Posts Tagged ‘Clarendon Ballroom’

Meteor Rain

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, February 15th, 2013

No joke, a meteor has been recorded exploding over central Russia today. The BBC reports over 500 hundred people have been injured by flying glass caused by the meteor’s shock wave and minor structural damage has been reported in some areas. But the amazing thing? People caught it all on camera. It seriously looks like the sun fell out of the sky. And all to the tune of Russian talk radio too.

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Halloween Hit List

Posted by Jasmine Lee / Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Haunted mazes, spooky musicians, gory rides and costumes galore, a recipe for this year’s Halloween events.


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adult events


Clarendon Ballroom Halloween Monster Bash

3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Costume, prizes, entertainment

Oct. 27, 6 p.m.


Front Page Halloween Monster Bash

4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Costume contest, entertainment, prizes

Oct. 27, 8 p.m.


Above Ground Winery Halloween Costume Celebration

105 E. Main St., Purcellville

Costume a must, prizes

Oct. 27, 6-11 p.m.


Liberty Tavern Halloween Bash

3195 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

DJ, entertainment

Oct. 31, 8 p.m.



pet events


Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk for the Homeless

801 S. Scott St., Arlington

Dog costume contest, walk

Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-1p.m.


Doggy Howl-O-ween Costume Party

480 King St., Alexandria

Dog costume contest, prizes, food

Oct. 30, 5 p.m.



kids’ events


Six Flags Fright Fest

13710 Central Ave.,Bowie/Mitchellville, MD

Haunted mazes, shows, rides

Oct. 26 & Weekends Sept. 29-Oct. 28


Boo at the Zoo

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Trick-or-treating, keeper talks, haunted trails

Oct. 26-28, 5:30-8:30 p.m.


Kennedy Center Halloween Spooktacular

2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC

Spooky musicians, trick-or-treating, petting zoo

Oct. 28, 1 and 3 p.m.


(October 2012) 

Happy Hour Spotlight: Enjoy a Posh Night in Suburbia

Posted by Carten Cordell / Thursday, May 31st, 2012

If you’re looking for an exciting happy hour adventure, take a walk through the classy Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington. The high-energy atmosphere makes it the perfect location for bars and restaurants and a hotspot for the town’s youthful professionals. With an accessible Metro stop, it’s easy to go from a hard day’s work to a fun night with friends. Enjoy an hour filled with good music, good food and the hum of Northern Virginia nightlife.

Young, urban professions enjoy a night out. Deklofenak/

For those who want to dress up, or down, there’s a bar and happy hour for everyone. These specials last all year round, but sharing a round of drinks atop a rooftop veranda during a hot summer offers a unique view and a cool breeze. Snag a half-price beer and a sandwich, or just sit outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of this vibrant area.

To start off your bar-hopping adventure, we’ve chosen just a few of the bars and restaurants with happy hours in the Clarendon area—all conveniently located on Wilson Boulevard.


Clarendon Ballroom
3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-469-2244;

Not only is the dress code slightly formal, but smoking is not allowed inside and only adults 21 and over can enter. The nightclub offers a sophisticated and refreshing rooftop pavilion, open only in the spring and summertime. Grab a friend and take in a breathtaking view of Arlington, all while enjoying specials on various drinks and small dishes.

Spider Kelly’s
3181 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-312-8884;

This self-dubbed “neighborhood bar” strives to be a comfortable and lasting part of the surrounding community. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual—the establishment recently expanded to include multiple lounge areas, pool tables and darts. Spider Kelly’s is the perfect place to kick back with friends and enjoy reduced prices on beer and cocktails.

Whitlow’s on Wilson
2854 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-276-9693;

Whitlow’s has loads of specials, and not just on drinks. Come for the draft and wine specials but stay for the half-price sandwiches and live music (and crab legs on Tuesday nights). Whitlow’s also has a rooftop pavilion to enjoy the warm summer breeze, but you don’t need to dress up to enter.

NoVA Halloween Events for Adults

Posted by Carten Cordell / Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Give me a drink, arghhh! / Photo courtesy: Shutterstock/Kzenon

October 31 is a time for costumes, candy and kiddy-fun activities like going door-to-door and “trunk or treat.” But what are all the grownups in Northern Virginia to do from Friday at 5 p.m. through Sunday? Not to fret – check out below for some 21-and-up rousing merriment and serious celebrating going on throughout NoVA this weekend. [For our other Halloween guides, check out the food and wine round-up, scary events, where to bring your pets and activities for kids].

Elliot In The Morning’s Halloween Bash
Friday, Oct. 28. Doors open at 5 p.m.; music starts at 8 p.m. Start Halloween weekend right with Arlington’s recurring ghoulish bash, brought to you by DC 101. Clarendon Ballroom is the place to be costumed, jam out to Junkfood live and mingle with other costumed Northern Virginians. It’s $15 before 10 p.m. and then jumps up to $20 after 10 p.m. And don’t just cut eye holes in a sheet and call yourself Casper – the night’s best costume gets $3,000. Let the creative costume planning commence!

Fright Night Monster Bash
Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. The adult Halloween festivities continue at Arlington’s Front Page on Saturday, where costumes are the coolest thing since sliced bread and DJs Pat Premier and Clinton Matthews will have everyone breaking out their spookiest dance moves. Make sure to register your Halloween outfit masterpiece from before 10 p.m. Prizes for costume winners abound and bonus: there’s no cover charge. Take that, DC!


The oranger, the better we always say. / Image courtesy: Shutterstock/Sarsmis

Clarendon Ballroom’s Annual Halloween Party
Saturday, Oct. 29. Doors open at 6 p.m. And the hauntingly good times continue at the Ballroom. With the return of their killer costume rooftop extravaganza comes not one, not two, but all three floors open for partygoers. Mr. Greengenes and Burnt Sienna are performing on the main stage while DJ Lil Fos will be scratching in the lower lounge. Bring your costume/game face and maybe you’ll take home some cash. The one downside to it all? Cover increases from $10 to $20 by volume of people – so avoid the massive line and get your costumed self there on the early side.

Tally Ho Hauntings Film Series: Slasher Night
Saturday, Oct. 29. First film starts at 9 p.m. Love the thrill of a good, campy horror flick? Don’t miss out on Tally Ho Theatre’s last double feature weekend event of the month. They’ve done Stephen King, haunted house, creature and comedy. Now for the chilling final installment: slasher (insert creepy sound effects here). Watching Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween in one night? Sounds like a done deal. Admission is only $5 per person.

Día de los Muertos: The Art of Remembrance
Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8 to 11 p.m. This weekend, the Torpedo Factory gets a little, well, dead as they throw their annual Día de los Muertos - or Day of the Dead – costume and dance party. Tickets are $15 (buy in advance here) or $25 at the door. Wear your finest dead/scary costume and enjoy some mini altar-making, live music and dancing, plus bubble gum painting, a cash bar and snacks. Have a gently used instrument you’re no longer playing? Event partner Hungry for Music, a non-profit musical organization, will be gathering up all donations and distributing them to under-privileged  children in the area. Also, stop by the art center’s main hall for the Altar Exhibition, displaying local and regional artists’s festive creations (through Nov. 4th).

Poe in Alexandria
Sunday, Oct. 30 – Monday, Oct. 31 from 8 to 9:15 p.m. What better way to embrace the ghoulishness of the holiday then with a little recreation of literary genius Edgar Allen Poe? Actor David Keltz will be portray Poe’s visit to our great state in 1849, right before his death, at Alexandria’s History Museum: The Lyceum. Hear the likes of uber-popular “The Raven,” as well as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Black Cat” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” This chilling story event costs $15.

Spider Kelly’s Creeping Into Larger Digs

Posted by The Editorial Desk / Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Clarendon bar hoppers will have another super-sized option to consider once Spider Kelly’s completes a planned expansion into the vacant units that currently separate it from upscale sibling, Eventide.

The lateral move–Spider Kelly’s co-founder Nick Freshman confirmed that they’re annexing the spaces once occupied by specialty shops Clarendon Watch, Orpheus Records and K.A.T video–will also give Freshman (general manager at Eventide) and Nick Langman (co-owns Spider Kelly’s and the adjoining Clarendon Ballroom) an entertainment monopoly on the 3100 block of Wilson Boulevard.

Freshman declined to offer an official debut date–”We have just started demolition, so the best I can say right now is we will open sometime in 2010,” was the best he could muster–but agreed that the move should put Spider Kelly’s on par with neighbors Liberty Tavern, Clarendon Ballroom and Eventide (square footage-wise, anyway).

No word yet on how the real estate raid will affect SK’s food or beverage options.