Cocktail Week (Photo via DC Cocktail Week)

Capitol Hill Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in the Capitol Hill area. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

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DC Cocktail Week

Multiple area restaurants

Enjoy specially priced food and cocktail pairings at more than 50 restaurants in the D.C. area this week only.


NPR’s All Crafts Considered

NPR Headquarters (1111 North Capitol St. NE)

Time: 3-8 p.m.

NPR will turn the lobby of its headquarters building in NoMa into a one-day holiday craft market. Crafters from D.C. and elsewhere will be on hand to sell unique handmade products with a holiday theme.

Finish Your Novel Already

Southeast Library (403 7th Street SE)

Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Join author Hannah Sternberg and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop for writing clinics to help you complete your novel. Whether you struggle with getting through those transitional scenes, crafting believable characters, or establishing a productive writing schedule, we’ll talk about narrative and artistic concerns as well as the practical challenges of completing a novel-length project in the middle of busy lives.

Drawn from the Headlines: Communication and Political Cartoons

National Archives Museum (Constitution Avenue NW and 7th Street NW)

Time: 7-9 p.m.

The 11th annual McGowan Forum on Communications will focus on political cartoons and how technology has changed the art form. Moderated by David Sipress, cartoonist for The New Yorker, the panel features panelists Tom Toles of The Washington Post, winner of the 2011 Herblock Award; Jen Sorensen, nationally-syndicated cartoonist and 2013 recipient of a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award; Keith Knight, award-winning creator of Knight Life and The K Chronicles; and Signe Wilkinson, the first female artist to win a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.


Bacon & Bourbon: A Whiskey Festival

Eastern Market North Hall (225 7th St. SE)

Time: 7-10 p.m.

The Washington City Paper is set to hold its annual Bacon & Bourbon whiskey festival in the North Hall at Eastern Market on Thursday, November 19th. Guests are invited to taste their way through more than 30 premium whiskies and mouth-watering bacon dishes from some of the region’s best restaurants.


Canal Park Ice Rink Grand Reopening Party

Canal Park Ice Rink (200 M St. SE)

Time: TBD

The Canal Park Ice Rink will hold a party to celebrate its reopening for the winter. Details on the party are still forthcoming.

Photo via DC Cocktail Week


Morning Rundown

Capitol Hill Neighbors Upset About Rats Near Spike Mendelsohn Restaurants — Residents of C Street SE complain that three restaurants owned by Spike Mendelsohn, The Eatery, We the Pizza and Bearnaise, are attracting rats to the neighborhood with poor trash and grease disposal practices. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Stretch of 11th Street NE Renamed to Honor Woman Killed by Car While Leaving Church — A stretch of 11th Street NE next to the New Samaritan Baptist Church on Florida Avenue NE was renamed Ruby Whitfield Way in honor of a member of the church who was stuck and killed by a car while leaving the church in 2013. [WTOP]

A Look Into the Lives of Seven Interns Living Together on Capitol Hill — Seven Hill interns with the Running Start Fellowship bridge their political differences to live together in a row house on Capitol Hill. [MSNBC]

H Street NE Eatery DC Harvest Shakes Up Its Cocktail Menu — DC Harvest on the H Street corridor hired a new bar manager, Matthew Fisk, who is shaking up the cocktail menu with more international ingredients. [District Cuisine]

Changes at Hill Now — Hill Now editor Andrew Ramonas is moving to Borderstan where he will be a co-editor. Sean Meehan, who has written for Borderstan and Hill Now since August, will be taking over as interim editor at Hill Now.


ABV glass (Photo via Twitter/ABVinDC)Beer, wine and a “Banned in DC” cocktail will be on tap this Saturday in Navy Yard for a day of outdoor imbibing.

ABV, which bills itself as an “epic outdoor drink festival,” is scheduled to take over Canal Park at 200 M St. SE from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which owns Bluejacket, is organizing the event. Dozens of different drinks will be offered, including Weissenohe Unfiltered Pilsner, Gournier Rosé and Fuentesca 9 Year Tequila.

The festival will feature 38 beers, 25 white wines and rosés, and eight cocktails — including the Banned in DC, which contains Del Maguey Mezcal. There also will be pours of tequila and other spirits.

Live music, lawn games and food from Red Apron will be on hand, too.

A five-pour pass with a glass costs $35 on the event’s website, while a 10-pour pass with a glass is $65 online.

Drink tickets also can be purchased at ABV, after a $20 admission fee.

A single ticket costs $1 at the festival. The drinks typically require five to 10 tickets.

Photo via Twitter/ABVinDC


Cocktail (Photo via Flickr/npmeijer)D.C. Cocktail Week kicked off today (Monday) and three local businesses are serving up special drink and food pairings.

Near Stanton Park, Bistro Cacao is serving the Baiser Rouge martini with pan-seared duck breast. For $20, customers can order the cocktail at 320 Massachusetts Ave. NE with pear vodka, red wine and creme de cassis along with duck, braised endives and a ginger cherry wine sauce.

In the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Southwest, adventurous eaters can order the Ground to Glass cocktail and hazelnut shrimp at Empress Lounge. The 1330 Maryland Ave. SW bar is serving for $30 a drink with Cointreau and house-made celery syrup, plus hazelnut shrimp with a cream sauce anddaikon seaweed salad.

“The small plate is perfectly complimented by the refreshing yet delicate Ground to Glass cocktail infused with fresh house-made celery syrup, leaving a unique and fresh finish,” a statement from the lounge said.

And on Pennsylvania Avenue SE, a mezcal cocktail is served with tuna tartare at Hank’s Oyster Bar. The drink called the Oaxacan Silk Road contains mezcal, Japanese ponzu sauce and Contreau, and is served in a glass with a white sesame-soy salt rim. The tuna tartare dish includes sesame, capers and cucumber. The pairing at 633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE costs $19 per person.

D.C. Cocktail Week runs through Sunday. Eaters can enter to win prizes at participating restaurants by posting photos of the cocktails and food with #DCCocktailWeek. For the full list of participating businesses, see the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s website.

Photo via Flickr/npmeijer


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