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Where to Watch the 2018 State of the Union Address

With some of these drink specials from DC bars, you'll be completely ripped before President Trump's third applause line.

The Satellite Room is one location around the city where you can watch the State of the Union Address. Image courtesy of Satellite Room.

There are plenty of Washington traditions that President Trump can try to rip up. But one that’s proving most resilient: drinking games for his first State of the Union address. Events scheduled for Tuesday include games that rip on Trump’s vocabulary, raise money for charities, or just offer enough discounts to keep you imbibing and snacking through the evening. Here are a few to consider:

Satellite Room
2047 9th St. NW, Washington

From 5 to 7 PM, sip on $2 well drinks and selected drafts to “pregame” the speech. Trump’s actual address will be marked with a bingo game—mentions of key phrases like “fake news” and “He’s a great guy” will help you fill in the board. And whenever Trump insults someone, you can get a “Cheap Shot,” a $1 shot at the bar.

Ventnor Sports Cafe 
2411 18th St. NW

Every time Trump says a word the bar decides on, you’ll score a $1 Jello shot. It’s also a fundraiser, proceeds from the shots go to Planned Parenthood and Ayuda, an organization that provides services for immigrants.

Union Pub
201 Massachusetts Ave., NE

The address will be played on all the TVs, and certain Trump-themed buzzwords will get you closer to winning bingo, and the prize of a free pitcher of Bud Light. The usual Tuesday specials, like $5 rail drinks and $4 bourbons, will still be on offer.

Shaw’s Tavern
520 Florida Ave., NW

The address will be played on both floors of the bar, and starting at 5 PM, you can get half-price burgers and pizza. In the drinking game here, everyone takes a sip on words like “billions” and “border.” 

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St, NW

As an alternative to watching the speech, head to “State of the Union Resistance with Busboys and Poets Books.” The night will focus on The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir, an anthology of stories inspired by conspiracy theories about former President Barack Obama. The book’s editor, Gary Phillips, will be joined by several of the writers featured for a panel discussion. The event will take place in a private room, while televisions in the rest of the restaurant are tuned to the current President’s speech.

Greta Jochem
Editorial Fellow