America’s 57th presidential inauguration is just around the corner and for Washington area residents, that means a party to rival all parties.
Next week in DC may look like New-Year’s-Eve-Meets-Mardi-Gras, with the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration permitting some businesses to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. all week. The Washingtonian has a great list of DC bars staying open late for inauguration festivities.
In Montgomery County, the inaugural weekend is a little more low key. Fewer bars and restaurants are advertising inauguration specials, though for Mussel Bar in Bethesda, inauguration begins with an Obama-tini cocktail. From Jan. 18 through 21, customers can sample the drink – “Ketel One vodka, Hypnotiq liqueur and a float of blue curacao,” according to the Washingtonian – while toasting to another four-years for the president.
Founding Farmers in Park Potomac will open for a holiday brunch Monday, celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the inauguration. The restaurant will offer a full brunch menu from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations can be made online here.
Just because you’re not downtown for the inauguration, though, doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate.
The Folklore Society of Greater Washington will also host hold non-partisan ball in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. For more information on tickets and pricing check out the event website here.
A list of unofficial inaugural balls, including information for tickets and pricing, can be found here. Several of the events will take place in Montgomery County, including the Caribbean Inaugural Ball, the Heritage Inaugural Ball and the Dreamers Inaugural Ball in Bethesda and Silver Spring.
What events and specials are you looking forward to around the area? Have a favorite presidential cocktail? Share your favorites in the comments!