The State of the Union is scheduled to begin at 9, but many bars will start filling up around 8, so make sure to grab a spot early.
Where: Busboys and Poets
What: Catch the address on any one of the TVs in the main room at the 14th and V streets location, but most of the energy will be going toward the weekly open mike. The Shirlington and K Street locations will also be showing the speech and the responses in “free and open” watch parties.
Where: Lounge 201
What: Half-price martinis (including a red-state and blue-state special) all night.
Where: Local 16
What: There are still a few free tickets left for “Together We Thrive,” a celebration of unity. There’ll be a chance to network and watch the address, followed by a DJ and dancing. RSVP using EventBrite. Starts at 6:30.
Where: Hawk ’n’ Dove
What: The legendary political bar will show the speech and responses on 16 TVs, while viewers sip $3.50 Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale all night.
Where: Capitol Lounge
What: Watch the speech in surround sound at the Hill-staffer hangout while chowing down on 25-cent wings.
Where: Ventnor Sports Cafe
What: Pick a word and take a dollar shot every time the POTUS utters it. Suggestions include “health-care,” “economy,” and “Iraq.”
Where: Union Pub
What: With 26 screens, including a 100-inch projection on the patio, you’ll be able to catch every word. Show your support with $5 blue or red martinis, or just relax with $12 Bud Light and Union Pub Amber pitchers or $4 Skyy vodka drinks.