As the holidays approach, it seems like everyone is feeling more generous -- and some bars and restaurants are happy to reward customers for helping the less fortunate. Donate canned food, used clothing or new toys to a local charity, and you walk away with cheaper (or free) beer, a free snack, or even a year’s worth of free concert tickets.
How would you like to go to every single show at the 9:30 Club in 2012? The club celebrates a decade of its Rockin’ Raffle, an annual food and clothing drive that benefits six local charities, including Bread for the City, the House of Ruth and Sasha Bruce Youthwork. For each item of clean used clothing, can of nonperishable food or $5 cash donation you bring to the club, you get a raffle ticket -- and you can get up to 10 tickets every night through New Year’s Eve. The drawing for concert tickets, gift cards, CDs and 9:30 Club merchandise is on Jan. 1, and the winning ticket numbers will be posted on www.930.com. See all the details at the 9:30 Club Web site.
Through Dec. 21, DC9 collects canned goods for the Capital Area Food Bank. Come to DC9 during its rooftop happy hour (5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday), and for each can you bring, you’ll get 50 cents off a beer. See items preferred by the Capital Area Food Bank on DC9’s Web site.
On Dec. 19, all three Pizzeria Paradiso locations are collecting canned goods for Martha’s Table. Bring a can of food at any time during the day and you’ll get a free can of beer. Caveats: You can’t get more than three free beers. See the Martha’s Table Web site for information on accepted donations.
The Pug has two fundraisers coming up: On Saturday, Dec. 17, all proceeds from sales of DC Brau beer and Pug T-shirts will be given to the Yellow Ribbon Fund. And through Dec. 22, bring in a can of food for Martha’s Table and you can trade it for a free shot of whiskey.
Sprinkles Cupcakes collects new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots through Dec. 18. Bring a toy to the Georgetown cupcake shop and you’ll get a free cupcake of your choice.
Through Dec. 23, the Mighty Pint is also taking toys on behalf of Toys for Tots. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy any day before 8 p.m. and get a wooden nickel that’s good for one free drink.
Speaking of Toys for Tots, dozens of local businesses are have set out boxes that they’re hoping to fill with new toys, including the Mount Pleasant location of Tonic, the Queen Vic, BLT Steak, Nellie’s Sports Bar, Number Nine and Helix Lounge. See a full list of donation drop-off points on the Toys for Tots Web site.
Know of any other generous restaurants and bars that are offering deals for donations? Tell us about them in the comments.