We never need much of an excuse to eat fun things, but Hanukkah is a particularly enticing holiday, largely because of its emphasis on fried food: potato latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts).
Adam Bernbach's weekly menu at this basement bar is usually seven cocktails, but he's adding one more option to his offerings for an appropriate eight in honor of Hanukkah. Drinks include the Gin & Tonica (house green apple tonic and gin) and Hot Noodz (a hot toddy with pisco, pineapple, ginger, lemon and cinnamon).
Dec. 3-12, 1800 14th Street NW. birds1stonedc.com. Drinks $10-$14.
The restaurant plays host to Latkepalooza for one night only. A ticket gets you access to the bottomless latke-and-doughnut bar; specialty drinks will be available as well. (Ten percent of the event's proceeds will go to the Jewish Food Experience.)
Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. 1443 P St. NW. commissarydc.com. $20; $32 with two discounted drinks.
Both the Dupont Circle and Mosaic District locations of the delicatessen will be serving a three-course Hanukkah menu throughout the week. The meal features matzoh ball soup, brisket and doughnuts. (On Dec. 6, 10 percent of the proceeds from the special dinner at the Mosaic District location will be donated to the Jewish Food Experience.) DGS is also offering its latkes to go ($22.50 for 10, served with sour cream and apple preserves).
Dec. 6-13. 1317 Connecticut Ave. NW; 2985 District Ave., Suite 115, Fairfax. www.dgsdelicatessen.com. $27.
The D.C. Jewish Community Center's annual party on the Hill has turned into a mini bar-hop this year, with events at both Capitol Lounge and Stanton & Greene. Each bar will have extended happy hour specials, including beers from Shmaltz Brewing, known for its seasonal brews like Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass the Beer, made with eight kinds of malts and eight kinds of hops; and the bourbon barrel-aged Chanukah in Kentucky. Attendees are asked to bring winter accessories, such as gloves and socks, which the DCJCC will give to the homeless.
Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. Capitol Lounge, 229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, and Stanton & Greene, 319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. thejdc.convio.net. $5 in advance.
Past the dinosaur nativity scene and the Christmas tree, Mockingbird Hill's dining room has been transformed into the "Hanukkah Hangout," complete with a menorah mural and a chandelier made of dreidels. On Wednesday nights through Dec. 24, the room will host Manischewitz pong and other games. Make sure you grab a glass of Can I Interest You in Hanukkah?, a sherry-spiked chocolate egg cream that takes its name from a Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert comedy sketch.
Through Dec. 24. 1843 Seventh St. NW. www.drinkmoresherry.com.
Pastry chef Alex Levin will fry sufganiyot filled with caramelized apple compote at the Italian restaurant near the Navy Yard.
Dec. 6-13. 301 Water St. SE. www.osteriamorini.com. $12 for a dessert order; also available as part of the $12 brunch pastry basket.
All U.S. locations of the New York-based chain will be offering the Hanukoncrete. The limited-time special consists of vanilla custard swirled with strawberry puree and glazed doughnuts.
Dec. 6-14. Various locations. www.shakeshack.com. $4.75 single/$6.25 double.
Expect eight nights of specials beginning Dec. 6, including beers from Shmaltz Brewing Co., a "whiskey festival of flights" and latke poutine.
Dec. 6-13. 1341 H St. NE. starandshamrock.com.