Gather round, children, and listen to a tale of a forgotten age. In those days, young professionals who wanted to expand their circles of friends beyond their former classmates and coworkers had few choices. From this confusion emerged a few enterprising souls who attempted to bring order: operating list-servs that provided a rundown of upcoming activities, turning to the Style section and its blogs for a calendar of events, even going so far as to create websites and companies dedicated to organizing activities and events that individuals and small groups could attend.
With the opening of LivingSocial’s new space at 918 F Street, NW, those dark days are all but a thing of the past. Want to impress a date with a multi-course dinner from one of the hottest chefs in town? Check. Looking for a chill night out with some friends, some wine, and some art? Check again. Want to expand your wardrobe with a one-off sample sale or a local merchants’ showcase? Yeah, they’ve got those, too.
Full Disclosure: We were invited to check out a recent pop-up beer pairing dinner from the team at Birch & Barley as an opportunity to see 918 F Street for ourselves.
While there, we got a quick tour of the space and a media kit from Communications Director Maire Griffin. All of the images used in this post (with the exception of the pop-up menu) come from that kit, which was stored on the world’s smallest USB drive.
Take a look around the 120 year-old space with us and watch your calendar fill up after the jump. (more…)
Here at Capital Spice, we’re not just about the high-end, multi-course tasting menus and the meticulously handcrafted cocktails. Sometimes we just like to relax and enjoy a casual date night, grabbing a bite to eat and seeing a show without breaking the bank.
We’ve got a few favorites that take it a step further, offering dinner and a show in the same location. Last month, we tipped you off to the Moroccan adventure (complete with a belly dancing performance) to be had at Marrakesh. We’ve also enjoyed our share of brunches that feature everything from jazz trios to drag queens, but that’s a subject for another time.
Today we’re focused on some of the places that always make us smile. These venues offer up quality entertainment and some darn good food, all without breaking the bank. And they all make great spots for low-key dates.
It’s a testament to the DC Improv’s reputation among comedians that it attracts bonafide celebrities like Kathy Griffin, John Oliver and Kevin Pollack to perform multi-night standup sets when there are theaters and other larger venues that they could just as easily be selling out. Those of us in the audience certainly aren’t complaining.
The Improv offers an intimate setting that puts you mere feet from the stage and its classic red brick backdrop. But do yourself a favor and arrive a bit early for the show. For one thing, seating is first come, first served. But the real reason to show up early is to give yourself a chance to take advantage of the Improv’s second biggest selling point (after the talent): California Tortilla!
Call it synergy or a shared co-owner. Either way, the audience benefits. When I first started visiting the Improv years ago, it was a safe bet that the two item minimum would be exclusively met through beverages…the food was an afterthought. But the addition of California Tortilla favorites like the Blackened Chicken Caesar and the Crunchy BBQ Ranch make the Improv a doubly-guilty pleasure…and a great place to get dinner and a show at the same time.
1140 Connecticut Ave., NW
Dinner in a movie theater and dinner-as-theater after the jump. (more…)