15 June 2012

Friday Top 5

I was going through some old files recently, and stumbled on something I prepared for a friend's bridal shower. The couple didn't want stuff. They wanted tips and favorite things about the DMV. I provided my Top 5 Cheap Dates, which I'm now sharing with you:
  1. Wednesday Jazz Jam at HR 57 on H Street NE. Cover is $8 and you can BYOB if you like. You never know exactly who you’re going to see, but the house band is good, and whoever else shows up is gravy.
  2. Browsing Eastern Market on a Saturday morning, followed by brunch at Montmarte. This can get expensive if you happen to see some antique or piece of art you just HAVE to have, but if you focus on WINDOW shopping, you should be in good shape.
  3. Mini golf at the H Street Country Club. Play a round on the wackily DC-themed 9-hole indoor course for $7 a person. Cocktail servers come right to you, and the food is quite good and not expensive, should you be inclined to hang around to dine.
  4. Capital Fringe Fest. Every July, DC hosts a two week festival of fringe (aka unjuried) theater. Tickets for performances are $15 each, but you can buy fringe packs and get them cheaper (my favorite? 6 tickets you can use in any combination you want for $75). Some of what you see will be amazingly good, some of it will be amazingly weird, but either way, it’s a guaranteed good time. Tickets go on sale MONDAY.
  5. Dino, a fantastic Italian restaurant in Cleveland Park, has all sorts of specials all the time. They usually do restaurant week pricing for at least a month (January and August), they have wine specials many days, during happy hour there are generous free antipasto type snacks at the bar, they have free corkage days, they offer 3 course prix fixe meals every night, etc. 
Have fun AND save a few bucks.


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