The federal government may be partially shut down, but that doesn’t mean we aren't open for business! We'll be including two of the most important buildings in the government shutdown and budget debate, the White House and Treasury Building. Wait, maybe we should listen to Fox News and refer to the shutdown as the Government “Slimdown” (yes, Fox News is actually calling an estimated 800,000 federal workers being furloughed a "Slimdown"). No, we won't be entering the White House or Treasury Building (your organizers have pull, but not that much). Instead we'll be walking by them as we traverse two neighborhoods, McPherson Square and Lafayette Square.
Right next to the White House is Lafayette Square. It offers a great backdoor view of the White House. Originally planned as part of the pleasure grounds surrounding the White House, this square was originally called "President's Park", which is now the name of the larger National Park Service unit. The park was separated from the White House grounds in 1804, when President Thomas Jefferson had Pennsylvania Avenue cut through. In 1824, the park was officially renamed in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette, a Frenchman who fought in the American Revolutionary War. Lafayette Square has been used as a racetrack, a graveyard, a zoo, a slave market, an encampment for soldiers during the War of 1812, and many political protests and celebrations. Today, Thomas and Concepcion Picciotto are Lafayette Square fixtures as founders of the White House Peace Vigil, the longest running anti-nuclear peace vigil in US history. Some of you may have noticed the permanent tent in the Square in place since 1981.
Next door to Lafayette Square is McPherson Square. A statue of Major General James B. McPherson is in the park. He fought in the Union Army during the American Civil War before he was killed at the Battle of Atlanta. The Society of the Army of the Tennessee presented an equestrian statue of McPherson, which was erected at McPherson Square and dedicated in 1876.
OK, enough of the history lesson. Our first venue will feature a hotel that met a major renovation and change in 2009. The hotel is now known for its sheek, yet Victorian interior, along with great skyline views on the rooftop deck. After stalled negotiations with management we are meeting in the hotel's little known wine bar called Bar 515. It's tucked below the J&G Steakhouse. The bar spirits and wine fetch a premium, but we have negotiated a handful of deals to include $8 Lychee Bellinis, Ginger Margaritas, French 515's, Kim Crawford Sauvignon and Cote de Rhone wine. Normally they are $12. We will likely distribute wristbands here for the rest of the night.
We’ll next walk by the Treasury Building and White House on our way to our second venue on Eye Street, Blackfinn ("I" Street is often written as "Eye" Street, to distinguish it from the letter "L" and the numeral "1"). Blackfinn is an American Sports Pub, and has a very large area for dining, dancing, and drinking. A DJ will start spinning at 10pm, which is right after our arrival. Management is excited to have us, and will be rolling out $3 domestic drafts, $4 rails, and $5 house wines for our group. That's quite the deal!
From our second venue we’ll be cutting through McPherson Square and heading to a new club on K Street called Capitale. The club proclaims itself as a club where “beautiful people come to party.” It has a classic yet opulent, Hollywood-inspired décor, and tends to have a large Asian crowd. Oddly you may see a guy in a panda suit and midget in a tux. The cover is normally $20, and since it’s one of DC’s hotspots, there is a line. We have both the cover and line waived for our group.
Getting There: Bear in mind we will be walking 4-5 blocks between each venue so ladies bring comfortable shoes. The Farragut West and McPherson Square metro stations are nearby (orange and blue lines). Street parking will be tough. Taxi’s are plentiful.
Legal Terms and Conditions – darn lawyers
Reminder: Due to the limited number of RSVP's available on this outing, please RSVP only if you plan to come out. Likewise, if things change, please un-RSVP. If you compile a certain number of no-shows, you will be removed from the group. Also, while we love meeting new faces, everyone is strongly encouraged to RSVP through the web site or be a guest of a member. The cover is waived for our group and the first thing most venues want is our RSVP list. Please remember to get to the first venue early enough to mingle, and certainly early enough to join us as we move on to the second venue.
Disclaimer: Keep in mind your organizers reserve the right to omit, change, or substitute venues as seen fit depending on the group dynamics, scheduling, and available space. The pub crawl officially ends around midnight but we’re sure most of us will be out well past that. Yes, it's perfectly fine if you choose to get intoxicated, drunk, blitzed, plastered, wasted, toasted, smashed, or pissed. However, make sure you have a friend present to take on any applicable baby-sitting duties.