Happy hour specials: Eat and drink for less during a government shutdown

October 7, 2013

This post was originally published Monday, Sept. 30 at 3:15 p.m.

With the federal government shut down, local bars are trying to make sure unpaid workers don't go hungry and thirsty.

We'll update this list as we hear of more specials, and bars and restaurants who want to be included can shoot the details to fritz.hahn@washpost.com.

Important note: Many deals that were offered earlier in the week have ended, and others will only last through this week. We'll remove deals once they expire.

1905: Anyone – furloughed or not – can take advantage of 1905's Shutdown Sausage Platter: Artisanal sausage, three sides and a beer for $15.

201 Bar: The 201 bar offers $4 mystery beers and $15 growlers all day every day until the shutdown is resolved.

Art and Soul: Art and Soul will extend happy hour for an hour -- meaning it ends at 8 p.m. instead of 7 -- for anyone with a government ID during the shutdown. Deals include $4 regional draft beers, $5 small plates and $7 cocktails and wine by the glass. The bar will also pick up the tab for your second drink.

Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken: Federal or District government workers with a sweet tooth can get a free doughnut with any doughnut or chicken purchase if they show their employee ID.

Austin Grill: Happy Hour specials are offered all day to anyone with a government ID or furlough notice for as long as the shutdown lasts.

Bandolero: Get $6 house margaritas and a pair of tacos for $5 for the duration of the shutdown. No federal ID is required.

Bardo Beer Garden: Your first beer is free when you show a government work ID.

Boundary Road: The all-day Shutdown Happy Hour includes $5 local beers from 3 Stars, Atlas and Port City with the presentation of a government ID.

Brasserie Beck: Show a federal or military ID and get a two-course lunch for $20, or $2 shots made with Jack Daniels whiskey and Punt-e-Mes vermouth.

The Brixton: The U Street bar opens its large rooftop daily at 1 p.m. for grilling (hot dogs, burgers and veggie burgers) and drink specials, such as a $4 Furlough Punch.

Capitol Lounge: A popular hangout for Congressional staffers is about to get more popular: Show a government ID at the door and you'll get a ticket good for any beer on tap. This deal runs as long as the shutdown does.

Cashion's Eat Place: The Adams Morgan restaurant has half-price appetizers and happy hour drink pricing ($5 craft beer and half-price glasses of wine) for the length of the shutdown.

Ceiba: Different specials will be offered every day of the shutdown, starting with $5 margaritas on Tuesday.

Clyde's of Chevy Chase: Take 20 percent off your entire check – except for the lobster special – with a valid government ID.

Clyde's of Georgetown: No government ID is required for all-day happy hours, which include $3 cans of beer, $4 selected drafts, $4 Maker's Mark and Absolut cocktails, and $5 glasses of Rosemount Shiraz. Rotating blue plate specials will always be under $10.

DC Reynolds: Each day the government is closed, DC Reynolds will open at 11 a.m. and offer buy-one, get-one-free drinks until 9 p.m. You don't need to be a government worker to take advantage of this outstanding offer.

Dacha Beer Garden: Show a government ID between 4 and 7 p.m. and get a refreshing small glass of Fruh Kolsch on the house.

The Daily Dish: Any government employee can grab a free cup of coffee at the Daily Dish during the shutdown – just show ID. Members of Congress pay double for theirs.

Del Campo: Del Campo will make its regular happy hour specials ($7 margaritas and cocktails, $5 wine, $4 beers) available at any time to any government employee with a valid ID for the length of the shutdown.

Dino: Buy a regularly priced entrée and receive a free dessert and buy-one, get-one-free pricing on wine, beer and cocktails. You must show a government ID.

Duffy's Irish Pub: Show your federal ID for $2 beers (Miller Lite, Natty Boh, Coors Light or PBR tallboys) after 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the shutdown.

Fuego Cocina: Different specials will be offered every day of the shutdown, starting with $5 margaritas on Tuesday.

GBD: How does an extra hour of happy hour sound? Every day from 4 to 8 p.m., anyone can have $3 punches, $3 wine on draft and a rotating selection of discounted drafts. Beers change daily, but Tuesday’s selection included $3 Avery Dugana Imperial IPA, $4 Bear Republic Tartare Berliner Weisse and $5 De Dolle Oerbier Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Granville Moore's: Stella Artois cans are $1 at Granville Moore's until the shutdown ends. Pair them with $3 pork belly bites, beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Hamilton's Bar and Grill: The popular Friday happy hour -- $1 PBR and Miller High Life cans -- will be offered every day to everyone as long as the shutdown lasts.

Hank's Oyster Bar: All three locations are offering $1 oysters to anyone with a government ID. The Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle branches also offer happy hour prices on beer, wine and cocktails.

The Heights: Happy hour will be extended from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the shutdown, with deals including $4.50 draft beers, $4 rail drinks, $5 glasses of wine and specialty cocktails, and $20 bottles of wine. Take advantage of the great weather and have drinks on the patio.

Hill Country: Show a government ID at Hill Country during the shutdown and you're eligible for all-day happy hour specials, including $3 PBR bottles and $5 margaritas, rail drinks and shots.

Ireland's Four Courts: The Irish pub is extending happy hour from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day for the rest of the shutdown, with a mix of half-price appetizers and rotating drink specials.

Kangaroo Boxing Club: Take 10 percent off your tab with a federal ID. The discount will grow 5 percent every week the shutdown lasts. Members of Congress pay double.

Kramerbooks: The cafe's usual happy hour -- $5 beer, rail drinks and house wine -- will be offered from opening to close at the bar. Members of Congress have to pay double.

Lou's City Bar: Lou's is offering an "early" happy hour from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for patrons with a government work ID. Monday's deal, for example,  is half-price burgers during that time period, while Tuesday brings sliders priced at two for $5 and four for $9. Wednesday is half-price drafts all day, Thursday features 50-cent wings and Friday brings $3 PBR tallboys.

Madam's Organ: Bring a government work ID to the Adams Morgan bar between 5 and 8 p.m. any day during the shutdown and your first drink is free. Food will also be half price until 8.

Mango Mike's: Who's up for "SHUTDOWN NACHOS"? Starting at 4 p.m. every day, government employees with an ID receive either a free order of nachos or a free quesadilla. The fine print notes that the offer "excludes Congressmen."

Marvin: Marvin has cancelled its shutdown day parties, but still offers a special for government employees: Show your badge and get happy hour prices on beer, mixed drinks and wine all night.

Nando's: The chain will offer happy hour all day to government employees with a valid ID as long as the shutdown lasts.

Osteria Marzano: Government workers with ID get 50 percent off select pizzas during happy hour (4-7 p.m.. Monday-Friday), as well as $3 on select draft beers and $4 house liquors.

Ovvio Osteria: Free bruschetta appetizer with their already-bargain lunch deal, which gets you two menu items for $12. You have to present a government ID.

P.J. Clarke's: Buy any item on the  "Hamburger Deluxe" menu and you'll receive a free draft beer when you show a government ID.

Penn Social: Show a government ID during the shutdown and get one of six selected draft beers for $3 (including Dogfish Head Punkin, Bell’s Oktoberfest and Brooklyn Lager) and 30 percent off all wings.

Piola: All government employees receive 40 percent off their meal and any beer for $2.95 during the shutdown when they present a valid ID at either the Rosslyn or 14th Street locations.

Posto will pour glasses of its house Italian red and white wines for $5 during the shutdown, while the kitchen offers $10 "B.S." ravioli made with butternut squash in brown butter.

Red Rocks: The Columbia Heights pizzeria will open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch during the shutdown, offering daily drink specials, such as $5 Dark and Stormys, and an extra 10 percent off to anyone with a government ID.

Ripple: Ripple will offer half-priced draft beer and wines by the glass as long as the government is shut down.

Taqueria Nacional: All happy hour specials, including the $9 taco, margarita and chips and salsa combo, are available from 11 a.m. to close during the shutdown.

Taylor Gourmet: All locations are giving furloughed workers "a 10 percent discount, career counseling & a cookie" with the purchase of any hoagie or salad.

Thomas Foolery: Thomas Foolery's "Angry Hour" special is one of the weirder happy hours in D.C.: From 5 to 7 p.m., you take $1 off your drinks if you order with an angry tone of voice. Since many people are ticked off about the shutdown, Thomas Foolery is letting them vent early: Angry Hour deals run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the length of the shutdown.

Tony and Joe's and Nick's Riverside Grill: Happy hour runs from 11 a.m. to sundown at the Georgetown waterfront for the duration of the shutdown. Additionally, all federal and D.C. employees take 30 percent off food items when they show a government ID.

Tortilla Coast: Both the Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle locations will start serving happy hour specials at noon, including $6 frozen margaritas, $3.75 drafts, and $4 mini tacos, spring rolls and other appetizers.

The Ugly Mug: Bring a government ID to the Barracks Row sports bar for $4 draft beers, rail drinks and wine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. any day during the shutdown.

Union Pub: As long as the shutdown lasts, Union Pub will offer $3 "shut it down" whiskey shots and $6 pizzas from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Urbana: The longer the shutdown goes, the cheaper it will be to drink at Urbana. Happy hour usually runs from 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays, but for every day of the shutdown, happy hour will be extended by 60 minutes: It will run from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 4 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and so on. Specials include $7 cocktails, $6 glasses of red, white and sparkling wines, $5 bar bites and $1 oysters (served in quantities of six or 12).

Vendetta: Get one free glass of draft prosecco with a government ID.

Vinoteca: Show a government ID and receive happy hour specials from 5 to 9 p.m. instead of the usual 5 to 7 p.m. Deals include $5 glasses of wine, $5 beers and discounted small plates.

Fritz Hahn has written about bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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