and a lot of rocking out, this cover band gives their fans what they came for!  I’ll be there for sure.

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Happy Hour at Requin

Knock off work early and get a change of scenery at this higher end open kitchen in Merrifield’s Mosaic District. It really does have an in-the-city vibe and the food is outstanding!  Their happy hour menu looks fantastic, and is offered  from 4-7 every day, and for the whole evening on Monday, in case you want to extend the weekend a little (and who doesn’t?)

 

Pupatella

Did you catch the article I wrote about Pupatella for the Lake Barcroft Newsletter this month? The research alone gave me the biggest pizza jones I’ve ever had!! Their Neapolitan style pizza is certified as “Authentic” by the government of Italy, and their wood fired oven is made from volcanic ash from Mt. Vesuvius.  No kidding!!  Because their pizza is OFF THE CHARTS DELICIOUS, a line usually forms around dinnertime.  You may want to go on the early or late side;  they are open until 10 on Sat; 9 on Sun.  

 

Adam’s Morgan

If you’re up for a little field trip, why not head into Adams Morgan?  You can start with drinks at Jug and Table, which one yelper described as “classy, but also sort of divey, with great decor, and also college hoops on the TV.”  Check, check, and check.  It’s a quick walk from there over to Mintwood Place, where you can indulge in one of the city’s most ingenious (and delicious!) appetizers: escargot-stuffed hushpuppies.   Grab a reservation on Open Table.

 

Remembering Tom Petty

We’ve been all Tom Petty all the time ever since we watched that 6-hour documentary about him on Netflix.  This weekend at the State Theater you can re-live all of the Petty years with Southern Accents:  A Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.  The band goes on at 9:00.

Actual Pupatella Pizza! Photo by Jason Low.

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 Wow, February usually wears us out, but the past few days haven’t been so bad!  One weekend to go before we put the official winter months behind us;  let’s make it a standout!

Chill Zone

I first heard about Chill Zone from the college kids, but it turns out to be a neighborhood favorite for folks near Harrison Street in Arlington.  Enjoy matcha tea and bubble tea with tiny boba bubbles, or try the hot or cold Vietnamese coffee.  It will wake. you. up!  This sweet little shop isn’t a franchise, and they encourage mingling with a community table with pillows (the “chill zone”).  Try it; you may make some new friends!

Mad Fox Brewing Company

The Mad Fox Brewing Company is hosting its 8th Annual Barleywine Festival this weekend. What is Barleywine?  Oh, just the most powerful and intense beer you’ve ever tried.  And Mad Fox says their festival is “hands down, the largest Barleywine Festival in the Mid-Atlantic.” You can get more details, plus see a list of the unique and rare Barleywines they expect to serve on their website.  The “Slobberknocker” sounds promising indeed!!  No admission fee, but seating will be first come, first served. 

Le Diplomate

It’s French.  It’s classy.  La nourriture est fantastique!  Yelpers are full of praise for the menu and the execution at this Logan Circle staple from a James Beard award-winning restauranteur.  This just in:  apparently they have photos of topless women pasted on the ladies room walls. Who says DC is stuffy?  Reservations are a must.

Left Door

When you’re in the Logan Circle area, and treating yourself anyway, consider a craft cocktail at Left Door, a high-end DC speakeasy that gets rave reviews from peeps in the know… no secret passwords required!  I personally think we get the best Manhattans EVER here at Lake Barcroft, but I’m willing to give these guys a chance.