It’s not the only recurring underwear party at the Green Lantern — where, to be frank, men get nearly naked nearly every weekend, sometimes more. Yet the monthly Jox event has been a popular stripdown staple for years at the fetish bar, tucked away in a Scott Circle alley. Certainly few others can claim to have enticed as many men to strip as has Jox’s David Merrill, the veteran local DJ and sex/fetish party promoter. At the next Jox, DJs C-Dubz and Chaim will tag-team spin grooves to set and soundtrack the sexy vibe. This Saturday, Dec. 22, starting at 9 p.m. upstairs at the Green Lantern, 1335 Green Court NW. Cover is $5, including free clothes check. Call 202-347-4533 or visit facebook.com/GreenLanternDC.
Peppermint Bark Martinis are only $7 this Friday, Dec. 21, when the gay U Street spot will serve the minty cocktail that bites back as part of a promotion that gives back. Dirty Goose will give 10 percent of all proceeds from sales of the holiday martini — as well as $5 drinks made with Tito’s vodka — to SMYAL, in support of the organization’s work in helping LGBTQ youth. The evening of boozy benevolence kicks off at 5 p.m. Those drinking do-gooders still standing at 9 p.m. will be enlisted to give a little more via DJ Alex Love’s fun-raising appeal to dance. Dirty Goose, 913 U St. NW. Call 202-629-1462 or visit thedirtygoose.com.
Black Pride veteran promoter Daryl Wilson returns to Southwest’s massive LGBTQ entertainment complex to throw another festive fiesta for frisky fellas. This party’s star attraction is a hunky adult entertainer known by the name Mega Body, not to mention the 20 all-nude male “Santa helpers” who will dash, dance, prance, and… well, other things to get things moving. Also on tap: music from house DJ Sedrick and hip-hop DJ Tim Nice, a free X-mas Gift Raffle, and a $250 cash prize for the best (read: most horrific) holiday jumper worn that evening. Friday, Dec. 21, starting at 10 p.m. at Ziegfeld’s/Secrets, 1024 Half St. SW. Call 202-863-0607 or visit ziegfelds.com.
You can Netflix & Chill in private any night of the week, but this Friday, Dec. 21, you can do a variation of it with a group of strangers in public, in the designated “queer womxn’s lounge/bar” and safe space on the second floor of Shaw’s Italian restaurant, Al Crostino. Several holiday movies will screen over the course of the evening, while the bar will serve hot chocolate plus spiked eggnog, along with Christmas cookies, s’mores, and other holiday favorites. XX+ will also furnish pillows, but guests are encouraged to bring blankets, bean bags, and other creature comforts — not to mention good cheer. The party starts at 5 p.m. at 1926 9th St. NW. No cover. Call 202-797-0523 or visit facebook.com/xxcrostino.
The enormously popular event that launched the Drink Company’s Pop-Up Bar in three connected spaces in Shaw returns for a fourth year of over-the-top holiday cheer and cocktails. Forget Rudolph and the reindeers, pandas are the stars this year, from life-sized statues of pandas playing in the snow, to local artist Andrew Funk’s mural of a panda eating a jelly doughnut above the Hanukkah bar, to the Santa Bei-Bei cocktail (a refreshing mix of tequila, lime, and vanilla agave soda) served in the cutest ceramic panda mug. One of the smallest of six individually decorated rooms is transformed into a golden geodesic dome meant to feel like the inside of a New Year’s Eve ball, while another features a mistletoe photo booth. As you slowly make your way through the sure-to-be crowded complex, you’ll see thousands of ornaments and jingle bells and all manner of whimsical holiday displays and decorations — right down to the barware used to serve many of the 14 specialty craft concoctions (priced from $9 to $14), with standouts including the hot Santa’s S#!t List, featuring scotch, Nutella hot chocolate, and a marshmallow, the Mortimer Duke mix of gin, aperol, and orange cream soda, and the super-strength Nog Shot. There’s also a separate list with regular and seasonal beer options, wine, “spirit free” drinks, and snacks including Cracker Jack boxes and Keebler Elf Fudge cookies. Nightly, starting at 5 p.m. To Dec. 31. 1843 7th St. NW. Call 202-316-9396 or visit popupbardc.com.
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