DC bars to open early, offer specials for Cohen testimony
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Michael Cohen is testifying before Congress this week, and that can only mean one thing in Washington: Bring on the booze!

A host of watering holes in the nation’s capital tell ITK they’ll be opening their doors for watch parties centered around the testimony of President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE’s former longtime personal attorney and "fixer." 

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On Wednesday, Cohen is speaking to the House Oversight and Reform Committee, an appearance that comes between two days of behind-closed-doors testimony to the Senate and House intelligence panels.

The public testimony is quickly shaping up to be must-see TV for political junkies and Trump’s critics, with The New York Times reporting that Cohen will use his Oversight remarks to describe the “lies, racism and cheating” he says the president engaged in.

Duffy’s Irish Pub in D.C.’s H Street NE neighborhood says it’ll be showing all the action via “eight large flat screen TVs with stadium surround sound tuned in to the Cohen Show” starting at 10 a.m., when the hearing begins.

In addition to its signature bloody marys, Duffy’s says it’s creating a new, happy hour–priced “Flipper Cocktail” that will “only [be] available for this event.” While Duffy's owner, Casey Callister, wouldn't divulge the recipe for the Cohen-themed drink, she told ITK it's "Russian influenced, a little bitter and 100 percent pardon free."

It’s not the first time the drinking destination has opened up early for a distinctly #thistown event. In 2017, Duffy’s welcomed a standing-room-only crowd as patrons packed in to catch former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyJohn Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Trump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report Tina Fey, Amy Poehler to host Golden Globes from separate coasts amid pandemic MORE’s first public testimony after he was fired by Trump.

Shaw’s Tavern on Florida Avenue NW also says it’ll be raring to go at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, opening early for “anyone that wants to watch the hearing.” The eatery will have its lunch menu available before it can legally start selling beer, wine and alcohol an hour after the Cohen drama begins. “We will have five TVs with sound,” general manager Rob Heim said.

And while it won’t open until 11 a.m., we hear Valor Brewpub will be serving its lunch menu and will have the Cohen testimony playing on its TV sets throughout the veteran-inspired Capitol Hill restaurant.