Looking for a cozy spot to celebrate a special occasion or just a wonderful first-date, first-impression cocktail option? Our choice -- and Barack and Michelle Obama's for the former -- is the always classy Blue Duck Tavern, the fabulous restaurant/bar associated with the Park Hyatt Washington (1201 24th St. NW). The 60-seat lounge and 106-seat restaurant are quintessentially Washington and have always offered excellent food, but spicing up a new drink menu are five novel seasonal and 10 new signature and classic cocktails, as well as two local beers.

At the ideal gathering spot on a cold winter's night, enjoy the festive atmosphere with a homemade hot chocolate spiced with Captain Morgan and creme de mint, or a Spicy Winter, a warming combination of Drambuie, Absinthe, half and half and coffee foam.

Additionally, two local Virginia beers have been introduced: the Gift from Starr Hill Brewery and Porter from Port City Brewing Co.


We tip our yamakas to this year's 23rd annual Washington Jewish Film Festival, which is stacked with award-winning films premiering at several venues throughout the District this week. The festival -- with 55 films from 15 countries at 14 different venues -- kicks off Thursday with "Paris Manhattan," a French film directed by Sophie Lellouche. The romantic comedy follows the life of a beautiful Parisian woman named Alice who's obsession with Woody Allen hinders her search for true love. (See the film's trailer embedded below.)

There will be two screenings of the film, starting at 6:15 p.m. and again at 8:45 p.m., at the United States Navy Memorial (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) with a reception in between. If you can't make it, don't worry, there are plenty of movies to catch throughout the 11-day festival. Go to to get your tickets, look up the film schedule and search for screening locations.