After getting back to DC from the Weekend of Compelling Ales and Whatnot event in Delaware on Saturday, we got some &pizza (which I really, really, really wanted to try last time) and just drank a few more beers at home. Chillin’ at the apartment was really nice after being out and about all day.
Right after Phil and I booked our flights to DC, we started to put a list of restaurants we wanted to dine at, places we wanted to see, and things we wanted to do. Will mentioned that there was an event called Weekend of Compelling Ales and What Not that we should check out. Will is a huge beer fan, while Phil isn’t, so obviously, we had to go. 🙂 There are many beer (and food) events like this in the bay area, but I never take the chance to check any of them out. So why not just check one out when we were on vacation?
More than 500 people got tickets and headed to Dogfish Brewery in Milton, DE! If you know me, I am not a fan of IPAs. I didn’t find an IPA I liked until I tried Dogfish’s. After that, I’ve slowly started to enjoy more (but still not a lot!) IPAs.
For $65, attendees received a ceramic event coaster, event tasting glass, this event tasting journal, along with 14 exclusive beer samples with their food pairings.
One of the things I was most looking forward to when we were in DC was hanging out with Starr (even though we just hung out in San Francisco two weeks ago)! After dinner with Phillip and Will, we headed over to Jackpot, this hip dive bar located in Chinatown. Phil and I had purchased tickets to the Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets game that night, and we wanted to surprise Will as a thank you for housing us for the weekend. Going to happy hour after dinner seemed like the perfect way to conceal our real plans!
I love when bars have happy hour at the same time every single day of the week. It definitely makes it easy to remember! And drinks were pretty cheap, so I can see why this place was pretty packed!
When I visited DC two years ago, I was amazed by the museums. Not only was I excited that there were so many located next to each other, I was surprised that they were free to visit. I mean all the museums in the bay area cost at least $15 for one person! Back then, I even jokingly told myself that it was be great to live in DC if I was dating someone because I’d just go to museum dates every weekend. Fast forward to this year, and I got to visit DC and go on a museum date with my boyfriend. 🙂
Out of all the museums I visited with Starr before, my favorite was the National Air and Space Museum. Since Phillip didn’t get to check out this museum during his last trip to DC, that’s where we went!
Before my trip, Starr had linked me to many Instagram photos of this Cherry Blossom Pop Up Bar in DC. Taking place at Mockingbird Hill and Southern Efficiency, Derek Brown and his team turned this bar into a cherry blossom and Super Mario Brothers paradise. The whole process took just six weeks!
Although I was more amazed by the cherry blossoms half of the bar, it was definitely easier to get drinks at the bar in Super Mario World. I loved the hanging lights and decor!