Food and Drink Specials For Tonight’s Presidential Debate

Because alcohol and politics go together

Photo by Flickr user Fabrizio Sciami.

Need a drink to get through the final presidential debate? Here are the local bars and restaurants offering deals. (If you know of more bars offering specials, let us know, and we’ll update this list.)

Bar Dupont

1500 New Hampshire Ave., NW

Cocktails inspired by the candidates will cost $7 instead of $12. Inspired by Donald Trump, “The Best Word” is made of Aperol, gin, house-made cherry liqueur, and Yellow Chartreuse. Inspired by Hillary Clinton, “Unfinished Business” is made of bourbon, espresso liqueur, vermouth, and Angostura bitters.

Boundary Stone

116 Rhode Island Ave., NW

The Bloomingdale bar’s own “5-Spot” Session IPA (a collaboration with DC Brau) will cost $5 all night.

The Brixton

901 U St., NW

Two $6 cocktails inspired by the candidates will be available. “The Blonde Mule” contains gin, lemon juice, honey tea, bitters, and ginger beer, while “Trick or Trump” includes bourbon, bitters, and simple syrup.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

950 I St., NW

The steakhouse will offer blue and red versions of the VIP, its signature cocktail featuring clementine vodka infused with fresh Hawaiian pineapple.

James Hoban’s Irish Bar & Restaurant

1 Dupont Circle, NW

Customers will be able to snack on free popcorn.

Lou’s City Bar

1400 Irving St., NW

The bar is holding a “Halfy Hour” with 50 percent off all drafts all night.

Old Engine 12 Firehouse Restaurant

1626 N. Capitol St., NW

Specials include $7 lamb ribs, $3 pork tacos, and $4 Stoli shots and cocktails.

Penn Social

801 E St., NW

Look out for $4 beer specials.


1433 P St., NW

Trivia will start at 7:30 pm, followed by debate bingo at 9 pm. Each trivia team will get four debate bingo cards, and prizes will be handed out to the winners.

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