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DC bars gear up with shutdown specials


With just hours to go, bars and restaurants around Washington are getting in the “shutdown spirit,” — if there is such a thing — offering specials to potentially furloughed government workers.

Lawmakers have until midnight to reach a deal on a spending bill before before the government shuts down for the first time since 2013.

Capitol Lounge, which is just steps from the Capitol, unveiled its lineup of $5 “shutdown cocktails” on Friday, complete with several tongue-in-cheek names poking fun at President Trump and lawmakers:

Carmine’s, in downtown Washington, is offering what it’s calling a “bittersweet beverage,” in the form of a $12 “Hard Times Cocktail.” The dejected-sounding drink is composed of Campari, bourbon, orange juice and thyme-infused simple syrup.

The Italian restaurant says its happy-hour bar and drink menu will be available all day, as long as the shutdown continues.{mosads}

Also, any happy hour item ordered by those who show a government ID will get an extra meatball thrown in, on the house.

A slew of bars are also getting in on the shutdown discount action.

The Queen Vic and Granville Moore’s, both in Washington’s H Street Corridor, are offering 30 percent off drafts for federal workers during any shutdown.

Furloughed workers can also drink their sorrows away down the street at The Pug, which is giving a 30 percent discount, or at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar, which is serving up $5 rail and German tallboys for government employees.

Present a valid government ID at Lola’s Barracks Bar and Grill or any of the Capitol Hill restaurant group’s seven bars, and get the normal happy hour prices any time of day if a shutdown occurs.

Hank’s Cocktail Bar, in the District’s Petworth neighborhood, says in the case of a government shutdown, it’ll offer happy hour food and drink all day long, along with $9 Hot Toddies, to anyone with a government ID. Hank’s Pasta Bar will also serve all-day happy hour at the bar throughout the duration of any shutdown.

The owner of Z-Burger at 4321 Wisconsin Ave. in Washington’s Tenleytown neighborhood tells ITK that the eatery will offer any free single burger (cheeseburger, turkey burger, etc.) on Monday in the event of a shutdown to anyone who presents a government ID.

The Adams Morgan bar and restaurant Roofers Union is offering half off their Trump-themed cocktails starting Monday in the event of a shutdown. The Trumpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall and Orange Toddler will both go for $6 instead of $12.

Furloughed workers can also satisfy their sweet tooth with 20 percent off during a shutdown at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.

—Updated at 4:30 p.m. Gabriella Muñoz contributed.

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