Monday is Presidents’ Day, which means that bars in Washington can stay open until 4 a.m. (Sorry, Virginia and Maryland. Enjoy your day off anyway.) What to do with your extra night out? Most bars will be open as usual, but if you feel like living it up, here are a few ideas.
The Human Rights Campaign's annual Her HRC celebration is too big to confine to one night or one venue. The lineup for the party at Town is solid enough: DJ Rosie (Lure at Cobalt, Club Hippo), DJ India (Ozio, Madam's Organ) and DJ Dee Dub (Lure at Cobalt, Zeba Bar) are among the female DJs providing dance music from 8 p.m. to midnight.
At midnight, the action moves to Phase 1, said to be the country's oldest continuously operating lesbian bar, where the beats go until 3 a.m. The next morning, the party reconvenes at Hank's Oyster Bar for a special extended Presidents' Day Ladies Brunch, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets to the dance party are $15. Tickets to brunch, which include food but not drinks, are $25. A combination ticket is $40 and can be purchased from www.hrc.org.
Downstairs at Town, the shock-and-awe-inducing WTF? variety night returns with a party dedicated to the HOMOlympics. The preview promises opening and closing ceremonies and a parade of teams, as well as the games themselves. Banaka, Jaxknife and Stephen Benedicto are among the performers; Aaron Riggins, Ed Bailey and special guest Majr handle DJ duties. Admission is free from 10-11 p.m. and $5 after.
Andy Rourke once played bass in the Smiths and is currently a radio DJ and remixer in New York. Rich Morel has remixed the Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode and the Killers, and is one of the co-founders of the popular Blowoff dance party, which got its start in D.C. They're teaming up for a free dance party at Little Miss Whiskey's this weekend, and the drinking and dancing will go all the way until 4 a.m. Doors open at 10 p.m., and we think it's going to fill up pretty fast.
The all-'90s Peach Pit throwdown is taking over DC9’s dance floor and rooftop deck beginning at 11 p.m. It's the place to be if you have a hankering to hear jock-rock jams, alternative hits and New Jack Swing. Admission is $5 at the door.
Fort Knox Five’s annual Funky Prez party at U Street Music Hall lives up to its name with appearances by esteemed Los Angeles deep house producer/DJ Pumpkin (check out his sets), the All Good Funk Alliance, Soohan and, of course, the gents of FK5. It’s $10 to get into the 18-and-over party.
Widmer Brothers’ current seasonal beers include three brews aged in Marker's Mark bourbon barrels: an imperial stout, an imperial stout aged with vanilla and an imperial stout aged with ginger. You can taste the trio – paired with Maker’s Mark shots, of course – at a special release party on the heated roofdeck at Jack Rose. There will be seven Widmer drafts in total and they’re all $5 between 6 and 8 p.m. A Widmer-and-Maker’s combo is $10. Glassware collectors: The first 60 customers get a Widmer beer glass that has been dipped in red Maker’s Mark wax.