Every Tuesday, the Going Out Guide staff highlights the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events at www.goingoutguide.com.
The fourth season of “Game of Thrones” is one of the most hyped and anticipated TV events of the year, and bars are trying to capture some of that magic in the buildup to Sunday’s first episode. Fun begins Tuesday night at “Game of Gnomes,” an all-around geekfest on Jack Rose’s rooftop. Beer geeks can sample all three of Ommegang’s “Game of Thrones”-inspired beers, including the spicy new Fire & Blood Red Ale, as well as other Belgian and Belgian-style draft beers. Gamer geeks can play Settlers of Catan, Dungeons and Dragons or Heroquest. (Bring your own 20-sided dice.) Either way, anyone wearing a costume gets $2 off beers all night. On Thursday, there’s an official release party for the Fire & Blood Red Ale at Penn Social, with glassware giveaways, a costume contest and other games. And if you actually want to watch the show, Little Miss Whiskey’s is again showing every episode on a six-foot projection screen in the upstairs bar. Owner Mark Thorp stresses: “Costumes are not mandatory.”
Jack Rose: Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. 2007 18th St. NW. 202-588-7388. www.jackrosediningsaloon.com.
Penn Social: Thursday at 6 p.m. 801 E St. NW. 202-697-4900. www.pennsocialdc.com.
Little Miss Whiskey’s: 1104 H St. NE. www.littlemisswhiskeys.com.
Spring has finally arrived, just in time for the return of oyster happy hour on the P.J. Clarke’s patio. Beginning this week, the downtown restaurant is offering 50-cent oysters and $4 pints of Port City beer every Tuesday from 2:45 to 7 p.m. The oysters are a special type developed for P.J. Clarke’s by Virginia’s War Shore Oyster Company. Not a fan of bivalves? Stop by between 3 and 6 p.m. and get 50 percent off anything on P.J. Clarke’s raw bar.
Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. P.J. Clarke’s, 1600 K St. NW. 202-463-6310. www.pjclarkes.com/dc.
When discussing the history of D.C. music, it’s all too common to have to inform someone that Marvin Gaye had roots in this town. Marvin, a restaurant named after Gaye and inspired by the singer’s time in Belgium, has thrown a party in his honor every year since 2007, but this one, for his 75th birthday, is special. Performers include members of Gaye’s original band, the Marquees, joined by local R&B singers Martin Luther McCoy and Maimouna Youssef. Rockers U.S. Royalty also will play a set, and neighborhood vinyl resource Som Records will be selling albums and singles by Gaye, his Motown peers and other similar funk and soul artists. The evening’s proceeds will benefit the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, an organization specifically chosen by the Gaye family.
Wednesday at 4 p.m. Marvin, 2007 14th St. NW. 202-797-7171. www.marvindc.com. Free admission.