Whether your protesting or partying or doing a little bit of both, D.C. is going to be a little different this weekend. Here’s all the information to need to navigate the parties and the demonstrations. Good luck out there and whatever you do, stay safe.
Bar Pilar is doing it right on Friday. They’ll be dishing out $9 Hawaiian pizzas and pouring plenty of Chicago and Hawaiian themed drinks. They’ll also be holding a raffle with the proceeds benefiting ONE DC, N Street Village, and Whitman-Walker Health. So you can get drunk all day and still feel good about yourself.
If you need a place to laugh because you’ve spent all day crying, the What A Joke comedy is having shows at a couple different locations throughout the city. Supporting your local comedy scene during times like this is never a bad idea. Also, BYT staff Jenn Tisdale will be at the Bier Baron show, which means it’s guaranteed to make you laugh so hard you’re embarrassed about how hard you laughed.
If you’re looking for a place to get drunk and dance and stop thinking for a little while, Showtime has you covered. There will be $5 shot-and-a-beer ‘Com’Bohs’, just like they always do, and they’ll be bringing in DJ’s Mad Squirrel and Baby Alcatraz to play 45’s all night long.
Sometimes fighting the power means taking a break and having a beer. You have to remember to occasionally stop and take care of yourself this weekend. To make you feel even better about your decision to swing by happy hour, Suns will be donating some of the nights proceeds to Ayuda and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Head over to Buckeye + Bear to catch the musical stylings of TinVulva, LegZ, and Amy Klein. Stick around after the bands to catch The Coven’s queer 90’s dance party, because I can’t think of anything we need now more than a healthy dose of queer witches.
Slash Run is throwing a Vermin Supreme inauguration party and every time I think about it it makes me laugh.
The Velvet Lounge encourages you to throw on your finest mourning clothes and head on over for all of the loud music you could possibly need. The lineup includes Sam Cooper & The Sleepwalkers, Cheshi, and Distant Creatures.
Gays Against Guns are taking over Cobalt to throw quiet the anti-ball. MC’s include Kevin Aviance and DJ Uri Dalal. There’s also going to be lots of cocktail specials, interactive art, and so much more. God, GAG is such a good acronym.
If you just want to quietly a stress free drink cocktails that are inspired by women in a homey D.C. bar no one is going to judge you. It’s been a tough week and it’s shaping up to be a difficult year. Sometimes we all just need to be alone with a good drink and an even better book.
A lot of stuff is going down on Friday, but when you pull back and think about the grand scheme of things, nothing is more important than Dolly Parton’s birthday.
Tropicalia is one of the many places throwing Women’s March after parties, and they’re doing it big by going full on 80s. You’ve found yourself drunkenly dancing at Tropicalia before. You know what to expect.
Lost & Found will be celebrating the march with an after party filled with live music by awesome local women musicians. Stop by to hear Rachel Levitin and Maryjo Mattea.
The Midlands wants all of you to come by and plaster their walls with your posters. While you’re there, sit down, order yourself a beer and support the House of Ruth. There are also going to be fire dancers because why the hell not? In 2017 we can do whatever the hell we want.
Not exactly a party, but the Young Invincibles are taking over Elephant & Castle and turning it into a place where marches can relax and recharge. Stop by, order a drink, and talk to someone about the madness that is going on all around us.
Because sometimes you need a drink and you need it now.
Swing by Songbyrd to join in on their Planned Parenthood, Center for Reproductive Rights, and ACLU fundraiser and then stay into the early hours of the morning for what I hope will turn into a sick dance party.
Cotton & Reed will be pouring their delicious cocktails all night long, plus the food truck Bun’d Up will make an appearance. Look, the entire city is getting drunk after march because this is what we do and we do it well.
Hank’s is pulling out a $10 and under menu for happy hour, so if you’ve spent to much money at fundraisers and raffles, look no further.
I can’t imagine a better place to dance like the world is going to end in 20 minutes than the bunker-esque club that is U Hall. Eau Claire, Madame Ghandi, Ayes Cold, DJ Vanniety Kills, and Jacq Jill will be spinning all night long, which is exactly what we want.
Support a women owned bar and a (majority) women owned brewery.
“DC-area labor union members, leaders, organizers, and staff are mobilizing to take direct action as part of DisruptJ20 activities. We’re calling on all union members – wherever you’re from – to join us!”
“Signalling strong and organized dissent against the incoming Trump Administration, we will gather in Washington on Friday, January, 20th, to demand a policy agenda that advances women’s rights and promotes the health, safety, and autonomy of all, regardless of gender identity, race, income, or citizenship status.”
“A new dangerous federal government threatens the lives, health, and safety of so many of our fellow Americans and people around the world. We believe it’s absolutely crucial to work together and stand in solidarity with others working for migrant rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights and more.”
“Donald Trump opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and says that he will renegotiate NAFTA. However, signs indicate that his ideas for trade are not in line with principles of trade justice. We need to define trade justice!”
If you’re going to get high on Friday you might as well get high in the name of change and resistance.
“We reject the domination of Wall Street and the billionaire class over our society, and oppose this rigged political and economic system. We stand against both the danger Trump represents and the corruption that backed Clinton.”
“Join us in refusing to normalize Trump’s presidency, smashing his facade of legitimacy. We stand in solidarity with everyone who challenges oppression in all of its forms, everywhere around the world, in favor of dignity, self-determination, and defending our collective well-being.”
“We’ll march in solidarity to protect our communities and reject racism, sexism, transphobia, Islamophobia, ableism, and all forms of hate and oppression.”
“We are organizing with this coalition of local and national activists and organizations, for an artful non-violent rejection of Trump’s vision for the future of the country.”
“Join Black Lives Matter DC, Baltimore BLOC, and the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) as we show our comittment to an unwavering campaign of resistance of aTrump presidency that threatens numerous vulnerable communities.”
“It is critically important that we keep building a larger grassroots movement against war, militarism, racism, anti-immigrant scapegoating and neoliberal capitalism’s assault against workers’ living standards and the environment.”
“#OurResistance is a rejection of the establishment politics that brought us Trump and a call for solidarity, and cooperation. ”
“On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States. We call on all people of good conscience to join in disrupting the ceremonies. If Trump is to be inaugurated at all, let it happen behind closed doors, showing the true face of the security state Trump will preside over.”
“Come join the qockblockade brigade as we hold a queer anti-Inauguration party at a security checkpoint! In the face of threats to our safety and our rights, we want to remind Inauguration attendees, as well as the world, that we’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going back in the closet.”
“As the largest and fastest-growing socialist organization in the United States, the DSA is organizing a presence from across the nation at the inauguration in solidarity with #DisruptJ20 protesters. Together we will stand in opposition to the forces of bigotry and corporate inhumanity that Trump’s takeover has unleashed on our nation.”
“The purpose of this gathering is to show resistance to the intolerance and injustice occurring across country that has been exacerbated by the 2016 Presidential election. Moreover, we want to reinforce, that we expect all branches of government to serve and protect all citizens regardless of their identities.”
We don’t have to explain this one.
“We must resolve to fight back against intolerance and bigotry in all forms to ensure a brighter future for all Americans, no matter where they come from or who they love.”