Welcome in 2010! With beer! December 29, 2009 7:56 PM   Subscribe

DC area Mefites: Would any of you lovely folk be interested in meeting up for a 'Get 2010 off on the right (boozy) foot' meetup?

If so, pick one of the following:

Proposed dates: Friday, January 15. Saturday, January 16. Friday, January 22. Saturday, January 23.

Proposed locations: Churchkey. Brickskeller. H Street Country Club. Atomic Biliards.

Yay, beer!
posted by youcancallmeal to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:56 PM (78 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

I'm happy to come - something I've been meaning to do for a while. Churchkey isn't great for meetups as there just isn't a lot of space for largeish groups of indeterminate numbers. Also it's not a place where it's always easy to hold table space. Last time we had one at H Street Country Club I went and nobody else showed up. I personally think Brickskeller is atrocious in many ways (terrible food, they only have 1/10 of the beers on their menu, annoying atmosphere) but that's just me. I've never been to Atomic Billiards so I have nothing annoying to say about it.
posted by allen.spaulding at 9:11 PM on December 29, 2009


Most likely yes. The first weekend works for me, but not the second. No preference on any of the locations.
posted by ish__ at 9:40 PM on December 29, 2009


How am I supposed to call meal if you don't provide a phone number??
posted by Grither at 6:52 AM on December 30, 2009


My wife and I met at Atomic Billiards and love the place. Pool tables, dart boards, juke box, great bartenders. If you go, and Rich the bartender is there, say hi please.
posted by terrapin at 7:27 AM on December 30, 2009


I have wimped out of every single DC event for the past two years 'cause I'm a weenie but I would like to go, really. Count me in?
posted by harperpitt at 7:40 AM on December 30, 2009


My life has finally settled down a bit so it is quite possible that I can make it out.

It helps that I now live within walking distance of Med Center rather than a fifteen minute drive from Shady Grove, too.
posted by Loto at 8:12 AM on December 30, 2009


I was kind of hoping for one on Jan 1st, since I'll be in DC already.
posted by empath at 8:14 AM on December 30, 2009


btw, is this the thread where i can share that I'm djing at this little shindig that sold out 1700 tickets a few days ago? cause i've been dying to have an excuse to.

You might be able to get tix on craigs list if anyone wants to go.
posted by empath at 8:20 AM on December 30, 2009


Got a place in mind, empath?
posted by zennie at 8:20 AM on December 30, 2009


Come to my house for New Year's Day brunch!

youcancallmeal's been there for that, as have several other MeFites, and there will be quite a few in attendance this year, too. Seriously--we do a soul-food brunch thing every year, getting rolling around 1, wrapping up around 6 or so. I'd love it if folks brought guitars and such--that was tremendous fun (for me, at least) at Cortexapalooza.

Shoot me a MeMail for details.
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:20 AM on December 30, 2009


That sounds great, MrMoonPie, but unfortunately I plan to spend the first drunk at the Blackfinn watching the Penn State game.

Well, I guess it is only unfortunate for the wait staff that is stuck serving a bar full of rowdy alumni.
posted by Loto at 8:22 AM on December 30, 2009


I'm also planning on being at the MoonPies' on Jan 1st, assuming the Dread Wintry Mix doesn't stop me. It's good times all around and I'll bring my cheap uke that I can't actually play and my little hippie drum.

Grither - you owe me a drink for that. :)

So, I'm thinking I'll go scout Churchkey and check it out for size. If it is too small, I'll call it for Atomic since it's relatively easy to access for everyone. I just wish they had better beers. Alas.

I'll also call it for Saturday, Jan. 16 at 7pm. Cool, yo?
posted by youcancallmeal at 1:20 PM on December 30, 2009


So not to repeat myself but Churchkey is a terrible place for a meetup.

Don't get me wrong, I like the place and think it's worth it for others to check out on their own time. It's just often extremely crowded to the point where it would be impossible to get a table or any of the lounge space in the back. It's not designed for people just to drop in or to handle large groups. There are no large tables and unless we know exactly how many people are coming and can get everyone to show up at the same time, it doesn't make sense to go to one of the "hot" new places in town. Why not go somewhere designed for bigger groups of indeterminate size and where people can show up whenever they want?
posted by allen.spaulding at 8:08 PM on December 30, 2009


btw, is this the thread where i can share that I'm djing at this little shindig that sold out 1700 tickets a few days ago? cause i've been dying to have an excuse to.

The woman who cut my hair today is going to that NYE celebration, and is very excited. Just sayin'. (I, on the other hand, will be at the local bar.)
posted by inigo2 at 8:09 PM on December 30, 2009


allen.spaulding: Would you like to make a suggestion, then? Like I said, if Churchkey won't work out, Atomic is fine since that's the only other place that you didn't shoot down. If you have ideas, please share.
posted by youcancallmeal at 8:09 PM on December 30, 2009


Well, Saturday at 7 is tough. There are no happy hours to be had and any place with a lot of space is likely to fill up. I know Science Club has been a big hit in the past, Rocket Bar has a similar feel and Recessions always has lots of space and is even more dive-y. So that's Dupont and Chinatown. Wonderland in Columbia Heights won't be too crowded at 7 and neither would The Red Derby, if we wanted a true dive. Again, I don't know Atomic Cafe and I'm more of a follower (and apparently a shooter-downer) than an organizer for these things.
posted by allen.spaulding at 8:46 PM on December 30, 2009


I'm a big fan of The Red Derby. Not a far walk from the metro, either.
posted by Loto at 5:55 AM on December 31, 2009


So is it January 16th, 7 PM at Atomic Billiards?
posted by anotherpanacea at 6:28 AM on December 31, 2009


It's January 16, 7PM at a location yet TBD.
posted by youcancallmeal at 8:38 AM on December 31, 2009


How did I miss this? I'm a definite "maybe."
posted by JoanArkham at 10:56 AM on December 31, 2009


Oh, and I'm partial to Little Miss Whiskey's right now, but I'm not sure what's going on there that particular Saturday.
posted by JoanArkham at 10:57 AM on December 31, 2009


I would be all about Little Miss Whiskey's, but then you get the "No Metro to H Street" complaint. Alas. :)
posted by youcancallmeal at 11:00 AM on December 31, 2009


I will be there. Unless wild horses keep me away. Or summat.
posted by zennie at 11:05 AM on December 31, 2009


Does everybody know to wear pajamas to MrMoonPie's brunch? Dress for excess, people.

I also think the Red Derby is a great spot for a meetup. It's cheap beer and anarchy; if we need to pull some tables together nobody is going to stop us. The food is mostly from the fryer and lowbrow but satisfying and affordable.

Atomic is good too, the shuffleboard is worth the trip. Last I knew, Rich still works there, but not Saturday nights. Atomic and some pies from Vace would be an epic meet-up combo.

I would be all about Little Miss Whiskey's, but then you get the "No Metro to H Street" complaint. Alas. :)

I'm not hard to please, but last time I went there (in September) the music was loud and horrible and the crowd was the same asshole hill staffers that make you want to avoid every decent Pennsylvania Ave watering hole. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but the Little Miss is not a Hit.
posted by peeedro at 12:29 PM on December 31, 2009


To be fair, I've only been to LMW's for specific events. No idea what a typical Saturday is like. I'm kind of sad to hear the douches found it already.
posted by JoanArkham at 12:48 PM on December 31, 2009


You know, I don't actually wear any pajamas. Hmmmm.
posted by youcancallmeal at 2:27 PM on December 31, 2009


That's why they call him Mr "Moon" Pie.
posted by peeedro at 2:57 PM on December 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


If I'm in town, I will be there.

Now I can be super-self-conscious since I, like, stirred up all that fitness and health shit on here. but I'll budget for my beers I swear!
posted by NikitaNikita at 3:20 PM on December 31, 2009


Can't make it on the 16th, I'm afraid. Maybe, but probably not. Maybe.
posted by MrMoonPie at 3:28 PM on December 31, 2009


Can't make it on the 16th, I'm afraid. Maybe, but probably not. Maybe.

The astute reader notes that he said nothing about wearing pants.
posted by peeedro at 4:28 PM on December 31, 2009


Rich the bartender is there, say hi please

Think he left a few years back.
posted by Ironmouth at 11:37 AM on January 2, 2010


I was one of the complainers last time, but i kinda want to go to Little Miss Whiskey's to check the place out, so count me in if that is the venue.
posted by empath at 11:38 AM on January 2, 2010


Allright, I'm going to call it for Atomic because I won't make it to Churchkey before then and Vace makes some awesome pizza. See y'all on the 16th!
posted by youcancallmeal at 1:31 PM on January 2, 2010


aw, I'll be out of town that weekend.
posted by little e at 9:29 PM on January 2, 2010


Sweet. I'm happy to check out Atomic. And I really do like Churchkey and am happy to go back - it's just not ideal for a meetup. See everyone in a few weeks.
posted by allen.spaulding at 11:49 PM on January 2, 2010


Well hell, since little e is out of town I'm upgrading from "maybe" to "definitely".
posted by Loto at 7:22 AM on January 4, 2010


Heads up, red line delays that whole weekend....
posted by JoanArkham at 7:42 AM on January 4, 2010


count me in the maybe pile. depends on how wife works that weekend.
posted by ShawnString at 8:04 AM on January 4, 2010


Ooh, meetup... I am a longtime lurker but would like to meet mefites, and I'll be in Maryland to visit my parents that weekend. If I show up to Atomic Billiards, will I be able to find you guys?
posted by tantivy at 12:16 AM on January 5, 2010


Generally you just walk up to random people and ask if they're from the internet. Eventually you will find the mefites.
posted by empath at 12:47 AM on January 5, 2010


Generally you just walk up to random people and ask if they're from the internet. Eventually you will find the mefites.

Nota Bene: This will work (eventually) whether or not you choose to target a designated meetup, but based on member prevalence, we recommend that you focus your efforts in American and European cities.
posted by anotherpanacea at 10:19 AM on January 5, 2010


Alternatively, you can ask if people are "Friends of Jessamyn" which makes it seem a bit more like a self-help group but is a little more subtle. Of course, I find the phrase, "Are you guys from the internet?" HILARIOUS and have been known to ask even with people I already know just because I so much enjoy saying that.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 12:24 PM on January 5, 2010


At this point, I think asking people "Is Mathowie going to bone you, too?" would be an excellent option.
posted by Loto at 12:42 PM on January 6, 2010


Well hell, since little e is out of town I'm upgrading from "maybe" to "definitely".

Oh, so that's how it is *pout* Fine then, I'll just go to a different meetup :P
posted by little e at 1:40 PM on January 6, 2010


Man, I've been to Vermont. It is a wretched hive of scum and villainy.

By scum and villainy I mean moose and hippies.
posted by Loto at 6:17 AM on January 7, 2010


So is this settled on Atomic? 'Cuz the Brickskeller ain't all that that bad...
posted by genehack at 11:29 PM on January 9, 2010


Hey I'll give this a go too
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 2:06 PM on January 10, 2010


I'm going to be presenting at World's Fair Use Day in DC on Tuesday the 12th and there's something of a meetup after the event at Capitol City Brewery on 2 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast, from 4-6pm. If anyone wants to have a drink with me and some DIYBookScanner.org people, as well as a probable mess of copyfighters, I'd love to see you there.

Wish I could have made the meetup on the 16th. :\ Get drunked 4 me.
posted by fake at 4:39 PM on January 10, 2010


Atomic Billiards
3427 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20008-1314

So, ordering pizza when people get there?
posted by zennie at 8:29 AM on January 12, 2010


Sweet! That's pretty close to us so we should definitely be there.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:39 AM on January 13, 2010


Yeah, I'll grab a menu from Vace on my way over to Atomic, we can figure out what we want and then someone can collect cash and go get it. So, bring cash if you want pizza! (and trust me... you want this pizza)
posted by youcancallmeal at 12:47 PM on January 13, 2010


Wait...we're getting pizza and bringing it back to the bar? They're OK with that? Interesting...
posted by JoanArkham at 1:02 PM on January 13, 2010


Yeah, Joan, it's weird, but true. I've eaten much Vace in that place.

I'm a hazy maybe for Saturday.
posted by MrMoonPie at 1:09 PM on January 13, 2010


I'm also a maybe. Metro being down between Grosvenor and Medical Center all weekend harshes the mellow a bit.
posted by genehack at 5:00 PM on January 13, 2010


Yeah, I'm trying to figure out logistics that don't include Metro. I may actually wind up getting there early (around 6:30) so I can get a ride from Mr. Arkham.
posted by JoanArkham at 10:56 AM on January 14, 2010


I'm not going to be able to make it. If there's anyone who was only coming (or only not coming) because of me, please change your plans accordingly.
posted by anotherpanacea at 4:57 AM on January 15, 2010


I'm a maybe for being kinda late.
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 6:43 AM on January 15, 2010


I'm a probably
posted by ish__ at 7:07 AM on January 15, 2010


So...anyone up for meeting at 6:30 so I don't look like a scary old cougar, sitting alone at the bar?

Maybe I'll bring a book.
posted by JoanArkham at 8:02 AM on January 15, 2010


I may be leaving early so I can definitely come early. I'll be there 6:30ish if all goes as planned.
posted by Loto at 8:11 AM on January 15, 2010


I missed the last meetup in Chapel Hill. I'm going to try to make this one.
posted by Vhanudux at 11:48 AM on January 15, 2010


I'll try to be there around 6:30, but it's doubtful. See y'all tomorrow!
posted by youcancallmeal at 7:27 PM on January 15, 2010


Looks like my daughter and I will be going to see the DC Rollergirls at the Armory tonight. Take pictures!
posted by MrMoonPie at 10:04 AM on January 16, 2010


I will say "yay! my first meet up!" once I (finally) successfully make it out to one of these things.

All willing, that will be later today.

And I'll be there at 6:30 since I have to head out by 8, though!
posted by NikitaNikita at 11:05 AM on January 16, 2010


My previous maybe has flipped to a "whoops, not this time". Hope to catch up with you folks for the next one...
posted by genehack at 12:53 PM on January 16, 2010


Heading out...look for the curly, red hair...
posted by JoanArkham at 2:47 PM on January 16, 2010


I'm leaving shortly. Will be a little late, but I'll be there.
posted by youcancallmeal at 3:06 PM on January 16, 2010


Made it here. May be the first. Am sitting at bar w blue long-sleeve t
posted by allen.spaulding at 3:41 PM on January 16, 2010


I should be arriving around 8.
posted by gsteff at 4:04 PM on January 16, 2010


I hope you all had as much fun as my daughter and I did at roller derby. Man, I got a great idea for the next meetup...
posted by MrMoonPie at 7:39 PM on January 16, 2010


Hah. I think the next meetup is going to be along the lines of "Get Amanda Drunk and Let Her Be The Karaoke Commentary."
posted by youcancallmeal at 9:06 PM on January 16, 2010


yay! I made it to my first meetup! albeit for only 45 minutes, but man, it was so worth it.

(my clubbing, not so much. my ears are ringing. oww.)
posted by NikitaNikita at 11:12 PM on January 16, 2010


Why NikitaKatana hurting baby seal?
posted by orthogonality at 12:52 AM on January 17, 2010


That was fun! Good to see everyone.

(Note to myself: Atomic Billiards drinks are deceptively strong...)
posted by JoanArkham at 6:43 AM on January 17, 2010


Yeah, I think I might be happier if I had gotten that note earlier.

It was super nice to see people, especially people who hadn't been to a meet-up (or a DC meet-up) before! I always really enjoy these so thank you everyone.

Also, for those who missed it, I did actually have the opportunity to go up to someone and ask, "Are you a friend of Jessamyn?", so that was fucking sweet.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:05 AM on January 17, 2010


I'd totally be up for MeFi night at the derby. I've been meaning to go for ages...somehow I've been to bouts in Philadelphia and Raleigh, but not DC.
posted by JoanArkham at 8:32 AM on January 17, 2010


Gah! I thought that was you, MrMoonPie! I was sitting just a few rows away from you at the derby, and was pretty sure it was you but didn't want to be the creepy guy shouting "HAY MISTER MOON PIE LOOK OVER HERE ITS RIKI TIKI HOW ARE YA" when I wasn't 100% sure.

If I'd been 100% sure I definitely would've shouted it.
posted by Riki tiki at 9:21 PM on January 17, 2010


Annnnndddd...I had a conversation with my daughter about that guy sitting a few rows back that looked like a guy from MetaFilter.
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:27 AM on January 18, 2010


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