Pairing games with alcohol is no novelty in the Washington bar scene, but throw in a video game like Guitar Hero or Rock Band, which allow you to indulge in dreams of rock stardom, and you get a fresh, genius take on the classic formula. Here’s a list of places where you can go unleash the rock star within. If Nintendo Wii is more your thing, we've also included a couple of places that have the console.
Bedrock Billiards. At this Adams Morgan bar, you can play Nintendo Wii any day of the week, but there’s a price attached. Sunday through Wednesday, game rates for the console are $6 for one person, $12 for a couple, $15 for three people, and $16 for four. Thursday through Saturday starting at 7, prices go up: $10 for one, $14 for a couple, $18 for three, $20 for four.
The Front Page (Arlington). Nintendo Wii is available at this Ballston spot Sunday through Monday from 5 to closing. There’s no sign-up sheet. Happy-hour food and drink specials Mondays through Fridays include $2.75 rail drinks, $3 drafts, and half-price house wines.
Hamilton’s Bar & Grill. Rock Band is available for free every night in the upstairs area.
Lotus Lounge. Lotus Lounge hosts a Rock Band night one Wednesday a month from 8 PM to 2 AM. A Nintendo Wii bowling lane is also set up, with $5 sake bombs all night and $5 food specials from the sushi bar.
The Reef. Every first and third Tuesday of the month, channel your inner Jimi Hendrix with Rock Band night at this Adams Morgan nightspot. Specials include $5 Jameson and $3 Miller High Life along with half-price burgers, which should all help you get that windmill going.