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You might not be getting paid today, but local restaurants and bars want nothing more than to shower you in cheap / free food and cheap / free drinks. It’s not a bad tradeoff.


The Bird – You can’t just spend your money drinking all day! You gotta get some food in there too. Make your way over to The Bird for their Art of the Ordeal special, which includes Korean wings and your choice of draft beer for $8.

Buredo – I’m still very wary of the fusion monster that is the sushi burrito, but if you have fewer qualms than me, Buredo is offering a 15% discount on in store purchases if you bring your federal ID.

Carmine’s – Heading out for a midday lunch after spending your morning sleeping in and watching Netflix (I assume this is what everyone is doing, it’s what I’d be doing)? Head to Carmine’s where they’ll slip you an extra jumbo meatball for free.

Cava – Get 10% off your bowl / or pita! This applies for all of the D.C., Maryland and Virginia locations, so you don’t need to trek downtown to get in on the deal if you live in the ‘burbs.

Hank’s Oyster Bar – Treat the furlough like a sweet unexpected vacation by eating your weight in oysters at Hank’s. Enjoy their happy hour oyster prices all day long at all of their locations.

Jinya Ramen Bar – The first 100 federal employees who come in on Monday will get 50% off select menu items. Hopefully one of the items is ramen!

Merzi – Get 20% off you meal with your federal worker ID. A cheap lunch is our favorite kind of lunch.

Pow Pow – Need something to eat after sampling all those happy hour deals? Get 25% off your meal with your federal ID at Pow Pow.

The Quill – Come to The Jefferson and eat your fill of $2 fries during the shutdown. This is the excuse you’ve been looking for to quit that new diet.

Sugar Shack – You may not be at work, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need your regular coffee fix. Get a free coffee of any size with any purchase at Sugar Shack.

Taco Bamba – Get a free taco with your government ID! There’s nothing more to say! Their tacos are incredible!

Think Food Group – Make your way to Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel or China Chilcano for a free sandwich between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. this week. We say this all the time, but José is truly one of our favorite people.

Z-Burger Tenleytown – One of the best food deals you can get, the Z-Burger in Tenleytown is offering a free burger to anyone with a government idea. Be sure to grab a shake too, they’re pretty solid.


Bourbon – Get your fill of classic boozy cocktails with Bourbon’s shutdown special. While the furlough is going on, you can grab $10 Manhattans, Old Fashioneds and Sazeracs all night.

Cafe Berliner – You’re an overachiever aren’t you? You don’t just want to get day drunk, that’s not your style. You want to get day obliterated and boy do I know the place. Hit up Cafe Berliner where you can get a full liter of beer for $10 until the shutdown is over.

Capitol Lounge – Get ready for a cocktail menu full of jokes. Capitol Lounge has a new menu of shutdown themed drinks and if you have a federal employee idea, you can get them for the low price of $5 everyday of the shutdown. I’d personally go for the C’Mon Chuck (Woodchuck Cider + Fireball) or the Affordable Beer Act (Natty Boh + Montezuma Blue Tequila), keep it simple.

Carmine’s – It’s happy hour all day long if you have one of those sweet federal employee IDs!

Cork Wine Bar and Market – It doesn’t matter if you’d prefer to drink in the comfort of your home or outside with the people, Cork has you covered. They’re offering 10% off all their wine and beer plus happy hour wine prices at the bar all day and night.

DCity Smokehouse – Eat delicious BBQ and enjoy happy hour priced drinks until the shutdown is over. The more money you save on alcohol, the more money you can spend on BBQ.

Dino’s Grotto – Happy hour lasts forever at Dino’s. And by forever I mean every night until the shutdown is over! Their $8 negronis will surely dull your pain.

Federalist Pig – BYT’s favorite D.C. BBQ place is offering $3 Narragansett’s until the shutdown ends. If you’re going to drink a cheap beer, Narragansett is a great choice.

Glen’s Garden Market – Glen’s $4 beers are already cheap as hell, but if you have a federal ID your first beer is for free. There’s nothing better than a free brew.

Granville Moore’s – You might not be getting paid, but you can forget all about your sorrows by downing some cheap drafts at Granville Moore’s. That’s what you dream about doing while you’re at work anyway.

Hank’s Cocktail Bar – Warm yourself up with some delicious $9 hot toddies plus all day happy hour prices.

Hank’s Pasta Bar – Fill your body with carbs and go to town on happy hour priced drinks at Hanks! This kind of sounds like my perfect day. If any of you want to bring the BYT office pasta and drinks, we’d be into it.

Hawk ‘n’ Dove – It’s a happy hour all day kind of day at the Capitol Hill bar.

Logan Tavern – Get your fill of their all day happy hour, plus some sweet $5 drafts.

Mayflower Hotel – Happy hour is starting early at Edgar. Swing by the hotel bar at 2pm and kick your day drinking off early.

The Pug – One of our favorite bars on H Street might be a no politics zone, but they feel your pain and are offering a sweet 30% off. Also chips are a dollar off, if that helps.

Ocean Prime – The mad folks at Ocean Prime are kicking off happy hour at 11:30 a.m. Perfect for those early risers.

Queen Vic – The Queen Vic might be a British bar, but they’re empathetic to the struggles of our federal workers. And by that I mean, they’re offering 30% off all drafts for federal employees.

Roofers Union – Your favorite Adams Morgan beer bar is celebrating the shutdown with two themed cocktails. If you’re into mezcal, go for the Trumpty Dumpty Sat On a Wall, which features mezcal, agave, grapefruit bitters and Jerry Thomas bitters, plus some lemon. More of a gin fan? The Orange Toddler brings booze and veggies together by mixing gin, carrot juice, velvet falernum, ginger and lemon. I think that almost makes it healthy. Almost.

Tyber Creek – Bring your federal ID and you can enjoy their all day happy hour specials. There’s nothing a cold glass of booze can’t solve.

Union Pub – It doesn’t matter if you have a federal ID or not, Union Pub is serving up $4 rail cocktails all day and night until the shutdown is over. Booze truly is the great equalizer.

Wisdom – Grab your federal worker ID and get ready to get gin drunk. Wisdom will be keep their happy hour menu going all night, which includes $2 off of house infused gin and tonics, $6 rail drinks and more.