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Versatile Clarendon Ballroom Will Close a 19-Year Run With One Last New Year’s Bash

Plus, a dumpling company will replace the Burmese Bodega in Union Market

People pack the popular rooftop at Clarendon Ballroom
The popular rooftop at Clarendon Ballroom
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Last call in Clarendon

Clarendon Ballroom cued up the social media laments last night with an announcement that it will close after a New Year’s Eve party that will mark its 19th anniversary. The bar, club, music venue, and events space in the Arlington nightlife district accommodated wedding parties, DJs, and ’90s cover bands. Its popular rooftop is the highpoint in an art deco space that enjoyed a former life as Woolworth Department Store. Tickets for the final New Year’s Eve (starting at $70) include a dinner buffet and four drink tickets. Patrick Crump, a chef at Clarendon Ballroom for the majority of its lifespan, recently opened the Renegade, a bar and venue with a dizzying global menu in the former Mister Days space.

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To our Clients, Vendors, Patrons, and Friends: After over 19 years in business, the Clarendon Ballroom will be closing in January. Our 20th New Year’s Eve Bash on December 31st, 2019 will be the last night that we are open for business. It has been our pleasure to be part of the Clarendon community for the last 20 years. This area has changed a great deal since we first saw a furniture and fabric store built in the 1930’s as a Woolworth Department store and thought that it would make an excellent music and events venue. A big thank you to all of the special event clients, nightclub patrons, vendors, and most of all, the staff (seems like a poor word – after you work with the same people for 20 years, you feel much more like family) that joined us and supported us in this adventure. To go out with a bang, we have planned a couple special closing events leading up to our New Year’s Eve Bash. Please come out and help us say goodbye: On December 27th, one of the greatest bands to every play the room, Mr. Greengenes, is playing a final show for us. Please see Here for details and start resting up now! On December 28th, our House DJ and the man responsible for way too many legendary nights, DJ Lil Fos is playing with some of his other DJs, so you can show off your dance moves on the floor one last time (No cover for this show). And if you really want to say goodbye the way it all began—our first night open to the public was New Year’s Eve in 2000—get your tickets now for our big gala. We will be featuring an awesome band—Liquid A—and DJ Lil Fos. This one has sold out every year for 19 years, and we hope you can join us, so get your tickets now. Buy Now Thank you again for helping us become a part of the community, and we hope you come see us before our "last call."

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Big change in Union Market

The premium food hall space that Burmese bodega Toli Moli just vacated won’t be empty for long. Washingtonian reports that Laoban Dumplings will be bringing Chinese potstickers to the Union Market stall in late January. Chef about town Tim Ma, who runs American Son in the Eaton and recently accepted an executive chef position at Prather’s on the Alley in Mt. Vernon Triangle, just joined Laoban as culinary director. The shop, which already has a presence in Alexandria’s Pendleton Carryout Co., will reportedly start serving soup dumplings, spicy beef noodle soup, and other snacks in Northeast. There will also be hot tea and Chinese beers. The food hall is also about to get an Italian pastry counter from the Stellina Pizzeria crew, an outpost of burger and fried chicken bar Lucky Buns, and new Thai salad stall Som Tam. [W]

#BagelHate in Georgetown

Outrageously popular bagel shop Call Your Mother continues to await the decision of a Georgetown zoning board that’s delaying the opening of its second store. The “Jew-ish” deli’s Instagram account has taken to using a #bagelhate hashtag to describe the concerns of neighborhood NIMBYs who worry that long lines will disrupt their residential enclave. An Instagram story posted yesterday says the board has delayed its decision for a second time and now plans to make a ruling January 15.

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Clarendon Ballroom

3185 Wilson Boulevard, , VA 22201