3100 block of Blues Alley
While 2009 is nearly done, there are still plenty of new year’s eve options available out and about in Georgetown. So chill the bubbly and check out GM’s list below.
Any discussion about new year’s eve in Georgetown must start with perennial aud lang syner Ahmad Jamal at Blues Alley. There are two shows that night, one at 6:30 and one at 10:00. Neither is cheap; the early show is $110 a person, the later show is $160 a person. Both types of tickets come with a dinner and free non-alcoholic drinks. The later show provides hats, noisemakers, and free champagne.
If, however, you’re looking for a truly decadent and extravagant new year’s, there’s just one option: Citronelle. They’re offering a “gourmand 6 course” prix fixe dinner. It’s a mere $300 per person. If you want wine with that, it’s only $150 more per person! Another reason to go? It may be your last chance to ring in the new year at the legendary restaurant since it may close in 2010. Continue reading
This week WETA is broadcasting an excellent documentary on the history of Washington through the 1960’s. Given that this included the Kennedy era, unsurprisingly Georgetown is prominently featured.
Besides rhapsodizing briefly on the link between the Kennedy mystique and Georgetown, the documentary’s first specific Georgetown reference is to mention the late great Rive Gauche restaurant. The fancy French restaurant on the northwest corner of Wisconsin and M was the standard of fine cuisine in the city in its time. Washington native Maury Povich states in the documentary “We always thought when we were young that you had to have a lot of money to go to Rive Gauche. That was picking at High Cotton.”
The documentary also briefly mentions Clyde’s (which opened in 1963, inspired at least in part by a stray New Yorker left lying around a beatnik hang-out on 31st St.) and Blues Alley. Continue reading