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Gentleman’s Night out (style, grooming, and whiskey)

10 Nov

Beer Events This Saturday – 11/8/2014

4 Nov

Beer lovers looking for a fun afternoon of beer tasting will want to check out the DC Beer Festival this Saturday afternoon, out on the field at Nationals Park.  The event includes unlimited tastings of  beer (focusing on craft beer and seasonals), food trucks, live music, DJs, at the outdoor festival.  Tickets are $40 for regular admission, or add an extra VIP hour of beer tasting for $20 more.

For those up for a real challenge, the DC Beerathon returns this Saturday with a bar crawl of 26 different bars each offering a 12 ounce beer (yes, that is a potential 26 beers to drink), as well as food specials and entertainment as you navigate the course which covers several neighborhoods in NW.  Tickets are $65 for 11+ hours of drinking, or get started an hour early for and extra $15.  Check in is either at Black Jack or James Hoban’s.

Hugh & Crye blazer sale

23 Oct

“Cranberry” color shown here, but many other colors and designs are available

Heard of Hugh & Crye? If not, then you must be new to the DC men’s game. They’re probably only the biggest menswear startup in the DC area. Check out their GQ love. They have a proprietary fitting scheme that takes into account your height PLUS your build. The notion has been competing quite well versus your old fashioned off-the-rack sizing. The idea is that you can get a near-custom fit, without shelling out for true bespoke.

This weekend (from October 25th at noon to October 26th at 6pm) only, they’re having a sale on all of their McComb blazers (normally priced at $245) for a steep discount of $99.

Register for free to RSVP at their Eventbrite page.

The sale will be held at Gallery plan b (1530 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20005).

Upcoming Event: Vinyasa to Vino

19 Aug
Take two things that people in DC love to do, and put them together. What do you get?

No, not a Ben’s Chili Bowl at the top of the Washington monument. You get a yoga class followed by a wine tasting.

Not sure how much of a downward facing dog you can be? No problem, DC yoga blog Grip The Mat‘s got you covered, all skill levels are welcome. Not too confident about your wine tasting abilities? Well unless you’re missing taste buds you shouldn’t be. Vino Lovers will be on call to hold your hand through it all and teach you a thing or two about reds and whites.

Here’s what the event organizers have to say:

Bringing to you the best of both worlds: alcohol and girls in yoga pants. But actually. This Thursday new DC yoga blog Grip The Mat is hosting Vinyasa to Vino – a yoga class followed by a wine tasting sponsored by Vino Lovers. Never done yoga before? No problem. The event is tailored to all levels and is perfect for anyone who hasn’t seen much success in the typically stuffy bar scene and would like to meet cool new interesting people who value fitness and health.

Still not sold? Research shows that practicing yoga reduces stress and cortisol levels, and what did Men’s Health magazine report…? Women are more attracted to men with lower stress and levels of cortisol. Additionally, regular yoga practice strengthens pelvic muscle control. Finally, polyphenols in wine is reported to improve circulation “down below.”

Yoga + wine = health and wellness jackpot. Not to mention Vinyasa to Vino offers a chance to meet like-minded active friends who are just down to have a good time.

Please RSVP via EventBrite

When: Thursday, August 21 7pm to 9pm
How much: $20 +  tax

DC Beer Week

18 Aug

This week is the 6th annual DC Beer Week!  This celebration of beer extends throughout the DC area, with tastings, tap takeovers, beer dinners, seminars, and other events featuring lots of good beer.


Plan your week of beer by checking out the full list of events on the DC Beer Week website, or go with some of our picks:

DC Brau’s Crab Fest at Quarterdeck has the ultimate pairing of all you can eat steamed crabs and $1 drafts / $5 pitchers of craft beer.

Blind and Bitter at Scion has participants taking part in a blind taste test of 24 extra hoppy IPAs competing for a permanent line at Scion.

Devil’s Backbone Total Tap Takeover at Meridian Pint will feature 20 Devil’s Backbone drafts including the release of Pumpkin Hunter Pumpkin Ale.

Breweries on the Block at Union Market gives you a chance to discuss beer with experts from local breweries in DC with more local craft beer and great food.

August 16th is National Rum Day

14 Aug

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I love how there’s days for everything now. Commercialization at its best? Yes. An excuse to learn about rum? Definitely. Here’s all you need to know about National Rum Day.


First a little intro on Rum (content from

Rum lovers around the world owe a great debt to a simple plant: sugar cane. Hundreds of years ago, there was a sugar craze in Europe, and colonies were established around the Caribbean to make the sweet commodity. But the production of sugar creates a lot of byproduct—namely, molasses. There wasn’t much use for the thick, sticky, sweet substance until it was discovered that molasses could be fermented and then distilled. The alcohol quickly became popular with pirates, sailors and America’s founders.

Rum also became a key element in the infamous “slavery triangle.” The Brits shipped molasses to New England, where it was transformed into rum, proceeds from the sales of which purchased slaves in West Africa, who were subsequently taken to the sugar cane plantations in the Caribbean and South America.

While the rules for rum production vary greatly from country to country, there are two main types: light and dark. The color of the spirit is primarily determined by the amount of time it has spent aging in oak barrels. The longer it’s been aged, the more color and flavor it picks up from the wood. Some experts say that the Caribbean’s high heat and humidity help speed up the alcohol’s maturation. No matter the color, most rum is still made from molasses, but some brands do use fresh sugar cane juice.

National Rum Day 2014 in DC (Originally reported by DrinkDC)

Here are the best places to go on Saturday in honor of one of the first liquors most of us are introduced to in our lives:

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar: It’s no surprise that a dedicated rum bar would want to make the most of the holiday, so Cuba Libre is running specials all throughout the month of August. Mojitos and rum flights are specially priced all month long, and look for special events like the Mojito, Ceviche and Rum tasting class. And, on August 15 and 16, all of their 90+ rums will be half off between 5–7 PM. (801 9th St. NW; 202-408-1600)

The Observatory at The Graham Georgetown Hotel: Kick off your weekend of rum on August 14 at the trendy rooftop at the Graham Hotel, which will be hosting an evening of rum flights and signature aged rum cocktails from 6–9 PM. Georgetown Tobacco will also be on hand to provide complimentary cigars—life is good. (1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW; 855-341-1292)

Jack Rose Dining Saloon: From 1 PM – 5 PM on the big day, you can enjoy BBQ from an open pit fire at this Adam’s Morgan cocktail bar, which will be featuring signature rum cocktails and special rum punches to celebrate. Try the 18th Street Twizzle (Gosling’s Dark Rum, lime, simple syrup, angostura, mint) or cool down your spicy BBQ with the Cold-Lada (Bacardi Rum, lime, hibiscus syrup, coconut creme). (2007 18th St. NW; 202-588-7388)

Cork Wine Bar: Yes, it’s a wine bar, but Cork knows quality liquor and will help you celebrate Rum Day with true class. They offer two 15-year rums, aged to perfection: the rich and toasty Ron Matusalem from the Dominican Republic and Rhum Barbancourt from Haiti. (1720 14th St. NW; 202-265-2675)

Patty Boom Boom: This U St. reggae hall offers up three different tasty rum punches that are crazy strong but only $8. The Wild Ting (Ting Jamaican grapefruit soda and light rum), and classic Dark and Stormy (Gosling’s dark rum, ginger beer, and lime) will keep you dancing into the wee hours. (1359 U St. NW; 202-629-1712)

Zengo: Hit up this Latin fusion joint in Chinatown to try three different takes on the classic mojito: the Mojito Cuzco is a refreshing blend of Bacardi Castillo rum, melon, cucumber, mint, lime and soda; the Mojito Oro uses Patron Pyrat rum and plenty of brown sugar, or go fruity with the Mango Mojito, a tropical mix of Parrot Bay mango rum, mango puree, mint and soda. (781 7th St. NW; 202-393-2929)

The Rum Runner Bus Tour: If rum is your drink of choice, why not go all out? Hop on the Rum Runner Bus to enjoy special Rum Day DC Punch and hit bars like Farmers, Fishers, Bakers, Lincoln, and Smith Public Trust, each featuring their own specialty rum cocktails and appetizers. The Rum Bus journeys from 5:30–10:30 PM on August 15.


Guess what opened on Connecticut Ave yesterday! (Hint: H&M)

8 Aug

The Gentleman Clinic

31 Jul

Ummmm… free wine and whiskey. Also, seems like an awesome men’s lifestyle event. And that’s right up our alley! Register here for free.

You may know your way around DC, but do you know how to show up in style?  How about the best wine to pair with that cheese plate you just ordered? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
We believe that with a little training and helpful advice, all DC men can be versed in the fine art of being a gentleman. Thats why several local startups are holding a series of clinics, starting with getting you through that big date you have coming up.  
We have the following three District-based companies speaking at the first Gentleman Clinic, all ready to help you make a great impression:
UrbanStems – Bringing flowers to a date may seem antiquated, but in fact it’s one of the longest running traditions (and all-around classy move) for starting your evening on the right foot. UrbanStems will be on hand to discuss the basics on flowers — what to give, care and arrangement, and how to make you look like the smartest, most thoughtful guy in town.  
State of Affairs – How you present yourself at a dinner party in terms clothing selection is pivotal to making the right impressions. The devil is in the details, down from the shirt you choose to the shoes you wear, and the team from State of Affairs will be on deck to ensure you show up to any dinner party looking your very best.
VinoLovers – A picture may say a thousand words, but the right kind of wine can also speak volumes. The founder of Vinolovers will be giving a breakdown of wine pairings, unique blends, and all things regardingoneology (hint: stop ordering the second cheapest bottle on the menu).
Join us at UberOffices Dupont Circle (1200 18th St NW, 7th Floor) on Wednesday, August 6th from 6:30-9pm. 
We encourage both men and ladies to attend, as the female perspective on the modern gentlemen is a critical view point for constructive dialogue.
In addition to the clinics, we’ll have free wine and whiskey, as well as floral arrangements to give away.

VinoFest DC wrap up

2 Jul

DC’s first ever VinoFest, organized by Vinolovers, was (as expected) an awesome time.  As the event started, a long line of wine lovers filed into an empty lot and warehouse behind Union Market, and were greeted with a chilled glass of prosecco and a “Wine Passport” to  stamp for each wine tasted.


wine tasting in the warehouse

All eleven wines being poured were handpicked by the staff of Cordial Fine Wine and Spirits, and ranged from light and refreshing whites to the earthy and robust reds.  Two that I couldn’t wait to pick up from Cordial later on were the Tangled Tree Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa and the El Cortijillo Temparanillo from La Mancha Spain.  A local Virginia winery, Boxwood, was sampling their Trellis, a dry and fruity Bordeaux blend, and advertising their tasting room which is open every weekend.


The Boxwood Winery’s Trellis from Middleburg, VA

Food vendors R&R Catering, Rappahanock Oysters Co., Puddin’, and Timber Pizza Co. provided a variety of pairings for the wine samples, with my pick being the colossal no-filler lump crabcake from Rappahanock.


Rappahanock Oyster Co. chefs ready to feed the crowd

If all this wine and food weren’t enough, the organizers put together a concert that kept people partying late into the evening and an art exhibit with a mural covering one wall of the warehouse.  It was an all around great time, so hopefully Vinolovers will organize more events for DC wine drinkers.


See-I sharing their reggae tunes with the crowd


mural and screen printed art by No Kings Collective

DC Jazz Festival starts tomorrow

23 Jun

The DC Jazz Festival is back again this summer, with over 125 events around the city celebrating the legacy of jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, here in DC.  Festival events include Jazz in the ‘Hoods at venues around town and Jazz at the Capitol Riverfront this weekend (with free performances on Friday the 27th).  Check out the full list of events on their calendar or use this festival guide from DCist.




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