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Drink Dance and Be Merry
Fateful Day

here is a famous scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary that has now become as much as a Holiday institution as “The Little Drummer Boy” piped overhead at malls for the benefit of Christmas shoppers Singing a dreadful, yet faithful karaoke standard, Jones, with bobbley-reindeer-horns perched atop her head and four vodka tonics under her belt, painfully embarrasses herself in front of office hunk Hugh Grant. We’ve all been there, right? If you are going to go there again this season, we suggest doing it at one of the city’s best nighttime hot spots.

We tend to celebrate family, friends, Hallmark greeting moments and fivethousand- calorie desserts in groups, but this year, try to get yourself and a few select friends into Anthony Lanier’s super hush-hush L2 (Cady’s Alley NW). The stone and brickwalled club has a sophisticated and chic vibe– a refreshing respite from the khaki-panted Georgetown set. But refinement comes with a pricey membership policy (queries can be sent to Rodrigo). L2 is so private that we debated even running interior shots of our WLSponsored Cartier Ballon Bleu watch launch there recently (were you invited)? The member lounge features food concepts by New York Times 3-star chef John Johnson of Town Restaurant and cocktail/beverage service developed by mixologist Stephan Trummer as well as wine and champagne selections by “New York Best Sommelier of 2007” finalist Troy Weismann.

Could “space” be the final frontier in nightlife action? New Boh-chic nightspot TheSpace (903 N St. NW) opened its doors to a WL-exclusive style party recently. It was all about fashion as a limited guest list featuring Paul Wharton and the rest of the style mavens from our November cover strutted their stuff. The gathering of Washington fashionistas made the event easy on the eyes while a three-hour open bar with babaghanoush, bruschetta and desserts provided by the Doubletree Bethesda made it easy to enjoy.

At the Corcoran 1869 Society Fall Fête preparty at Lotus (1420 K St. NW) the open bar (and yummy sushi) was enjoyed by the Corcoran’s younger adherents in addition to Omar Rahman and Carlos Gutierrez, Jr. The dapper gents were seen with fistfuls of dollars à la Eastwood and glasses of Black Label – perhaps the two were discussing Rahman’s recent date with Gutierrez Jr.’s sister, Erika? We applaud open dialogue as much as an open bar.

More locals sparing no expense: The Parkat 14th (918 14th St. NW) held a week-long launch which included a New Republic party, an all-out media get-to-know-them, a smashing Halloween fête, and an Absolut 100 event. With its hand-blown glasswork and sconces, exhibition-style kitchen and environmentally friendly note on the front door (apparently they cut down a tree during construction but plan to replant), these owners plan to be good neighbors on Franklin Square.

Talked about “tricked out” Halloweens: Lima Restaurant (1401 K St. NW) owner Masoud A threw a huge birthday bash themed “All Hallow’s E’en,” which completely transformed the club’s interior into a haunted house.New kid on the block: Candlelit UStreet bistro Marvin’s (2007 14th St.NW) leans on the men and women of Motown (Marvin Gaye, natch) to add a touch of class to eclectic DJs and a truly spectacular outdoor semi-Asian inspired dojo patio. Its creator, DJ and club impresario Eric Holmes of Local 16 fame, uses the unfair leverage of Belgian waffle fries and homestyle grits to keep lovers of soul (and soul food) “hangin’ on…”Meanwhile, Shahab and Maziar Farivar, owners of the Peacock Café in Georgetown, are doing things on a “grander” scale these days – they’ve opened a meatier K Street version of their venerable Prospect Street eatery entitled Peacock Grand Café (2020 K St. NW).

Lastly, Michael Romeo recently opened nightclub Tattoo (1413 K St. NW), which goes for shock value with biker-bar, rock ’n’ roll sensibility and ’80’s hip-hop on the juke. Put on your trendiest Hells Angels outfit and take your friends out for a wild ride that will be a sure-fire antidote to post-holiday doldrums.

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