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Thank You - Calle Cinco, the Spanish tapas pop-up from Chef Michael Schlow and team, will continue for the foreseeable future. Thanks to an overwhelmingly positive response from patrons and support from the Mt. Vernon Triangle neighborhood, Schlow, Chef George Rodrigues and the rest of the team have decided to extend the tapas concept. As such, the team has debuted a new happy hour menu, available every day of the week from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. featuring $5 drinks, and an assortment of cured meats, cheeses and tapas priced at $7 and under.  Highlights from the menu include two kinds of “bikini sandwiches,” Serrano ham and Manchego or mushroom, Mahon and truffle, a play on a grilled cheese that’s popular in Barcelona; as well as tortilla espanola, papas bravas and pan con tomate. Special beverage promotions include $2 sangria from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., and $2 beer from 5:00-6:30 p.m. The “Dos Amigos” provides guests who purchase two cocktails a complimentary chef’s choice tapa, and the “In your face porron challenge” rewards anyone who is able to drink a porron with a fully extended arm and no spills with a complimentary chef’s choice tapa. (465 K Street NW; 202.629.4662; info@CalleCincoDC.com)

Sip to Help - In the wake of the devastating Northern California wildfires, participating wineries and other wine-loving businesses throughout California are donating a portion of their proceeds during the month of October to support local community relief organizations in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Solano counties. Through the end of October, #CAWINESTRONG Partner Businesses are contributing a portion of their proceeds to make a difference in the lives of those who have lost everything.  The CAWineStrong Network, a group of wine industry leaders from California’s major winegrowing regions, are asking related businesses, such as wineries, tasting rooms, restaurants, hotels and wine bars, to consider partnering in this effort. Information about the campaign is online at CAWineStrong.com, including a sign-up form for business that wish to participate.  Wine lovers can likewise discover local participating businesses, or make a direct contribution to the fund by clicking the Donation link at the bottom of the CAWineStrong.com home page. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the CAWineStrong fundraising campaign will be donated to local charities to directly benefit individuals and families affected by the wildfires. These relief organizations include: The website will be updated daily as new wineries and other wine-loving businesses join the campaign. Updates will also be posted to social media at #CAWineStrong. Questions about the campaign or how to get involved can be directed to cawinestrong@gmail.com.

October Fests- October conjures thoughts of changing leaves, cooler weather and of course, beer. Each Monday in October, Drift on 7th will e celebrating Oktoberfest—paying homage to the 10th month with a flight of four beers and Chef Ferhat Yalcin’s classic fish and chips at $10 each. A beer flight consisting of 4 beers--Oliver's Creator/Destroyer, Original Crispin Cider, Narragansett Lager and Left Hand Oktoberfest will be offered at $10.  Also, Chef Ferhat Yalcin's contemporary take on the classic Fish & Chips will also be offered at $10.  (1819 7th Street NW; 202.350.4350; www.drifton7th.com)

Eat as the French Do - The new foods from the Basque Region of France. Inspired by ENO Wine Director, Hugo Lefevre’s family traditions and recipes, four key ingredients drive the rustic menu: duck, fig, cheese, and Malbec. Other items on the new fall menu feature flavors from Hugo’s hometown, but with an ENO twist. According to Lefevre, nearly every home in Cahors has a fig tree in the yard, including his own. Sweet fig paired with a savory cheese makes for a warm, rustic dish perfectly suited to the season. In addition to the wine bar’s larger bites, guests can enjoy an extensive list of wines by the glass, flight and bottle, local cheeses and charcuterie and artisanal chocolate. Patrons perks: enjoy complimentary 3-hour valet parking at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC. (2810 Pennsylvania Ave NW; www.fourseasons.com)

In October We Wear Pink - Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is “Going Pink” during the month of October in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month of October, the hotel lobby will be light in hues of pink and pink flowers. The Lobby Bar offers “The Pink Ribbon Cocktail”, served in a champagne flute, is made with Prosecco, Chambord and St. Germain and is topped off with a raspberry for $15.  10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the cocktail will be donated to Living in Pink*, and each recipient will receive a pink cancer awareness bracelet. For information on Living in Pink, please visit livinginpink.com. The Lobby Lounge is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. (2401 M Street NW; 1.866.4504; fairmont.com)

Bolivia + Himitsu- Carlie Steiner of Himitsu and Tealye Long of Chufly Imports have joined forces to celebrate Bolivian food and culture all October long with ¿Como se LLAMA? a Bolivian Pop-Up. On Sundays October 8, 15, and 22, Himitsu will be open from noon to 10pm to serve cocktails featuring Rujero Singani and wines from Aranjuez, food from Marcela Peredo of Kantutas Restaurant, and music all day long.  Singani (pronounced: seen-GAH-nee) is the national liquor of Bolivia, produced at high-elevation with the help of fresh river water. Rujero Singani is produced in small batch copper stills by hand, opposing the trend of imported industrial stills that may dilute the unique qualities of high-elevation grapes. The approachability of singani means that crafting a cocktail menu around it is far from daunting. Steiner has created a cocktail list that allows the spirit to shine, like the Chufly (singani with ginger and lime) and the Singani + Soda. Guests will be able to pair those with Salteñas, Beef Tucumana, and more. (828 Upshur Street NW; himitsudc.com)

Trivia Tuesdays at The Irish Pub - Starting on Tuesday, October 24th is the first of week of new and exciting Trivia Tuesdays at Ria Ra. Get your group, pick out your team name and meet us at the pub from 7:30pm.  Food and drinks specials as you put your common knowledge to the test and compete to win some great prizes. Trivia will take place each Tuesday from 7:30pm throughout October and November and each week will have a different theme. (3125 M St NW; 202.751.2111; rira.com)

Serious Pumpkin Spice - Has a Pumpkin Spice Affogato new to the menu. The festive dessert is Pastry Chef Zamantha Manning’s take on the PSL (pumpkin spice latte): small scoops of salted chocolate caramel gelato rolled in almonds, spiced chocolate biscotti with almond and a pumpkin caramel drizzle – all drowned in espresso, natche. (1734 N Street NW; 202.524.5202; irongaterestaurantdc)
 
Wild Fire Support - Kyirisan and Williams Corner Wine are raising funds for victims of the wildfires that have ravaged through Northern California. While supplies last, $2 from every glass and $8 from every bottle sold of North Bay Fire Relief fund and a GoFundMe page that was started on behalf of Skyla Olds, whose family's home and vineyard was lost during the fires. In addition, three anonymous donors have also signed on to match donations, upping the total maximum donation to $4 per glass or $16 per bottle. These fires come close to home for Kyirisan, as the team's general manager (and 2017 RAMMY nominee), Margaret Perry, grew up at the foot of Mount Vedeer in Napa county. (1924 8th Street NW; 202.525.2383kyirisandc.com and 1112 E Market St #Ste B22, Charlottesville, VA; 434.293.6082; williamscorner.com)
 
Lil' B- In Mississippi, most notably in the city of Oxford, a late night snack often involves “Chicken on a Stick.” At Lil’ B, David Guas has elevated this tradition with a loaded Shrimp on a Stick in his Lil’ Bloody B cocktail. ch, b Lil’ B’s picture-perfect patio of 32 seats allows for sipping from sun up to sun down. The flavors of the Lil’ Bloody B start with a glass rim garnished with house-made Creole seasoning and a slice of Apple Wood SmokedBacon. Lucky you, all the stacked edibles piled high with Jumbo Gulf Shrimp, Pickled, Okra, Tomato, Olive, and a wedge of Lime! A refreshing taste of mead flowing from the tap of the Baltimore meadery. The Charm City Meadworks is on tap or choose a  Lil’ Bloody B. Mason Jars give way to oversized cocktails at Happy Hour prices from a Bourbon drenched Mason Mixer featuring Grapefruit, Honey, Rosemary and Jalapeño to the boozy drink of the day. Lil’ B isn’t just a destination for breakfast and lunch, but the best new patio spot for day drinking with prime umbrella covered seating for people watching and conversing amongst friends. Expect the sounds of turntable tunes with oldies (but goodies!) spinning on vinyl for your entertainment. (1515 Rhode Island Ave NW; thedarcyhotel.com)

Just A Small Batch – OneEight Distilling presents to you their latest release: Untitled Whiskey No. 10! Untitled Whiskey No. 10 is a 9-year old high-rye bourbon rested in Cognac and Spanish Brandy casks that are then blended together and finished in their own ex-Rock CreekRye Whiskey barrels. Floral and honeyed on the nose, the first sip of this whiskey is a bold medley of sweet candied orange and piquant ginger. Sun-ripened grapes settle on the mid-palate before ending in a succinct, spicy finish. This unique whiskey will keep you coming bak to savor its many intriguing flavors. This is an extremely small-batch release and will not be around long – so come see them at the Tasting Room or the Farmers’ Market for a bottle to enjoy. (1135 Okie St NE; 202.636.6638; oneeightdistilling.com)

Be Happy - Happy hour goers need to look no further than Penn 6’s ‘Oyster Happy Hour’, serving $1 Chesapeake Bay oysters and $5 oyster shooters, Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm in the bar area. Other happy hour offerings include smoked paprika hummus, beef sliders, creamy crab dip, and the toastie trio, three crostinis with fun toppings like smashed avocado & sea salt, bruschetta with basil, and ricotta & fig jam. Drink specials include premium well liquor mixed drinks, rotating draft beers, and house wines for $5. (1350 I St NW; 202.796.1600; www.pennsylvania6dc.com)

October Festivities - Winter has come and gone for Drink Company, and the team is serving up fright in PUB DREAD all October long.  Now celebrate The Dead Will Walk the Earth and We All Float Down Here in the discomfort of The Haunted Woods and The Dollhouse. Expect plenty of frightful surprises that will challenge you to hold onto your drink. The Rooms - with construction and design lead by Drink Company’s Special Projects team of Matt Fox (Director) and Adriana Salame Aspiazu (Manager), PUB Dread features three unique spaces playing on classic themes: Horror fans are cautiously welcome to sip drinks in The Haunted Forest; The Dollhouse; and The Crypt. A Zombie variation called BRAINS! pays homage to Night of the Living Dead, and is served in a skull tiki mug and topped with a candy brain. The coffee concoction that signifies the start of fall brought forward David S. Pumpkins, a mix of rums, sherry, pumpkin, spice, and coconut. Beer drinkers eager for fall releases can enjoy Southern Tier’s Pumpking (on draft), DC Brau’s Oktoberfest Lager, and more. (1839 – 1843 7th Street NW; popupbardc.com)