Sure, there’s a long line of history and culture associated with President’s Day. We could discuss the federal holiday known as George Washington’s Birthday, or the fact that it is never celebrated on his actual birthday (February 22nd, for those keeping score at home). We could discuss this great nation of ours. We could, but it goes without saying. Instead, we’re here to talk about FOOD and PARTIES because what’s more American than that? G.D. NOTHIN’.
FOOD & DRINK
Sunday, February 17
Lincoln- President’s Day Brunch with DJ Adrian Loving 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you’re looking for a great brunch spot that offers a bit more than food, you’ll want to check out DJ Adrian Loving’s smooth tunes and smart beats at Lincoln on Sunday. Brunch includes everything from omelets and waffles to yogurt, an oatmeal station, and unlimited breakfast cocktails for $37 per person. Lincoln serves from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, February 18
- Craving bottomless mimosas? Vinoteca is open on Monday for brunch from 11:00am to 3:00pm, offering bottomless bubbly for $15 and dishes like the Braised Bison Short Rib Benedict and loved Pan Con Tomate with Sunny-Side Up Eggs, or the sweeter French Toast with bananas, ginger butter, honey lavender and sweet ricotta.
- Masa 14 will be offering its signature bottomless brunch, which means unlimited pre fixe small plates from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Enjoy dishes like the Masa Breakfast Pizza, the Petite Mushroom Escabeche Omelet, Smoked Chicken Hash with poached egg and more. Oh, and did we mention an unlimited selection of brunch drinks? Heavenly.
- El Centro D.F. will be serving up its own unlimited brunch from 11:00am to 3:00pm. (Pro Tip: All-You-Can-Eat seating ends at 2:00pm.) Try plates like Chicken Tinga Tamale con Huevos, Huevos Rancheros, Mexican French Toast and the breakfast tacos. Need a drink? The special also includes unlimited Michilada, Bloody Maria and choice of Seasonal Aqua Fresca cocktails.
- Founding Farmers DC and MoCo’s Founding Farmers are serving up their full brunch menus on President’s Day, from 7:00am to 2:00pm. (Perfect for early OR late risers!) Stop by and enjoy house-made Beignets, legendary Fried Chicken and Waffles, and one of the best Bloody Marys in town. Reservations are recommended and can be made online here.
- If you head to The Diner in Adams Morgan (can’t get more American than diners), enjoy specialty benedicts from 8:00am to 3:00pm and Bloody Marys will be available from 10:00am to last call.
Sunday, February 17
- U Street Music hall – DC Loves Dilla 9 p.m. $10
DC Loves Dilla is an annual benefit concert that honors the late, great producer and beatsmith James DeWitt Yancey. Since J Dilla’s untimely passing in 2006, special guests and the areas best have been called upon to weave their lyrical offerings in his honor. Now in its 8th year, this year’s show, DJ Edition, features Guest DJ Waajeed with Roddy Rod, 2 Tone Jones, Quartermaine, Book, Marshall Law, Minus 9, Harvey Dent, and R.B.I. All proceeds will go to the J Dilla Foundation.
- Café Asia – Presidential All-Star Party 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. $20
Thanks to a nifty new perk in the city’s budget, party-goers can now take advantage of late night dancefests like this one at Cafe Asia. As part of the District’s fiscal 2013 budget that took effect Oct. 1, Mayor Gray and the city Council agreed to permit more late-night partying on the nights before official federal and District holidays. The celebration goes until 3 a.m. at Cafe Asia and will feature Familiar Faces, Vybe Band, Secret Society, and Walker Reds Project. Doors open at 7 p.m. and late night brunch will be served.
- Little Miss Whiskey’s – DJ Pat Premiere 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. Free
Are you always the last one closing down the bar? Well, you are in luck. This weekend, some D.C. bars are staying open extra late thanks to a new perk in the city’s budget. Party-goers can now take advantage of late night dancefests before federal and District holidays including this one at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar, which goes until 4 a.m. The celebration features DJ Pat Premiere.
- 18th Street Lounge – President’s Day Bash 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Free
There’s no work on Monday, so get ready to be out late. Thanks to a nifty new perk in the city’s budget, party-goers can now take advantage of late night dancefests, like the President’s Day bash at 18th Street Lounge, before federal and District holidays. The celebration goes until 3 a.m. and features Underground Soul Solution, Stylus Chris, Farid, Sam “The Man” Burns, and DJ Jask. Be sure to arrive early; the event is free before 10 p.m.
- Rock and Roll Hotel – DJ Mathias 9 p.m. Free
Whether it was the go-go sound of DC, Baltimore club, or the acclaimed D.C. hardcore punk scene, Mathias sought it out and embraced it all. The multitude of underground influences that resided right in his backyard deeply enriched his knowledge and appreciation of all things music. Those varying musical styles and the cultures that surrounded them, currently embody Mathias’ style and persona as a DJ to this day. It has given him the freedom to take chances, push the levels of creativity, and ultimately distinguish himself amongst the masses of DJs who are often too dependent upon hot playlists. While many DJs fall back on the current charts, Mathias is driven purely by creative impulse and the resulting reaction he shares with the crowd. The event will be held on the second floor.