Free & Easy

By Going Out Guide
Sunday, August 9, 2009


Ecuadorian Festival at Barcroft Park

The 17th annual festival features live music from singer Roberto Zumba and the band Sentimiento Andino, traditional dance performances, crafts and food.

11 a.m.-6 p.m. 4200 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. 703-228-1850.


"Rebel Without a Cause" on the Mall

The final movie to be shown at Screen on the Green this year is the 1955 James Dean classic, a favorite of restless teenagers everywhere.

8 p.m. The Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets NW. 877-262-5866.


Tabi Bonney at the Library

Known for his work with Raheem DeVaughn and Wale, this rising hip-hop star performs as part of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities' Art Unplugged series.

6 p.m. 3514 12th St. NE. 202-724-5613.


Sensual Wednesdays at Eyebar

Congrats: The week is half over. Celebrate at Eyebar, where there's no cover, women drink free from 10 to 11, and copious drink specials include $2 shots and $3 Coronas. DJ Geometrix spins mash-ups and hip-hop on the main floor, while DJ Chris spins salsa and Latin hits upstairs.

10 p.m.-2 a.m. 1716 I St. NW. 703-568-0507.


Going Out Guide Happy Hour

At Clarendon Ballroom

Join The Washington Post's Going Out Gurus (and a few hundred of their friends) at a party with a chill roof deck, free food and a chance to win a getaway to Rehoboth Beach, Del., or gift certificates to Georgetown Cupcake.

6-8 p.m. 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-469-2244.


Uncle Q at Bourbon

Uncle Q spins a hip-hop history lesson every Friday night on the upstairs dance floor. You'll hear tunes from the old-school, Golden Age and Native Tongues eras to Jay-Z, Kanye and current standard-bearers.

10 p.m. 2321 18th St. NW. 202-332-0800.


"In Honor of the President: Mr. Lincoln's Music"

At the Surratt House Museum

Listen to the music of the 1860s -- particularly, songs that were favorites of our 16th president and songs written for him -- in a tavern once owned by Mary Surratt, the woman hanged for being a conspirator in his assassination.

4 p.m. 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. 301-868-1121.

-- Fritz Hahn

Going Out Guide for Aug. 9, 2009

Best Bets Margaritas

Whether you prefer classic or frozen margaritas, here's where to find the best:

Austin Grill

Crowd-pleasing margaritas in oversize glasses rarely disappoint, especially if you order the frozen Swirlie, which mixes strawberry and lime flavors, or the straight-up Cadillac on the rocks.

Nine area locations.

Cactus Cantina

Many options are available, but the Frozen Swirl -- half strawberry, half regular margarita -- is most popular.

3300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-686-7222.

Café Atlántico

On a wildly inventive cocktail menu, Atlántico's simple, incredibly refreshing margarita is one of the stars.

405 Eighth St. NW. 202-393-0812.

Caribbean Breeze

While the Ballston restaurant does a roaring trade in mojitos, don't overlook the tasty Pomegrande margarita.

4100 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. 703-812-7997.

Casa Oaxaca

Whether you go for the house margarita or upscale, these drinks will not let you down.

2106 18th St. NW. 202-387-2272.


The Margarita de Casa is a reliable favorite, and the various flavors -- pomegranate, mango or tamarind -- are not cloyingly sweet. The restaurant's "Traditional Margarita," made without extra flavors, is only $5 from 3 to 6 p.m. and again from 9:30 to close Monday through Saturday.

701 14th St. NW. 202-393-3983.


Chef José Andrés's "personal favorite," topped with a blast of "salt air," heads the list of crowd-pleasing cocktails.

401 Seventh St. NW. 202-628-1005.

Red Rocks Cafe and Tequila Bar

With around 100 tequilas and dozens of flavor options for margaritas -- grape or passion fruit? -- the menu is an adventure.

13850-F Braddock Rd., Centreville. 703-815-6900.

Rosa Mexicano

Some rave about the frozen pomegranate margarita, but traditionalists will praise La Clasica, made with fresh agave nectar.

575 Seventh St. NW. 202-783-5522.

Tia Queta

The Special Margarita -- denoted on the menu as "The Very Best" -- is best enjoyed on the restaurant's rooftop. Other flavors, including strawberry and peach, are also available.

4839 Del Ray Ave., Bethesda. 301-654-4443.

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