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Best WHCD Party Is at the Renwick, Say Roll Call Readers

Google, HBO, Smithsonian party voted best for location and guest list

The parties around the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner are the toughest tickets in town. (Brad Barket/Getty Images file photo)

The Google, HBO, Smithsonian party at the Renwick is officially the best White House Correspondents’ Dinner party in town. Respondents to our online poll voted this event best for both location and celebrity guest list.  

The Renwick at 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW won the most votes for best location. This museum party is at 8 p.m. on Friday. While a visit to the Renwick is a must, first-timers take note: Friday may not be the best time to make your debut. This is a very hard party to get into .  

The Renwick Gallery will host the Google, HBO, Smithsonian party on Friday. (Photo courtesy of the Renwick Gallery)
The Renwick Gallery will host the Google, HBO, Smithsonian party on Friday. (Photo courtesy of the Renwick Gallery)

[Related: Five Shameless Ways to Get Into Party City] The party also drew high marks for its celebrity guests: Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" fame, and Jay Roach, director of "Meet the Parents." Cranston also recently starred as President Lyndon B. Johnson in HBO’s “All the Way.”  

Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson in HBO's "All The Way." (Photo courtesy of HBO.com)
Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson in HBO's "All The Way." (Photo courtesy of HBO.com)

Tied for second place for best location is the Washington Women in Journalism party, hosted at the Kalorma home of Gloria Story Dittus, and the Tinder, Independent Journal, Rock the Vote party at the W Hotel, 515 15th St. NW. Both are Thursday night.  

A close second place for celebrity guest list was the SAG, Variety, Washington Post party on Friday night featuring Anthony Anderson from “Black-ish” and Shonda Rhimes, the creator of virtually everything on ABC, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” and “Scandal.”  

Third place went to The Atlantic’s brunch on Saturday featuring soccer star Hope Solo and Connie Britton from “Nashville” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”  

Want an inside view of the best parties? Follow @RC_HeardontheHill on Instagram for live photographs.  

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