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The highly anticipated 2017 Bentzen Ball kicks off tomorrow, and we know you’re looking to get a six-pack before you get a six-pack from laughing so much. We’ve tracked down the best places and best prices going on within walking distance of all five Bentzen Ball locations. Just as a fair warning, remember to gulp down your drinks before the show, we don’t want other audiences members to be in the splash zone when you laugh too hard.

Vinoteca – Lincoln Theatre

Before you head over to the Lincoln Theatre to see Tig Notaro, Jenny Slate, Senator Al Franken, and countless other comedy legends,  swing by Vinoteca for some excellent food and vino. Happy hour is ever day, 5-7 p.m. with $5 wines, $5 peroni draft, and discounted small plates. Order a tender half smoke hot dog and thank us later.

Root Cellar – W Hotel

Come for the whiskey and stay at the W Hotel to see our What She Said: Women Talk the Business of Comedy. Happy Hour goes from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. which gives you just the right amount of time to grab a drink before you head over to the panel. Might we suggest the crab and guanciale croquetas, the grilled Asian pears wrapped in Serrano ham, and the daily charcuterie to pair with your whiskey?

Mari Vanna – Nat Geo

Three words: house-infused vodka. Before you rush on over to see You’re the Expert or Going Commando, get a taste of Russia at the incredible Mari Vanna. Enjoy some adjarski khachapuri (bonus points if you can pronounce it correctly), which is a bread bowl filled with gooey cheese and a semi-baked egg and wash it all down with some horseradish vodka. If your taste buds can’t handle all of those flavors, you could go for a sweeter option like cranberry or black currant vodka.

Boqueria – DC Improv

Whether you’re pregaming or postgaming Superior Donuts, Boqueria is the place to go. Happy Hour goes from 3 p.m.- 7 p.m. daily with $4 draft beer, $6 sangria, and discounted tapas. Get your fix of Catalan-inspired cuisine with croquetas, dates wrapped in bacon, and spring paellas and gulp ’em down with their special seasonal sangria. Say that 10x fast.

Farmers Fishers Bakers – Kennedy Center

Before you catch Andrea Gibson and Amber Tamblyn at the Kennedy Center, head down the Potomac River to Farmers Fishers Bakers. Try their signature tiki cocktails or a glass of bubbly to get your Saturday night started early, or stick to their delicious soda’s made from scratch if you’re worried about making it out after the show. When it comes to grub, you can’t go wrong with their brick oven pretzels, whirley pop kettle corn, or some tinga chicken tacos.

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