Old-School Hip-Hop Bar Crawl

Bar crawl
Please note: This event has already occurred.
Too many "organized" bar crawls follow a familiar path: Randomly bounce between a dozen bars over the course of a few hours in search of cheap drinks. No schedule, and very little to make one destination stand out from another. That's not the case at the annual Old-School Hip-Hop Bar Crawl, a trip to six watering holes that reminds us that U Street remains the main street for the local hip-hop scene. The afternoon kicks off at Tabaq from 2 to 4 p.m., where DJ Kayo spins the best of the West Coast (think Dre, 'Pac, Cube) while bartenders serve $4 beers and $6 wine and martinis. Then everyone gets crawling, with a new destination and DJ beginning at the top of the hour. First up is DJ Jimmy Phingaz with a set of Southern classics from Outkast and the Dungeon Family at Touchdown sports bar. At 5 p.m., the crowd moves on to Ulah for DJ Que's set of '80s and '90s New York artists. DJ Oso Fresh is at the Islander at 6 p.m., where he's dropping hip-hop cuts laced with jazz. Bro DJ gets the spotlight at Tap and Parlour from 7 to 8 p.m. for a Wu-Tang vs. Def Squad set, before the crowd descends on Queen Makeda for DJ RBI's "grand finale" that runs until 2:30 a.m. Each bar has its own specials lined up - everything from $3 beers to $4 rum punch to 25 percent off food - but you need to purchase a wristband for $5 if you want to partake.