1. AUBRIA’S BALL AT BOUTIQUE
Aubria, a Greek restaurant located at the Very Good Earth incubator in Adams Morgan, is offering an outside bar for a special Mother’s Day brunch this year. This means dining outdoors for $25 and as many grilled octopus as your heart desires. Valid for brunch only on May 12, no reservations necessary. 2543 18th St., NW; 202-638-7812.
2. AIRPORT MAJORITY
Nothing says city life more than a classic mid-century pop art painting. At American University’s homecoming this year, the school’s campus will be transformed into an unlikely collection of spots where commuters queue and planes land. Kenilworth Restaurant and Lounge is partnering with the local muralists Light and Shadows to create a 130-foot pop art mural on the wall above the bar, each giant painting representing a turn-of-the-century train station. Upstairs, a similarly themed mural will house classic clocks on light bulbs hanging from the ceiling. The airy lobby bar is offering Belgian beers and “street tacos” like tacos with kale hummus and radishes, as well as a canterway with pretzels, dill pickles, and beer-battered Brussels sprouts. 612 20th St., NW; 202-974-7050.
3. SMOOTH ROADS
We all know you love your drinks, and our bar guide sure has them. (Well, most of them.) Where you ought to take your beer on draft is a bit easier to figure out—and now it’s one easy click away. Love your brew? Check out this new list of bars throughout Washington that sells cans and bottles—but there are some limitations. Some stores are branded as places that sell craft beer exclusively. Others specialize in local brews. It helps to know what kind of beer you like. (At other times, go find your own cans or bottles at places like Woodley Park Brewing Co. and local taprooms.)
4. LE CANDY STAND
Put more significance on Girl Scouts this year with a handcrafted brownie by Malona, a Council of Girl Scouts of the D.C. area bakery based in Silver Spring. The order is handmade from scratch by volunteer baker Naomi Reed, who received the OK from the DC chapter as far back as 2006 and has plans to expand her business with additional flavors to include more than brownies. Look for the vanilla-chocolate-caramel recipe online or on the Malona website. Try it yourself at these great spots in Silver Spring, Bowie, Woodbridge, Laurel, and Arlington.
5. WOODED BUILDINGS
If you love architecture, why not try seeing some real structures you’ve probably never ventured to before? So the Capital Building Society will be offering tickets (and a free bourbon tasting) to its May 18 evening tour of the Benjamin Franklin Wooded Building. After lunch inside the handsome brick building, attendees take a tour and view some of the 225 heritage and architecture photos of the historic building’s interior, which are all free, and learn about the building’s origins. The tour also includes samples of the Chesapeake Bay brew (try the Guinea Beer from Flying Dog), plus one of the restaurant’s specialty cocktails. 132 S. Wheaton Road, Wheaton; 301-656-7766.