This Weekend: Creative Cocktails and Ice Skating


DC Cocktail Week

Now – November 20th

Gone are the days when Smirnoff and Red Bull are considered a cocktail. How humiliating.  Now we can drink cocktails like adults and experience creativity in the midst of our tipsiness. Lucky for DC dwellers, it is DC Cocktail Week. A week when mixologist, bartender, and cocktail creators are pairing up with local restaurants to offer specialty cocktails along with paired small bites. It really is the most wonderful time of the year.  There are a good bunch of local restaurants who are participating so it’s a win-win (cocktails and our very own business owners). On 11/19, One Eight Distilling will be offering gourmet sandwiches and seasonal sips along with distillery tours lasting until 5 pm. For more info on participants, check out their website here. Remember to drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

National Gallery of Art Ice Rink in the Sculpture Garden - Winter in Washington, DC

Ice Skating at the National Sculpture Garden

Opening November 18th

It’s that time of the year again. Time to go ice skating in what yet again feels like an unseasonably warm “winter.” I don’t know, I can’t ever remember when it is really supposed to get cold in this city, or anywhere for that matter. Anyways, the good news is it is that time of the year to watch first daters try to impress each other with their skating skills and watch cute little kids use a penguin statue to help them get around the rink. I don’t care who you are, it really is adorable. The rink opens up on Friday, 11/18 and runs all the way through Mid-March.

I found this insider tip from to help your skating be like smooth sailing.

Insider Info:  Tickets are sold in two-hour sessions beginning on the hour. If you aren’t prepared to begin skating at the top of the hour, you could end up waiting a while to skate. This is especially true during crowded weekends. To make the most of your time, buy your ticket first and if time permits, take the opportunity to visit the works of art in the surrounding Sculpture Garden.

Hours:  Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Open Nov. 18 – Mar. 12, 2017.

Cost: $8.50 adults, $7.50 children/age 50+/students, $3 rentals

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