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 IN THIS ISSUE                    VENUES
   ACTIVITY VENUES p. 78                                HOTELS p. 87
     Arcades & Virtual-Reality Centers
     Bowling Alleys                                     INDEPENDENT EVENT SPACES p. 91
     Golf Courses & Clubs                               MANSIONS & HOMES p. 91
     Pool & Billiard Halls
     Sports Venues                                      MUSEUMS & CULTURAL SPACES p. 93
     Wine-Tasting Spaces                                 Art Museums & Galleries
     Other Activity Venues                               Film & Media Museum
                                                         Historical & Cultural Institutions
   BARS, LOUNGES & CLUBS p. 79                           Science & Natural History Spaces
     Bars & Lounges
     Clubs                                              OUTDOOR VENUES p. 96

   BOATS & YACHTS p. 82                                 PRIVATE CLUBS p. 97

   CONFERENCE CENTERS,                                  RELIGIOUS SPACES p. 98
   CONVENTION CENTERS & AUDITORIUMS p. 82
     Auditoriums                                        RESTAURANTS p. 98
     Conference Centers & Meeting Spaces                RETAIL VENUES p. 103
     Convention Centers
                                                        SPAS & RELAXATION PLACES p. 103
   EMBASSIES p. 83
                                                        STADIUMS & ARENAS p. 103
   ENTERTAINMENT & PERFORMANCE VENUES p. 84
     Comedy Clubs
     Music Clubs
     Screening Rooms                                    R = Venues that offer outdoor event space, such
     Theaters & Performance Spaces                          as patios, terraces, rooftops, or gardens


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  ACTIVITY VENUES
                                                                       RENDITIONS GOLF COURSE                                               CUE BAR
  ARCADES & VIRTUAL-REALITY CENTERS                                    Each of this club’s 18 holes is an exact replica of a hole that is   This basement-level bar has pool tables, darts, Ping-Pong tables,
                                                                       historically significant to a major golf championship. The hom-       and projection TVs. Its modern decor and primary colors create
  DAVE & BUSTER’S                                                      age to golf greatness continues in the 1930s-era clubhouse,          a clean and simple environment for events; it holds 60 seated
  The Washington location of this popular chain has five event          which honors Bobby Jones and five other career Grand Slam             or 175 for receptions. A semiprivate lounge can hold 30, and pool
  spaces in its 63,000 square feet of arcade games, pool tables,       champions. The venue has a full-service restaurant and a ban-        and Ping-Pong tables can be reserved for events. (1115 U St. NW,
  and shuffleboard courts. The showroom, the venue’s largest pri-       quet room that holds 150 for receptions. (1380 West Central Ave.,    202.332.7665)
  vate space, has an oak bar and a stage with audiovisual capa-        Davidsonville, Md., 410.798.9798)                                    FAST EDDIE’S SPORTS & BILLIARDS
  bilities. The entire restaurant holds 1,800 for receptions. (11301   RIVER CREEK CLUB                                                     Decorated with photos of old sports heroes, this venue is known
  Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, Md., 301.230.5151)                   Bordering the Potomac River about 40 miles outside of D.C., this     for its 19 pool tables, overstuffed lounge sofas, and full-service
  ESPN ZONE                                                            600-acre golf course and planned community offers a 30,000-          restaurant serving Memphis-style barbecue. The billiard area
  This entire sports-entertainment complex can be rented for           square-foot clubhouse with various spaces for private events.        can be rented for private events for 100 people. Fast Eddie’s also
  1,100 people. Smaller rooms, including the 200-seat Studio           The elegant Chesapeake Room seats 150, and three smaller             has locations in nearby Centreville, Fairfax, and Springfield.
  Grill and the 30-seat McCarthy Room, are also available. The         dining rooms are available. There is also a 66-seat bar and grill    (1520 K St. NW, 202.638.6800)
  11,000-square-foot sports arena boasts more than 100 interac-        with views of the river. (43800 Olympic Blvd., Leesburg, Va.,        ROCKET BAR
  tive games, and a screening room has a 14-foot television that       703.779.2022)                                                   Open since February 2007, this basement-level pool hall gets its
  can be used for presentations. (555 12th St. NW, 202.783.3776 ext.   STONEWALL GOLF CLUBR                                            name from the eight 1950s-style rocket sculptures mounted be-
  280)                                                                 The award-winning Stonewall Golf Club offers views of the Bull hind the bar. The single-room venue can hold 200, and has sev-
  LASERNATION                                                          Run Mountains and Lake Manassas. The 150-                                        eral pool tables and shuffleboards, two bars,
  For teambuilding outings, this laser-tag arena can provide cus-
  tom game programs that focus on strategy development, verbal
                                                                       seat Magnolia Room features floor-to-ceiling
                                                                       windows and a large terrace, and a 40-seat         WHERE TO FIND ...             and plenty of vintage-looking furniture. The
                                                                                                                                                        bar has no kitchen, but guests are permitted
  communication, or other specific needs. Teams of 35 can com-          boardroom has audiovisual capabilities and                                       to bring in takeout from local restaurants.
  pete in each game. Past corporate customers include Capital          wireless Internet. Private and group golf les- High-Flying Style                 (714 7th St. NW, 202.628.7665)
  One and The Washington Post. LaserNation also has locations          sons are available. (15601 Turtle Point Drive, The American bistro-style
  in Baltimore and Sterling, Virginia, and all three venues have       Gainesville, Va., 703.753.6156)                restaurant and bar Café
  several private party rooms. (3447 Carlin Springs Road, Bailey’s     SWAN POINT YACHT & COUNTRY CLUBR
                                                                                                                          Saint-Ex has decor themes of
                                                                                                                                                               SPORTS VENUES
  Crossroads, Va., 877.485.8224)                                       On the banks of the Potomac River, this golf
  PLANET PLAY                                                          course and marina is about an hour from            vintage aviation and Art Deco-       DULLES GOLF CENTER AND SPORTS PARKR
  For the young at heart, Planet Play features laser tag, bumper       Washington. The clubhouse offers six rooms         period travel, with a downstairs     A popular location for local businesses (in-
  cars, and arcade games and can be rented for private events.         for private events, including a 20-seat grill      lounge reminiscent of an             cluding AOL and Sprint), the golf center can
  The 4,200-square-foot laser-tag arena can hold two teams of 15.      and two dining rooms that hold 40 and 60,          airplane hangar. (1847 14th St.      host company picnics, teambuilding events,
  There also are several private party rooms, or the entire facil-     respectively. An outdoor gazebo overlooking        NW, 202.265.7839)                    and professional golf instruction for as
  ity can be rented for as many as 200 guests. (6785B Springfield       Cuckold Creek is also available. (11550 Swan                                            many as 1,000 people. The venue also offers
  Mall, Springfield, Va., 703.313.6770)                                 Point Blvd., Swan Point, Md., 301.259.0047         Fly Lounge, modeled after the        a driving range, volleyball courts, batting
                                                                       ext. 12)                                           fuselage of an aircraft, has         cages, and miniature golf. Private events
                                                                                                                          cylindrical aluminum walls,          are booked through its affiliate, Fun Com-
  BOWLING ALLEYS                                                                                                          passenger windows featuring          pany Picnics. (21593 Jesse Court, Dulles, Va.,
                                                                       POOL & BILLIARD HALLS                              drifting clouds on flat-screen        703.929.3707)
  BOWL AMERICA                                                                                                            monitors, cocktail waitresses in     DULLES SPORTSPLEXR
  Bowl America accommodates private parties of as many as 300,         ATOMIC BILLIARDS                                                                        A mile from the Dulles Golf Center and
  and the staff can customize catering, gift bags, and even lessons.   Atomic’s retro decor—1950s science-fiction          flight attendant uniforms, and        Sports Park, this 75,000-square-foot venue
  “Cosmic bowling” (consisting of a high-tech light show, music,       posters cover the walls—adds to its intimate,      tables resembling jet engines.       offers three full-size fields and three bas-
  and entertainment) is also available. Bowl America has 10 alleys     loungelike feeling. The basement pool hall         (1802 Jefferson Place NW,            ketball courts that can be rented for events.
  in the D.C. area, including locations in Manassas, Sterling, and     has two dartboards, two billiard tables, and       202.828.4433)                        Four private party rooms hold as many as 80
  Fairfax, Virginia. (6450 Edsall Road, Alexandria, 877.557.0002)      an old-fashioned jukebox, but it’s best known      Events at the Smithsonian            people, or tables and chairs can be set up on
  LUCKY STRIKE LANES                                                   for the multitude of board games available                                              the courts. The complex also has a 60-seat
  This 14-lane bowling alley has teamed up with chef and vice          for guests. The bar is open for happy hour         National Air and Space Mu-           restaurant and bar, and the entire facility can
  president of catering Bill Starbuck of Along Came Mary Produc-       seven days a week, and the entire one-room         seum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy          hold 1,200. (21610 Atlantic Blvd., Dulles, Va.,
  tions Inc., a food provider for hundreds of big Hollywood events,    venue is available for small private events.       Center can take place under-         703.430.9966)
  who will provide catering for the venue. The space features          (3427 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.363.7665)           neath 155 life-size aircrafts in     EAST POTOMAC TENNIS CENTERR
  floor-to-ceiling video screens showcasing unique paintings,           BEDROCK BILLIARDS                                  the Boeing Aviation Hangar,          As the tennis center of choice for bigwigs
  photographs, illustrations, and films at the end of each lane.        Owned by the same group as Atomic Bil-             or in the James S. McDonnell         such as Harrison Ford and the late former
  The entire facility holds 650, or a private room holds 180. (701     liards, this pool hall is located inside the Ad-   Space Hangar, which has 150          chief justice William Rehnquist, the venue
  7th St. NW, 202.347.1340)                                            ams Morgan hotel. Seven pool tables are sur-                                            has five 4,500-square-foot indoor courts that
  STRIKE BETHESDA                                                      rounded by several dartboards, board games,        spacecraft on display. (14390        can be used for private events (which typi-
  This popular event destination offers 34 glow-in-the-dark            a full-service bar, and eclectic retro decor—      Air and Space Museum Pkwy.,          cally use one court for setups and catering
  lanes, two 30-foot bars, and a 50-seat restaurant. The 28,000-       think vinyl lounge furniture. The basement         Chantilly, Va., 202.633.1000)        and the rest for game play). Several hundred
  square-foot venue has a full-service catering menu and audio-        space holds 140 for private functions. (1841                                            people can also be accommodated on the
  visual capabilities. Individual lanes can be rented, or the entire   Columbia Road NW, 202.667.7665)                                                         center’s 19 outdoor courts. (1090 Ohio Drive
  space can hold 350 people. (5353 Westbard Ave., Bethesda, Md.,       BUFFALO BILLIARDSR                                                                      SW, 202.554.5962)
  301.652.0955)                                                        This rustic bar and billiard room offers 29                                             FORT DUPONT ICE ARENA
  U.S. BOWLING                                                         pool tables, large-screen projection televi-                                            The city’s only public indoor ice rink is run by
  This recently renovated bowling alley has 34 lanes and “cos-         sions, and two fully stocked bars. An outdoor                                           Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena Inc., a non-
  mic bowling” on weekend nights. A private banquet room               patio seats 100 in the warmer months, and                                               profit dedicated to creating structured activi-
  fits as many as 50 people, and custom catering is available.          two private rooms are available for events                                              ties for children during nonschool hours. The
  Discounted rates are available for corporate parties of eight or     of 35 and 150 guests. (1220 19th St. NW,                                                facility has a party room overlooking the ice
  more. (100 South Pickett St., Alexandria, 703.370.5910)              202.331.7665)                                                                           with space for 30 people, as well as a meet-
                                                                       CARPOOL                                                                                 ing room and computer lab. Private lessons
                                                                       A giant games and sports venue one block                                                and rink rental are also available. (3779 Ely
  GOLF COURSES & CLUBS                                                 from northern Virginia’s Ballston Metro stop, CarPool offers         Place SE, 202.584.5007)
                                                                       10 pool tables, four shuffleboard courts, seven dartboards, and       ROCK CREEK PARK TENNIS CENTER
  CROSS CREEK GOLF CLUB                                                more than 20 TVs, including a 120-incher that brings in huge         Surrounding the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Stadium
  As many as 144 players can rent this golf club’s 18-hole course      crowds for sports events. The bar holds 350 and offers an ap-        (home of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic), this 7,500-seat facil-
  for private play, and packages come with deals at the Quarry         petizer and dessert menu. The eclectic decor pays homage to          ity has five indoor and 25 outdoor courts, which can be rented
  Grill, the clubhouse’s full-service restaurant and bar. An elegant   automobiles in pop culture throughout the years. (4000 Fairfax       out for events and tournaments, along with racquets and ball
  banquet hall is also available, and holds 100 for receptions.        Drive, Arlington, 703.532.7665)                                      machines. The venue has 31 air-conditioned courtside suites for
  (12800 Bay Hill Drive, Beltsville, Md., 301.595.8901)                COMET PING PONG                                                      spectators. (16th and Kennedy Sts. NW, 202.722.5949)
  HERITAGE HUNT GOLF & COUNTRY CLUBR                                   At Comet Ping Pong, everything from the tables to the lights is
  Renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills designed this            Ping-Pong-inspired, while four game tables allow enthusiasts
  course, situated on more than 750 acres in northern Virginia.        to paddle it out. The 4,000-square-foot pizza restaurant holds       WINE-TASTING SPACES
  The Colonial-style clubhouse features a mahogany lounge with         150 and has a private room equipped with a projection screen
  beamed ceilings, as well as a 120-seat restaurant. Several large     and other audiovisual capabilities. Comet’s furniture is con-        NEW BLUEMONT VINEYARDR
  covered decks provide views of the nearby Bull Run Mountains.        structed from recycled materials, and its food is grown in sus-      Nearly 1,000 feet into the Blue Ridge Mountains, Bluemont,
  The development also serves as an adult residential commu-           tainable farms. (5037 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.364.0404)             which opened in November 2007, is one of Virginia’s new-
  nity. (6901 Arthur Hills Drive, Gainesville, Va., 703.743.2005)      CONTINENTAL MODERN POOL LOUNGE                                       est vineyards. The grounds have two indoor spaces for pri-
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  HOLLOW CREEK GOLF CLUB                                               With more than 10,000 square feet of event space, this restau-       vate events—the 50-seat cellar and the rustic stable—as well
  This Middletown Valley golf club features a 15,000-square-foot       rant and pool lounge holds 365 for private buyouts. Bright pri-      as several outdoor spaces. Private group tours and tastings
  French country clubhouse featuring the full-service Valley           mary colors, exotic travel destinations, and mid-20th-century        are also available. (18755 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, Va.,
  Grill. A ballroom seats 200 for events, and the more intimate        nostalgia are prominent themes of the four lounge areas,             540.554.2073)
  Fireplace Room holds 50. The par-72 course is available for cor-     which encompass two full bars and nine pool tables. The menu         NEW CARAFE WINE MAKERSR
  porate retreats and charity fund-raisers. (50 Glenbrook Drive,       includes finger foods like red-pepper hummus and beef sliders.        Open since November 2007, this 1,000-square-foot micro-
  Middletown, Md., 301.371.0400)                                       (1911 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, 703.465.7675)                winery and workshop allows groups to bottle, cork, and label

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  custom vintage wines. The upscale tasting lounge has a fire-           PEARMUND CELLARSR                                                     canoeing, and golfing facilities. (16589 Edwards Shop Road,
  place, leather chairs, and deep red walls. The Virginia-based         About an hour outside Washington, Pearmund Cellars has sev-           Remington, Va., 540.399.1779)
  company Perfect Planning handles event logistics for the store.       eral indoor and outdoor spaces available for events. The rustic       MEDIEVAL TIMES
  (111 South Alfred St., Alexandria, 703.739.5850)                      barrel room seats 48 or holds 60 for receptions, and the side ter-    This dinner and tournament takes place inside a 65,000-
  FREDERICK CELLARS                                                     races and lawn hold as many as 80. Tenting is not permitted.          square-foot castle about 20 miles outside of D.C. The arena, a
  This self-described “city winery” is a showcase for local art-        (6190 Georgetown Road, Broad Run, Va., 540.347.3475)                  popular spot for lighthearted corporate events, allows 1,000
  ists’ exhibits, as well as a popular spot for receptions and wine                                                                           people to cheer on their knights in a joust, and a four-course
  tastings. The 2,000-square-foot tasting room has a stage area,                                                                              meal is served by serfs and wenches. Itineraries can be custom-
  a permanent bar, and access to a catering kitchen. The en-            OTHER ACTIVITY VENUES                                                 ized for private parties. (7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover,
  tire space holds 105 people. (221 North East St., Frederick, Md.,                                                                           Md., 443.755.0011 ext. 117)
  301.668.0311)                                                         BUSCH GARDENSR                                                        MYSTERY DINNER PLAYHOUSE
  HIDDEN BROOK WINERYR                                                  About two hours outside Washington, the European-themed               This interactive comedy show allows guests to enjoy a four-
  Nestled in the woods of Loudoun County, this log cabin was            Busch Gardens features 15 event space options, the largest of         course meal while getting clues to solve a crime and bribe
  hand-built by the owners in 2002. The tasting room seats 48           which holds 2,000 people. The outdoor San Marco-inspired Ital-        money to entice suspects. The actors can create a customized
  or holds 100 for receptions, and group tastings include cheese,       ian Pavilion holds 700 for seated events, and the more casual         show, with names and events relating to a specific company. A
  crackers, and sausages to accompany the winery’s eight wines.         Irish-themed Grogan’s Pub seats 50. The park has 25 roller            minimum of 100 people is required to book a private show. (300
  An outdoor veranda seats 12. (43301 Sprinks Ferry Road, Lees-         coasters and several animal exhibits. (1 Busch Gardens Blvd.,         Army Navy Drive, Arlington, 888.471.4802)
  burg, Va., 703.737.3935)                                              Williamsburg, Va., 800.343.7946)                                      SHENANDOAH BREWERY COMPANY
  LINGANORE WINECELLARSR                                                COLOR ME MINE                                                         Groups of as many as 30 can arrange for a a beer-making ses-
  Built into a hill on a 230-acre estate, this winery offers a 4,500-   Inside the Adams Morgan hotel, this pottery studio allows             sion or a private tour of the brewery, and more than 80 reci-
  square-foot pavilion for receptions of 250, as well as a banquet      guests to paint the product of their choice from more than 300        pes and do-it-yourself on-site brewing kits are available for
  hall for 200. A smaller tasting room decorated with black wal-        premade ceramic dishes, tiles, and mirrors. The space can ac-         purchase. The brewery’s homey pub serves unique house ales
  nut furniture and hickory beams is also available, and nine           commodate as many as 40 painters, or the staff can bring the          by the mug or bottle—or by the case to take home. (652 South
  acres of outdoor space can be tented. (13601 Glissans Mill Road,      supplies to local offices for larger parties. (2439 18th St. NW,       Pickett St., Alexandria, 703.823.9508)
  Mount Airy, Md., 310.831.5889)                                        202.232.1771)                                                         SIX FLAGS AMERICAR
  LOST CREEK WINERY AND VINEYARDSR                                      KELLY’S FORD INN & EQUESTRIAN CENTERR                                 The Maryland location of this amusement and water park
  Owned and operated by a husband-and-wife team, this vine-             An hour outside Washington, this 500-acre estate was found-           has hosted as many as 20,000 for private corporate events.
  yard creates an intimate setting for private functions for as         ed in 1725. The space now holds a large equestrian center and         The venue has a catering staff, and groups get a private pic-
  many as 150 people. A banquet room has a private bar and              provides lessons for private events in an indoor arena (which         nic area for meals. There is also a pavilion with audiovisual
  kitchen, and an outdoor pavilion and tasting room are also            also has seating for 300) or on outside trails. Other banquet fa-     capabilities, and five hotels in the area. Groups of 15 or more
  available. The staff hosts tours and tastings five days a week.        cilities include the 3,000-square-foot Ripley Hall and a tented       receive discounts on admission. (13710 Central Ave., Bowie, Md.,
  (43277 Spinks Ferry Road, Leesburg, Va., 703.443.9836)                outdoor lawn for 100. The estate also offers swimming, hiking,        301.249.1500 ext. 3700)




  BARS, LOUNGES & CLUBS                                                 for private events, also serves a Mediterranean menu of steaks,       cocktails complement the small plates of cheese, pâté, and
  BARS & LOUNGES                                                        seafood, and salads. (1340 U St. NW, 202.319.1340)                    chocolate truffles. Black Fox holds 150 for receptions, and a pri-
                                                                        BARKING DOG                                                           vate, media-equipped room is available for 25. (1723 Connecticut
  ADAMS MILL BAR AND GRILL                                              Located two blocks from a Metro station in downtown Bethesda,         Ave. NW, 202.265.0030)
  Just north of 18th Street, this neighborhood bar is slightly re-      this bar opened in 2006 in the Nantucket Landing restaurant’s         BLACK ROOSTER PUB
  moved from the intense Adams Morgan party scene and is                former space. The dining room has been converted into a hard-         Decorative touches like stained-glass mosaics along the ceiling,
  relatively quiet during the week. A prime sidewalk patio with         wood dance floor, but the oval, stained-glass skylight remains.        a long copper bar, and intricate wood carvings provide an up-
  picnic tables gives after-work professionals a place to unwind;       DJ and karaoke nights attract a singles crowd, while the second-      scale feel at this laid-back downtown pub, a longtime happy-
  inside the bilevel space, they can refuel with food from the          floor lounge holds 250 for events that may include an open bar         hour spot. A bar-food menu is served in the dining room and
  bar menu. Adams Mill becomes hectic on weekend nights, so             and party platters. (4723 Elm St., Bethesda, Md., 301.654.0022)       on the small sidewalk patio, and the pub is available for private
  a small private party room can be reserved. (1813 Adams Mill          NEW BAR LOUIER                                                        events. (1919 L St. NW, 202.659.4431)
  Road NW, 202.332.9577)                                                Longtime Chicago favorite Bar Louie opened its 33rd location in       BLUE GIN
  ANDALU                                                                the Gallery Place in Penn Quarter in June 2007. Serving bar sta-      This ultra-hip two-story Georgetown lounge is best known for
  Hookahs and specialty cocktails lend this subterranean,               ples, the 10,200-square-foot venue includes mosaic tiling, retro      its specialty drinks—like the Blue Gin Star, made with Tanquer-
  Moroccan-themed bar (below Sesto Senso restaurant, in Adams           lighting fixtures, and plasma TVs. Seating for 450 in the main         ay 10, elder-flower syrup, fresh lime, and blue curaçao—which
  Morgan) an exotic air, as do the comfy couches set around a           dining room ranges from plush circular booths to high-top bar         pair well with selections from the small-plate menu. The 4,500-
  small dance floor with a DJ. Andalu hosts private parties for as       tables. Also on site is a 1,200-square-foot indoor patio that seats   square-foot space is available for private events and includes
  many as 200 people or seated events for as many as 50. (1214          50 and alfresco seating for 25. (701 7th St. NW, 202.638.2460)        three bars with a smooth, minimalist design and a roomy
  18th St. NW, 202.785.2922)                                            BAR ROUGE                                                             dance floor. (1206 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.965.5555)
  THE AROMA COMPANY                                                     A sophisticated, 60-person lounge inhabits the lobby of the           BOSSA
  Bright colors and a retro design characterize this neighborhood       boutique Rouge Hotel. Guests can relax at the glowing marble          This Adams Morgan lounge and bistro looks cozy from the
  martini-and-cigar bar. The More Lounge, at the back of the            bar while sipping specialty drinks like the Bellini martini,          small sidewalk patio but offers three ample spaces inside. The
  space, is furnished with ’60s-style couches and coffee tables         made with Grand Marnier and champagne, or sit on the tufted           main room features burlap benches, low-set couches, and long
  and can be reserved for as many as 35. Catering can be provided,      banquette and order from the tapas menu. (1315 16th St. NW,           banquettes leading to a small stage that hosts live music every
  or guests can bring their own food. (3417 Connecticut Ave. NW,        202.232.8000)                                                         night, while the back room offers more up-tempo DJ sounds for
  202.244.7995)                                                         BE BAR                                                                dancing. The second floor is an intimate, dark-wood, candlelit
  ART GALLERY BAR AND GRILLE                                            This gay-friendly lounge in the Shaw neighborhood is just two         lounge. Food is served until 2 a.m., and each space is available
  This 35-year-old downtown watering hole serves specialty cock-        blocks east of the Washington Convention Center. The delib-           for private events. (2463 18th St. NW, 202.667.0088)
  tails alongside a pizza and Tex-Mex menu, all encompassed in          erately mismatched design blends modern furnishings with              BOURBON—ADAMS MORGAN
  an Art Nouveau dining room set around a chrome-accented               Baroque touches and lends an eclectic backdrop to the candy-          Bringing a swankier vibe to the rowdy Adams Morgan party
  bar. Several sidewalk tables jut out onto I Street. The 120-seat      themed martini list and the hors d’oeuvre menu. A private             scene, this sleek wood-paneled bar and grill offers 100 bour-
  venue is available for buyouts, and the bar also caters outside       party suite, which can hold 50, is a soft-lit environment with        bons and 80 microbrews, as well as a selection of salads, sand-
  events. (1712 I St. NW, 202.298.6658)                                 private cabanas, candlelit alcoves, and a mini waterfall. (1318       wiches, and burgers. There is a small outdoor patio, and the
  ASYLUM                                                                9th St. NW, 202.232.7450)                                             entire bilevel venue is available for private events. (2321 18th St.
  This grungy Adams Morgan rock bar offers a dark, gothic ambi-         THE BIG HUNTR                                                         NW, 202.332.0800)
  ence on the basement level—which features a pool table, video         This three-story Dupont Circle bar features an always-happen-         BULLFEATHER’S
  games, and a DJ booth—while the more refined ground-level              ing happy hour in each of four unique spaces, all decorated           A brick-fronted pub ensconced on a quiet street behind the
  bar has high-backed booths and a performance stage. Beers             with a kitschy safari theme. There’s a high-ceilinged main bar,       Congressional office buildings, Bullfeather’s attracts the suited
  on tap and bar food are served in both spaces, and the entire         pool tables on the tiny mezzanine, comfortable sofas in the           Capitol Hill crowd with bar snacks and happy-hour specials. A
  venue is available for events for as many as 110. (2471 18th St.      living-room-like basement lounge, and picnic tables on the            seasonal sidewalk patio is a popular postwork hangout, and the
  NW, 202.319.9353)                                                     second-floor patio. Each section is available for private events;      250-capacity pub is available for private events. (410 1st St. SE,
  AULD SHABEEN                                                          the bar’s maximum capacity is 225. (1345 Connecticut Ave. NW,         202.543.5005)
  The traditional pub atmosphere of this two-level bar, formerly        202.785.2333)                                                         CADDIES ON CORDELLR
  known as Ned Devine’s, is enhanced with dark wood booths,             BIRRERIA PARADISO                                                     In the center of Bethesda’s main shopping and restaurant dis-
  sports on TV, and Guinness on tap. The 28-seat library room of-       Tucked below Georgetown’s popular Pizzeria Paradiso is this           trict, this homey, golf-themed neighborhood pub has a spa-
  fers a cozy fireplace setting; a 100-person private room is avail-     beer-snob favorite. The 16 draft beers and 80 bottled brews           cious main bar and a seasonal sidewalk patio, both of which
  able; and the entire venue, which holds 200, can be reserved for      include a British-style cask ale and several hard-to-find Euro         serve a wide selection of draft beers and bar snacks. The 100-
  events. (3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Va., 703.293.9600)          imports, all perfectly accompanied by thin-crust pizzas. The          person, second-floor party room offers a private bar, a 50-inch
  AXIS BAR AND GRILL                                                    colorful, modern space, which is available for events, seats 10       plasma TV, and a covered terrace. (4922 Cordell Ave., Bethesda,
  This swank U Street bar opened in December 2006 in a nar-             at the bar, 20 at tables, and eight in the lounge. (3282 M St. NW,    Md., 301.215.7730)
  row, split-level space that feels larger than it is because of high   202.337.4936)                                                         CAPITOL LOUNGE
  ceilings, exposed-brick walls, big street-facing windows, and a       OPENING SOON BLACK FOX LOUNGE                                         Wall-to-wall political memorabilia distinguish this dark, laid-
  small mezzanine separated by metal railings. The main draw            Slated to open this spring, this Dupont Circle venue will cater       back, two-level Capitol Hill watering hole. The basement bar,
  is the extensive beer list, which features Austrian and German        to business travelers. The stately 19th-century building fea-         which holds 120, can be booked for private events and includes
  imports and rare Stateside brews. The bar, which is available         tures exposed brick, Persian carpets, and exotic textiles. Refined     two pool tables, a jukebox, and four TVs, while a semiprivate

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R= Venues that offer outdoor event space
                                                                      and a sunken dance floor on the main level. A third bar upstairs       600-capacity venue is available for buyouts. (1223 Connecticut

 BARS, LOUNGES                                                        overlooks the lower level. A private room seats 25; the rest of the
                                                                      space holds 215. (2447 18th St. NW, 202.986.1742)
                                                                      NEW THE GREENE TURTLE
                                                                                                                                            Ave. NW, 202.822.1800)
                                                                                                                                            MCGINTY’S PUBLIC HOUSE
                                                                                                                                            This downtown Silver Spring bar is a step more upscale than

 & CLUBS                                                              This Maryland sports bar and grill chain opened its first D.C. lo-
                                                                      cation in April 2007 inside the Verizon Center. (There’s a street-
                                                                      side entrance.) Spacious booths surround several flat-screen
                                                                                                                                            the typical pub—think bright lighting, clean floors, and new
                                                                                                                                            furniture. The main room holds 80; the adjacent Snug Bar is
                                                                                                                                            an intimate nook with a fireplace; and the ever-crowded patio
                                                                      TVs in the bar, which is generally packed on game nights and          extends onto a busy pedestrian avenue. The second-floor space,
 space on the main floor holds 30. A bar-food menu is available,       relatively empty otherwise. A private room includes a separate        which includes a 75-foot bar and five plasma TVs, holds 300. (911
 and open-bar events can be arranged for groups. (229 Pennsyl-        bar and holds 50. (601 F St. NW, 202.637.8889)                        Elsworth Drive, Silver Spring, Md., 301.587.1270)
 vania Ave. SE, 202.547.2098)                                         HAWK ’N’ DOVE                                                         METROPOLITAN CHAMPAGNE BAR
 CHI-CHA LOUNGE                                                       A Capitol Hill favorite since 1968, this low-key, traditional         A small subterranean lounge below Napoleon Restaurant, in
 “Modern Andean cuisine” is the focus of this U Street lounge,        Irish pub attracts a mix of Congressional staffers, tourists, and     Adams Morgan blends modernist bar furniture with old-world
 which serves South American tapas and the namesake drink,            neighborhood regulars. Its six wood-paneled rooms include             Parisian design. Weekends draw a packed crowd for interna-
 a secret-ingredient-laced pineapple-juice-and-sugarcane con-         two long bars, several spaces for large groups, and semiprivate       tional DJ nights, bottle service is available for small groups, and
 coction. The 98-seat lounge is available for events, and a row of    nooks for smaller parties. Groups can rent semiprivate sections       champagne cocktails are a (pricey) favorite. The lounge, which
 curtained-off booths in the back offers semiprivate spaces that      of the bar or buy out the whole venue. (329 Pennsylvania Ave.         holds 60, and the restaurant upstairs are available for private
 can be reserved for groups. (1624 U St. NW, 202.234.8400)            SE, 202.543.3300)                                                     parties. (1847 Columbia Road NW, 202.299.9630)
 CHLOE RESTAURANT LOUNGER                                             H STREET MARTINI LOUNGE                                               MEZE
 This bilevel lounge and restaurant in Adams Morgan includes          One of the newest entrants on the burgeoning H Street North-          This Adams Morgan bar and lounge provides three distinct
 five bars and a rooftop patio. A young crowd lines up outside         east nightlife scene, this renovated brick row house offers a var-    spaces. The ground-floor bar serves a menu of Middle Eastern
 for weekend DJ nights and popular ’80s parties on Wednes-            ied atmosphere: the cozy first floor hosts a talkative neighbor-        small plates and has an extensive cocktail list that includes
 days, and a V.I.P. section provides bottle service for groups who    hood crowd that sips from a selection of more than 60 martinis,       Turkish raki concoctions; the second-floor lounge, which fea-
 reserve a table. Chloe offers a full menu of steaks, seafood, and    while the second-floor dance club features DJs and live music.         tures DJs spinning world music, can host private events for 100;
 salads, and the entire 125-seat venue is available for events.       The 150-person lounge is available for private events. (1236 H St.    and the Gold Room on the top floor is a candlelit lounge that
 (2473 18th St. NW, 202.265.6592)                                     NE, 202.397.3333)                                                     holds 50 and provides views of the 18th Street party scene be-
 NEW CORK WINE BAR                                                    IRELAND’S FOUR FIELDSR                                                low. (2437 18th St. NW, 202.797.0017)
 This Logan Circle wine bar opened in January in the 2,000-           Live Gaelic music, soccer on 42-inch screens, and 16 beers on         MILLIE AND AL’S
 square-foot former home of Sparky’s Espresso Café. The 70-           tap attract a varied crowd—local barflies one night, college-age       A no-frills neighborhood bar in the middle of the Adams Mor-
 seat space now serves 100 wines by the bottle and a menu of          partyers the next—to this Irish pub. The Cleveland Park institu-      gan nightlife scene, Millie and Al’s is a laid-back, good-times
 upscale bar snacks. Although much of the decor was retained,         tion, formerly known as the Four Provinces, is available for buy-     pub featuring karaoke, pizza, cheap beer, and $1 Jell-O shots. A
 including the brick walls and tin ceilings, a private room will      outs, with 199 seats inside and an additional 40 on the sidewalk      private bar on the second floor can host events for 80 people.
 be added later this year, and a sidewalk patio will debut in the     patio. (3412 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.244.0860)                       (2440 18th St. NW, 202.387.8131)
 spring. (1720 14th St. NW, 202.265.2675)                             KARMA                                                                 MURPHY’S
 DEGREES                                                              This coffeehouse on the edge of the George Washington Uni-            Sports events and popular quiz nights pull a sizable crowd
 A sleek, 1940s-inspired motif and a list of specialty martinis       versity campus tries on a more partylike vibe in the evenings,        into this spacious Irish pub on Old Town Alexandria’s main
 attract a thirtysomething crowd to this bar and lounge in the        when the lights dim and the crescent-shaped stone bar serves          drinking-and-dining boulevard. The main bar features 14 draft
 Ritz-Carlton Georgetown. The intimate 25-seat lounge features        up specialty cocktails and a Mediterranean meze menu. The             beers, a pub menu, and live Celtic music. The second-floor bar
 exposed-brick walls, a black slate bar, and a wall of windows        venue, which includes a small outdoor patio, holds 200 people         is available for private parties of as many as 100. (713 King St.,
 overlooking the district. (3100 South St. NW, 202.912.4100)          for events. (1919 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.361.1573)                 Alexandria, 703.548.1717)
 THE DUBLINER                                                         KSTREET LOUNGE                                                        NEW NELLIE’S SPORTS BARR
 Set in the Phoenix Park Hotel on Capitol Hill, just around the       Looking for some high-tech decor? Professionals flock to this          D.C.’s first gay sports bar opened last July. Each of its three floors
 corner from Union Station, this venerable Irish pub serves a         futuristic space after work and on the weekends, where cock-          houses a unique atmosphere: The spacious main room has 20-
 classic menu of Irish specialties, offers Guinness on tap, and       tail tables are embedded with LCD screens ready to flash logos         foot ceilings and big-screen TVs, comfy couches are set around
 hosts live Irish music seven nights a week. The pub seats 175,       or marketing messages. The 5,000-square-foot lounge holds             the fireplace of the second-floor pub room, and the bustling
 and a private room can be reserved for 50. (520 North Capitol        500 and has a semiprivate area that holds 100. (1301 K St. NW,        rooftop patio is one of the neighborhood’s largest. The entire
 St. NW, 202.737.9562)                                                202.962.3933)                                                         venue can hold 250 for events. (900 U St. NW, 202.332.6355)
 18TH AMENDMENT                                                       LATIN ALLEY                                                           OZIO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
 This casual Capitol Hill bar relives the days of Prohibition with    A Tex-Mex café and bar occupy the first floor of this 2,000-            This four-level Dupont Circle venue offers an extensive list of
 a 1930s-style decor that includes black-and-white-tiled floors,       square-foot Mexican-themed restaurant and lounge. The sec-            specialty martinis, bottle service, a cigar lounge that includes
 a chrome ceiling, and other Art Deco touches. Keyhole, the bar       ond level houses a dance floor for 60 and tables for 25. Sofas,        a walk-in humidor, a DJ spinning Latin tunes and Top 40 hits,
 in the basement, replicates a speakeasy; it even has an iron-        tables, and chairs for 25 comfortably furnish the third-level         and several sleek, loungelike rooms. Each of the four floors is
 gated liquor room. Pool tables, flat-screen TVs, and a bar-food       lounge. (1721 Columbia Road NW, 202.328.6532)                         available for private events, with the main space holding 350;
 menu make this a popular venue for sports watching, and both         NEW LOTUS                                                             total capacity is 800. (1813 M St. NW, 202.822.6000)
 floors—with a total capacity of 200—are available for private         Open since May 2007, this upscale, Asian-inspired lounge can          PALACE OF WONDERS
 parties. (613 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202.543.3622)                    hold 370 people. The 5,600-square-foot space has curving walls        This Coney Island freak-show-themed bar showcases vaude-
 EIGHTEENTH STREET LOUNGE                                             that divide the venue into three semiprivate areas, including         ville, sword swallowers, and fire-eaters, in a narrow, bilevel
 With no sign on its door, the Eighteenth Street Lounge owes          a 90-seat lounge and a private room for 100 (which can be ac-         space. Set on H Street, Northeast’s newly hip nightlife boule-
 its success to word of mouth. International and eclectic music       cessed through a private elevator). A $1.2 million fiber-optic         vard, the Palace of Wonders is a trek from downtown but of-
 plays throughout this 500-capacity bilevel space, whose jazz         light system sends out pulsating images set to the sound sys-         fers free shuttle service from Union Station. The entire venue,
 room holds as many as 50, while the Gold Room can hold 200.          tem. (1420 K St. NW, 202.289.4222)                                    which includes two full bars, is available for buyouts. (1210 H St.
 (1212 18th St. NW, 703.309.2156)                                     LOUNGE 201                                                            NE, 202.398.7469)
 NEW EVO BISTRO                                                       The in-house caterer of this cosmopolitan lounge can create           NEW PARK AT FOURTEENTH
 A wine bar nestled in a strip mall isn’t likely to feel cosmo-       custom martini and food menus for guests. Two private rooms           Two giant chandeliers reminiscent of Dale Chihuly’s glass
 politan, but Evo Bistro manages to do just that. Open since Sep-     are available, including the plush executive lounge in the back       sculptures brighten this four-story, 10,000-square-foot res-
 tember, this 45-seat space has an earthy interior, with a large      of the space and the hardwood-floored Sierra Room, each of             taurant and lounge, which opened in November. The first two
 potted palm, ecru walls, and espresso-stained cherrywood             which holds 60. The front bar can be reserved for as many as          levels are devoted to dinner, serving the likes of foie gras and
 tables. A sleek automated wine system dispenses one-, three-,        140, or the entire space can hold 300. (201 Massachusetts Ave.        lobster tail alongside seasonal cocktails (think poached pears
 and five-ounce pours from 32 bottles. Evo also offers catering        NE, 202.544.5201)                                                     and macerated cherries). The top two floors—replete with cus-
 from its menu of Mediterranean tapas. (1313 Old Chain Bridge         MADAM’S ORGANR                                                        tom-made banquettes—are reserved for private events. Full
 Road, McLean, Va., 703.288.4422)                                     A risqué 35-foot mural towers over this lively venue to make it       buyouts are available for events of as many as 600. (920 14th
 FLY LOUNGE                                                           the most recognizable institution in Adams Morgan. The fes-           St. NW, 202.737.7275)
 Events will take off at the aviation-themed Fly Lounge, open         tive, 400-person bar and restaurant showcases live blues, rock,       NEW PENN QUARTER SPORTS TAVERN
 since May 2006. The intimate space was modeled after aircraft        and soul music (most nights, with a cover charge) and dishes          Formerly known as Top Shelf, this bilevel bar took a new name
 fuselage and comes complete with cylindrical aluminum walls,         out soul food and bar snacks. The venue also has a year-round         in October to reflect its newly christened—and newly trendy—
 passenger windows showing drifting clouds on flat-screen              roof deck and tiki bar. (2461 18th St. NW, 202.667.5370)              neighborhood. Across from the National Archives and a few
 monitors, and cocktail servers (called Fly attendants) in flight-     MARSHALL’S                                                            blocks from the National Mall and the Verizon Center, this
 attendant uniforms. Guests sit at two bars or order bottle ser-      Set in a renovated row house, this quaint pub on the edge of          neighborly pub holds 175 and features a bar-food menu, big-
 vice at 10 cocktail tables modeled after jet engines. The lounge     Foggy Bottom and Georgetown maintains its homey atmo-                 screen sports, and specialty cocktails. (639 Indiana Ave. NW,
 holds 150. (1802 Jefferson Place NW, 202.828.4433)                   sphere with low-set sofas and antique fireplaces. The ground-          202.347.7939)
 FROGGY BOTTOM PUB                                                    floor bar offers a comprehensive selection of beer and wine            PORTER’S DINING SALOON
 Greasy bar food, video games, and signature house beers attract      along with a bar-food menu, while the second-floor lounge has          This Dupont Circle town house has been converted into a three-
 an always-loud mix of students, postwork happy-hour groups,          a private bar with a TV and a jukebox and can host events for         level sports bar with exposed-brick walls and multiple flat-
 and neighborhood regulars to this rollicking pub on the edge         40. (2524 L St. NW, 202.333.1155)                                     screen TVs on each story. Each floor has a full bar with pub food,
 of the George Washington University campus. Both the base-           NEW MAYORGA LOUNGE                                                    holds 70 to 100 guests, and is available for private parties. The
 ment and the ground floor are available for private parties           The coffeehouse and lounge in the newly restored Tivoli               main level opens onto a small outdoor patio. (1207 19th St. NW,
 (maximum capacity is 200), and a selection of party platters is      Theatre, a 1924 Italian Renaissance-style complex in Columbia         202.775.3797)
 available. (2142 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.338.3080)                 Heights, installed a bar on the narrow mezzanine in 2007. It          POUR HOUSE
 F. SCOTT’S                                                           offers an eclectic small-plates menu and has a private, 12-seat       Capitol’s Hill classic haunt offers three distinct levels: the
 This Art Deco, jazz-club-inspired space adjacent to 1789 Restau-     party room. Hip-hop DJs take over the theater on weekend eve-         sports-centered main floor, the dark and grungy basement pub,
 rant is named for F. Scott Fitzgerald. Split between two floors, it   nings. (3303 14th St. NW, 202.360.4182)                               and the swanker second-floor Top of the Hill lounge. Each offers
 holds 125 for receptions. The main floor features a long curving      MCCXXIII                                                              a wide selection of draft beers and bar snacks; the basement
 bar and booth seating, while the lower level has alcove seating      A popular Dupont Circle party spot, this Roman-numeral-               and Top of the Hill are available for private events for 100. (319
 and a dance floor. The entire venue can be rented for events.         endowed lounge is usually called 1223, after its address. Roman-      Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.546.7782)
 (1226 36th St. NW, 202.342.0009)                                     esque columns, red velvet couches, and an illuminated steel           NEW PROOF
 GRAND CENTRAL                                                        catwalk adorn the main space, while glass walls set off the           Open since June 2007, this chic 4,000-square-foot restaurant
 Grand Central resembles the famous New York station, with            third-floor private Spank lounge, which is lit by crystal chande-      and wine bar in Penn Quarter features wide-plank wood floors,
 a hand-painted arching ceiling that mimics the original. The         liers and a translucent onyx bar. Large private tables and corner     exposed-brick walls, and a pewter bar alongside a 4,000-bottle
 2,995-square-foot space in Adams Morgan has two oak bars             nooks are appropriate for group happy hours, and the entire           storage space for wine and a state-of-the-art wine-serving

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                                       system. The main dining room seats 84, the bar seats 35, and           can accompany a menu of small plates and flat-bread sand-             FIVER
                                       a semiprivate dining room opening in 2008 will hold 12. (775 G         wiches. Three rooms with audiovisual capabilities are available      This three-level Dupont Circle dance club has a sleek red design,
                                       St. NW, 202.737.7663)                                                  for private parties; the total capacity is 300. (201 Massachusetts   spacious lounge areas with long-back sofas, and an always-
                                       RED LOUNGE                                                             Ave. NE, 202.544.5201)                                               crowded rooftop patio—open-air in the summer but tented and
                                       A little-noticed second-floor lounge around the corner from U           THE UGLY MUG                                                         heated in the winter. The club, open Wednesdays through Sun-
                                       Street is a grown-up bar that provides a chilled-out alternative       A lengthy list of imported brews served in frosty, oversize beer     days, offers a mix of low-key, lounge-type events and upbeat
                                       to the area’s bustling party scene. Martini happy hours dissolve       steins draws an after-work Capitol Hill crowd to this bustling       hip-hop dance parties. Each floor is available for rental, with a
                                       into a loungelike ambience later in the evening, while reggae          neighborhood bar on 8th Street’s rapidly developing restaurant       maximum capacity of 350. (1214B 18th St. NW, 202.331.7123)
                                       nights bring in a crowd more inclined to dancing. The narrow           strip. Sports dominate on four flat-                                                           FUR NIGHTCLUBR
                                       70-person space is available for private parties. (2013A 14th St.      screen TVs, and guests enjoy a bar-food                                                       This four-story, 26,000-square-foot hip-
                                       NW, 202.334.5759)                                                      menu of mini cheeseburgers and brick-        MY FAVORITE VENDORS                              hop megaclub features 30-foot ceilings
                                       R.F.D. WASHINGTON                                                      oven pizzas. A private room holds 30.                                                         in the main dance space, sleek lounges
                                       It’s all about the beer at this Gallery Place tavern, which offers     (723 8th St. SE, 202.547.8459)                          Shiree Skinner is the director        with fireplaces, HDTVs, bottle service,
                                       more than 300 bottles from around the world, with several              VERITAS                                                    of regional development for        and a spacious balcony with Capitol
                                       dozen more on tap. Even the food is ale-heavy: Menu items in-          Exposed brick, dark hardwood floors,                        the National Jewish Medical        views. Several private rooms are avail-
                                       clude endives in Belgian kriek vinaigrette and pêche lambic ice        granite countertops, and deep red walls                    & Research Center. She worked      able, and the entire club can be bought
                                       cream. The spacious venue, three blocks from the Washington            set the intimate mood in this neigh-                       in the New York office for          out for as many as 1,800 guests. The
                                       Convention Center, has a back room that seats 135 for events           borhood lounge just north of Dupont                        six years before transferring      Northeast D.C. neighborhood is some-
                                       and can be accessed through private entrance. (810 7th St. NW,         Circle. A menu of cheese plates and                                                           what desolate, but the club can ar-
                                       202.289.2030)                                                          charcuterie complements 70 wines of-
                                                                                                                                                           to Washington last spring. Skinner plans         range shuttle service from downtown.
                                       RNR BAR & LOUNGER                                                      fered by the glass. The lounge can host      10 to 15 fund-raisers a year, ranging from       (33 Patterson St. NE, 202.842.3401)
                                       Across the street from the Verizon Center and in the space             private events for 50, which may in-         large-scale galas to smaller golf outings and    HABANA VILLAGE
                                       formerly occupied by Coyote Ugly, this sprawling three-story           clude wine tastings and classes taught       luncheons.                                       Cuban cuisine and cocktails, live bands
                                       bar features a dance floor, a lounge, and several private rooms         by Veritas’s owner. (2031 Florida Ave.       GIFTS “Clint Hart and his staff at the           and DJs, and nightly salsa lessons are
                                       equipped with plasma TVs, Wi-Fi, and an audiovisual system.            NW, 202.265.6270)                                                                             the draw at this three-level Latin club
                                       A selection of champagnes and cigars heightens the upscale             NEW VINOTECA
                                                                                                                                                           Executive Suite (845.356.5200, www.the           in Adams Morgan. Each level can be
                                       party vibe. The rooftop patio draws a crowd in the summer,             This wine bar and bistro, open since         executivesuite.net) go out of their way for      reserved for private parties of as many
                                       and the entire venue is available for buyouts. (717 6th St. NW,        November 2007, features live music           us. He helps with events large and small,        as 150 people, and dance lessons or
                                       202.589.0016)                                                          and a 68-bottle wine list. A dining          from New York and Washington to Denver.          dinners can be booked for groups. (1834
                                       ROUND ROBIN BAR                                                        room and a bar, which each seat 35, are      He shops the annual gift show for us, keeps      Columbia Road NW, 202.462.6310)
                                       Legend has it that Henry Clay invented the mint julep in the           on the red, black, and gray main floor.       costs down, and even volunteers his time         NEW IBIZAR
                                       early 1800s at this watering hole two blocks from the White            The antique furniture, crystal chande-       by distributing gift bags at our events. We      A former warehouse harbors this
                                       House. Today the pub is part of the Willard Intercontinental           liers, and carpeted floors of the second                                                       30,000-square-foot, multilevel night-
                                       Hotel and serves appetizers, pizzas, and a long list of bourbons       floor’s private lounge impart the look        use him for our dinner gift bags, awards,        club, which opened in June 2007 and
                                       and sherries. The main bar does not host private parties, but it       of an elegant living room. (940 11th St.     golf giveaways, and more. As a nonprofit,         features a 60-foot stage, 3-D imagery
                                       can accommodate small groups in semiprivate spaces before              NW, 202.332.9463)                            cost is essential, but we can’t skimp on         projections (perfect for corporate lo-
                                       or after events in the hotel’s opulent conference rooms. (1401         WONDERLAND BALLROOM                          quality because of it. Clint makes sure we       gos), and a Starbucks espresso bar. The
                                       Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.628.9100)                                    A renovated single-family home in            can do that, and he spends as much time          bilevel grand room holds 2,000 and has
                                       SAKI                                                                   residential Columbia Heights harbors         as is needed during the selection process.”      three bars and a greenroom. Upstairs is
                                       This narrow Adams Morgan lounge is significantly swanker                a hipster enclave that operates as a                                                          an outdoor Zen garden with fountains,
                                       than its tiny entrance would lead one to believe. The ground-          friendly neighborhood pub during the         PRINTING “Yes Press (201.440.4040) has           moss-covered walls, and Capitol views.
                                       floor bar features wall-length banquettes lined with plush              week and hosts a raucous dance-party         saved my butt a few times. We are always         (1222 1st St. NE, 877.424.9207)
                                       red pillows, and the subterranean lounge draws a fashionable           scene on weekends. Recycled signs and        waiting on our honoree, committee mem-           LOVER
                                       crowd for DJ parties. Sushi is served until midnight, and the          wall decorations from various shut-          bers, or trustees for logos and revisions to     A sweeping staircase leads to the
                                       club can host private events for as many as 150. (2477 18th St.        tered D.C. venues give the place a retro     printed materials. Yes Press is so fast and      multiple dance floors, private balcony
                                       NW, 202.232.5005)                                                      vibe, while Belgian brews and pub food       efficient with their printing operation that      suites, and 19 bars of this four-level
                                       SCIENCE CLUB                                                           are served from behind the two bars.                                                          nightclub. The glitzy first floor has
                                       DJs spin tunes six nights a week at this four-story town-house         The narrow second-floor space is avail-       I actually brought them with me, as my           communal tables good for small dinner
                                       nightspot. The main floor and basement each have a bar and              able for parties for 50 people. (1100 Ken-   printer of choice, when I came to D.C. from      parties (there’s an on-site chef), while
                                       booth seating; the tables of the second and third floors are            yon St. NW, 202.232.5263)                    New York. Even with [the shipping time           the second-floor red room has seen the
                                       set for dining. Wine, beer, and spirits complement the all-                                                         to get from their offices in New Jersey to        likes of Ludacris and Bill Clinton. An
                                       vegetarian menu. A brick patio with four tables is available out                                                    Washington], their fast turnaround and           outdoor cabana deck has daybed seat-
                                       front. (1136 19th St. NW, 202.775.0747)                                CLUBS                                        awesome pricing beat most. Recently,             ing. (1350 Okie St. NE, 202.636.9030)
                                       SHELLY’S BACK ROOM                                                                                                  they printed a job for us overnight—they         MODERN
                                       At this cozy, sophisticated cigar bar a block and a half from the      AVENUE                                                                                        Fashionable Georgetown crowds line
                                       White House, aficionados can browse more than 100 humidors’             This 12,500-square-foot, 1,500-capacity      stopped everything to get the job done for       up down the street for weekend par-
                                       worth of cigars, while nonsmokers can breathe in the purified           multistory megaclub two blocks from          us when we called that afternoon, and it         ties like “Prince vs. Madonna DJ Battle”
                                       air. The upscale drink selection includes a lengthy list of bour-      the Washington Convention Center             arrived next day, as promised.”                  at this stylish, 250-capacity dance club.
                                       bon, scotch, and sherry. The 200-person bar is available for pri-      offers a variety of spaces, from the         CATERING “A great local company is               The lounge features a sunken circular
                                       vate events. (1331 F St. NW, 202.737.3003)                             vast dance floor to candlelit nooks and       Occasions Caterers (202.546.7400,                bar, a hardwood dance floor, backlit
                                       SOLLY’S U STREET TAVERN                                                private tables surrounded by plush                                                            ceiling tiles, and other contemporary
                                       This corner neighborhood bar, which opened on U Street in              couches. The main hall has a high-tech       www.occasionscaterers.com). One of               design elements. Groups can reserve
                                       2006, offers a laid-back atmosphere in a barely renovated town         sound system, and the entire venue           our meetings is held on the presidential         tables with high-backed booths, a
                                       house that turns rowdy for sports events and trivia nights. The        can be bought out for events. (649 New       yacht Sequoia, and catering on the yacht         semiprivate area holds 100, and the
                                       85-person, second-floor space includes a full bar and projection-       York Ave. NW, 202.347.8100)                  can be very tricky, because it’s a small,        entire venue is available for buyouts.
                                       screen TV and can be rented for events. (1942 11th St. NW,             BRAVO BRAVO                                  narrow space and there are bad-weather           (3287 M St. NW, 202.338.7027)
                                       202.232.6590)                                                          Downtown’s K Street, generally quiet         contingencies, but Occasions is awesome          PASHA LOUNGE
                                       SPY LOUNGE                                                             and empty once the working day is            to work with. Again, with budgets being so       The dance club above Marrakesh Pal-
                                       The slick Spy Lounge, adjacent to Felix restaurant in Adams            done, is nevertheless home to a surpris-                                                      ace, in Dupont Circle, boasts such flashy
                                       Morgan, was renovated in 2005 to include a modern clublike             ingly dynamic late-night scene at this       important to us, they worked within our          effects as wave walls, shimmering tile
                                       design with Traxon mood lighting, a high-tech DJ booth, and            subterranean lounge, which holds 500         framework and took the time to tweak             mosaics, and a glass dance floor. Its
                                       three plasma TVs. The venue, which features house-music DJs            for DJ nights blasting salsa, merengue,      the menu and go over all the ‘what if’           mezzanine lounge offers bottle service
                                       and private tables with bottle service, is available for events for    and other Latin dance beats. The lounge      scenarios. [Occasions account executive]         and can be reserved for 100 guests. The
                                       as many as 100. (2408 18th St. NW, 202.483.3549)                       is available for private events, and a       Matt Sipala was attentive and responsive,        club is packed on weekends, but it can
                                       NEW TATTOO                                                             party room adjacent to the ground-           and their menu offers some unique hors           be reserved on weekdays for private
                                       Although this dark, leather-clad downtown bar is clad in a             floor restaurant holds 200. (1001 Con-        d’oeuvres alongside the classics.”               events for as many as 500. (2147 P St.
                                       tattoo-and-motorcycle motif, the place is no biker hangout.            necticut Ave. NW, 202.223.5330)                                                               NW, 202.775.1882)
                                       There’s bottle service, house DJs, a 136-inch flat-screen TV, and an    CAFÉ CITRON                                                                                   PLATINUM CLUB
                                       onyx-topped bar. Tattoo, which opened in December and holds            This Latin bar and club in Dupont Circle offers live salsa, fla-      Set in an 1879 bank building near Gallery Place, this lavish, four-
                                       150, is available for private parties. (1413 K St. NW, 202.408.9444)   menco dancers, and international club DJs, along with pitchers       story, red-carpet venue is one of D.C.’s largest party spaces. Open
                                       TOP OF THE HILL                                                        of sangria and mojitos. The narrow ground-floor space is aug-         for DJ nights Wednesday through Saturday, the club includes
                                       On the second floor of Pour House restaurant sits Top of the            mented by a tiny mezzanine and a dimly lit basement. The bar         a sushi bar, two dance floors, and a luxe second-floor private
                                       Hill, an upscale martini lounge. Art and memorabilia from the          draws a line on weekend nights but can host private events ear-      room equipped with its own sound system. A number of semi-
                                       World War II era decorate the wood-paneled walls, and chan-            lier in the evening. (1343 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.530.8844)        private spaces are also available for parties of as many as 400.
                                       deliers and plants hang from the high ceilings. Banquettes and         CHIEF IKE’S MAMBO ROOMR                                              (915 F St. NW, 202.393.3555)
                                       sofas offer seating for 100, and the space holds 200 for recep-        Three distinct spaces make up this Adams Morgan institution.         ROCK AND ROLL HOTEL
                                       tions. (319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202.546.1001)                        The main bar has a dance floor featuring gloriously cheesy mu-        Ornate mirrors and winged guitars embellish this two-story,
                                       TRIO’S FOX & HOUNDSR                                                   rals and a Top 40 DJ list. The second-floor Cosmo Lounge offers       hotel-themed nightclub, which opened in August 2006. The
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                                       This casual neighborhood bar on the ground floor of Trio’s res-         a more laid-back vibe, complete with a pool table and jukebox,       club’s concert hall hosts live acts, and each floor has a DJ booth.
                                       taurant has been in business for more than four decades, and           while the simple sidewalk patio is a popular happy-hour stop.        The venue holds 400 total; two on-site party suites hold 40 and
                                       the decor hasn’t been updated much in 42 years—the vinyl               Each floor is available for private parties, with a total capacity    20. American and Mediterranean fare is served from the kitch-
                                       booths and wood-paneled bar have a decidedly lived-in feel.            of 350. (1725 Columbia Road NW, 202.332.2211)                        en. (1353 H St. NE, 202.388.7625)
                                       The bar can host private parties for 100, while the 50-person          DIVA NIGHTCLUB                                                       ULTRABAR
                                       sidewalk patio is one of the largest in the area. (1537 17th St. NW,   On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, downtown Italian           This sumptuous, four-story dance club opened in 2006 after an
                                       202.232.6307)                                                          restaurant Tuscana West gets rid of the tables and waiters and       extensive renovation to the historic Columbia National Bank
                                       201 LOUNGE                                                             transforms into Diva Nightclub. Latin DJs on the dance floor          building in Penn Quarter, former site of the nightclub Home. Each
                                       Leather furniture, low lighting, and deep reds define the sleek,        and specialty cocktails at the long granite bar bring in a young     level features a bar, dance floor, and lounge area and is available
                                       sexy atmosphere of this 7,000-square-foot Capitol Hill lounge.         crowd. Several private rooms off the dance floor can be reserved      for private events. A private lounge holds 140, while the 2,200-
                                       Three bars serve a wide selection of specialty martinis, which         for groups of as many as 40. (1350 I St. NW, 202.289.7300)           square-foot main floor holds 300. (911 F St. NW, 202.638.4663)

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                                    R= Venues that offer outdoor event space
  BOATS & YACHTS
  CAPITAL YACHT CHARTERS                                               in its dining area. The Carneros Room can be divided in half to      can provide catering, entertainment, and theme parties such as
  Located at the Washington Marina, this company offers char-          accommodate two private parties with a total of 50 guests. All       Monte Carlo Night, Mardi Gras on the Potomac, or Caribbean
  ters aboard four yachts. The 100-foot Celebrity holds 130 and        charters can include a historical narration of the cruise route,     Night. (205 The Strand, Alexandria, 877.511.2628)
  has a covered and heated sundeck that offers panoramic views.        which passes by the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial,            PRESIDENTIAL YACHT SEQUOIA
  The 85-foot Finished Business has parlor rooms with old-world        Washington Monument, and the Watergate Hotel. Each boat is           Over the past 80 years, world dignitaries including John F. Ken-
  furnishings and a wood-burning fireplace. Running Mate, a             handicapped-accessible. (Gangplank Marina, 600 Water St. SW,         nedy, Queen Elizabeth, Richard Nixon, and Winston Churchill
  65-foot modern yacht with wall-to-wall glass windows on the          202.488.6046)                                                        have boarded this 104-foot national historic landmark, which
  main deck and an uncovered upper deck, holds 100. The casual         POTOMAC BELLE                                                        offers exclusive charters around D.C. The Sequoia holds 49 for
  Harbouritaville, a converted Navy tender, holds 23. Capital Yacht    The rooftop event space on this 59-foot yacht holds 29 people,       buffet-style affairs; the dining room and salon seat 28. The
  can provide in-house catering or work with outside caterers.         the lower level seats 20, and the main upper deck holds 25.          yacht has four staterooms, which sleep six, and a full kitchen
  (1300 Maine Ave. SW, 202.554.0677)                                   (However, no more than 35 guests at a time are allowed on            below deck, as well as a portal kitchen. A bar can be provided
  DANDY RESTAURANT CRUISE SHIPS                                        board.) A catering prep area is available, as is a built-in stereo   for an additional fee. (Gangplank Marina, 600 Water St. SW,
  The Dandy and Nina’s Dandy are modeled after the Baton               system. Evening cruises include brightly lit rope railings           202.333.0011)
  Rouge boats of Paris, with long, sleek frames and low heights.       around the entire yacht, which is docked in front of the Chart       SPIRIT CRUISES
  Each boat seats 200 or holds 240 for receptions and has a 3,700-     House in Old Town Alexandria. Charters go to Georgetown and          Several yachts offer year-round daily charters to Mount Ver-
  square-foot outer deck. Amenities include a large marble dance       Mount Vernon. (2412 Belle Haven Meadows Court, Alexandria,           non or along the Potomac River, depending on group size. The
  floor, a grand piano, onboard catering, and an in-house DJ. (0        703.868.5566)                                                        Capitol Elite holds 75 on its contemporary-designed, climate-
  Prince St., Alexandria, 703.783.6076)                                POTOMAC RIVERBOAT COMPANY                                            controlled decks and indoor lounge. The Spirit of Washington II,
  ODYSSEY CRUISES                                                      D.C.’s oldest riverboat company offers charters on the Cherry        the latest addition to the fleet, has space for 600. All ships have
  The Odyssey III holds 600 among its three rooms. The Marin           Blossom, a 19th-century Victorian-inspired riverboat that holds      on-site catering, dance floors, full-service bars, staging areas,
  Room offers a full bar, a dance floor, and a 3,050-square-foot        350 for receptions; the Miss Christin, a double-decker vessel that   and five prepackaged charters to choose from. (Pier 4, 6th and
  dining area. The 1,275-square-foot San Mateo Room seats 140          holds 125; and the Admiral Tilp, which holds 50. Each charter        Water Sts. SW, 866.446.9283)




  CONFERENCE CENTERS, CONVENTION
  CENTERS & AUDITORIUMS
                                                                       utive meeting rooms that range in size from 435 to 1,660 square      which can be divided into five separate spaces and has 24-foot
  AUDITORIUMS                                                          feet and can accommodate as many as 70 people. Packages              ceilings with multiple chandeliers. The Sweetbay Room offers
                                                                       include built-in multimedia projection screens, magnetic wall-       a more intimate area for 120. The wraparound patio—which
  ANDREW W. MELLON AUDITORIUM                                          display systems, event staff assistance, Wi-Fi, and continuous       overlooks a pond, a gazebo, and several fountains—holds 300
  Built in 1934 near the White House, this regal venue holds 1,000     beverage service. (2345 Crystal Drive, Arlington, 571.481.2200)      for receptions. The venue has modern multimedia capabili-
  and has 14 large cement columns, 65-foot-high ceilings, and          THE ARBOR CENTER                                                     ties and an on-site chef. (1800 Sweetbay Drive, Salisbury, Md.,
  seating for 650. The lobby holds 200 for receptions, while the       Three banquet halls comprise the Arbor Center, which is just         410.749.5445)
  greenrooms, which are included in the auditorium rental, offer       outside the Capitol, adjacent to the National Arboretum. The         THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  flexible space for receptions of as many as 225. Full audiovisual     Beech is a 1,400-square-foot space with four Austrian crystal        CAFRITZ CONFERENCE CENTERR
  services and vendors are provided. (1301 Constitution Ave. NW,       chandeliers that seats 80 or holds 120 for receptions. The Aspen     Located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington,
  202.207.5060)                                                        is an 18-seat, 430-square-foot meeting space. The 4,300-square-      this 21,000-square-foot conference and event facility has two
  GROSVENOR AUDITORIUM AT THE                                          foot Arbor opens to a marble foyer and can hold 550 for recep-       ballrooms. The 3,900-square-foot grand ballroom has floor-
  NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY                                          tions. Each banquet hall has wall-size drop-down screens and         to-ceiling windows, can seat 300 people or hold 700 for recep-
  Entering through the National Geographic Society’s courtyard,        the latest audiovisual equipment. Free parking is available.         tions, and is connected to an outdoor terrace with space for
  guests pass “under the stars”—a ceiling illustration and re-         (3600 New York Ave. NE, 202.636.8918)                                as many as 200. The 3,136-square-foot Continental Ballroom
  creation of the sky the night the society was founded in 1888.       BARBARA JORDAN CONFERENCE CENTER                                     can seat 170 or hold 400 for receptions. Both ballrooms are
  The 385-seat auditorium has audiovisual capabilities, and the        Part of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s Public Affairs       equipped with in-room sound systems and LCD projectors. The
  adjacent 6,800-square-foot dining hall holds seated events for       Center on global health care, the Barbara Jordan Conference          Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre offers space for 425 guests in its
  400 and banquets for 500; in-house catering is available. (1145      Center holds 190 in lecture-style seating and has audiovisual        stadium-style venue. GW Catering is the exclusive provider.
  17th St. NW, 202.857.7770)                                           equipment and two raised stage areas with a wheelchair ramp.         (800 21st St. NW, 202.994.9222)
  INTERCULTURAL CENTER AUDITORIUM AND                                  The third-floor visitors’ center, often used as a                                        KELLOGG CONFERENCE CENTERR
  GALLERIA AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY                                    greenroom or smaller reception space, holds                                             On the Gallaudet University campus, this
  This venue, which welcomes outside caterers, has an audito-          18. The Kaiser Broadcast Studio also is avail-    WHERE TO ...                          17,000-square-foot center includes a 4,722-
  rium that holds 349 guests in its recently renovated space. The      able as a production facility for video and                                             square-foot grand ballroom, which seats 515
  4,281-square-foot galleria, with various countries’ flags hang-       audio content. The venue is available free See (or Host) a                              guests theater-style or can be divided into
  ing from the ceiling, seats 200 or holds 400 for receptions. (3800   of charge to nonprofit organizations in the Burlesque Show                               four separate rooms. The 1,412-square-foot
  Reservoir Road NW, 202.687.3242)                                     health care and public policy fields. (1330 G St.                                        auditorium seats 155, an atrium holds 300
  LISNER AUDITORIUM AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY                    NW, 202.347.5270)                                The Birchmere Music Hall               for receptions, and an outdoor terrace seats
  Conceived in 1943 by philanthropist and university trustee           BOLGER CENTERR                                    regularly hosts bluegrass, rock,      100. There are six translation booths; a 1,286-
  Abram Lisner, this auditorium mimics the look of a giant cube.       On 83 acres in Potomac, the Bolger Center—        and folk performances, but the        square-foot, 22-seat executive boardroom
  The space provides stadium seating for 1,490, and a lobby            which includes 75 meeting rooms, computer         occasional burlesque shows—           with an observation area for 40; and 10 self-
  is available for receptions following performances. Off-site         labs, a business center, 477 guest quarters,      like the annual Valentine’s           contained meeting rooms. High-speed wire-
  caterers are welcome. (730 21st St. NW, 202.994.6800)                the 65-seat Pony Express Bar & Grill, and out-    Day Burlesque-apades show             less Internet access, teleconferencing capa-
                                                                       door garden event spaces—is one of the larg-                                            bilities, and catering services are available.
                                                                       est conference and training facilities in the
                                                                                                                         starring the Pontani Sisters—         (800 Florida Ave. NE, 202.651.6000)
  CONFERENCE CENTERS &                                                 D.C. metropolitan area. It can accommodate        are hot tickets. The music hall
                                                                                                                         seats 500, while a second room
                                                                                                                                                               NATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTERR
                                                                       groups of five to 500. Special event packages                                            On 110 landscaped acres, this venue has
  MEETING SPACES                                                       are available. (9600 Newbridge Drive, Po-         with a hardwood dance floor            250 meeting rooms with audiovisual sup-
                                                                       tomac, Md., 301.983.7000)                         holds 1,000 for receptions.           port and high-speed Internet access. Its
  ACADEMY FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE CENTER                CAPITOL VIEW CONFERENCE CENTERR                   (3701 Mount Vernon Ave.,              250,000 square feet of event space includes
  This Dupont Circle venue has a new, 3,000-square-foot bilevel        This conference center of the 101 Constitution    Alexandria, 703.549.7500)             the 26,750-square-foot West Belmont Place,
  technology center, which offers 20- to 40-seat classrooms with       Avenue building overlooks the D.C. skyline. A                                           which features the largest ballroom in
  audiovisual support and 28 Internet-ready computers, 775             wraparound outdoor terrace attached to a                                                northern Virginia (recently completed this
  square feet of breakout space for 36, and a service kitchen. Other   1,398-square-foot rotunda holds 75 people. The 2,250-square-foot     year). The 16,500-square-foot National Ballroom seats 1,200
  amenities include four built-in translation booths with wireless     Chamber Room has ceiling-mounted speakers and headsets for           people and can hold 300 for cocktails on its outdoor brick ter-
  headset receivers and a production studio with cameras and           the hearing impaired; it seats 100 theater-style or 72 classroom-    race. The conference center has 917 guest rooms and a fitness
  editing equipment. The 4,000-square-foot Academy Hall has a          style. The 1,400-square-foot mahogany-toned Caucus Room              club, and offers catering services. (18980 Upper Belmont Place,
  raised stage and videoconferencing, and seats 335 theater-style      seats 31 in its leather high-back chairs. Catering is provided, as   Lansdowne, Va., 703.729.8000)
  or 240 around tables. Occasions Caterers is the exclusive caterer.   are modern audiovisual capabilities and video teleconferenc-         NATIONAL 4-H CONFERENCE CENTERR
  (1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, 202.884.8600)                  ing. (101 Constitution Ave. NW, 9th Floor, 202.742.4341)             Most often associated with youth-centered events, this venue,
  A.M.A. WASHINGTON AREA CENTER                                        THE FOUNTAINS WEDDING AND CONFERENCE CENTERR                         situated on a 12-acre campus in Maryland, is open to all groups
  This meeting and conference center in Arlington offers 10 exec-      The Fountains hosts groups of 20 to 450 in the grand ballroom,       and offers 44,000 square feet of space, including 41 meeting

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   rooms, a 550-seat auditorium, and the 450-seat Clover Café. An         Event Planning Co. can provide professional assistance for          RONALD REAGAN BUILDING AND
   outside courtyard holds 70 people for receptions, and a tented         groups of 12 to 440. Audiovisual equipment, Wi-Fi, on-site cater-   INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTERR
   tree-lined space can hold as many as 5,300 for a function on the       ing, and historic venue walk-throughs are available. (225 North     Since its reconstruction in 1998, this 3.1 million-square-foot
   lawn. The conference center provides in-house catering and             Charles St., Baltimore, 443.573.8444)                               event space has remained the biggest building in Washington.
   complimentary parking. (7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase,                                                                                The entryway features a 125-foot-tall domed glass-and-steel
   Md., 301.961.2801)                                                                                                                         rotunda. The center has 15 event spaces that hold between 20
   TOP OF THE TOWNR                                                       CONVENTION CENTERS                                                  and 2,000 guests. Wi-Fi is available in every exhibition space
   This room in the Prospect House building—with a panoramic                                                                                  and ballroom and in the four-acre outdoor Woodrow Wilson
   view of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Capi-               OPENING SOON GAYLORD NATIONAL                                       Plaza, which holds 3,000 for receptions. (1300 Pennsylvania
   tol building, and Potomac River—can hold 180 in its reception          RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER                                          Ave. NW, 202.312.1300)
   facility and outdoor terrace. The ballroom has floor-to-ceiling         This 2,000-room hotel, scheduled to open in April, is the first      WALTER E. WASHINGTON CONVENTION CENTER
   windows, 10 chandeliers, and air walls for breakout confer-            phase of the 300-acre National Harbor development, which            A grand glass-and-wood-enclosed, 15,000-square-foot lobby
   ence sessions. Audiovisual capabilities are available, as are          will transform a waterfront strip of Maryland directly across       serves as the entrance to this massive venue, which has a
   chairs, tables, and a dance floor. (1400 North 14th St., Arlington,     the Potomac from D.C. into the area’s largest event center. The     total of 2.3 million square feet of space. The venue offers sev-
   703.387.8696)                                                          18-story glass-and-steel tower will have 2,000 guest rooms and      eral hundred meeting and ballroom spaces, as well as a café,
   TREMONT GRAND CONFERENCE CENTER                                        470,000 square feet of meeting space. It will be the second-        a lounge, a restaurant, dressing rooms, and a 20,000-square-
   Originally built and owned by the Freemasons in 1866, the ren-         largest indoor convention space in the city, exceeded only by       foot kitchen—one of several. The convention center can ac-
   ovated Tremont opened in spring 2006 and offers a combined             the Washington Convention Center. Property highlights will          commodate groups ranging from 20 to 4,600. Full audiovisual
   luxury hotel and meeting space with 45,000 square feet over            include a full-service marina, a 20,000-square-foot spa, and        capabilities are available in more than half of the areas. Cen-
   five floors and 19 rooms—some of which have original third-              five on-site restaurants and bars. (201 Waterfront St., National     terplate is the exclusive caterer. (801 Mount Vernon Place NW,
   century stained-glass windows and gilded columns. Baltimore            Harbor, Md., 301.965.2000)                                          202.249.3000)




   EMBASSIES
   IN THE WORKS ARGENTINE REPUBLIC                                                                  FINLAND                                   tenegro achieved independence in 2006. The Dupont Circle
   This embassy, in the Dupont Circle
   neighborhood near Embassy Row, is
                                                 HOW TO ...                                         Groups have access to the sleek, Scan-
                                                                                                    dinavian-style Finland Hall for func-
                                                                                                                                              venue holds 120 for receptions. (1610 New Hampshire Ave. NW,
                                                                                                                                              202.234.6108)
   undergoing renovations until mid-                                                                tions. Receptions for 300 or dinners      THE NETHERLANDSR
   2009. After that, groups of as many
                                                 Book an Embassy                                    for 200 can be held in the space, which   Far removed from Embassy Row, this venue makes up for
   as 1,000 will be able to take over the        For a group that’s hit every power-lunch           features a maple floor, steel accents,     its location by offering views of the pastoral grounds of the
   second floor of the building for recep-        spot and clubby watering hole in town, an          and an entire back wall of windows        Levine School of Music. An auditorium seats 300 people
   tions, while smaller groups of as many        attractive alternative is one of the elegant       overlooking parkland. (3301 Massa-        theater-style, or as many as 100 at tables for a meal. The out-
   as 400 can congregate in the Oval             embassy buildings along Massachusetts              chusetts Ave. NW, 202.298.5800)           door entryway and steps leading into the building can be cov-
   Room. (1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW,                                                               FRANCE                                    ered with a runner for a red-carpet effect. (4200 Linnean Ave.
   202.238.6400)                                 Avenue on a stretch dubbed “Embassy Row”           This Georgetown venue has cut back        NW, 202.244.5300)
   REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA                           and in the nearby Dupont Circle area. Most         on the number of outside groups it al-    NEW ZEALANDR
   Outside Embassy Row proper, the               foreign embassies don’t grant access to            lows to host functions there. A spokes-   This embassy is just off Embassy Row proper. Its function
   Armenian embassy is housed in a               outside groups, but among those that do            person says concerts with a cultural      hall seats 120 guests or holds 200 for receptions. The building
   century-old building that retains many        permit events (including those listed here),       connection may be allowed access.         itself was designed in the 1970s by a New Zealand architec-
   period details from its 1907 construc-        a few peculiarities are worth noting.              So if you’ve got a French composer to     tural firm and features hardwood floors, exposed brick, and
   tion. Banquets for 60 or receptions for            For starters, securing access is more com-    highlight, the embassy—which is dec-      ceiling rafters shaped to resemble the hull of a ship (a nod to
   100 can take over the embassy’s second                                                           orated with a profusion of sculpture,     the country’s colonial past). Adjacent to the function hall are
   floor, which is decorated with tradition-      plicated than just picking up the phone and        tapestry, and other works by French       a patio and an indoor conservatory. (37 Observatory Cir. NW,
   al Armenian rugs as well as rotating          naming a date. In some cases, the embassy          artists—holds 300. (4101 Reservoir        202.328.4800)
   exhibitions of Armenian artists. (2225        building itself might be off-limits, but part      Road NW, 202.944.6000)                    REPUBLIC OF PANAMAR
   R St. NW, 202.319.1976)                       of the ambassador’s residence (usually adja-       IN THE WORKS GERMANY                      Due to the embassy’s small size, when requests to hold func-
   AUSTRALIA                                     cent to the embassy) might be available.           While this Georgetown embassy is          tions here are granted, most take place at the adjacent ambas-
   This venue recently tightened its re-              In nearly all cases, embassies require the    receptive to hosting outside events,      sador’s residence, which holds 300 for receptions. The backyard
   quirements for groups seeking to hold         group using the space to have some connec-         a major renovation slated for 2009        can be tented. The formal dining room inside seats 25. (2862
   events there, though it still permits a                                                          means you’ll have to wait a few years     McGill Terr. NW, 202.483.1407)
   small number of nonprofits with di-            tion to the host country. This isn’t as prohibi-   before holding a party here. A spokes-    RUSSIAN FEDERATION
   rect ties to Australia to use the space. A    tive as it sounds, however. For instance, if a     person says, however, that the new        Groups with a tie to Russia are given preference here, although
   1,200-square-foot room with a bar and         corporation has a partner or parent compa-         and improved facilities will be ac-       corporate entities planning an event with a Russian theme are
   kitchen facilities is available. (1601 Mas-   ny in another nation, it’s worth reaching out      cessible to groups once the project is    considered as well. The great hall, with traditional Russian art
   sachusetts Ave. NW, 202.797.3000)             to that country’s embassy on the strength of       completed. (4645 Reservoir Road NW,       and mosaics flanking the entryway, seats 350. Four smaller
   AUSTRIA                                       that connection. An international member           202.298.4000)                             rooms (red, yellow, green, and blue) hold 100 to 150 each for
   Southwest of Rock Creek Park, this em-        base also has the potential to open doors.         ITALY                                     receptions, and the whole space can accommodate as many as
   bassy recently tightened its regulations                                                         Just off Embassy Row, this sleek, mod-    2,000. (2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.298.5700)
   for groups seeking to host functions. A       When it comes to nonprofits, access is              ern building opened its chic glass        SWEDENR
   spokesperson says that concerts with          generally at the ambassador’s discretion, but      doors in 2000. Gatherings of as many      The House of Sweden opened in 2006 at this brand-new George-
   an Austrian theme (think Mozart)              many support charitable causes.                    as 300 have been hosted in its glass-     town address. One third of the venue’s 70,000 square feet is ear-
   might still be allowed. The venue holds            If all else fails, some embassies will let    roofed atrium, and the venue features     marked specifically for events. Two large rooms, named after
   300 in theater-style seating. (3524 Inter-    you host an event that showcases the food          a screening room with Italian leather     Alfred Nobel and assassinated diplomat Anna Lindh, can be
   national Court NW, 202.895.6700)              and wine of their country. If you want to go       seats for films or multimedia pro-         used separately or in conjunction with five conference rooms. A
   BRAZILR                                                                                          ductions. (3000 Whitehaven St. NW,        rooftop terrace holds 200 for receptions. The entire space holds
                                                 all-out with a theme, embassies are gener-
   Groups have access to both floors of                                                              202.612.4400)                             400. (2900 K St. NW, 202.467.2600)
   the ambassador’s residence, as well as        ally willing and able to connect you with          LATVIA                                    SWISS CONFEDERATIONR
   a lawn in warmer weather. The first            musicians, dancers, or other performers to         The gravitas of this stone-floored,        About 7,000 square feet of public space in the ambassador’s
   floor can seat 80 for dinner, while the        provide traditional entertainment. (Even if        wood-paneled,        early-20th-century   residence at the embassy of Switzerland is available to host
   formal dining room on the second floor         you’re not planning to theme your event,           building is underscored by rotating       events. The largest of these rooms holds 200 for receptions,
   holds 100. The lawn holds 80 for recep-       it’s important to be culturally sensitive. For     exhibits of artists from Latvia and its   and features an expansive terrace overlooking Woodley Park
   tions. (3006 Massachusetts Ave. NW,           instance, says Mario Andrade, vice president       Baltic State neighbors. Groups of as      and—in the winter, when the leaves have fallen off the park’s
   202.238.2700)                                 of sales at Windows Catering Company,              many as 100 can be hosted for recep-      trees—the Washington Monument. (2900 Cathedral Ave. NW,
   CANADA                                                                                           tions, while 50 can use the space for a   202.745.7900)
   Across from the National Gallery of Art,      “You don’t go to the Italian embassy and           formal dinner. The embassy building       UNITED KINGDOM
   this is the only embassy set between          serve French wine, or to the French embassy        is south of Rock Creek Park. (4325 17th   The expansive rotunda of this embassy seats 150 or hold 250
   the White House and the Capitol build-        and serve cheeses from the Netherlands.”)          St. NW, 202.726.8213)                     for receptions. The newly renovated room has a lectern and
   ing. The venue’s Canada Room seats                 In addition, most embassies require           MEXICO                                    screens that can be lowered for films, as well as windows that
   170 for formal dinners or holds 375 for       requests to be sent in writing, via snail mail     Groups seeking to use the Mexican         overlook Embassy Row. Use of the embassy’s in-house caterer is
   receptions. The room offers a view of         or fax. —Martha C. White                           embassy for events are generally of-      preferred, although not required. (3100 Massachusetts Ave. NW,
   the embassy’s courtyard through floor-                                                            fered space in the nearby Mexican         202.588.6500)
   to-ceiling windows. Use of the embas-                                                            Cultural Institute, a historic building
   sy’s in-house caterer is required. (501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,          that formerly housed the embassy’s offices. Now it’s a reposi-
   202.682.1740)                                                          tory for Mexican art from the pre-Columbian era to the modern
   REPUBLIC OF CROATIA                                                    day. The venue holds 300 for dinner in adjacent rooms, while          ON BIZBASH.COM
   While not set up to handle formal dinners, this historic build-        an indoor courtyard with a 30-foot skylight holds 100 for recep-
   ing is available to groups of as many as 150 to gather for recep-      tions. (1911 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.728.1600; Mexican Cul-        To find all kinds of vendors—from florists and
   tions. Use of the embassy’s in-house chef for hors d’oeuvres or        tural Institute: 2829 16th St. NW)                                   caterers to valet and security services—check out
   other food to accompany cocktails is required, and planners are        REPUBLIC OF MONTENEGRO
   encouraged to showcase Croatian wines. (2343 Massachusetts             Although it is housed in a building dating to the early 20th cen-    our comprehensive supplier directory.
   Ave. NW, 202.588.5899)                                                 tury, this embassy is brand new; it was established when Mon-


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 PERFORMANCE VENUES                                                   in the Naval Heritage Center, this 242-seat amphitheater has             CLARICE SMITH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
 COMEDY CLUBS                                                         a 375-square-foot curved screen, originally installed for IMAX           At the University of Maryland, this 318,000-square-foot facility
                                                                      films. A renovation to upgrade teleconferencing capabilities,             comprises six theaters and the grand pavilion, a 3,800-square-
 COMEDY SPOT                                                          lighting, surround sound, and projection should be complete              foot lobby that holds 900. The 1,100-seat Elsie & Marvin Dekel-
 On the third floor of the Ballston Common Mall, the Comedy            by May. (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.737.2300)                         boum Concert Hall, the venue’s largest theater, has balcony seats,
 Spot houses two theaters—the main stage, which seats just un-        AVALON THEATRE                                                           a chorus loft, and box seating. The 100-seat Laboratory Theatre is
 der 200 and holds 300 for receptions, and the black box, which       Open since 1923, when silent films could be seen for 30 cents,            its most intimate space. Other spaces include the Dance Theatre,
 seats 75—plus two lobbies and a concession stand. Rock Bottom        this Classical Revival-style building offers two theaters: one           the Ina & Jack Kay Theatre, the Joseph & Alma Gildernhorn Re-
 Restaurant & Brewery, on the first floor of the mall, provides         seating 426; the other, 145. Both theaters were renovated in the         cital Hall, and the Robert & Arlene Kogod Theatre. (University
 catering. (4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703.294.5233)               1970s. Avalon 2 has a sloped lobby that can hold 25 for recep-           Blvd. and Stadium Drive, College Park, Md., 301.405.8176)
 IMPROV COMEDY CLUB                                                   tions. (5612 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.966.6000)                          CLASSIKA THEATRE
 The main room of this newly remodeled comedy club seats 285          BETHESDA ROW CINEMA                                                      This 75-seat theater features family-style musicals and puppet
 and includes a platform stage, a large projection screen, a VHS      Owned by Landmark Theatres, this 140,000-square-foot movie               shows. Although the theater can be rented for small events
 overhead projector, and a sound and lighting board. There is         house has eight auditoriums: The largest holds 290 people                or lectures, its lobby is not large enough to hold receptions or
 also a lounge for 60, and a full-service waitstaff provides drinks   in stadium seats, the smallest100 in theater-style seats. The            catered events. (4041 South 28th St., Arlington, 703.824.6200)
 and food from the Tex-Mex/Southwestern-style menu. (1140             theater shows primarily foreign and independent films. An                 DAR CONSTITUTION HALL
 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.296.7008)                                   espresso bar and concession stand are available in the lobby,            Built in 1929, this is the largest concert hall in D.C., with seating
 WISEACRES COMEDY CLUB & PUB                                          which holds 300 for receptions. (7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethes-             for 3,702. It hosts lectures, music performances, and award shows.
 This comedy club, at the Best Western Tysons Westpark Hotel,         da, Md., 301.652.7273)                                                   Box seats and a tier section overlook the theater-style orchestra
 can seat 150 in front of a platform stage (chairs can be arranged    E STREET CINEMA                                                          seats on the floor. The ivory-toned, parlor-like lobby seats 700
 in rows or placed with tables) or accommodate receptions for         A popular venue for film festivals, this eight-screen theater             and holds 1,500 for receptions. (1776 D St. NW, 202.879.3318)
 200. The space has a bar, and the hotel’s kitchen can provide        specializes in independent, foreign, and documentary films                DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ARTS CENTER
 catering. (8401 Westpark Drive, McLean, Va., 703.734.2800)           and supports digital projection and 35mm. Stadium seating is             In the restaurant- and club-filled Adams Morgan neighborhood,
                                                                      featured in seven of the eight auditoriums, the largest of which         this nonprofit offers a theater and a gallery. The 529-square-foot,
                                                                      seats 235, and the smallest, 90. Lobby space is available for re-        flat-floor black-box theater seats 50; the 750-square-foot gallery
 MUSIC CLUBS                                                          ceptions for as many as 300. (555 11th St. NW, 202.452.7672)             often exhibits works by local artists. Food is not allowed in the
                                                                      MAJESTIC 20                                                              theater or gallery. (2438 18th St. NW, 202.462.7833)
 BLUES ALLEY JAZZ SUPPER CLUB                                         This movie theater has 20 auditoriums, each with 125 to 475 sta-         GALA HISPANIC THEATRE
 In a small 18th-century redbrick carriage house with exposed-        dium seats. For presentations, clients can connect their comput-         Founded in 1976, this intimate theater of 246 orchestra seats
 brick interior walls, this jazz club and restaurant channels the     ers to the digital projectors, and microphones can be set up in          and 20 cabaret balcony seats was able to save its historic fresco
 spirit of a 1920s speakeasy. Specialty entrées, such as Sarah        four of the largest auditoriums. The main lobby holds 400 for            ceiling dome and other parts of the original design when it was
 Vaughan’s filet mignon and Dizzy Gillespie’s shrimp Creole, are       receptions, and concessions are available. (900 Ellsworth Drive,         renovated in 2005. The stage is 1,050 square feet; the seats can-
 named for performers who have graced the stage of the club’s         Silver Spring, Md., 301.565.8884)                                        not be removed for events. (3333 14th St. NW, 202.234.7174)
 125-seat dining room. (1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.337.4141)         PHOENIX UNION STATION 9                                                  GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
 BOHEMIAN CAVERNS                                                     Union Station, which opened as a train depot in 1907, has                This three-tiered concert hall has 1,935 stadium-style seats with
 Jazz greats including Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong have        evolved to include 125 stores, seven restaurants, and this nine-         three glass-walled lobbies that are available for events. The
 taken the stage at this jazz club, a historic landmark resembling    screen movie theater. Each auditorium bears the name of a                main lobby seats 120 or holds 400 for receptions. The 80-seat
 a cave. The 14,000-square-foot basement seats 150 or holds 250       long-gone D.C. movie palace and seats between 90 and 240. The            second-floor balcony overlooks the main lobby and holds 175.
 for receptions. The main level is home to Mahogany restaurant.       theater has is no available reception space. (50 Massachusetts           The third-floor lobby seats 80 or holds 125 for receptions. Sodex-
 Liv nightclub, on the second level, features a stage, a DJ booth,    Ave. NE, 202.842.3757)                                                   ho is the preferred caterer, though others are allowed to use the
 high ceilings, and a balcony area and holds as many as 500. Ma-      REGAL GALLERY PLACE STADIUM 14                                           facilities. (4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Va., 703.993.8888)
 hogany can provide catering. (2001 11th St. NW, 202.299.0800)        Designed by JK Roller Architects, Regal’s 14 auditoriums have            GREENBELT ARTS CENTER
 CAFÉ NEMA                                                            luxury stadium seating and digital surround sound. The largest           The black-box theater at Greenbelt Arts Center seats 100 and
 This bilevel U Street bar draws a hip international crowd with       of the 63,000-square-foot complex’s auditoriums seats 300; the           can be adjusted to a proscenium-thrust style or theater-in-the-
 live jazz in the ground-floor restaurant space and DJ nights in       smallest seats 104. The venue can provide concessions, but cater-        round configuration. The stage and the lobby are 800 square
 the basement; the sleek third-floor lounge offers a more chilled-     ing must be arranged if it’s desired. (707 7th St. NW, 202.393.2121)     feet each. The lobby, which is carpeted and hung with artwork,
 out vibe. Bright oil paintings and photos of jazz legends line the                                                                            can hold 100 for receptions and have tables set up for hors
 brick walls throughout, and each space is available for private                                                                               d’oeuvres. (123 Centerway, Greenbelt, Md., 301.441.8770)
 events. The largest space, the ground floor, holds 100. (1334 U St.   THEATERS & PERFORMANCE SPACES                                            NEW HARMAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
 NW, 202.667.3215)                                                                                                                             The Shakespeare Theatre Company expanded its home in Octo-
 HR-57 CENTER FOR THE PRESERVATION OF JAZZ BLUES                      AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE SILVER                                           ber with the opening of the 775-seat Sidney Harman Hall, which
 This club, named after a House resolution honoring jazz, show-       THEATRE AND CULTURAL CENTER                                              joins the company’s existing 451-seat Lansburgh Theatre to form
 cases live jazz, blues, and poetry readings. The bilevel venue has   The A.F.I. houses three theaters, including the 400-seat, nautical       the Harman Center for the Arts in Penn Quarter. The $85 million
 a rustic interior of black hardwood floors and exposed brick.         themed Silver I, designed by theater architect John Eberson in           facility features a multistory glass atrium with event spaces
 The 1,600-square-foot main level seats 90 or holds 100 for re-       the 1930s to resemble an ocean liner. The more contemporary              that offer views of the U.S. Treasury and the National Building
 ceptions, while the 2,900-square-foot second floor seats 175 or       Silver II and Silver III have stadium seating. Silver II seats 200 and   Museum. The venue offers lighting and sound equipment and
 holds 200 for receptions. Each floor has a bar, stage, café seat-     has lobby space for receptions; Silver III seats 75. Receptions for      a production staff. (610 F St. NW, 202.547.1122)
 ing, large screens, projectors, and a built-in sound system with     as many as 400 can also be held in the 5,000-square-foot gallery         HAROLD AND SYLVIA GREENBERG THEATRE
 audiovisual capabilities. (1610 14th St. NW, 202.667.3700)           space. (8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md., 301.495.6720)          This off-campus theater at American University seats 294 in
 9:30 CLUB                                                            ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER                                             raked rows and includes an orchestra pit. Audio, video, lighting,
 In a neighborhood that has recently undergone an explosion           Built as a movie theater in 1938 and reopened as a performing            and film-screening equipment is available for performances,
 in real estate, restaurant, and nightlife development, this 1,200-   arts center in 2006, this 60,000-square-foot complex houses              screenings, and private functions. Receptions can be held in the
 person club just northeast of U Street is a popular venue for rock   four theaters, three dance studios, dressing rooms, and produc-          lobby. (4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.885.3490)
 concerts. The V.I.P. mezzanine bar holds as many as 50 during        tion and rehearsal space. The Sprenger Theatre has 250 seats that        HOWARD UNIVERSITY CRAMTON AUDITORIUM
 concerts, and the venue is available for full buyouts on nights      can be removed to hold 300 for receptions. Jonathan G. Willen &          This 1,508-seat auditorium on the Howard University campus
 when the stage is dark. (815 V St. NW, 202.265.0930)                 Associates is the preferred caterer. (1333 H St. NE, 202.399.7993)       has raked seating, a stage, and an orchestra pit. There is no bal-
                                                                      BIRCHMERE MUSIC HALL                                                     cony, but views are unobstructed. A lower lobby is available for
                                                                      Mainly used for musical performances, comedy, and burlesque              receptions for as many as 100. Sodexho is the university’s exclu-
 SCREENING ROOMS                                                      shows, the music hall’s flat surface seats 500, while a second,           sive caterer. (2455 6th St. NW, 202.806.7194)
                                                                      empty room with a wooden dance floor holds 1,000 for recep-               IMAGINATION STAGE
 AMC LOEWS GEORGETOWN 14                                              tions. Both halls can be rented for private events. In-house ca-         This family arts center includes two theaters, a gallery, and four
 This AMC Loews location has 2,900 seats in 14 theaters under         tering can be provided, though outside catering is welcome.              education studios. The 375-seat Annette and Theodore Lerner
 one roof. Each theater offers a wall-to-wall screen and between      (3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, 703.549.7500)                       Family Theatre has a proscenium-thrust stage and two balco-
 103 and 298 tiered seats and can be rented for meetings or pre-      BUSBOYS AND POETS                                                        nies, while the Christopher and Dana Reeve Studio Theatre is a
 sentations. Concessions are sold in the lobby, but catering must     Busboys and Poets is a combination restaurant-performance                140-seat space with a platform stage. The gallery seats 150 and
 be arranged by the event host. A premiere of the film Gone Baby       space. The restaurant holds 300, while the Langston Room,                holds 350 for receptions, and the studios range in capacity from
 Gone took place here in October. (3111 K St. NW, 202.342.6033)       named in honor of poet Langston Hughes, has a dinner-theater             40 to 57. (4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301.280.1660)
 AMC LOEWS UPTOWN 1                                                   stage and can seat 75 or hold 100. A mural in the Langston Room          JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
 This Art Deco theater’s single screen is the Washington area’s       pays tribute to civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr.      The Kennedy Center rents its six theaters for more than 200
 largest, stretching 70 feet wide and 40 feet high. With 536 seats    and Mahatma Gandhi. (2021 14th St. NW, 202.387.7638)                     events each year. Its largest performance space, the concert
 on the main level and 300 in the balcony, the theater holds 850.     CAPITOL HILL ARTS WORKSHOP                                               hall, seats 2,442. Other facilities include the Opera House, the
 Since opening in 1936, the Uptown 1 has been a popular site for      Offering art, theater, fitness, and dance classes, this arts orga-        Eisenhower Theater, the Terrace Theater, the Theater Lab,
 movie premieres, including the documentary Sicko, screened           nization has a black-box theater with a light and sound booth            and—the smallest, with 320 seats—the Family Theater. At 60
 here last June. (3426 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.966.5401)             that seats 65, as well as gallery space that holds 50. Artwork           feet high and 630 feet long, the concert hall’s lobby, or grand
 ARLEIGH AND ROBERTA BURKE THEATER                                    lines the gallery walls, as the workshop puts on nine art shows          foyer, is one of the largest rooms in the world. (2700 F St. NW,
 Named after a World War II admiral and his wife and located          a year. (545 7th St. SE, 202.547.6839)                                   202.467.4600)


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                                                                                                       This historic playhouse three blocks from the White House             This 11-acre site decorated in a Georgian style provides an array
                                                                                                       opened in 1835 and is available for presentations, though it pri-     of event facilities. The Shapiro Music Room seats 100 in rows and
                                                                                                       marily hosts touring Broadway shows. The theater has 1,649            also operates as a 70-seat tearoom with tables. The music cen-

           PERFORMANCE VENUES                                                                          seats, and its Helen Hays Gallery, on the mezzanine, holds 175 for
                                                                                                       receptions. There is no space for catering, but snacks are avail-
                                                                                                       able in the lobby. (1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.628.6161)
                                                                                                                                                                             ter’s 11,972-square-foot concert hall seats 2,000, while the Lock-
                                                                                                                                                                             heed Martin Lobby holds 300—or 600 if the doors are opened
                                                                                                                                                                             onto Trawick Terrace. Restaurant Associates provides catering.
                                                                                                       OLNEY THEATRE CENTERR                                                 (Music Center: 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md.; Man-
           KATZEN ARTS CENTER AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITYR                                                  The Olney Theatre Center opened its Historic Stage in 1938 and        sion: 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, Md.; 301.581.5200)
           As long as the Washington Monument is tall, the Katzen Arts                                 retains its original early-20th-century design. The theater seats     THEATER J
           Center includes a museum and several conference and perfor-                                 445 in a raked fashion, and receptions of 200 can be held in the      The Washington Jewish Community Center is home to a modern,
           mance spaces. The 213-seat Abramson Family Recital Hall offers                              Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab. The Olney Theatre Center is also         2,279-square-foot, 250-seat theater with a balcony and projection
           a full lighting and audiovisual system, with a drop screen for                              home to the two-year-old Actors Hall and the Root Family Stage        screen. The 896-square-foot 16th Street reception lobby—which
           projection. The rotunda lobby has a second-floor balcony and                                 at Will’s Place, an outdoor space used for Shakespearean theater.     holds 80—has a high cathedral ceiling, black-and-white-marble
           an expansive hallway that holds 500. The outdoor sculpture                                  (2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Md., 301.924.4485)              checkerboard floors, and original 1930s wood fixtures. Catering
           garden holds 408. (4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202.885.3668)                                ROSSLYN SPECTRUM THEATRE AND MEETING FACILITY                         must be kosher. (1529 16th St. NW, 202.777.3265)
           LINCOLN THEATRE                                                                             This auditorium is ideal for conferences and lectures because         THEATRE ON THE RUN
           Entertainers such as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and Ali-                              of its wide aisles and theater-style seating for 387, with fold-      Formerly a television-production site, Theatre on the Run is now
           cia Keys have graced the stage of this historic theater, which                              ing desks. The lobby seats 60 or holds 175 for small buffet re-       a 100-seat black-box theater operated by Arlington County. Al-
           opened in 1922 and retains its original architecture. The theater                           ceptions; art installations line its walls. A prep kitchen, 25-foot   though the theater can be used for corporate teambuilding exer-
           seats 1,237; its blue-and-gold lobby has a full concession stand                            serving counter, refrigerator, and ice machine are available for      cises, meetings, or lectures, the lobby space is too small for recep-
           and bar and holds 100. (1215 U St. NW, 202.328.6000)                                        catered affairs. (1611 North Kent St., Arlington, 703.276.6701)       tions. (3700 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, 703.228.1850)
           MARY COLLIER BAKER THEATRE                                                                  ROUND HOUSE THEATRE                                                   THOMAS JEFFERSON COMMUNITY THEATRE
           Inside the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center                               The two Round House locations, in Bethesda and Silver Spring,         Thomas Jefferson Middle School houses this 750-seat theater,
           at Northern Virginia Community College is the 1,000-seat Mary                               put on nearly 200 theatrical performances each season. The            which is widely used by Arlington performing-arts groups
           Collier Baker Theatre. This wood-paneled, burgundy-upholstered                              Bethesda site seats 400 and has a lobby and rehearsal room but        because it has a catwalk, an orchestra pit, a large proscenium
           space has theater seating, stadium seating in the rear terrace                              has minimal rental availability. The Silver Spring location is a      stage, and a fly tower where curtains and lighting can be hung.
           and on the balcony, and boxes that each hold six people. There is                           150-seat black-box theater with a small lobby. Both venues are        Receptions for 300 can be held in the lobby. (125 South Old Glebe
           also an orchestra pit, a screen, a DLP projector, and house light-                          within walking distance of a Metro station and have paid park-        Road, Arlington, 703.228.5888)
           ing. (3001 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, 703.845.6156)                                  ing available. (4545 East-West Hwy., Bethesda, Md; 6841 Coles-        WAREHOUSE ARTS COMPLEX
           METROSTAGE                                                                                  ville Road, Silver Spring, Md.; 240.644.1099)                         This raw, industrial-style performing arts space has a 2,000-
           This 4,000-square-foot converted lumber warehouse has a 130-                                SIGNATURE THEATRE                                                     square-foot theater that seats 120 and a 1,000-square-foot
           seat theater with steeply raked seating and a semithrust stage                              The Signature Theatre, which opened in January 2007, has two          theater that seats 60. A reception for 150 can be held in any of
           for great visibility and close proximity between the stage and                              black-box theaters: The 4,750-square-foot Max Theater seats           the eight 2,000-square-foot art galleries. Kit’s Catering provides
           the audience. The lobby holds 100, and tables are on hand for                               350 or holds 400 for receptions, while the 1,776-square-foot Ark      the on-site catering. (1021 7th St. NW, 202.783.3933)
           catered events. (1201 North Royal St., Alexandria, 703.548.9044)                            Theater seats 175 or holds 250 for receptions. The 275-seat Mead      WARNER THEATRE
           NATIONAL MUSIC CENTER                                                                       Lobby holds 400 and features a windowed wall overlooking              Originally opened in 1924 and then reopened in 1992 after three
           The National Music Center is a 20,000-square-foot space whose                               Shirlington Village. Ali’s Bar, in the lobby, provides beverages      years of extensive renovation, the opulent interiors of the War-
           first floor has a reception hall for meetings and a 150-seat                                  and snacks and can be used as needed for rental purposes.             ner Theatre seat 1,847, with three lobbies available for private
           theater. The second floor seats 300 or holds 500; the Map Room’s                             (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, 571.527.1860)                         receptions. The main lobby holds 150, the upper lobby can ac-
           lit dance floor features an aerial photo of D.C. under glass. A                              STATE THEATRE                                                         commodate 75, and the lower lobby holds 50. (1299 Pennsylva-
           third floor holds 200 and offers views of the National Portrait                              Built in 1936, the Art Deco-style State Theatre was renovated         nia Ave. NW, Suite 111, 202.783.4000)
           Gallery and the Front Pavilion. (801 K St. NW, 202.383.1825)                                and converted to a live music venue in the 1980s. The theater,        WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE COMPANY
           NATIONAL SYLVAN THEATERR                                                                    which can hold 900 for receptions, has a balcony with theater-        Woolly Mammoth’s courtyard-style theater is 1,620 square feet
           On the grounds of the National Mall, the National Sylvan                                    style seating, a main floor where dining tables can be set up, a       and seats 265. The two-tiered Kogod Lobby has an industrial
           Theater is an open-air stage with a patch of trees to its back                              stage, a dance floor, a theater-size projection screen, and full in-   look of exposed concrete and cinder blocks and holds 300 for re-
           (and restrooms). A permit from the National Parks Service is                                house sound and lighting equipment. There are four full bars,         ceptions. The Melton Rehearsal Hall holds 100, while the Meyer
           required to hold an event on the grass in front of the stage. (15th                         and in-house catering is available. (220 North Washington St.,        Foundation Classroom holds 40. Geppetto Catering is the pre-
           St. and Independence Ave. SW, 202.619.7225)                                                 Falls Church, Va., 703.237.0300)                                      ferred caterer. (641 D St. NW, 202.289.2443)




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   ADAM’S INN BED AND BREAKFAST                                          CHURCHILL HOTEL                                                        DOUBLETREE HOTEL WASHINGTONR
   This 26-room bed-and-breakfast has a traditional European-style       A recently renovated 1906 Beaux-Arts building on Connecticut           The guest rooms at this 220-room downtown hotel are deco-
   design, down to the sunny, wood-paneled breakfast room. The           Avenue just north of Dupont Circle, the Churchill has 144 rooms        rated in a sleek, modern style, with wood furnishings touched
   Adams Morgan neighborhood inn comprises three buildings,              and suites. A 1,400-square-foot conference room holds 120 and          with stainless steel and granite. The hotel offers 6,700 square
   each more than 100 years old, and each room has a unique style.       a 200-square-foot boardroom seats 25, while the Chartwell Grill        feet of meeting space, including the 1,639-square-foot Terrace
   Every room has a sink, and 16 have private bathrooms. Events          restaurant and lounge provides a casual space for dinner or            Ballroom and the 2,400-square-foot garden terrace, which each
   are limited to 20 guests. (1746 Lanier Place NW, 202.745.3600)        cocktails. (1914 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.797.2000)                    hold 200. Also on site: 15 Ria restaurant and bar. (1515 Rhode Is-
   AMERICAN INN                                                          COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT EMBASSY ROW                                      land Ave. NW, 202.232.7000)
   Just outside the district and five blocks from a Metro station in      This 156-room boutique hotel underwent a multimillion-dollar           EMBASSY SUITES DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON D.C.
   downtown Bethesda, this independently owned hotel offers              renovation in 2005. Dinners for 100 can be held in its 1,500           A business traveler’s standby, this Georgetown hotel has an in-
   a quiet, old-world feel in its 76 guest rooms, which all include      square feet of flexible event space. The award-winning Nage             door garden atrium for 200 that rivals nearby Rock Creek Park. All
   free Wi-Fi access. Three wired boardrooms provide space for           restaurant opened in 2006 and serves classic seafood dishes            318 guest rooms surround the garden and come equipped with
   50, 25, and 20, and there is a 24-hour business center. The hotel     and other contemporary American cuisine; it seats 60. (1600            a living room, refrigerator, and microwave. Part of the Hilton
   provides complimentary shuttle service to the National Insti-         Rhode Island Ave. NW, 202.293.8000)                                    family of hotels, the Embassy Suites also has more than 4,000
   tutes of Health complex, half a mile away. (8130 Wisconsin Ave.,      COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT NORTHWEST                                        square feet of meeting space. (1250 22nd St. NW, 202.857.3388)
   Bethesda, Md., 301.656.9300)                                          A block north of Dupont Circle, this nine-story, 147-room hotel        EMBASSY SUITES WASHINGTON D.C.—CONVENTION CENTER
   BEACON HOTEL AND CORPORATE HEADQUARTERSR                              is set in one of the district’s most vibrant neighborhoods, sur-       Two blocks from the Washington Convention Center, this all-
   A 2004 expansion and renovation outfitted this Dupont Circle           rounded by restaurants, bars, and art galleries. The hotel in-         suite hotel offers a 480-seat ballroom that can be divided into
   building with a contemporary glass facade and sleek, modern           cludes two meeting rooms that hold 40 and 60 guests, a fitness          four smaller rooms, as well as a 12-seat boardroom. The 384
   furnishings. The 199-room hotel features three ballrooms—the          center, and an outdoor pool. The guest rooms were renovated            suites each include a flat-screen TV and game console, modern
   largest of which holds 175—as well as 13 additional meeting           in 2004, and street-facing rooms on the upper floors offer pan-         furniture, and a marble bathroom. The warm and homey Finn
   rooms, the Beacon Bar & Grill, and the rooftop penthouse and ter-     oramic city views. (1900 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.332.9300)            and Porter restaurant serves steak, seafood, and sushi. (900
   race, which hold 30. (1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 202.296.2100)        COURTYARD SILVER SPRING DOWNTOWN                                       10th St. NW, 202.739.2001)
   BETHESDA MARRIOTT                                                     Part of a new mixed-use development in revitalized down-               FAIRMONT WASHINGTON, D.C.
   Near the National Institutes of Health and a few minutes from         town Silver Spring, this 179-room hotel is Metro-accessible and        A central garden courtyard accents this 10-story, 415-room
   downtown Bethesda, this suburban meetings mecca offers                close to restaurants, nightlife, and the American Film Institute       luxury hotel. The decor is distinctly old world, with details like
   399 guest rooms and 23 distinct event spaces, including the           theater. Two meeting rooms total 1,400 square feet; the larger         the crystal chandeliers and intricate millwork in the grand ball-
   500-person grand ballroom and the 463-person Congressional            holds 84. The casual Gazebo Grill and a Washington Sports Club         room, which holds 700. Fairmont Gold on the ninth floor offers
   Ballroom. Also on site: indoor and outdoor pools and the Italian      fitness center are also on site. (8506 Fenton St., Silver Spring,       a hotel within a hotel, with spacious suites and sedan services.
   restaurant Agio. While the location is not close to a Metro sta-      Md., 301.589.4899)                                                     (2401 M St. NW, 202.429.2400)
   tion, the hotel provides a free shuttle bus. (5151 Pooks Hill Road,   COURTYARD WASHINGTON CONVENTION CENTER                                 FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON BWI AIRPORT
   Bethesda, Md., 301.897.9400)                                          A stately historic building that once housed the Riggs Bank, this      This 201-room hotel offers 24-hour shuttle service to the Bal-
   BETHESDA MARRIOTT SUITESR                                             188-room hotel is one block from the Verizon Center and three          timore-Washington International Airport, half a mile away,
   The 274 residential-style suites here offer a homey and spacious      blocks from the Washington Convention Center, in the newly             and can also arrange for transportation to the nearby Amtrak
   design. The great-room lobby includes communal tables for             bustling Gallery Place/Chinatown district. The hotel offers two        station. The hotel offers eight meeting rooms, including a 300-
   large group events, as well as wired, work-ready spaces for indi-     small meeting rooms that hold 20 and 30 guests. Gordon Biersch         person ballroom, and can also host events at Michener’s Restau-
   vidual business travelers. Seven meeting rooms provide space          brewery and restaurant is on the ground floor, and the Interna-         rant and Pub. (7032 Elm Road, Baltimore, 401.859.3300)
   for as many as 150, the outdoor patio holds 60, and the Democ-        tional Spy Museum is next door. (900 F St. NW, 202.638.4600)           NEW FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON NEW CARROLLTON
   racy Grille restaurant includes a private dining room. The hotel      CROWNE PLAZA OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA                                       After undergoing a $75 million overhaul, this 30-year-old prop-
   is not Metro-accessible but does provide shuttle service. (6711       Two miles from Reagan National Airport and a few blocks from           erty just inside the Beltway opened as a Four Points in June 2007.
   Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, Md., 301.897.5600)                         the picturesque homes and boutique shops of Old Town’s his-            Meeting facilities include a 550-person ballroom, four meeting
   BETHESDA NORTH MARRIOTT HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER                     toric district, this 10-story hotel has 253 rooms, many with im-       rooms that each hold 125, and the brand-new Cities Grill and
   With one of the largest reception areas in the D.C. area, the         pressive Potomac River views. The hotel includes 10,494 square         Lounge. The hotel is two blocks from a Metro and Amtrak sta-
   grand ballroom of this 220-room hotel seats 1,820 or holds 3,200      feet of meeting space, including two ballrooms that hold 650           tion. (8500 Annapolis Road, New Carrollton, Md., 301.459.6700)
   for receptions. The venue’s 35,000 square feet of meeting space       and 350. (901 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, 703.299.4957)             FOUR POINTS DOWNTOWN BY SHERATONR
   can be broken into as many as 12 configurations. The Mediter-          CROWNE PLAZA ROCKVILLER                                                In the middle of the K Street business corridor, this upscale
   ranean restaurant Meritage and the lounge-style restaurant            The 150-room property formerly known as the Atrium Court               hotel offers 265 rooms, all equipped with high-speed Internet
   On the Rocks are on site. (5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, Md.,        Hotel reopened as a Crowne Plaza in 2007, following a $9 million       access. Seven meeting rooms include the 6,152-square-foot
   800.859.8003)                                                         renovation that added a business center and Wi-Fi access, a new        Franklin Ballroom, which holds 400, and a 40-seat executive
   BOLGER HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTERR                                   fitness center, and a 3,700-square-foot terrace. A 5,000-square-        boardroom. The Capital Garden, which adjoins the rooftop pool,
   An 83-acre suburban retreat 30 minutes outside of Washing-            foot ballroom is among the more than 13,000 square feet of             can host events for 100. (1201 K St. NW, 202.289.7600)
   ton, this 477-room hotel and meetings complex offers 70,000           meeting space. (3 Research Court, Rockville, Md., 301.840.0200)        FOUR SEASONS HOTEL WASHINGTON, D.C.
   square feet of event space. Its 75 meeting rooms include a 500-       CROWNE PLAZA WASHINGTON NATIONAL                                       This property commissioned New York-based architect David
   person ballroom, a 60-person fireplace lounge, and a 17-seat           In the Crystal City business district, this 308-room hotel is one of   Rockwell to design a 6,000-square-foot yet-to-be-named eat-
   boardroom. There are also several sprawling lawns with barbe-         the most convenient to Arlington’s many corporate headquar-            ery off the lobby; it will open with two private dining rooms in
   cue facilities, three on-site restaurants, and extensive catering     ters, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and I.B.M. The hotel          May. The $30 million project will also include a lobby revamp,
   options. (9600 Newbridge Drive, Potomac, Md., 301.983.7000)           also offers a free shuttle to Reagan National Airport, which is        set to debut in January. After that, the West Wing rooms will
   BWI AIRPORT MARRIOTT                                                  less than a mile away; the district is 15 minutes away by Metro.       get a larger presidential suite and 11 new guest rooms. (2800
   Adjacent to the Baltimore-Washington International Airport,           Five meeting rooms include the 325-person Arlington Ballroom.          Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.342.0444)
   this 302-room hotel offers 18,800 square feet of meeting space,       (1480 Crystal Drive, Arlington, 703.416.1651)                          GEORGETOWN SUITES—30TH STREET
   including the 1,200-seat grand ballroom and 19 meeting rooms.         CRYSTAL CITY MARRIOTT AT REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT                       A simple accommodation set on a quiet street in the heart of
   Dining options include Monikers Grille—newly renovated with           This 11-story glass tower is set above the Crystal City Metro sta-     Georgetown, the 214 suites here each include a full kitchen and
   bright, modern interiors—and Champions Sports Bar and Res-            tion, with a 125-store mall accessible by an underground walk-         high-speed Internet access. An on-site boardroom seats 25 and
   taurant. (1743 West Nursery Road, Baltimore, 410.859.8300)            way. Reagan National Airport and the city of Washington are a          two additional meeting rooms hold 90 and 50, while the adja-
   CAPITAL HILTON                                                        quick subway ride away. The hotel offers 343 guest rooms and 10        cent Harbor Building has space for larger events. (1111 30th St.
   Two blocks from the White House, this 12-story, neo-Classical         luxury suites. Eleven meeting rooms include a 400-person ball-         NW, 202.298.7800)
   hotel has 544 guest rooms and 30,000 square feet of conference        room, and CC Bistro restaurant and lounge is also available for        GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE HOTEL
   space across 22 meeting rooms, including the presidential ball-       events. (1999 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, 703.413.5500)           Situated on the grounds of Georgetown University, this Marri-
   room, which holds 894. Also on site: a full-service spa, beauty       CRYSTAL GATEWAY MARRIOTT                                               ott-operated hotel provides accommodation for those attend-
   salon, and fitness center, and the casual Twigs restaurant. (1001      One of the area’s prime convention spots, this 615-room hotel          ing university events or looking for a secluded alternative to
   16th St. NW, 202.393.1000)                                            features 33,000 square feet of event space. This includes the          downtown. The 10,500-square-foot grand ballroom holds 1,300,
   CAPITOL HILL SUITES                                                   526-seat Crystal Forum amphitheater, complete with its own             and 14 breakout meeting rooms are available. The hotel is near
   The closest accommodations to the Capitol, the Library of Con-        entrance and lobby; the 12,000-square-foot grand ballroom,             Georgetown dining and nightlife but is not within walking dis-
   gress, and the Supreme Court, this 152-suite hotel is tucked on       which holds 1,600; and 23 additional meeting rooms. Also on            tance of a Metro stop. (3800 Reservoir Road NW, 202.687.3269)
   a quiet block behind the Congressional office buildings. The           site is tapas and wine bar Bin1700. (1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy.,        GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY INN
   simple, European-style venue also operates a conference center        Arlington, 703.920.9290)                                               Hidden on a cul-de-sac behind wrought-iron gates in the quiet
   one block away, offering 9,300 square feet of meeting space, in-      OPENING SOON DONOVAN HOUSE                                             Foggy Bottom neighborhood, this whitewashed brick building
   cluding a 30-seat boardroom. (200 C St. SE, 202.543.6000)             Jason Pomeranc’s Thompson Hotels, the company behind 60                offers 95 rooms and suites with a colonial Williamsburg decor
   CARLYLE SUITES HOTELR                                                 Thompson in New York and the Roosevelt in Beverly Hills, was           and 18th-century furniture. Meeting facilities include a 14-seat
   Set in a renovated Art Deco building just off Dupont Circle, this     set to debut this luxury hotel in April. The ultra-stylish 212-        boardroom that can be combined with an adjoining room to
   modern 176-room hotel includes the 1,600-square-foot Kal-             room hotel is located in the Thomas Circle property formerly           hold 60. Also on site: the 42-seat Italian restaurant Notti Bi-
   orama Ballroom, which holds 150 and connects to an adjoining          home to a Holiday Inn, which has undergone a two-year-plus             anche. (824 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 202.337.6620)
   1,083-square-foot patio with a bar. The hotel also offers two         renovation. (1155 14th St. NW, 202.737.1200)                           GRAND HYATT WASHINGTON
   meeting rooms that each hold 50, as well as the indoor-outdoor        DOUBLETREE HOTEL CRYSTAL CITY                                          One of D.C.’s largest hotels, the Grand Hyatt in Penn Quarter of-
   Lillies’ restaurant. (1731 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 202.234.3200)       This sleek 631-room tower, a few minutes from the Pentagon             fers 888 guest rooms set around a soaring central atrium. At Via
   CHANNEL INN HOTEL                                                     and Reagan National Airport, is best known for Windows on              Bar in the lobby, a pianist plays from an island surrounded by an
   This 100-room boutique hotel on Washington’s Southwest                the World, its revolving, 14th-floor rooftop restaurant. The hotel      indoor lagoon. More than 40,000 square feet of meeting space
   waterfront offers rooms with riverfront views. Event space            also has two levels of event space totaling 31,005 square feet,        includes the 102-seat Conference Theatre, the 20-seat Washing-
   includes the 1,820-square-foot Main Deck conference room,             including the Crystal Ballroom, which holds 1,000; the Plaza           ton Boardroom, and the 10,791-square-foot Independence Ball-
   which holds 150, as well as four smaller meeting rooms. Pier 7        Ballroom, which holds 500; and several smaller rooms with              room, which holds 1,300. (1000 H St. NW, 202.582.1234)
   Restaurant, which holds 200 for receptions or seats 150, is also      balconies and city views. (300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington,             GREENBELT MARRIOTT HOTEL
   on site. (650 Water St. SW, 202.554.2400)                             866.999.8439)                                                          Just outside the Beltway, near the NASA Goddard Space Flight


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 HOTELS                                                               the five, holds 4,000. The resort-like grounds include a seasonal
                                                                      Olympic-size pool, a gazebo bar and restaurant, tennis courts,
                                                                      and gardens. The hotel will undergo a top-to-bottom, $100 mil-
                                                                      lion renovation in the next two years. (1919 Connecticut Ave.
                                                                                                                                            HOTEL LOMBARDY
                                                                                                                                            Located in Foggy Bottom, across from the George Washington
                                                                                                                                            University campus, this European-style boutique hotel features
                                                                                                                                            classic wood paneling, carved Tudor-style ceilings, and 1920s
 Center and the University of Maryland, and 30 minutes from           NW, 202.483.3000)                                                     decor in its 136 spacious guest rooms. Meeting facilities include
 Baltimore-Washington International Airport, this 18-story            HILTON WASHINGTON D.C./ROCKVILLE                                      a 30-seat boardroom and two function rooms that each hold 65.
 hotel offers 284 guest rooms and 14 meeting rooms, including         EXECUTIVE MEETING CENTER                                              Also on site: the bistro-style Café Lombardy and the sleek Vene-
 the 600-seat grand ballroom. Also on site: Pitchers Sports Bar,      Adjacent to the Food and Drug Administration and the Depart-          tian Bar & Lounge. (2019 Pennsylvania Ave., 202.828.2600)
 the casual Silver Moon Café, and a Starbucks. (6400 Ivy Lane,        ment of Health and Human Services, this 315-room hotel offers         HOTEL MADERA
 Greenbelt, Md., 301.441.3700)                                        20,000 square feet of meeting rooms, including 10 rooms spe-          The 82 luxury guest rooms at this boutique hotel, on a quiet
 HAMILTON CROWNE PLAZA                                                cifically designed for business events, with high-speed Inter-         block just west of Dupont Circle, include specialty rooms that
 This elegant 1920s 12-story hotel completed a $3 million reno-       net, soundproof walls, and the latest audiovisual equipment. In       come with amenities such as a desktop computer and exer-
 vation to its nine meeting rooms in 2006, adding new carpet-         addition, the 5,450-square-foot Plaza Ballroom holds 700. The         cise equipment. Firefly Bistro on the ground floor is a popular
 ing, fixtures, and lighting. The largest space, the Hamilton          hotel is adjacent to the Twinbrook Metro station, a 30-minute         happy-hour spot for business types, and the 720-square-foot
 Ballroom, holds 247. A few blocks from the White House, the          ride to downtown Washington. (1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville,         Mahogany Boardroom seats 26. (1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW,
 318-room hotel overlooks Franklin Park and includes 14K Res-         Md., 301.468.1100)                                                    202.296.7600)
 taurant, which serves regional American cuisine. (1001 14th St.,     HILTON WASHINGTON D.C./SILVER SPRING                                  NEW HOTEL MONACO ALEXANDRIA
 NW, 202.682.0111)                                                    Just inside the Beltway near Silver Spring’s newly revitalized        Kimpton Hotels’ 241-room Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alex-
 HAY-ADAMSR                                                           downtown, this 263-room hotel offers 20,000 square feet of            andria was formerly the Holiday Inn Select. Open since Janu-
 This 1928 hotel underwent a $20 million renovation several           meeting space, including the 5,100-square-foot Maryland Ball-         ary following a $22 million makeover, the hotel features 5,121
 years ago. Some guest rooms and the rooftop terrace offer views      room, which holds 700. A Metro stop is three blocks away, and the     square feet of meeting space, with seven rooms ranging from
 of the White House. The 2,200-square-foot John Hay Room is a         hotel offers free shuttle service to any destination within three     400 to 2,400 square feet and an open-air courtyard in the center
 meeting area decorated with period ceiling treatments and            miles. (8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md., 301.589.5200)       of the building. The hotel’s restaurant, Jackson 20, serves Amer-
 dark wood paneling. The presidential suite includes a gaslit         HILTON WASHINGTON DULLES AIRPORT                                      ican cuisine. (480 King St., Alexandria, 703.549.6080)
 corner fireplace. (16th and H St. NW, 202.638.6600)                   Three and a half miles from Dulles Airport, this hotel offers         HOTEL MONACO WASHINGTON D.C.
 HENLEY PARK HOTEL                                                    complimentary 24-hour shuttle service. The 449 guest rooms            Housed in the all-marble historic Tariff Building in Penn Quar-
 Marble gargoyles and stained-glass windows lend an old-              include 155 business and executive rooms, with a system that          ter, this luxury Kimpton hotel is connected to downtown favor-
 Washington atmosphere to the lobby of this 1918 Tudor-style          allows guests to hook up a laptop or other electronic device to a     ite Poste Moderne Brasserie through a carriageway portal. The
 former apartment building. The 96 guest rooms include 14             42-inch plasma TV. The hotel offers 40,000 square feet of meet-       183 guest rooms feature vaulted ceilings and rich furnishings.
 luxury suites outfitted with antique furniture. The Blue Bar          ing space across 27 rooms, including a 990-person ballroom.           What once was the post office library is now the Paris Ballroom;
 cocktail lounge provides space for 20, while two meeting rooms       (13869 Park Center Road, Herndon, Va., 703.478.2900)                  it holds 250 and features a dome skylight, sweeping arches, and
 hold 60 and 80. The hotel is one block from the Washington           HILTON WASHINGTON EMBASSY ROWR                                        white Corinthian pillars. (700 F St. NW, 202.628.7177)
 Convention Center. (926 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202.638.5200)         Just off Dupont Circle, this nine-story European-style hotel          HOTEL MONTICELLO OF GEORGETOWN
 HILTON ALEXANDRIA MARK CENTER                                        has sleek, modern furniture and Wi-Fi access in each of its 193       A European-style luxury hotel catering to diplomats and busi-
 This towering glass hotel offers a unique lakeside setting in        rooms. The hotel offers 10 event rooms, including two board-          ness leaders, the Monticello completed a multimillion-dollar
 Alexandria’s quiet West End, a 20-minute Metro ride from             rooms that hold 240 guests each. The rooftop deck surround-           renovation in 2006, updating the interiors and furnishings
 Washington. Among the 45,000 square feet of event space are          ing the outdoor pool is available for summertime events. (2015        in the 47 suites, which all include large bathrooms, a wet bar,
 a ballroom that holds 1,125 and 25 breakout rooms, including a       Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202.265.1600)                                  Wi-Fi, and Hermes amenities. The seven-story brick-facade
 separate lakeside retreat building. Next to the hotel, the Win-      HOLIDAY INN CAPITOL                                                                      hotel is within walking distance of the
 kler Botanical Preserve offers 44 acres of hiking trails and jog-    A 532-room tower one block south of the Na-                                              K Street business corridor and offers a 30-
 ging paths. (5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, 703.845.1010)
 HILTON ALEXANDRIA OLD TOWNR
                                                                      tional Mall, this hotel underwent an $8 mil-
                                                                      lion makeover in 2005 that added a new
                                                                                                                          WHERE TO FIND ...                    seat conference room. (1075 Thomas Jeffer-
                                                                                                                                                               son St. NW, 202.337.0900)
 Set on Old Town’s main shopping and dining boulevard, this
 247-room hotel is two blocks from Metro and Amtrak stations
                                                                      lobby, the 21st Amendment Bar and Grill, and        A Retro Vibe                         HOTEL PALOMAR
                                                                                                                                                               This boutique hotel from Kimpton features
                                                                      a business center. Its 10,000 square feet of
 and a 20-minute ride to D.C. The 7,600 square feet of meeting        meeting space includes two ballrooms that           Bright colors and a retro design     a two-story lobby awash in a modern taupe
 space includes the 500-person grand ballroom and an outdoor          hold 300 and 260. Additional amenities in-          characterize martini and cigar       color scheme set off by rich accent colors. A
 courtyard and patio that hold 200. The hotel can also help           clude a 24-hour fitness center and a seasonal        bar the Aroma Company, which         partnership with the Smithsonian and the
 guests book meetings in Regents University’s 28,000 square           rooftop pool. (550 C St. SW, 202.479.4000)          includes a lounge featuring          Phillips Collection brings artists and lectur-
 feet of event space across the street. (1767 King St., Alexandria,   HOLIDAY INN ROSSLYN AT KEY BRIDGE                   ’60s-style couches and coffee        ers to the Dupont Circle hotel for evening
 703.837.0440)                                                        Just across the Key Bridge from Georgetown,                                              wine receptions. Flexible meeting spaces are
                                                                                                                          tables. (3417 Connecticut Ave.       named after Washington area art museums,
 HILTON ARLINGTON                                                     this 307-room hotel includes many rooms
 A sky bridge connects this 209-room suburban tower to the            with balconies offering views of the monu-          NW, 202.244.7995)                    and two 800-square-foot hospitality suites
 massive Ballston Common mall. The adjacent Ballston Metro            ments. Nine meeting rooms include a 350-            The decor at Atomic Billiards        are available. (2121 P St. NW, 202.448.1831)
 station is a 20-minute ride from D.C. Seven meeting rooms            person ballroom and the Vantage Point Res-          includes 1950s science-fiction        NEW HOTEL PALOMAR ARLINGTON
 provide space for as many as 400, and events can also be held        taurant and Lounge overlooking the Potomac.         posters on the walls and             AT WATERVIEW
 at Dan & Brad’s, a classic American steak house. A newly reno-       An indoor pool, health club, and business cen-                                           Alongside the Potomac River (and just over
                                                                                                                          an old-fashioned jukebox.            the Key Bridge) in Rosslyn’s Waterview
 vated business center offers Wi-Fi access. (950 North Stafford       ter with free Wi-Fi are also on site. (1900 North
 St., Arlington, 703.82.5104)                                         Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, 703.807.2000)           (3427 Connecticut Ave. NW,           Towers, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar opened in
 HILTON BALTIMORE/BWI AIRPORT                                         HOLIDAY INN WASHINGTON—                             202.363.7665)                        November. The 154-room hotel includes 24
 Adjacent to the Baltimore-Washington International Airport,          CENTRAL/WHITE HOUSE                                 With mod ’60s accessories like       spa suites with in-room elliptical machines.
 this hotel opened in September 2006, featuring an airy, two-         A 10-story hotel within walking distance of         Pucci-style print carpets, cherry-   Three meeting rooms offer more than 3,200
 floor lobby and 280 guest rooms outfitted with leather furni-          the White House, the 212 rooms and three                                                 square feet of space and hold as many as
 ture and 32-inch flat-screen TVs. Its 12,000 square feet of event
                                                                                                                          red ottomans, and lava lamps,        250. The 145-seat Domaso restaurant offers
                                                                      luxury suites here were all renovated in
 space includes a 725-person ballroom. The cool, blue-lit Acqua       2006. The hotel offers four meeting rooms,          the Hotel Helix doesn’t take         a Northern Italian menu. (1121 North 19th St.,
 restaurant serves contemporary takes on Maryland favorites.          the largest of which holds 200. Also on site:       itself too seriously. (1430 Rhode    Arlington, 703.351.9170)
 (1739 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, Md., 410.694.0808)               a fitness center, a rooftop pool, and a casual       Island Ave. NW, 202.462.9001)        COMING SOON HOTEL RALPH PUCCI
 HILTON CRYSTAL CITY                                                  café and cocktail bar. (1501 Rhode Island Ave.                                           Formerly home to the Georgetown Inn, this
 Half a mile from Reagan National Airport and a 15-minute Met-        NW, 202.483.2000)                                                                        96-room boutique hotel is set to open this
 ro ride from downtown D.C., this Hilton offers 386 guest rooms       HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON                                                                spring on Georgetown’s tony shopping bou-
 and the 6,340-square-foot Admiralty Ballroom, which holds            A popular choice for business travelers in                                               levard. Pucci, a renowned high-end furniture
 800. Also on site: the upscale Bistro Ondine, a business center,     need of extended stays, this downtown ho-                                                designer, has recruited five colleagues to
 and 21 additional meeting rooms, including a 12-seat board-          tel offers 175 spacious two-room suites, each                                            each design one of the hotel’s ultra-stylish
 room. (2399 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, 703.418.3763)           of which contains a large kitchen and full-                                              floors, outfitting the rooms with the latest in
 HILTON EMBASSY ROWR                                                  size refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher. Two                                             cutting-edge, modern furniture and bring-
 Half a block from the Dupont Circle Metro stop, the Consulate        boardrooms each seat 12, and three addition-                                             ing in artwork from top national and inter-
 Ballroom has great views of the Avenue of the Embassies. The         al meeting rooms hold 50 guests each. (1475                                              national names. (1310 Wisconsin Ave. NW; for
 recently renovated Consulate meeting area holds 275 for recep-       Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202.265.8000)                                                     more information, call 561.447.3370)
 tions. The rest of the 7,500 square feet of meeting space is also    HOTEL GEORGE                                                                             HOTEL ROUGE
 newly renovated in traditional Hilton style. The rooftop pool is     This 1928 Capitol Hill building has been refashioned into a hip,      With a red-lit patio entrance that resembles a nightclub more
 a glam spot for summertime events. (2015 Massachusetts Ave.          avant-garde luxury hotel outfitted with large expanses of glass,       than a luxury accommodation, Hotel Rouge stands out from
 NW, 202.265.1600)                                                    stainless steel, and fossilized coral stone, as well as artsy, neo-   the rest of downtown Washington. Its 137 guest rooms feature
 HILTON GARDEN INN WASHINGTON D.C. DOWNTOWN                           modern images of the hotel’s namesake, George Washington.             flat-screen TVs, 10-foot-long desks, and red leather upholstery.
 A 14-story tower three blocks from the White House, this six-        Five meeting rooms provide space for 120, and the stylish, bilevel    Three meeting rooms—Lava Room, Red Hot Room, and Blush
 year-old hotel offers 280 rooms and 20 suites, each with com-        Bistro Bis restaurant can also host events. The hotel spa offers      Room—are available for events. On the ground floor, Bar Rouge
 forting amenities such as a lounge chair and ottoman and             in-room services and treatments. (15 E St. NW, 202.347.4200)          is a destination for D.C. cocktail aficionados. (1315 16th St. NW,
 a large desk with an ergonomic chair. The 1,690-square-foot          HOTEL HARRINGTON                                                      202.232.8000)
 Georgetown Ballroom holds 135 and divides into three smaller         With a prime downtown location, this family-owned hotel               HYATT ARLINGTON
 rooms, while the Cleveland Park room holds 55. (815 14th St. NW,     with a classic brick facade has 242 guest rooms that range            Adjacent to the Rosslyn Metro station (the first stop outside
 202.783.700)                                                         from compact, affordable rooms to spacious five-person suites.         D.C.), this hotel offers 304 guest rooms, a 24-hour business
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 HILTON MCLEAN TYSONS CORNER                                          Its 1,600-square-foot meeting room holds 100 guests, Harry’s          center with free Wi-Fi. and 10 meeting rooms, including a 330-
 Close to many of the businesses in northern Virginia’s Dulles        Saloon offers a classic pub environment, and the kitschy Ollie’s      person ballroom and a 15-seat executive boardroom. The ac-
 Technology Corridor, this 458-room hotel is next to the massive      Trolley serves burgers, fries, and milk shakes. (436 11th St. NW,     claimed Mediterranean restaurant Mezza 9 and the slick mar-
 Tysons Corner Mall. Its 10,088-square-foot ballroom holds 1,128,     202.628.8140)                                                         tini bar Olive Press Lounge are also on site. (1325 Wilson Blvd.,
 an amphitheater holds 102, and 12 additional meeting rooms are       HOTEL HELIX                                                           Arlington, 703.525.1234)
 available. The sleek and modern Opus 88 bar and lounge offers        With such mod ’60s accessories as Pucci-style print carpets,          HYATT DULLES AT WASHINGTON DULLES AIRPORTR
 live jazz. (7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Va., 703.847.5100)      cherry-red ottomans, and lava lamps, this boutique hotel doesn’t      This hotel has 316 suite-size guest rooms and 10 meeting rooms.
 HILTON WASHINGTON                                                    take itself too seriously. The 178-room hotel is pet-friendly, and    The largest is the Concorde Ballroom, featuring crystal chan-
 This bustling 1,119-room hotel has a whopping 110,000 square         the 63-seat Helix Lounge, renovated last spring, has a seasonal       deliers and mahogany paneling; it seats 330 or holds 450 for
 feet of meeting space. The International Ballroom, the largest of    outdoor patio. (1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 202.462.9001)              receptions. A garden terrace with a gazebo and fountain holds


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   200, while the Aviator Patio, surrounded by lighted holly trees,      hotel, formerly the Holiday Inn on the Hill, opened in April fol-   245-room hotel is a 15-minute train ride into D.C. and provides
   holds 100 for receptions. The American restaurant Elements on         lowing a $12 million renovation. The hotel features modern          courtesy shuttle service to Reagan National Airport and the Pen-
   Level One has a private room that seats 40 or holds 63 for recep-     decor in shades of black, white, and gray accented with red, and    tagon. More than 6,000 square feet of meeting space includes
   tions. (2300 Dulles Corner Blvd., Herndon, Va., 703.793.6867)         the lobby showcases 6- by 6-foot paintings of famous world          a 400-person ballroom. The hotel also offers a 24-hour business
   HYATT REGENCY BETHESDA                                                leaders. On site are a rooftop bar and pool, as well as 10,000      center, a seasonal rooftop pool, and the casual 2020 Bistro &
   Rising above the Bethesda Metro station, this 12-story tower          square feet of flexible meeting space broken into 10 rooms. A        Lounge. (2020 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, 703.920.8600)
   has 390 guest rooms surrounding a central atrium. Within              248-seat restaurant offers a private dining room. (415 New Jer-     RENAISSANCE MAYFLOWER HOTEL
   walking distance of Bethesda’s acclaimed restaurant row and a         sey Ave. NW, 202.434.0115)                                          An $11 million restoration project in 2004 refurbished this 1925
   20-minute train ride to downtown D.C., the hotel offers 18,800        MADISON HOTEL                                                       hotel to its former grandeur. The sprawling, light-filled lobby
   square feet of function space, including the 7,200-square-            A favorite of business travelers, the Madison offers accommo-       and grand promenade lead to more than 35,000 square feet of
   foot Crystal Ballroom, which holds 900, and a sleek executive         dation downtown without the excessive grandeur of many              meeting space comprising 19 rooms. The 583 guest rooms fea-
   boardroom seating 17. (1 Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, Md.,        of the historic hotels nearby. In addition to 353 rooms and 42      ture marble foyers and bathrooms. (1127 Connecticut Ave. NW,
   301.657.1234)                                                         luxury suites, the hotel has a spacious 24-hour business center,    202.347.3000)
   HYATT REGENCY CRYSTAL CITY                                            a fitness center and spa, and 17 meeting rooms, including the        NEW RENAISSANCE M STREET HOTEL
   This ultramodern, 18-story hotel has 685 guest rooms and four         bilevel Dolly Madison Ballroom, which holds 490. (1177 15th St.     The former Wyndham City Center got a $25 million makeover
   floors of event space totaling more than 30,000 square feet, in-       NW, 202.862.1600)                                                   in June 2007 and is now the 352-room Renaissance M Street Ho-
   cluding a 1,350-seat ballroom and an 80-seat conference theater.      MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL                                             tel, with colorful contemporary decor and wireless Internet and
   Chesapeake Grill and Lounge offers rooftop dining with city           This 347-room luxury hotel overlooks the Jefferson Memo-            technology panels. Twelve rooms make up its 10,800 square
   and monument views. The hotel is three miles from Reagan              rial and the Washington Monument. The grand ballroom has            feet of meeting space, including the 3,400-square-foot City
   National Airport and runs a shuttle service from the Crystal City     22-foot ceilings and a carpet inspired by Japanese water lilies,    Center Ballroom, which seats 400, and a private boardroom
   Metro stop. (2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, 703.418.234)       and can seat 750. Eight additional meeting rooms and a smaller      for 20. M Brasserie features American cuisine and two private
   HYATT REGENCY WASHINGTON ON CAPITOL HILL                              ballroom are on site, as is the CityZen restaurant. (1330 Mary-     dining rooms for as many as 45. (1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW,
   One of the largest hotels in the Capitol Hill/Union Station area,     land Ave. SW, 202.554.8588)                                         202.775.0800)
   this 11-story modern tower offers 834 rooms and more than             THE MANSION ON O STREET                                             RENAISSANCE WASHINGTON, D.C. HOTEL
   41,000 square feet of event space, including the 10,767-square-       Combining elegance and quirkiness, the Mansion comprises            Directly across from the Washington Convention Center, the
   foot Regency Ballroom, which holds 1,800. Two casual dining           five interconnected Dupont Circle town houses outfitted with          chain’s most modern D.C. location is a colorful and festive
   and drinking spots—the Park Promenade and Networks Bar—               secret doors, hidden entrances, elaborate chandeliers, and          tower with 807 rooms, including 13 V.I.P. suites. The hotel offers
   and a Perks coffee bar are located in the five-story atrium lobby.     20,000 books. The 23 guest rooms and suites have diverse            64,000 square feet of its own meeting space (including a 2,500-
   (400 New Jersey Ave. NW, 202.737.1234)                                themes such as “John Lennon,” “James Bond,” “the beach              person ballroom) in addition to the Fifteen Squares restaurant
   OPENING SOON JEFFERSON HOTEL                                          house,” and “the log cabin.” The 18 unique meeting rooms in-        and wine cellar and a 10,000-square-foot fitness center with a
   This downtown mainstay closed in 2007 for a full-scale reno-          clude the 72-seat ballroom and the 48-seat Russian Tea Room.        60-foot heated indoor pool. (999 9th St. NW, 202.898.9000)
   vation to the 84-year-old Beaux-Arts-inspired building. The           (2020 O St. NW, 202.496.2020)                                       RESIDENCE INN WASHINGTON, D.C./CAPITOL
   upscale hotel will bring back one of the building’s original fea-     MARRIOTT AT METRO CENTER                                            A setting just off the Federal Center SW Metro stop makes this
   tures, uncovering the lobby skylight so the barrel-vaulted ceil-      Perched above the Metro Center subway station, this conve-          modern, 13-story hotel a popular destination for those with
   ing can reflect light into the lobby. All 100 guest rooms and the      nient downtown Marriott has 451 Wi-Fi-equipped guest rooms.         business at the federal government buildings. Its 233 spa-
   six event spaces are being renovated, with the reopening slated       The hotel offers 12 meeting rooms, including the executive          cious suites include full kitchens. The indoor saltwater pool
   for the fall. (1200 16th St. NW, 202.347.2200)                        boardroom, which seats 50, and the 6,421-square-foot grand          is accompanied by a sauna and sundeck, and four midsize
   JURYS WASHINGTON                                                      ballroom, which holds 700 and can be broken into four smaller       meeting rooms hold between 45 and 150 people. (333 E St. SW,
   Owned by an international company headquartered in Ireland,           rooms. (775 12th St. NW, 202.737.2200)                              202.484.8280)
   this hotel received a contemporary makeover with an April             NEW MARRIOTT WARDMAN PARK HOTEL                                     RESIDENCE INN WASHINGTON, D.C./VERMONT AVENUE
   2007 renovation. The 314-room hotel has 10 meeting rooms, the         In December, this 1,322-room hotel wrapped up a $100 million        This 233-all-suite high-rise offers spacious accommodations
   largest of which holds 350 in theater-style seating. It’s also home   renovation that added the 9,300-square-foot Thurgood Mar-           with living and dining room areas, full kitchens, and high-speed
   to neighborhood favorite Dupont Grille and to Irish pub Biddy         shall Ballroom to the property’s 195,000 square feet of event       Internet access. Three meeting rooms provide space for 45, 100,
   Mulligan’s. (1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 202.483.6000)                and meeting space. Also new is the Stone’s Throw Restaurant &       and 150. The Hearth Room offers a venue for relaxed meetings,
   J.W. MARRIOTT HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE                               Bar, an upscale steak house with four private rooms; the eatery     with fireplaces, antique furniture, and a warm color scheme.
   With a plum location a few blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue            opened in September. (2660 Woodley Road NW, 202.328.2000)           Just south of Thomas Circle, the hotel is near downtown office
   from the White House, this 772-room tower is a popular choice         MELROSE HOTEL                                                       buildings and many of Washington’s most acclaimed restau-
   for bigwigs visiting the district. The marble and chandelier-clad     This European-style boutique hotel in Foggy Bottom has 240          rants. (1199 Vermont Ave. NW, 202.898.1100)
   lobby is highlighted by a dramatic central atrium, while 37,000       guest rooms and 5,000 square feet of meeting space, including       RITZ-CARLTON, GEORGETOWN
   square feet of meeting and event space includes the 1,500-            the sunlit Potomac Room, which offers impressive river views        A posh setting on a quiet block overlooking the Potomac River,
   person grand ballroom and the Wi-Fi-equipped restaurant and           and holds 210. There is Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel, and      this landmarked brick-facade building plays host to visiting
   lounge 1331. (1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.393.2000)                on-site dining includes the refined Landmark Restaurant and          celebrities, diplomats, and high-end business travelers. Three
   KELLOGG CONFERENCE HOTEL AT GALLUDET UNIVERSITYR                      the dark and cozy Library Bar. (2430 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,          small meeting rooms include one of the district’s most unique
   One of the few upscale accommodations in Washington’s                 202.955.6400)                                                       spaces: the Chimney Stack room, a 12-person circular space set
   Northeast quadrant, this 87-room hotel is set on Galludet’s           MORRISON-CLARK INNR                                                 at the base of the hotel’s original incinerator tower. Fahrenheit
   sprawling green campus. More than 17,000 square feet of meet-         The 54 rooms and 13 suites in this restored 1864 mansion in         Restaurant and Degrees Bar can also host events. (3100 South
   ing space includes a 350-person ballroom, a broadcast-ready           downtown D.C. are outfitted with antique Victorian furnish-          St. NW, 202.912.4170)
   325-seat auditorium, and a covered outdoor terrace that seats         ings, Italian Carrera marble fireplaces, and private balconies.      RITZ-CARLTON, PENTAGON CITY
   100. While the surrounding area does not have much to offer           The hotel offers three stately meeting rooms, while the lush        One of the most upscale hotels in the near-in suburbs, this
   visitors, the hotel provides free transportation to Union Station.    courtyard, surrounding an ornate fountain, can host events for      Ritz-Carlton is adjacent to the 170-store Pentagon City Mall. A
   (800 Florida Ave. NE, 202.651.6000)                                   80. Chef Janis McLean serves Southern cuisine at the acclaimed      Metro station directly outside the hotel makes it a 15-minute
   KEY BRIDGE MARRIOTT                                                   Morrison-Clark restaurant. (1015 L St. NW, 202.898.1200)            ride from downtown. The hotel offers 366 rooms, including 18
   The 19 meeting rooms in this 14-story hotel include the 6,000-        OMNI SHOREHAMR                                                      spacious luxury suites with impressive city views. Its 17,000
   square-foot Capital View Ballroom, which reopened in April            Set in the leafy Woodley Park neighborhood, this 11-acre com-       square feet of event space includes the 7,200-square-foot
   2007 after a $5 million renovation. The room holds 500 and            plex with 834 guest rooms offers expansive views of Rock Creek      grand ballroom, which holds 770. (1250 South Hayes St., Arling-
   offers panoramic views of Georgetown, Capitol Hill, and the           Park and the National Zoo. The 17,310-square-foot Regency Ball-     ton, 703.415.5000)
   Potomac River. A multimillion-dollar renovation of the hotel’s        room is one of D.C.’s largest event spaces, with room for 3,500.    RITZ-CARLTON, TYSONS CORNER
   lobby, public spaces, and restaurants (including the addition of      Twenty additional meeting spaces make this a popular choice         Adjacent to the Tysons Galleria mall, 12 miles from Washing-
   two new food and beverage outlets) is scheduled for early 2008.       for convention organizers. The pool bar, surrounded by lush         ton, the Tysons Corner Ritz has 398 guest rooms and more than
   (1401 Lee Hwy., Arlington, 703.284.1460)                              landscaped gardens, draws large crowds in the summer. (2500         30,000 square feet of event space. The 14,000-square-foot Ritz-
   LANSDOWNE RESORT                                                      Calvert St. NW, 202.234.0700)                                       Carlton ballroom, the largest in northern Virginia, features a
   This Virginia wine country resort offers 305 guest rooms, a           ONE WASHINGTON CIRCLE                                               Steinway grand piano and seats as many as 1,500. There are
   five-pool aquatic facility, and 45 golf fairways. Two private          A September overhaul of this business-traveler-centric hotel’s      also 13 meeting rooms, including two boardrooms. (1700 Tysons
   clubhouses hold 100 each, or as many as 300 when combined.            exteriors included the addition of balconies to the guest rooms.    Blvd., McLean, Va., 703.506.4300)
   The conference center has 25 meeting rooms of varying sizes,          Located steps from George Washington University in Foggy            RITZ-CARLTON, WASHINGTON D.C.
   including a 9,500-square-foot ballroom that seats 720 or holds        Bottom, the all-suite hotel offers five private meeting and con-     All meeting space is on one floor at this 300-room Ritz-Carlton
   800 for receptions. The 12,000-square-foot Spa Mineralé was           ference rooms, the largest of which holds 150. Each is equipped     outpost within walking distance of Georgetown. The hotel has
   added in 2006. Six restaurants (two open only to resort guests)       with wireless Internet and video teleconferencing capability.       a luxury ballroom that seats 840 banquet-style, as well as the
   use local ingredients in their menus. (44050 Woodridge Pkwy.,         The hotel’s Circle Bistro restaurant provides catering. (1 Wash-    2,300-square-foot Plaza Ballroom for smaller functions. The Ritz
   Lansdowne, Va., 703.729.8400)                                         ington Cir. NW, 202.872.1680)                                       is also home to the glitzy fitness center Sports Club/LA and chef
   LATHAM HOTEL                                                          PARK HYATT WASHINGTON                                               Eric Ripert’s Westend Bistro. (1150 2nd St. NW, 202.835.0500)
   An elegant, “old Washington” brick-facade building set on             This West End hotel reopened in June 2006 following a $24 mil-      RIVER INN
   Georgetown’s bustling main thoroughfare, the 143-room                 lion renovation and redesign by Tony Chi. More than 12,000          Set inconspicuously among ritzy brownstones on a leafy Foggy
   Latham offers 5,000 square feet of meeting space, including           square feet of Wi-Fi-enabled meeting space holds 400, includ-       Bottom block, this boutique hotel offers 126 upscale suites out-
   the 200-person presidential ballroom. The hotel also has a roof-      ing an executive boardroom with a circular marble table that        fitted with Italian furniture, flat-screen TVs, and designs from
   top pool and sundeck. On site are two of Georgetown’s most            seats 15. The 215 guest rooms decorated in warm limed oak, gray     local firm Adamstein & Demetriou. Two 20-seat boardrooms
   popular see-and-be-seen dining spots, chef Michael Richard’s          limestone, and black walnut are complemented by spa-inspired        each have a wall of windows, and a larger conference room pro-
   Citronelle restaurant and the casual French bistro La Madeline.       bathrooms. The hotel’s Blue Duck Tavern and the Tea Cellar are      vides space for 50. (924 25th St. NW, 202.337.7600)
   (3000 M St. NW, 202.726.5000)                                         available for events. (1201 24th St. NW, 202.789.1234)              SAVOY SUITESR
   L’ENFANT PLAZA HOTEL                                                  PHOENIX PARK HOTEL                                                  A 150-suite hotel on Georgetown’s ritzy Wisconsin Avenue,
   Just south of the National Mall, this hotel’s 370 guest rooms fea-    Around the corner from Union Station and the Senate office           Savoy offers three meeting rooms, each of which hold 50
   ture balconies offering some of the district’s most impressive city   buildings, this stately Celtic hotel features antique furnish-      people and provide impressive views of the monuments and
   views. The hotel has 21,000 square feet of event space, includ-       ings, marble staircases, oversize oil paintings, and original       city skyline. The 2,000-square-foot ballroom holds 250, and
   ing two ballrooms, as well as a year-round rooftop swimming           Irish designs. Both the 149-room hotel and the renowned Dub-        events can also be held at Lillies’ Mediterranean restaurant
   pool. While the venue is close to monuments and museums, the          liner pub are known venues for politician sightings. The formal,    and the Deck, a casual outdoor eatery. (2505 Wisconsin Ave.
   neighborhood is dormant at night; however, the building is ad-        high-ceilinged ballroom holds 300 for events. (520 North Capi-      NW, 202.337.9700)
   jacent to a Metro stop. (480 L’Enfant Plaza SW, 202.484.1000)         tol St. NW, 202.638.6900)                                           NEW SHERATON BALTIMORE WASHINGTON AIRPORT HOTELR
   NEW LIAISON CAPITOL HILLR                                             RADISSON HOTEL REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT                              Two miles from BWI and 30 minutes from downtown Washing-
   A few blocks from Union Station and the Capitol, this 343-room        Two blocks from the Crystal City Metro station, this modern         ton, the Sheraton Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel opened


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R= Venues that offer outdoor event space
 HOTELS                                                               WASHINGTON COURT HOTEL ON CAPITOL HILL
                                                                      The Washington Court Hotel offers 18,000 square feet of flex-
                                                                      ible event space across two floors, including the 3,850-square-
                                                                      foot grand ballroom, which holds 700, and a smaller ballroom
                                                                                                                                           space includes a 970-person ballroom and a 12-seat corporate
                                                                                                                                           boardroom. Also on site: the casual Pinzimini Italian restau-
                                                                                                                                           rant. (801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, 703.717.6200)
                                                                                                                                           WESTIN BWI
 in May 2007. The 203-room property has 4,720 square feet of          that holds 550. The 267 rooms are classically decorated with         Two miles from the airport (with shuttle service back and
 flexible meeting space, including a ballroom and a boardroom,         Italian marble, oriental rugs, and modern furniture. (525 New        forth), this 260-room hotel features 7,300 square feet of divis-
 and a 5,472-square-foot outdoor lawn terrace. Free shuttle ser-      Jersey Ave. NW, 202.628.2100)                                        ible ballroom space and prefunction space for 400. An 800-
 vice to the airport is available. (1100 Old Elkridge Landing Road,   WASHINGTON DULLES AIRPORT MARRIOTTR                                  square-foot glass-enclosed boardroom has teleconferencing
 Linthicum, Md., 443.577.2100)                                        Set on the grounds of Dulles International Airport, this 368-        abilities and wireless Internet access. Pan-Asian restaurant
 SHERATON CRYSTAL CITY                                                room low-rise hotel offers 13,000 square feet of meeting             Luminous has a private room for 18. (1110 Old Elkridge Landing
 Across the street from the Crystal City Metro station, this 15-      space, including the 720-person grand ballroom and a 12-seat         Road, Linthicum, Md., 443.577.2300)
 story hotel is just a few minutes outside of D.C. and one mile       boardroom. The hotel also has an in-                                                         NEW WESTIN EMBASSY ROW
 from Reagan National Airport. The hotel recently renovated its       door pool and accompanying fitness                                                            Formerly known as the Ritz-Carlton,
 210 guest rooms and lobby, and 16,000 square feet of meeting
 space includes a 600-person ballroom. (1800 Jefferson Davis
                                                                      center, as well as an outdoor pool
                                                                      with a surrounding deck that is avail-
                                                                                                                  MY FAVORITE VENDORS                              Embassy Row, this stately 1927 hotel
                                                                                                                                                                   just off Dupont Circle reopened in late
 Hwy., Arlington, 703.486.1111)                                       able for catered summertime events.                  In 2005, Sylvie Luanghy                 February after extensive renovations
 SHERATON NATIONAL HOTEL                                              (45020 Aviation Drive, Dulles, Va.,                  co-founded the Style & Image            to its guest rooms, meeting space,
 More than 25,000 square feet of event space at this hotel in-        703.471.9500)                                        Network Agency, a public                and restaurant. The elegant guest
 cludes the 1,500-person Commonwealth Ballroom and the 250-           WASHINGTON HILTON AND TOWERS                              relations and event market-        rooms overlook either downtown or
 person rooftop Galaxy Ballroom, which offers panoramic city          The 110,000 square feet of meeting                                                           Georgetown, and a ballroom for 300
                                                                                                                                ing firm geared toward small
 views. The 408 guest rooms include 72 club-level rooms and           space in this 1,119-room hotel makes                                                         people is among the hotel’s 11 meeting
 17 suites. Set on a quiet block close to Arlington National Cem-     it a popular destination for inaugural                    businesses, nonprofits, and         rooms. (2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW,
 etery, the hotel offers free shuttle service to points through-      balls and international assemblies.         government embassies. She and her staff          202.293.2100)
 out northern Virginia and D.C. (900 South Orne St., Arlington,       The International Ballroom, one of          put together two large-scale events and          WESTIN GRAND
 703.521.1900)                                                        the largest in D.C., holds 4,200 or seats   several smaller events every year, including     In the Foggy Bottom neighborhood,
 SHERATON RESTONR                                                     nearly 3,000. An exhibit hall can hold      Fashion Fights Poverty, one of the largest       this 263-room hotel offers nine meet-
 The 22,000 square feet of meeting space at this 301-room hotel       250 booths. The 1919 Grill, serving         fashion fund-raisers in the D.C. area.           ing spaces, including three large ball-
 includes a wide range of options, such as the 5,500-square-foot      hand-cut Angus beef and seafood, has                                                         rooms. The largest, the Promenade
 Diamond Ballroom, which offers a lobby terrace overlooking           a private dining room for 25. (1919 Con-    VENUE “The Carnegie Library (801 K St.           Ballroom, has a fireplace and floor-to-
 the pool courtyard. The buffet-style Syrah Restaurant also hosts     necticut Ave. NW, 202.328.2080)             NW, 202.383.1825) is old, but you can do         ceiling windows and can hold 300 or
 events, as does the sleek Cosmopolitan Lounge, which over-           WASHINGTON MARRIOTT                         so much with it. There’s such a wonderful        seat 260. The smaller Mayfair Court
 looks the landscaped courtyard. The hotel is eight miles from        A $14 million renovation in 2007 added      historical aspect to it. The room itself is      seats 60 and has vaulted ceilings and
 Dulles International Airport and a 30-minute drive to D.C. (11810    53 guest rooms to this West End hotel       pretty plain, so you can really transform it     French doors that lead to a European-
 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Va., 703.620.9000)                     (bringing the total to 471) and de-                                                          style indoor courtyard. (2350 M St. NW,
                                                                                                                  because of the beautiful ceiling design and
 SHERATON SUITES ALEXANDRIAR                                          buted an executive wing with private                                                         202.955.4461)
 Near the Potomac River waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, this       elevator access. The hotel also added       big columns. We have done Fashion Fights         OPENING SOON WESTIN
 hotel offers 247 guest rooms and six meeting spaces. The 2,500-      sleek, contemporary furniture to the        Poverty there for the past two years, and        NATIONAL HARBOR
 square-foot indoor event space can hold as many as 150, while        ornate marble lobby and the Atrium          we’ve also hosted [our other big event]          The 195-room Westin National Har-
 the 1,000-square-foot outdoor courtyard can hold receptions          Restaurant. More than 12,000 square         ‘Beauty Night Out,’ which is a night geared      bor was slated to open in April, with
 for 75. (801 North Saint Asaph St., Alexandria, 703.518.8792)        feet of meeting space is available in       toward showcasing new products, there.”          2,100 square feet of meeting space and
 SOFITEL LAFAYETTE SQUARE WASHINGTON D.C.                             15 rooms, including the 750-person                                                           8,000 square feet of retail space. Also
 Washington’s only four-diamond French hotel, this classic 1880       West End Ballroom. (1221 22nd St. NW,       CHOCOLATE “A company that really adds            on tap: a Reebok gym and harborside
 building features a stylish, Art Deco-inspired interior and 237      202.872.9899)                               a level of sexiness is Edward Marc Choco-        runs guided by the Westin’s running
 lavish guest rooms. The 1,700-square-foot Paris Ballroom, lined      WASHINGTON PLAZA HOTELR                     latier (202.496.1999, www.edwardmarc.            concierge. (171 Waterfront St., National
 with Parisian oil paintings, holds 200 and has a separate street     This boomerang-shaped Modernist             com). They created a fabulous chocolate-         Harbor, Md., 443.220.0101)
 entrance. Four smaller meeting rooms hold between 10 and 75,         white tower features curved hallways,       based decor scheme [for our chocolate            OPENING SOON WESTIN
 while Ici Urban Bistro serves contemporary French fare. (805         retro artwork, and a funky-chic vibe in     suite at Fashion Fights Poverty]. Edward         RESTON HEIGHTS
 15th St. NW, 202.730.8800)                                           its 340 guest rooms. A popular choice                                                        Set in a quiet D.C. suburb eight miles
                                                                      for conventiongoers (the Washington         Marc is based in Pittsburgh but is branch-
 STATE PLAZA HOTEL                                                                                                                                                 from Dulles International Airport, this
 Across the street from the State Department and a few blocks         Convention Center is six blocks away),      ing out to the D.C. area. They were right on     175-room hotel is scheduled to open
 from George Washington University and the Kennedy Center,            more than 12,000 square feet of meet-       target in terms of design, and we got a lot      in May. Its 1,200 square feet of Wi-Fi-
 this all-suite hotel offers a range of accommodations, from          ing space includes the 500-person Fed-      of compliments.”                                 equipped meeting space will hold 100
 simple, affordable suites to the luxury Grand Plaza suites           eral Hall and a landscaped pool deck for    LIGHTING “There is an amazing lighting           guests, and the hotel also offers a fit-
 with spacious living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens. Three        in-season events. Nearby Logan Circle                                                        ness center, an indoor pool, and a yet-
 meeting rooms total 1,600 square feet, and the hotel’s F Street      offers a chic dining and drinking scene.    and design company called John Farr
                                                                                                                                                                   to-be-named restaurant and lounge.
 Bistro & Wine Bar is a popular for happy hour. (2117 E St. NW,       (10 Thomas Cir. NW, 202.842.1300)           (301.390.2728, www.johnfarrlighting.             (11750 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Va.,
 202.861.8200)                                                        WASHINGTON SUITES ALEXANDRIA                com). They were really spectacular for the       703.391.9000)
 ST. GREGORY LUXURY HOTEL & SUITES                                    Set on a quiet street, this hotel offers    Fashion Fights Poverty event. Their mem-         WESTIN TYSONS CORNER
 The 54 rooms and 100 suites at this luxury downtown hotel            224 studio, one-bedroom, and two-           bers were very professional, and they did        Formerly a Doubletree property, this
 were renovated in 2007, updated with a dramatic black-and-           bedroom suites, ranging from 440            an amazing job. We will definitely continue       405-room hotel reopened in February
 gold design and new amenities including flat-screen TVs. Also         to 1,100 square feet. The largest of its    working with them.”                              2007 after a $22 million renovation to
 new: the 21 M lounge, an airy, open space featuring wall-length      six meeting rooms holds 100. Also on                                                         all of its guest rooms and public areas.
 window views. Additional meeting space includes a 250-               site: a nine-hole putting green and an      FLOWERS “C Scott Design (301.341.2516,           Set in a quiet neighborhood within
 person ballroom and two 30-person boardrooms. (2033 M St.            outdoor pool with sundeck. The hotel        www.cscottdesign.com) does great                 a mile of such northern Virginia cor-
 NW, 202.530.3600)                                                    is not within walking distance of a         flower arrangements. For any event, it’s all      porate headquarters as Capital One,
 ST. REGIS WASHINGTON, D.C.R                                          Metro station. (100 South Reynolds St.,     about the decor and design, and they’ve          I.B.M., and Northrop Grumman, the
 This historic Beaux-Arts hotel, completed in 1926, emerged           Alexandria, 703.370.9600)                   definitely helped us reach another level          hotel offers 14 meeting rooms, includ-
 transformed in December from a major renovation. New York-           WASHINGTON SUITES GEORGETOWN                                                                 ing a 550-person ballroom, as well as
 based firm Sills Huniford renovated all 150 guest rooms and 25        Located between Georgetown and the          with their creations.”                           a Reebok gym and the BlueFire grill
 suites, including the 2,500-square-foot presidential suite. The      K Street business corridor, this all-suite                                                   and lounge. (7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls
 renovations include makeovers of the Astor Ballroom, Astor           hotel is two blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro station. Each        Church, Va., 703.893.1340)
 Terrace, and all other meeting rooms. A new signature res-           of the 124 suites is 650 square feet, with a bedroom, kitchen,       NEW WESTIN WASHINGTON, D.C. CITY CENTER
 taurant and spa are set to open in mid-2008. (923 16th St. NW,       and living room large enough to host a small business meet-          After a $30 million renovation, the Westin Washington, D.C.
 202.638.2626)                                                        ing. The modern 1978 building includes a sleek white lobby           City Center opened in April 2007. Located five blocks from the
 TABARD INNR                                                          and a spacious backyard patio. (2500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,           Washington Convention Center and the White House, this 413-
 Five blocks from the White House, this 1914 hotel comprises          202.333.8060)                                                        room hotel has more than 16,000 square feet of event space,
 three Victorian town houses. Each of the inn’s 40 rooms is           WESTFIELDS MARRIOTT HOTEL, SPA AND GOLF CLUBR                        including 12 meeting rooms, two boardrooms that each hold
 different, and two event rooms (which hold 50 and 75 for re-         Seven miles south of Dulles International Airport, this four-        15 people, and a ballroom that can be divided into two spaces
 ceptions) are decorated with fireplaces, carved moldings, and         story brick hotel is designed in the style of Virginia’s regal Co-   for 300 and 600. The 130-seat 1400 North restaurant has a pri-
 period furniture. The inn also has a restaurant serving New          lonial estates. Amenities include a full-service spa and steam       vate room for 34 and a classic American menu. (1400 M St. NW,
 American cuisine with a brick-walled outdoor garden. (1739 N         room, tennis courts, and indoor and outdoor pools. Guests can        202.429.1700)
 St. NW, 202.463.7909)                                                also play at the 18-hole Westfields Golf Club six miles away. The     IN THE WORKS W HOTELR
 TOPAZ HOTEL                                                          hotel’s 40,000 square feet of meeting space includes a 1,100-        A new W hotel is slated to open in early 2009 in the former
 This Zen-themed Dupont Circle hotel offers 99 rooms that are         person ballroom, a 173-seat auditorium, and the Sunset Terrace,      Hotel Washington space, across the street from the White
 playfully designed with bold colors and East Asian art; there’s      where groups can book catered outdoor parties. (14750 Confer-        House. The 11-story hotel will have 317 guest rooms, includ-
 even an in-hotel yoga channel and complimentary yoga gift            ence Center Drive, Chantilly, Va., 703.818.0300)                     ing 32 suites, and a rooftop bar and terrace overlooking the
 baskets. Two 60-person meeting rooms have oversize floor              NEW WESTIN ALEXANDRIA                                                White House and the Washington Monument. In a building
 pillows and tabletop Zen rock gardens. The lively Topaz Bar          Open since November, this 319-room hotel is five miles from           originally designed by the architects who built the Senate and
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 is a lounge outfitted with plush couches and sapphire velvet          Reagan National Airport. The American restaurant Jamieson            House buildings on Capitol Hill, the property will have more
 mohair where guests can enjoy specialty cocktails and Asian          Grille is on site, as is Trademark Bar, a wine bar named after       than 13,000 square feet of meeting and event space (including
 fusion cuisine. (1733 N St. NW, 202.393.3000)                        the oh-so-close U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The hotel           the rooftop area), a spa, and a restaurant. (15th St. and Pennsyl-
 TYSONS CORNER MARRIOTT                                               has 20,000 square feet of flexible event space, including Alex-       vania Ave. NW)
 Adjacent to the Tysons Corner shopping mall (one of the largest      andria’s largest ballroom, which seats 600 for banquets. (400        WILLARD INTERCONTINENTAL
 in the country), this stylish and modern 390-room hotel offers       Courthouse Sq., Alexandria, 703.253.8600)                            Since the Willard’s beginnings in 1850, the luxe hotel has host-
 9,731 square feet of meeting space, including a 600-person ball-     WESTIN ARLINGTON GATEWAY                                             ed nearly every commander-in-chief. The 332-room landmark
 room. Additional event options include Shula’s Steak House,          A sleek and modern tower in Arlington’s Ballston neighbor-           celebrates that history with meeting rooms named after presi-
 which has a private dining room, and the homey, wood-paneled         hood, this 336-room hotel is a few blocks from many of the           dents like Taft and Pierce. The Crystal Room’s ornate gold-leaf
 No Name Lounge. The hotel is not Metro-accessible. (8028 Lees-       area’s corporate headquarters, including E-Trade, AES Corpora-       molding and Gilded Age look make it a go-to for galas. (1401
 burg Pike, Vienna, Va., 703.734.3200)                                tion, and Qwest International. Its 10,000 square feet of meeting     Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.628.9100)

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   INDEPENDENT EVENT SPACES
   AMERICAN RED CROSS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS                             D.C., the architecturally modern Equality Center caters to            with a steel-and-granite frame. Built to house the U.S. and D.C.
   The organization’s headquarters offers two buildings with au-        nonprofits and foundations, and offers four spaces designed            post office, the space is now a popular shopping destination.
   gust ballrooms. The Board of Governors Hall features 25-foot         to accommodate conferences, social events, trainings, board           The Romanesque atrium at the center of the pavilion has been
   ceilings and Louis Comfort Tiffany windows; it seats 180 or          meetings, and lectures. The 2,640-square-foot Equality Forum          a favorite spot for presidential inaugural balls and New Year’s
   holds 300 for receptions. The Hall of Service has a 31-foot-high     seats 150 or holds 250 for receptions. Various conference rooms       Eve events. A magnificent staircase frames the space, which
   ballroom with a balcony and a stage, and space for a 420-person      can host groups of 24 to 130, with full audiovisual capabilities      seats 500 or holds 1,900 for receptions. (1100 Pennsylvania Ave.
   reception or a 300-person banquet. (2025 E St. NW, 202.303.4470)     and free Wi-Fi access. Event planning services are available.         NW, 202.289.4224)
   ATHENAEUMR                                                           (1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 202.216.1500)                             REID BALLROOM
   Built as a bank in 1851, the Greek Revival-inspired Athenaeum—       FAUQUIER SPRINGS COUNTRY CLUBR                                        This space is in the Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation
   now home to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association—is           On the banks of the Rappahannock River sits the Fauquier Es-          Building, a historic mansion on Dupont Circle. The ballroom
   situated in Old Town Alexandria among 18th-century houses.           tate, featuring a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse and views of           seats 75 or holds 125 for receptions. Its architectural details in-
   Available for rent only on weekends, the venue has a sculpture       the Blue Ridge Mountains. Though it was founded as a country          clude wall friezes and delicate crown molding. It offers a nearby
   garden that hosts canopy-covered events for as many as 225.          club in 1957, the estate has a long history as a contended Civil      kitchen for use during an event. (1319 18th St. NW, 202.296.6267)
   The building seats 80 or holds 175 for receptions. A small cater-    War site and popular watering resort. The ballroom of the club-       RIVER FARMR
   ing kitchen is on site but does not offer the services of a chef.    house and its two outdoor decks can host events for as many as        Home of the American Horticultural Society, River Farm sits on
   (201 Prince St., Alexandria, 703.548.0035)                           300. (9236 Tournament Drive, Warrenton, Va., 540.347.4205)            25 acres of Virginia meadowlands featuring landscaped lawns,
   CARNEGIE INSTITUTION OF WASHINGTON                                   GALLERIA AT LAFAYETTE CENTER                                          gardens, and wooded areas. George Washington owned the
   The administration of the Carnegie Institution works in this         This 12,000-square-foot space has palatial qualities, with Ital-      main house in 1760. The garden flagstone patio, which has a
   Dupont Circle venue built in 1906. The space holds 350 for re-       ian marble floors and a glass dome 50 feet above. With several         2,400-square-foot tent that holds 160 for seated dinners or 200
   ceptions or seats 200. An auditorium holds 400 and offers lap-       nooks throughout, including a mezzanine overlooking the atri-         for receptions, offers spectacular views of the Potomac River.
   tops, screens, lecterns, audiovisual technology, and a kitchen.      um, the venue holds 750 for receptions or 400 for seated events.      The 817-square-foot ballroom seats 50 or holds 125 for recep-
   Outside caterers are welcome. (1530 P St. NW, 202.387.6400)          (1155 21st St. NW, 202.263.8513)                                      tions. A large country kitchen is available; outside caterers are
   CHESAPEAKE BAY BEACH CLUBR                                           GRAND ATRIUM AT TYSONS CORNERR                                        required. (7931 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, 703.768.5700)
   On Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay, this New England-style         This banquet facility has a balcony that seats 190 for a buffet-      UNION STATION
   waterfront facility offers four acres of landscaped lawns and        style dinner and overlooks a large permanent hardwood dance           Constructed in 1908 and restored in 1988, the Beaux-Arts Union
   three ballrooms for private events. The venue can host team-         floor. Surrounding the dance floor, the main level has a lounge         Station has numerous event facilities filled with ornamented,
   building activities and has a private beach, a game room with        area with sofas, wingback chairs, a fireplace, and a horseshoe         old-world charm. Once a fancy soda fountain, the Columbus
   pool tables and darts, and outdoor courts for horseshoes or vol-     bar. In-house catering is available. (2236 Gallows Road, Vienna,      Club has been used for press conferences, breakfast luncheons,
   leyball. (500 Marina Club Road, Stevensville, Md., 410.604.1933)     Va., 703.698.0228)                                                    and formal functions; it holds 200 for seated events or 400 for
   ELIZABETH’S ON L                                                     MCLEAN GARDENS BALLROOMR                                              receptions. The east hall seats 500 or holds 800 for receptions;
   Styled and recently renovated to conjure an elegant 1700s            To enter this ballroom, one must walk between two of four             the main hall seats 1,650 or holds 3,500 for cocktails. (40 Mas-
   setting with classical artwork, crystal-dripping chandeliers,        Greek columns reaching up from the foyer’s black-and-white-           sachusetts Ave. NE, 202.289.1908)
   wood-burning fireplaces, and gold-inlaid mirrors, this 1,250-         checkered marble floor to its 40-foot ceiling. The ballroom            U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
   square-foot Federalist town house is located in downtown D.C.        includes five grand chandeliers, a permanent dance floor, two           Facing the White House and across from Lafayette Park, the U.S.
   A foyer and large room can seat 70 or hold 150 for receptions.       working fireplaces, and six 20-foot windows. A small private           Chamber of Commerce accommodates most events held at the
   The Catering Company of Washington is the exclusive on-site          porch holds 30 for coffee or cigars at the end of the night. The      venue in its International Hall of Flags, filled with, well, flags.
   caterer. (1341 L St. NW, 202.347.8040)                               ballroom seats 150 or holds 350 for receptions. (3811 Porter St.      The space, decked with chandeliers and a coffered ceiling, holds
   EQUALITY CENTER AT THE HUMAN RIGHTS                                  NW, 202.966.9780)                                                     650 for receptions and 330 for seated events. Two other meeting
   CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS                                                OLD POST OFFICE PAVILION                                              spaces are available for corporate affairs or dinners. (1615 H St.
   In the Human Rights Campaign’s headquarters in downtown              Built in 1899, Washington’s first skyscraper stands 12 stories tall    NW, 202.463.5529)




   MANSIONS & HOMES
   CARLYLE HOUSER                                                       can schedule a private evening tour, host an event at the             MONTPELIER MANSIONR
   Built by one of Alexandria’s founders, this Georgian Palladian-      adjacent 250-seat Mount Vernon Inn, book a party in the inn’s         Because the walls of this historic, Prince George’s County house
   style house holds 100. Event space is also available from April      glass-enclosed veranda and adjoining Sunken Garden, or make           witnessed their fair share of founding fathers’ grace, some of
   to October on the tented Magnolia Terrace, which overlooks the       use of its 200-seat Smith Auditorium.                                 the rooms are now roped off for preservation. The expansive
   gardens and can seat 30 or hold 100 for receptions. Tours of the     HENDRY HOUSER                                                         garden holds 200-year-old boxwoods, while two wing rooms
   historic home can be scheduled for events. Outside caterers are      This Victorian mansion, which sits in Virginia’s 19-acre Fort         can hold 85 guests. The mansion is not available for rental on
   welcome. (121 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, 703.549.2997)           C.F. Smith Park, has been restored and remodeled for small            Sundays. (9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md., 301.953.1376)
   CREDIT UNION HOUSER                                                  functions. The site holds 65 for seated events and as many as         MORVEN PARKR
   For members of union leagues and nonprofit and community              150 with a tent. History buffs can take in the nearby ruins of        Even though Morven Park mansion, once owned by Virginia
   organizations only, this 8,000-square-foot, classically decorated    a Civil War fort, and all visitors can enjoy a previous owner’s       governor Westmoreland Davis, is undergoing a restoration, the
   town house—located two blocks from the U.S. Capitol                  exotic tree plantings and rock garden. (2411 North 24th St.,          12,000-acre estate and equestrian center can still host events
   building—offers reception space for 150. A rooftop terrace           Arlington, 703.243.7329)                                              of any size, including concerts and festivals. Two indoor riding
   gives views of D.C. landmarks and holds as many as 150. The          JOSEPHINE BUTLER PARKS CENTERR                                        arenas can accommodate indoor events, and for outdoor events,
   second-floor boardroom can accommodate smaller parties of             Overlooking Meridian Hill Park, this venue is known in D.C. for       tents can be erected on any number of fields or in the historic
   15. Audiovisual technology and an entertainment system with          advancing the city’s public green spaces. The 18,000-square-          gardens. (41793 Tutt Lane, Leesburg, Va., 703.777.2890)
   satellite TV and surround sound are available. Outside caterers      foot, 40-room Renaissance Revival-style mansion, built in 1927,       NEWTON WHITE MANSIONR
   are welcome. (403 C St. NE, 202.548.3131)                            has served as an embassy for Hungary and Brazil and now               Near woodlands and a golf course, this two-story Georgian-
   EVERMAY SOCIETYR                                                     offers a second-floor terrace, a foyer, a ballroom, and a 5,000-       style house retains some of its original farm charm. The interior
   This privately owned estate home has earned a place on the           square-foot twin gallery for special events. The Parks Center         features murals of bucolic scenes and several light-filled rooms,
   National Register of Historic Places, thanks to its Federalist       seats 200 or holds 300 for receptions. A full-service kitchen is      including a glass-enclosed atrium that holds as many as 240.
   architecture and grand open gardens and fountains. The house         available. (2437 15th St. NW, 202.462.7275)                           Each room leads onto a brick patio, which holds 250. (2708
   includes a large pavilion, a ballroom, and smaller drawing and       LEE-FENDALL HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDENR                                    Enterprise Road, Mitchellville, Md., 301.249.2004)
   dining rooms. For receptions, the first floor holds 350 with the       Formerly owned by one of Alexandria’s founding families, this         OATLANDSR
   pavilion, and the ballroom seats 90 to 140. The four acres of        1785 white clapboard house is in the middle of Old Town. The          The Greek Revival mansion is set on a 360-acre historic site with
   well-maintained gardens overlook Rock Creek Park and the             house holds 20 for banquets or 150 on its grounds. Guests can         a four-acre terraced garden. Rooms in the house are available
   historic Oak Hill Cemetery in the Georgetown neighborhood.           mingle where George Washington did, in the intimate dining            for tours, and the grounds and rustic carriage house can hold
   (1623 28th St. NW, 202.355.1261)                                     room filled with heirlooms or in the garden dotted with azaleas,       250 for seated events or 350 for receptions. (20850 Oatlands
   FOXCHASE MANORR                                                      begonias, and chestnut trees. (614 Oronoco St., Alexandria,           Plantation Lane, Leesburg, Va., 703.777.3174)
   Set in Virginia’s countryside, this Classical Revival house offers   703.548.1789)                                                         OLD STONE HOUSER
   an old-world elegance, complete with crystal chandeliers,            MERIDIAN INTERNATIONAL CENTER’S MERIDIAN                              This simple brick dwelling on Georgetown’s main thoroughfare
   Italian-marble floors, and classical porticos. With two ballrooms     HOUSE AND WHITE-MEYER HOUSER                                          is thought by many to be the oldest standing structure in
   and a landscaped 40- by 80-foot stone patio, the manor holds         The architecturally French-urban Meridian House—which                 Washington. A picturesque landscaped garden complements
   as many as 600 guests. (8310 Chatsworth Drive, Manassas, Va.,        doubles as an art gallery featuring international exhibits—           the 18th-century house, which is available for tours. The quiet,
   703.369.3638)                                                        has five rooms and can seat 100 or hold 350 for receptions.            off-street setting is available for events for 50. (3051 M St. NW,
   GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOUNT VERNON                                     The pebbled courtyard’s Linden Grove has a fountain and 40            202.895.6000)
   ESTATE AND GARDENSR                                                  imported linden trees; it seats 140 or holds 250 for receptions.      POPE-LEIGHEY HOUSE
   The magnificent plantation once owned by the first president           The less ornate, more classically decorated White-Meyer House         Frank Lloyd Wright designed this home—with furniture to
   of the United States offers a dose of history with sweeping          seats 120 in its flexible interior space, or 70 in one room. French    match—in the 1940s, but it was recently relocated from its
   views of the Potomac River. Although the estate itself cannot        doors open onto a terrace that seats 50 or holds 150 for cocktails.   original site to the Woodlawn grounds. Fortunately, the cypress,
   be rented for private functions (except to celebrate a significant    Tent rentals and vendors can be arranged. (1630 Crescent Place        brick, and glass house retains its striking flat-roofed design.
   gift to the preservation of Mount Vernon’s programs), guests         NW, 202.939.5592)                                                     The property holds 50 for seated events and is open from


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                                                                                                                                                                        suffrage and equality movements. French doors connect
                                                                                                                                                                        an interior terrace to an exterior terrace and garden. The
                                                                                                                                                                        outdoor area seats 200 or holds 300 for receptions, while
                                                                                                                                                                        the interior terrace holds 50. The house remains open for
                                                                                                      tions                                                             view during events, and the Gold Room can be used as a
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169 East Flagler Street                                                                                                                                                 This two-story, circa-1755 brick plantation house is full of
Miami, FL 33131                                                                                                                                                         history, including a “GW 1786” inscription on the exterior,
                                                                                                                                                                        thought to have been carved by George Washington
305.374.3677                                                                                                                                                            himself. The Georgian mansion is seated on 15 acres and
www.alfredidupontbuilding.com                                    PUFF ‘N STUFF CATERING                                                                                 contains several historically preserved rooms. The space
The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building is South Florida’s                                                                                                               can accommodate indoor receptions for as many as 60
                                                                 250 Rio Drive                                                                                          guests, while a tented affair can hold 120. (13301 Laurel-
only Art Deco skyscraper, offering 22,000 square feet of                                                                                                                Bowie Road, Laurel, Md., 301.725.6037)
                                                                 Orlando, FL 32810
event space in a former bank headquarters.Thirty-foot-tall                                                                                                              STONE MANSIONR
hand painted ceilings,Tennessee marble floors, brass scroll-
                                                                 407.629.7833                                                                                           Dubbed “Retirement” in 1780, the stone-columned house
work, two vaults. and five teller windows combine to cre-        www.puffnstuff.com                                                                                     looks nothing like it since its renovation in the 1940s. The
ate an unparalleled venue filled with class and elegance.        Puff ’n Stuff Catering is Florida’s premier full-service event                                         elegant bilevel manor is located in a 14-acre park and can
                                                                 planning company. The award-winning team orches-                                                       hold as many as 90 for receptions in three separate rooms
                                                                                                                                                                        and a large entry hall, or 150 in the garden. The site offers
CONCEPTBAIT INC.                                                 trates over 20 events daily and none is too big or small.                                              a full catering kitchen, an 1872-built grand piano, tennis
712 16th St. North                                               Whether your event is next door, or miles out of state,                                                and basketball courts, a picnic pavilion, and a playground.
St. Petersburg, FL 33705                                         our commitment to perfection shines through in every-                                                  (3900 Stoneybrooke Drive, Alexandria, 703.768.1777)
                                                                                                                                                                        THOMAS BIRKBY HOUSER
727.321.5350                                                     thing we do.
                                                                                                                                                                        This 18th-century home, one of Virginia’s many, can seat
www.conceptbait.com                                                                                                                                                     about 50 or hold 200 for outdoor receptions. The grounds
                                                                 RONEN BAR AND                                                                                          feature a two-story carriage house, with a meeting
conceptBAIT is a full-service special event design, decor, and
production studio with a vast inventory of draping fabrics,      FURNITURE RENTAL                                                                                       room that holds 60, and many outdoor areas, such as
                                                                                                                                                                        two porches and a white gazebo. (109 Loudoun St. SW,
spandex linens and shapes and in-house floral, lighting,         600 NW 62nd St.                                                                                        Leesburg, Va., 703.777.2700)
and logistics designers.                                         Miami, FL 33150                                                                                        WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLR
                                                                                                                                                                        The hilltop campus near the National Zoo includes a
                                                                 305.758.0835
NUAGE DESIGNS                                                    www.ronenrental.com
                                                                                                                                                                        historic mansion designed by Charles Adams Platt,
                                                                                                                                                                        known for the Corcoran Gallery’s west wing. When the
50 NW 73rd St.                                                   Our company provides unique bars and furniture for any                                                 school is not in session, the grounds and neo-Georgian
Miami, FL 33150                                                  event. With our design studio you can also mix and match                                               house, complete with marble fireplaces and a baby
www.nuagedesigns.com                                                                                                                                                    grand piano, are available for rental. The school’s various
                                                                 different bar panels and tops, create illuminated tables                                               event sites hold as many as 175. (3100 Macomb St. NW,
Nuage Designs represents the next generation of custom           and bars lighting up logos, graphics and pictures—perfect                                              202.243.1827)
linens and furnishings for special events. The company           for marketing and promotions.                                                                          WHITEHALL MANORR
works closely with event designers and brides to help                                                                                                                   This 50-acre estate located a stone’s throw from the
them conceptualize and execute their vision.                     ROUND UP COUNTRY                                                                                       Blue Ridge Mountains can host 3,000. The ballroom
                                                                                                                                                                        of the Federal house is flanked by French doors and
GET U.S. DESTINATION EVENT                                       WESTERN CLUB                                                                                           fluted columns and holds 180 for banquets or 200 for
                                                                 9020 South State Road 84                                                                               receptions. (18301 Whitehall Estate Lane, Bluemont, Va.,
MANAGEMENT                                                       Davie, FL 33324
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8529 South Park Circle, Suite 420                                954.423.1990                                                                                           A Greek portico fronts this Georgian Revival mansion—
Orlando, FL 32819                                                www.roundupcountry.com                                                                                 operated by the Audubon Naturalist Society—and a
321.445.2341                                                                                                                                                            large Palladian window illuminates its great hall. The
                                                                 The Round Up is a full service, event production venue                                                 mansion holds 150, and an attached, tented stone terrace
www.getusnow.com                                                 with a gourmet menu, four full bars, and a 2,000-square-                                               seats 170 seasonally. Outdoor ceremonies can be held in
Get U.S. is a multiple services event management compa-          foot dance floor. Round Up can accommodate your every                                                  the Hemlock Grove or on the south lawn. The staff, which
ny providing destination management, creative services,          event need from audiovisual equipment and support, to                                                  adheres to the Audubon Society’s ecological values, is
                                                                                                                                                                        knowledgeable about eco-friendly options for events.
and video and film production for our clients. Based in          dance instructors, performances, and more.
                                                                                                                                                                        (8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, Md., 301.652.9188)
Orlando, our event managers will travel nationwide with                                                                                                                 WOODLAWN MANORR
our clients to fulfill their program requirements.               SPLASHLIGHT STUDIOS                                                                                    This Georgian-style manor house and stone barn 10 miles
                                                                 555 Jefferson Ave.                                                                                     north of D.C. sits on a historic 1800s estate with 82 acres
MIKE SIPE ENTERTAINMENT                                          Miami Beach, FL 33139                                                                                  of green lawns, gardens, and gazebos. The mansion’s five
                                                                                                                                                                        rooms each seat as many as 40, and the five-acre lawn
1638 East Atlantic Blvd.                                         167 NE 26th St.                                                                                        and the adjoining gazebo garden each hold 250 for events.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060                                          Miami, FL 33137                                                                                        (16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, Md., 301.299.5026)
954.782.9118                                                                                                                                                            WOODLAWN PLANTATIONR
                                                                 305.672.9669                                                                                           Seated near the Potomac and overlooking Mount Vernon,
www.mikesipeentertainment.com                                    www.splashlight.com                                                                                    this estate purchased in 1805 by George Washington
For more than 20 years, Mike Sipe has been providing pro-        Splashlight welcomes you in hosting your private or cor-                                               features a historic house with more than 3,000 square
fessional entertainers to private and corporate event plan-      porate events at our studios. A blank canvas, they can be                                              feet of space, period antiques, and two formal parlors. For
ners and DMCs nationwide. The company provides clients                                                                                                                  outdoor events, four formal gardens with brick walkways
                                                                 transformed into the venue of your imagination creating                                                and ancient trees each hold 250, and a 1,000-square-foot
with an unforgettable entertainment experience, while            an experience worth remembering. We bring you superi-                                                  gazebo overlooks the gardens. A caterer, a photographer,
promoting an atmosphere of trust and togetherness.               or service in the modern world of photography                                                          entertainment, and a horse-drawn carriage can be
                                                                 because…You create. We assist.                                                                         provided. The property is closed in January and February.
                                                                                                                                                                        (9000 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, 703.780.4000)
                                                                                                                                                                        WOODROW WILSON HOUSER
                                                                                                                                                                        The stately redbrick Woodrow Wilson House in Kalorama
                                                                                                                                                                        Park is the former residence of the 28th president. In
                              Contact Us:
                                                                                                                                                                        addition to housing a museum in his honor, it also has
                              ANN KEUSCH, 305.893.8771 ext.111 or ann@csmipi.com                                                                                        a grass-lined courtyard that holds 100. The courtyard can
                              www.bizbash.com/florida                                                                                                                   be tented and combined with the museum space to host
                                                                                                                                                                        an event for 250. (2340 S St. NW, 202.387.4062)
                                           MUSEUMS & CULTURAL SPACES
                                                                                                                 events. The space seats 150 or holds 700 for receptions but can-     a sleek bilevel conference center with two outdoor terraces
                                           ART MUSEUMS & GALLERIES                                               not be rented for fund-raisers or personal events. (1050 Inde-       and bird’s-eye views of the Capitol. The New York Times Ochs-
                                                                                                                 pendence Ave. SW, 202.633.4880)                                      Sulzberger Family Great Hall of News is the venue’s most strik-
                                           ART MUSEUM OF THE AMERICASR                                           SMITHSONIAN DONALD W. REYNOLDS CENTER                                ing space: A 90-foot atrium, a 40- by 22-foot LED screen, and
                                           This Spanish colonial-style mansion houses more than 2,000            FOR AMERICAN ART AND PORTRAITURE                                     a traffic helicopter dominate the room. (555 Pennsylvania Ave.
                                           modern and contemporary art pieces from Latin America and             The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Smith-           NW, 888.639.7386)
                                           the Caribbean. Decorative tiles illustrated with Aztec and Inca       sonian American Art Museum are spread over 152,500 square
                                           legends enhance the loggia’s walls. Receptions for as many as         feet inside one of the oldest buildings in Washington, the
                                           120 can be held in the galleries; an outdoor terrace increases        Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture,          HISTORICAL & CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
                                           the capacity to 200. (201 18th St. NW, 202.458.3349)                  a national historic landmark. The museums reopened in July
                                           CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART                                               2006 following a lengthy renovation. Events can take place in        CARNEGIE LIBRARY
                                           The Corcoran, which Frank Lloyd Wright called the “best-              the high-ceilinged great hall, which holds 366 people, or in the    Home of the National Music Center, the Carnegie Library sits
                                           designed building in Washington, D.C.,” is the oldest gallery in      elegant Luce Foundation Center, which holds 800. The light-         across from the Washington Convention Center. The building
                                           the city and houses more than 14,000 pieces of American and           filled Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, opened in Novem-           holds 1,000 or seats 100 throughout its collection of rooms and
                                           European art The exhibition rooms remain open during seated           ber 2007, seats 900 or holds 1,200 for receptions, with room for    galleries. Ceilings are adorned with ruby and gold detailing,
                                           events for as many as 400 or receptions for 1,000. (500 17th St.      a stage or dance floor. (8th and F Sts.                                                       and a marble staircase frames the
                                           NW, 202.639.1700)                                                     NW, 202.633.6333)                                                                            large entrance gallery. The stone plaza
                                           FLASHPOINT                                                            SMITHSONIAN FREER GALLERY OF ART            MY FAVORITE VENDORS                              at the museum’s entrance can be used
                                           Whether it’s a theater performance or a business conference,          The Italian Renaissance-inspired Freer                                                       for entertainment or valet parking.
                                           the eclectic galleries and labs at Flashpoint provide flexible         Gallery and the underground Sackler                       Jarret Christensen is manager      (801 K St. NW, 202.383.1829)
                                           arrangements for arts programming or other special events.            Gallery feature the nation’s collec-                      of event marketing for              DAR MUSEUM AND
                                           Flashpoint showcases emerging artists and can host as many            tion of Asian art. The famous Peacock                     USA Today. He coordinates           CONSTITUTION HALLR
                                           as 200 guests. Members of the creative network Red Circle             Room, painted by James McNeill Whis-                      about 30 national events a          A showcase for domestic arts such as
                                           enjoy special rental rates. (916 G St. NW, 202.315.1329)              tler and lavishly decorated in blue and                   year, mainly focused on client      quilts and ceramics, the DAR Museum
                                           HILLWOOD ESTATE, MUSEUM & GARDENSR                                    gold ornamentation, remains open                                                              has eight rooms that can host events
                                           This Georgian mansion houses a large collection of 18th- and          to guests during any event, as do all
                                                                                                                                                                           entertaining and internal staff     of various sizes and styles. Antique
                                           19th-century Russian Imperial art and French objets, such as          the exhibition galleries. Although the      meetings. Christensen works out of USA            furniture and crystal chandeliers add
                                           Fabergé eggs and Beauvais tapestries. Docents are available           space cannot be rented for fund-raisers     Today’s headquarters in McLean, Virginia.         to the venue’s stately atmosphere.
                                           to give tours and answer questions about the estate. The visi-        or personal events, it can host a party     CATERING “I do a 100-person holiday event         The historic Constitution Hall—the
                                           tors’ center holds 150 for receptions. Tented outdoor events for      as gratitude for a generous gift to the     for a high-level client every year, and no        largest concert hall in D.C.—seats
                                           as many as 200 can be held on the grounds of the C.W. Post            museum. (1200 Jefferson Drive SW,                                                             4,000. For outdoor events, the portico
                                           building or in the motor court. Corporations are welcome to           202.633.1000)                               matter what, I’ll always use Design Cuisine       is a good option because of its view
                                           host events, but personal celebrations are not permitted. (4155       SMITHSONIAN HIRSHHORN MUSEUM                (703.979.9400, www.designcuisine.com)             of the Washington Monument and
                                           Linnean Ave. NW, 202.243.3914)                                        AND SCULPTURE GARDENR                       for catering; they’re phenomenal. What’s          its covered rotunda, which is useful
                                           INTERNATIONAL VISIONS—THE GALLERY                                     Unlike the more traditional buildings       so good about them is that they’re high-          in inclement weather. (1776 D St. NW,
                                           This 900-square-foot space features rotating work from inter-         on the National Mall, the cylindrical       end in terms of quality service, and they         202.879.3318)
                                           national artists and hosts lectures and happy hour for as many        Hirshhorn Museum floats above four           know what I’m looking for. For instance,          DECATUR HOUSE MUSEUMR
                                           as 70 in two galleries. A large picture window accentuates the        acres of garden space. The third-floor       they know that our president likes draft          Designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe,
                                           site’s open atmosphere. Music, catering, floral arrangements,          galleries, with views of the plaza and                                                        known as the father of American
                                           and photography can all be arranged by the gallery. (2629 Con-        Mall, seat 100 people; the entire mu-       Corona, so they always have that. I can           architecture, the Stephen Decatur
                                           necticut Ave. NW, 202.234.5112)                                       seum holds 1,000. Use of the outdoor        almost use them as a full-service catering        House was completed in 1818 and re-
                                           NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM                                              plaza surrounding the museum—               company; they assist me with decor, floral,        mains one of the oldest buildings in
                                           Since 1985, this museum has been a center for the ongoing             which features a fountain that shoots       and even entertainment. They do so many           Washington. The small entertaining
                                           discussion of architecture, construction, and urban planning.         four stories high—increases the             events in D.C. that I feel confident in their      parlors and the ballroom-size car-
                                           The 28,000-square foot space seats 1,600 or holds 2,000 for re-       capacity to 3,000. Warmer months            vendor recommendations.”                          riage house can accommodate groups
                                           ceptions. Most events are held in the Italian Renaissance-style       allow access to the sculpture garden,                                                         of various sizes. A 2,400-square-foot
                                           great hall, which features a central fountain and some of the         which houses 60 pieces of contempo-         VENUES “I love working with the Ritz-             outdoor brick courtyard, which has a
                                           tallest Corinthian columns in the world. The Pension Commis-          rary art. (1300 Independence Ave. SW,       Carlton. We mainly work with them at the          fountain and is surrounded by garden
                                           sioner’s Suite, adjacent to the great hall, can hold receptions for   202.633.2836)                               Tysons Corner location (1700 Tysons Blvd.,        beds, can be tented or left open for re-
                                           200. (401 F St. NW, 202.272.2448)                                     SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL                        McLean, Va., 703.506.4300), but we’ve             ceptions of as many as 400. (1610 H St.
                                           NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS                                  MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART                       started working with them across the              NW, 202.842.0920)
                                           This five-story Renaissance Revival building has elegant mar-          Connected to the neighboring Sack-                                                            DUMBARTON HOUSER
                                                                                                                                                             country. They really know their customer
                                           ble floors and staircases, as well as numerous crystal chande-         ler Gallery, much of this museum lies                                                         With its exterior brick walls and geo-
                                           liers. Works from women artists from around the world adorn           underground. Its collections showcase       and appreciate their customer’s business.         metric rooms separated by a center
                                           the walls of the great hall, the museum’s foyer. Together, the        the diversity of African art, featuring     We were always under the impression that          hall, the renovated Dumbarton House
                                           great hall and the mezzanine seat 500 or hold 1,000 for recep-        ancient and contemporary pieces in          we couldn’t afford them, but they made            provides one of the best examples of
                                           tions. The ornate boardroom, third-floor gallery, and perfor-          a variety of media. The museum can          a point that they are high-end but very           Federalist architecture in the George-
                                           mance hall can be used for performances and smaller gather-           seat 120 guests for dinner parties with     competitive. Their customer service is great      town neighborhood. Dinners and re-
                                           ings. (1250 New York Ave. NW, 202.783.7366)                           a speaker, while the different levels       at making sure our needs are met.”                ceptions are usually held in the lower-
                                           NUMARK GALLERY                                                        of the galleries can seat 180 for more                                                        level Belle Vue Room, which seats 100.
                                           This high-ceilinged gallery, a winner of two prestigious design       informal dinners or hold 200 for re-        INVITATIONS “Toni Footer of the Write             Any rental includes access to the out-
                                           awards, showcases the most vital trends in international and          ceptions. A conference space is also in     Image (301.896.0975, www. twio.com) is a          door terraces and gardens, which hold
                                           contemporary art. Its 1,500-square-foot space has a flexible           the works. (950 Independence Ave. SW,       local invitation vendor that I’ve been using      an additional 80 guests. (2715 Que St.
                                           configuration suitable for a variety of events. (625-27 E St. NW,      202.633.4600)                               since I started here [in 2000]. I use her for     NW, 202.337.2288)
                                           202.628.3810)                                                         TEXTILE MUSUEMR                             two to three major events each year, times        FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARYR
                                           THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION                                               Guests of this museum enter through         when we need something really nice. She           One block from the Capitol building,
                                           The Phillips Collection, the first American museum of modern           a marble-floored foyer into the former                                                         Folger Shakespeare Library houses
                                           art, includes Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party” among          home of founder George Hewitt Myers.        gives me suggestions and is up for any            the largest collection of Shakespeare
                                           its many Impressionist paintings. The historic music room             Two rooms paneled in Italian oak and        challenge. I always ask her to give me the        materials in the world. An Art Deco
                                           holds 200 for receptions or seats 120. Larger events can utilize      walnut can host receptions for 150 or       world for very little money, and somehow,         exterior bears a false witness to the
                                           multiple rooms (including the newly constructed annex) for            dinners for 50. The museum’s galler-        she does it. What I love about Toni, besides      detailed Tudor-style rooms within,
                                           receptions of as many as 350 or dinners of 200. An auditori-          ies are housed in an adjacent building      her creativity, is how detail-oriented she        complete with stained-glass windows
                                           um with audiovisual equipment seats 180. (1600 21st St. NW,           that is open to guests. Wisteria arbors     is. She knows that invitations need to be         and oak paneling. The great hall and
                                           202.387.2151)                                                         line a landscaped garden, which can be      perfect, she’s very good with deadlines, and      reading room can seat 200 or hold 500
                                           RENWICK GALLERY OF THE SMITHSONIAN                                    reserved in addition to an indoor space.                                                      for receptions. The Elizabethan Gar-
                                           AMERICAN ART MUSEUM                                                   (2320 S St. NW, 202.667.0441)               she’s very up-to-date on styles and trends.”      den is available on a limited basis for
                                           Designed by James Renwick, the architect behind the Smith-            TORPEDO FACTORY ART CENTERR                                                                   receptions of as many as 120. (201 East
                                           sonian Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, this           This unconventional space was built in                                                        Capitol St. SE, 202.544.4600)
                                           gallery houses American crafts from the 1800s to the present.         1918 as a torpedo factory and retains its original smokestack,       FREDERICK DOUGLASS MUSEUM & HALL OF
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                                           The grand salon, a classic example of a 19th-century collector’s      exposed ductwork, and catwalk balconies. Its three floors now         FAME FOR CARING AMERICANS
                                           picture room, displays 170 paintings and sculptures and can           harbor 82 studios and six galleries. The center atrium seats 350     Once owned by Frederick Douglass, this museum home in the
                                           seat 200 or hold 400 for receptions. More intimate receptions         or hold 600 for receptions, and a tent can be set up on the river-   Capitol Hill neighborhood displays a number of his personal
                                           can be held in a number of the smaller galleries, including           front terrace to increase the total available seating to 450. (105   effects, including his freed-man documents signed by Abra-
                                           the ornamental Octagon Room. (1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,              North Union St., Alexandria, 703.838.4565)                           ham Lincoln. Individual rooms hold 170 for receptions or 150
                                           202.633.8534)                                                                                                                              for seated events. All three levels of the 4,500-square-foot mu-
                                           SMITHSONIAN ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY                                                                                                      seum can be rented for as many as 400 guests. (320 A St. NE,
                                           This subterranean space, along with the aboveground Freer             FILM & MEDIA MUSEUM                                                  202.547.4273)
                                           gallery, houses a collection of Asian art. Guests enter through                                                                            GADSBY’S TAVERN MUSEUM
                                           the ornamental Haupt Garden to the recently renovated en-             OPENING SOON NEWSEUM                                                 In 1796, George Washington and John Adams could be counted
                                           trance pavilion, which is flanked by windows that offer views          Scheduled to open in April, the 250,000-square-foot Newseum          among the regulars at Gadsby’s Tavern. Restored to its origi-
                                           of the Smithsonian Castle. The galleries’ exhibitions remain          is dedicated to the history of news. The seven-story museum          nal glory, the tavern today, along with its equally historic City
                                           accessible during dinner parties, receptions, and other special       complex houses 14 exhibition galleries, a 535-seat theater, and      Hotel, is a working museum full of artifacts from an earlier


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                                                                                                                                        leatherneck gallery, where planes and other Marine artifacts

MUSEUMS &
                                                                    LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
                                                                    The largest library in the world holds more than 130 million are displayed, holds 1,000 guests. Tun Tavern, a re-creation of
                                                                    printed items. Built in the 1890s and graced with murals an 18th-century public tavern in Philadelphia, seats 30, while
                                                                    and mosaics that complement its Italian Renaissance archi- the mess hall seats 150. (18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle,
                                                                    tecture, the great hall seats 450 people or                                           Va., 877.653.1775)

CULTURAL SPACES                                                     holds 1,200 for receptions. The Montpelier
                                                                    Room seats 250 or holds 400 for receptions,
                                                                    and has a wraparound balcony that offers
                                                                                                                     WHERE TO FIND ...
                                                                                                                                                          NEW ROBERT AND ARLENE
                                                                                                                                                          KOGOD COURTYARD
                                                                                                                                                          Open since November, the light-filled atri-
                                                                    views of the Capitol. Lectures can be held for                                        um of this newly enclosed courtyard unifies
age. The large ballroom (where George and Martha shared a           200 guests in the Mumford Room or for 64
                                                                                                                      Zen Style                           the spaces at the Donald W. Reynolds Center
dance) and the assembly room can seat 112 people or hold 175        in the Mary Pickford Theatre. (10 1st St. SE, Ibiza nightclub has an outdoor          shared by the Smithsonian American Art
for receptions. (134 North Royal St., Alexandria, 703.838.4242)     202.707.5218)                                     garden with fountains, moss-        Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.
GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC NATIONAL MEMORIAL                         LILLIAN & ALBERT SMALL JEWISH MUSEUMR             covered walls, and great Capitol A water scrim accentuates the undulating
This monument to the first president is distinguished by a           The Jewish Historical Society of Greater views. (1330 Maryland Ave. SW,               glass roof and lush landscaping. The 28,000-
333-foot-tall tower modeled after one in Rome. Its marble inte-     Washington preserves and chronicles the                                               square-foot space holds 900 people for
rior and grassy grounds offer several event spaces. The Gothic-
                                                                                                                      202.787.6100)
                                                                    history of the local Jewish community in                                              seated events or 1,200 for receptions, with
style North Lodge Room, with a small stage and a surrounding        the oldest synagogue in D.C., built in 1876. Topaz Hotel’s 99 rooms feature           room for a stage or dance floor. (8th and F
upper-level balcony, seats 241 (or 291 with the addition of fold-   Events can be held in the sanctuary, which bold colors, East Asian art, and           Sts. NW, 202.633.6333)
ing chairs). Most large events are held in the Grand Masonic        holds as many as 70 but is not wheelchair- an in-hotel yoga channel, while            SMITHSONIAN ANACOSTIA
Hall, which seats 190 for banquets and is flanked by the huge        accessible. Some additional seating is avail- two meeting room have over-             COMMUNITY MUSEUMR
granite columns that support the building. (101 Callahan Drive,     able on the outdoor patio. (701 4th St. NW,                                           Anacostia is the national museum for the
Alexandria, 703.683.2007)                                           202.789.0900)
                                                                                                                      size floor pillows and tabletop
                                                                                                                                                          preservation of African-American history
GLEN ECHO PARK                                                      NEW MADAME TUSSAUDS                               rock gardens. (1733 N St. NW,       and culture. The program room hosts most
A favorite amusement park from the early 1900s to 1968, Glen        The most recent incarnation of Madame 202.393.3000)                                   types of special events, seating 50 or hold-
Echo Park retains the character of a bygone era, including relics   Tussauds—this one housed in the old Wood- The Spa at Mandarin Oriental,               ing 150 for receptions. The loggia and front
like a bumper-car pavilion, which holds 300 for events, and a       ward & Lothrop department store—opened decorated with burnished                       porch of the museum can be reserved for
restored carousel. The park now hosts a variety of arts, history,   in October. The $16 million, 14,000-square-                                           larger events, increasing the capacity by
and environmental programs, including art classes, theater          foot museum is part of a 27,000-square-foot bronze ceilings, oak floors,               100. The National Park Service owns the
performances, and history tours. Built in 1933, the Art Deco        space (allowing room for expansion) that and light sycamore walls,                    museum grounds, which can be rented di-
Spanish ballroom attracts professional dancers from across          features the waxen likes of historical figures     has several relaxation rooms.       rectly through the service. (1901 Fort Place SE,




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the country and holds 800. (7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo,        such as Abraham Lincoln and modern-day (1330 Maryland Ave. SW,                        202.633.4820)
Md., 301.634.2233)                                                  celebs like Beyoncé Knowles. The venue can 202.787.6100)                              SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION BUILDINGR
GOETHE-INSTITUT WASHINGTON                                          host receptions for 300 or sit-down dinners                                           Commonly known as the Castle and com-
The Goethe-Institut strives to share German culture on a global     for 50. (1025 F St. NW, 202.658.6113)                                                 pleted in 1855, the original Smithsonian
scale. To that end, the gallery at the Washington outpost fea-      OPENING SOON NATIONAL MUSEUM                                                          building was constructed out of Maryland
tures art exhibitions from German artists and holds as many         OF CRIME & PUNISHMENT                                                                 red sandstone and designed as a Norman
as 150. The 92-seat GoetheForum screening room provides             This museum, set to open in April, is co-                                             castle, with vaulted towers at its corners and
specialized audiovisual equipment, including German-made            owned by America’s Most Wanted host John                                              center. The interior features Victorian details,
Kinoton film projectors. (812 7th St. NW, 202.289.1200)              Walsh. It features historical artifacts and in-                                       like storied columns, and a gold-trimmed
INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM                                            teractive presentations on topics including                                           ceiling. The great hall seats 200 or holds 600
One of D.C.’s newest attractions, the Spy Museum takes guests       pirates, John Wayne types, computer hack-                                             for receptions, while the Commons (a restau-
on an interactive espionage mission. Receptions for 50 can          ers, and serial killers. The three-story, 28,000-                                     rant open to the public) seats 150 or holds 225.
be held in the museum’s lobby, while the neighboring Zola           square-foot museum will be available for                                              To the Castle’s south lies the Enid A. Haupt
restaurant can seat 150 or hold 250 for receptions. Famous          private events for as many as 500. Specific                                            Garden, available for receptions of as many
spy-themed characters (such as Austin Powers and James              room availability and capacities were not                                             as 400 during the warmer months. (1000 Jef-
Bond) can make an appearance, and a polygraph operator or           available at press time. (7th and E Sts. NW, 202.393.1099)          ferson Drive SW, 202.633.2020)
handwriting expert can give readings. Catering for all events       NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS                                 SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM
is provided through Zola’s head chef, Bryan Moscatello. (800        This museum, open since November 2006, is 20 miles from             OF THE AMERICAN INDIANR
F St. NW, 202.654.0996)                                             Washington and adjacent to the Marine Corps base. The               Kasota limestone shapes the exterior of the newest Smith-
        sonian museum, and four indigenous garden habitats sur-                                          for receptions. A 196-seat theater is also available for lectures   its summer reopening. (Constitution Ave. between 12th St. and
        round the building. Guests enter through the Potomac atrium,                                     or conferences. (200 North Glebe Road, Suite 400, Arlington,        14th St. NW, 202.633.3306)
        which has a 120-foot domed ceiling and a woven-copper                                            703.533.1155)                                                       SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
        screen wall and can hold 300 people for dinner parties or                                        WOODROW WILSON HOUSER                                               In November, the museum unveiled its newest permanent
        600 for receptions. An outdoor terrace provides fifth-floor                                       The only presidential museum in D.C., the Woodrow Wilson             exhibit, “America by Air,” a 15,000-square-foot presentation
        views of the Capitol and the National Mall, while an outdoor                                    House on Embassy Row illustrates American life in the 1920s          that tells the America aviation story with the help of full-scale
        amphitheater seats 100. (4th St. and Independence Ave. SW,                                      with sound recordings, flapper dresses, and authentic kitchen         replicas, photographs, artwork, and more. The space holds 700
        202.633.6982)                                                                                                  and bedroom pieces. Dinners for 36 can be             for receptions, and guests can mount a 30-foot-tall bridge that
        SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM                                                                             held in the presidential dining room. Larger          allows access to the fuselage of a retired Northwest 747. (Inde-
        Located in a restored building just steps
        away from Union Station, this museum
                                                                                      WHERE TO ...                     parties for as many as 125 must be held in the
                                                                                                                       garden, though access to the historic town
                                                                                                                                                                             pendence Ave. at 6th St. SW, 202.633.2340)
                                                                                                                                                                             SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
        contains nearly 300 years of American                                         Release Guests’                  house remains open during events. Indoor              This museum’s most memorable exhibit spaces—from the
        parcel history. Three airmail planes are
        suspended above the marble floor of the
                                                                                      Inner Teenager                   museum receptions can hold 175, increasing
                                                                                                                       to 250 with use of the garden. (2340 S St. NW,
                                                                                                                                                                             soaring rotunda (home to an imposing African elephant) to the
                                                                                                                                                                             Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals (the glittering repository
        90-foot-high atrium, a space that seats                                       Table-tennis enthusiasts can     202.387.4062)                                         of the Hope Diamond)—can host as many as 300 for dinners or
        200 or holds 350 for receptions. Busi-                                        paddle it out on four game                                                             500 for receptions. The Baird Auditorium and Johnson IMAX
        ness meetings or conferences can be                                           tables at Comet Ping Pong,                                                             Theater provide seating for 565 for audiovisual presentations
        held in the Blount and Discovery centers,                                     where everything from the           SCIENCE & NATURAL                                  and film screenings. The Ocean Hall, set to open in September,
        both of which are equipped with projec-                                       tables to the lights is Ping-                                                          will be the museum’s largest permanent exhibit. (Constitution
        tion screens. (2 Massachusetts Ave. NE,
                                                                                      Pong-inspired. The dining room
                                                                                                                          HISTORY SPACES                                     Ave. at 10th St. NW, 202.533.1650)
        202.633.5500)                                                                                                                                                        SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL PARKR
        TUDOR PLACE HISTORIC                                                          has a large projection screen       MARIAN KOSHLAND SCIENCE MUSEUM                     This expansive zoo in Cleveland Park offers more than 20 in-
        HOUSE AND GARDENR                                                             for movies and televised events,    The National Academies of Science use this         door and outdoor spaces for meetings and events. The wide-
        Designed by the architect of the U.S. Capitol                                 and a back room, currently          museum to showcase the most groundbreak-           open great meadow, at the center of the zoo, holds 1,000 guests
        and built by relatives of George Washington                                   under construction, will feature    ing scientific research. Dinners and receptions     under tents, while 100 guests can book a private show at the
        in 1816, Tudor Place’s neo-Classical house                                    a Nintendo Wii and several flat-     for 100 are held in the high-tech “Wonders         seal and sea lion exhibit. There’s also a 300-seat auditorium,
        has kept original pieces of the Washington                                    screen TVs. (5037 Connecticut       of Science” exhibit space, though guests may       classrooms, and boardrooms. If you’re willing to drop a big-
        collection—furniture, jewelry, photographs,                                                                       also venture into the “Global Warming Facts”       money donation, then you can host an event in the zoo’s pride
        books, and manuscripts—for public view-                                       Ave. NW, 202.364.0404)              and “Putting DNA to Work” shows. Caterer           and joy, the giant panda house. (3001 Connecticut Ave. NW,
        ing. The main event space is the five and                                                                          Sodexho crafts menus for in-house events.          202.673.7835)
        a half acres of landscaped gardens that hold 500. The grounds                                    (500 5th St. NW, 202.334.1548)                                      STEVEN F. UDVAR-HAZY CENTER
        include a conservatory and trees planted in the 19th century.                                    NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MUSEUM AT EXPLORERS HALL                        The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven
        On-site cooking is not allowed, and tent rental is required for                                  World-famous photography and rotating exhibits on cultural          F. Udvar-Hazy Center has an in-house flight simulator and a
        more than 100 guests. (1644 31st St. NW, 202.965.0400)                                           and natural history are the focus at this 5,000-square-foot         growing collection of aviation artifacts. Events can take place
        UNITED STATES NAVY MEMORIAL NAVAL HERITAGE CENTER                                                museum, which can hold 150 people. Dinners for 400 can be           under the 155 life-size aircraft on display in the center’s 10-
        Fittingly, a nautical feel pervades the Naval Heritage Center.                                   hosted in the dining hall, whose small terrace is available for     story Boeing Aviation Hangar or in the James S. McDonnell
        The 1,625-square-foot Gallery Deck seats 115 or holds 225 for                                    refreshments during warmer months. The Grosvenor Audito-            Space Hangar, which exhibits 150 spaceships (most notably,
        receptions, while the U.S. Presidents Room offers 960 square                                     rium seats 385 for audiovisual presentations or lectures. An        Enterprise, the first space shuttle). The museum holds as many
        feet of intimate space for receptions of 75; both spaces can be                                  on-site caterer provides food for receptions. (1145 17th St. NW,    as 6,000 people. (14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chan-
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 OUTDOOR SPACES
 AIR FORCE MEMORIAL                                                    nial Gardens, a maze of ornamental landscaped lawns centered           NETHERLANDS CARILLON
 The newest memorial to grace the capital’s skyline has three          around the Constitutional Bell. (775 North George Mason Drive,         A gift from the Dutch government to show gratitude for the
 metallic spires soaring 270 feet into the air, just across the Po-    Arlington, 703.228.7781)                                               American effort in World War II, this towering bronze bell tower
 tomac from D.C. A bluestone path winds through the ground-            FORT DUPONT PARK                                                       is the centerpiece of a grassy knoll planted with thousands
 level portion of the memorial, and the central landscaped area        This national park is off most visitors’ radars because of its far     of tulips every year. The lawn, part of the George Washington
 can host events for 250, with views of the Washington Monu-           Southeast location, but its 376 wooded acres are full of event po-     Memorial Parkway, just over the bridge from D.C., is adjacent
 ment. (1 Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, 703.247.5808)           tential, including three grassy picnic areas, the largest of which     to the Iwo Jima memorial and can host events for 100. (George
 ALEXANDRIA AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE PARK                             holds 75, and sports fields and tennis courts that can be reserved      Washington Memorial Pkwy., Arlington, 703.289.2500)
 This eight-acre park surrounds a preserved 19th-century African-      for groups. (Randle Cir. and Fort Dupont Drive, 202.690.5185)          OCCOQUAN REGIONAL PARK
 American cemetery and includes the Alexandria Black His-              FORT RENO PARK                                                         This 400-acre park in Lorton, about 15 miles south of D.C., fea-
 tory Museum, surrounded by towering bronze tree sculptures.           Part of the original circle of forts that once defended the nation’s   tures 20 miles of hiking trails set along a scenic freshwater lake
 The park encompasses a wetland area home to mallard ducks,            capital, Fort Reno is perched on Washington’s highest point, at        and two Chesapeake Bay tributary rivers. Four grassy meadows
 painted turtles, and beavers. Events for 150 can be held on the       429 feet above sea level. The castle-like fort is now surrounded       each offer picnic shelters that hold between 50 and 100. (9751
 park’s main lawn. (500 Holland Lane, Alexandria, 703.838.4356)        by soccer fields, a dog park, and a picnic area. The large grassy       Ox Road, Lorton, Va., 703.690.2121)
 ALGONKIAN REGIONAL PARK                                               lawn hosts rock concerts on Mondays and Thursdays through-             NATIONAL MALL AND MEMORIAL PARKS
 Set on the bank of the Potomac River, 15 miles from D.C., this        out the summer; the simple wooden stage can be used for events         This iconic property, more than 1,000 acres in size, is home to
 park includes a water park, a golf course, miniature golf, and        on other days. (3800 Donaldson Place NW, 202.895.6070)                 more than 80 historic structures (including the Washington
 picnic shelters. An adjoining meeting and event center offers         FORT STEVENS                                                           Monument and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials), 3,000
 three rooms that hold as many as 250 people. (47001 Fairfax           The site of a major Civil War battle, the fort here is partially       cherry trees, and the tidal basin. To host an event on the Mall,
 Drive, Sterling, Va., 703.450.4655)                                   restored and available for group tours. Additional facilities          planners must apply for a permit by calling 202.619.7225.
 BROOKSIDE GARDENS                                                     include soccer, tennis, and basketball courts. The small grassy        PIERCE MILL—ROCK CREEK PARK
 Ornate floral displays dot the sprawling green expanses at this        park site can be reserved for 30, and there are also indoor rooms      An 1820s structure that predates the park itself, this former
 picturesque complex of gardens just outside the Beltway. The          available within the Fort Stevens Recreation Center. (13th and         commercial mill now operates as a historical and educational
 largest lawn holds 250 people, and the lush indoor conservatory       Van Buren Sts. NW, 202.541.3755)                                       site. The park service offers group tours of the stone barn and
 holds 125. Several smaller spaces include a fragrance garden.         FRANKLIN PARK                                                          mill. The facility, which includes a picnic space for 50, is avail-
 (1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Md., 301.962.1404)                     This sprawling, 203-acre park in northern Virginia is a collec-        able for event rental. (Park Road and Beach St., 202.895.6070)
 BULL RUN REGIONAL PARK                                                tion of hiking trails, grassy and wooded areas, and recreational       THE PORTICO AT DAR CONSTITUTION HALL
 One of the area’s largest picnic complexes, this northern Vir-        facilities. Two picnic pavilions hold 75 and 100, and gazebos          It doesn’t get more grand old Washington than an outdoor event
 ginia park offers a log-cabin-style pavilion that has two group       can be reserved for smaller groups. Soccer fields, tennis courts,       among the stately, 50-foot-tall columns guarding the entrance
 grills and space for 600, while 11 other picnic shelters hold be-     sand volleyball courts, and an in-line hockey rink can also be re-     to this historic hall just off the National Mall. The location of-
 tween 50 and 200. Also on site: a large outdoor pool, mini golf,      served. (17501 Franklin Park Drive, Purcellville, Va., 703.777.0343)   fers an up-close view of the Washington Monument—and the
 and a public shooting center with clay, skeet, and archery facili-    GARFIELD PARK                                                          cherry blossoms, in season—while the soaring, covered rotunda
 ties. (7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, Va., 703.631.0550)           Tucked just behind the Congressional office buildings, this well-       provides protection from the elements. The venue seats 200
 CAMERON RUN REGIONAL PARK                                             maintained city park includes lighted tennis courts, basketball        theater-style, while the covered portion holds 120. (1776 D St.
 The centerpiece of this massive family recreational complex in        courts, a playground, and two newly constructed boccie courts.         NW, 202.879.3318)
 Alexandria is a water park featuring a wave pool, but there’s         The main lawn, which includes five picnic tables, can be reserved       POTOMAC LAKE SPORTSPLEX
 also a mini-golf course, batting cages, and a picnic area. The        for events and has space for 150. (699 2nd St. SE, 202.673.7647)       This massive athletic complex in northern Virginia is 47 acres
 gated central pavilion is available for rental for as many as 300     GEORGETOWN RECREATION CENTER                                           of fields and lawns, including six soccer fields and four lighted
 people, with the option of catering and a 3,300-square-foot tent.     A baseball field, swimming pool, and large picnic area can all          softball fields. A pavilion next to the playground can be reserved
 (4001 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, 703.960.0767)                      be reserved at this secluded public green space on the edge            for events, with seating for 40, and the adjacent picnic area
 C&O CANAL HISTORICAL NATIONAL PARK—GEORGETOWN                         of Georgetown University’s campus. Also on site: two tennis            holds 100. (20280 Cascades Pkwy., Sterling, Va., 703.777.0343)
 The 184.5-mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal begins in George-            courts and a basketball court, as well as a small multipurpose         POWHATAN SPRINGS PARK
 town, and it’s here that you can relive the 19th century with a       meeting room, which can be reserved through the Parks De-              Not your grandfather’s playground, this activity park includes
 historical boat ride through the national park. The boats are         partment. (34th and Q Sts. NW, 202.282.0380)                           a 15,000-square-foot skate park designed by pro skater Frank
 pulled by mules, as they were when the canal first opened, and         GREAT FALLS PARK                                                       Hirata and a high-tech children’s rain garden conceptualized
 rides take place Wednesday through Sunday, April through              Fifteen miles outside of D.C., this 800-acre park along the shores     by artist Jann Rosen-Queralt, as well as a full-size athletic field.
 October. Groups can book a private sail for as many as 75. (1057      of the Potomac River is a collection of dramatic views overlook-       Each area, along with the surrounding grounds, is available for
 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, 202.653.5190)                                ing cascading rapids and 20-foot waterfalls. Several of the hill-      event rental. (6020 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703.533.2362)
 CARLYLE HOUSE HISTORIC PARK                                           top overlooks are available for picturesque events, the largest of     SENECA CREEK STATE PARK
 In the center of Alexandria’s historic Old Town district, this site   which holds 250. On a separate lawn, 50 picnic tables and 17 grills    This 6,300-acre park 20 miles outside of D.C., set along the Po-
 features a 1753 stone house now on the National Historical Reg-       are available, though reservations are not accepted. (George-          tomac River, covers all the recreational bases with a golf course,
 ister, and the 100-person Magnolia Terrace, which can be tented       town Pike and Old Dominion Drive, McLean, Va., 703.825.2965)           hunting area, hiking trails, a Frisbee golf course, and boat
 for events and offers views of the surrounding flower gardens.         KALORAMA PARK                                                          rentals on the lake. In December, crowds pour in for the over-
 (121 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, 703.549.2997)                     A peaceful, three-acre triangle set behind Adams Morgan’s              the-top Winter Lights display, which is three and a half miles
 COLLEGE GARDENS PARK                                                  hard-partying main nightlife strip, this city park contains a          long. A 140-seat auditorium can be rented for weekday events.
 This quaint six-acre park surrounding a duck pond just off the        flowered green space with picnic tables and benches that holds          (11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, Md., 301.924.2127)
 grounds of Montgomery College includes a sand volleyball              100 people for events. The park also has a dog run, playground,        SMOKEY GLEN FARM
 court and several athletic fields that can be reserved for events.     and basketball court. (1875 Columbia Road NW, 202.673.7606)            This 91-acre outdoor events complex 20 miles outside of D.C.
 The main lawn, which includes picnic tables and grills, holds         KATZEN ARTS CENTER SCULPTURE GARDEN                                    includes five rustic event facilities made up of shady meadows,
 50. (615 College Pkwy., Rockville, Md., 703.228.6525)                 This 408-person sheltered space wraps around American Uni-             covered pavilions, and sprawling grassy knolls that together
 CONSTITUTION FIELDS                                                   versity’s art museum. The center can arrange seated reception-         can hold 8,000 guests. The venue provides a barbecue catering
 These fields on the National Mall are located between the              style events, with a small stage available for a performance or        service, and on-site recreation facilities include softball fields,
 Washington Monument and the Vietnam Veterans Memo-                    address, or a cocktail party can be held among the towering mod-       volleyball courts, a playground, and a mini-golf course. (16407
 rial. The softball fields can be reserved on an ongoing or one-        ernist sculptures. (4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202.885.3668)          Riffleford Road, Gaithersburg, Md., 301.948.1518)
 time basis, and the accompanying grassy knoll is available for        KENILWORTH PARK AND AQUATIC GARDENS                                    TIDAL BASIN
 events, though they must be arranged far in advance. (23rd St.        With marshy ponds covered in lotuses and water lilies, herons          It’s not easy to reserve space at the venue that launched a thou-
 and Constitutional Ave. NW, 202.673.7647)                             wading by, and even the occasional bald eagle sighted over-            sand postcards, but call months (or years) in advance and you
 COSCA REGIONAL PARK                                                   head, it’s hard to believe this lush, exotic setting is contained      might be able to hold an event among the cherry blossoms,
 Just beyond the Beltway, this 690-acre park offers lighted soft-      within the district’s borders. The 12-acre national park offers        just west of the Jefferson Memorial. If not, there are always
 ball and baseball fields that can be reserved for group outings,       several large gardens, ball fields, and grassy knolls that can be       the paddleboats, which can be reserved for group rentals. (900
 as can the picnic tables and pavilion. The park is also home to       rented for events. (1550 Anacostia Ave. NE, 202.426.6905)              Ohio Drive SW, 202.619.7225)
 the Clearwater Nature Center, which offers educational tours for      MEADOWLARK BOTANICAL GARDENS                                           UNITED STATES NAVY MEMORIAL
 children’s groups. (11000 Thrift Road, Clinton, Md., 301.868.1397)    This 95-acre complex is home to more than 20 types of cherry           Just north of the Mall, adjacent to the National Archives, this
 DUMBARTON OAKS PARK                                                   trees, irises, peonies, and native wildflowers. The extensive           sometimes-overlooked memorial is a stately plaza, the base of
 Quite literally a secret garden, this 10-acre park is hidden be-      shade garden is a popular meeting spot, as is the indoor tropical      which is a 100-foot-diameter map of the world, surrounded by a
 tween Rock Creek Park and Montrose Park in Georgetown. Re-            jungle, and three hillside gazebos, which can all be rented for        series of sculptures depicting events in naval history. Events are
 sembling something out of an 18th-century British novel, the          events. The largest space holds 300. (9750 Meadowlark Gardens          held on the plaza as well as in three rooms in the adjoining Naval
 formerly private estate is a maze of exquisitely landscaped gar-      Court, Vienna, Va., 703.255.3631)                                      Heritage Center. (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.737.2300)
 dens, rows of thousands of roses, and even a line of waterfalls.      MERIDIAN HILL PARK                                                     U.S. NATIONAL ARBORETUM
 Group tours for 10 or more can be arranged, and the miniature         This 12-acre park just north of U Street opened in 1914 with           This 444-acre expanse is hidden in Washington’s Northeast
 Roman-style amphitheater at the center of the gardens can             marble statues, vine-covered fountains, and a reflecting pool,          quadrant. More than 40 plant collections and gardens are on
 host events for 50. (31st and R Sts. NW, 202.895.6070)                all of which sat in various levels of decay until a recent $6.2 mil-   display, and 11 indoor and outdoor spaces are available for
 EMERY RECREATION CENTER                                               lion renovation, now nearly complete. Sunday-afternoon drum            events. Among the most popular spaces are the bonsai court-
 A quiet enclave in a residential neighborhood, this multi-            circles have been a fixture for 40 years, and each of the park’s        yard and the National Herb Garden, which each hold 200. (3501
 purpose center includes a lighted baseball field and picnic area,      three lawns is available for events for as many as 50. (16th and       New York Ave. NE, 202.245.2726)
 which can be reserved for events. Also on site: basketball and        Euclid Sts. NW, 202.619.7111)                                          WOODEND SANCTUARY
 volleyball courts and four classrooms that can be reserved for        MONTROSE PARK                                                          The Audubon Naturalist Society operates this Colonial estate.
 groups. (5701 Georgia Ave. NW, 202.576.3211)                          Tucked behind a busy area of Georgetown, this national park            The centerpiece of this grand 40-acre expanse is a shaded hem-
 FIELDS PARK                                                           features two wide-open fields with picnic tables that can be            lock grove surround by Greek porticos. The 200-person space
 Accessible to the Ballston Metro station in Arlington, this four-     reserved for 50 people. There also are tennis courts and numer-        can be tented, and the venue can provide catering. Additional
 acre park includes a scenic paved trail and two spaces that can       ous winding trails, which lead into neighboring Rock Creek Park        indoor facilities in the mansion are also available. (8940 Jones
 be reserved for events: a multiuse sports field and the Bicenten-      and Dumbarton Oaks Park. (30th and R Sts. NW, 202.426.6827)            Mill Road, Chevy Chase, Md., 301.652.9188)


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PRIVATE CLUBS
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS                                       nization now counts congresswomen among its members. The            July. Guests enter through refurbished glass garage doors into
This venue, open to nonmembers for events, offers contempo-            venue offers smaller spaces such as the International Doll Room     a raw space with wingback chairs, black velvet banquettes, and
rary spaces for functions. The bilevel Social Gallery, with large      and the First Lady’s Gown Room, as well as a high-ceilinged         glass chandeliers. The 1,100-square-foot lower level holds 100,
windows and rotating artwork, seats 100 or holds 200 for recep-        ballroom. The club holds 200; events must be sponsored by a         and the 400-square-foot, upper-level loft holds 20. Nonmem-
tions. The Frank Lloyd Wright Room, which seats 24, overlooks          member. (2001 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 202.332.1155)                  bers can currently host events at Space, which has obtained a
the Corcoran Gallery. (1735 New York Ave. NW, 202.626.7312)            COSMOS CLUB                                                         D.C. rarity: a smoking license. (903 N St. NW, 202.332.5508)
ANDERSON HOUSER                                                        This club is housed in a French Renaissance-style building with     SPHINX CLUB AT ALMAS SHRINERS TEMPLE
A fixture on Embassy Row, this Beaux-Arts mansion is the                several dining spaces and lounges, as well as a wood-paneled        Owned by the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic
headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati. It offers historic      library with a large fireplace. Events must be sponsored by a        Shrine, this club’s building features a tile mosaic on its four-
rooms filled with Flemish tapestries, carved woodwork, marble           member. Private rooms and accommodations are also available         story facade. Nonmembers can host events in the club’s three
columns, and ornate chandeliers. The house and its garden hold         for members. (2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202.387.7783)             rooms. The largest, a 7,000-square-foot ballroom that seats 400
250 for receptions. Nonmembers may host events here. (2118             GEORGETOWN CLUB                                                     or holds 700 for receptions. (1315 K St. NW, 202.898.1688)
Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202.785.2040)                                   In an 18th-century building, this club offers European-style de-    SULGRAVE CLUB
ARTS CLUB OF WASHINGTON                                                cor, with paneling and carved details covering the walls. Eight     This club caters only to members, but offers a unique setting in
This venue near the White House takes up two connecting his-           private dining rooms are available, the largest seating 100.        a Beaux-Arts house. The building, one of the few original man-
toric houses. There’s an art gallery spotlighting local artists, two   Nonmembers need a sponsor to book the space, and the site is        sions in Dupont Circle, is filled with architectural detailing in a
banquet halls filled with antiques, and an intimate sculpture           closed on Sundays. (1530 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.333.9330)           historic setting. (1801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202.462.5800)
garden in the back. The club—open to nonmembers for events—            L2                                                                  TAI PAN
holds 300 for receptions or 130 for seated events. Full catering       This members-only club has modern European decor, with a            In March 2007, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel launched this club
services are provided on site. (2017 I St. NW, 202.331.7282)           cavernous space decorated in brick and stone. In Georgetown’s       offering an array of high-end amenities, including access to
CITY CLUB OF WASHINGTON AT COLUMBIA SQUARE                             Cady’s Alley, the club has four rooms, as well as a chef, mixolo-   the hotel’s gym, pool, and spa. The 2,200-square-foot clubhouse
One of the club’s two locations, this venue is in the I.M. Pei-        gist, and sommelier on site. It is open Wednesday through Sat-      has a private dining room and views of the Washington Monu-
designed Columbia Square Building, adjacent to a large atrium.         urday. (3315 M St. NW, 202.965.2001)                                ment. Only club members or hotel guests may host events here.
The decor is dominated by dark wood, marble, and leather, and          NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CLUB                                            Membership requires a $9,000 initiation fee, plus monthly
the largest room holds 250 for receptions. A smaller library has a     A preferred spot for party members, this town house has two         dues of $425. (1330 Maryland Ave. SW, 202.554.8588)
20-foot mahogany table and a delicate mural on the ceiling. Non-       floors and four rooms available for events. Nonmembers must          WASHINGTON CLUB
members may hold events here. (555 13th St. NW, 202.347.0818)          have a sponsor to book the space. (30 Ivy St. SE, 202.543.2035)     Nonmembers can hold events at this club, housed in a historic
CITY CLUB OF WASHINGTON AT FRANKLIN SQUARE                             NATIONAL PRESS CLUB                                                 mansion. The ballroom features crystal chandeliers, 14th-cen-
The main space at this branch has three-story ceilings, Corin-         On the 13th floor of the National Press Building, this club has      tury Beauvais tapestries, and a marble mantel. The Presidents’
thian columns, and black-and-white marble floors, and can ac-           meeting rooms with names like the First Amendment Lounge,           Room features vintage oil paintings, and the members’ dining
commodate 250 for receptions. There are other smaller rooms on         which offers views of the Washington Monument and seats 85          room displays artifacts given to the club by members and guests.
site, some of which offer views of nearby Franklin Park. The club      or holds 200 for receptions. A bilevel ballroom holds 700. Non-     The entire club holds 400 for receptions or 200 for seated events,
is open to nonmembers for events. (1300 I St. NW, 202.408.1300)        members may hold events here. The in-house caterers must be         and offers in-house catering. (15 Dupont Cir. NW, 202.483.9200)
CITY TAVERN CLUB                                                       used. (529 14th St. NW, 202.662.7500)                               WOMAN’S NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CLUBR
This Georgetown spot, built in 1796 and decked with Federal-           NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CLUB OF CAPITOL HILL                            This Dupont Circle venue, in a late-19th-century Beaux-Arts
style furniture, maintains its historic feel with a range of re-       This five-story building’s event spaces include the Eisenhower       mansion, is dotted with political memorabilia throughout
stored spaces for events. The great hall seats 110 or holds 200 for    Lounge, which holds 150 for receptions and is decorated with        its two floors. There are 10 event spaces—all available to
receptions. The Bliss Room and adjoining terrace hold as many          portraits of Republican leaders. The freshly renovated fourth-      nonmembers—which include the Marjorie Merriweather Post
as 120, and the Governors’ Room and library hold 35. Nonmem-           floor suites hold groups of 10 to 400. Nonmembers must have a        Parlor, furnished with antique furniture, and the light-filled
bers can book events here. (3206 M St. NW, 202.337.8770)               sponsor to host an event. (300 1st St. SE, 202.484.4590)            Adlai Stevenson Room, which seats 180. The entire space holds
CONGRESSIONAL CLUB                                                     NEW SPACE                                                           350 and has a garden for smaller functions. (1526 New Hamp-
Originally the Congressional Wives Club, this female-only orga-        Housed in a 100-year-old carriage house, this club opened last      shire Ave. NW, 202.232.7363)
 RELIGIOUS SPACES
 MOUNT VERNON UNITARIAN CHURCHR                                         the largest religious special event spaces in D.C.; it has hosted     300 or holds 250 for receptions, has a large dance floor, full audio-
 This early-20th-century venue offers two main spaces for events.       lectures, meetings, and performances in addition to weddings          visual support, and a kitchen. Outside caterers are welcome.
 Hollin Hall—a Georgian manor house with four rooms, a formal           and bar mitzvahs. Below the sanctuary, 250 guests can congre-         (3935 Macomb St. NW, 202.362.7100)
 entryway, and a modern kitchen—holds 140 and has a wisteria-           gate for a reception (or 170 can sit for dinner). A sound system,     WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL
 clad terrace. The more contemporary Meeting House seats 150,           wireless capability, and a kosher-only kitchen are available on       This Washington landmark, built in 1907, is where the Rev. Dr.
 while an outdoor terrace facing a walled boxwood garden holds          site. (600 I St. NW, 202.408.3100)                                    Martin Luther King Jr. preached his last Sunday sermon, in 1968.
 150. A list of preferred caterers is available. (1909 Windmill Lane,   WASHINGTON HEBREW CONGREGATION                                        The property includes two gardens, four schools, and a green-
 Alexandria, 703.765.5950)                                              The only Jewish congregation in American history to be signed         house. The cathedral has 200 stained-glass windows and can
 SIXTH & I HISTORIC SYNAGOGUE                                           into existence by Congress, this venue is open to members and         seat 120 or hold 200 for receptions. A recommended list of ven-
 Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2008, Sixth & I has one of        nonprofit organizations for events. The ballroom, which seats          dors can be provided. (3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.537.6200)




 RESTAURANTS
 ACADIANA                                                               NEW BLACKSALT FISH MARKET AND RESTAURANT                              yard patio is a popular summer happy-hour destination for Con-
 Chef Jeff Tunks serves a traditional Louisiana Bayou menu, with        In October, this sustainable-seafood restaurant, part of Jeff and     gressional staffers. (322 Massachusetts Ave. NE, 202.543.7656)
 dishes such as grilled gulf redfish and charbroiled oysters. Mod-       Barbara Black’s Black Restaurant Group, added a 32-seat tasting       CAFÉ BONAPARTER
 ern chandeliers, gauzy fabrics, and dark-wood furniture adorn          room for private events. The room features a fireplace, exposed        Opened in February 2007 by the Popal family, this 2,500-square-
 the interior, and full-length windows look out onto bustling           brick, and a color scheme of periwinkle, chocolate, and ecru,         foot, bilevel French restaurant is bedecked with antique light
 K Street. Several private and semiprivate banquet spaces can           with seating at the six-seat round table in the center of the room    fixtures from the Watergate hotel, a black crystal chandelier,
 hold as many as 100. (901 New York Ave. NW, 202.408.8848)              or at the dark wood banquette. A new glass-and-steel, refriger-       and banquette seating. A private white-and-gold dining room
 ADDIE’SR                                                               ated walk-through wine room connects BlackSalt’s dining room          is available downstairs, while a red-and-gold dining area is up-
 Owners Jeff and Barbara Black, of the Black Restaurant Group,          to the tasting room. (4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW, 202.342.9101)          stairs. The outdoor patio holds 100 for receptions. (1522 Wiscon-
 converted a one-level house into this casual, contemporary res-        BLT STEAK                                                             sin Ave. NW, 202.333.8830)
 taurant specializing in New American cuisine. The main dining          New York-based chef Laurent Tourondel opened BLT Steak near           NEW CAFÉ DU PARC
 area seats 50, while the private dining room seats 20. In the sum-     the White House in November 2006. The steak house’s 115-seat          Willard InterContinental Hotel added this French bistro to its
 mer months, two outdoor patios—an area in back shaded by               dining room holds 300 for receptions and has a vaulted ceiling,       holdings in April 2007. The bilevel restaurant, next door to the
 Japanese maples and a tent-covered space in front—are avail-           photographs of Washington cityscapes, and blackboards listing         hotel, is bright and airy, thanks to several large windows with
 able. (11120 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md., 301.881.0081)             the day’s specials. The menu includes Japanese Kobe beef and a        views of Pershing Park and the U.S. Treasury. The upper, more
 AGRARIA RESTAURANT                                                     signature appetizer of tuna tartare with avocado and soy-lime         formal level seats 96 and offers a traditional French bistro menu.
 Owned and operated by family farmers, Agraria specializes in           dressing. A 24-seat private room has a full audiovisual system.       The lower level is more casual and has a 30-seat wine bar. (1401
 seasonal menus with ingredients from farms across the country.         (1625 I St. NW, 202.689.8999)                                         Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.942.7000)
 Although the design scheme could hardly be described as down-          BLUE DUCK TAVERN                                                      CAFÉ MILANO
 home—the waterfront location features sleek blond wood and             The Park Hyatt Washington D.C.’s Blue Duck Tavern has soar-           This Italian café can boast of its authentic regional menu and
 minimalist lines—Agraria gives a nod to its roots with a display       ing ceilings and 20-foot-tall windows. Its 106-seat dining            ambience: Its chef hails from Valle Castellana, in central Italy,
 of striking photographs of American farms. Four private event          room blends steel and glass with white oak floors, dark maple          and owner Franco Nuchese is a restaurateur from the Amalfi
 spaces are available, with a maximum of 90 people for recep-           Windsor- and Shaker-style furniture, and a hand-carved, 29-           Coast. The Georgetown restaurant offers several private dining
 tions in the Dakota Room. (3000 K St. NW, 202.298.0003)                foot bench. The open kitchen allows guests to watch chef Brian        rooms that seat as many as 100 and a bar area that holds 150.
 AGUA ARDIENTER                                                         McBride cook the bulk of his seasonal, farm-based menu in a           (3251 Prospect St. NW, 202.965.8990 ext. 139)
 This Spanish restaurant in Foggy Bottom offers a lengthy list          wood-burning oven. A private chef’s table holds 16, and another       CAFÉ SAINT-EX
 of Spanish wines, which can be paired with the menu of tapas           semiprivate room holds 12. (1201 24th St. NW, 202.419.6755)           In the 14th and U Street corridor, this American bistro and bar
 and larger plates inspired by the various regions of Spain. The        BOMBAY CLUBR                                                          features aviation and Art Deco travel motifs. The downstairs
 entire 225-seat restaurant is available for buyouts; three private     Classic regional Indian cuisine and live music are presented          lounge, Gate 54, which holds 50 for receptions, evokes an air-
 rooms seat 40, 20, and 15; and the heated sidewalk patio is open       nightly at the Bombay Club. Its large, airy, raj-inspired dining      plane hangar. Executive chef Barton Seaver uses local organic
 year-round. On weekends, the restaurant features Latin DJs and         room—decorated with potted palms, overhead fans, and a blue           products to prepare dishes like wood-grilled calamari and beef
 dancing until 3 a.m. (1250 24th St. NW, 202.833.8500)                  ceiling—opens onto a 30-seat patio overlooking Lafayette Park.        rib eye. (1847 14th St. NW, 202.265.7839)
 BASTILLE RESTAURANTR                                                   A 25-seat lounge is also available. Popular with lobbyists and        CANTINA MARINAR
 Named for the historic Bastille Day revolt, this contemporary          celebrities, the eatery also offers semiprivate dining for 25. (815   A unique spot with Potomac views on Washington’s Southwest
 French bistro and wine bar was founded in August 2006 by               Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.659.3727)                                    waterfront, this bar and grill serves cold beers and po’boys,
 husband-and-wife culinary team Christophe Poteaux and Mi-              BRASSERIE BECK                                                        among other Cajun specialties. The space includes an octagonal,
 chelle Garbee. Their New Parisian entrées include bouillabaisse        Chef Robert Wiedmaier (of Marcel’s) opened this modern take           maritime-themed dining room; a 60-person second-floor tower
 and pan-roasted mallard duck. Red walls and burgundy drapes            on the Belgian brasserie in April 2006 a few blocks from the          than can host events; and a waterfront dock that holds 200 and
 adorn the 45-seat dining room and nine-stool bar. An outdoor           Washington Convention Center. A glowing glass-and-steel               can be tented for off-season events, with a stage and digital pro-
 patio seats 30. (1201 North Royal St., Alexandria, 703.519.3776)       solarium houses a large-scale open kitchen with views of the          jector screen available. (600 Water St. SW, 202.554.8396)
 BEACON BAR & GRILLR                                                    165-seat main dining room, which is dotted with giant mirrors.        CAPITAL GRILLE
 Set in the Beacon, Logan Circle’s boutique hotel, this 180-person      The bar seats 50, and a chef’s table seats 10. Two private dining     Capital Grille has two metro-area locations. The D.C. restaurant
 bar and grill offers four distinct rooms designed by Washing-          rooms can be combined to seat 60 or hold 100 for receptions.          includes 6,600 square feet of event space with two private din-
 ton architect Walter Gagliano with a 1930s ocean-liner theme.          (1101 K St. NW, 202.408.1717)                                         ing rooms: the wine room, which seats 30, and the Fabric Room,
 Private rooms are available for as many as 60, and the seasonal        B. SMITH’S RESTAURANTR                                                which seats 12. The Tysons Corner restaurant holds 180 and has
 rooftop patio holds 50. (1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 202.872.1126)      The D.C. outpost of celebrity lifestyle-maven B. Smith’s Southern-    two private dining rooms. Entrées include dry-aged steak and
 BEBO TRATTORIA                                                         fare restaurants is in the historic presidential suite at Union       North Atlantic lobster. (601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.737.6200;
 Restaurateur and chef Roberto Donna opened this 140-seat eat-          Station, a federally landmarked space. The eatery has a grand         1861 International Drive, McLean, Va., 703.448.3900)
 ery in Crystal City in October 2006. The former home of Mexican        dining room with chandeliers dating from 1910 and stenciled           CASA OAXACA
 restaurant Oyamel retains a colorful, casual decor with high ceil-     faux-leather walls. The main room holds 200; the largest of five       This Adams Morgan restaurant, open since March 2007, pays
 ings, red-cushioned booths, dark wood tables, and a wall of win-       private dining rooms can accommodate 75; and a tented outdoor         homage to the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Authentic Mexican and
 dows overlooking the street. Red and orange cloth panels sepa-         area holds 120. (50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, 202.289.6188)              Latin American art decorates the two-floor, 1,300-square-foot
 rate the 45-seat semiprivate room from the bar, which overlooks        BUCCA DI BEPPO                                                        space, which has a bar on the ground floor. Executive chef Alfio
 the dining room from a dais. The menu features classic Italian         Just north of Dupont Circle sits the massive D.C. location of this    Blangiardo prepares traditional Mexican cuisine such as mole
 comfort food. (2250 Crystal Drive, Arlington, 202.293.7191)            national Italian chain, which serves oversize family portions of      coloradito and enchiladas. (2106 18th St. NW, 202.387.2272)
 BELGA CAFÉ                                                             pasta to as many as 375 diners at once. A constant flow of tour        CEIBA
 One of the first eateries to establish itself on Eastern Market’s       groups means large crowds, but the restaurant can accommo-            Chef and co-owner Jeff Tunks blends the traditional cuisines of
 burgeoning restaurant row, this café offers mussels, steak frites,     date groups of almost any size with reservations. One option: a       Brazil, Peru, Cuba, and Mexico at this upscale downtown eatery,
 and other Belgian specialties in a bright, bustling dining room.       103-seat private room. (1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.232.6580)       where the well-lit, modern dining room is decorated with col-
 The 72-seat restaurant includes a bar that serves rare Trappist        BUTTERFIELD 9                                                         orful wall-length murals celebrating Latin American culture.
 beers. The entire venue is available for private parties. (514 8th     This contemporary American restaurant near Penn Quarter is            Ceiba seats 180 and has a private dining room for 34. (701 14th
 St. SE, 202.544.0100)                                                  a popular pretheater dining spot. Chef Michael Harr crafts sea-       St. NW, 202.393.3983)
 BISTRO BIS                                                             sonal menus and offers a tasting menu with wine pairings. The         CENTRAL MICHEL RICHARD
 Sharing private dining space with the Hotel George, Bistro Bis         bilevel space seats 150, while a private dining room seats 22. Two    This restaurant, open since January 2007, is chef-owner Michel
 holds 80 for dinner and 150 for receptions. Owned by chef Jef-         semiprivate spaces that seat 40 and 18 can be combined into a         Richard’s homage to American cuisine with a French twist. The
 frey Buben, the Capitol Hill restaurant offers contemporary            larger space for 62. (600 14th St. NW, 202.289.8810)                  spacious, 130-seat dining room is set off with pale wood fur-
 French cuisine with the largest cheese course in Washington.           CAFÉ BERLINR                                                          niture, large windows, and mirror-lined walls. A 20-seat semi-
 The interior, by architects Adamstein & Demetriou, contrasts           A Capitol Hill staple, this German café occupies three adjoining      private room is on site, as is a 16-seat private room featuring a
 warm cherrywoods with a modern zinc bar and a tiered seating           town houses around the corner from Union Station. Bavarian            long, country-style table and full audiovisual capabilities. (1001
 area that overlooks an open kitchen. (15 E St. NW, 202.661.2701)       dishes include sauerbraten and schnitzel, and the spacious front-     Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.626.0015)

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   CHARLIE PALMER STEAKR                                                 dining rooms are available on the manor side of the inn. Execu-       5,000-square-foot space features a communal table adjacent to
   This 13,000-square-foot steak house serves plenty of beef, plus       tive chef Daniel Wecker prepares French-inspired cuisine. (5745       the 155-seat dining room and open kitchen. Large photos of sea
   seafood. The 300-seat restaurant opened in 2003 but renovated         Furnace Ave., Elkridge, Md., 410.379.9336)                            life deck the white stucco walls, and clear Lucite ball chandeliers
   its two private rooms, which combined hold 160, in late 2005.         EQUINOX RESTAURANTR                                                   are partially powered by wind. Upstairs, a 30-seat private room
   Unfettered Capitol views are available from the rooftop terrace,      Executive chef Todd Gray and his wife, Ellen, own and operate         overlooks bustling M Street. (3241 M St. NW, 202.625.4488)
   which holds 400. (101 Constitution Ave. NW, 202.547.8100)             this restaurant, which serves mid-Atlantic American cuisine.          H2O RESTAURANT & LOUNGER
   CIRCLE BISTRO                                                         It is currently under renovation to expand the seating areas in       The Anacostia River can be viewed from this restaurant’s five
   On a quiet Foggy Bottom street, this contemporary bistro in the       the 3,000-square-foot space, including the 100-seat main dining       private dining rooms or off the balconies of its three tented out-
   Circle Hotel attracts Washingtonians and tourists with a menu         room, a 50-seat atrium, and two private dining rooms. An out-         door patios. The mahogany-paneled walls of the 35,000-square-
   of locally inspired dishes such as crispy Chesapeake oysters and      door area holds 40. (18 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.331.8118)            foot space recall the interiors of a giant cruise ship. The menu of
   sweet-corn-and-yellow-pepper soup. The intimate, 80-seat res-         FADÓ IRISH PUB                                                        fresh American seafood dishes includes macadamia-crusted red
   taurant is available for events and also features a cocktail lounge   Across the street from the Verizon Center and a few blocks from       snapper. (800 Water St., SW Waterfront, 202.484.6300)
   with live piano music. (1 Washington Cir. NW, 202.293.5390)           the Washington Convention Center, the D.C. branch of this Irish       NEW HUDSON RESTAURANT AND LOUNGER
   CITRONELLER                                                           pub chain is a popular event destination. Four rooms provide          Alan Popovsky, owner of Felix and Spy Lounge, opened Hudson
   On the ground floor of the Latham Hotel, chef Michel Richard’s         open space for large gatherings as well as quiet nooks suitable       in October. The 4,800-square-foot interior has contemporary
   Citronelle restaurant features a glass-enclosed exhibition            for conversation. The pub seats 200 and is available for buyouts;     lighting, hardwood floors, and striped carpeting. Belinda Ramos
   kitchen and wine cellar. Three rooms are available, including the     there is a cover charge when soccer and rugby games are being         designed the brasserie’s airy dining room, which serves both
   2,700-square-foot main dining room. A small outdoor terrace is        televised. (808 7th St. NW, 202.789.0066)                             classic and fun takes on comfort food. Three private spaces—a
   available for private receptions. (3000 M St. NW, 202.625.2150)       FARRAH OLIVIAR                                                        curtained-off area with raspberry walls, a dining room, and an
   CLYDE’S AT MARK CENTER                                                D.C.’s next Iron Chef contender, Morou, opened Farrah Olivia in       outdoor patio—can hold as many as 100. The entire 250-person
   The nautical sporting life is represented in the decor of this 350-   Old Town Alexandria in November 2006. The restaurant, named           restaurant can also be rented. (2030 M St. NW, 202.872.8700)
   seat restaurant, part of Clyde’s Restaurant Group. The venue has      after his daughters, showcases modern American, French, and           NEW IL FORNAIO CUCINA ITALIANAR
   three dining rooms modeled after, respectively, an Adirondack         African cuisine. White tablecloths contrast with the khaki and        Il Fornaio brought its homemade pasta and pizza to Reston in
   fishing lodge, a Chesapeake Bay hunt club, and an American             chocolate brown hues that dominate the 66-seat dining room; a         August. This is the chain’s 20th location and its first East Coast
   yacht. The Straight Wharf bar, a glass-enclosed deck, seats 100.      patio holds 30. (600 Franklin St., Alexandria, 703.778.2233)          spot. (The majority of the company’s restaurants are in Califor-
   The menu includes grilled filet mignon and pan-seared Atlantic         FELIXR                                                                nia.) The restaurant seats 120 inside and 40 on the piazza, the
   salmon. (1700 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, 703.820.8300)         The three lounges and two semiprivate rooms of this contempo-         bar has space for 30, and a private dining room holds 48. (11990
   CLYDE’S OF GALLERY PLACE                                              rary restaurant and bar offer event space for 600. On the main        Market St., Suite 106, Reston, Va., 703.437.5544)
   This bilevel restaurant has three bars and five dining rooms.          floor, the Sky Lounge holds 150, while the upper stories’ bilevel      IL MULINO
   For private dining, the Piedmont Room—which features a bar,           Zipper Lounge holds 200. A fenced patio is available in the sum-      Long a spot for fancy Italian dining in New York, Il Mulino
   a flat-screen TV, and an indoor balcony overlooking the Gallery        mer months. The modern American cuisine includes matzo-ball           opened an outpost in the nation’s capital in February 2007. Three
   Place mezzanine—seats 120 or holds 200 for receptions. In the         soup and sautéed crab cakes. (2406 18th St. NW, 202.483.3549)         blocks from the White House, the 6,000-square-foot venue fea-
   Chinatown section of Penn Quarter, the eatery is part of Clyde’s      FILOMENA RISTORANTER                                                  tures an old-world decor scheme of wrought-iron chandeliers,
   Restaurant Group. (707 7th St. NW, 202.349.3700)                      Filomena has been a Georgetown mainstay for more than 20              earth-toned walls, and dark wood floors. A private room for 75 is
   CLYDE’S OF TYSONS CORNER                                              years. An open kitchen allows diners to watch the chefs make          on site. (1110 Vermont Ave. NW, 202.293.1001)
   Clyde’s Restaurant Group also includes this vintage-roadhouse-        pasta, while the cozy interior and outdoor garden areas are rem-      INDEBLEU
   inspired eatery with two levels of event space. The main floor         iniscent of dining in old-world Italy. Dinner or receptions can be    This contemporary restaurant’s menu combines modern cuisine
   has a foyer, four dining rooms, and the semiprivate Palm Ter-         held indoors or out. (1063 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.338.8800)           with Indian flavors. The second-floor dining room seats 150, and
   race, which holds 200. The second-floor private room, the Over-        FIREFLY                                                               the venue has a private dining area as well as a chef’s table that
   look, holds 175. (8332 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va., 703.734.1901)      In the center of this American comfort-food restaurant, adjacent      can rotate to face into the kitchen. Indebleu’s main level holds
   D’ACQUAR                                                              to Hotel Madera, an artificial tree decorated with candlelit firefly     the Tantra lounge and bar, which is available for receptions for
   This seafood restaurant has the feel of a classic coastal tratto-     lanterns creates the feel of a sultry summer evening. Executive       200. (707 G St. NW, 202.333.2538)
   ria, thanks to designer Yvette Piaggio, who brought in a Tuscan       chef Daniel Bortnick’s signature dishes include his versions of       INDIGO LANDINGR
   palette, Murano glass, and large stucco columns. Customers pick       roast beef and deviled eggs. Buyouts are available for receptions     Located on Daingerfield Island, this restaurant is closed in the
   out their own fish and choose how it will be prepared. The res-        of 100 guests. (1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 202.861.1310)             winter months for regular dining but available for private recep-
   taurant seats 150, with private dining space for 120; an outdoor      1400 NORTH                                                            tions for 250 guests. Events are held in the Charleston Room—
   patio seats 100. (801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.783.7717)             On the upper mezzanine of the Westin Washington D.C. City             a 100-seat dining room with views of a private garden and the
   DAILY GRILL                                                           Center, 1400 North is an atrium restaurant that overlooks the         Potomac River—or on the sunporch, a tented deck that holds 50.
   A throwback to the clublike, cozy restaurants that were once          hotel’s lobby; it’s decorated with marble, cherrywood, and tan        (1 Marina Drive, Alexandria, 703.548.0001)
   big-city staples, Daily Grill is known for its fresh daily menu       accents for a casual but elegant feel. Rajeev Sethi, the executive    I RICCHI
   selections. Three area locations each offer a private, 25-seat din-   chef, creates eclectic contemporary cuisine. A private room seats     Candlelit tables and lush garden interiors create a relaxing
   ing room. (Dupont Circle: 1200 18th St. NW, 202.822.5282; George-     30 or holds 50 for receptions. (1400 M St. NW, 202.429.1700)          atmosphere in this warm Tuscan restaurant in Dupont Circle.
   town: 1310 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.337.4900; Tysons: 2001 Inter-       GALILEOR                                                              The menu features seafood and steaks grilled over live oak coals,
   national Drive, McLean, Va., 703.288.5100)                            Chef Roberto Donna spins a daily rotating menu of Italian cui-        along with fresh homemade pastas. The 140-seat eatery includes
   DC COAST                                                              sine. Private event spaces include a small wine cellar, an outdoor    the private 50-seat Tuscan Palm Room and a recently added 20-
   This eatery, in the 70-year-old Tower Building of Washington’s        terrace, and a rear dining room. Donna also hosts small groups        seat wine room in the cellar. (1220 19th St. NW, 202.835.0459)
   business district, is a contemporary rendition of Art Deco style,     in his Laboratorio del Galileo, for which he devises a special        JALEO
   with 35-foot ceilings, multilevel dining, an exposed kitchen, and     menu several nights a week. Both spaces are closed for renova-        The name, lifted from a John Singer Sargent painting, means
   broad windows overlooking K and 14th streets. The 180-seat res-       tions until late 2008. (1110 21st St. NW, 202.293.7191)               “uproar, revelry, and merrymaking,” so the three D.C. locations of
   taurant offers several private dining options: The upstairs mez-      GARRETT’S RESTAURANT AND RAILROAD TAVERN                              this tapas restaurant are festooned in lively colors and tout the
   zanine seats 45 or holds 75 for receptions, and the wine room         This 27-year-old neighborhood bar and grill is housed in a 1794       vibrant, authentic flavors of Spain. The largest, in Crystal City,
   seats 55 or holds 80 for cocktails. (1401 K St. NW, 202.216.5988)     brick-facade building that retains many of its original features,     seats 225 or holds 300 for receptions; its private Blue Room holds
   DISTRICT CHOPHOUSE & BREWERY                                          including parlor fireplaces and rough-cut timber finishes. The          70. (480 7th St. NW, 202.628.7949; 2250A Crystal Drive, Arlington,
   In a former bank one block south of the Verizon Center, this clas-    restaurant includes two private rooms that can hold 90, while         703.413.8181; 7271 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301.913.0003)
   sic American steak house features an open, two-floor dining            the main dining room is contained in a glass-enclosed, climate-       J. PAUL’S
   room full of hand-carved mahogany and spacious booths. The            controlled rooftop terrace. (30003 M St. NW, 202.333.1033)            This old-fashioned saloon on Georgetown’s main boulevard fea-
   prime attractions are the eight house brews and a wide variety        GEORGIA BROWN’S                                                       tures a 100-year-old mahogany bar that was originally housed
   of steak cuts. The Brewer’s Lounge on the mezzanine holds 100; a      Known for its Sunday brunches, this downtown restaurant of-           in a saloon at the Chicago stockyards. An eclectic neighborhood
   private room seats 10; and the 60-seat, brick-walled Vault Room       fers sophisticated Southern fare such as cornmeal-crusted cat-        crowd supplements mugs of house ales with burgers, salads,
   was once the bank’s vault. (509 7th St. NW, 202.347.3434)             fish fingers and fried green tomatoes stuffed with herbed cream         and selections from the raw bar. The 100-seat restaurant has a
   DUFFY’S                                                               cheese. The venue’s ceiling is wrapped in fluid bronze ribbons         private back room that seats 50. (3218 M St. NW, 202.333.3450)
   Owner Andy Duffy opened this Irish pub and restaurant in the          that look like branches of an overhanging oak tree. The main          NEW KEMBLE PARK TAVERN
   U Street corridor in May 2006. The 130-seat main dining room          dining room holds 35 for events. (950 15th St. NW, 202.393.4499)      Drawing inspiration from the English countryside, Kemble Park
   features a mahogany bar and off-white walls decorated with            GORDON BIERSCH BREWERY RESTAURANT                                     Tavern, which opened in November, is adorned with wrought-
   maps of Ireland. The back game room, which holds 80, doubles          In the historic Riggs Bank Building in Penn Quarter, vaulted          iron chandeliers, wood floors, and pastoral landscapes. The 80-
   as a private dining room. Specialties include shepherd’s pie and      ceilings and marble columns provide an incongruous setting            seat restaurant has four distinct spaces: a main dining room,
   corned beef and cabbage. (2106 Vermont Ave. NW, 202.265.3413)         for an establishment that serves 36-ounce mugs of beer. The           a window-lined bar, a sitting-room-style lounge, and a 16-seat
   EAMONN’S AND PX                                                       California-based chain also mixes specialty cocktails, such as a      private dining room with red walls, dramatic candelabras, and
   Eamonn’s, a 20-seat fish-and-chips spot opened by chef Cathal          pomegranate martini, and offers a menu of sandwiches, pizzas,         a decorative fireplace. Hearty regional American fare is on the
   Armstrong in August 2006, employs no waitstaff—guests order           and pastas. The restaurant holds 450 for events, with two private     menu. (5125 MacArthur Blvd. NW, 202.966.2077)
   at a counter from a chalkboard menu. The rustic yet stylized          dining rooms that seat 35 and 60. (900 F St. NW, 202.783.5454)        KINKEAD’S, AN AMERICAN BRASSERIE
   venue is decorated in dark woods with simple chandeliers over         GRILLFISH                                                             This 220-seat restaurant is the brainchild of longtime chef Bob
   bench seating. Upstairs is PX, a speakeasy-themed social club         The centerpiece of this Logan Circle seafood-and-pasta restau-        Kinkead, who prepares an array of fresh seafood daily, complete
   where Todd Thrasher mixes critically acclaimed cocktails. The         rant is a floor-to-ceiling erotic mural that spans the length of the   with a raw bar and complemented by nightly live piano music.
   hard-to-find space has no sign; inside, blue velvet couches outfit      ornate stone bar. Daily specials are written on chalkboards and       The restaurant’s Nantucket Room is available for private events.
   an intimate room for 30. (728 King St., Alexandria, 703.299.8384)     the restaurant’s walls, while the multitude of candles extends        (2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.296.7700)
   NEW EIGHTEENTH & RED                                                  the intimate ambience. The restaurant can host private events         LA BERGERIE
   Eighteenth & Red brings two stories of bar, lounge, and restau-       for 110. (1200 New Hampshire Ave., 202.331.7310)                      This French restaurant is in Old Town Alexandria’s Crilley
   rant space, including a private party area, to Adams Morgan.          HARD ROCK CAFE                                                        Warehouse. Events can be held in the 24-seat Gold Room, hung
   Open since April 2007 and named after the street it sits on           The D.C. branch of Hard Rock International, which calls itself
   and the nearest Metro stop (on the red line), the 5,000-square-       the “Embassy of Rock ’n’ Roll,” houses 13,245 square feet of event
   foot venue holds 200 (75 downstairs, 125 upstairs). The walls of      space with a private mezzanine that holds 250 and a café for
   the space—an overhaul of what used to be the darker, smaller          600. Featured memorabilia include the leather jacket Michael            ON BIZBASH.COM
   Anzu—are lined with 60-inch televisions that are often tuned          Jackson wore in his “Beat It” video and a letter of birthday greet-
   to Japanese reality shows. (2436 18th St. NW, 202.316.0598)           ings from Bill Clinton to Ray Charles. (999 E St. NW, 202.737.7625)     To find all kinds of event suppliers—from lighting
   ELKRIDGE FURNACE INN RESTAURANT & CATERINGR                           NEW HOOK                                                                designers and prop houses to DJs and staffing
   In the Elkridge Furnace Inn, on the banks of the Patapsco River,      Café Saint-Ex alum Barton Seaver is behind this eco-conscious
   this space has four rooms and seats 58. A climate-controlled tent     seafood restaurant of sustainable cuisine, locally grown produce,       firms—check out our complete resource directory.
   seats 175 and holds 300 for receptions. Four additional private       and menus printed on recycled paper. Open since April 2007, the


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 CONFERENCE CENTERS,
 RESTAURANTS
                                                                       NEW THE MAJESTIC
                                                                       chef Suzen O’Rourke, followed by a three-course meal prepared         Dancing teach in the space, modeled after a 1940s supper club.
                                                                       Formerly the Majestic Café, the receives a personalized 2007
                                                                       by the guests. Each participantMajestic reopened in Maychef’s         With a sing-along piano bar and
                                                                                                                                             (349 West 46th St., 212.262.9554) a menu full of comfort food,
                                                                       with a tweaked menu and a softened decor of butter yellow
                                                                       apron. Wine-tasting sessions are also available, as are services      this Victorian-style saloon embodies the casual and friendly
                                                                       walls with amber accents. Celebrated local mixologist Todd            neighborhood bar. The garden patio is the largest in the George-

 CONVENTION CENTERS
                                                                       for off-site corporate meetings for as many as 100. (13 Worth St.,
 with antique pictures; the 48-seat banquet room, which show-          Thrasher is on
                                                                       212.966.9799) board here (and at PX), and former Restaurant Eve       POOL & BILLIARD HALLS
                                                                                                                                             town neighborhood, seating 150. The Tiffany Lounge (lit with its
 cases a large mural and oil paintings of the French countryside;      chef Shannon Overmiller oversees a UNIVERSITY
                                                                       CULINARY ARTS AT THE NEW SCHOOL menu of American classics.            namesake lamps) seats 75 and can be reserved without extra cost
 or the entire 145-seat restaurant. The building’s atrium can be       The New restaurant is available program offers private cook-
                                                                       The entire School’s culinary-arts for buyouts; it seats 80 or holds   AMSTERDAM catered in-house. (3104 M St. NW, 202.333.3104)
                                                                                                                                             if the event isBILLIARDS

 & AUDITORIUMS
 used for receptions. (218 North Lee St., Alexandria, 703.683.1007)
 NEW LAS CANTERAS
 Open since April 2007, this Adams Morgan restaurant and bar
                                                                       ingfor receptions.state-of-the-art teaching 703.837.9117) to the
                                                                       125 classes in its (911 King St., Alexandria, kitchens. Due
                                                                       M&S GRILLapproach and intensive training, classes can hold as
                                                                       hands-on
                                                                       Part of the people. Teachers come courtesy of the school when
                                                                       many as 13 McCormick & Schmick’s national chain of restau-
                                                                                                                                             This popular & GRILLR
                                                                                                                                             M STREET BARpool hall occupied a 10,000-square-foot venue on
                                                                                                                                             the Upper West Side untilmain dining room, Mit moved down-
                                                                                                                                             In addition to an 80-seat January 2007, when Street has a 70-
                                                                                                                                             seat private dining area known as 21M Lounge, with a high glass
                                                                                                                                             town to the former home of Corner Billiards. In its new digs, the
 serves traditional and contemporary Peruvian cuisine by execu-        rants, M&S Grill is atspace. Metro Center. Like its McCormick &
                                                                       you rent the Chelsea D.C.’s Availability is dependent upon aca-       ceiling and picture windows with sidewalk views. Entrance to
                                                                                                                                             club has 11,000 square feet, and after a $2.25 million remodel-
 tive chef-owner Eddy Ancasi. Authentic Peruvian artwork lines         Schmick’s counterparts in the district, M&S offers
                                                                       demic scheduling. (131 West 23rd St., 212.255.4141) a traditional     the the new site offers 17 is through large a 50-foot zinc bar
                                                                                                                                             ing, 30-seat outdoor terracelarge plasma TVs,glass doors. Execu-
 ARCADES & VIRTUAL REALITY CENTERS
 the Indian-red walls of the 2,000-square-foot building. The res-
 taurant holds 60 for receptions or seats 44. The Los Andes bar
                                                                       American menu of
                                                                       THE CULINARY LOFT steaks and seafood. M&S has several private
                                                                       and semiprivate dining options. (600 13th St. NW, 202.347.1500)
                                                                                                                                             tive chef Ronde lounge, Oriental rugs, blends pool tables. It can
                                                                                                                                             with 25 seats, aMurphy creates eclecticand 26 for this American-
                                                                                                                                             Asian fusion restaurant. (2033 M St. NW, 202.530.3600) (110 East
                                                                       This 1,500-square-foot loft in SoHo has oak floors and exposed-        be booked for private events for as many as 500 people.
 offers& BUSTERS—TIMES SQUARE 18th St. NW, 202.265.1780)
 DAVE an additional 12 seats. (2307                                    MARCEL’SRand offers corporate cooking classes in a gourmet
                                                                       brick walls                                                           NAPOLEON
                                                                                                                                             11th St., 212.496.8180)
 Dave Corriveau BISTRO LOUNGE
 LEFTBANK WIREDand Buster Corley’s chain of restaurant-enter-          This 120-seat French bistro-style restaurant in Georgetown is
                                                                       kitchen with 400 square feet of space. The entire space holds         This 2,400-square-foot restaurant in Adams Morgan, from the
                                                                                                                                             PRESSURE NYC
 This sleek white restaurant a Times Morgan’s main in April
 tainment complexes addedon Adams Square locationdrag fea-             under receptions or 50 for seated events and can also be used
                                                                       70 for the direction of executive chef-owner Robert Wiedmaier.        Pressure NYC has a colorful, funky, futuristic design opened in
                                                                                                                                             owner of Georgetown’s much-loved Café Bonaparte, that com-
 2006. Occupying 35,000 square feet, the venue a fusion menu of
 tures modernist furniture and low lighting and serves American        With yellow walls and rich fabricelevator with direct access to
                                                                       for photography shoots. A freight draperies, the space creates        February 2007. It servesdownstairs counterpart, while hipsters
                                                                                                                                             bines nicely with its a French menu upstairs, the Bowlmor
 fare and offers with selections from the private event 225-seat
 French entrées four private rooms—two sushi bar. Therooms, a          the romantic feel of South or heavy equipment. (515 the Palla-
                                                                       the loft can transport largeFrance. For private dining,Broadway,      and young politicos Pressureline for thelounge, 12 pool Metro-
                                                                                                                                             Lanes bowling alley. wait in features a subterranean tables,
 restaurant is available for private events dining a semiprivate
 boardroom, and a video lounge. A large and hasroom and two            din room holds 80, and
                                                                       Suite 5A, 212.431.7425) an outdoor area holds 70 for receptions.      politan Champagne Bar. The and is mixes decaled mirrors and
                                                                                                                                             and a separate dance room lounge housed beneath a 60-foot
 room that seats 55. Later in gaming entertainment includes
 bars are also available. Adultthe evening, the Wi-Fi-equipped         (2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.296.1166)
                                                                       HUDSON YARDS CATERING                                                 plush leather couches with red 500 for receptions entire space
                                                                                                                                             air-pressurized bubble. It holds and gold walls. Thebut can hold
 video simulations, a multiscreen video the and 3-D virtual rac-
 lounge morphs into a DJ-party scene aswall,crowd sips cocktails       MARRAKESH Catering is an off-premise caterer from Danny
                                                                       Hudson Yards                                                          holds 275. (1847 500 whenRoad NW, 202.299.9630)
                                                                                                                                             an additional Columbia combined with Bowlmor. Audiovi-
 like the sake-apple martini. (2424 18th St. NW, 202.464.2100)
 ing. (234 West 42nd St., 3rd Floor, 646.495.2011)                     A few blocks from the Washington Convention Center, this mas-
                                                                       Meyer. The outfit’s dining room in its west Chelsea headquar-          NEW HEIGHTSR is available for rental. (110 University Place,
                                                                                                                                             sual equipment
 LEGAL SEA
 ESPN ZONEFOODS                                                        sive Moroccan restaurant events and event spot. The Designed
                                                                       ters is available for privateis a favored cooking classes.entryway    Specializing in contemporary seasonal American cuisine, this
                                                                                                                                             212.255.8188 ext.13)
 ThisWashington branch of this New England seafood chain is in
 The 42,000-square-foot sports-entertainment complex in                is lined with photos holding of state as celebrities who have
                                                                       like a restaurant andof heads as manyand20, the space features        restaurant features paintings by local artists and has two floors
                                                                                                                                             SLATE
 the Gallery Place neighborhood, across the street from the Veri-
 Times Square offers private rooms, a 10,000-square-foot sports-       dined there. All guests are served an elaborate seven-course
                                                                       the New American cooking of chef Robb Garceau. (640 West              of event space. The L-shaped,typical billiards hall with windows
                                                                                                                                             Slate stands out from the 70-seat dining room, with its posh
 zon Center, andthat holds 500 forthe Washington Convention
 related arcade a few blocks from receptions, and an on-site           mealSt., 212.488.1500) belly-dancing show. The restaurant holds
                                                                       28th and treated to a                                                 that overlooksleek design.Park,Chelsea location’s 23 pool tables,
                                                                                                                                             couches and Rock Creek The is available downstairs, while a
 eatery throughout its four diningAmong these spaces are a 120-
 Center. The polished main floors. room seats 125; a private room       INSTITUTE OF CULINARY EDUCATIONcan be reserved for 80 guests.
                                                                       260, while the largest dining room (ICE)                              seven Ping-Pong tables, and one foosball table are months,be-
                                                                                                                                             35-seat semiprivate room is upstairs. In the summer hidden an
 seats 20. (704 7th St. NW, 202.347.0007)
 seat screening room with two 16-foot projection screens and           ICE offersYork Ave. NW, 202.393.9393) for groups of as many as
                                                                       (617 New hands-on cooking classes                                     outdoor patio seats 28. (2317 DJ booth is also available.
                                                                                                                                             hind chain-link curtains; a Calvert St. NW, 202.234.4110) The bi-
 12 PARADOUR
 LE smaller screens, the 150-seat Bristol Suite overlooking Times      NEW MARVINR
                                                                       90. Groups are split into teams to prepare different parts of the     NICK’S RIVERSIDE GRILLER receptions. The 10,000-square-foot
                                                                                                                                             level venue holds 1,000 for
 The giant orange, yellow, and purple handblown-glass structure
 Square (which holds 225 for receptions), Studio Grill (which          In November, Eric Hilton, founder of on the sixth and three on
                                                                       menu. Four teaching kitchens, one 18th Street Lounge, opened          Set on Georgetown’s Washington Harbour, this modern Ameri-
                                                                                                                                             outpost in Queens, called Cue Bar, holds 500 for receptions and
 holds 500 “Chandelier Le Paradou” hangs from the ceiling of Le
 known as for receptions), and a glass-encased private skybox          this restaurant named after soul singer and Washington native
                                                                       the 12th floor, are available for private lessons in food-and-wine     has 21 pool tables, twopastas, steaks, andand red velvet offers
                                                                                                                                             can restaurant serves Ping-Pong tables, seafood and “pool
 Salon, the 45-seat Broadway, 212.921.3776)
 that seats 45. (1472 private dining room of executive chef-owner      Marvin and wine tastings. (50 classic European bistro serving
                                                                       pairingsGaye. Downstairs is a West 23rd St., 212.847.0707)            spectacular tables that have been lowered and covered with
                                                                                                                                             beds”—poolPotomac River and monument views, particularly
 Yannick Cam’s contemporary French restaurant. The main room
 PLAY                                                                  Belgian fare and Southern soulCENTER
                                                                       NEW INTERNATIONAL CULINARY food. The dining room seats 72             cushions. (54 West 21st St., 212.989.0096; 45-18 Bell each hold 30,
                                                                                                                                             on the outdoor terrace. Two semiprivate rooms Blvd., Bayside,
 The games holds 120 for receptions, while Twister, chess, check-
 seats 80 or available at this lounge includean outdoor courtyard      In October 2006, this center opened mirrors, a giant mural of
                                                                       and features dark wood banquettes,as the home of the French           and the 60-seat main dining room can also be booked for events.
                                                                                                                                             718.631.2646)
 ers, bowling, and pool.Indiana Ave. NW, 202.347.8160)
 and patio hold 30. (678 There is also a separate, glass-enclosed      Culinary Institute kitchen. Upstairs is a dimly lit lounge with
                                                                       Gaye, and an open and the Italian Culinary Academy. The               (3050 K St. NW, 202.342.3537)
 LIAR
 V.I.P. area. The lounge, bowling alley, game space, and pool area     seating for 50. A two-tier, open-air deck with a bar holds 100; it
                                                                       72,000-square-foot facility added four new kitchens to the ex-        NIRVANA
 Geoffrey Tracy—owner of the Chef Geoff’s restaurants—opened
 can hold a total of 550 for special events. (77-17 Queens Blvd.,
 this 5,700-square-foot contemporary Italian eatery in July 2006.
                                                                       is open year-round (and FCI’s school), includingThe entirea brick-
                                                                       isting space (previously heated in the winter). one with restau-
                                                                       rant can be rented for events. (2007 14th St. NW, 202.797.7171)
                                                                                                                                             SPORTS VENUES
                                                                                                                                             Consistently cited as one of D.C.’s best Indian restaurants, this
                                                                                                                                             bustling, 95-seat dining room is popular with the downtown of-
 Long Island City, 718.476.2828)                                       lined custom pizza oven, and an adjacent private dining area.
 Mesquite tile floors, wine-bottle chandeliers, and a large glass-      MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANTR Broadway,
                                                                       An amphitheater with a demo counter seats 79. (462                    fice crowd, for its affordable lunch buffets, as well as with large
                                                                                                                                             NEW AVIATOR SPORTS AND RECREATION
 and-steel wine display distinguish the 150-seat space. A bar and      646.254.7596) chain has several locations in the D.C. area. For
                                                                       This restaurant                                                       post-work dining groups. The all-vegetarian restaurant also in
                                                                                                                                             This Brooklyn sports complex opened in September 2006 of-
 BOWLING ALLEYS
 a private room each seat 50; an outdoor patio offers an addition-     events in the district, the wood-paneled space in Penn Quarter
                                                                       LA CUISINE SANS PEUR COOKING SCHOOL
                                                                       seatsname of this 400 for receptions and has a private dining
                                                                                                                                             fers800-acre decommissioned NW, 202.223.5043) has 170,000
                                                                                                                                             an off-site catering. (1810 K St. airport. The venue
 al 100 seats. (4435 Willard Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 240.223.5427)     The 256 or holds cooking school translates from French as             NORA feet of interior space housed in four adjacent refurbished
                                                                                                                                             square
 LIMA
 BOWLMOR LANES                                                         “cooking 75; in the fear.” Chef-proprietorpatio holds 40. (901 F
                                                                       room for without summer, an outdoor Henri Etienne Levy                Executive chef-owner Nora Pouillon runs this 99-seat restaurant
                                                                                                                                             aircraft hangars, including basketball courts, volleyball courts, a
 This trilevel space in downtown D.C. has a with thedining room,
 This retro bowling alley can be combined 96-seat upstairs bar         St. NW, classic French technique in his home NW, 202.861.2233;
                                                                       teaches202.639.9330; Other locations: 1652 K St. to classes of usu-   gymnastics and dance center, two icehouse withaantique Amish
                                                                                                                                             in a converted 19th-century carriage rinks, and climbing wall.
 a bustling bar and waiting hold 1,100. a posh late-night lounge.
 and lounge Pressure NYC to area, and Bowlmor alone holds 600          7401no more than fourBethesda, Md., 301.961.2626; 2010 off-site.
                                                                       ally Woodmont Ave., people. He’s also willing to travel Crystal       and available are twoquilts adorningAll facilities and available
                                                                                                                                             Also Mennonite crib outdoor fields. the walls are wooden
 for receptions and features 42 lanes, two bars, a Latin room,
 Cuban-born chef Raynold Mendizabal serves a private fusion            His typical course consists of five Westpark classes. (216 West
                                                                       Drive, Arlington, 703.413.6400; 8484 four-hour Drive, McLean, Va.,    for private booking; the space holds as many as 1,500 for holds
                                                                                                                                             planes hanging from the ceiling. The main dining roomrecep-
 banquette seating,raw bar and several unique varieties of cevi-
 menu featuring a and glow-in-the-dark bowling. For corporate          703.848.8000; 11920 Democracy Drive, Reston, Va., 703.481.6600)
                                                                       89th St., 212.362.0638)                                               tions, or 1,000 seated. (Floyd Bennettprivate rooms holds 60. As
                                                                                                                                             120 for receptions. The largest of four Field, Hangar 5, Brooklyn,
 che. The sleek screens suspended over the for DJ nights, bottle
 events, movie lounge area opens at 10 p.m. lanes can display a        THE MELTING POT
                                                                       MIETTE CULINARY STUDIO                                                718.758.7500) ed organic restaurant in America, its menu fea-
                                                                                                                                             the first certifi
 service, and a 25-seat banquetvideo. The venue can deliver food,
 company’s logo or customized table, which can be reserved for         The Duponttrained Belgianthis fondue chain features a 174-seat
                                                                       Classically Circle branch of chef Paul Vanderwoude teaches            tures fresh ingredients like heirloom tomatoes and handmade
                                                                                                                                             BASEBALL CENTER NYC
 from salmon dinners (1401 K St. NW, 202.789.2800)
 private dinner events.to pizza, right to the lanes. (110 University   main diningto prepare atted in warm bistro-style meal, choos-
                                                                       groups of 20 room outfi three-course, colors and comfortable           This cheeses. (2132 Florida Ave. NW, 202.797.4870)
                                                                                                                                             goat Upper West Side indoor baseball and softball center offers
 Place, 116R
 LOCAL212.255.8188 ext. 13)                                            booths, with modern granite original and fondue prepared
                                                                       ing from his menu or creating tabletopsdishes. The school is in       OBELISK cages, pitching simulators, and professional instruc-
                                                                                                                                             batting
 HARLEM LANES mahogany bars and chairs grace this bilevel,
 Red walls and                                                         a charming 19th-century town house in40, and the restaurant
                                                                       tableside. Two private rooms each seat the West Village. (109         The Group this Italian restaurant are decorated with 19th-
                                                                                                                                             tion. walls oflessons, games, and corporate events are offered
 Open since April 2006, Renaissance-style restaurant and bar.
 5,000-square-foot Italianthis bilevel, 25,000-square-foot bowl-       offers a four-course party menu. (1220 19th St. NW, 202.857.0777)
                                                                       MacDougal St., Suite 2, 212.460.9322)                                 centuryguests; botanical prints and Italian lithographs. Located
                                                                                                                                             for 60 French groups can also book the batting cages with
 The and entertainment venue offers 24 lanes,hasV.I.P.fllounge
 ing private room for 100 on the second level a 16 oor-to-             NATURAL KITCHENR
                                                                       MERKÁDOGOURMET INSTITUTE FOR FOOD & HEALTH                            in a Dupont Circle town house, their swings. (202 West 74th St.,
                                                                                                                                             private instructors to practice its dining room offers banquette
 ceiling windows, which create arcade that hold 152, A seasonal
 that holds 75, a sports bar anda loftlike atmosphere. a café, and     The institute this Latincooking and owned by Eat Well D.C., are
                                                                       The walls of features restaurant, health classes with a vege-         and table seating for 35. Executive chef-owner Peter Pastan pre-
                                                                                                                                             212.362.0344)
 a private partya tiki bar holds 250. (1602 U St.300 for receptions.
 roof deck with room; the entire space holds NW, 202.265.2828)         tarian bent, although theyof individuals from fish, too. A team
                                                                       covered with paintings can use chicken and various ethnic             IN THEseasonalBASKETBALL CITY fixe, five-course menu, which
                                                                                                                                             pares WORKS dishes for the prix
 NEW LOCANDAcan be rented in conjunction with Pier 2110, a sea-
 Harlem Lanes                                                          of chefs plan healthy dishes (using foods like whole neighbor-
                                                                       groups to represent the diversity of its Logan Circlegrains and       Basketball City, originally P Pier 63 on the Hudson River, will
                                                                                                                                             is handwritten daily. (2029 atSt. NW, 202.872.1180)
 Last July, Locanda opened the doors to its intimate dining room
 food restaurant on the floor below. (2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr.      natural sweeteners) and guide one-room space has 100 seats,
                                                                       hood and of its employees. The groups through preparation of          THE OCCIDENTALR in summer 2008 just north of the South
                                                                                                                                             open a new facility
 and old-world bar.
 Blvd., 212.678.2695) Exposed brick and floor-to-ceiling windows        the meal. Four classroomsAn outdoor space seats WestSpecial-
                                                                       including a 16-seat bar. each hold 20 guests. (48 24. 21st St.,       Located near the Pier 36. Six courts 1906, the Occidental is sur-
                                                                                                                                             Street Seaport at White House since will be available for corpo-
 LEISURE TIME BOWLto the space, which has pale yellow walls and
 mark the entrance                                                     ties made by executive chef Sal Delrosario include fajitas and
                                                                       212.645.5170 ext.106)                                                 rate events, and rooted in American history. ThreeThe 64,000-
                                                                                                                                             rounded by as will on-site scorekeepers and refs. private din-
 The bowling alley at the for Authority bus terminal renovated
 concrete floors. AvailablePortfull buyouts, the space seats 60 un-     asopao. (1443 P St. NW, 202.299.0018)
                                                                       NEW T SALON                                                           ing rooms—the Presidential Room, the Chesapeake Room, and
                                                                                                                                             square-foot venue will have electronic scoreboards, showers,
 derspace, reopening in November 2006. It now offers 26 lanes
 its Artemide chandeliers and Murano glass lamps. Owned by             MIE N YU
                                                                       Miriam Novalle has opened a new branch of her specialty tea           the a fitness center. A 12,000-square-foot deck behind the build-
                                                                                                                                             and Monument Room—are found throughout its two floors
 and, combined with a bar features an Italian menu and uses
 Aykan Demiroglu, Locanda and lounge, holds 300 for events.            Mie N Yu features a the Chelsea Market. The new joint has bam-
                                                                       store, T Salon, inside unique menu with influences from the Silk       and feature pictures of its (Pier 36, for more information, call
                                                                                                                                             ing will also be available. distinguished clientele. The Willard
 Thereorganica dance floor,humanely with a meats and fish. (633
 local, is also produce and complete raised lighting and sound         Road in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the tea-based cock-
                                                                       boo ceilings and floors, serves snacks as well as Mediterranean,       Courtyard, between the Occidental and the adjacent Willard
                                                                                                                                             718.786.4242)
 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202.547.0002)
 system. A new entrance and restaurant are in the works. (550          as well asoffers more than 200 types of loose-leaf teas. Private
                                                                       tails, and eclectically influenced decor. Themed rooms in the          InterContinental Hotel, is a private outdoor area available for
                                                                                                                                             CHELSEA PIERS
 NEW LOGAN212.268.2822 ext. R
 Ninth Ave., AT THE HEIGHTS 111)                                       Georgetown restaurant includesit for afternoon tea service. (75
                                                                       groups of as many as 100 can the Turkish Tent and the Tibet-          events. (1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,wide variety of activities for
                                                                                                                                             This Manhattan landmark offers a 202.737.4147)
 Open since July 2007,
 NEW 300 NEW YORK Logan at the Heights has a homey feel                an Lounge. 212.243.2259)
                                                                       Ninth Ave., Mie N Yu offers themed events in most of its rooms;       THE OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM
                                                                                                                                             groups. The facilities include indoor rock-climbing walls, volley-
 similar to that of its sibling, Logan Tavern. facility, replac-
 In May 2007, AMF debuted this upscale bowling The Columbia            themed menus include “the Great Wall”
                                                                       NEW WHOLE FOODS MARKET—BOWERY and “Buddha’s Bounty.”                  The spacious, 250-seat dining room at the downtown D.C. loca-
                                                                                                                                             ball courts, a driving range, and an ice-skating rink, all available
 ing the original alley at family-style table in revamped digs,
 Heights venue has a long,Chelsea Piers. In thethe middle of its       The secondEast Side Whole Foods,St. NW, 202.222.0948) 2007,
                                                                       The Lower floor holds 175. (3125 M which opened in April               tion of this national chain is designed to resemble a 1930s-era
                                                                                                                                             for teambuilding and corporate events. Private meeting rooms
 with sleek, modern furnishings and an Xtreme light (prime rib,
 90-seat dining room. The menu includes old favorites and sound        NEW MIOa culinary center where the market hosts classes that
                                                                       features                                                              ocean liner. Sunset Terrace, which holds 350 for are served each
                                                                                                                                             such as the More than 25 varieties of fresh fish receptions, and
 fried chicken) and feels more like old standbys (wasabi-crusted
 system, the venue new versions ofa nightclub than an alley. The       can be customized for downtown restaurant Mio combines live
                                                                       Open since May 2007, private groups. You can book in-store ex-        the Players Championship Room areTwo private dining rooms
                                                                                                                                             day, with an oyster bar also on site. also available. (West 23rd
 50,000-square-foot space (with a capacity ofsauce). An outdoor
 meat loaf, grilled turkey with sweet mustard 450 seated or 750        piano music with a global American menu. The 60-seat restau-
                                                                       perts from the fromagerie department, and the space offers two        seat the Hudson River, 212.336.6777)
                                                                                                                                             St. at50 and 20 guests, while the semiprivate captain’s table seats
 patio seats 80. has eight private lanes, three meeting rooms, and
 for receptions) The entire space can be rented, and reservations      rant features warm earth tones, exposed playing capabilities,
                                                                       flat-screen TVs with DVD recording and brick, and platinum             15. (1201 FSTREET BOXING GYM
                                                                                                                                             CHURCH St. NW, 202.347.2277)
 can be made for as many as 40. (3115 14th St. NW, 202.797.7227)
 a lounge that holds 125. (Pier 60, between 23rd St. and West Side     accents. The “pit stop” area in front of the (95 East Houston St.,
                                                                       and room for groups as large as 20 people. open-air kitchen of-       OLD EBBITT GRILL
                                                                                                                                             The no-frills Church Street Boxing Gym offers a unique ap-
 LOGAN TAVERN
 Hwy., 212.835.2695)                                                   212.320.1420fare 214) a livelier experience. There is also a glass-
                                                                       fers lighter ext. and                                                 A Washington staple since 1856, events. The gym is been pa-
                                                                                                                                             proach to corporate teambuildingOld Ebbitt Grill has staffed to
 A recent expansion increased Logan Tavern’s size to 4,500 square      encased semiprivate dining area elevated above the main din-          train all skill levels, from amateur to professional. The saloon
                                                                                                                                             tronized by U.S. presidents. It is designed as an upscale 8,000-
 feet. Large photos by neighborhood artists decorate the walls of      ing room. (1110 Vermont Ave. NW, 202.955.0075)                        with rich mahogany wood throughout and game heads walls,
                                                                                                                                             square-foot space has hardwood floors and exposed-brick hold-
 COOKING SCHOOLS & TASTING VENUES
 this two-room restaurant, which has a 120-seat main dining            DANCE CLASS VENUESthis brasserie-style restaurant
                                                                       MONTSOURIS
                                                                       Named for the Parisian park,
                                                                                                                                             ing court overevents, and offers trainers for corporate activities.
                                                                                                                                             holds 200 for the bar. The multiroom restaurant, purchased by
                                                                                                                                             Clyde’s Place, 212.571.1333)
 room, a 60-seat private room, and an outdoor patio (available                                                                               (25 ParkRestaurant Group in 1970, offers several private dining
 when weather permits). Entrées include herb-roasted chicken
 ARTISANAL CHEESE CENTER                                               BALLROOM Dupont Circle in September 2006. The 70-seat, one-
                                                                       opened in ON FIFTH                                                    DRIVE 495 small and large parties, including the atrium, which
                                                                                                                                             rooms for
 and bourbon-marinated skirt steak. (1423 P St. NW, 202.332.3710)
 Chef Terrence Brennan’s Artisanal Cheese Center is in Hell’s          room space features a red banquette, yellow walls, and a large
                                                                       The Ballroom on Fifth offers dance instruction in a traditional       holds 500.by Handel Architects (the firm behind Battery Park’s
                                                                                                                                             Designed (675 15th St. NW, 202.347.4800)
 LUIGI’S close to the Javits Center. The event space holds 50 and
 Kitchen,                                                              ballroom in Murray Hill. The venue, with hardwood the entire
                                                                       picture window that faces the sidewalk. Buyouts of floors and          OLD EUROPE RESTAURANT the new Trump hotel in SoHo), Drive
                                                                                                                                             Ritz-Carlton, Pier 94, and
 This family-run restaurant, a Dupont Circle favorite since 1943,
 features a fully equipped demonstration kitchen and audiovi-          large windows, supplies (2002 P St. NW, 202.833.4180) for three-,
                                                                       restaurant are available. professional dance teachers                 This homey, 60-year-old restaurant in Glover Park, just north
                                                                                                                                             495 is a luxury gym and golf training facility opened by brothers
 dishes out heaping plates of catering from the restaurants Ar-
 sual equipment. On-premise fresh pasta and pizza. The 240-ca-         MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE—FARRAGUT NORTHR groups is of-
                                                                       five-, and 10-hour classes. Instruction for corporate                  of Georgetown, Saladino in May 2006. The bilevel SoHo space
                                                                                                                                             Don and Joseph offers German provisions in an old-world set-
 pacity eatery has three banquet rooms that seat 20, 50, and 80.
 tisanal Fromagerie & Bistro and Picholine is complemented by          This Morton’s location recently unveiled a new, 2,000-square-
                                                                       fered—requiring booking of the entire space—for as many as            ting, complete with antique decorative steins, oil paintings, and
                                                                                                                                             has a 10,000-square-foot gym and a 5,000-square-foot comput-
 cheeses from around the events. (1132 19th picked 202.331.7574)
 Luigi’s also caters off-site world and wines St. NW, by the on-site   100 patio. (319 Fifth Ave., 4th restaurant’s several
                                                                       footpeople.An addition to the Floor, 212.532.6232) event rooms,       Bavarian-costumed waitresses. The private Rathskeller Room
                                                                                                                                             erized golf studio with five simulators, professional golfers to
 MACKEY’S PUBLIC HOUSE St., 2nd Floor, 212.239.1200 ext. 3155)
 sommelier. (500 West 37th                                             DANCE TIMES oor space can seat 64 or hold 100 for receptions. It
                                                                       the second-fl SQUARE                                                   assist85. The restaurant is closed on Mondays. (2434 Wisconsin
                                                                                                                                             seats with training, and a lounge and wet bar. (495 Broadway,
 This Irish bar and MARKET
 BOULEY BAKERY & restaurant has two locations. The Crystal City        Once a Broadway theater, this space plastic roof so it can ac-
                                                                       features a retractable, weather-resistant was converted into a        Ave. NW, 212.334.9537)
                                                                                                                                             2nd Floor,202.333.7600)
 Renowned chef David bar, a main dining room that holds and
 outpost offers a 75-seat Bouley opened this trilevel bakery 200,      commodate guests year-round. Large red umbrellas have built-
                                                                       two-story dance studio. It holds 175 for receptions or seats 100      THE OVAL ROOMR
                                                                                                                                             GLEASON’S GYM
 and a private room for 100. The D.C. location’s main dining room
 market in 2005. The TriBeCa venue has an open kitchen where           in heaters that90 classroom-style. Guests can either watch a
                                                                       for dinner or target seated diners directly (rather than warm-        Minutes from oldest boxing gym has seen the swift blows of
                                                                                                                                             The country’s the White House, the elegant Oval Room offers
 holds 250. Traditional Irish cuisine is served at both. (1823 L St.
 Bouley hosts cooking demonstrations and information sessions          ing the general patio). (1050 Connecticut Ave. or 202.955.5997)
                                                                       performance of world-champion ballroom NW,Latin dancers               Mediterranean-influenced modern American are trading more
                                                                                                                                             126 world champions. Today Gleason’s clients cuisine. Deep-red
 NW, other noted chefs, nutritionists, and food-industry special-
 with202.331.7667; 320 South 23rd St., Arlington, 703.412.1113)        or take dance STEAKHOUSE—GEORGETOWN
                                                                       MORTON’S THElessons in a variety of styles. (156 West 44th St.,       chairs than punches, but the fixtures accent the 100-seat still
                                                                                                                                             bonds and contemporary lighthistory and atmosphere are din-
 MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY a brick-red, eight-foot Molteni stove
 ists. The cooking space has                                           Set on a quiet cobblestone street in the historic district of
                                                                       212.564.7892)                                                         ing room, as do the works of400 guestsGhondikiar. In gym and
                                                                                                                                             there. For corporate events, Alenoush can close the 2002, the
 The D.C. branch of(130 West Broadway, 212.608.5829) chain has a
 and a granite bar. this traditional Italian restaurant                Georgetown, this branch of the Chicago-style steak house is
                                                                       SWING 46                                                              Oval into the Brooklyn ring to learn the basics of boxing from
                                                                                                                                             step Room underwent a major renovation and added two pri-
 305-seat main dining room and eight banquet rooms, the largest
 COOKING BY THE BOOK                                                   Swing 46dinner only, serving prime aged steaks and local sea-
                                                                       open for hosts swing-dance lessons with music from DJs or             vate dining coaches. closed-door Green Room, which holds 65,
                                                                                                                                             professionalareas: the(77 Front St., Brooklyn, 718.797.2872)
 Cooking by the240. It also features wood-paneled walls, black-
 of which seats Book’s TriBeCa kitchen offers special corporate        food and offering a lengthy wine list. The 240-seat for seated
                                                                       live bands. The venue holds 200 for receptions or 150restaurant       and the semiprivate Curtain Room, which seats 10. During the
                                                                                                                                             HUDSON RIVER PARK
 in-house programs. Teambuilding sessions features Southern
 leather chairs, and antique rugs. The menu for as many as 40          includes several private boardrooms that as 24 as manyProfes-
                                                                       events; lessons can accommodate as many seat couples. as 70.          summer, the restaurant offersHudson River from Battery Place
                                                                                                                                             This park stretches along the outdoor patio dining. (800 Con-
 Italian fare. (5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, d’oeuvres with executive
 people begin with wine and hors 202.966.5500)                         (3251 Prospect St. SW, 202.342.6258)
                                                                       sional instructors from Dance Manhattan and You Should Be             necticut 59th NW, 202.463.8700)a variety of areas for group ac-
                                                                                                                                             to West Ave. Street and offers

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                                                                          chef Suzen O’Rourke, followed by aR
   CONFERENCE CENTERS,                                                                                                                         spaces for events. The 12-seat Captain’s Room is supper club.
                                                                                                                                               Dancing teach in the space, modeled after a 1940s an intimate
   NEW OVERWOOD GRILL                                                     NEW REDROCKS FIREBRICK PIZZERIA three-course meal prepared
   A spin-off of Arlington’s Boulevard Woodgrill, this restaurant         Serving up brick-oven, thin-crust, traditional Neapolitan pizza
                                                                          by the guests. Each participant receives a personalized chef’s       space behind closed glass doors, the 50-seat Capitol Room offers
                                                                                                                                               (349 West 46th St., 212.262.9554)
   cooks most dishes over wood—hence its name and open kitchen,           since Wine-tasting seats 90 in its available, as are dining
                                                                          apron.July, RedRocks sessions are also 1,800-square-footservices     a homey atmosphere with a fireplace and chandeliers, and the
   which gives diners a bird’s-eye view of “dancing flames” jump-          room. Owner James O’Brien for as a rustic look, Worth St.,
                                                                          for off-site corporate meetings chose many as 100. (13with dark      80-seat main dining room is also available for events. (1801 Con-

   CONVENTION CENTERS
   ing off the grill. The restaurant, which seats 160, was opened in
   April 2007 by Ryan Duncan, Bill McFadden, and Joe Corey. A pri-
   vate room holds 36, while a back room holds 60 for larger recep-
                                                                          stained wood
                                                                          212.966.9799) and exposed brick. Patio seating is available out
                                                                          CULINARY ARTS AT THE NEW a wrought-iron fence.
                                                                          front for 30, sectioned off bySCHOOL UNIVERSITY Sandwiches,
                                                                          The New School’s culinary-arts wine are also available. (1036
                                                                          salads, and a variety of beer and program offers private cook-
                                                                                                                                               POOL & BILLIARD HALLS
                                                                                                                                               necticut Ave. NW, 202.797.0033)
                                                                                                                                               NEW SABORES
                                                                                                                                               This Cleveland Park eatery opened in August, serving both
                                                                                                                                               AMSTERDAM BILLIARDS

   & AUDITORIUMS
   tions. (220 North Lee St., Alexandria, 703.535.3340)
   OYAMEL
   José Andrés, a James Beard award winner for best chef, relocated
                                                                          ing classesNW,its state-of-the-art teaching kitchens. Due to the
                                                                          Park Road in 202.506.140)
                                                                          THE REEFR
                                                                          hands-on approach and intensive training, classes can hold as
                                                                          Each of three levels presents a distinctive vibe atschool when
                                                                          many as 13 people. Teachers come courtesy of the this Adams
                                                                                                                                               This popular poolplates of Nuevo10,000-square-foot venue on
                                                                                                                                               tapas and large hall occupied a Latino cuisine, focused on
                                                                                                                                               empanadas, paella, until January 2007, when it moved down-
                                                                                                                                               the Upper West Side and ceviche. The sleek dining room and
                                                                                                                                               lounge features a marble-topped bar and spacious banquettes,
                                                                                                                                               town to the former home of Corner Billiards. In its new digs, the
   Oyamel from Crystal City to Penn Quarter in March 2007, with           Morgan outpost. Thespace. Availabilitydark bar complete with
                                                                          you rent the Chelsea ground floor is a is dependent upon aca-         club has massive glass garage doors that open in the remodel-
                                                                                                                                               as well as11,000 square feet, and after a $2.25 million summer-
   a Mexican menu of shared small plates such as shrimp sautéed           jungle-themed foliage; the 23rd St., oor dining room is adorned
                                                                          demic scheduling. (131 Westsecond-fl212.255.4141)                     time for scenic alfresco dining. (3435B Connecticut Ave. bar
                                                                                                                                               ing, the new site offers 17 large plasma TVs, a 50-foot zincNW,
   ARCADES & VIRTUAL REALITY CENTERS
   with tequila. The venue seats 125 in the main dining room and
   50 in a private dining area. (401 7th St. NW, 202.628.1005)
                                                                          THE CULINARY aquariums; and the rooftop bar offers the neigh-
                                                                          with oversize LOFT
                                                                          borhood’s best views in summertime. The entire space seats 179,
                                                                                                                                               202.244.7196)
                                                                                                                                               with 25 seats, a lounge, Oriental rugs, and 26 pool tables. It can
                                                                                                                                               SEA CATCHR private events for as many as 500 people. (110 East
                                                                          This 1,500-square-foot loft in SoHo has oak floors and exposed-       be booked for
   OYA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
   DAVE & BUSTERS—TIMES SQUARE                                            and each level is available for group events; thein a gourmet
                                                                          brick walls and offers corporate cooking classes main dining         Set in a historic 1842 building overlooking the C&O Canal in
                                                                                                                                               11th St., 212.496.8180)
   Dave7,000-square-foot Asian-French chain of restaurant-enter-
   This Corriveau and Buster Corley’s fusion restaurant in Penn           room holds 99. Monthly feet of focus The entire space holds
                                                                          kitchen with 400 square menus space. on sustainable and or-          Georgetown, this seafood restaurant serves Maine lobsters and
                                                                                                                                               PRESSURE NYC
   tainment complexes Errol Lawrence and Nancy Koide, features
   Quarter, designed by added a Times Square location in April            70 foringredients.or 50 for seated events and can also be used
                                                                          ganic receptions (2446 18th St. NW, 202.518.3800)                    seasonal NYC seafood, and also features a white marble raw bar.
                                                                                                                                               Pressure local has a colorful, funky, futuristic design that com-
   2006. Occupying 35,000 square feet, the 20-foot-long waterfall,
   a two-and-a-half-ton chain curtain, a venue serves American            RESTAURANT EVE shoots. A freight elevator with direct access to
                                                                          for photography                                                      The spacious restaurant and off-street outdoor patio are avail-
                                                                                                                                               bines nicely with its downstairs counterpart, the Bowlmor
   a red crocodilefour private rooms—two private event rooms, a
   fare and offers bar with a white marble fireplace, and high-            the loft can Armstrong, named one of Food & (515 Broadway,
                                                                          Chef Cathaltransport large or heavy equipment. Wine’s 10 best        Lanes bowling events for 400. (1054 31 a NW, 202.337.8855)
                                                                                                                                               able for private alley. Pressure features St.lounge, 12 pool tables,
   backed white banquettes. Two lounge spaces are available, and
   boardroom, and a video lounge. A large dining room and two             new 5A, 212.431.7425)
                                                                          Suitechefs in the United States in 2006, is the owner of Restau-     SEQUOIAR
                                                                                                                                               and a separate dance room and is housed beneath a 60-foot
   a semiprivate available. 30. Buyouts of entertainment includes
   bars are also room seatsAdult gaming the entire restaurant are         rant Eve. The honey-hued
                                                                          HUDSON YARDS CATERING restaurant has wrought-iron accents            With a plum location on the banks of receptions but can hold
                                                                                                                                               air-pressurized bubble. It holds 500 forGeorgetown’s Washing-
   available for receptions for 300. (777 9th St. NW, 202.393.1400)
   video simulations, a multiscreen video wall, and 3-D virtual rac-      and serves American cuisine. A 34-seat chef’s tasting Danny
                                                                          Hudson Yards Catering is an off-premise caterer fromroom is          an Harbour, 500 when combined with Bowlmor. Audiovi-
                                                                                                                                               ton additional this contemporary American restaurant offers
   PALENAR
   ing. (234 West 42nd St., 3rd Floor, 646.495.2011)                      available for events, while the in its west Chelsea headquar-
                                                                          Meyer. The outfit’s dining roomprivate Sunflower Room seats            sual of the district’s best views, rental. (110 University Place,
                                                                                                                                               someequipment is available for from both the bilevel dining
   Executive
   ESPN ZONEchef-owner Frank Ruta makes sausages, pastas, and             20. is available for in the events bistro is a cozy option in the
                                                                          tersFireside dining private 45-seat and cooking classes. Designed    room and ext.13)
                                                                                                                                               212.255.8188the expansive riverfront patio and bar, which are
   This 42,000-square-foot sports-entertainment restaurant.in
   breads on site in this contemporary Italian-French complex A           winter. (110 South Pitt St., Alexandria, 703.706.0450)
                                                                          like a restaurant and holding as many as 20, the space features      SLATEfilled in summer months with a sophisticated crowd en-
                                                                                                                                               both
   Times Square front private rooms, a a 40-seat back room by an
   30-seat café inoffers is separated from10,000-square-foot sports-      NEWNew American cooking of chef Robb Garceau. (640 West
                                                                          the RESTAURANT K                                                     Slate stands out from the typical The 150-seat restaurant is
                                                                                                                                               joying the fun specialty cocktails.billiards hall with its posh
   adjoining hallway. Two large chandeliers provide soft lighting,
   related arcade that holds 500 for receptions, and an on-site           28th Farragut Square
                                                                          This St., 212.488.1500) eatery from local chef Alison Swope          available for buyouts. (3000 K St. NW, 202.944.4200)pool tables,
                                                                                                                                               couches and sleek design. The Chelsea location’s 23
   while throughout its four chairs and stone-topped tables deco-
   eaterybrocade-upholsteredfloors. Among these spaces are a 120-          opened in September. Launched in (ICE)
                                                                          INSTITUTE OF CULINARY EDUCATIONpartnership with McCormick            seven Ping-Pong tables, and one foosball table are hidden be-
                                                                                                                                               SETTE BELLO
   rate screening room with two 16-foot projection screens and
   seat the space. A small outdoor area is available in the summer        & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, the 7,000-square-foot venue
                                                                          ICE offers hands-on cooking classes for groups of as many as         hind chain-link curtains; a DJ booth is offers a lengthy menu
                                                                                                                                               Italian-born chef Domenico Cornacchia also available. The bi-
   months. (3529 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.537.9250)
   12 smaller screens, the 150-seat Bristol Suite overlooking Times       offers a menu described as modern American cooking. The res-
                                                                          90. Groups are split into teams to prepare different parts of the    of piattini (Italian1,000 for receptions. The 10,000-square-foot
                                                                                                                                               level venue holds small plates), Neapolitan pizzas, and fresh
   THE PALMR
   Square (which holds 225 for receptions), Studio Grill (which           menu. features dark wooden one on the sixth and three on
                                                                          taurantFour teaching kitchens,tables, large orange chandeliers,      pastas and risottos at this eatery that opened in northern
                                                                                                                                               outpost in Queens, called Cue Bar, holds 500 for receptions and
   holds 1972, for receptions),steak a glass-encased private power-
   Since 500 this venerable and house has served as the skybox            and 12 bright are available for private lessons in food-and-wine
                                                                          the 12th floor,poster-size pictures of flowers on the walls. While     Virginia’s Clarendon neighborhood in 2006. The contempo-
                                                                                                                                               has 21 pool tables, two Ping-Pong tables, and red velvet “pool
   lunch spot on Capitol Hill—senators, representatives, and lobby-
   that seats 45. (1472 Broadway, 212.921.3776)                           there are no wine tastings. the 220-seat St., 212.847.0707)
                                                                          pairings and private rooms, (50 West 23rddining area has a five-      beds”—pool tablesroom features high-backed booths andwith
                                                                                                                                               rary main dining that have been lowered and covered can
   ists can be spotted daily. The Palm serves prime aged beef, fresh
   PLAY                                                                   foot-tall partition that blocks the back booths and tables, allow-
                                                                          NEW INTERNATIONAL CULINARY CENTER                                    cushions. (54 West 21st St., 212.989.0096; replace room holds 80.
                                                                                                                                               host events for 300, while the private fi45-18 Bell Blvd., Bayside,
   The games available at this lounge include covered with check-
   seafood, and Italian entrées. The walls areTwister, chess,carica-      ing for a semiprivate event for a midsize group. (1700 K St. NW,
                                                                          In October 2006, this center opened as the home of the French        Guests can also enjoy dinner at the modern bar or on the side-
                                                                                                                                               718.631.2646)
   ers, bowling, and pool. politicians, and separate, glass-enclosed
   tures of the celebrities, There is also a socialites who make up       202.974.6545)
                                                                          Culinary Institute and the Italian Culinary Academy. The             walk patio. (3101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703.351.1004)
   V.I.P. area. The lounge, bowlingA private dining room pool area
   its impressive customer base. alley, game space, and seats 60,         ROCK BOTTOM RESTAURANT added four new kitchens to the ex-
                                                                          72,000-square-foot facility AND BREWERY                              701 RESTAURANTR
   can removable of 550 for for outdoor seating during warmer
   withhold a total glass walls special events. (77-17 Queens Blvd.,
   months. (1225 19th St. NW, 202.293.9091)
                                                                          The Bethesda location of thisschool), including one with a pasta,
                                                                          isting space (previously FCI’s national chain serves pizza, brick-   SPORTS VENUES
                                                                                                                                               Just off the National Mall, this elegant Penn Quarter restaurant
   Long Island City, 718.476.2828)                                        and burgers in a bright, open an adjacent private dining area.
                                                                          lined custom pizza oven, and bilevel dining room surrounded          features live jazz nightly, an international wine bar, and an ex-
   PAOLO’S RESTAURANTR                                                    by amphitheater with which counter seats 79. (462 Broadway,
                                                                          An shiny brew vessels, a democontain four home-brewed ales.          tensive upscale menu focused on seafood and including caviar.
                                                                                                                                               NEW AVIATOR SPORTS AND RECREATION
   With its tagline “Italian traditional, California fresh,” this         Three semiprivate spaces are available for events: The ground-
                                                                          646.254.7596)                                                        This300-seat dining room can be reserved for private events.in
                                                                                                                                               The Brooklyn sports complex opened in September 2006 A
   BOWLING ALLEYS
   Georgetown restaurant focuses on innovative Italian fare with
   a healthy twist. Crispy eggplant ravioli stuffed with goat cheese
                                                                          floor Phillips Room overlooks the glass-encased brew house
                                                                          LA CUISINE SANS PEUR COOKING SCHOOL                                  12-seat private room is also available, or guests can eat on an
                                                                                                                                               an 800-acre decommissioned airport. The venue has 170,000
                                                                          and seats 70, the sports den school25 around a from French TV,
                                                                          The name of this cooking seats translates large-screen as            outdoor patio interior spacethe Navy Memorial. (701refurbished
                                                                                                                                               square feet of surrounding housed in four adjacent Pennsylva-
   BOWLMOR LANES holds private events in its restaurant and on
   is a favorite. Paolo’s                                                 and the mezzanine Brewers Lounge holds 75 and includes pool
                                                                          “cooking without fear.” Chef-proprietor Henri Etienne Levy           nia Ave. NW, 202.393.0701)
                                                                                                                                               aircraft hangars, including basketball courts, volleyball courts, a
   This retro bowling alley can be also has locations inupstairsand
   its patio. The restaurant, which combined with the Reston bar          teaches classic French techniqueBottom also has a location in
                                                                          tables and a separate bar. Rock in his home to classes of usu-       gymnastics and dance center, two ice rinks, and a climbing wall.
                                                                                                                                               1789 RESTAURANT
   Towson, is working NYCupdating its large-parties menu. (1303
   and lounge Pressure on to hold 1,100. Bowlmor alone holds 600          Arlington. (7900 Norfolk Ave.,He’s also willing301.652.1311; 4238
                                                                          ally no more than four people. Bethesda, Md., to travel off-site.    Nearavailable are two outdoorthis restaurant draws its name
                                                                                                                                               Also Georgetown University, fields. All facilities are available
   Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.333.7353)
   for receptions and features 42 lanes, two bars, a private room,        Wilson Blvd., Suite 1256, Arlington, 703.516.7688)
                                                                          His typical course consists of five four-hour classes. (216 West      and decor from the American history that surrounds the school.
                                                                                                                                               for private booking; the space holds as many as 1,500 for recep-
   NEW PEACOCK GRAND CAFÉ
   banquette seating, and glow-in-the-dark bowling. For corporate         NEW ROCK CREEK AT MAZZA
                                                                          89th St., 212.362.0638)                                              tions, or 1,000 seated. (Floyd Bennett Field,clock and Civil War-
                                                                                                                                               Antique accents such as a parliamentary Hangar 5, Brooklyn,
   events, movie success of the Peacock Café in Georgetown, this
   Following the screens suspended over the lanes can display a           This Bethesda-based restaurant opened its second location last
                                                                          MIETTE CULINARY STUDIO                                               718.758.7500) line the walls of its six seating areas, which in-
                                                                                                                                               era lithographs
   company’s space opened on the edge of Foggy deliver and
   impressive logo or customized video. The venue can Bottomfood,         July, at Mazza Gallerie in Northwest Washington. Chef Ethan
                                                                          Classically trained Belgian chef Paul Vanderwoude teaches            clude the bar F. Scott’s. The restaurant seats 120 or holds 200 for
                                                                                                                                               BASEBALL CENTER NYC
   from salmon November. The right to dining room University
   downtown indinners to pizza,200-seat the lanes. (110features an        McKee, of 20 to prepare a three-course, bistro-style meal, choos-
                                                                          groups formerly of Equinox, makes the health-conscious menu,         receptions. (1226 36th St. NW, baseball and softball center offers
                                                                                                                                               This Upper West Side indoor 202.965.1789)
   open 212.255.8188 ext. 13)
   Place,kitchen serving an expansive menu of burgers, steaks, and        which features savory entrées—all around 600 calories—and
                                                                          ing from his menu or creating original dishes. The school is in      batting WOLLENSKYR
                                                                                                                                               SMITH & cages, pitching simulators, and professional instruc-
   seafood. A private 80-seat dining room offers audiovisual capa-
   HARLEM LANES                                                           a charmingdesserts. Rock town house in a circular 120-seat (109
                                                                          low-calorie 19th-century Creek features the West Village. din-       In addition lessons, games, and corporate events Circle out-
                                                                                                                                               tion. Group to its popular filet mignon, the Dupontare offered
   Open since April NW, 202.530.2020)
   bilities. (2020 K St. 2006, this bilevel, 25,000-square-foot bowl-     MacDougal St., a 22-foot-tall and 25-foot-wide faux oak tree at
                                                                          ing room with Suite 2, 212.460.9322)                                 post of this national steak housebook the batting cages with
                                                                                                                                               for 60 guests; groups can also chain offers hundreds of bot-
   PERRY’S RESTAURANTR venue offers 24 lanes, a V.I.P. lounge
   ing and entertainment                                                  its center. Guests can dine at FOR FOOD & HEALTH
                                                                          NATURAL GOURMET INSTITUTE a table under the tree or in one           private instructors to practice their includes several spaces St.,
                                                                                                                                               tles of wine. The 450-seat restaurantswings. (202 West 74th for
   that holds 75, a sports bar and arcade a menu focusedcafé,local
   This 20-year-old restaurant serves up that hold 152, a on and          of six round features cooking and health classes with a vege-
                                                                          The institutebanquettes that ring the two-story room, which is       events, including the 100-seat sidewalk patio. (1112 19th St. NW,
                                                                                                                                               212.362.0344)
   organic ingredients in traditional American dishes, but is best
   a private party room; the entire space holds 300 for receptions.       highlighted by floor-to-ceiling windows and fish, too. A team
                                                                          tarian bent, although they can use chickenoverlooking Wiscon-        202.466.1100)
                                                                                                                                               IN THE WORKS BASKETBALL CITY
   Harlem Lanes can be rented in conjunction drag queen musical
   known for its Sunday brunch that features with Pier 2110, a sea-       of chefs plan healthy room (using foods a private grains and
                                                                          sin Avenue. The club dishes seats 45, and like wholewine room        Basketball City, originally WINE 63 R
                                                                                                                                               SONOMA RESTAURANT ANDat PierBARon the Hudson River, will
   food restaurant on 120-seat restaurant is available for private
   performances. Thethe floor below. (2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr.         seats 12. sweeteners) and Ave. NW, 202.966.7625) preparation of
                                                                          natural (5300 Wisconsin guide groups through                         open a after Sonoma County in California to reflect its South
                                                                                                                                               Named new facility in summer 2008 just north of the wine-
   events, and the rooftop deck offers views of the National Cathe-
   Blvd., 212.678.2695)                                                   ROSA MEXICANOR
                                                                          the meal. Four classrooms each hold 20 guests. (48 West 21st St.,    country theme, Pier 36. Six courts will by Elias Hangst and
                                                                                                                                               Street Seaport atthis restaurant, ownedbe available for corpo-
   dral and downtown
   LEISURE TIME BOWL D.C. (1811 Columbia Road NW, 202.234.6218)           The Washington outpost of this Mexican restaurant chain is in
                                                                          212.645.5170 ext.106)                                                Jared Rager, seats 40 for private dinners and refs. The 64,000-
                                                                                                                                               rate events, as will on-site scorekeepers or holds 175 for recep-
   POSH
   The bowling alley at the Port Authority bus terminal renovated         PennTQuarter. A total buyout of the 9,000-square-foot restau-
                                                                          NEW SALON                                                            square-foot venue for have electronic front. Executive chef
                                                                                                                                               tions. Patio seatingwill 18 is available inscoreboards, showers,
   its space, reopening in November in October offers 26 lanes
   This retro-style restaurant opened2006. It now2006 in China-           Miriam Novalle has opened a new private dining, the Pome-
                                                                          rant offers event space for 450. Forbranch of her specialty tea      and a Trautman serves Italian-influenced cuisine, with char-
                                                                                                                                               Drew fitness center. A 12,000-square-foot deck behind the build-
   town. The 9,000-square-foot space has two floors and evokes a
   and, combined with a bar and lounge, holds 300 for events.             granate Room seats 30, Chelsea Market. The new joint has bam-
                                                                          store, T Salon, inside the while the Tomatillo Room seats 40. The    ing will also be available.among the more popular items. (223
                                                                                                                                               cuterie and cheese boards (Pier 36, for more information, call
   There and ’40s-era supper club with Art Deco decor. Downstairs,
   1930s is also a dance floor, complete with a lighting and sound         outdoor patio holds 100 for receptions. Design elements include
                                                                          boo ceilings and floors, serves snacks as well as tea-based cock-     Pennsylvania
                                                                                                                                               718.786.4242) Ave. SE, 202.544.8088)
   system. A new entrance and a 20-foot video screen above (550
   the main dining hall includes restaurant are in the works. a 12-       14-foot-tall wraparound windows in the main dining room. (575
                                                                          tails, and offers more than 200 types of loose-leaf teas. Private    CHELSEA SOURCE
                                                                                                                                               NEW THEPIERS
   seat bar, and a stage features live music and DJs during supper
   Ninth Ave., 212.268.2822 ext. 111)                                     7th St. NW,as many as 100 can sit for afternoon tea service. (75
                                                                          groups of 202.654.7010)                                              Wolfgang Puck’slandmark offers a wide variety opened in the
                                                                                                                                               This Manhattan first Washington restaurant of activities for
   club 300 NEW YORK
   NEW hours. The upper level includes a dining room for 20, a ca-        RUMBA CAFÉ
                                                                          Ninth Ave., 212.243.2259)                                            groups. Thecomplex in October. The Source offers a menu of
                                                                                                                                               Newseum facilities include indoor rock-climbing walls, volley-
   sual lounge, AMF debuted this upscale bowling facility, replac-
   In May 2007,and a private lounge. (730 11th St. NW, 202.393.1320)      This WHOLE FOODS MARKET—BOWERY
                                                                          NEW artsy Adams Morgan restaurant serves a menu combin-              pizza and a driving in the casual 70-seat downstairs lounge
                                                                                                                                               ball courts, calzones range, and an ice-skating rink, all available
   POSTE MODERNE BRASSERIER
   ing the original alley at Chelsea Piers. In the revamped digs,         ing South AmericanWhole Foods, which uences, in April 2007,
                                                                          The Lower East Side and Caribbean inflopened accompanied              for a more upscale American-Asian fusion menu upstairs in
                                                                                                                                               andteambuilding and corporate events. Private meeting rooms
   This 3,103-square-foot Kimptonand an Xtreme light and a con-
   with sleek, modern furnishings restaurant seats 176 in sound           features a culinary caipirinhas. the market hosts classes that
                                                                          by stiff mojitos andcenter whereThe walls feature rotating art       such as the main Terrace, which holds 350 crabs and Peking-
                                                                                                                                               the 130-seatSunset dining room (think chili for receptions, and
   temporary venue feels more like a what was the an alley. The
   system, thebrasserie atmosphere. Innightclub thansorting room          exhibits, and live salsa, cha-cha, and tango dancing gets diners
                                                                          can be customized for private groups. You can book in-store ex-      style duck). Championship Room are continuous and contem-
                                                                                                                                               the Players The decor on both levels isalso available. (West 23rd
   of the 1841 General space (with a capacity of 450 seated or 750
   50,000-square-foot Post Office, it features fully restored 16-foot      perts from the fromagerie department,intimatespace offers two
                                                                          on their feet later in the evenings. The and the 60-seat space is    porary, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass staircase. A
                                                                                                                                               St. at the Hudson River, 212.336.6777)
   for receptions) has eight private lanes, three meeting rooms, The
   cast-iron ceilings and skylights from the original post office. and     available for events. (2443 18th St. NW, and playing capabilities,
                                                                          flat-screen TVs with DVD recording 202.588.5501)                      subterranean private room holds 40. (555 Pennsylvania Ave.
                                                                                                                                               CHURCH STREET BOXING GYM
   a lounge that room 125. (Pier 60, between 23rd St. and West Side
   indoor dining holds holds 300, while the outdoor courtyard holds       RUMBEROS groups as large as 20 people. (95 East Houston St.,
                                                                          and room for                                                         NW, 202.637.6100)
                                                                                                                                               The no-frills Church Street Boxing Gym offers a unique ap-
   600. The chef’s table
   Hwy., 212.835.2695) seats 10. (555 8th St. NW, 202.783.6060)           Set in newly hip Columbia Heights, this restaurant serves a
                                                                          212.320.1420 ext. 214)                                               proach to corporate teambuilding events. The gym is staffed to
                                                                                                                                               NEW STATION 9
   THE PRIME RIB                                                          pan-Latin menu along with mojitos and a lengthy wine list.           Housed skill levels, from amateur 12,000-square-foot 8,000-
                                                                                                                                               train all in a former post office, thisto professional. The restau-
   Five minutes from the Kennedy Center and the National Theatre,         The restaurant exhibits paintings from Latin American artists,       rant includes a downstairs dining room exposed-brick walls,
                                                                                                                                               square-foot space has hardwood floors and with butter-colored
   COOKING SCHOOLS & TASTING VENUES
   this establishment, open since 1976, is where conservative types
   seal their deals. The Prime Rib is famous for its leopard-print car-
                                                                          DANCE CLASS VENUES
                                                                          and features live music and dancing nights that attract serious
                                                                          salsa and tango aficionados. The 130-seat restaurant can be re-
                                                                                                                                               booths and circular and offers trainers for from groupings of
                                                                                                                                               holds 200 for events, white lights made corporate activities.
                                                                                                                                               clear plastic cups. There’s
                                                                                                                                               (25 Park Place, 212.571.1333) also an upstairs lounge and a pri-
   pet, its Louis Icart CENTER
   ARTISANAL CHEESElithographs, and the baby grand piano at the           served for private daytime and evening events. (3345 14th St. NW,
                                                                          BALLROOM ON FIFTH                                                    DRIVE 495 for 20. The menu features a variety of flavors, with
                                                                                                                                               vate room
   Chef Terrence Brennan’s Artisanal Cheese Center is in main
   entrance. (A pianist plays throughout the lunch hour.) The Hell’s      202.232.6006) on Fifth offers dance instruction in a traditional
                                                                          The Ballroom                                                         dishes inspired by the cuisine of co-owners Aymeric Saha’s na-
                                                                                                                                               Designed by Handel Architects (the firm behind Battery Park’s
   Kitchen, close to the Javits Center. The event space holds jacket
   dining room seats 175, and a semiprivate room holds 16. A50 and        RUMORS RESTAURANTR The venue, with hardwood floors and
                                                                          ballroom in Murray Hill.                                             Ritz-Carlton, Pier 94, and Tazi’s native Morocco. (1438 U St. NW,
                                                                                                                                               tive Cameroon and Samirthe new Trump hotel in SoHo), Drive
   and tie are required for men. (2020 K St. NW, 202.466.8811)
   features a fully equipped demonstration kitchen and audiovi-           Modeled to resemble           boating/hunting lodge, this 5,000-
                                                                          large windows, suppliesaprofessional dance teachers for three-,      202.667.1661)
                                                                                                                                               495 is a luxury gym and golf training facility opened by brothers
   PS 7’S
   sual equipment. On-premise catering from the restaurants Ar-           square-foot restaurant, complete with bar and dance is of-
                                                                          five-, and 10-hour classes. Instruction for corporate groups floor,    Don and Joseph
                                                                                                                                               TABAQ BISTRO Saladino in May 2006. The bilevel SoHo space
   PS 7’s, from chef Peter Smith (formerly ofis complemented by
   tisanal Fromagerie & Bistro and Picholine Vidalia), opened in                               400 for receptions. The restaurant many as
                                                                          seats 175 or holdsbooking of the entire space—for as has high
                                                                          fered—requiring                                                      has of the most upscale gym and a U Street’s burgeoning din-
                                                                                                                                               Onea 10,000-square-foot options on 5,000-square-foot comput-
   cheeses from in September 2006. wines wall winds through
   Penn Quarteraround the world andA blue picked by the on-site           ceilings with exposed woodenFloor, 212.532.6232) outside seats
                                                                          100 people. (319 Fifth Ave., 4th rafters, and a patio                ing boulevard, this restaurant serves Moroccan and Turkish
                                                                                                                                               erized golf studio with five simulators, professional golfers to
   sommelier. (500 West 37th St., 2nd Floor,carve out spaces 3155)
   the restaurant, twisting and turning to 212.239.1200 ext. for the      DANCE TIMESpermitting. The American cuisine served includes
                                                                          56, weather SQUARE                                                   assist with in a number of unique spaces. The fifth-flBroadway,
                                                                                                                                               specialties training, and a lounge and wet bar. (495 oor, glass-
   34-seat BAKERY & MARKET
   BOULEYbar and lounge, 120-seat dining room, and private room           pasta, fi Broadway theater, this space was converted into a
                                                                          Once a sh, and chicken. (1900 M St. NW, 202.466.7378)                enclosed rooftop terrace
                                                                                                                                               2nd Floor, 212.334.9537) offers views of the Washington Monu-
   for 22. Guests have the option of choosing as many as six items
   Renowned chef David Bouley opened this trilevel bakery and             RUSSIA HOUSE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE
                                                                          two-story dance studio. It holds 175 for receptions or seats 100     ment and seating for 80. The main dining room seats 110, and
                                                                                                                                               GLEASON’S GYM
   to sample 2005. The TriBeCa venue has an open kitchenSt. NW,
   market in from the menu as their entire meal. (777 I where             for 9,000-square-foot Eastern Guests can either watch a
                                                                          Thisdinner or 90 classroom-style.European-style mansion in           a private dining room seats 80. The candlelit lounge, with a DJ
                                                                                                                                               The country’s oldest boxing gym has seen the swift blows of
   202.742.8550)
   Bouley hosts cooking demonstrations and information sessions           performance of world-champion ballroom oroor is a dancers
                                                                          Dupont Circle holds 400 for events. The first fl Latin 50-seat         booth, holds 60. (1336 Today Gleason’s clients
                                                                                                                                               126 world champions.U St. NW, 202.265.0965) are trading more
   RASIKA
   with other noted chefs, nutritionists, and food-industry special-      restaurant, while the in a floors of styles. lounges with bars
                                                                          or take dance lessons threevarietyabove are (156 West 44th St.,      bonds than punches, but
                                                                                                                                               TABERNA DEL ALABARDEROthe history and atmosphere are still
   The Sanskrit word for flavors, brick-red, eight-foot its namestove
   ists. The cooking space has a Rasika holds true to Molteni with        on each (the third a piano bar). Russia House serves chicken kiev
                                                                          212.564.7892)                                                        there. For corporate events, 400 guests can close arches fram-
                                                                                                                                               This classic old-world Spanish spot features ornatethe gym and
   a back wall lined (130 Westarray of spices. Jewel-toned fabrics,
   and a granite bar. with an Broadway, 212.608.5829)                     and beef Stroganoff, which are among the more popular dishes.
                                                                          SWING 46                                                             ing an exhibition kitchen, glittering chandeliers, and plush red
                                                                                                                                               step into the Brooklyn ring to learn the basics of boxing from
   COOKING BY THE BOOK and a wall of hanging crystals decorate
   cushioned banquettes,                                                  Swing are hosts swing-danceand eight fireplaces throughout.
                                                                          There 46 mahogany walls lessons with music from DJs or               professional coaches. (77 Front St., Brooklyn, 718.797.2872) with
                                                                                                                                               booths adorned with Spanish lace. Salmon-colored walls
   this modern Indian restaurant. It entire space seats 140, which
   Cooking by the Book’s TriBeCa kitchen offers special corporate         (1800 Connecticut Ave. NW, 200 for receptions or 150 for seated
                                                                          live bands. The venue holds202.234.9433)                             HUDSON RIVER PARK and a floor-to-ceiling tapestry add to the
                                                                                                                                               cherrywood paneling
   includes two private rooms, the largest of which seats 28. Vikram
   in-house programs. Teambuilding sessions for as many as 40             events; CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
                                                                          RUTH’S lessons can accommodate as many as 24 couples. Profes-        This park stretches along World Bank and the Battery Place
                                                                                                                                               atmosphere. Close to the the Hudson River fromWhite House,
   people begin with wine and (633 d’oeuvres with executive
   Sunderam is the executive chef. hors D St. NW, 202.637.1222)           The Dupont Circle from Dance Manhattan chain offers several
                                                                          sional instructors branch of this national and You Should Be         to West offers an array offers a variety of areas three private
                                                                                                                                               Taberna 59th Street and of banquet menus for its for group ac-


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R= Venues that offer outdoor event space
RESTAURANTS                                                          the colorful main floor dining room attracts an upscale crowd
                                                                     with a local and seasonal menu. The 125-seat dining room is
                                                                     available for private events. (1226 36th St. NW, 202.337.6668)
                                                                     NEW TONIC AT QUIGLEY’SR
                                                                                                                                          ern twist. The wine bar offers 200 bottles and 30 by-the-glass
                                                                                                                                          selections. The dining area seats 173, while the destination bar
                                                                                                                                          can hold additional guests. A separate private dining area seats
                                                                                                                                          10, and the adjacent Hotel Palomar has 10,000 square feet of
event spaces: the 25-seat Aranjuez, the 10-seat Amalur, and La       This homey neighborhood restaurant and sports bar opened in          meeting space in 11 rooms. (2121 P St. NW, 202.448.1831)
Granja, which seats 50 or holds 75 for receptions. (1776 I St. NW,   the historic Quigley’s Pharmacy adjacent to the George Wash-         VIDALIA
202.429.2200)                                                        ington University campus in May 2007. The 200-seat restaurant        Vidalia describes its contemporary menu as American cuisine
TAJ MAHAL                                                            is available for events and includes low-set leather couches,        with a Southern accent. Chef and owner Jeffrey Buben has won
D.C.’s oldest Indian restaurant has been serving Dupont Circle       plasma TVs, and a performance space in the Tonic Lounge, as          top chef and restaurant awards for his seamless fusing of local
lunch and dinner crowds since 1948. The 100-seat eatery offers       well as a seasonal outdoor patio. (2036 G St. NW, 202.296.0211)      ingredients and French and Italian cooking methods. The On-
a lengthy menu of curries, tandoori specialties, and vegetarian      TONY & JOE’S SEAFOOD PLACER                                          ion Room, adorned with glass walls and doors and onion art-
dishes. The elegant, high-ceiling dining room includes several       Tony & Joe’s, on the Georgetown waterfront, offers views of the      work, seats 42, while the wine room, appropriately located next
semiprivate nooks, and a 45-seat private room is also available.     Kennedy Center, the Washington Monument, and Roosevelt Is-           to the wine cellar with views of its extensive collection, seats 21.
(1327 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.659.1544)                             land. The restaurant, with indoor and outdoor seating, features      (1990 M St. NW, 202.659.1990)
TALLULA                                                              a menu of fresh local seafood and a dining room that seats 250       WASABI
This sleek, 100-seat restaurant near the Clarendon Metro sta-        for private events. (3000 K St. NW, 202.944.4545)                    Drawing on his diverse background, chef Miguel Choy blends
tion in northern Virginia opened in 2006 and serves a con-           TORTILLA COAST                                                       Asian and Latin flavors into his fusion-style food. Wasabi em-
temporary American menu along with a 350-bottle wine list.           A raucous postwork spot just behind the Congressional office          ploys a kaiten-sushi serving style: All 90 menu selections make
The main dining room is available for events, as is the private,     buildings, this Tex-Mex restaurant offers generous plates of         their way to diners on a 50-foot conveyor belt. The restaurant
18-seat wine room and the adjoining EatBar cocktail lounge,          fajitas and burritos, accompanied by red-white-and-blue-swirl        can seat 35 for private parties. (908 17th St. NW, 202.822.0648)
which also features a full menu and wines by the glass. (2761        frozen margaritas. The restaurant holds 200, with a private din-     NEW WESTEND BISTRO
Washington Blvd., Arlington, 703.778.9951)                           ing room that seats 30 and two semiprivate spaces that hold 30       The much-anticipated Westend Bistro, owned by chef Eric
TANDOORI NIGHTS                                                      and 100. (400 1st St. SE, 202.546.6768)                              Ripert of New York’s Le Bernadin, opened at the Ritz-Carlton
This restaurant, open since January 2007, has a warm, spacious       2941 RESTAURANTR                                                     Washington D.C. in November. Serving seasonal takes on com-
dining room with Indian murals, and serves Indian cuisine on         On the shores of Fairview Lake, this glass-enclosed, modern          fort-food classics, the sleek but casual venue has a 96-seat main
the lighter side, with fewer fats and oils. The menu features rare   French-American restaurant offers three private rooms with           dining room and a bar and lounge. An outdoor patio was slated
dishes such as a whole, boned Tandoori fish. A private dining         waterfront views. The largest, known as the Waterfall Room,          to open in April (though it won’t be available for private events).
room seats 24, and a semiprivate space seats 50. The restaurant      holds 72 for receptions, while the chef’s table, nestled in the      Westend features cherrywood floors, raised banquettes, and al-
can also cater outside events for 200. (2800 Clarendon Blvd.,        kitchen of executive chef Bertrand Chemel, seats eight. During       cove seating. (1190 22nd St. NW, 202.974.4900)
Suite 900, Arlington, 703.248.8333)                                  the summer months, an outdoor terrace holds 100 for recep-           WILLOW CREEK FARMSR
TEATRO GOLDONI                                                       tions. (2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, Va., 703.270.1511)   In the Broadlands neighborhood of Ashland, Virginia, just west
Inspired by his mother’s Italian cooking, chef Fabrizio Aielli       TWO QUAILR                                                           of Dulles International Airport, this quaint eatery opened in
constantly reinvents his menu. Teatro takes its cue from Venice,     This classic Capitol Hill restaurant epitomizes “Old Washing-        January 2007 with a homey setting designed to resemble a
both in its decor and its menu. The restaurant, which seats 300,     ton,” with stately oil paintings, overstuffed wingback chairs,       traditional Virginia inn. A changing menu features a variety of
can be reserved for events, as can its two private dining rooms,     and cozy, wood-paneled nooks. Seasonal menus feature local           American specialties, and the restaurant can host dinner for 60
which each hold 60 for dinner or 75 for receptions. (1909 K St.      ingredients, while a bar menu is served on the outdoor patio,        in the dining room or for 150 on its terrace. (42920 Broadlands
NW, 202.955.9494)                                                    open from April to September. Two private dining rooms each          Blvd., Broadlands, Va., 571.209.1200)
TENPENH RESTAURANT                                                   seat 100. (320 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202.543.8030)                  ZENGO
Inspired by Hong Kong’s 1930s bistro-style restaurants, TenPenh      UNION PUBR                                                           Chef Richard Sandoval blends Latin and Asian cuisine at Zengo.
has an almost seductive allure with colorful, Bangkok-imported       Formerly the Red River Grill, this American-fare sports bar of-      Open since 2005, the 165-seat restaurant is decorated in vibrant
silk adorning the walls. A life-size Buddha and a pagoda lead to     fers three indoor seating areas, including two wood bars and a       oranges. It has a communal table in the bar area that seats 16
the open kitchen. From chef Cliff Wharton, the menu features         semiprivate dining room. Decorated in a modern palette of gray       and a semiprivate room for 30. (781 7th St. NW, 202.393.2929)
a mix of Southeast Asian fare. The main dining room seats 166,       and blue, it features a jukebox, televisions, and sports memora-     ZOLA
with additional room at the bar and lounge, all of which can be      bilia. The entire space seats 150, and an outdoor patio offers an    In Penn Quarter, next door to the International Spy Museum,
reserved. (1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.393.4500)                  additional 200 seats. (201 Massachusetts Ave. NE, 202.546.7200)      this sleek and modern dining room offers upscale comfort food
THE TOMBS                                                            URBANA                                                               such as lobster mac and cheese and truffled sheep ricotta tortel-
This 46-year-old establishment on the edge of the Georgetown         Urbana opened in July 2006 as part of Kimpton’s Hotel Palo-          lini. The dining room can host dinner for 150 and offers audiovi-
University campus is of two minds: The dark and crowded              mar. The Dupont Circle restaurant’s standout feature is its wine     sual equipment, Internet access, and a retractable projector and
lower tavern is a favored hangout of rowdy undergrads, while         bar, designed as an old-world Tuscan wine cellar with a mod-         screen. (800 F St. NW, 202.654.0999)
   RETAIL VENUES
   ARTFULLY CHOCOLATE                                                Ray neighborhood offers a cozy atmosphere accented with            functions, and there is a seating area in the back of the store.
   This 900-square-foot chocolate boutique offers an intimate        hardwood floors and—appropriately—periwinkle-blue walls.            (1633 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.333.5331)
   space in a red-painted shop. Bright floral compositions by         The space can host an event featuring wine, or beaded neck-        THOS. MOSER CABINETMAKERS
   owner Eric Nelson dot the walls, and tastings, champagne          laces, for as many as 40. (1557 Potomac Greens Drive, Alexan-      This showroom in Cady’s Alley is filled with the company’s
   events, and orchid workshops are held frequently on site.         dria, 703.519.5242)                                                wood furniture and flooded with light from its enormous
   The space holds 35 people. (116 East Del Ray Ave., Alexandria,    THE SHOPS AT GEORGETOWN PARK                                       windows. The 1,750-square-foot space holds 150 for receptions,
   703.635.7917)                                                     This upscale shopping center, with a brick exterior, three         and guests are welcome to take a seat on the company’s works
   BITTERSWEET CATERING, CAFÉ & BAKERY                               floors, and more than 100 stores, offers 200,000 square feet        or admire the rotating artwork on the walls. (3300 M St. NW,
   Specializing in baked goods and sandwiches, this casual,          of space and can hold 3,000 for receptions. It includes a grand    202.338.4292)
   over-the-counter facility in Alexandria can host private recep-   three-tiered fountain and large overhead globe lights. (3222       THE WASHINGTON DESIGN CENTER
   tions for 85 people in its 20-table café, with a sandwich line    M St. NW, 202.342.8190)                                            This 400,000-square-foot building, constructed in 1919 as a
   and salad bar in its center. Angel Brizuela is the executive      SUGAR                                                              refrigerated warehouse, was converted to the Washington
   pastry chef of the in-house bakery. (823 King St., Alexandria,    This Georgetown clothing shop, offering high-end brands such       Design Center in 1982 and is within sight of the Capitol. The
   703.549.1028)                                                     as Vivienne Tam and Lesa Wallace, has a cottage, gingerbread-      complex features more than 60 showrooms for high-end fur-
   PERIWINKLE                                                        house-style exterior, hot-pink-and-white decor, and wood           niture and decor, and draws more than 60,000 visitors annu-
   This 1,500-square-foot women’s clothing boutique in the Del       flooring. The 1,000-square-foot space is appropriate for small      ally. (300 D St. SW, 202.646.6114)




   SPAS & RELAXATION PLACES
   BODYCO.                                                           massage therapy. Piaf has an extensive on-call program, bring-     NEW THE SPA AT EQUINOX
   This Dupont Circle spa specializes in massages, with services     ing masseuses, manicurists, and makeup artists to private          Open since February, the Equinox fitness club at Tysons
   ranging from the traditional Swedish massage to more in-          parties and corporate events. Small groups can also use the        Corner includes a full-service spa with five treatment rooms.
   tensive deep-tissue and hot-stone therapies. Exfoliating body     spa’s three treatment rooms. (1023 15th St. NW, 202.783.3334)      It can hold 25 guests at a time for massages, aesthetics, and
   scrubs are also available. Massage therapists can come to cli-    NEW QI SPA                                                         body treatments. The spa is in a separate area from the gym,
   ents’ homes, hotels, or offices, or the spa can accommodate        The owners of the recently shuttered Hummingbird Skin              through a rock entryway with a lounge area and an adjacent
   small groups in its four treatment rooms. (1337 Connecticut       Care Spa opened this Georgetown spa in                                              pool. Spa services are available to non-
   Ave. NW, 202.293.8484)                                            late 2007. The 1,600-square-foot space has                                          members. (8065 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va.,
   CAPITAL CITY CLUB & SPA
   Inside the Capital Hilton hotel, this 12,000-square-foot fitness
                                                                     five treatment rooms and two nail stations.
                                                                     Staff members speak a combined nine lan-
                                                                                                                      WHERE TO ...                       703.790.6193)
                                                                                                                                                          THE SPA AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL
   center and day spa has five treatment rooms and provides           guages, and their diverse backgrounds are Play Like the Pros                         The 10,500-square-foot spa inside the
   services including massages, aromatherapy, facials, and body      apparent in the services available, which                                            Mandarin Oriental hotel has eight treat-
   wraps. Spa coordinators are on hand to organize group events      range from the Parisian facial to the Tibet- Each of Renditions Golf Club’s          ment rooms, several Zen relaxation rooms,
   such as preconference mini massages, and the adjacent health      an hot-stone massage. The spa is available 18 holes is an exact replica of           a 50-foot indoor swimming pool, and a fit-
   club provides customized yoga, cardio-boxing, and spin class-     for small groups and events. (3106 M St. NW, a hole that is historically             ness center. The space is decorated with a
   es for convention groups. (1001 16th St. NW, 202.639.4300)        2nd Floor, 202.333.6344)                     significant to a major golf              burnished-bronze ceiling, oak floors, and
   CIRCE SALON SPA                                                   SKIN SAVVY SPA EXPRESS                           championship, such as the           light sycamore walls, and offers half-day
   This award-winning salon and spa, which has three treatment       This boutique spa in Dupont Circle special-      Masters and the U.S. Open.          and full-day packages and can accommo-
   rooms, takes a holistic approach, asking guests to complete       izes in “pamper parties,” treating as many                                           date small groups. (1330 Maryland Ave. SW,
                                                                                                                      The homage to golf greatness
   questionnaires and offering customized services. Twelve mas-      as six guests to facials, massages, and body                                         202.787.6100)
   sage types, as well as facials, waxing, manicures, pedicures,     treatments in the spa’s three treatment          continues in the 1930s-era club-    TRANQUIL SPACE
   and antiaging treatments, are available, and the entire 2,500-    rooms. The party can also go off-site: Thera-    house honoring Bobby Jones         This spa, boutique, and yoga studio offers 45
   square-foot facility can be rented for small group events. (123   pists can bring massage tables, nail services,   and five other career Grand         classes a week. The venue’s two airy rooms
   North Washington St., Alexandria, 703.519.8528)                   and body treatments to local homes and           Slam champions. (1380 West         can be rented for private yoga lessons or work-
   GEORGE AT THE FOUR SEASONS                                        businesses. (1730 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite     Central Ave., Davidsonville, Md.,  shops. The upstairs studio holds 20 under 15-
   Georgetown’s 12,500-square-foot Four Seasons spa has eight        3B, 202.319.1231)                                410.798.9798)                      foot ceilings and skylights, while downstairs
   treatment rooms, including a private spa room, which al-          SOLARUS SALON & SPA                                                                 has large windows, pale blue walls, and room
   lows guests or couples to enjoy a massage, steam shower, and      Open since February 2007, this 2,700-square-                                        for 30. Tranquil Space also has studios in
   whirlpool in complete privacy. Next door is George’s Salon,       foot spa features waterfalls, tropical plants, and curved walls    Bethesda and Arlington. (2024 P St. NW, 202.223.9642)
   providing hair care and nail treatments. The adjoining hotel      and walkways. Treatments such as manicures and eyelash             WELL BEING MASSAGE & SPA
   has more than 13,000 square feet of meeting and banquet           extensions are available. Equipment includes ergonomically         Inside the JW Marriott Hotel, this spa has two treatment
   space. (2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.342.0444)                  friendly shampoo stations and stylist chairs made of recycled      rooms and holds 28 for private parties with custom-designed
   PIAF SALON AND DAY SPA                                            coconut trees. There are three treatment rooms, a fruit and        spa menus. Coordinators can set up candles, relaxing music,
   Named after legendary French singer Edith Piaf, this spa and      juice bar in the candlelit waiting area, and a hydrotherapy        tea, and healthy food for events, and all massage clients have
   hair salon has been named “Best in D.C.” by Vogue and Allure.     capsule. Events for as many as 200 are welcome, but only           access to the hotel’s health club. Well Being can also bring a
   The staff specializes in both traditional and modern tech-        groups of 20 can receive spa services over a four-hour period.     massage chair to offices in the area. (1331 Pennsylvania Ave.
   niques, such as Japanese hair straightening and hot-stone         (1920 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, 703.243.7283)                    NW, 202.422.3434)




   STADIUMS & ARENAS
   D.C. ARMORY                                                       catering and also offers cheerleader appearances and tours of      historic landmark that can host events for as many as 1,200
   At more than 80,000 square feet, the D.C. Armory seats 10,000     the locker rooms, field, and press pit. (1600 FedEx Way, Lando-     people. More than a dozen event spaces at Camden Yards in-
   for sporting events or circuses under its massive dome, and       ver, Md., 301.276.6731)                                            clude luxury suites for 14 to 75 guests, which lead to two-tiered
   also hosts trade shows. More formal events like inaugural balls   NATIONALS PARKR                                                    porches overlooking the ballpark. The garden terrace, on the
   have been held here as well; the space can seat 4,500 at ban-     The 41,222-seat Nationals Park, home to Major League Base-         concourse in left field’s upper deck, holds 300 and offers a
   quet tables. Events planned for the arena must include at least   ball’s Washington Nationals, opened in March. The $600 mil-        view of the Baltimore skyline. (333 West Camden St., Baltimore,
   1,000 guests. (2400 East Capitol St. NE, 202.587.5000)            lion stadium has 10 private party suites, three club spaces, and   888.848.2473)
   FEDEX FIELDR                                                      six convention-type rooms. The open concourse and playing          VERIZON CENTER
   Home to the NFL’s Washington Redskins, this stadium offers        field are available for events. Nationals Park is the first major    This 18,000-seat arena’s two clubs—the Acela Club and
   use of the playing field between February 1 and June 15. The       stadium in the U.S. to receive Leadership in Energy and En-        Collaborations—hold as many as 400 people for receptions.
   Owner’s Club Lounges, which overlook the arena, can accom-        vironmental Design certification. (1500 South Capitol St. SE,       (The venue can only be booked 30 days in advance.) Twenty
   modate 20 to 160 for seated dinners, or as many as 450 for re-    202.541.1695)                                                      dressing rooms, staffing, and staging is included with the
   ceptions. The Brew Pub & Patio holds 1,500 for cocktails, 350     ORIOLE PARK AT CAMDEN YARDSR                                       space. Levy Restaurants is the exclusive caterer. (601 F St. NW,
   theater-style, or 500 for seated affairs. The venue can provide   Home to the Baltimore Orioles, this baseball stadium is a          202.628.3200 ext. 6008)


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TED KRUCKEL

Gonna Make You Sweat
How to survive even the hottest party season.
FOR ALL I KNOW, you may be one of                                                                              “Like Magellan.” (Why the world explorer
those people who thinks global warming                                                                         whose crew suffered horrible diseases and
is a myth—or, as Homer Simpson said,                                                                           death would be gellin’ is not addressed
“Further study is needed.” If so, this column                                                                  within the 30 seconds of information.)
may not be for you.                                                                                            They could make their foot flats out of that
     But from my corner of the world on                                                                        material in those gel ice bags you put in
eastern Long Island (O.K., isthmus would                                                                       the freezer. This way you just slip ’em out
be more correct than corner), where we are                                                                     of your fridge and into your loafers, and
now winding down the first winter season                                                                        you’re good to go. Not recommended for
anyone can remember in which there was                                                                         weddings.
not one significant snowfall, I find that I am
                                                                                                               Cleanliness Is Next to Impossible
not the only one who is dreading a long, hot
                                                                                                               Don’t you just love it when they tong you
summer.
                                                                                                               the hot, moist towel when flying busi-
     I know this because of the paucity of
                                                                                                               ness class and above? I always start out
DampRid on True Value’s shelves in the
                                                                                                               very dainty—just wiping the palms of my
Hamptons. In the old days, I lived by the
                                                                                                               hands while secretly looking around. But
wives’ tale that the sea breeze kept you cool
                                                                                                               inevitably, I throw dignity to the wind and
in the summer. Now I know the truth. What
                                                                                                               bury my whole face in the thing, and the
the ocean really does is send fog and moisture
                                                                                                               feeling of clean wipes away my shame. In
seeping into your house. In the past, turning
                                                                                                               Hong Kong, they give you a hot wet one
the heat to 70 would completely dry out any
                                                                                                               when you get in a livery car. Considering
house in a week. But now, since needing
                                                                                                               that all the habitués of Greenwich Village
the heat on at 70 for days in a row is almost
                                                                                                               hotspot Socialista are now running to
an anachronism, the house is often—nay,
                                                                                                               get tested for hepatitis A thanks to a sick
nearly always—annoyingly damp.
                                                                                                               bartender (do you think Demi and Ashton
     Enter DampRid, this miraculous prod-
                                                                                                               did, too?), doesn’t this make great sense
uct you hang in your closets that somehow
                                                                                                               for a party? All you need are washcloths,
uses these white crystals to absorb and
                                                                                                               a microwave, and a cute disposal unit that
capture water in one of those silvery bags
                                                                                                               could eliminate the need for de-tonging.
like the EZ Passes come in. I’m foggy on the
science, but my closets aren’t.                                                                                Feet Are Way Too Visible in Summer
     Anyway, I bought the stuff by the cart-                                                                   I lament about this all the time. Mules,
load at True Value until I noticed that the shelf    longer, self-pamperers can go home and put on       flip-flops, sandals—they’re visible all year round,
always seemed to be empty. The girls at the regis-   a fresh outfit/hair, and everyone benefits from a     but the warm summer weather makes the situa-
ter told me that, sure enough, my secret was out.    slightly cooler travel time. Dinner then moves to   tion even worse. And tanning your feet is next to
     My heart sank. I had hoped a simple OTC         nine. Dessert at 10 and D.U.I.s outside the hot     impossible: Real sun takes forever, and fake tans
product was going to whisk me through the next       nightclub du jour can remain on their current       are almost never even on the peds. My friend
season of sweat, but now I have to grapple with      schedule.                                           provides the perfect solution: All indoor summer
local hoarders and summer tourists to get my     Refrigerator Trucks Moonlight as Limos                  guests, no matter how well shod or groomed, are
DampRid?                                         This is a win-win for everybody. Well, not for          asked to surrender their footwear and don those
     So, to cheer myself up, I sat down and      those limo drivers who park outside your house          neat footies with a thin sole. Comfy and clean,
wrote the following list of tips and observationsand turn the air off—they deserve what they get.        and then a reusable gift.
for event planners and -goers for surviving the  By day, the refrigerator trucks can deliver beer,
                                                                                                         Fresh-Air Fun Now that Jon Stewart used one of
possible/probable upcoming heat wave.            transplant organs, what have you, and by night,
                                                                                                         those mini fans onstage at the Oscars, maybe the
Daylight Cocktail Savings Hour This would they can simply give the container a hosing and                time has come to consider handing out battery-
be so easy. All we need to do is move the offi- bolt down a few rows of seating. Eventgoers who           powered units to arrivers. The technology is
cial cocktail-party starting time back an hour, are tired of cheap and lazy limo drivers and hot,        better than it used to be, and everyone knows
from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Weekend events won’t smelly taxis can take a cool ride to their party.             that old canard about regular (i.e., manual) fans
begin when you’re just getting home from the Shoe-Insert Industry Merges With Ortho-                     generating more body heat through exertion.
beach. For weekday events, workaholics can pedic Ice Baggers You know those shoe inserts                 Besides, there’s the risk of coming off like pre-
stay in their air-conditioned offices for an hour with the annoying commercial? “Are you gellin’?”        weight-loss Karl Lagerfeld.


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