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 John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist 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 ComeyFBI's spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier Hannity invites Ocasio-Cortez to join prime-time show for full hour The Hill's 12:30 Report: Acosta under fire over Epstein plea deal 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.