Things to do for July 14, 2011

The Weekender

French Maids, Angry Birds and Historical Cocktailing

The weekend likes women’s soccer just fine, thank you.

Thursday
A French Maid Party in Adams Morgan
YOU GOT MAID

A French Maid Party in Adams Morgan

When you think French patriotism, you don’t think about the middle class storming a fort. You think about good wine and frilly dresses. All the better, because this bistro is once again blocking off Vernon Street and inviting food trucks, a fire-eater... and 40 French maids who race. There are no losers.

Angry Birds Tourneys at Renaissance
BIRDLAND

Angry Birds Tourneys at Renaissance

Sure, you think you’re good, but now it’s time to take your Angry Birds skills to the big screen. A 10-foot screen, to be specific, at this new Arlington hotel. You can steel your resolve with $5 specialty cocktails like the Golden Egg and the Mighty Eagle. Don’t fear the pig.

Half-Price Rickeys All Month
RICKEY, YOU’RE SO FINE

Half-Price Rickeys All Month

Today, the Rickey was proclaimed DC’s official cocktail. But that’s not important right now. What is important is that the 1331 Bar at the JW Marriott, which stands on the site of the Rickey’s birth, Schoonmaker’s Bar, is serving them for half-price all month. Ah, civic pride.

Throughout July, 1331 Bar at the JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 202-393-2000

Saturday
A Farm-to-Street Block Party
CHOCK A BLOCK

A Farm-to-Street Block Party

You won’t find any French maids at this block party (well, maybe you will). But you’ll definitely find a beer garden, food booths by the likes of Local 16 and Tabard Inn, a dunking booth and a pie-eating contest. Time to unleash your inner Joey Chestnut.

Jul 16, noon-5pm, $15, V St NW between 13th St NW and 14th St NW, tickets here 

Tuesday
Beers at the Belgian Ambassador’s House
FEELING FLEMISH

Beers at the Belgian Ambassador’s House

Seven-course beer dinners aren’t new, but dinners prepped by seven of the city’s top Belgian chefs at the Belgian ambassador’s residence are. Diplomatic protocol demands that you ask for more beer.

Jul 19, 6pm, $175, 2300 Foxhall Rd NW, call Belga Café at 202-544-0100 for reservations

Summer Crab Feasts at Bar Pilar
HAMMER TIME

Summer Crab Feasts at Bar Pilar

You’re no Neanderthal. But you don’t mind hitting your food with a hammer. Enter Bar Pilar’s summer-long crab fests—paper on the table and buckets of steamed blue crab with sides like corn on the cob and corn bread. Which is also fun to hit with a hammer.

Starting Jul 19, $60 for two, Bar Pilar, 1833 14th St NW, 202-265-1751

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