Frequently Asked Questions About Inauguration-Related Night Life

Friday, January 16, 2009

Ready for a four- (or, more likely, five-) day weekend of partying? Fritz Hahn answers some frequently asked questions about inauguration-related night life.

Will you really be able to party until 4 a.m.?

It depends where you go. More than 200 bars, nightclubs and restaurants received permission to stay open late tonight through Tuesday, but some bars and clubs decided th ey won't bother.

In Adams Morgan there will be no extended hours tonight or Saturday, meaning bars close at the usual 3 a.m. They will be open one extra hour on Sunday and Monday, bringing last call to 3; then parties will last until 4 a.m. Tuesday night.

Adams Morgan's the Diner and El Tamarindo will be open around the clock through Tuesday to serve food and will be pouring drinks from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m.

Connecticut Avenu e's Lucky Bar and Big Hunt, as well as H Street's Rock and Roll Hotel are among the well-known nightspots that didn't apply for the extension. "You don't really sell anything between 1 and 3 anyway," says Joe Englert, who owns or is a partner in those bars as well as a number of others in the city.

Bill Spieler, one of the owners of the rock club DC9, said the $250 fee the city is charging clubs for every night of extended hours made him wary. "Because of our size, it's not going to make enough money for me to make it worthwhile," he explains. He will, however, get an exemption to be open Monday night until 4 a.m. for a party open to the public.

Which bars will be open late?

Many of the city's lounges, such as Tattoo, Midtown and kstreet, will stay open until 4 a.m. to host parties, as will the big nightclubs, including Love, which features Jay-Z tonight, P. Diddy's inaugural gala Saturday and T.I., Young Jeezy and Akon performing at a "Presidential Status" party on Sunday. Tickets for all three events are on sale at; advance purchase is recommended but not required.

Some of the better late-night options tonight through Tuesday include beers at Chinatown's R.F.D. or Fado, cocktails at Adams Morgan's Bourbon, pool at Chinatown's Rocket Bar and Dupont's Buffalo Billiards, dancing at Glover Park's Gin and Tonic, mojitos at Dupont's Cafe Citron, lounging at U Street's Chi-Cha Lounge, or hanging out for low-key drinks at the Hill's Tune Inn, U Street's Solly's Tavern and Polly's Cafe or Martin's Tavern in Georgetown.

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