Inauguration weekend is upon us and the city is already stirring! Here’s your weekend lineup full of several gems to keep you entertained. Bonus: many bars are getting their licenses extended til 4 am so there will be plenty of action in the DofC!

Inauguration Day:

Inauguration – if you’re lucky to have a ticket and you don’t mind standing in the freezing cold, you will be on the National Mall for the swearing-in and then have a chance to catch the President during the Inauguration Parade.

Inauguration Viewing – if you don’t have a ticket, my recommendation would be to hit up a bar in DC or VA (for those who don’t wish to fight the hoards of people doing into the city) for an inauguration brunch. My picks are mussels and champagne at Brasserie Beck (where I spent my inauguration 4 years ago), Ben’s Next Door which is hosting an inauguration brunch viewing party, or any Capitol Hill bar in DC. For you VA folks, Lyon Hall is always yummy, as is Rustico.

  • Irish Whiskey Public House

    In the mood for wine? Head to this super awesome whiskey bar in Dupont for half price wine bottles from 7pm-close. #fab


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  • Thievery Corporation

    This DC-based DJ duo is having another sold-out stand at the 9:30 Club tonight through Saturday so try to scoop up a ticket on craigslist STAT! If you can’t find one though, you can still celebrate with them at their official after-party at the Brixton tonight. The free party is based around a performance by local reggae band the Arkives, which will be joined for the night by Thievery Corporation vocalist Ras Puma.


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  • Mighty Pint

    Head to this “Inaugural Balls to the Wall” party that lasts all weekend with specials including $4 Barack Bacardi Bombs and $3 Goose Island 312 pints from noon-midnight.


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  • Inauguration Parties

    If you haven’t gotten a ticket to the numerous state society balls and other inauguration throw downs out there, too bad, because there is one on every corner it seems. My pick for tonight is the NC State Society’s Ball at Nationals Stadium – but hey, I’m from NC so it makes sense I’d go! Check out more options for inaugural balls that go through Monday here.


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  • Talib Kweli

    Head to Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar to check out this Black Star DJ’s guest DJ set. I caught him at the DNC and he was outstanding.


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  • Funk 4 Peace Inaugural Ball

    Jurassic 5 DJ Nu-Mark headlines this party at U Street Music Hall alongside Fort Knox Five, the All Good Funk Alliance, Nappy Riddem, Empresarios, QDup Foundatin and the Brothers Brau. Don’t miss it!


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