The government is officially closed (again), which means many workers across the region may see slimmer paychecks this month. To ease the burden, restaurants are rolling out lots of food and drink discounts across the area. And some spots aren’t limiting the deals just to affected federal employees.
Here’s Eater DC’s growing list:
1337 11th Street NW
A shutdown special called the “Art of the Ordeal” will be available during happy hour (Monday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 5 p.m. to close) for those with government IDs. The deal includes wings and a beer for $8.
300 Tingey Street SE
Head to Navy Yard for $4 Lost Weekend drafts Monday to Friday and open to all.
2321 18th Street NW
Find daily shutdown specials on everything from cocktails to pours of select whiskeys until the government resumes running. Each day will bring a new deal.
949 Wharf Street SW
The Wharf newcomer is slashing prices by 10 percent for customers with a federal ID in tow.
Government employees who flash a federal ID get 15 percent off all dine-in purchases.
425 Seventh Street NW
Along with a strong “Hard Times Cocktail” ($12) with Campari and bourbon, the Italian restaurant will offer its happy hour menu all day in the bar as long as the shutdown continues. Order any app, like fried zucchini or meatball sliders, and Carmine’s will throw in an extra meatball on the house. Must present a government ID to participate.
Score a 10-percent discount on single purchases of bowls and pitas during the duration of the federal shutdown. Valid with a federal government work ID, for in-store purchases only throughout the D.C. area.
1914 Ninth Street NW
The bar is offering its happy hour around the clock until the shutdown ends, with $8 Negronis, $6 wine, $5 antipasti, and a $10 charcuterie board for two to four. “Offer not valid to members of congress, the president, cabinet, or senior staff,” says owner Dean Gold.
Glen’s Garden Market
The beer-friendly shop, which pours local brews for $4 a pop, is offering federal workers with a valid government ID one free draft beer per day during the shutdown.
Granville Moore’s, Queen Vic, The Pug
This strip of H Street NE bars is banding together to offer a 30 percent discount on drafts.
808 V Street NW
The bar here is serving $6 “DC Mules” during the government shutdown.
1423 P Street NW
Find $5 13-oz. draft beers and all day happy hour at the bar during the shutdown.
415 Seventh Street NW
Homegrown Indian restaurant Merzi is offering federal workers with a valid government ID 20 percent off its custom protein bowls, naan, and a yogurt drinks.
900 U Street NW
Nellie’s is opening early (11 a.m.) during the shutdown. Look for $4 bloody marys and mimosas, as well as rotating happy hour deals.
401 7th Street NW
José Andrés is offering a free torta for furloughed workers.
Quill at The Jefferson DC
1200 16th Street NW
Devour $2 fries at the hotel bar until the shutdown ends. “When they go low, we go #fry,” declares the bar via Instagram.
3655 Georgia Avenue NW
Toast to having an (almost) active government again with drink specials all night long on Monday, January 22: $4 House IPA, cider, and amber; $6 house and milk punch; and $8 Old Fashioned and bourbon shakes.
2446 18th Street NW
The Trumpty Dumpty Sat On a Wall (mezcal, agave, grapefruit bitters, Jerry Thomas bitters, lemon) and Orange Toddler (gin, carrot juice, velvet falernum, ginger, lemon) cocktails will be half off (just $6) starting Monday, January 21 until the shutdown ends.
All can get in on the action: “Available to all guests, government employment notwithstanding, as the region feels the impact,” writes the Adams Morgan bar.
Turkish Coffee Lady Cafe
1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, Va.
This area newcomer is offering half-off the first cup of coffee for government employees.