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Where to Encounter Shark Week Specials

The feeding (and drinking) frenzy starts Sunday, July 23

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Shark Week, the annual, week-long TV programming block on Discovery Channel, has become a star of the summer at a time when sports-watching slumps and temperatures rise.

D.C. especially eats up the nature porn, considering the network is based in Silver Spring.

Marriott International, its Maryland-based neighbor, teamed up with Discovery to feature various food and beverage specials and show Shark Week episodes in its many lobby lounges. Thanks to cheesy “Sharknado” buzz and Olympian Michael Phelps’ anticipated swim against a great white shark this year, there are more fin fans than ever.

Here’s a growing list of where to dine, drink, and take in all things shark-related. And stay tuned for a mega celebration in 2018, when Shark Week turns 30.

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Lincoln's Bar-B-Que

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The new family-friendly restaurant will celebrate its first Shark Week with an aggressive-looking "Shark Attack" vanilla shake, featuring raspberry syrup, gummy sharks, red candy sprinkles, and blueberry cotton candy.

The Shark Attack shake ($10) at Lincoln's Bar-B-Que
Photo: Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que

Hank's Cocktail Bar

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Head bartender Jess Weinstein has zingy summer libations in the works at her Petworth watering hole, like the Mermaids are Real (tequila, mezcal, Kool-Aid spiked sparkling wine, and cucumber). A shark boil scheduled for Sunday, July 23 will include seafood and Caribbean-style cocktails; the $35-per-person ticket includes two beverages.

Bruce, Fish are Friends is an ode to “Finding Nemo” featuring Scotch, sherry, drambuie, and brandied cherry juice.
Photo: Hank’s Cocktail Bar

Washington Marriott Wardman Park

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From July 16 to July 30, swim with sharks at Washington Marriott Wardman Park — by splashing around with shark floats in the pool. On dry land, enjoy specials like the special beer buckets and shark-themed cocktails.

A mako dish at the Marriott Wardman Park.
Photo: Marriott Wardman Park

Ventnor Sports Cafe

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The Adams Morgan sports bar will host a Shark Week viewing party Sunday night in honor of Phelps vs. shark. On the menu: Mako shark tacos and theme drinks. “We will be dusting off our ‘Sharknado’ decorations to get into the spirit of Michael Phelps trying not to get eaten,” owner Scott Ventnor told Eater.

The bar at Ventor Sports Cafe.
Photo: Ventnor Sports Cafe

Buttercream Bakeshop

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The Shaw bakery is whipping up novelty cakes all month. Pastry chef Tiffany MacIssac, a native of Hawaii, drew inspiration from epic “Air Jaws” episodes to depict a sugary shark jumping out of blue, vanilla frosted waters. Cakes are $95 to $105, based on flavor and filling preferences.

Buttercream Bakeshop’s special cakes feed up to 16.
Photo: Buttercream Bake Shop

Washington Marriott Georgetown

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The new Visteur Bar and Lounge is rolling out specialty cocktails for the event. There’s also a theme menu featuring avocado shrimp, and scallop ceviche served in scallop shells.

A scallop dish at the Washington Marriott Georgetown.
Photo: Washington Marriott Georgetown

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

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High Velocity in the Marriott Marquis is serving “Shark Bite” poppers, aka spicy popcorn shrimp with cucumber sauce.  

The bar at High Velocity.
Photo: Marroitt Marquis

In honor of its namesake, Mosaic District’s Requin will celebrate Shark Week with corresponding food and drink specials, including $5 mini croque monsieur and $7 Requin 75 cocktails. Catch Discovery Channel programming at the bar, where themed drinks include Jawsome: The Shark Drink (pineapple juice, gin, cappaletti, maraschino, and pernod served in a shark mug) and Shark Bait (Oh Ah Ah) with tequila, lemon, falernum, and violette.

Requin’s mixed up some “Shark Week”-themed beverages.
Photo: Requin

Bonefish Grill (Multiple Locations)

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Bonefish gave a winter cocktail a shark-themed twist. The Winter Great White Cosmo is $5, alongside summertime cocktails like the Blueberry Lemon Drop and Tropical Tiki. Shark Week-centric bites include ahi tuna poke or crispy cod sliders ($6). Valid Sunday, July 23 through Thursday, July 27 in the bar from open to close.

The Winter Great White Cosmo at Bonefish.
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All Set Restaurant & Bar

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Shark Week specials kick off daily at 3 p.m. through July 30 and include a $5 Shark Attack (tequila, blue curacao, grenadine, lime juice) and Hammerhead ($6): Harpoon UFO Wheat Beer and a shot of Kraken spiced rum. For food, order the Shark Bait (anchovy bruschetta crostini) for $3 each.

Photo: All Set

Lincoln's Bar-B-Que

The Shark Attack shake ($10) at Lincoln's Bar-B-Que
Photo: Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que

The new family-friendly restaurant will celebrate its first Shark Week with an aggressive-looking "Shark Attack" vanilla shake, featuring raspberry syrup, gummy sharks, red candy sprinkles, and blueberry cotton candy.

The Shark Attack shake ($10) at Lincoln's Bar-B-Que
Photo: Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que

Hank's Cocktail Bar

Bruce, Fish are Friends is an ode to “Finding Nemo” featuring Scotch, sherry, drambuie, and brandied cherry juice.
Photo: Hank’s Cocktail Bar

Head bartender Jess Weinstein has zingy summer libations in the works at her Petworth watering hole, like the Mermaids are Real (tequila, mezcal, Kool-Aid spiked sparkling wine, and cucumber). A shark boil scheduled for Sunday, July 23 will include seafood and Caribbean-style cocktails; the $35-per-person ticket includes two beverages.

Bruce, Fish are Friends is an ode to “Finding Nemo” featuring Scotch, sherry, drambuie, and brandied cherry juice.
Photo: Hank’s Cocktail Bar

Washington Marriott Wardman Park

A mako dish at the Marriott Wardman Park.
Photo: Marriott Wardman Park

From July 16 to July 30, swim with sharks at Washington Marriott Wardman Park — by splashing around with shark floats in the pool. On dry land, enjoy specials like the special beer buckets and shark-themed cocktails.

A mako dish at the Marriott Wardman Park.
Photo: Marriott Wardman Park

Ventnor Sports Cafe

The bar at Ventor Sports Cafe.
Photo: Ventnor Sports Cafe

The Adams Morgan sports bar will host a Shark Week viewing party Sunday night in honor of Phelps vs. shark. On the menu: Mako shark tacos and theme drinks. “We will be dusting off our ‘Sharknado’ decorations to get into the spirit of Michael Phelps trying not to get eaten,” owner Scott Ventnor told Eater.

The bar at Ventor Sports Cafe.
Photo: Ventnor Sports Cafe

Buttercream Bakeshop

Buttercream Bakeshop’s special cakes feed up to 16.
Photo: Buttercream Bake Shop

The Shaw bakery is whipping up novelty cakes all month. Pastry chef Tiffany MacIssac, a native of Hawaii, drew inspiration from epic “Air Jaws” episodes to depict a sugary shark jumping out of blue, vanilla frosted waters. Cakes are $95 to $105, based on flavor and filling preferences.

Buttercream Bakeshop’s special cakes feed up to 16.
Photo: Buttercream Bake Shop

Washington Marriott Georgetown

A scallop dish at the Washington Marriott Georgetown.
Photo: Washington Marriott Georgetown

The new Visteur Bar and Lounge is rolling out specialty cocktails for the event. There’s also a theme menu featuring avocado shrimp, and scallop ceviche served in scallop shells.

A scallop dish at the Washington Marriott Georgetown.
Photo: Washington Marriott Georgetown

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

The bar at High Velocity.
Photo: Marroitt Marquis

High Velocity in the Marriott Marquis is serving “Shark Bite” poppers, aka spicy popcorn shrimp with cucumber sauce.  

The bar at High Velocity.
Photo: Marroitt Marquis

Requin

Requin’s mixed up some “Shark Week”-themed beverages.
Photo: Requin

In honor of its namesake, Mosaic District’s Requin will celebrate Shark Week with corresponding food and drink specials, including $5 mini croque monsieur and $7 Requin 75 cocktails. Catch Discovery Channel programming at the bar, where themed drinks include Jawsome: The Shark Drink (pineapple juice, gin, cappaletti, maraschino, and pernod served in a shark mug) and Shark Bait (Oh Ah Ah) with tequila, lemon, falernum, and violette.

Requin’s mixed up some “Shark Week”-themed beverages.
Photo: Requin

Bonefish Grill (Multiple Locations)

The Winter Great White Cosmo at Bonefish.
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Bonefish gave a winter cocktail a shark-themed twist. The Winter Great White Cosmo is $5, alongside summertime cocktails like the Blueberry Lemon Drop and Tropical Tiki. Shark Week-centric bites include ahi tuna poke or crispy cod sliders ($6). Valid Sunday, July 23 through Thursday, July 27 in the bar from open to close.

The Winter Great White Cosmo at Bonefish.
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All Set Restaurant & Bar

Photo: All Set

Shark Week specials kick off daily at 3 p.m. through July 30 and include a $5 Shark Attack (tequila, blue curacao, grenadine, lime juice) and Hammerhead ($6): Harpoon UFO Wheat Beer and a shot of Kraken spiced rum. For food, order the Shark Bait (anchovy bruschetta crostini) for $3 each.

Photo: All Set

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