Pop culture continues to obsess over the zombie invasion, but a wave of new spots shilling wood-fired pies, house-made pastas, and Negronis by the gallon mean that here in Washington, we’ll likely be undone by carbs and cocktails by the time the brain-munching undead arrive. In addition to these new spots, we’ve seen an overhaul at Elisir—now rustic-casual Osteria Elisir—a remodeled beer bar at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown, and a G sandwich pop-up at Penn Quarter’s Graffiato. There’s no doubt Italian is taking over Washington. Let’s get into it.
Anne Hathaway may have subsisted on nutrients from her own tears to lose weight for Les Mis, and co-star Hugh Jackman reportedly stopped drinking liquids altogether. So much sacrifice, just so that you can watch them—plus a lot of other pretty people—this Sunday while slugging Champagne and stuffing your face. Whether you’re into deluxe parties or laid-back bars, there are a number of great options for watching the awards in Washington. Don’t see your favorite restaurant or watering hole among the seven spots below? Plenty of places are hosting viewing parties or screening the big show on their flat screens—check with your usual barkeep.
The London 2012 Olympics begin tonight, and over on the After Hours blog, we’ve rounded up bars where you can watch the opening ceremonies. But some local spots are really getting into the spirit with special dishes, cocktails, and other games-themed treats.
Why: The bar at Art Smith’s Southern restaurant is serving up a cocktail with ingredients from Tennessee, Illinois, DC, Florida, and Virginia. And go USA, because when we win a gold medal, it’s half off for the next 15 minutes.
The Deal: The All American cocktail, made from whiskey, Hum liquor, honey syrup, soda water, White Hall Viognier, and a slice of orange. ($13).
When: Through August 12.