Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events at www.goingoutguide.com .
It’s hard to believe that Washington had no breweries in March 2011. Just 21 / 2 years later, DC Brau, Chocolate City and 3 Stars have become fixtures at bars around town, and even more breweries are in the pipeline. Atlas Brew Works, based in a warehouse in Ivy City, officially becomes the city’s fourth production brewery this week. Rather than host one massive launch party, Atlas is introducing its three beers — the hoppy Rowdy rye ale, District Common and the mysterious NSFW — at a series of events spread across the District. Pick a bar that’s close to you, or pick one you’ve never visited.
Tuesday at Pizzeria Paradiso, 3282 M St. NW. Wednesday at the Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave. NW. Thursday at Iron Horse Tap Room, 507 Seventh St. NW. Friday at ChurchKey, 1337 14th St. NW. Saturday at Smith Commons, 1245 H St. NE. Sunday at the Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St. NW, and Libertine, 2435 18th St. NW. More information about events at www.atlasbrewworks.com. Events are free.
What are you doing to celebrate the new year? We’re not planning ahead for December — we’re talking about Wednesday. To welcome year 5774 of the Hebrew calendar, the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue is throwing a special New Year’s Eve party at the Carnegie Library after its Rosh Hashanah service. Expect all the comforts of the usual New Year’s Eve celebration, including a countdown to the new year, live music, hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, with some twists, such as a station for writing your resolutions for the coming year.
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. $36.
PLOY has a tasty synth-pop formula that’s a bit of British dance duo Disclosure, with a nod to the Cure and a passing synchronicity with the direction the Foreign Exchange has been going. The sound is sweet and danceable without the dreaded guilty pleasure stamp. Even better, PLOY is local, repping for Prince George’s County. (Hyattsville Arts District, holla!) Catch PLOY anchoring a night at DC9 that also features Leverage Models and Pleasure Curses.
Thursday at 8 p.m. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. 202-483-5000. www.dcnine.com. $8.
Every high school band dreams of becoming successful enough to sell out the 9:30 Club or, if they’re really thinking big, Madison Square Garden. O.A.R., which formed at Rockville’s Wootton High School in the ’90s, has filled both of those venues more than once. This weekend, frontman Marc Roberge and guitarist Richard On will play a special up-close-and-personal acoustic show at the National Zoo’s Lion and Tiger Hill to raise money for the Friends of the National Zoo. Beer and picnic foods will be available for purchase.
Friday at 7 p.m. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-2614. www.natzoo.si.edu. $55; $45 FONZ members. $125 VIP tickets include drinks, food and premium seating area.