Not only was it a microbrewery (which The Boy is a total sucker for), but their happy hour deal is one of the best I've ever heard - two pints of one of their beers for only $3. But on top of that the atmosphere was great, and it's such a small place that not only are you almost unable to avoid talking to others in the bar, but the bartenders encourage it. It was like one big conversation going on in there, and at one point just because they felt like it, they passed shots of Grand Marnier out to everyone. We were a little sad to leave - if it wasn't for the concert we probably wouldn't have!
We walked the block to The 8x10 and got ourselves great seats along the railing on the upper level. First up was Lucky Dub - a DC based reggae band that had 11 members and a ton of energy. We are absolutely going to seek them out and see them again!
A short break after they performed, John Brown's Body took the stage. They were just as good as I had remembered them being a few years ago, and I was so excited that my brother and The Boy were able to see them as well. We eventually moved from upstairs of downstairs right next to the stage, but boy was it hot down there. We danced and cheered and I stayed up way past my weeknight bedtime. It made for a wonderful birthday!
Sorry about picture quality this time - I didn't want to worry about the DSLR in crowded bars, so I took my point-and-shoot that I haven't used much at all since getting my D3100. I'll be taking both to Tennessee though, just in case!
Next up: What I did with my weekend. It was a full one! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and have a wonderful week ahead!