But, instead the late-night schmooze fest resembled any 'ole D.C. happy hour. Well-coiffed insiders crowded around a darkly lit, wooden bar, talking shop and sipping cocktails. Even the restaurant was familiar: the chain Capital Grille.
The party was thrown by a handful of Democratic lobbyists, including David Culver of the Distilled Spirits Council and Patrick Murphy of 3 Click Solutions. The beginning of the party was disrupted when ABC investigative reporter, Brian Ross, showed up with a television camera at the door to document the lobbying and party scene at the DNC, just as he did in Tampa.
Some of the attendees seemed aghast that the media would dare such a move, though it seemed unavoidable given the party souvenir. Upon checking in at the door, all guests received a white commemorative button that read "I Got In! 3 Click Solutions."
SPOTTED: Kal Penn, actor on "How I Met Your Mother" and Former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, at Mortimer's Cafe and Pub, a very excellent dive bar in a sea of Uptown steakhouses.
Penn was eating a huge plate of food and drinking what looked like a pale ale with three other dudes. From across the bar, the whole scene looked very Entourage-esque...If only he'd brought Kumar.
THE ROCK STARS HAVE LANDED: There was a decidedly un-D.C. looking crowd outside of Capital Grille last night, smoking after finishing a meal. Among the men with funky haircuts and clad in all black was David Navarro, a guitarist who's played with Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers. One of his bands, Camp Freddy, is playing Monday night at the invitation-only party at the North Carolina Music Factory, sponsored by the Distilled Spirits Council. We're told the Tampa outpost of this party was amazing with great bourbon and cigars on hand.
GOVERNOR'S BASH: The Democratic Governors Association threw a huge rooftop party in Uptown last night with a live band and white tents. Anyone know which governors made appearances?
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