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11 things to do in DC in December

Published On 12/04/2014 Published On 12/04/2014
John Joh
Laura Hayes

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Dec 5 Fri

Anju pop-up Korean bar snacks to the face is the game plan the first Friday of every month at the ongoing Anju pop-up inside Mandu. The December guest chefs are Del Campo’s Victor Albisu and The Source’s Scott Drewno, and word has it, they’ve been preparing for weeks. See what they cook up alongside founders Danny Lee and Jonah Kim from 10pm-1am.

Mandu K St

Anju pop-up Mandu K St Korean bar snacks to the face is the game plan the first Friday of every month at the ongoing Anju pop-up inside Mandu. The December guest chefs are Del Campo’s Victor Albisu and The Source’s Scott Drewno, and word has it, they’ve been preparing for weeks. See what they cook up alongside founders Danny Lee and Jonah Kim from 10pm-1am.

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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Dec 5 Fri

4th Annual Repeal Day Celebration Dawn your best 1930s digs for an epic party with Prohibition-era cocktails and punches, a Pappy Van Winkle happy hour (5-7:30pm), and a special tasting menu from Chef Russell Jones ($35). Elsewhere in the expansive space, Dram & Grain will be converted to a '30s-style speakeasy and the roof will be full of burlesque dancers and hot girls handing out cigars. You can drink bottomless bubbles for $20 up there. No tickets or cover required. Party starts at 5pm.

Jack Rose

4th Annual Repeal Day Celebration Jack Rose Dawn your best 1930s digs for an epic party with Prohibition-era cocktails and punches, a Pappy Van Winkle happy hour (5-7:30pm), and a special tasting menu from Chef Russell Jones ($35). Elsewhere in the expansive space, Dram & Grain will be converted to a '30s-style speakeasy and the roof will be full of burlesque dancers and hot girls handing out cigars. You can drink bottomless bubbles for $20 up there. No tickets or cover required. Party starts at 5pm.

Drink the District

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Dec 6 Sat

Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival Sample unlimited pours of more than 50 brews, including brews that are best in the winter, like Tröegs Blizzard of Hops, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Goose Island Festivity, and Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve. Live music, food truck bites, and games round out the afternoon. Pick a session: 12-3pm, 4:30-7:30pm, or 9pm-12am. General admission is $40; get tickets here, and use the code THRILLIST to receive $10 off each ticket. 

Union Market

Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival Union Market Sample unlimited pours of more than 50 brews, including brews that are best in the winter, like Tröegs Blizzard of Hops, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Goose Island Festivity, and Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve. Live music, food truck bites, and games round out the afternoon. Pick a session: 12-3pm, 4:30-7:30pm, or 9pm-12am. General admission is $40; get tickets here, and use the code THRILLIST to receive $10 off each ticket. 

DC Craft Bartenders Guild

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Dec 6 Sat

Repeal Day Ball Another option for celebrating the passage of the 21st Amendment! This elegant (black tie) affair at the Carnegie Library brings together 29 local mixologists and seven impressive out-of-towners for one of the best cocktail events of the year, hosted by the DC Craft Bartenders Guild. VIP entry is at 8pm, with general admission starting at 9pm. You’ll carry on like someone just made drinking legal.

Carnegie Library

Repeal Day Ball Carnegie Library Another option for celebrating the passage of the 21st Amendment! This elegant (black tie) affair at the Carnegie Library brings together 29 local mixologists and seven impressive out-of-towners for one of the best cocktail events of the year, hosted by the DC Craft Bartenders Guild. VIP entry is at 8pm, with general admission starting at 9pm. You’ll carry on like someone just made drinking legal.

Logan Circle Community

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Dec 7 Sun

Logan Circle Holiday House Tour Bop around from house to house from 1-5pm with hot cider in hand as you learn how the other half lives in Logan Circle. The tour of the most impressive modern and traditional houses in the neighborhood starts at The Studio Theatre with a Wassail Party. Pick up a map and get ready to see some crazy wine cellars, modern furnishings and "OH WOW" rooms with the occasional holiday musical performers.

Logan Circle 

Logan Circle Holiday House Tour Logan Circle  Bop around from house to house from 1-5pm with hot cider in hand as you learn how the other half lives in Logan Circle. The tour of the most impressive modern and traditional houses in the neighborhood starts at The Studio Theatre with a Wassail Party. Pick up a map and get ready to see some crazy wine cellars, modern furnishings and "OH WOW" rooms with the occasional holiday musical performers.

2941 Restaurant

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Dec 7 Sun

Wild game dinner at 2941 Restaurant Eat a large percentage of the animal kingdom at 2941 Restaurant’s wild game dinner. We’re talking pheasant, Scottish mallard duck, Maine lobster, and braised Scottish hare. It promises to be better than whatever you ate for Thanksgiving. Call to make a reservation between 5-8:30pm. Six courses will cost you $95, before tax and tip. 

2941 Restaurant

Wild game dinner at 2941 Restaurant 2941 Restaurant Eat a large percentage of the animal kingdom at 2941 Restaurant’s wild game dinner. We’re talking pheasant, Scottish mallard duck, Maine lobster, and braised Scottish hare. It promises to be better than whatever you ate for Thanksgiving. Call to make a reservation between 5-8:30pm. Six courses will cost you $95, before tax and tip. 

Elizabeth Parker

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Dec 14 Sun

Artists & Artisans Holiday Extravaganza The 3 Stars brewery is converted into something hella holiday-awesome once a year. Enjoy tastes of all things local, including Rappahannock River Oysters, Green Hat gin, Buttercream Bakeshop, The Fainting Goat, and more. Obviously, since you’re in a brewery, you’ll be sipping on beers on tap and cask, including 3 Stars new-releases like Brandy-Lyn. The party runs from 1-6pm and tix are $10.

3 Stars Brewing Company

Artists & Artisans Holiday Extravaganza 3 Stars Brewing Company The 3 Stars brewery is converted into something hella holiday-awesome once a year. Enjoy tastes of all things local, including Rappahannock River Oysters, Green Hat gin, Buttercream Bakeshop, The Fainting Goat, and more. Obviously, since you’re in a brewery, you’ll be sipping on beers on tap and cask, including 3 Stars new-releases like Brandy-Lyn. The party runs from 1-6pm and tix are $10.

ChurchKey

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Dec 15 Mon

Tap takeover + can drive Grab a beer taster for free when you hand over a can donation to Martha’s Table at ChurchKey. The evening features a complete tap takeover of only the best seasonal beer, like Prairie Christmas Bomb, Mikkeller Cognac Barrel-Aged Santa’s Little Helper, and the brand new Barely Bad Elf from Ridgeway. No Sam Adams Winter Lager -- this is the big league.

ChurchKey

Tap takeover + can drive ChurchKey Grab a beer taster for free when you hand over a can donation to Martha’s Table at ChurchKey. The evening features a complete tap takeover of only the best seasonal beer, like Prairie Christmas Bomb, Mikkeller Cognac Barrel-Aged Santa’s Little Helper, and the brand new Barely Bad Elf from Ridgeway. No Sam Adams Winter Lager -- this is the big league.

G by Mike Isabella

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Dec 17 Wed

Feast of the 7 Fishes begins Hold on to tradition, a SERIOUSLY old Italian tradition, and partake in G by Mike Isabella’s Feast of the 7 Fishes, offered on various dates in December (17-20 & 22-24). Expect a warm seafood salad with grilled scallops, artic char, and salt cod; snow crab arrabiata with guanciale and uni; plus roasted oysters with bottarga butter. It’s the very best the ocean can offer, priced at $65 per person before tax & gratuity with optional wine pairings for extra. Call for reservations.

G by Mike Isabella

Feast of the 7 Fishes begins G by Mike Isabella Hold on to tradition, a SERIOUSLY old Italian tradition, and partake in G by Mike Isabella’s Feast of the 7 Fishes, offered on various dates in December (17-20 & 22-24). Expect a warm seafood salad with grilled scallops, artic char, and salt cod; snow crab arrabiata with guanciale and uni; plus roasted oysters with bottarga butter. It’s the very best the ocean can offer, priced at $65 per person before tax & gratuity with optional wine pairings for extra. Call for reservations.

Commissary

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Dec 22 Mon

Latke-palooza Bottomless drinks are great, but bottomless latkes are better. Your inhibitions remain intact... except for the inhibition keeping you from eating more latkes. Make this happen for $15 at Commissary. They’ll serve traditional, sweet potato, and zucchini latkes from 6-8pm. There will also be a fried donut bar, à la carte Hanukkah-themed drinks, and appetizers like brisket sliders.

Commissary

Latke-palooza Commissary Bottomless drinks are great, but bottomless latkes are better. Your inhibitions remain intact... except for the inhibition keeping you from eating more latkes. Make this happen for $15 at Commissary. They’ll serve traditional, sweet potato, and zucchini latkes from 6-8pm. There will also be a fried donut bar, à la carte Hanukkah-themed drinks, and appetizers like brisket sliders.

Laura Hayes

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Dec 24 Wed

25 Days of Cocktails final night Take a break from watching A Christmas Story and buying presents online, and pop into Bibiana regularly throughout December. They’re releasing one cool cocktail per night until all 25 are available on Christmas Eve. Highlights include the Sanguinella, made with bourbon, lemon, and pumpkin-cinnamon syrup debuting on December 13, and the Aged Negroni debuting on the 22nd. Each cocktail is $12.

Bibiana

25 Days of Cocktails final night Bibiana Take a break from watching A Christmas Story and buying presents online, and pop into Bibiana regularly throughout December. They’re releasing one cool cocktail per night until all 25 are available on Christmas Eve. Highlights include the Sanguinella, made with bourbon, lemon, and pumpkin-cinnamon syrup debuting on December 13, and the Aged Negroni debuting on the 22nd. Each cocktail is $12.