Birreria Paradiso Is Transforming Into a Bar with Skee-Ball

Source: Eater DC

Georgetown will soon welcome Paradiso Game Room

Georgetown subterranean beer-and-pizza bar Birreria Paradiso is closed and (technically) gone for good. Fans need not lament, though — the basement-level space is planning to reopen in the middle of next month as a playful new spot: Paradiso Game Room.

The downstairs sister bar to Pizzeria Paradiso, at 3282 M Street NW, is turning into an adult funland, complete with arcade games like pinball, shuffleboard and Skee-Ball among others. Paradiso Game Room is joining an already stellar list of DC bars with games as special extras.

The interior and name aren’t ...

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Bar Roubaix Sets Up Shop In Columbia Heights

Source: Eater DC

Ian and Eric Hilton’s biker bar is here

Bar Roubaix, a new Columbia Heights meeting ground for bicyclists, boozers, and everyone in between, debuts on Friday, December 8.

Named after the top bicycling French city of Roubaix, terminus to one of the world’s oldest and most iconic races of professional road cycling, the new bar (1400 Irving Street NW) is decked out with bike chains dangling behind the bar and wheels worked into ceiling lighting fixtures.

Chef Rafael Nunez, formerly of Busboy and Poets and Eatonville, has a lineup of European-inspired bites for refueling until midnight. Think: arancini as ...

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Champagne and Sparkling Wine Are Having a Moment in DC

Source: Eater DC

Will this trend’s bubble burst any time soon?

Effervescent and killer hangover-inducing — these are two adjectives that could be used to describe both the DC dining scene and its hottest, trendiest boozy beverage: champagne (and its sister beverage, sparkling wine).

It seems that the city can’t get enough of the bubbly, boozy beverage — or at least, that’s what local restaurateurs are betting on. In the past four months, news of four lounges (or dedicated private rooms) has broken here on the site. That’s one for each month.

Back in September, chef Malik Fall opened 1230 Restaurant and Champagne ...

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Celebrate the Holidays with Delicious Feasts of the Seven Fishes

Source: Washingtonian Food

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a Southern-Italian Christmas Eve tradition adopted by Italian-Americans, but you don’t even have to celebrate Christmas to appreciate a seafood feast on December 24. Most of the restaurants offer set menus for one night, though some have extended service before and after the holiday. Al Dente Ristorante 3201 […]

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Where to Eat on Christmas Day in DC

Source: Eater DC

The annual feast is Monday, December 25

Christmas falls on a Monday this year, which is a day of the week many restaurants are closed across the city. But plenty of eateries are opting to roll out the red carpet—some with free champagne upon arrival—to make the holiday extra special for those who don’t want to cook at home.

Read this growing list to get a sense of who’s serving. (FYI: many are also doing Christmas Eve feasts; call to confirm).

City Perch Kitchen + Bar

11830 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda

A four-course Christmas dinner will be served from ...

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Where to Eat on Christmas Day in D.C.

Source: Eater DC

Holiday breakfast, lunch and dinner deals on December 25

Christmas falls on a Monday this year, which is a day of the week many restaurants are closed across the city. But plenty of eateries are opting to roll out the red carpet—some with free champagne upon arrival—to make the holiday extra special for those who don’t want to cook at home.

Read this growing list to get a sense of who’s serving. (FYI: many are also doing Christmas Eve feasts; call to confirm).

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1001 14th Street NW

The Hamilton hotel’s built-in restaurant is offering a special three-course Christmas dinner ...

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4 Fun New Brunches to Try This Weekend 

Source: Washingtonian Food

Service Bar  928 U St., NW Looking for brunch and a bang-up weekend afternoon? This U Street cocktail bar is the place, a favorite among drinkers and bartenders alike. Brunch themes change seasonally, and we’re not talking about produce. For winter: Ski Lodge Sundays, a brunch-fest complete with hot cocktails, sherpa blankets, “an absurd number […]

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Capitol Cider House Is Coming Sometime in 2018, Plus More Intel

Source: Eater DC

Small fry is closing to strengthen its sister restaurant’s brand

Free hoagies + swag

Taylor Gourmet is opening its 15th(!) location today — 9th in the city — at 888 17th St NW. The first 88 folks in line will get a free regular-sized hoagie as well as a Taylor Gourmet tee.

New source for cider

A new space serving cider (and food from Union Kitchen) is planned for Petworth: Capitol Cider House, reports New Columbia Heights. The cider spot will have over 10 taps of local (made with 200 miles, and some made on-site) cider plus locally made ...

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Where to Eat and Drink in Dupont Circle

Source: Eater DC

Find everything from round-the-clock tacos to Michelin-starred sushi

Despite occupying a busy stretch of Connecticut Avenue NW, the Dupont Circle neighborhood is somewhat of a sleeper of the local dining scene. The pace of change is slower than the leading hospitality zones across the city, and there are some tired and touristy spots to avoid. But don’t let that lack of buzz deter a visit to the local gems peppered through its townhouse-lined streets and alleys.

Surrounding eateries cater to a diverse tastes and budgets. Homegrown sandwich maker Bub and Pop’s is a go-to for office workers and interns. Nearby ...

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How a Nightcap at Rose’s Luxury Changed Kristen Hamilton’s Life Forever

Source: Eater DC

The former Uber driver is now part of one of D.C.’s greatest hospitality success stories

NGO vet Kristen Carson Hamilton — now general manager of Little Pearl, the highly anticipated coffee shop/wine bar (more on that in a second) scheduled to debut Saturday, December 16, in the former Bayou Bakery spot on Capitol Hill — says she knew she’d found her life’s calling the moment she stepped inside a blessedly line-free Rose’s Luxury for a drink.

It was October 2013 and Hamilton had recently quit her job handling human resources for an international nonprofit; She had taken up driving around ...

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Little Pearl will be a coffee shop and wine bar like no other in Washington

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Little Pearl chef B.J. Lieberman has created a gravlax sandwich that’s an homage to the Swan Oyster Depot, the historic seafood counter in San Francisco where the kitchen layers cured salmon on a slice of sourdough. It’s a lovely nod to the city’s famous bread. “It plays to my Jewish sensibilities,” says Lieberman, who will […]

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Date Night Solved: the Dabney’s Basement Wine Bar Is Now Open

Source: Washingtonian Food

It’s been a good year for wine bars in DC, between Maxwell Park in Shaw, Primrose in Brookland, and Dio on H Street Northeast. Here’s one more to add to your list: The Dabney Cellar, a 30-seat drinking den in the basement of chef Jeremiah Langhorne’s Mid-Atlantic restaurant. The subterranean Blagden Alley spot, which previously […]

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Sietsema Is Hot and Cold Over Rare Steak and Seafood

Source: Eater DC

What the critics are saying this week

Rare Steak and Seafood

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema gives the Wisconsin import a first bite, and he’s instantly impressed by the second-floor dining room’s old-fashioned hospitality that throws back diners to 1940. The food, however, is hit and miss. Pros: neatly shucked oysters, a “bountiful” chopped salad with watermelon radish, a “plump” crab cake with seafood from the Chesapeake Bay, and juicy rib cap and robust, dry-aged Kansas City strip steak (pair it with potatoes Dauphine, he instructs), and a “tangy” Key lime pie. Cons: sourdough garlic knots, which turn into ...

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