Nightlife agenda: Go heavy on Halloween


A performance by Who’s Bad, the Michael Jackson tribute band, on June 26, 2009. (Richard A. Lipski/The Washington Post)
October 28, 2013

Many bars hosted their Halloween parties last weekend, but there’s plenty of fun to be had on All Hallow’s Eve. Here are some of our top picks, and you can find even more — as well as non-Halloween fun — at www.goingoutguide.com.

The Black Cat

The Black Cat will have three parties under one roof on Halloween. In the Red Room, bartenders from Bar TNT and the Rappahannock Oyster Bar will mix spooky cocktails while DJs spin metal. On the Back Stage, a Misfits cover band (with members of Rattler and Warchild) will perform. Upstairs, the Halloween Circus will feature rockabilly bands, burlesque and sideshow acts.

8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. Downstairs, $5; upstairs, $10 in advance, $12 day of the show.

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

Doc Scanlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra are the area’s top performers of music from the “Great Gatsby” era, and their Halloween party is inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece, “Metropolis.” The big band also will perform racy numbers from 1920s Hollywood films.

8 p.m. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500. www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. $35.

Dogfish Head Alehouse

Both the Fairfax and Falls Church branches of Dogfish Head Alehouse will have family-friendly parties on Halloween from 3 to 6 p.m. Bring the kids in for face-painting, trick-or-treating and a costume contest at 6 p.m. Afterwards, there will be fun for adults including tapping of vintage beers at 7 p.m. and a costume contest at 9 p.m. Matt Waller performs in Fairfax; a DJ spins from 9 to 11 p.m. in Falls Church. Look out for specials, including free koozies.

6220 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-534-3342. 13041 Lee Jackson Hwy., Fairfax. 703-961-1140. www.dogfishalehouse.com. Free.

Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern

Get in a spooky mood at Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern with Black Sabbath cover band Children of the Grave, which will perform all the Ozzy Osbourne-era hits.

9 p.m. 697 Spring St., Herndon. 703-435-5467. www.jimmystavern.com. Free.

Maryland Live! Casino

Michael Jackson tribute band Who’s Bad, which has sold out the 9:30 Club on several occasions, will headline the Maryland Live Halloween festivities. Beyond the inevitable dance-off to “Thriller,” there will be contests for the scariest, sexiest and most creative costumes, with winners receiving $500 to $2,000 in slot machine tokens.

8:30 p.m. 7002 Arundel Mills Cir., Hanover. 443-842-7000. www.marylandlivecasino.com. $20.

The Park at 14th

The Park is hosting Halloween parties Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and the club is starting off with a bang: Drake will be the special guest host after his Verizon Center concert. If you ever wanted to dress up as a character from “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” this is your chance. Doors open for happy hour at 5 p.m. (and admission is free then), but lines will get longer and there will be a $50 cover charge after 10 p.m.

5 p.m. to 3 a.m. 920 14th St. NW. 202-737-7275. www.park14.com.

Rustico

Face it: Halloween really is your last chance to drink pumpkin beers. With this in mind, Rustico will be putting 26 pumpkin ales on tap at its Ballston location. All will be available in four-ounce tasters if you want to sample a variety. We recommend Weyerbacher, Schalfly, Devils Backbone and Dogfish Head.

6 p.m. 4075 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 571-384-1820. www.rusticorestaurant.com. Free.

Town Danceboutique

The Mixtape DJs play everything from Lady Gaga to Missy Elliott to Robyn, with the occasional Dolly Parton and Spice Girls thrown in for good measure. The annual Halloween party at Town will feature a midnight costume contest with a $300 prize.

9 p.m. Town Danceboutique, 2009 Ninth St. NW. www.mixtapedc.com. $10.

— Fritz Hahn

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