DCClubbing's 2017 Valentine's Day Weekend Guide!

By Marcus Dowling in Whats hot in DC Nightlife
Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 3:51pm. (Updated: 2/09/17 at 3:12pm) Add comments

Yes, we know. Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday. So, what we’re suggesting here is that instead of *just* celebrating on one night, this is an ideal time to extend Valentine’s Day from this coming Friday through Tuesday evening. If looking to make this the ultimate celebration for bae, follow our advice and we’re certainly not going to steer you in the wrong direction.


FRIDAY NIGHT

SHARAM AT SOUNDCHECK (TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE)

Kick off your Valentine’s Day weekend at Soundcheck with Iranian-born DC emigrant techno legend Sharam. Formerly one half of the iconic duo Deep Dish, he celebrates 25 years as a DJ in 2017 with Radioactive, his latest album. There may be no better space in the city than Soundcheck, with its all-soundproofed and underground-leaning presentation, that could highlight Sharam’s superstar style. A Grammy-winning producer who has been acclaimed by everyone from the BBC to artists like P. Diddy and Kid Cudi, he’s a legend’s legend.

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LIT FRIDAYS AT ULTRABAR

Friday are Ultrabar’s Lit Fridays, DC’s latest and most exciting five-level mega party! From drink specials to jello shots, balloons, dancers, and more, we’ve succeeded at creating the ultimate end-of-the-week turn up. More of the best in music, fun and total entertainment is now available in the middle of the city. We’ll see you soon!


SATURDAY NIGHT

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REWIND SATURDAYS AT DECADES

The DC Metropolitan area’s biggest turn-back-the-clock party now starts at 9 PM on Saturday night at Decades and features three floors of the biggest tunes from the 80s, 90s, 2000s and today. From the sound to the designs on the walls and more, Decades has created multiple world class nightlife experiences in one 12,000 square foot venue.


SUNDAY MORNING

BARCODE’S SUNDAY BRUNCH

Though best known for their incredible late night parties, corporate events, weddings, and private performances, Sunday brunch at Barcode is a super-special event. While the chicken and waffles are beloved, it’s the rib-eye steak with soft fried egg, bearnaise sauce and french fries that we will suggest as well. Top it off with a mimosa, and you’re soaking up a wild Saturday night and starting the end of your pre-Valentine’s Day weekend in a manner most ideal.


MONDAY NIGHT

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER VS. WASHINGTON WIZARDS (TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE)

A late-season showdown between two of the best players in the National Basketball Association? Yes, if bae is a sports fanatic, there’s no hotter ticket in town for Cupid’s Arrow eve than watching the master of the triple-double Russell Westbrook and the NBA’s most dynamic player in John Wall as the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Washington Wizards. While this may not be a preview of the NBA Finals, it could easily be the must-see game of the 2017 NBA campaign.


TUESDAY NIGHT

ANTHONY SANTOS AT ECHOSTAGE (TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE)

Foremost Dominican bachata balladeer Anthony Santos plays a most ideal concert at Echostage on Valentine’s Day evening. Described as “precisely the right musician in the right place at the right time during bachata’s history,” his merengue-flavored sound is rhythmic, pop-ready and entirely danceable. WIth likely as many hits on the Latin Billboard charts as he has years behind the microphone, if a fan of Latin pop, this is a must-attend event for certain.

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PIZZA PARTY AT SOUNDCHECK

DC Clubbing’s in the building this Tuesday evening at Soundcheck (1420 K St NW) for the special #ValentinesDay Edition of their Pizza Party. As always, there will be free pizza while it lasts from &pizza, as well as hip-hop, trap, and top 40 from resident spinners DJ EPX & DJ RI5E. It’s advised to be there early as the event tends to get crowded quickly.

Best Washington, DC New Year's Eve 2017 Plans

By Marcus Dowling in Whats hot in DC Nightlife
Monday, December 5, 2016, 4:17pm. (Updated: 12/05/16 at 7:17pm) Add comments

Aside from all of our individual birthdays, New Year’s Eve is easily the biggest party night of the year. If thinking about what you’re wanting to do as far as when you’re heading out on December 31 in the Nation’s Capital, there’s a ton of unique and fun ideas. From retro-themed vibes to more modern fare, there’s something for everyone looking to close 2016 in a major way.

Decades presents: Back To The Future: A New Year’s Eve Retro Gala

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Decades plans to deliver the ultimate New Year’s Eve experience. Three floors of the most legendary club hits, retro-themed drinks, throwback-themed games and memorabilia, plus so much more. They’re taking the last night of the year back in time! Tickets are available NOW! Email info@decadesdc.com for table service information!


Ultrabar New Year’s Eve 2017

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Midnight Balloon Drop at Ultrabar Nightclub DC on New Year’s Eve

As per usual, Ultrabar rings in 2017 in the wildest way possible. Check out the New Year’s Countdown of six bars, five floors, four DJs, the first 300 tickets available for the low EARLY BIRD price of $30, and a complimentary bottle of champagne for you and your friends. Bright lights, big sounds, and the promise of an unbelievably good time? We’ll see you soon.


Hardwell at Echostage

Robbert van de Corput aka Hardwell performs at the Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park, on Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP)

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Dutch big-room house kingpin and two-time DJ Mag world’s #1 DJ Hardwell closes out 2016 at Echostage. Known for his “Revealed” DJ series, singles including “Spaceman,” “Mad World,” “Dare You,” and numerous remixes, he’s developed a considerable global fanbase. If looking for huge EDM hits and a mind-blowing laser show to end the year in a major way, it’s well worth making the trip!


Barcode’s New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball

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If you’re looking for an event that will be broadcasted live on the radio via WPGC 95.5 FM, you’re in luck if you head to Barcode. Tickets are priced $30-$40, which includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, 9-11 PM open bar, and party favors. Add in other offerings including hookah on the heated outdoor patio and bottle service availability, and it’s certain to be a memorable evening.


The Hottest In Hip-Hop at Soundcheck

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Soundcheck Saturdays is developing a reputation for delivering incredible hip-hop experiences, including bringing the likes of 50 Cent to K Street. One can expect something similar as well as so many bottles popping and the latest hits in one of the best sounding venues in the Nation’s Capital. Email events@soundcheckdc.com for table service information.


Big Night DC at the Gaylord National Hotel & Resort

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National Harbor’s long-standing mega-massive New Year’s festivities include fifteen different massive party areas. From band stages to dancefloors, karaoke zones and a dining area, there’s definitely something for everyone. From general admission to four different VIP areas, tickets range from $110-$330 and are available now.


Duran Duran at the MGM National Harbor Casino

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With 100 million records sold, 21 top 10 Billboard hits, and a legacy built as being one of the first superstar acts of the video age, Duran Duran still draw major crowds as a worldwide touring act. Their 2016 touring schedule ends and 2017 touring schedule kicks off at the new Theater at the MGM National Harbor Casino. Doors open at 10:30 PM and limited tickets are available now.

DCClubbing's 2016 Halloween Costume Guide

By Marcus Dowling in Whats hot in DC Nightlife
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 5:00pm. (Updated: 10/17/16 at 5:53pm) Add comments

It’s Halloween. You’re going to want to take it to another level, right? 2016’s hottest local, national, and global news stories will actually guarantee you a costume that will most definitely stand out. Here’s ten terrific — and relevant — ideas.

1. Harambe – Mask, Shirt, Bodysuit

Social media’s favorite deceased gorilla is likely to be one of the more beloved costumes of Halloween 2016. Certainly a case of a least anticipated to most wanted phenomenon, if you were looking for all of the necessary pieces to the costume, look no further! From a bullet-wounded t-shirt to mask and bodysuit, we’ve got you literally completely covered here.


2. Hillary Clinton – Mask and Pantsuit

If you’re okay with hearing jokes all night long about email servers and you have a spare suit sitting around as a Tim Kaine or Bill Clinton costume for the Vice Presidential nominee or First Man stand-in in your life, this one is perfect. Obviously, with the election only a week after Halloween, you may not be the only person with this idea.


3. Donald Trump – Full Trump Costume and Wig

There’s probably absolutely nothing that can be said about Donald Trump that hasn’t already been said millions of times already. Obviously, if you put on this costume on the 31st, you’re guaranteeing yourself getting quite the reaction.


4. Ken Bone – Sweater, Glasses and Moustache

Arguably the second Presidential Debate’s biggest star, we’re going to leave it to chance and presume that you’re considering going out as “Ken Bone” because you’ve got black hair, a white button-collar dress shirt, and khaki pants already covered. All that we’re presuming is that you’re missing his trademark sweater, glasses and possibly even a black moustache. Don’t fear! DCClubbing’s got you covered.


5. Killer Clown – Full Costume

If looking for a costume snatched straight out of America’s most wild and/or head-scratching headlines, here’s your best option. We’ll also suggest watching Stephen King’s It in order to get you in the right frame of mind for the festivities, too. Killer clowns roaming America? Still amazing. What a year it’s been…


6. Pablo Escobar – Full Costume

Narcos watcher? Well, if you’re a Netflix subscriber, you likely are. From the dad jeans to the moustache, white sneakers and more, the above-linked costume comes complete with absolutely everything to go from being just another person to “El Patron” of the Medellin Cartel overnight.


7. Harley Quinn – Costume

One of 2016’s biggest films was Suicide Squad, and one of the film’s most popular characters was Harley Quinn. The longtime Marvel heroine had a re-emergence from the film, and if you’re looking to make an exciting impact with a costume in the same way that Margot Robbie made one on the silver screen, check it out.


8. Daenerys Targaryen Full Costume

The biggest bad-ass in Game of Thrones’ Seven Kingdoms may be the most must-dress women’s costume for October 31. From everyone’s favorite fictional spirit animal to on your back in real life, definitely be prepared for battle in this one.


9. Kevin Durant – Jersey

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It certainly was a bittersweet 2016 for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The NBA team lost star forward Kevin Durant in free agency to the Golden State Warriors, and with the 2016-17 NBA season only a week old by Halloween, this is one sure to spark some heated conversation.


10. Prince – Jacket and Shirt, Glasses, and Wig

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The legendary “Purple One’s” untimely demise is at the crux of why this costume is so important. Are you interested in maybe recreating Prince’s iconic role as “The Kid” in Purple Rain? Here’s your chance. Here we have the jacket, shirt, glasses and wig necessary to give you that look. All you’re missing are black pants and black boots from having the perfect Prince look.

DCClubbing's Guide To Halloween Weekend 2016

By Marcus Dowling in Whats hot in DC Nightlife
Monday, October 10, 2016, 2:44pm. (Updated: 10/10/16 at 3:48pm) Add comments

Halloween falls on a Monday in 2016. However, if you’re thinking that the weekend prior to the big day, or the day itself isn’t going to be a SERIOUS party weekend in the Nation’s Capital, that’s where you’re wrong. From bars, to clubs to haunted houses and more, this year’s Halloween won’t just be scary, it’ll absolutely be lit! Here’s DCClubbing’s suggestions for making this coming Halloween weekend one to remember.


Saturday, October 29

Scream City

There’s two state-of-the-art, award-winning, and completely indoor haunted houses in the parking lot of RFK Stadium. “Exorcism Estate” is said to have been “owned by the parents of the spawn of Satan himself,” while the “Slaughter Factory” is owned by a cruel man who “slaughtered his staff like livestock one fateful night and displayed them like sides of beef hanging on rusty meat hooks stabbed through wrists and ankles.” Intense, right? Scared yet? Check it out!

Ladies Night At Ultrabar

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Saturday night is Ladies Night at Ultrabar, which, on Halloween Fright Fest Weekend means that one can only expect nothing short of the wildest of times with the most amazing of costumes. The party is 18+, and features four floors of music from dance and hip-hop, to Latin, International, Top 40 and mashups. Definitely expect that, given it being Halloween weekend, that there will be epic events planned to match the theme.

Halloween Unrated at Decades

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DC’s only retro-themed nightclub truly gets into the swing of things on Halloween weekend with a fright-filled fun-overload of a double feature of party action. “Halloween Unrated” takes place on both Friday and Saturday night, and it being “unrated” is meant as a“take it to mean what you will” welcoming with open arms. From slush machines and video games to retro hits from the ‘80s-’10s, there’s always something for everyone at Decades and in adding costumes to the mix, this should be nothing short of an absolutely wild night.


Sunday, October 30

Laurel’s House of Horror

If looking for another area staple haunted house, Laurel’s House of Horror is built inside of an abandoned movie theater, and has been visited in the past by the likes of  Texas Chainsaw Massacre series actor “Leatherface” R.A. Mihailoff. The space has had it’s own paranormal experiences as determined by Chesapeake Ghost Hunters. If horror movie superstars in *actual* haunted houses aren’t enough to get you excited, then the 2016’s “Zombie Apocalypse” house theme should do the trick (or treat).

Hi-Lo At Soundcheck

Rising house music superstar Oliver Heldens pushes throwback and club-ready vibes via his Hi-Lo side project. If looking to hear very familiar dance sounds updated with kicking basslines and techno-style grooves, look no further. If a true dance fanatic, seeing a top performer like Heldens in such an intimate space is an opportunity not-to-be missed. Add in the promise of what Soundcheck is calling “Hi-Lo-Ween” has in store, and it’s a surefire recipe for a great night on the town.

Rocky Horror Picture Show At E Street Cinema

Being in your seats by 11:59 PM on Sunday, October 30 makes this annual showing of 1975’s most wild film and one of the most uniquely entertaining movie-viewing experiences ever. From getting dressed in costumes to literally throwing bread slices at the movie screen, it’s an amazing time. If you’ve never seen the on-screen antics of Brad, Janet, Dr. Frank-N-Furter and crew, this film is playing from the 15-31 at E Street, and is well worth taking the time to check out, maybe even twice.


Monday, October 31

Field Of Screams

Aside from being likely scared beyond belief by it’s four haunted attractions, Olney’s “Field of Screams” has 15 bonfires, smores, funnel cakes, fried Twinkies, and Oreos. The nighlight of making the trek could be the “Trail of Terror,” which for 2016 is themed as a “Camp Fear” where “a group of 20 year old campers once laughed, played and brutally died.” It’s recommended that nobody over the age of 13 head out to the Field of Screams, so definitely expect something that’s a bit more over-the-top and adult-aimed in presentation.

Griz At Echostage

Funky vibe-man Griz brings his unique brand of festive celebration to DC on Halloween. The soul-stirring bass lover oftentimes plays a like saxophone during his set, which puts the whole presentation over-the-top. The Detroit-based DJ/producer’s latest album is entitled Good Will Prevail, and with tracks featuring the likes of future-forward hip-hop adoring producers like Louis Futon and Cory Enemy, it’s possibly his most mainstream-ready release-to-date.

Monday Night Football at Barcode

If fright and fear aren’t exactly your cup of tea, the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears will be playing each other in a game with huge implications if the Vikings remain undefeated and/or one of the most surprising stories in the NFL in 2016. As well, the matchup is one of the NFL’s oldest, and the teams have played each other 12 other times on Monday night. Checking it out at Barcode’s long-standing Monday night event is definitely one of the premier spots in town for checking it out.

FIVE THINGS TO DO IN DC IN FALL 2016

By Marcus Dowling in Whats hot in DC Nightlife
Friday, September 16, 2016, 2:54pm. (Updated: 9/17/16 at 12:13pm) Add comments

The Nation’s Capital and its suburbs has a jam-packed schedule of goings on for Fall 2016. From the opening of a long-awaited museum to entertaining seasonal events and hotly-anticipated gigs for global music superstars on tour, here’s five of the best events in the region over the next few months.

Visiting The National Museum of African American History and Culture

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The latest-to-open museum in the Smithsonian’s collection opens on September 24 with significant fanfare that includes a three-day music festival. However, weekend passes are not available again until December 4, so we advise possibly waiting until the winter to snap up one of the passes that will be available on a first-come and first serve basis during the week at 9:15 AM. From Michael Jackson’s fedora to numerous key artifacts from the civil rights struggle and so much more, the museum is the only national museum totally devoted to the story of African-Americans and likely to be the National Mall’s most must-see location of Fall/Winter 2016.

Field of Screams – September 30 – November 5

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For just over a month, there’s a field in Olney, MD that’s transformed from forest land to a Halloween attraction that won a 2014 A& E competition for the best Haunted House Design/Build. Field of Screams features four main attractions, including a 3D haunted house, plus fifteen bonfires, zombies, the “Trail of Terror,” and a menu including smores, fried Twinkies, Fried Oreos and more. If you’re not at peak freakout, there’s also Field of Screams’ sister venue “Scream City” which holds both an “Exorcism Estate” and “Slaughter Factory” near the DC Armory and RFK Stadium in Southeast DC.

Sia at Verizon Center – October 19

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Get “Cheap Thrills,” but don’t “Bang Your Head” while swinging from a “Chandelier” when Sia comes to town at the Verizon Center on October 19. Yes, we’re well aware that the singer now notorious for hiding her face during live appearances won’t exactly be easy to see during her concert, but her hits are so undeniable that it might not matter. “Cheap Thrills” has been a Billboard #1 single in six countries in 2016, so that’s the performance you want to see, but if you’re looking for a dance party, it’s her songs produced by the likes of David Guetta, Axwell and more that are certain to get you to sticking around and up on your feet!

Maryland Renaissance Festival – Every weekend through October 23

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Everybody likes taking a trip back to 16th century Europe, right? That’s exactly what has happened in Crownsville, MD for the past 40 years as everything from turkey legs and fair maidens to jousting and well, a very true-to-life take on village living during King Henry VIII’s rule of England. As far as what’s best to do at Renaissance Fest 2016? We’ll suggest either getting active in axe throwing, play acting and maybe hanging out at the White Hart Tavern. Or choose to go all out and rent a costume to enjoy the jousting tournament, Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and more. Either way, it’s a quality afternoon and well worth the trip.

Porter Robinson and Madeon at Echostage – November 10 AND November 16

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The must-see event of EDM’s fall and winter months is the co-headlining tour by young melodic kingpins Porter Robinson and Madeon. The two have collaborated on “Shelter,” a single released just-in-time for their string of nationwide gigs together. In the past, both Porter and Madeon have expressed how much they love playing at Echostage. WIth recent improvements to the venue’s already impressive laser light show and LED technology, one can expect that the already impressive stage shows for the DJ/production tandem’s previous tours could be elevated to another level here.

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NYE 2016 in DC

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Monday, December 14, 2015, 11:30am. (Updated: 12/21/15 at 11:07am) Add comments

So many ways to ring in 2016 – where will you celebrate?

Winter Concerts in DC

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Monday, November 16, 2015, 11:00am. (Updated: 11/23/15 at 5:12pm) Add comments

The weather is cooling down while the music scene is heating up – check out who’s coming to the DMV this Winter.

Halloween in DC

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Monday, October 12, 2015, 11:00am. (Updated: 11/01/15 at 12:23pm) Add comments

Party without judgement: why Halloween is the best and where you should be celebrating it.

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