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Weekend Picks, 1/26-1/29

What to do this weekend
Weekend Picks, 1/26-1/29

Thursday, January 26

A. Smith Bowman Distillery Tour

What: Distillery tour and bourbon tasting
When: 2 PM, Thursday, January 26
Where: A. Smith Bowman Distillery (1 Bowman Dr., Fredericksburg, VA)
Price: Free

Start the weekend early with a visit to this nearly 80-year-old distillery in historic Fredericksburg, VA, where twice-daily free tours are sweetened with a tasting and Q&A with Master Distiller Truman Cox.


Friday, January 27

Free Diep 9 Genever Tasting at Chat’s Liquors

What: Sips and samples of this gin-like Belgian spirit
Where: Chat’s Liquors (503 8th St. SE)
When: 5:30–8:30 PM, Friday, January 27
Price: Free

New to the US, Diep 9 produced half a dozen flavors of their genever, the traditional alcohol of Belgium. Genever is considered the precursor of gin, with strong juniper notes. Find out if it’s your style of sip at Chat’s on Friday eve.

Happy Hour at Dickson Wine Bar

What: Wine, beer and featured drinks at happy prices
Where: Dickson Wine Bar (903 U St. NW)
When: Friday, January 27
Price: $4 select beer, $5 wine

After a long week, the last thing you need is a line at the bar. There always seems to be a place to sit at this chic U Street wine bar, where select vino is on special until 7pm and nightly seasonal offerings (like hot apple cider) keep the menu fresh.


Saturday, January 28

Red Dragon Party

What: Complimentary martinis in honor of the Chinese New Year
Where: Ping Pong Dim Sum (900 7th St. NW)
When: Saturday, January 28, 10 PM-12 AM
Price: Free

Celebrate the year of the dragon by wearing your most festive red ensemble to this Chinatown dim sum spot--you’ll be rewarded handsomely with a complimentary signature martini from the “Ping Pong After Dark” menu.


Sunday, January 29

Brunch at Irish Whiskey

What: Drunken brunch at new Dupont bar and restaurant
Where: Irish Whiskey (1207 19th St. NW)
When: Sunday, January 27, 9 AM-3PM
Price: Varies

With more than 50 types of whiskey and pairings available for many menu items, brunch at this new Dupont public house is an excuse to seriously imbibe. Hearty fare such as the S.O.S. (corned beef with gravy over Irish soda bread) will help soak it all up.

Facebook Fan Appreciation Week at Urbana

What: All-night happy hour
Where: Urbana (2121 P St. NW)
When: Sunday, January 29
Price: $4-$5

The Dupont wine bar’s Facebook Fan Appreciation Week concludes with all-night happy hour at the bar, where you can snag European beers for $4 and select wine and bubbly for $5. Pair it with oysters from the raw bar--just $1 at the happy hour price.
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