I can’t, in good conscience, advise you to indulge in the sangria on Fridays at the Jazz in the Garden (7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW), after I heard a harrowing story about a drunk girl wading into the fountain (This, it turns out, is frowned upon). Besides, there’s a mark-up on the booze you buy there, and you’re not allowed to bring in your own cheap wine. Go, snack, enjoy the concert, stay in control of your faculties.
But also be sure to stop by the unofficial afterparty Friday at Redline (707 G St. NW), Penn Quarter’s upscale sports bar. Head over to the bar after the free jazz concert breaks up, tell them the name of the musician who played in the garden and you’ll get a free glass of champagne or beer.
You Be the Judge
Dinners with wine or beer pairings are fairly standard — you’re already going for a prix fixe menu, so clearly you hate decisions anyway. Or do you? Find out when Firefly and Birch and Barley team up tonight to host a benefit — complete with a little friendly competition — for the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure. Each course of the dinner, held at Birch and Barley (1337 14th St . NW), will include a wine and a beer pairing, selected by sommelier Emily Wines and beer guru Greg Engert, respectively. After each course, diners will vote on the pairing they prefer. Our hint: If you don’t know anything about wine, just call it “oaky and vivacious.” Tickets are $150 each at Bottlebattle-esli.eventbrite.com.