Things to Do

What to Do This Week: December 16 to 19

Four free, fun, and festive events this week, from an “Anchorman 2” scotch party at Jack Rose to a zoo-themed bike ride.

Dress your bike up for BicycleSPACE's Safari Ride this Thursday. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Monday, December 16

SCOTCH: Anchorman 2 is about to hit theaters. If checking out all the memorabilia at the Newseum and watching Dodge commercials isn’t enough for you, you can get a refresher (we’re sure the second one will have a tough-to-follow plot) at Jack Rose. At “Scotchy Scotch Scotch”  they’re screening the first film and serving scotch cocktails (scotchtails?) with names like Sex Panther, (A Glass Of) Emotion, Stay Classy DC, and Afternoon Delight. There’ll also be specials on super fancy scotch barrel-aged beers. Dress up like a member of the Channel 6 News Team for a $2 discount on cocktails. Free. 8 PM.

Tuesday, December 17

BREW: The masterminds behind startup breweries and distilleries like DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works, and New Columbia Distillers will be speaking at the DC Office of Planning’s new Nerds in NoMa series, located at an empty warehouse on First Street, Northeast. Food from Paul’s Steaks and drinks from the breweries and distilleries will be available, and the brewmasters will talk a bit about making your own beer and spirits at home and getting your own business started in the district. Free. 6 PM.

Wednesday, December 18

BIRTHDAY: The Diner in Adams Morgan is finally becoming a teenager—they’re celebrating 13 years of staying classy, on a street where it’s hard to, with an ice cream social, a build-your-own-hot-chocolate bar, arts and crafts, and holiday-themed boozy drinks. Free. 5 PM to 9 PM.

Thursday, December 19

BIKE: Yes, it’s cold, but that’s why man has invented windbreakers and hats and gloves. BicycleSPACE is hosting one last ride this year, and it’s a good one. The Safari Ride will start at BicycleSPACE and head up to the zoo for ZooLights. After checking out how the animals are celebrating the holidays, you’ll head back for hot chocolate and a White Elephant gift swap (bring a small, wrapped gift worth $10 or less). Holiday-themed bike lights are encouraged, if you can pull it off. Free. 7.30 PM.

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