In the midst of a federal government shutdown, local bars will be trying to make sure unpaid workers don’t go hungry or thirsty. For an updated list of deals, visit

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 great offer.

3628 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-506-7178.

Del Campo

Once the shutdown begins, Del Campo will make its regular happy hour ($7 Margaritas and cocktails, $5 wine, $4 beers) available all day to any government employee with a valid ID. Deals will last as long as the shutdown does.

777 I St. NW. 202-289-7377.

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.

2106 Vermont Ave. NW. 202-265-3413.

Ireland’s Four Courts

Happy hour will be extended from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. And since you might not have to be in the office in the afternoon, you might as well catch some Champions League soccer on TVs in the pub.

2051 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-525-3600.

Kangaroo Boxing Club

The restaurant will open at noon Tuesday and serve $3 Screwdrivers until 5 p.m. Show a federal ID and your first drink is on the house.

3410 11th St NW. 202-505-4522.

Meridian Pint

Meridian Pint will open for lunch at noon Tuesday and the “local ales for budget ails” features three local brews priced at $5 until 5 p.m. Anyone with a valid federal ID receives 10 percent off until 5 p.m.

3400 11th St. NW. 202-588-1075.

Mockingbird Hill

All government employees receive one free glass of sherry with a federal ID. (This offer will run through at least Thursday if the government remains shut down.)

1843 Seventh St. NW. 202-316-9396.

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.

801 E St. NW. 202-697-4900.


The longer the shutdown, 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 — 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).

2121 P St. NW. 202-956-6650.