Inside The Salsa Room, Latin artists such as Marc Anthony, Oscar D'León, and Gilberto Santa Rosa croon to diners pouring over a menu of steak and seafood dishes. Drawing on influences from Latin America and the Caribbean, the club's chefs construct a menu bursting with spicy, flavorful ingredients like a piñata full of jalapeños. Chorizo adds a splash of flavor to breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes, creating taste-bud-tempting fare such as the house specialty guiso de garbanzos con chorizo—a blend of chickpeas, beef, and spanish chorizo in a tomato-based creole sauce. On Wednesday at 8 p.m., salsa and bachata dance instructors take to the floor to lead patrons in the rhythmic steps and sly glances that compose Latin choreography.
Established as the Washington Shakespeare Company in 1990, WSC Avant Bard is dedicated to updating classic theater for modern audiences, revitalizing well-worn drama with challenging interpretations. Under the leadership of newly appointed artistic director Tom Prewitt, the theater treats audiences to daring productions of established classics, new works, and little-known Shakespeare fan-fiction about him teaming up to fight crime with Queen Elizabeth I.
With shuffleboard, foosball tables, and 20 HD LCD TVs, First Down Sports Bar & Grill is a choice spot to catch a game or play your own. But first things first: fuel up before the big game by picking from the 40 flavors of wings that earned their way into the Washington Post’s Best Wings in the DC Area feature. There’s spicy Italian pepper wings, garlic butter madness wings, and wings drenched in a blazing fire sauce, for which you’ll have to sign waiver or provide proof of dragon ancestry in order to indulge. If things get too spicy, don’t panic; there are 20 ice-cold draft beers––and a brownie sundae––waiting to put out the fire.
Charcoal-heated grills sear hearty kebabs of halal meats at Afghan Kabob House, flooding the restaurant with the scents of roasting chicken, lamb, and beef. To accompany the skewers, cooks toss together leafy salads, bake pillowy naan in a tandoor-style oven, and unite seasoned rice with saffron or carrots and raisins. The menu also boasts 20 different flavors of shisha for its hookahs, which encourage diners to lounge around after their meal and practice forming the perfect ring or Möbius strip out of smoke.
The menu at Continental Modern Pool Lounge is contemporary and fresh, putting some English on dishes. Grab a sampling of appetizers like the wings (jerk, spicy, or honey-barbecue, $8.95), fried calamari with jalapenos ($9.95), and bubble bread (French-garlic-bread loaf with gorgonzola and mozzarella, $8.50). For a one-on-one dinner or tournament-stomach play, Continental offers sandwiches, salads, and baskets, so rack up a doggie basket (two beer-soaked, all-beef, grilled hot dogs with your choice of condiments, $7.95) or a crabby crabcake sandwich (with lettuce, tomato, and onion on a Kaiser roll, $9.95) and incinerate cuisine cravings.