Wednesday, December 22: The best thing about spending the days before Christmas in D.C. is that no one is here (including those who probably should still be here, to pass bills and such). The city is so pleasant and empty, making it the ideal time to go bars that would normally be teeming with people. Try the Blue Banana in Petworth. It’s a sports bar that may come with a side of hookers, but hey, they’re having an open bar tonight from 8 to 9PM, and tomorrow beer is half price all night. [The Blue Banana]

  • Thursday, December 23: The end of Festivus is finally here. Go speak ill of people and eat meatloaf at Old Glory in Georgetown, because you should always take your holiday cues from funny people on the teevee. [Old Glory]
  • Thursday, December 24: Hooray for baby Jesus, today is Christmas Eve. If you’re celebrating this most holy of holidays in D.C. (Godspeed!) we made a list of things you can do to keep yourself busy while you wait for Santa to show up and give you things, pending his still doing it this year.
  • Wednesday, January 17 through Tuesday, January 23: Make your reservations NOW kids for Restaurant Week 2011, a most glorious week of prix-fixe menus. Be warned: Some (most) of the deals aren’t that good, and, now that we live in a world of email coupons, dare we say the week is now pointless? [Restaurant Week 2011]
  • New Food: Another yogurt shop has opened in Dupont Circle, another crepe place has opened Downtown, and eight or so new bars may or may not open at 14th and U NW in 2011. [Yola/Point Chaud Café and Crepes/14th & You]
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  • PublicLuxury

    What happens if Santa comes in by smashing a window wit a tire iron? Do you think he'll leave gifts or take them?

  • SorosBot

    Now people have off Xmas Eve this year because the day itself is a Saturday, but that is two days away; shouldn't people still be in downtown Washington because they are, you know, working?

    • Crank_Tango

      shh. now that all those assholes are gone, maybe something will get done.

    • elviouslyqueer

      Ooooh, you're going to get a cranky phone call from Jim De Mint.

      • SorosBot

        I've got about as much sympathy for DeMint as for my teacher dad and brother, who've been complaining that they only have a week and a half vacation instead of a full two weeks because Xmas is on a Saturday: absolutely none.

  • chicken_thief

    You sure Larry Craig won't be copping a squat at the "Blue Banana"?

  • ttommyunger

    So, isn't there a severe back-up in D.C. with all the assholes gone?

  • Tundra Grifter

    It's called the "Blue Banana" because if you don't pay your hooker, that's what you're gonna get.

    You betcha!

  • finallyhappy

    WRONG, missy! DC is full of tourists- I know because I work with them. Of course, many of them are the foreign sort- so much better than Congress or the usual American lard loads.
    My suggestion- visit the Botanic Garden- great exhibit BUT avoid the Capitol Christmas tree- what a bunch of crappy ornaments from Wyoming- lots of CDs tied together with foam crosses glued on and messages like "Happy Birthday,Jesus"- for real. The Howdy, cowpoke signs are a little better- and perhaps made by the gheys.

    AND THURSDAY is only coming once this week- the 24th is Friday- started that CHristmas boozing already?

  • horsedreamer_1

    To Old Glory, I have not been, but I know it well, as the location of many a "league meeting" for my long-time rotisserie baseball league.

    To my D&D peoples, BIG ups.

  • fuflans

    that is an awesome snowman.

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