What to Do This Week: July 9 to 12

Watch some monster movies, hear some stories, and drink beer at the zoo.

By: Jason Koebler

Monday, July 9

NOT-SO-SCARY MOVIES: Every Monday in July, Black Cat’s backstage will host a double feature of monster movies—this week you get the cuddly-looking Gremlins and The Monster Squad. Feel free to play your movie drinking game of choice—Maker’s Mark and Absolut drinks are just $4 a pop. Free. 8 PM.

Tuesday, July 10

RAWK ’N’ ROLL: Were you in a hair-metal band in the ’80s? Ever trash a hotel room? Share your most rock-and-roll stories (or come to live vicariously through others) at Town as part of SpeakeasyDC’s monthly series. Bring your own food or snag eats from one of the food trucks camped out front. Tickets ($15) are available online or at the door. 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, July 11

BEST OF: Today’s the big day—the AT&T Best Of Washington happens at the National Building Museum. We’ve been hawking it for months, but here’s the rundown: More than 60 of Washington’s best restaurants will serve up their tastiest bites as you sip craft beer and wine. All the restaurants try to outdo each other, so come hungry. Tickets ($125) are available online. 6 PM.

BOURBON: If you miss out on Best Of Washington, Smith Commons will be hosting Tom Bulleit, founder of Bulleit Bourbon, for a night of bourbon tasting and discussion. Free. 7 PM.

Thursday, July 12

BOOZE WITH LANDIMALS: Didn’t get enough tastings in on Wednesday? The National Zoo’s Brew at the Zoo features more than 40 craft beers to try. General admission tickets are sold out, but VIP tickets—which include tastings from 11 top restaurants, full beer pours, and Olympic-style beer games—are still available. I call Tian Tian for my team. Buy tickets ($100) online. 6 PM.