Thursday, March 12: Haven’t been yet to Punch Club at the Warehouse Theater? Tonight’s your last chance before they stop this weekly series. It’s a night of cocktails, and, well, punch, conjured up by bartender Dan Searing of the Looking Glass Lounge. Head over from 6 PM to 11 PM to get your fix.
Looking for love in all the wrong places? Looking for a liberal to date? Then the Arlington Young Democrats charity date auction tonight at the Clarendon Grill might be just the spot. $5 gets you a raffle ticket and the chance to bid on a the date of your Democratic dreams. The group’s also asking that you bring an item of canned food. 7 PM.
Friday, March 13: Want to celebrate St. Paddy’s a bit early? Don’t mind starting your drinking, at, oh, Friday at 8 AM? Then head to DC 101’s annual Kegs and Eggs party at the 9:30 Club. Bands Filter, Hoobastank and Carbon Leaf will be playing. Free admission; you must be 21.
Need to wind down from the work week—or start the weekend off right? Dino, a Cleveland Park Italian restaurant, serves up happy hour Sunday through Friday from 5:30 to 7 at its cozy little bar. The cocktails are 25 percent off, and there’s free food—a modest spread of meats, bread, and veggies. The no-cell-phone rule and pricey drinks (most cocktails ring up at more than $10 before the discount) mean that the bar attracts an older crowd. Get more great happy hour deals here.
This weekend is the last you’ll be able to check out Guantanamo Bay: Photographs by Christopher Sims at Civilian Arts Project. The exhibit shows you what daily life at the detention center really looks like—everything from officers’ quarters to bars to prison cells to the McDonald’s there. Civilian is open from noon until 6 PM.
Saturday, March 14: The luck of the Irish comes to Washington this St. Patrick’s Day in the form of parades, Irish films, drinks, and more drinking. Though the real St. Patrick’s day isn’t till Tuesday, tons of St. Paddy parties are going on tonight. Check out our guide for the full scoop.
The Black Cat continues their excellent Second Saturday series, featuring local bands, with Travis Morrison Hellfighters and Poor But Sexy tonight on the backstage. Both groups feature members of the defunct Dismemberment Plan, so it could be like one big reunion. 8 PM, $10.
The Slow Food on Film festival brings two food-related films—Cows Are Nice from Sweden and Mr. Bené Goes to Italy from Brazil—to the Phillips Collection. The screenings, which begin at 1, are free with museum admission.