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There are so many food and drink events going on we can barely keep up. But we are making a valiant effort of documenting them, so below you will find all the tasty, the spooky and the not-to-be-missed events happening this month.

New Venues

Death Becomes Us PUB

We’re partnering up with Drink Company for their newest pop up bar, which is based on our true crime festival, Death Becomes Us. If you’re interested in the Salem Witch Trials, care about the Black Dahlia murder or are secretly fascinated about Elizabeth Bathory, you’ll love every inch of it. Read all about the festival and check out our photos from the pop-up here.

Call Your Mother

It’s all about carbs at Call Your Mother, the new bagel shop from the Timber Pizza crew. Read about our carb-fueled dining experience here.

The Village Café

The Union Market District is welcoming a new coffee shop, The Village Café, which will open on October 23. The new venue will serve sandwiches, pastries, (eventually) handcrafted cocktails, wine, beer and coffee.

The Beetlejuice Bar @ McClellan’s Retreat

McClellan’s Retreat has transformed themselves into a mini Dante’s Inferno Room. We went and we were so scared we drank all the drinks. Read about it here.

New Menus

All Purpose Shaw

All Purpose Shaw is really into fall flavors and fall ingredients. Visit them asap to try their autumn squash hummus, their autumn salad with beans and their fried Brussles Sprouts topped with smoked cipollini, champagne grapes, tahini crema and cilantro.

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Slate Wine Bar + Bistro

Visit Slate from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily to try their new happy hour menu, which includes 25 new snacks, all priced from $3-$9 each. The snacks include shisto peppers, fried brie with berry compote, cauliflower hummus with pita bread and a grilled cheese with gruyere. For drinks, there are $4-$5 draft beers, $7 house sparkling rosé, white, and red wine by the glass, plus $8 signature cocktails.

Fruitive

Fruitive is launching a new fall menu with items like a quesadilla filled with beans, corn, onions, peppers, and guacamole, as well as a curry cauliflower wrap with spinach, tri-color quinoa, caramelized onions, cayenne, curry powder, raisins, and carrots tossed in almond tahini. There’s also an açai spice bowl featuring açai, apple juice, and cinnamon and finally a fall salad with butternut squash, roasted chickpeas, pepita seeds, and goldenberries.

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Ambar Clarendon

The VA location of Ambar has a whole new fall drink menu, with beverages like the Mandarin Smash, made with vodka, lime juice, cinnamon syrup and pomegranate juice and garnished with mandarin wedges and mint. The Greyhound comes with gin, grapefruit juice, lime juice and agave-infused rosemary, served with a dehydrated lime wheel, while The Balkan Club features apple rakija, lime juice, simple syrup, raspberries and egg whites.

Events for You

“Dia de los Muertos” Festival Kick-Off Party

Oyamel’s famous Day of the Dead party, which happens to be one of my favorite parties of the year, will take place on October 22. Tickets are $45 and will include food, drinks, live music, a photo booth and face painting.

Wine Tasting Dinner 

Hank’s Pasta Bar will host a four-course wine dinner featuring wines from Puglia and complimenting Italian dishes on October 24. Guests can purchase a ticket for either a 5:30 pm or 7:45 pm seating for $45 per person. Just let them know if you have any dietary restrictions!

Virginia Bourbon Invitational

On November 3rd, the first ever Virginia Bourbon Invitational will take place. Attendees will can indulge in unlimited tastings of over 50 different bourbons, culinary offerings, musical entertainment, and a cigar bar. The event will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; general admission tickets are $125 and VIP tickets, which include early event entry, are $195.

A Passport to Peru through China

The Passport To Peru program, currently running through the end of the month at China Chilcano, allows diners taste cuisines throughout Peru. Here are our thoughts on the journey.

Recommendations for you

Times are tough and you need a vacation. To give you an excuse, BYT just rolled out not one, not two, but fourteen reviews of bars worth visiting – all around the world. From Omaha to Dublin and Portland to Mexico City, we have all the details on bars so fun that you are going to want to make a trip just to get drunk at these fourteen spots. My personal favorite? The Country Club in New Orleans. Because a gay bar with a pool and cabana and a fancy menu sounds like the best day ever. We’re always looking out for your drinking needs.

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