The DC events and social scene are booming. The robust list of weekly events in the Nation’s Capital is fueled by networking groups like the 4:59 Social Club that is a new event series concept co-founded by Brookley Valencia, Megan McKinley, and Kasey O’Brien. The co-founders represent different political parties and focus more on the common ground of enjoying a happy hour. Many DC events will have one political bent or another or will be tied to a career move or climbing the Machiavellian ladder. This series is different.
4:59 Social Club mission statement describes the groups as “an invite-only event series for Washington, D.C.’s twenty and thirty-somethings to network over drinks with both new and familiar faces. The group’s mission is to provide a space for young professionals to expand their social circle and broaden their connections with others – regardless of where you’re from or what you do. In a city where work tends to dictate our personal network, we aim to bridge the gap. At 4:59, we’ll toast to something that everyone can rally behind: happy hour.”
4:59 Social Club has already packed out events in 2018 and has plans to continue to grow without losing sight of their goal of being a relaxed setting. This isn’t a happy hour where you lead with telling people where you work or went to school. The organization launched in October of 2018 at Hawthorne and followed up with a December event at Mission Navy Yard.
Brookley Valencia one of the co-founders describes the events as “4:59’s value has always been the opportunity for professionals to walk into an exciting space and have relaxed conversations outside of the typical reception, fundraiser, work gathering, etc. This is an event thrown by young professionals for young professionals. There is no agenda item on the menu, only happy hour drink deals and good company.”