The Washington Post: Going Out Guide
Back in the late '70s and early '80s, Georgetown's preppy hotspot was the Chinese Disco, a weekend party that took its name from its unlikely location at a Chinese restaurant called the Day Lily. A 1982 Washington Post story about the wild dance parties at "ChiDi" referred to "the neon green and hot pink, all-cotton, collegiate crowd for whom 'The Preppy Handbook' is not just a best seller but a way of life." It's no secret that Georgetown's modern preppy scene has been stagnating, and in an effort to recapture some of the old magic, the list-only George has been rebranded Chinese Disco and given a new bar, new booths and new dance floor. There's a preview party with discounted growlers and buckets on beer on Thursday night, beginning at 10 p.m.
The Washington Post: College Football Bars
Be warned that three of the most popular college football alumni groups in the Washington area are in Maryland's new conference: The local Ohio State and Penn State alumni associations each boast five "official" viewing locations, while Michigan has four bars of its own.
Illinois: Penn Social
Indiana: Union Pub
Iowa: Public Bar, Crystal City Sports Pub
Michigan: R.F.D., Bailey's, Tommy Joe's, Cleveland Park Bar and Grill
Michigan State: Capitol Lounge
Minnesota: Front Page
Nebraska: Bar 201
Northwestern: Blackfinn (D.C.)
Ohio State: Rhino Bar, Solly's, Union Jack's (Bethesda), Mister Days, Velocity 5 (Sterling)
Penn State: Chinese Disco, Rhino Bar, Union Jack's (Bethesda), Carpool (Ballston), Tortoise and Hare
Purdue: The Bottom Line
Rutgers: Grand Slam Sports Bar
Wisconsin: Lou's City Bar
Within Georgetown Court on Prospect Street, the restaurant/bar George rebooted itself as the Chinese Disco -- a legendary name from a nightclub near 21st Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in the 1980s. Gone is the dark, black decor, replaced by a lighter, airier look. It still boasts a list-heavy, young crowd.