Things to do for February 10, 2011

The Weekender

Bitter Drinks, Secret Parties and Handcuffs

The weekend can subsist on champagne.

Thursday
Early Mardi Gras Party at Acadiana
GRAS COURT

Early Mardi Gras Party at Acadiana

We know, it’s a bit early yet for beads and face painting. But it’s not at all early for $5 specialty cocktails like the Category 5 (a Hurricane with two kinds of rum) and NOLA street fare like cracklins, frog legs and popcorn shrimp. No, you may not walk down the street with your cocktail.

Feb 10, 3:30pm-close, Acadiana, 901 New York Ave NW, 202-408-8848

Friday
Putting Your Date in Handcuffs
BOUND

Putting Your Date in Handcuffs

This weekend, you and your date will have a special bond. One made of metal and chains. Upon arriving at the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, on-staff “wardens” will handcuff you together and lead you on a tour, paying special attention to crimes of passion. You may want to bribe them to lose the key.

Singles V-Day Dinners at Againn
FLYING SOLO

Singles V-Day Dinners at Againn

Of course, you may opt out of the whole Valentine’s Day thing. Here to help: the downtown British gastropub, which is showing The Break-Up and So I Married an Axe Murderer, and serving up black pudding, Scottish salmon and spotted dick. And an extra British helping of stiff upper lip.

Feb 11-17, 6-9pm, $40, Againn, 1099 New York Ave NW, 202-639-9830

Sunday
Beating the Cold Through Cocktails
CLIMATE CHANGE

Beating the Cold Through Cocktails

Break out the wool, because the folks at Bourbon Steak are taking their show outside for a fire-pit-laden Sunday afternoon party, and dishing bites like BBQ pork mac and cheese and short ribs with all kinds of hot drinks. Which are easy to drink with mittens on.

Feb 13, noon-3pm, $70, Bourbon Steak, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, reserve at 202-944-2026

Monday
A Giant, Secret Singles Party
DOWNLOW

A Giant, Secret Singles Party

If you’re looking to Monday as an excuse to find your Valentine, this isn’t a bad place to start. A cocktail party in a giant, yet-undisclosed space, with cooking by Top Chef’s Mike Isabella, music, performances and—a bonus—a senator with Georgia O’Keeffe seduction stories.

Bitter Drinks at Bar Pilar
BITTER END

Bitter Drinks at Bar Pilar

Then again, come Monday, you may be in the mood to do nothing but vent. Here to help: Bar Pilar, rolling out bitter cocktails like the Hater (Cava and Campari) and the Pierced Heart (a brandy and Jägermeister-fueled concoction) and sour desserts like Lemon Curd Tart. That’ll show her.

Feb 14, Bar Pilar, 1833 14th St NW, 202-265-1751

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