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A Guide to ‘Game of Thrones’ Festivities in D.C.

Bars are unleashing themed specials leading up to and on the Sunday, April 14 premiere

D.C.’s City Tap locations are serving Red Wedding sangria towers to share for brunch on Sunday, April 14.
City Tap [official]

The long-awaited eighth and final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones is on Sunday, April 14, and D.C. restaurants and bars are already cashing in on the winter-is-coming craze with week-long beer invasions, trivia, and scotch tastings.

Drink Company’s pop-up pub for the season seven premiere commanded lines around the block for goblets served by bartenders in leather and fur. This past weekend, Las Vegas’ famous Bellagio fountain played host to a tricked-out Game of Thrones water show.

Here’s where to drink to the most-watched and most-awarded HBO series of all time:

Dacha Beer Garden

1600 7th Street NW

Starting Wednesday, April 3, Cooperstown, New York, brewery Ommegang is invading the Shaw beer garden for a week. Cellared Ommegang beers are themed for Game of Thrones characters. Expect prizes and giveaways throughout the week.

Lucky Bar DC

1221 Connecticut Avenue NW

The Dupont Circle watering home is hosting a TV trivia night on Wednesday, April 3, to quiz participants on the cult show (not on the fantasy George R. R. Martin books, notes the bar). There are prizes for first place ($40), second place ($20), and third place (a mystery bag of candy). Teams can have up to eight people. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

DC Eagle

3701 Benning Road NE

The Northeast gay bar is going medieval on Saturday, April 6, with a “Bears of Thrones” party the eve of the premiere. Guests are instructed to don their best medieval leather duds alongside confirmed attendee International Mr. Leather Bear 2019. Beer and raffle tickets will be for sale. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

City Tap DC

Multiple locations

Pre-gaming the Game of Thrones season premiere on Sunday, April 14, starts early at City Tap Dupont and City Tap Penn Quarter. A “Brunch of Thrones Trivia” party starts at 11 a.m. and features turkey legs, dragon wings, and Little Finger foods, as well as Red Wedding Sangria towers to share. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with trivia starting at noon. Prizes will be awarded for first place, second place, and best team name. Trivia parties must book slots in advance. (info.dupont@citytap.com and info.pennquarter@citytap.com).

The Jefferson

1200 16th Street NW

Guests can book one of three private cabinet rooms that fit five to eight people for season premiere watch parties. Access includes a seven-flight scotch tasting of Game of Thrones-endorsed pours, including the limited edition Johnnie Walker White Walker. For $100, each guest also gets two appetizers from hotel bar Quill and a “Kingslayer” cocktail (dandelion tea-infused Tanqueray, golden falernum, ginger, carrot, Q tonic, citrus). Stumble upstairs into a hotel room with a 15 percent-off deal on the daily rate. To book, contact smaura@jeffersondc.com or (202) 448-2300. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Lots of scotch labels are cashing in on the series finale buzz, like the Oban Bay Reserve “The Night’s Watch” and Royal Lochnagar 12-year “House Baratheon.”
The Jefferson/official photo