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Where to Eat, Drink, and Party Over Memorial Day Weekend

There’s pig roasts, boozy popsicles, and a crawfish boil

A mountain of crawfish and corn at Bayou Bakery.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Memorial Day is Monday, May 28, but plenty of local bars and restaurants are starting the celebration early. Here’s a growing list of where to sip icy drinks and consume plenty of calories to mark the impending arrival of summer.

American Ice Company

917 V Street NW

From noon to 4 p.m on Sunday, May 27 this local dive is hosting a “Great American Pig Out” featuring a tap takeover by Founders Brewing Co., live bluegrass music, cocktails and wax dipping by Maker’s Mark. The menu includes a whole roast pig with sides like mac and cheese, baked beans, cole slaw, and cornbread. The price: $25 for all-you-can-eat food, or $50 for unlimited food and beer.

Beer and mac and cheese at American Ice Company.
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Assaggi Osteria

6641 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, Va.

This neighborhood restaurant is doing a holiday brunch on Memorial Day featuring a carving station with pork and beef, panzanella salad, pasta salads, and rhubarb and strawberry pie for dessert. The $20 ticket includes a soft drink and glass of prosecco. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, May 28.

Jackson 20

480 King Street, Alexandria, Va.

This hotel restaurant is hosting a pig roast ($29 per person for food) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 27. Attendees can expect summery fare from executive chef James Hudson, live music, beer, and rosé. $5 drink specials will be offered. RSVP here.

Bayou Bakery

1515 N Courthouse Road, Arlington, Va.

Chef David Guas is hosting a Cajun crawfish boil from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. The $35 deal includes Louisiana crawfish with corn on the cob, spicy and peppery new potatoes, coleslaw, cut-up muffulettas, and cornbread. There’s also peel-and-eat shrimp by the half pound (a la carte). Drink specials include $5 Abita drafts, $6 Hurricanes and $15 pitchers of beer. Live music is included.


5247 Wisconsin Avenue NW

This neighborhood restaurant is offering a “Patriots Special” featuring two all-beef hot dogs with chili, diced onion, yellow mustard, and a beer for free to any active or retired military personnel from Saturday, May 26 to Monday, May 28. Non-military customers can dig into the special for $9, with 20 percent of proceeds benefitting Pets for Vets.

DNV Rooftop

1155 14th Street NW

The Donovan hotel’s series of weekend pool parties kicks off at noon on Sunday, May 27. Featured cocktails at the weekly gathering (noon to 5 p.m.) include the The Silence is Spicy, a margarita spiked with harissa, and The Tour de ‘Nana which involves rum and a banana bicycle garnish. A $10 fee is collected at the door for non-hotel guests.

The Orange Rush at Kimpton’s DNV rooftop is made with orange juice and Red Bull Orange.
DNV [Official photo]

Liaison Capitol Hill Rooftop

415 New Jersey Avenue NW

This Capitol Hill hotel is serving tiki drinks at its rooftop pool this season. Featured beverages include a Hemingway Daiquiri, Fog Cutter, and Mai Tai. There’s also new tropical frozen drinks and mocktails. Later this summer look for taco Fridays, and happy hour events with Negro Model, Corona and Flying Dog.


1201 F Street NW

Find $1 oysters at the bar from Sunday, May 27 through Monday, May 28. Also there’s a three-course dinner for two deal ($70) running all weekend.

Sloppy Mama’s

1942 11th Street NW

This homegrown barbecue operation is offering a party pack ($99) featuring: a rack of ribs, 12 jumbo wings, two pounds of pulled pork, one quart of baked beans, coleslaw, mac and cheese, a quarter pan of cornbread, a pint of barbecue sauce, and a pint of hot sweet pickles. Orders can be picked up at Solly’s or delivered for $25 more.

Smoked meats at Sloppy Mama’s.
Smoked meats at Sloppy Mama’s.
Sloppy Mama’s BBQ/Facebook


1324 H Street NE

Starting Friday, May 25, this Atlas District restaurant is offering schnapps-spiked popsicles. Flavors include apricot-plum, pear and raspberry for $8 a pop, $12 served with sparkling wine for brunch, or $36 for a bucket of six.

Boozy “schnappsicles” ‘at Stable.

Sloppy Mama's

, Washington, D.C. (877) 775-3462

DNV Rooftop

1155 14th Street Northwest, , DC 20005 (202) 379-4366 Visit Website

Oceanaire Seafood Room

1201 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004 (202) 347-2277 Visit Website

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery

1515 North Courthouse Road, , VA 22201 (703) 243-2410 Visit Website

The Liaison Capitol Hill

415 New Jersey Avenue Northwest, , DC 20001 (202) 638-1616 Visit Website


1324 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 202-733-4604 Visit Website

Jackson 20

480 King Street, , VA 22314 (703) 549-6080 Visit Website