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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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])