Winter bar party: Iron Gate debuts its patio winter lounge on Monday with a party from 5 to 7. Check out the new furniture, fire pits, and heat lamps while snacking on canapés and two complimentary cocktails ($35 per person). Love drinking outside, even in the cold? Peruse our guide to Washington’s al fresco winter lounges.
Pork and brews: The Pig throws an appropriately pork-filled beer dinner on Tuesday with Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company at 7. Five courses such as ribs with black truffle barbecue sauce are paired with six brews ($50 per person).
Shop, sip, and snack: Taste of the Nation DC and the newly opened Salt & Sundry in Logan Circle team up for Sip & Shop on Wednesday from 6 to 8. Barman Adam Bernbach and chef Haidar Karoum of 2 Birds, 1 Stone prepare drinks and bites, while shoppers can browse holiday gifts. Ten percent of merchandise sold goes toward No Kid Hungry, and anyone who spends $200 can enter a lottery for free VIP tickets to Taste of the Nation. Punch lovers can head to the Union Market location on Thursday for a class with barman Dan Searing, which includes tastes, recipes, and the oppotunity to stock up on bowls and cups ($60 per person).
Tacky sweaters and tasty brews: Roofers Union gets in the holiday vibe with a tacky sweater and local beer party on Wednesday at 6. There’s no fee, though donations are encouraged for the Mary’s Center Toy Drive. Don’t forget to wear something festively awful; outfit contest categories include best sweater, tie, socks, and mystery outfit.
Calling all kilts: The Black Squirrel channels its Scottish side on Friday at 5 with a kilt party featuring Devil’s Backbone Wood-Agd Kilt Flasher. The kitchen whips up dishes like a Soctch-egg burger and oyster stew to pair with the beer and ten other brews from the Virginia producer. Anyone dressed in a kilt receives 10 percent off the bill.
Winemaker dinner: Dino’s Grotto chef/owner Dean Gold is pretty jazzed about winemaker Frank Cornelissen‘s vino, and hosts a dinner with him on Friday at 6:30. Expect plenty of pours from the Italian vineyard and a six-course menu ($145 per person).
A sugar lover’s buffet: The Ritz-Carlton Washington DC throws its annual sweets buffet on Saturday from 7:30 to 11 in the lobby (and again on Saturday, December 20). The spread includes plenty of chocolate desserts, holiday candies, a candy “bar,” and Champagne cocktails. Reservations are $45.
Bring the kids: Chef Michel Richard hosts Sweet Hope on Saturday from 1 to 3 at Central, a dessert reception benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Bring an unwrapped toy or monetary donation and enjoy desserts from Richard, caroling, an elf balloon artist, and more. RSVP to email@example.com.
More truffles: Chef Roberto Donna whips up a truffle dinner at Alba Osteria on Saturday at 7, starring white truffles over six courses paired with Italian wines. Reservations are $160, and can be made by calling the restaurant.
Pig bomb: Every tried a mortadella-stuffed “suckling pig torpedo”? Now you can during a prix-fixe wine dinner with celebrity chef Jose Garces at Rural Society on Saturday, starting with a reception at 6:30. The five-course meal is limited to 50 guests ($150 per person). Call Robert Esplen at 202-587-2617 for reservations.
Bad-sweater brunch: Don your holiday worst and head to STK for an ugly-sweater bottomless brunch on Sunday between 11:30 and 6. The party includes a dejay, $18 all-you-can-drink brunch cocktails, an à-la-carte menu, and a contest for best/worst outfit (the prize: another brunch for two).