Executive chef Paul Anthony Fario helms the kitchen at Extra Virgin, which appeases appetites with a menu of creative, sophisticated dishes sporting traditional Italian flavors. Start your edible odyssey with the 2-D temptations of a flat meatball slider sandwiched by grilled sourdough ($9), or cheer up a pouting palate with the grumpy gastronomy of angry mussels, which are partnered with pancetta, garlic, and crushed chilis ($10). A variety of hand-tossed pizzas presents pie partakers with options ranging from a tomato-sauced creation topped with fresh mozzarella, artichokes, ham, and olives ($14) to an unconventional concoction of mozzarella, pancetta, lettuce, tomato, and parmesan dressing ($15), all baked in a brick oven kept at a steamy 600 degrees, the temperature required to smelt raw pizza dough into crust. Noodle noshers can peruse pastas such as butternut-squash agnolotti ($16), carnivores can turf up on rack of lamb ($30), and rescued castaways can relive their extended vacations with nautical numbers such as sesame-crusted cod ($19). Lunch and brunch menus draw upon the dinner menu while adding a selection of sandwiches and other daytime dishes celebrating humanity’s sunlit reprieve from vampires.
When the Old Town Theater was remodeled in 2012, the owners discovered an architectural gem that waited 98 years to be uncovered. Throughout the theater, they found pressed tin dating back to the venue’s inception as a vaudeville and silent-film house in 1914. The most amazing discovery, however, was a grand staircase that had been left out of the building plans since the 1930s. Now the theater pays homage to its roots, even while offering modern amenities such as spacious seating, a professional light-and-sound system, and a television that shows stuff in color.
Even though the banquet hall at Medieval Madness is eternally stuck in the 15th century, its court isn't content to perform the same show forever. Every four months, the troupe updates its production of comedy and knightly combat, swapping out nods to politics and modern life as often as kings jail their favorite jesters for disobeying the fashion police. Each evening's reverie begins with a four-course meal served family style at long banquet tables. Like the show, the menu regularly rotates, though it always includes a succulent pear sauce crafted from an 800-year-old recipe, a perfect complement when drizzled over roasted meats or smeared on an opposing clan's coat of arms. Throughout the evening, guests watch on as the duke and duchess lob insults at each other, wenches break into tawdry songs, and knights fully clad in chain mail part the tables to challenge one another in exhilarating sword fights.
There are drinking events, and there are music events. But for ticket-holders to On Tap Magazine's Can Jam Beer & Music Festival, there's no need to choose between the two. Festgoers can sip canned suds from breweries such as Flying Dog, Oskar Blues, Starr Hill, and Yuengling, as they boogie to the Latin-infused rock of Lloyd Dobler Effect, sway to reggae sounds, or channel their inner Grateful Dead as they jam to the sounds of Justin Trawick Group. There will also be games to play and food trucks to sample from the likes of Sol Mexican Grill, Willie's Po' Boy, and Top Dog. A portion of the event's proceeds benefits Southeast Tennis & Learning Center.
Project DC Events organizes jubilant bar crawls, such as The DC Santa Crawl, Bright and Pint, Pink and Drink, Cupid's Bar Crawl, The Shamrock Crawl, All American Bar Crawl, and Clarendon Halloween Crawl, which allow visitors to enjoy drink specials at a wide range of Dupont Circle drinking spots. In addition to discounts on drinks, events often include complimentary party favors, pictures, and prizes.
An old-fashioned ambiance reigns in The Carlyle Club, expressed in an art-deco design scheme, frequent visits from respected jazz musicians, and guests’ predilections for saying “horse feathers.” Tall palm fronds back cushy leather booths and elegant marble tables loiter near the bar, all within sight of the intimate, blue-curtained stage. A bow-tied wait staff completes the back-in-time vibe, as do vintage posters and the intricately patterned wallpaper.