Where to Find Government Shutdown Food and Drink Deals Around DC

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

Across the Pond
1732 Connecticut Ave., NW
Federal employees get a 10-percent discount at this Dupont sports pub (not valid on specials). Happy hour has also been extended from 4 to 8 PM on weekdays with $3 pilsners and $5 beer specials. During Friday happy hour, find $1 oysters.

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.

BBQ Bus Smokehouse
5830 Georgia Ave., NW
Federal employees and contractors affected by the shutdown get 25-percent off the entire menu.

The Big Stick
20 M St., SE
Find happy hour prices, including $4 rail drinks, draft beers, and house wine, from 11:30 AM to 7 PM, and food is 18-percent off.

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.

All DC-area locations
From Jan. 16 through 18, the salad chain will offer free warm bowls to federal workers between 6 and 8 PM.

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

DC Brau
3178 Bladensburg Road, NE, Suite B
Furloughed workers can get a percentage discount in the tasting room based on how long the shutdown lingers. On day 13, federal employees get 13-percent off. On day 15, 15-percent off. The discount is not valid on Fridays when flagship beers are half-off anyway.

District Doughnut
Multiple locations
Federal employees get a complimentary cup of Compass Coffee with any purchase throughout the shutdown.

El Techo
606 Florida Ave., NW
The rooftop bar of this Mexican restaurant has transformed in Selva, a jungle-themed pop-up for winter. Government employees receive a free “#NachoWall” (basically just a heaping plate of nachos) with any purchase of $10 or more between 5 and 8 PM every Tuesday through Thursday while the shutdown lasts.

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Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants
Multiple locations
Fiola, Fiola Mare, Del Mar, and Sflogina downtown and in Van Ness are offering all government workers a 20-percent discount on their “Maria” menus (normally $26). The healthy three-course lunch comes with a glass of kombucha from Craft Kombucha.

1730 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Four specialty cocktails are $5 all night starting at 4 PM—until further notice.

Good Stuff Eatery 
303 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
All federal employees get a free snack fry and fountain drink with the purchase of a burger at the Capitol Hill location only.

Gregorys Coffee
All DC locations
Government employees get a free 12-ounce coffee, including lattes and cappuccinos, until the shutdown ends.

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.

Jinya Ramen Bar
Multiple locations
Half-priced happy hour lasts from 4 to 7 PM on weekdays with deals in buns, mini tacos, cocktails, beer, wine, and sake.

The Meatball Shop
1720 14th St., NW
Everyone—not just government employees–can take advantage of half-off draft beer, Meatball Shop-branded wine, and well drinks as well as 50-cent mini buffalo chicken balls all day long until the shutdown ends.

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

The Passenger
1539 7th St., NW 
The Shaw bar will host a “Shutdown Saturday” party on January 12 with furloughed government employees as guest bartenders and special themed cocktail menu. Federal workers also get 20-percent off.

Pizzeria Paradiso
All locations
All government employees and contractors (show a business card) can enjoy a meal for two for $30, The deal includes any two appetizers and a 12-inch pizza.

Punch Bowl Social
4238 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1180, Arlington
The Arlington venue is offering a 25-percent discount on all food, drinks, and games (including happy hour, brunch, and specials). Show a government ID before ordering. The deal does not apply to private parties and merchandise.

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

Santa Rosa Taqueria
313 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Buy one Sauza margarita, get one free for all federal employees.

Multiple locations
All DC-area locations will offer free signature salads to government workers from 6 to 8 PM on Friday through Sunday.

Taco Bamba
777 I St., NW
At the Chinatown location only, furloughed workers get one complimentary traditional taco per day.

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.

Valor Brewpub
723 8th St SE
The Barracks Row restaurant and brewery is offering happy hour-priced drinks and $7 food specials (such as Korean fried chicken and cauliflower fried rice) from 4 PM to close through December 30.

We, The Pizza
305 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
All day on Jan. 11, all federal employees can get a free slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza.

Multiple locations
Get a free pizza from 6 to 8 PM at any location.

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Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.