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Nightlife Highlights: Deep Sugar’s 15th Anniversary and Drink Company’s GWAR Pub

Our picks of the best nightlife in D.C. this week!

Deep Sugar: Ultra Nate — Photo: Marco Cerrone


In addition to her original singing career and a roster of club hits, including the late-’90s Top 10 pop hit “Free,” Baltimore-native Ultra Nate is known more and more as a prominent DJ, due in part to her regular, high-profile gigs in the Summer house haunt of Ibiza.

In her homebase as well as in D.C., she’s known for this underground soulful house party that draws a mixed crowd, in all the right ways. This Friday, Sept. 14, Nate and her partner-in-Deep Sugar Lisa Moody launch a multi-city tour to celebrate the party’s first 15 years from the D.C. nightclub they refer to as their home away from home. Mookie Brock is warm-up DJ.

Friday, Sept. 14, starting at 9 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW. Tickets are $10. Call 202-588-1880 or visit


With the threat of a lawsuit at the eleventh hour, Warner Bros. last month forced Derek Brown, Angie Fetherston, and fellow Drink-ers to cancel the opening of their immersive tribute to the animated TV series Rick and Morty that they had spent the summer assembling. As a result, two of the three small connected spaces in the Drink Company’s Shaw pop-up bar, or PUB, remain dark until the November relaunch of the popular holiday-themed Miracle on 7th Street extravaganza.

But Richmond’s GWAR has been tapped to lift spirits in the complex’s third bar, decked out with outrageous stage props and costumes in a 34-year retrospective of the heavy metal heads. One of his favorite bands, Brown describes GWAR as a “funnier KISS, on steroids, during a WWE stage show peppered with intergalactic horror themes and a little Damien Hirst.”

PUB highlights include a 20-foot World Maggot, an intergalactic battle scene, a hall of blood (paying homage to the gallons of synthetic blood spurted at every show), and a mobile of GWAR’s interplanetary journey. Band-related memorabilia will be for sale, such as a limited-edition Hail Oderus Tiki Mug — from which patrons drink the GWAR-inspired cocktail Oderus Eternal, green chile-flavored vodka mixed with manzanilla, grapefruit, and club soda ($12, or $52 with the mug). Meanwhile, rosé meets Strawberry Campari and Blanc Vermouth with a splash of soda in If You Want Blood (You Got It) ($12), the bloodiest punch on a menu of 18 specialty concoctions, including four “Parting Shots” ($6) and two “Spirit Free” juice blends ($7). Also on hand are a few beer and wine selections, and snack packages of Combos, Pirate’s Booty, Gushers, and Twinkies.

Daily from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (until 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). Runs to Oct. 31. Drink Company, 1839 7th St. NW. Call 202-316-9396 or visit

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @ruleonwriting.

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