It’s a busy night for bars in Washington: The NFL season kicks off with a game between the Dallas Cowboys and Super Bowl-champion New York Giants; Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez goes for his 18th win of the season against the Chicago Cubs; and then there’s the little matter of the Democratic National Convention, featuring a speech by Bill Clinton.
Capitol Hill bars, which usually treat politics as major sporting events, will have divided loyalties tonight. Union Pub’s management says the bar will have a “60-40 split” of football and the convention. Both will be shown with sound, though it’s likely the political coverage will be featured with sound in just one room, while the game will be broadcast throughout the bar.
Capitol Lounge is being more democratic about its televisions: Whichever event is requested by the most customers will get full sound and more screens. (Vote early and vote often!)
Lounge 201 and Bullfeathers will both be giving preference to the convention. (A bonus at Bullfeathers: Since the Nationals are at home this week, the bar is running its game day happy hour, with $3 beers, $4 rail drinks and selected $5.35 appetizers two hours before the game begins and one hour after it ends, in addition to the usual late-night happy hour.)
The main event is Thursday night, when you can expect to find President Obama’s speech on with sound at most Capitol Hill watering holes.
All four Busboys and Poets locations are hosting viewing parties beginning at 7 p.m. – early arrival is suggested if you want a seat – and the Hyattsville location will be hosting an open mike from 9 to 11 p.m. (Advance tickets are suggested, and can be purchased at the store beginning at 10 a.m.)
The Star and Shamrock’s DNC Watch Party features a whole menu of specials ($4 beer-battered POTUS onion rings, $4 FLOTUS curly fries) but we doubt the first lady would be thrilled with the Mac-mander in Chief: a plate of panko-crusted, deep-friend mac and cheese wedges with spicy ranch for dipping. Wash it all down with the $5 “Bail Out Beer Special” or a $7 “Chicago Mule” cocktail with whiskey, lime juice and ginger ale.