How To Drink And Dine Around D.C. This Week

It's Friday! Here are some upcoming D.C. bar and restaurant happenings we think you should know about:

Weekend Picks:

Veterans Day deals

Saturday marks Veterans Day, and area bars and restaurants have some specials for active duty and retired military. Among the discounts are up to 50% off food at BLT Steak and free baguettes from Le Diplomate. Check out our the full story for more details. 

Boozy brunch (and pizza)

Shaw favorite All-Purpose Pizzeria (1250 9th St. NW) is rolling out a new brunch menu starting this Sunday. Get the morning started right with cocktails ($6 a glass/$18 a carafe) like an Italian Screwdriver made with orange, apple and carrot juice. Another option is the Aperol Betty with Aperol, grapefruit, orange juice, and Prosecco. Next, dig into Italian-inspired plates like smoked salmon rillets with cream cheese and everything spice along with baked eggs all'Amatriciana with roasted tomato sauce, bacon, pecorino, chile, and toast. 

Crush some local cider

Pizzeria Paradiso (124 King St.) in Old Town Alexandria is celebrating Virginia-made ciders on Sunday. There will be seven options on tap and one available by the bottle. Ciders will be on hand from Potter's, Wild Hare, Blue Bee, and Albemarle cideries. Representatives from each cidery will be in the restaurant beginning at 5 p.m. 

Philos Gets Bottomless

The Mediterranean Philos Mezze + Wine Bar (401 Massachusetts Ave. NW) also has a new weekend brunch—this one with bottomless food and drinks. Pick from a menu featuring dips, salads, egg dishes, crepes, beers, wines, sangria, mimosas, well drinks, and more for $35 a person. 

Free vegetables for friends

Beginning tomorrow and running each Saturday through the end of the year, friends can eat free at Shouk (655 K St. NW). The fast-casual vegetarian restaurant will throw in a free bowl, salad, or pita for each one purchased. All you need to do is bring a friend along to claim it. 

Looking Ahead:

"Friendsgiving" in Ledroit Park

Pop in Monday night to The Royal (501 Florida Ave. NW) for a late-night "Friendsgiving" cocktail party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Staff from Shaw wine bar Maxwell Park will be on hand with $8 cocktails focused on wine and grape spirits along with fall ingredients like cranberry, cinnamon, and ginger. Groups can order a "Porronucopia"—a shareable drink made with white wine, cranberry, vodka and lemon. If that's not your style, grab a $3 canned beer from Atlas Brew Works.

A cocktail preview pop up

Mixologist David Strauss of the upcoming Morris American Cocktail Bar is setting up shop from Nov. 13th through the 16th at Republic Restoratives (1369 New York Ave. NE) in Ivy City. He'll be mixing drinks nightly from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. that showcase fresh ingredients and local spirits. Each will be $12, and the selection will rotate nightly. Examples include the Electric Current Fizz, made with rye, lemon egg white, soda, and a Prairie Oyster sidecar. Those looking for something less intense can try the Ivy City Swizzle, a mix of vodka, lime, mint, and Peychaud's bitters. 

(Photo by Shouk)

Travis moved to D.C. in 2007 has written about the city's diverse food scene for a number of outlets over the years, including Eater DC, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian and DCist, where he was formerly the food editor.