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Updated January 25

This is not a fun guide. But you’re still living so we’re going to try to help you make the best of a bad situation. The federal government is shut down. Places you planned to visit are closed. Checks you planned to cash are not coming in. What seemed like a vacation for a day or two has turned into an uncomfortable new reality. Hopefully this guide will help. If you’re looking for more resources like food banks, rent, mortgage, utility assistance, etc., we recommend the Washington City Paper guide.

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You may already know…



But not everywhere is closed.


Some D.C. restaurants are offering free and discounted food and drinks to federal employees.

Bar Deco is offering guests who present a valid federal government ID $8 Manhattans and 20% off their check excluding alcohol.

Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants (Del Mar, Fiola, Fiola Mare, Sflogina (both locations)) are offering all government workers a 20% discount on their “Maria” menus.

Firefly is extending happy hour pricing on food and drinks for federal employees throughout dinner service. During weekday lunch service they’re giving a percentage off the bill for federal employees that is commensurate with the length of the government shutdown (e.g. 21% off on Day 21, 22% off on Day 22, etc.) through the end of January. Restaurant Week promo does not apply.

JINYA Ramen Bar is offering 50% off select items to the first 100 federal employees who show their badge at any of their DMV locations.

Junction Bakery & Bistro is guests with a valid federal government ID a free 12 oz cup of drip coffee at the Del Ray bakery and café.

Punch Bowl Social’s Arlington location is offering a 25% discount on all food, beverages and games (including happy hour, brunch and specials) to any federal government employee who presents their government ID to their server before ordering. The special does not apply to private parties or merchandise.

Radiator is offering a complimentary Furlough Fix cocktail.

El Techo is offering guests (with a valid federal government ID) a free plate of chicken, rib, OG, or veggie nachos with a $10 purchase or more. The deal is valid between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. every Tuesday through Thursday.

Urbana is offering their $10 pizza and beer special (margherita pizza and happy hour beer) to all federal employees any time during the shutdown.

Zita Rica is offering a 10% discount for federal employees with ID.


We’ll be updating this as closings and specials are announced.