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While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: If pub fare isn’t your thing, try Ecco (322 Lorton Avenue) for upscale seafood dishes, such as sauteed prawns and scallops or cumin-crusted seared ahi tuna.
After: Steelhead closes on the early side, but the party can continue down the street at Barrelhouse (305 California Drive), which serves up craft beer, wine, and specialty cocktails until 2 a.m. every night.
Boasting more than 2,000 brands of wine, Vineyard Gate provides an Eden for oenophiles as well as an ideal place for tannin tenderfoots to cover acres of unexplored fertility. Venerable vino aficionados help pick out wine that pairs perfectly with each client's palate and lifetime supply of space meals. Vineyard's selection spans both the far ends of the Earth and the budget: for less than $30, sample the crisp, fruity 2007 Sacha Lichine VDP blanc ($9) or the 2006 Waterbrook cabernet sauvignon, with hints of ripe cherry and currant ($21). This Groupon can also go toward a splurge on more swanky spirits such as the 2004 Château de la Tour Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Burgundy, an elegant elixir with a mouth-coating finish ($106). Vineyard also offers a variety of sparkling wines, roses, champagnes, and half-bottles for the more temperate tippler.
Have you ever chowed down on a skewer of wild boar while cheering your favorite sports team to victory on a big-screen TV? What seems like a fantasy becomes reality at The Third Eye Restaurant & Sports Bar, where Indian cuisine and sports fandom come together in a casual bar setting. The restaurant's food is a serious step up from typical sports-bar fare, with dishes that include braised rabbit and dumplings stuffed with water buffalo. If you're on the fence about what to order, visit during a weekday buffet, when you can select the dishes that most closely resemble your favorite team's colors.
750ml is a hybrid wine store and bar that regularly plays host to personal and corporate events and features the self-serve technology of Enomatic. With 24 different wines available to taste, the Enomatic wine dispenser pours samples by the ounce ($1.20-$6.80). The enological emporium boasts a collection of wines from California, the Pacific Northwest, South America, Australia, and an alternate, dystopian 1985. Sample a one-ounce taste of the Arneis Ponzi from Willamette Valley, Oregon ($2), a half-glass of the Californian Russian River Reds 2008 Pinot Noir ($5), or a full glass of French Vin du Bugey Sparkling Rose ($10). Libationists will also find microbrew beers ($5–$8) and non-alcoholic offerings. Pair potables with a charcuterie trio from Paul Bertolli's Fra'Mani ($15) or with a cheeseboard of Californian Humboldt Fog goat's milk cheese, Australian Seal Bay cow's milk cheese, and Italian Fiore Sardo pecorino sheep's milk cheese ($15). An olive medley ($5) and Marcona almonds ($5) round out the edible offerings, providing an ample array of sensual small bites to suit a romantic date with your significant other or new ficus tree.
The experienced staff at The Peninsula Ballet Theatre Conservatory of Dance nurture awkward appendages into free-flowing figures with their dance and fitness classes. Learn the sultry style of Latin-based beats during the beginning folklorico course with Norberto Martinez, or join flow yoga with Patti Stafford to elongate a rigid endoskeleton. The beginning ballet class enables novice dancers to pirouette to work and the grocery store, and the synergy Pilates class swiftly strengthens the core for upcoming sit-up competitions against the neighborhood snap bracelet.