Washington DC: Mini Meetup Next Friday August 10th

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Update: at the recommendation of some of you, and the further endorsement of Spencer’s DC friends, we’re going to meet at Lost & Found (1240 9TH ST NW).

They won’t do group bookings on Fridays, but we are reserving a few tables, and will adjust from there. Happy hour is offered from 4-7, and we’ll be there by 5.

This is a super casual beer and whiskey bar (they don’t serve food, but you’re welcome to bring your own, or get pizza next door), and everyone must be 21+. You can pay for your drinks at the bar as you go, or run your own tab, but we’ll be keeping everything separate just for simplicity/sanity.

The nearest Metro station (I believe, please correct me if I’m wrong, I haven’t lived in DC for like 8+ years now) is Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Station, which serves the Green and Yellow lines.

Hope to see many of you there!


I’ll be in Washington D.C. next weekend for Frequent Traveler University, and as Spencer and Andrew both live there, I’m flying in a bit early to spend time with them.

As we had such a nice time at our London Happy Hour a few months ago, we thought it would be nice to once again extend the invitation to y’all.

This is very last-minute, and is going to be very casual, so if you are interested in meeting up in DC on Friday evening between 5:30ish and 7:30ish, please comment below (using a valid email address).

Along those lines, if you’re familiar with a place that could comfortably accommodate a decent-sized group without requiring deposits, minimums, a single tab, or other formal arrangements, please share! We do have a cocktail bar in mind, but the viability of that space depends on how many people might be joining.

Eau-de-vie-whisky-bar
This is not where we’re going, this is in Melbourne, and probably wouldn’t be ideal for this situation, but I think you get the idea

We mainly want to keep this as informal as possible, especially since we’re doing this on short notice and I’ll have just flown in, but also because that makes for better conversations. Once we know how many people to expect we can choose a spot, and I’ll update the post and send out an email.

Also, if you’ll be in DC or surrounds next weekend and would like to attend FTU, tickets are still available for $219 using code LASTMINUTEDC. I’ll be doing three sessions on award travel, ranging from beginner to advanced (Matthew is joining for the hard stuff), and joining a general panel. Spencer will host a session on award sweet spots, and there are other great sessions as well.

And if neither works out, hopefully we’ll catch you next time!

Comments

  1. While not a cocktail bar or indoors Gravelly Point has a bunch of picnic tables and is about 1,000 feet from the runway at DCA

  2. @ Jake B — That was actually my first pick, because hello, planespotting and being outdoors. Then I remembered that it’s DC in August, and that not everyone might be up for an after-work picnic.

  3. I would love to join too. There are plenty of cocktail bars on 14th, U st and in the Shaw neighborhood in NW. While not exactly close to the ftu hotel, both areas are on the green/yellow Metro line so easy to get to from pentagon city.

  4. I’d love to join. There are a few nice places in Shaw and on 14th, but Friday will be busy. Here are a few places that come to mind.
    – Franklin Hall (mostly because it’s a large space)
    – Wet Dog, has a nice mix of indoor and outdoor spaces and is very close to the yellow and green lines on the Metro
    – Upstairs at Rito Loco, I think it’s called El Techo (excellent cocktails) but if it’s a really big group, this wouldn’t work
    – Two Birds (great for cocktails), but also not ideal for too big of a group

  5. Tiffany,

    Given all the relevant factors, I’d suggest trying to remain in Crystal City. It will truly be more convenient for folks who are getting into town, and the likelihood of getting somewhere in hipper places to set aside a section of a bar with your kinda demanding parameters on a Friday – even in August – are slim. Perhaps the bar at Jaleo or McCormick and Schmicks. Crystal City is, of course, where government contractors stay during the week to serve the Pentagon and elsewhere. It gets pretty empty over the weekends, so you are more likely to be tolerated around there.

    Of course, Crystal City has no charm and it is not what I want folks to think is representative of my home town.

    There may even be amex offers for some at Jaleo. And there is a current $20 off $100 at McCormick and Schmicks.

    the Ballston to Courthouse area in Arlington have many more places. And Old Town Alexandria is lovely. Maybe its that I was in my early 20’s when DC suffered under Marion Barry, but I’ve still not embraced it as a place to go, although it truly has improved.

  6. I literally leave DC on the 8th like I missed so many events this summer due to my flight schedule across the US, I guess it’s just my luck

  7. Greetings Tiffany

    May I suggest meeting at Uncle Henry’s on Pennsylvania Ave? It’s a funky, locally owned neighborhood joint (my neighborhood, actually) that use to be a favorite haunt of Patsy Cline, Roberta Flack and other musicians. They have a great patio and are use to informal groups just showing up.

    Alas, I am out of town for all of August. It sort of sucks; it would have been fun meeting you after all these years.

  8. Islandtime bar and grill is located very close to Gravelly Point and I am near certain has very good views of RW 19 and 15 but I can stop by to scout it out

  9. I’d like to come, hopefully it won’t be too far from the venue that the 6 pm FTU Pizza Dinner is taking place so that I can do both.

  10. Count me in! I’d love to finally meet you guys.

    I concur with keeping it in or near Crystal City for convenience sake. There are plenty of good places on 23rd Street.

  11. What about Highline RxR in Crystal City? It’s actually nice and sounds convenient for FTU, etc.

  12. Will be in Washington then, and might be able to stop by, but if in VA less likely to stop by, as staying in MD

  13. I’d like to second Dan Nainan’s suggestion of the Mansion on O Street!!!

    In 1985 (why does that seem like a longer time ago than it should be?), I lived at 2148 “O” Street for some months. The Mansion is UNBELIEVEABLE! You’ll have a memorable experience merely walking from room to room admiring the decor. It is just off the Red Line at Dupont Circle (exit towards rear of train if coming from the airport/Metro Center).

  14. If it were open I’d say bar DuPont. But how about City Winery at navy yard? It’s a HUGE space, on the river, metro accessible, and gorgeous.

  15. Why are you holding the event next weekend? There is a national boycott of DC to protest the white nationalist rally (Unite the Right). I would suggest a new date. There comes a time when silence is betrayal.

  16. @Mitch FTU was scheduled well before the idiots scheduled their rally. While unfortunate, organizers have paid non-refundable fees and people have arranged travel. Why let awful people ruin FTU? They ruin enough things.

    About the Navy Yard – then Nats have a day game but there is a concert Friday night in the park, so I’d stay away. You’re best off staying in VA where you might find a place that isn’t heaving. DC is a tough place to have a happy hour meet up with a big group if you actually want to speak to each other. If the rain stays away, Gravely point is probably a great spot.

    Sorry I’m not in DC right now to join!

  17. @Mitch, I failed to make the most important point about DC. Residents voted 93% democrat in the last election. Residents of DC HOST the government and protesters and celebrations. They don’t represent them (in fact they don’t have ANY representation in the federal government in case you missed that). Boycotting DC businesses because white nationalists are coming to town is stupid. The business owners don’t want them their any more than you do — frankly way less because conflict isn’t good for business.

  18. Visiting kids LA this week. Not sure if I’m coming back to DC Thursday or Friday. Would like to come if I’m back in time. Thanks.

  19. As Christoper mentioned, Franklin Hall and Wet Dog will be ideal. Another option is Garden District (beer garden) on 14th and S in DC.

  20. Love to attend. What about Penn Social. Tons of space and held a local meet up for miles enthusiasts in april. Near metro center.

  21. Late to the party, but I was hoping for an invite. I’m just getting into gaming my travel and would love to meet and hear from more experienced people like you all.

    Let me know when and where.

    Best,
    John

  22. I would love to come… depending on size and weather a few good options are: Shaw – Calico, Lost & Found, A&D, Dacha; Ivy City – Supreme Core Cider; Dupont/14th Street – Hanks Oyster Bar (they have a private room, not sure if you need to rent it out), Masa 14.

  23. Holy cow that’s a lot of interest!!! Which is super awesome, of course, I just don’t normally expect this kind of turnout for events where Ben isn’t headlining 😉

    So I’m not sure the best way to go about this with potentially ~70 people…does someone local have a general idea as to if any of the places mentioned could handle that kind of crowd? Or does anyone want to volunteer to call around? (I will obviously make it up to you!)

    Worst case, hanging out at Gravelly Point for a few hours could be fun. The location is easy enough that people could break off for dinner in smaller groups of new friends, etc., but I’d love if we could find a more serviced location just for simplicity.

    But now I’m super excited!

  24. I would like to join as well. I live in DC so can make it to the Friday event. If you need volunteer help at the event, I might be able to help some as well. I cannot afford the tuition at the moment.

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  26. Hey, Tiffany,

    I live right near Crystal City, so I am happy to help you out as much as I can. Just let me know.

    Personally, I think Gravelly Point is way too noisy for anything more than plane-spotting. Plus, it is supposed to be hot and humid as all hell this week here.

  27. Hi Tiffany,

    I’m interested to go. Crystal city would be great since parking is easy and free in the garage after 4pm.

    Thanks!

    John

  28. I’d love to join as well. In terms of potential spots, Mackey’s would work well. It’s definitely not a hip cocktail bar type place, but there’s plenty of room downstairs and you’d likely be fine just showing up and taking over the downstairs bar without reserving space in advance. Location near metro center is convenient to most metro lines. I don’t have Crystal City suggestions, but of course that might be convenient if people are staying near there for the conference.

  29. You picked the one weekend I will not be home in DC, hah!
    On a different note, where is that place in Melbourne that the picture is from? I am going there next summer and that looks like an amazing bar to visit!

  30. Great idea! Interested in joining, as well, at least for an hour or so. Would definitely prefer DC to VA.

  31. @ Kevin — That’s Eau de Vie, and it’s lovely. The Rob Roy is excellent. If you have a drier/more adventurous palette, sit at the bar and ask them to make you an (off-menu) Fourth Regiment, especially nice with a mist of Laphroaig 10 at the end.

  32. Cannot attend but suggest: 1) Dupont Italian Kitchen has an upstairs bar (good Happy Hr prices) with a private dining room off to one side – call to see if they’d let you use that for free; 2) DoubleTree hotel across from the Pentagon (Crystal City) has two very large rooms on the floor immediately below the circulating restaurant, both with great view of approaching DCA traffic – call to see if they’d let you use that for free (they use a buy-a-tkt before hand – cash only – for each drink) Airliners International 2018 just held their 4 day conference in this hotel; it may have been free ’cause of all hotel nights we had.

  33. I’m down to join. I grew up in the area but live in NC. Luckily I’ll be in town this weekend in Baltimore and I’m going to make it down to the happy hour once we figure out where.

  34. Just got an email from FTU announcing that their Friday night event is full. Is that the same as this? I’m going to move to a later flight if there’s really no meetup. Thanks.

  35. @ Carl — No, this is our own thing. I’m not involved in any of the FTU organization/logistics, so unfortunately don’t know what their situation is for Friday.

  36. @ Jason Brandt Lewis — Everyone is going to be welcome, we’re not elitist! Just trying to dial in a location given the higher-than-anticipated interest.

  37. @Tiffany —> Well, in that case, as long as I know the super-secret special handshake, and can decode the message with the classified location, I’ll be there! ;^). Looking forward to seeing you again this weekend…

  38. Good lord, do not have a “DC” meetup in Crystal City! There are plenty of great spots right in DC. If your group is getting too big, then an outdoor beer garden is not a bad idea at all. Bardo in Navy Yard would likely fit the bill quite nicely. Mission in Navy Yard is also brand new, but has an enormous sized bar. Other places with large amounts of room could include Penn Social in Chinatown or Buffalo Billiards in Dupont or Public Bar in Dupont. Or see if you can reserve the top floor at Stoney’s on P Street. So many options.

    Also, this comment was just beyond ridiculous: “Maybe its that I was in my early 20’s when DC suffered under Marion Barry, but I’ve still not embraced it as a place to go, although it truly has improved.” You do realize how long ago this was? And that DC has seen so much economic growth and development, and influx of great new neighborhoods, restaurants, bars, etc. in the past 10-15 years? Kind of sad you refuse to venture to the nation’s capitol. Get out and live a little. The Virginia suburbs are dulllll.

  39. Agreed! Love visiting DC… Virgina Suburbs, not so much. (That said, I *will* say the Crystal City Marriott *is* damned convenient as long as you’re flying in and out of National/Reagan/DCA.

  40. @dca —> Agreed! Love visiting DC… Virgina Suburbs, not so much. (That said, I *will* say the Crystal City Marriott *is* damned convenient as long as you’re flying in and out of National/Reagan/DCA.)

  41. Tiffany, thanks for the clarification that this is a different event from the FTU gathering that evening. I agree with others that Crystal City is hardly the hippest happy hour destination, but it is convenient for those of us who’ll be flying in that afternoon and staying nearby.

  42. @ DCA

    Yes, I do know how long ago that was, hence my admission that perhaps my view of the DC area has not kept up with the times. But do YOU know just how awful a place DC was during relevant times? I am part of a generation that made Arlington quite desirable, which it remains today.

    As I indicate, I have not embraced DC just yet. I do drag my forty something carcass into the district to work, and I even remain there at times. But please don’t hate on me for the traditions I have developed in Arlington. (With Crystal City deemed faux Arlington).

  43. Alrighty! So at the recommendation of some of you, and the further endorsement of Spencer’s DC friends, we’re going to meet at Lost & Found (1240 9TH ST NW http://www.lostandfounddc.com/ ).

    They won’t do group bookings on Fridays, but we are reserving a few tables, and will adjust from there. Happy hour is offered from 4-7, and we’ll be there by 5.

    This is a super casual beer and whiskey bar (they don’t serve food, but you’re welcome to bring your own, or get pizza next door), and everyone must be 21+. You can pay for your drinks at the bar as you go, or run your own tab, but we’ll be keeping everything separate just for simplicity/sanity.

    The nearest Metro station (I believe, please correct me if I’m wrong, I haven’t lived in DC for like 8+ years now) is Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Station, which serves the Green and Yellow lines.

    Hope to see many of you there!

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