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Where to Find Government Shutdown Food and Drink Deals Around DC


Restaurants and bars are offering discounts and freebies to federal government employees

Donald Trump and Congress still can’t seem to reach a deal. But at least DC-area bars and restaurants are offering their own deals to help those affected by the government shutdown. Just remember to show a federal government ID unless otherwise noted.

Baked by Yael
3000 Connecticut Ave., NW
Federal employees and contractors get free coffee at this bakery across from the National Zoo while supplies last.

Capitol Lounge
229 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Find $5 cocktails with names like “Nothing Really Mattis,” “Mexico Will Pay For This,” and “Stephen Miller’s Hair Affair.”

425 7th St., NW
Whether you’re a government employee or not, take advantage of all-day happy hour specials, including a $6 bourbon and Campari “Hard times cocktails,” until the shutdown ends. From 2 to 4 PM, those with government ID get a free order of meatball sliders.

City Winery
1350 Okie St., NE
Enjoy a glass of wine at this Ivy City winery for just $1.

Hank’s Oyster Bar and Hank’s Pasta Bar
Multiple locations
All oyster bar locations (Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill, The Wharf, Old Town Alexandria) are offering all-day oyster happy hour at the bar. Hank’s Pasta Bar is offeing all-day happy hour at the bar.

ThinkFoodGroup restaurants
Multiple locations
José Andrés’s DC-area restaurants—Jaleo, Oyamel, China Chilcano, America Eats Tavern—will offer free sandwiches from 2 to 5 PM at the bar. Get a complimentary Beefsteak burger at Andrés’s fast-casual spot during the same hours.

Ornery Beer Company
3950 University Dr., Suite 209, Fairfax
Federal employees and a guest get 25-percent off their meal.

The Queen Vic
1206 H St., NE
All federal employees get an 18-percent discount on their checks.

Multiple locations
Get a free pizza from 11 AM to 2 PM at any location.

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