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Most non-political types traveling to DC for the great Obamafest will probably have their fill of the town's stuffiness in about five minutes, so we're betting many will be looking for the quickest route away from downtown once the swearing-in ceremony is over.
For a decidedly downscale inauguration night, check out the Common Man's Inaugural Ball at Wonderland Ballroom, a former residential home in Columbia Heights now operating as the district's hippest dance party and 20-something hangout. Required attire is "funky eclectic formal," the open bar lasts 'til 4 am, and FUNK DC will be on the turntables.
Unfortunately, hip as it is, Wonderland isn't immune from inaugural price-gouging. The entry fee is a cheeky $69--but it includes a limited edition t-shirt and poster.
Just about every watering hole in the greater Washington area is offering some kind of Obama cocktail or presidential wine special during inauguration, but not too many places can offer a beer brewed especially for the occasion.
The Penn Quarter outpost of mini-chain District Chophouse will be celebrating inauguration with a special brew called Barack Bock a "hoppy, amber colored strong lager," specially crafted in honor of the 44th President.
The Chophouse may not be DC's most inventive restaurant, but the steak-and-seafood menu is full of solid standbys, and the Seventh Street location is about as close as most people are likely to get to the actual inauguration parade.
We've been telling you all about where to get your eating and drinking on in DC during next month's inaugur-ama, but in case you can't remember all that, here's a handy app to load onto your iPhone.
Developed by no less a group of Washington insiders than the lobbyists at Patton Boggs LLP, the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Guide gathers all your DC eating and drinking tips in one handy app and includes a Metro guide, tips about where to find free WiFi and even a feature that tells you exactly how far you are from Obama's swearing-in point at all times.
Our favorite feature is the guide to free restrooms throughout the District--sort of a digital version of this pamphlet--although we're a little taken aback by the crime-alert button, which gives you a head's up if you're wandering towards one of DC's not-so-great nabes. At least you'll know when it's time to put the iPhone away!
· 2009 Presidential Inauguration Guide [AppStore]
· New Inauguration iPhone App Helps Find Places to Eat [Obama Foodorama]
· Inauguration Travel coverage [Jaunted]
Alright then, it's settled: Bars, clubs and restaurants in DC will be able to serve booze until 4 am, not 5 am, January 17-21, and can stay open 24 hours a day as long as they pay a relatively small "registration fee" for each night they plan to party.
In a District council meeting Tuesday, legislators agreed to roll back boozing by an hour and add the fees for places staying open late, but they also had choice words for senators who try to interfere in DC's business. Said councilman David Catania:
We have members of the United States Senate who have nothing better to do than lecture us. ... You wouldn't think that with a war, nuclear proliferation, an economic meltdown, they'd think, "Oh, we can do something about bars staying open from 3 to 5!"
Four of DC's council members still think all the extra drinking is a bad idea--as do some District residents--but we're sure inauguration watering holes are already scraping together the $100-a-night sin tax.
· DC Tells Congress to Butt Out [WaPo]
· Should DC Bars Stay Open Late For Obama's Inauguration? [Jaunted]
· TenPenh Has A Dream [Jaunted]
We're assuming most Jaunted readers haven't been invited to the black-tie inaugural balls, but that doesn't mean you can't party in style on Obama's big day. (Until 5 am!) So over the next month, we'll be taking a look at the best inauguration-inspired eats and drinks.
You'll have to hustle to get a table at TenPenh restaurant for January 20, as it's right on the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route. But if you do decide to camp out there ahead of time, stay warm with TenPenh's new Obama-inspired cocktail, the Dream. The drink is a blend of bourbon, apple cider, honey, caramel and cinnamon. Sounds warming, but at $9 each, TenPenh must not realize the Republicans are on their way out.
The Dream is on the menu starting January 1 and will also be featured at TenPenh's high-end sister restaurants, DC Coast, Ceiba and Acadiana.
[Photo: angela n.]