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STATE OF THE UNION SPECIALS

Places to have intense debates with politics wonks:

    • Hawk N Dove: 329 Pennsylvania Ave SE
      GenOpp and other politically minded folk will be paratying the night away at Hawk N Dove! There’ll be an open bar, “the original GenOpp SOTU Drinking Game” (whatever that means), and best of all, free food.
    • Irish Whiskey: 1207 19th St NW
      Wanna spend the night with some politcally oriented ladies? Ladies DC will help you network the night away while savoring some fine happy hour specials.
    • Local 16: 1602 U St NW
      Network for Progress is throwing a party! If you’re into listening to speakers and raffles (SO FUN) then you wont wanna miss it. Prizes include gift cards to Irish Whiskey, Taan Noodles, and even more.

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Places to have rowdy debates with strangers:

    • Busboys and Poets: 2021 14th St, NW
      Like a major sporting event, Busboys and Poets will be broadcasting the SOTU all over the restaurant and bar area. If you want to get into a heated (and possibly drunken) debate with the stranger to your right, this place is probably your best bet.

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Places to get wasted with cheap booze (and ignore the SOTU):

    • Penn Social: 801 E St NW
      Let’s face it, Penn Social is huge and pretty loud. So while they will be broadcasting the SOTU, it should be pretty easy to completely ignore it and play skeeball instead.
    • Ventnor Sports Cafe: 2411 18th St NW, Washington
      Ventnor has a very specific SOTU drining game they like to play. As soon as you walk in, pick a common political word or phrase, like “democracy” or “capitalism”. Everytime the president says that word, you get a $1 Jello shot. If you pick the right word, but the end of the night you should barely be able to remember the SOTU at all.
    • Sonoma: 223 Pennsylvania Ave
      Cheap booze and food! A match made in heaven. The free food includes fancy shit like truffled popcorn and hummus (hummus is fancy to me, okay), as well as $5 rail drinks.
    • Star & Shamrock: 341 H St NE
      Your favorite Irish beer, Guinness, is hosting the party at the Star & Shamrock and they’re calling it “The Politics & Pints & Pastrami Party (adorable). There will be no cover and you’ll be able to get some sweet Guinness swag from 6pm-9pm.
    • Redline: 707 G St NW
      The SOTU will be played on every screen in the bar, but forget that. Redline’s happy hour specials include $4 drafts, $5 rail drinks, $6 wine (by the glass), and 20 percent off of all their appetizers.

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Places to pig out on cheap food (and ignore the SOTU):

    • Capitol Lounge: 29 Pennsylvania Ave
      Let’s keep this simple. Wings are only 25 cents with the purchase of two drinks. With wings that cheap, how can you affored not to eat them?
    • The Coupe: 3415 11th St NW
      Okay, so there’s gonna be $3 Natty Boh (Bmore, what up) and $5 house wines, but the real winner here is the food. 50 cent wings, deviled eggs, and hushpuppies. Nom.
    • The Diner: 2453 18th St
      If you want to to take your grandmother to a SOTU party, come here, there’s bingo! Plus 50 cent wings and $18 pitchers of beer. Granny will appreciate it.

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Places to party with your fav reporters:

    • IMPACT @ The Washington Post headquarters: 1150 15th St NW
      IMPACT and TheRoot blog are joining forces to bring you one crazy viewing party and pannel discussion! What more could you want? The main event is a discussion with Marcia Jackson-Blanco, from the Lawyers’ Committe for Civil Rights Under Law, Aisha Moodie-Mills, from the Center for American Progress, and Michael Blake from Green for All. Make sure to RSVP.
    • 201 Bar: 201 Massachusetts Ave NE
      Want to play bingo with some of your fav journalists? Head to 201! Wanna drink AND play bingo? Try the $5 infused bourbons and half-price Belgian beers. Plus, early arrivals get a free drink. Beautiful.

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Your recommendations, of course, welcome in the comments. (And if you want your happy hour included in one of the future lists/have a happy hour to recommend, e-mail us at: [email protected])

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