No matter whether you’ve been naughty or nice, D.C.’s holiday season is shaping up with a wide array of fun this year, starting with the D.C. Santa Crawl.
The D.C. Santa Crawl is billed as D.C.’s “biggest holiday event” (although I don’t see how it can top the Nutcracker) and offers a holiday-themed barhopping even in the downtown area. It runs from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. next Saturday, Dec. 8. It’s $15 if you register online or $20 that day. You get a refillable mug and access to some specialty and discount D.C. holiday fun beverages.
The whole crawl includes some great little bars – BlackFinn, Recessions, Public Bar, The Bottom Line, Irish Whiskey, The Mighty Pint, Ozio, and Black Rooster Pub. Many bars are right at Farragut Square, where I used to work, and so I’ve been to most of them for happy hour drinks. They’re cool little community bars and unique to the city, which gives the holiday fun a local D.C. flair. Think cozy, not classy.
Frankly, the Farragut Square area of downtown D.C. isn’t really known for its lively holiday bar scene as the Dupont, Logan Circle, Chinatown and 14th Street locations are. It’s kind of hard to visit the area and go barhopping without knowing where the bars are, so this event offers a rare opportunity for those outside of Farragut Square to get to know it while having some D.C. holiday fun.
You’ll see most of these D.C. holiday fun pubs, like Recessions and The Bottom Line, and The Black Rooster on L Street, known as the “Cheers” of Washington D.C., are tucked under the taller office buildings. Although PublicBar, the only one in Dupont, actually consumes a three-story row house on Connecticut Avenue, including a game room. Don’t worry about D.C. holiday fun food, each establishment solid bar food menus. The best burgers are probably at BlackFinn and BottomLine.
So, if you’d like to get to know Farragut North’s own pub scene, perhaps drop by after a day of shopping for a couple of the D.C. Santa Crawl places to round out your D.C. holiday fun!