This Saturday is Halloween, and the weekend date is sure to make this party holiday even more festive. And if you’re still making plans, it’s not too late. Many bars and restaurants around DC are hosting special events throughout the day and night. So break out that costume and get out on the town. Who knows, you might even win some cash.
If you like to hit up beer events, consider popping in to Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown (3282 M St. NW) for its Halloween beer tap takeover. Beginning at 5 p.m., the downstairs bar will throw a costume party – complete with a prize for the best beer-themed costume – and pour beers that fit the Halloween theme.
Beer options will include 3 Stars Ghost White IPA, Brewer’s Art Resurrection and Great Lakes Nosferatu, among others. The bar will also feature two special cocktails based on the angel and the devil. The Divine Image is made with blood orange-infused tequila, lime juice, blood orange juice, syrup and fresh ginger. The Devil Flip is a complex drink that combines Guajillo chili-infused mezcal, amaro, cinnamon-infused cold brew coffee, Velvet Falernum, agave nectar, egg and chocolate bitters.
Satellite Room (2047 9th St. NW), a retro U Street dinner, is hosting a Pumpkin Fest on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and include unlimited pies, pumpkin kolaches, empanadas and other baked goods. There will also be a pumpkin spice boozy milkshake on sale for $5. As an added bonus, the best costume will win a $500 cash prize.
Just down the road, El Rey taqueria (919 U St. NW) will have a costume contest from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the winner taking home a $250 cash prize and the runner up earning a $50 bar tab. There will also be drink specials from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. featuring $5 margaritas and Sauza tequila shots and $4 Corona light drafts.
Over in Bethesda, restaurant and music venue Villain & Saint (7141 Wisconsin Ave, NW) is planning what it calls its “The Dead Will Rise Again” fundraiser. The concert will feature four Grateful Dead cover bands from around the region. There will also be a silent auction and a costume contest to benefit the Rex Foundation, a nonprofit charity stated by members of the Grateful Dead. Tickets can be purchased online for $30 and the event is 21 plus. Doors are at 4 p.m.
Swing by the Claredon (3017 Clarendon Blvd) or Silver Spring (962 Wayne Ave) locations of Pete’s New Haven Style Pizza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday for a variety of pumpkin-themed festivities. Kids and families can paint mini pumpkins for $5 each, and the restaurant will be serving pumpkin and kale pizza, pumpkin ravioli and pumpkin gelato.
And if all this partying gets to be too much for you, be thankful you have Sunday to recover. One good option may be heading to Republic restaurant (6939 Laurel Ave) for the Day of the Dead Hangover brunch from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. The kitchen will be churning out Mexican-inspired food items like chorizo chilaquiles and churros as well as special beer pours and cocktails from Denizen’s Brewing.