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Feb 4, 2011 01:01 PM

Help! Down to the wire on DC birthday plans...

I've perused these boards for years for answers to various questions I've posed to Google, but this time I need some real, live help.

I'm celebrating my 28th birthday next weekend (Feb 12) and desperately need some ideas for festivities. My ideal night would be somewhere in DC (possibly north Arlington) where roughly a dozen of us can eat, have drinks (dinner or even just appetizers/small plates) and stick around for more drinking and some dancing and general silliness. A one-stop-shop for a somewhat low-key but still fun birthday evening, if you will.

Nothing too crazy expensive/chi-chi, and somewhere with parking and metro access would be ideal...but not totally necessary if it's an otherwise great solution.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I'm wondering if H Street Country Club fills the bill.

    H Street Country Club
    1335 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

    1. What about Liberty Tavern? Casual, entrees with a range of prices so you can spend less or more, pretty good drink prices. Great pizzas and shareable apps. It can be a bit packed, but then you could wander to Whitlows or Ballroom for dancing sillyness? Another option would be the bar at Eventide which has a lot of small dishes. The homemade soft pretzels are awesome.

      In the District I am not as sure about the dancing stuff. I am trying to think of places with live music or dancing. H street area is sort of metro accessible, but a bit of a hike. Capitol Hill might work, you could share a big charcuterie and cheese board at sonoma at a group table, maybe some other things then go to one of the bars. I remember one that had a pool table upstairs that was fun, Capitol Lounge maybe? But I don't think people do much dancing. Maybe other people who live in the district can think of something

      The Liberty Tavern
      3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

      Capitol Lounge
      229 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        If you want to add dancing into the mix, I would suggest Meze in Adams Morgan. Parking (and Metro) isn't that easy in the area, but if you carpool and go early you might find something.

        Meze Restaurant
        2437 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

        1. re: ktmoomau

          KT - You're thinking of Top of the Hill on the second floor of the Pour House. Fun times, that bar, and the food is bar food but good, IMO. And it's metro accessible. I wouldn't say there is dancing per se, but I've certainly seen people dance there....also there's ski ball and air hockey downstairs in the basement. Best of all, it's busy, but it never gets absolutely packed. If you get there early enough you can grab a round of couches around a coffee table and camp out. And the bartenders are really nice. I think that would be the perfect choice, given what I can think of. I celebrated my last birthday there!

          I'm having a really hard time thinking of anywhere that fits the bill perfectly as most of the places that offer dancing don't really offer food. Maybe St. Ex? But it gets *busy* downstairs. May favorite place to dance is the upstairs bar and Rock and Roll Hotel, but I don't think they serve food there and it's a pain to get a cab on H St. NE. Like, it might take an hour.

        2. Policy on 14th Street. They have pretty serious small plates, a lounge/bar, and supposedly good pop-music dancing on the top floor according to yelp. I have never been, but I was planning to do my own birthday dancing there next week, actually.

          1. I recommend Guarapos. It's a hookah bar/latin restaurant/dance club in Arlington right across the street from the Courthouse metro. It's small, but they can accomodate a large group for dinner if you call ahead or even better, you could get one of the large booth areas upstairs and have share some small plates. Starting around 11 or so there's dance music upstairs. When I went, there was a latin band, but i'm not sure if they have a live band every weekend. The nice part about sitting upstairs is that your group can keep it's table near dancefloor for the rest of the night. Oh, and the cocktails are really good.

            2039 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201