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

Here are our picks of upcoming D.C. bar and restaurant happenings we think you should know about.

Celebrate the season in NoMa

Urban hangout and beer garden Wunder Garten (1101 1st St. NE) is kicking off its first annual Winterfest celebration today. The event runs through December 17 and features decorations, local craft vendors, warm cocktails, a Christmas tree lot, food trucks, and more. Hours are Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

A new steakhouse happy hour

Downtown newcomer Rare Steak and Seafood (1595 I St. NW) is launching happy hour specials on food and drink, seven days a week. The deal runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily and includes options like half-price wine and $5 beer and cocktails. Food choices range from $1 oysters of the day, $7 steak tartare, and $2 garlic Parmesan rolls. 

Toast to repeal day

Jack Rose Dining Saloon (2007 18th St. NW) is inviting guests to "drink like it's 1933" on Tuesdsay in celebration of repeal day. Highlights of the bar's sixth-annual celebration include burlesque performances, a Pappy Van Winkle happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., vintage cocktails at Dram & Grain, and bottomless sparkling wine for $20. Dapper attire is encouraged—you could win dinner for two with cocktails for being best dressed. Admission is free and it runs 5 p.m. to close.

Luau away that seasonal blues

If the lack of sunlight has you feeling down, do not miss Tuesday's upcoming luau and pig roast from the teams at Coconut Club and Loudmouth Creative. The 21+ event will be held at 540 Penn St. NE and includes a whole pig roast, cocktails from Cotton & Reed, food from Maketto and Paper Horse, and much more. Tickets are $60 and include all you can eat and drink from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. A portion of sales will benefit the Mowat-Wilson Syndrom Foundation. 

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(Lead photo by RARE Steakhouse)

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.