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September 2, 2014

Flashback: Moira Bagley Smith’s Guide to Hill Booze Scene

Flashback: Moira Bagley Smiths Guide to Hill Booze Scene

Bagley Smith chronicled the intricacies of flip cup at the Ugly Mug during her time at Roll Call. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

By now, you’ve seen the announcement that Moira Bagley Smith is joining the staff of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., as communications director.

While on staff here at Roll Call in the aughts, Bagley Smith wrote regularly for our old Mug Shots feature. In that role, she brought readers to Sonoma just a year after the wine bar opened, to board games at Trusty’s and to a flip cup tournament at The Ugly Mug.

“The bar sport — a beer-chugging, cup-flipping relay race — is a test of concentration and nerves, rather than strength,” Bagley Smith said in describing flip cup in 2006.

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July 30, 2014

Gabbard, Meng, Sinema Help Launch ‘Cocktails for Change’

EMILY’s List is hoping to connect more young professionals with the growing universe of female Democrats via its fledgling “Cocktails for Change” initiative.

Freshman lawmakers Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Grace Meng of New York and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona are scheduled to participate in the inaugural reception, set to take place Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Policy (1904 14th St. NW).

According to an EMILY’s List spokeswoman, the evening is meant to be fun — “We’ll be featuring the EMILY’s Twist (a version of a lemon drop),” the aide said of the featured cocktail — with a little positive messaging mixed in. Those lucky enough to snag a spot at Wednesday’s kick-off should expect to hear inspiring words from the  assembled solons, as well as from EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock.

Didn’t make the initial cut? (Sorry folks, they’re full up this time around.)

Dry those tears.

EMILY’s List is just getting started with its happy hour diplomacy. Female pols-in-training heading to the West Coast during recess can look forward to a similarly themed happening in San Francisco come late August.

And, don’t worry, EMILY’s List is not done stirring things up here in D.C.

June 17, 2014

Dave Brat Karaoke Event Canceled…For Now

Did stage fright keep Dave Brat away from a karaoke fundraiser scheduled for Thursday night?

According to the event’s spokesman, it was actually a scheduling conflict.

Libertarian coalition builder Matthew Hurtt announced Tuesday that Brat will not be attending the fundraiser scheduled for Thursday night. Hurtt told HOH that Brat plans to spend the evening in Virginia’s 7th District, at a local Republican Committee meeting.

Brat’s shocking win over outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., last week inspired the event, which was hosted by Liberty Karaoke. The group brings local libertarians together each week for sing-alongs and also raises money for “pro-liberty” candidates.

“Mr. Brat is dedicating his time to getting to know the people of Virginia’s 7th District,” Hurtt wrote on the event’s Facebook page. “All too often, politicians go to Washington and forget about their constituents. Mr. Brat is committed to being a citizen legislator in the mold of our Founders, and that’s important.”

Hurtt said he hopes to reschedule the fundraiser and he looks forward to finding another date that will work with Brat’s schedule.

May 22, 2014

Hank’s on the Hill Woos Whiskey Drinkers

Our local Hank’s (633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) is celebrating being in the running for a RAMMY award by offering up a special Jameson-spiked cooler on Thursday night.

Mixtress Gina Chersevani, potential heir to the 2014 Cocktail Program of the Year crown, assures HOH she’ll be shaking up “It’s All About the Benjamin’s” — a frozen drink featuring the aforementioned Irish whiskey, spiced sweet vermouth and atomized lemon — for only $5 (regular price: $12) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. this evening.

The promotion is part of a citywide cocktail jamboree orchestrated by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington in anticipation of the June 22 gala.

Additional participants include:

  • Black Jack (1612 14th St. NW): Hosting a RAMMYs-themed carnival from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. complete with drink tickets, fair games, fried foods and raffles.
  • Bourbon Steak (2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW): This high roller is expected to dole out kifu, a blend of Hangar One vodka, Cointreau, ginger, lemon and basil, shaken (not stirred) and garnished with candied ginger.
  • The Gibson (2009 14th St. NW): This cocktail haven is going pre-Prohibition, rolling out classic concoctions for $8 a pop from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the upstairs bar.
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon (2007 18th St. NW): The multi-level drinking den is spreading specialty cocktails all around. Terrace-goers can sip the Sao Paolo Sunset and Back Porch; Saloon patrons will be privy to The Art of Deception and Like Strawberry Shine; those who descend into Dram & Grain will be treated to Ode to Omaha and Skye High. Each drink will set guests back $10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

May 20, 2014

Dave Camp Aide Extracts Reality Show From Dustbin of History

“Spymaster USA” alumnus James Brandell — aka chief of staff to retiring Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., to you civvies — is marking the 10-year anniversary of his brief flirtation with reality TV stardom by screening the pilot episode of the short-lived show Wednesday night at 201 Bar (201 Massachusetts Ave. NE).

Dave Camp Aide Extracts Reality Show From Dustbin of History

(CQ Roll Call Photo Illustration)

Brandell is resurrecting the British export (their version of the show survived for several seasons) in a bid to have a little fun while raising money for his latest Leukemia & Lymphoma Society campaign.

There is no charge to attend the two-hour extravaganza (think: drinks and chitchat from 6-7 p.m. and intense scrutiny of the unfolding melodrama from 7-8 p.m.), though Brandell would certainly welcome any contributions that arts aficionados would care to make.

“This is my kind of way of giving back,” the endurance sports vet told HOH of the low-key get-together.

Brandell originally made it his mission to stamp out cancer after his mother, the late Mary Ellen Brandell, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008. He has since found another reason to keep up the good fight: his boss’ withering — but successful! — battle with lymphoma.

For those of you who missed the weekly nail-biter the first time around, the cult classic featured a handful of starry-eyed Capitol Hill denizens angling to enjoy just a taste of the spy game.

Given that no footage of the U.S.-based production remains in circulation — Brandell said a friend had the incredible foresight to burn a copy of the original The Learning Channel broadcast onto a DVD so many years ago — just imagine that this tense exchange from the U.K. programme was happening in a dilapidated cottage just south of Richmond, Va.:

In addition to Brandell, show-runners tapped Stephanie Whelpley, a Senate GOP aide who later worked her way up through the George W. Bush administration, as well as a certain then-tax reporter who may still be covering Congress today, to share in the pseudo-covert escapades. (For those who didn’t scour Tax Notes in the early part of the last decade, or follow other parts of this reporter’s un-IMDB-able show-biz career, keep digging.)

Do your part by drinking heavily (201 Bar is kicking back 10 percent of the booze tab to Brandell’s Team in Training efforts) while watching ex-Delta Force member cum “Spymaster USA” consultant Eric L. Haney put the would-be recruits through hell.

May 16, 2014

Roll Call Trivia: The Answers

Compiled by Margaret Prothier

Okay, are you stumped yet? Last week, we posted the trivia questions from our Taste of America Roll Call kickoff party.

The winners (“Team Linked” — Oscar Santillana, Emma Chaiken, Linda Santiago, Amanda Kaster and Chris Averill) scored 12 points.

Here are the answers, did you beat them?

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Binge Drink to Brad Ingwell’s Health!

Local bartender Brad Ingwell may have to go through cancer treatment, but his pals in the industry are not going to let him do it alone.

Binge Drink to Brad Ingwell’s Health!

(Courtesy 201 Bar)

Fellow hospitality vets Paige Farrell and Mike Haigis dreamed up “Brad-a-Palooza” as a way to raise Ingwell’s spirits — and perhaps a few bucks — as he shoulders the burden of attempting to vanquish the stage 3A lung cancer diagnosis that totally blindsided him this past winter.

“We’re trying to structure it as an opportunity to raise some money and show our support,” Farrell said of the mini-bar crawl.

Liquid courage is scheduled to flow freely Friday from 6-10 p.m. at both 201 Bar and Union Pub (201 Massachusetts Ave. NE); a $50 contribution (suggested) will grant participants access to a partial open bar (rail liquor), light appetizers, live music, a photo booth, a silent auction and raffle.

Per Farrell, those more comfortable donating less can still enjoy the food and entertainment as well as signature drink specials (just no open bar).

All donations will go towards helping defray Ingwell’s out-of-pocket expenses for the ongoing medical treatment.

“I’m really touched by it,” Ingwell, who serves as area director of the two participating watering holes as well as the fledgling Barrel, said of the outpouring of support he’s received from the Capitol Hill community.

Still, he’s very much looking forward to putting this whole being sick thing behind him.

“The prognosis is relatively good. They think they can cure it,” Ingwell shared.

That’s the spirit.

May 9, 2014

Roll Call Trivia Night: Stump Your Friends

Compiled by Margaret Prothier

It’s Taste of America season, and Roll Call appropriately hosted a kickoff party this week with a trivia contest.

The winners (“Team Linked” — Oscar Santillana, Emma Chaiken, Linda Santiago, Amanda Kaster and Chris Averill) scored 12 points. Can you beat them? Put your knowledge to the test and give it a try. The questions are below. No Googling! We’ll post the answers next week.

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May 6, 2014

Arkansans Host Tornado Relief Happy Hour at Hawk ‘n’ Dove

Heartbroken Razorbacks can help funnel money back to their storm-ravaged state by attending the D.C. Chapter of the Arkansas Alumni Association’s “Helping Like a Hog” fundraiser Wednesday night at the Hawk ‘n’ Dove (320 Pennsylvania Ave. SE).

A tornado devastated central Arkansas, killing 16, on April 27. President Barack Obama is scheduled to survey the ongoing disaster relief efforts on Wednesday afternoon.

The charity happy hour is scheduled to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. and will feature assorted drink specials, including a still-in-development “Arkansas-themed” cocktail ($3) as well as discounted beer ($3 Miller Lites), house wine ($4) and rail drinks ($5).

Chapter President Spencer Lucker assured HOH that 100 percent of the donations collected at the door would flow through to the American Red Cross, which has agreed to earmark the funds for Arkansas storm relief. Although there is no set fee to attend — “We’re open to any and all donations,” Lucker suggested — every $20 contributed earns the donor one entry into a special raffle.

Prizes include two sets of tickets to upcoming games at neighboring Nationals Park (gorgeous weather and timely floor wrap-up not included), as well as a gift bag assembled by the Personal Care Products Council.

April 7, 2014

Washington State Society Hosts Oso Relief Effort

Evergreen Staters stuck here in the District want to help those back home still dealing with the aftermath of a devastating mudslide by raising a few glasses — and hopefully some big bucks — Tuesday night.

Washington State Society Hosts Oso Relief Effort

(Courtesy Washington State Society)

The Oso Mudslide Relief reception is scheduled to take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the State Room at 201 Bar (201 Massachusetts Ave. NE). There is a suggested donation of $20.

The natural disaster struck the Oso community on March 22; the administration officially took action on April 2.

Funds collected at 201 Bar are expected to benefit the United Way of Snohomish County. Event organizers are also planning a raffle featuring prizes such as an Xbox One and gift certificates to local restaurants.

Congressional aides told HOH that Washington Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene are planning to attend the fundraiser. The office of Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., said the slightly hobbled lawmaker (currently on crutches) is aware of the event, but could not guarantee his participation.

March 12, 2014

Flacks Invited to Bipartisanly Commune at Tortilla Coast

Professional mouthpieces from both sides of the aisle are priming the pumps for recess via a “Bi-Party-San Communications Mixer.”

Flacks Invited to Bipartisanly Commune at Tortilla Coast

(Courtesy DCNet)

The media-related happy hour is scheduled to take place Thursday at Tortilla Coast (400 First St. SE) from 6 to 8 p.m. (That won’t crimp your style, will it, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas?)

The event, which is being sponsored by iConstituent and Broadnet, is designed to welcome new and returning members of the Democratic Communicators Network and Republican Communications Association.

According to DCNet board chair Hannah Kim, first-timers joining the respective advisory panels include:

  • Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury, communications director for Rep. G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C.
  • Brett Morrow, communications director for Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif.
  • Alex Nguyen, communications director for Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis.
  • Rob Runyan, press secretary for Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del.
  • Michael Marinaccio, digital coordinator for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
  • Ben Miller, communications director for Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.
  • Michael Rekola, deputy press secretary for Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
  • Trevor Foughty, deputy chief of staff and communications director for Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind.

Those who swing by to congratulate the ascending messengers will be privy to two free drink tickets apiece and complimentary Tex-Mex-style appetizers.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story inadvertently listed the positions panelists hold within their respective networking groups instead of their posts on Capitol Hill.

January 31, 2014

Veggie Caucus Ready to Rock Meat-Free Week

During most of the year, members of the Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association must scrounge around for the few, non-animal-born scraps dining purveyors such as Capitol Hill contractor Restaurant Associates sparingly — and sometimes, begrudgingly — dish out to diet-conscious staffers.

Not this week.

D.C.’s fourth annual Meat-Free promotion is taking place from Feb. 3 through Feb. 10. The District-wide celebration of “green” living features daily eating, drinking and networking events for those who adhere to a plant-based lifestyle.

The festivities include: Full story

December 10, 2013

Making the Most of the Snow Day

There’s no denying it. Winter is here.

Rather than curse the crappy road conditions (and even worse, the inexperienced drivers), why not celebrate what a liberal coating of the white stuff means: We’ve got an honest-to-god snow day!

Granted, not everyone has the day off (ahem). But many folks do.

So, have a little fun today. You deserve it.

Béarnaise

Spike Mendelsohn’s steak frites joint (313 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) is serving up hot toddys ($5) as well as bowls of French onion soup au gratin partnered with a glass of wine ($10) for those who need something warm in their bellies. And everyone can enjoy all-day happy hour ($2 off any beer, glass or wine or specialty cocktail).

Bullfeathers

The Capitol Hill watering hole (410 First St. SE) is rolling out frosty beers ($3 Bud Light, Shock Top and Bullfeathers Amber Ale) and winter warmers ($5 bloody marys, hot toddys and Irish coffee) for those willing to brave the elements. Drafts of Breckenridge Vanilla Porter are also on special for $5 today.

Dupont Circle Snowball Fight

The Washington DC Snowball Fight Association has yet to make the call about unleashing hell today. Confidence is medium they’ll get into something before this all melts away.

Johnny’s Half Shell

On days like today, Johnny’s co-owner John Fulchino wishes he were back in Beantown. “In Boston every bar and restaurant would be packed,” he said. “Lots of new love was found on those snowy days.”

Alas, he’s here.

But he is open. And he’s got something special he’s raring to pour.

“I just made fresh squeezed tangerine margaritas this week. Best margarita I have ever made,” he asserted. “Impossible to just have one.” Full story

October 2, 2013

Furlough Stimulus Plans: The Master List of Comfort for Nonessentials

That government ID card might be useless around the Capitol during the shutdown, but plenty of local businesses are rolling out the red carpet to furloughees in need of gastrotherapy. We’re adding to this list all the time, so please keep coming back, and don’t forget to check in with Roll Call After Dark for some of the other specials around town revolving around the arts and sights.

Good This Week

Granville Moore’s/1238 H St. NE

$3 “under pressure” barbecue pork belly bites on special Tuesday. $1 Stella Artois for as long as owner Teddy Folkman can swing them.

“We have 10 cases of Stella coming in today. So ’till we run out’ … kinda like the budget,” Folkman told HOH.

Mockingbird Hill/1843 Seventh St. NW

One free glass of sherry poured for badge-flashers from now until Thursday.

Tortilla Coast/400 First St. SE

Wednesday and Thursday, happy hour drinks in the bar.

And while it’s not actually contingent on the government implosion, the flagship Tortilla Coast couldn’t have picked a better time to resurrect its month-long “Texas State Fair” promotion.

The Capitol Hill mainstay is celebrating all things Lone Star State from now until Oct. 20, serving up a number of dishes of downhome-style nosh that should help dull the pain of being relegated to the political sidelines for a while.

A frosty Shiner Bock Black always takes the edge off. Mini corn dogs allow you to eat your feelings, one sweet cornmeal-wrapped nibble at a time. Traditional Fritos pie makes it easy to knock off essential Tex-Mex food groups — chili, queso and corn chips (like tortillas, ‘cept different) — all in one sitting.

And what pity party is complete without a deep-fried, honey drizzled snack cake?

No ID needed to partake in Tortilla Coast’s specialty fare. And $1 of every specialty entree gets donated to the Capital Area Food Bank — because charities often have to pick up where the government leaves off.

Until It’s All Over

Art and Soul/415 New Jersey Ave. NW

Happy hour pricing — $4 regional draft beers, $5 appetizers, $7 cocktails and house wines — extended 4-8 p.m. until the shutdown ends. “Show us your government ID this week, and your second HH drink is on us,” a restaurant aide said.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken/1308 G St. NW

One free doughnut with purchase of any doughnut or chicken order for any federal or D.C. government employee with ID.

Bayou Bakery/1515 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington, Va.

Free beignets with any coffee purchase to badge-flashing patrons. Owner David Guas is mulling additional deals and plans to offer something special each day until the shutdown ends.

Boundary Road/414 H St. NE

All-day furlough happy hour deals include $5 local beers, $5 Green Hat gin and tonics and the $7 “Nonessential Combo,” partnering a Narragansett Brewing Co. tall-boy with a shot of Old Overholt rye; no (federal) ID required.

Capitol Lounge/229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

Offering one free draft beer to badge-flashing feds, Tuesday only.

Custom Fuel/1747 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Show a government ID, and, as part of Custom Fuel’s “Pizza for the People” deal, get any one of their 13 Vintage pizza varieties and a Bud or Bud Lite for $10.

Hill Country Barbecue/410 Seventh St. NW

Happy hour drink prices — $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon, $5 well shots and cocktails, $5 margaritas and $20 pitchers of margaritas — in effect for anyone with a government ID until the shutdown ends.

Johnny’s Half Shell/400 North Capitol St. NW

Newly minted cocktail “The Furloughed Fortune” — a red, white and blue cooler forged from dry gin, blue curacao, cranberry juice, lemon juice and simple syrup — available for $5 from 11:30 a.m. till closing, until the shutdown ends.

Marvin/2007 14th St. NW

All-day progressive happy hour featuring discounted Stella Artois (start at $1, climbing each hour till 4 p.m., when they level out at $4 all night), $5 rail drinks, $6 house wines and Absolut cocktails, and rolling food specials ($4 frites, $6 chicken fried oysters, $6 cheese croquettes and $9 house-smoked baby back ribs). ID required.

Molly Malone’s/713 Eighth St. SE

 

Furlough Stimulus Plans: The Master List of Comfort for Nonessentials

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

 

Rotating food and drink (think: Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, vodka cocktails) deals are available to badge-flashers from open to close.

Passion Food Hospitality

All the Passion Food properties (DC Coast, Ceiba, Acadiana, District Commons, Burger Tap and Shake, Fuego, PassionFish) are in full-time happy hour mode — half-price appetizers, $5 margaritas — until the shutdown ends.

Piola/2208 14th St. NW and 1550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.

Flash your government ID and get 40 percent off all menu items, except alcohol. Beers are $2.95, and the offer is valid as long as the government is shut down. Not valid with other promos.

Pork Barrel BBQ/2132 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.

Furlough Stimulus Plans: The Master List of Comfort for Nonessentials

(Courtesy Jessica Estepa)

The former Hill staffers behind this smokehouse are looking out for their own by serving up one pulled-pork sandwich, per day, to furloughed employees until the shutdown ends. ”Must have gov ID & EXCLUDES CONGRESSMEN,” the former congressional aides warned the Twittersphere.

Port City Brewing Co./3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, Va.

Port City is shaving 20 percent off draft pints and growler fills of the Essential Pale Ale for those who trek out to the Alexandria tasting room; no staff ID required.

Quill Bar and Lounge/1200 16th St. NW

$2 “furlough fries” available at the bar all day; no ID required.

Righteous Cheese/1309 Fifth St. NE

Those who avail themselves of the “Government Cheesedown” promotion can enjoy, with any purchase, a free sampling of Thornbridge Halcyon IPA and Montgomery’s Cheddar — “a stellar British pairing to inspire nostalgia for the good old days of King George III’s rule,” according to owner Carolyn Stromberg — from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday through Friday. ID required.

Taqueria Nacional/1409 T St. NW

Daily happy hour deals — $2 margarita or draft beer with the purchase of any two tacos on Mondays, $1 taco with purchase of any margarita or beer on Tuesdays, $9 trio (chips and salsa, one taco, one margarita) are good anytime — extended from 11 a.m. to close, until the shutdown ends.

ThinkFoodGroup

Cheflebrity José Andrés is treating all furloughees to a free sandwich, available 3-5 p.m. daily at any TFG property (Jaleo, Oyamel, Zaytinya) until the shutdown ends. ID required.

Gratis foodstuffs, available for dine in or carryout, include:

Jaleo — Flauta de Jamon Serrano (Barcelona’s bread brushed with tomato and extra virgin olive oil, jamón Serrano, manchego cheese)

Oyamel — Torta Pancita (Spiced “36 hour” Shenandoah pork belly, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, Dijon mayonnaise)

Zaytinya — Chicken Schwarma (garlic-lemon marinated chicken, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, lavash bread with garlic sauce)

Union Pub/201 Massachusetts Ave. NE

 

Furlough Stimulus Plans: The Master List of Comfort for Nonessentials

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

 

Light a fire in your belly with $3 shots of unchilled Bowman’s whiskey. Then feed your hate with $6 pizzas (your choice).

Urbana/2121 P St. NW

Progressive happy hour — usually in effect 4-7 p.m.; one extra hour will be tacked onto the tail end each night (so, 4-8 p.m. tonight, 4-9 p.m. Wednesday) — resetting every Monday, until the shutdown ends. Expect $1 oysters (served by the half- and full dozen), $5 bar snacks, $6 Absolut mixed drinks, $6 house wines and $7 specialty cocktails.

Vendetta/1212 H St. NE

One free glass of prosecco with valid government ID.

Z-Burger/Multiple area locations

Providing one free burger (plain, cheese or bacon-topped) to any badge-flashing feds — and D.C. government aides — at lunch (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and dinner (5-7 p.m.) at any of its four locations for the duration of any shutdown.

Gone, but Not Forgotten (Tuesday Deals)

Brasserie Beck/1101 K St. NW

Special two-course meal deal ($20) for all federal and military employees from open to close Tuesday, plus a $2 “Holy Acromonie Punt-e-mes,” featuring Jack Daniels cut with ginger beer and a cherry garnish.

Carmine’s/425 Seventh St. NW

Shutdown-inspired “Olive Branch” cocktail — fashioned from Plymouth gin, olives, pickled onions and rosemary — available for $12 a pop.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman suggested that CEO Jeff Bank would happily reserve one of the backrooms for a legislative huddle. “Bank says that deals are made over pasta, so he’s offering any of Carmine’s nine private rooms free to Speaker John A. Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama to hammer out an agreement over some spaghetti and meatballs,” the Carmine’s aide shared.

Clyde’s of Georgetown/3236 M St. NW

Tuesday-only shutdown specials include $3 canned beers, $4 drafts of Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and Starr Hill Pils, $4 Absolut and Maker’s Mark cocktails, $4 fireball and rumchata shots, $5 glasses of Rosemount Shiraz and $10 blue plate specials.

Clyde’s of Chevy Chase/5441 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.

Badge-flashers receive 20 percent off their entire check (lobster special, excluded), Tuesday only.

The Coupe/3415 11th St. NW

Expanded Tuesday-only happy hour (2-8 p.m.) deals include 50-cent Sriracha chicken wings, house made deviled eggs (gravlax, chives, crème fraiche), Surryano ham-wrapped dates stuffed with Marcona almonds and Camembert, roasted corn hush puppies, $3 National Bohemians, $4 rum punch and $5 house wines.

Irish Whiskey Public House/1207 19th St. NW

Happy hour drinks and $1 appetizers available to badge-flashing feds until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Nando’s Peri-Peri

The South African-style chicken joint has prepared a “Boneless Chicken, Spineless Congress” promotion whereby furloughed feds can enjoy a free butterflied chicken breast at any area location. Participants must claim the deal via Nando’s Facebook page and flash a valid ID.

“Members of Congress need not apply,” the restaurant specified in an email blast.

Sprinkles Cupcakes/3015 M St. NW

Sprinkles treated federal employees who flash a government ID to one free gourmet cupcake (any flavor) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

October 1, 2013

Freebies Galore for Congressional Castoffs (Updated)

Updated: 4:12 p.m. | That government ID card might be useless around the Capitol today, but plenty of local businesses are rolling out the red carpet to furloughees in need of gastrotherapy:

Art and Soul/415 New Jersey Ave. NW

Happy hour pricing — $4 regional draft beers, $5 appetizers, $7 cocktails and house wines — extended 4-8 p.m. until the shutdown ends. “Show us your government ID this week, and your second HH drink is on us,” a restaurant aide said.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken/1308 G St. NW

One free doughnut with purchase of any doughnut or chicken order for any federal or D.C. government employee with ID.

Bayou Bakery/1515 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington, Va.

Free beignets with any coffee purchase to badge-flashing patrons. Owner David Guas is mulling additional deals and plans to offer something special each day until the shutdown ends.

Boundary Road/414 H St. NE

All-day furlough happy hour deals include $5 local beers, $5 Green Hat gin and tonics and the $7 “Nonessential Combo,” partnering a Narragansett Brewing Co. tall-boy with a shot of Old Overholt rye; no (federal) ID required.

Brasserie Beck/1101 K St. NW

Special two-course meal deal ($20) for all federal and military employees from open to close Tuesday, plus a $2 “Holy Acromonie Punt-e-mes,” featuring Jack Daniels cut with ginger beer and a cherry garnish.

Capitol Lounge/229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

Offering one free draft beer to badge-flashing feds, Tuesday only.

Carmine’s/425 Seventh St. NW

Shutdown-inspired “Olive Branch” cocktail — fashioned from Plymouth gin, olives, pickled onions and rosemary — available for $12 a pop.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman suggested that CEO Jeff Bank would happily reserve one of the backrooms for a legislative huddle. “Bank says that deals are made over pasta, so he’s offering any of Carmine’s nine private rooms free to Speaker John A. Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama to hammer out an agreement over some spaghetti and meatballs,” the Carmine’s aide shared.

Clyde’s of Georgetown/3236 M St. NW

Tuesday-only shutdown specials include $3 canned beers, $4 drafts of Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and Starr Hill Pils, $4 Absolut and Maker’s Mark cocktails, $4 fireball and rumchata shots, $5 glasses of Rosemount Shiraz and $10 blue plate specials.

Clyde’s of Chevy Chase/5441 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.

Badge-flashers receive 20 percent off their entire check (lobster special, excluded), Tuesday only.

The Coupe/3415 11th St. NW

Expanded Tuesday-only happy hour (2-8 p.m.) deals include 50-cent Sriracha chicken wings, house made deviled eggs (gravlax, chives, crème fraiche), Surryano ham-wrapped dates stuffed with Marcona almonds and Camembert, roasted corn hush puppies, $3 National Bohemians, $4 rum punch and $5 house wines.

Granville Moore’s/1238 H St. NE

$3 “under pressure” barbecue pork belly bites on special today. $1 Stella Artois for as long as owner Teddy Folkman can swing them.

“We have 10 cases of Stella coming in today. So ’till we run out’ … kinda like the budget,” Folkman told HOH.

Hill Country Barbecue/410 Seventh St. NW

Happy hour drink prices — $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon, $5 well shots and cocktails, $5 margaritas and $20 pitchers of margaritas — in effect for anyone with a government ID until the shutdown ends.

Irish Whiskey Public House/1207 19th St. NW

Happy hour drinks and $1 appetizers available to badge-flashing feds until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Johnny’s Half Shell/400 North Capitol St. NW

Newly minted cocktail “The Furloughed Fortune” — a red, white and blue cooler forged from dry gin, blue curacao, cranberry juice, lemon juice and simple syrup — available for $5 from 11:30 a.m. till closing, until the shutdown ends.

Mockingbird Hill/1843 Seventh St. NW

One free glass of sherry poured for badge-flashers from now until Thursday.

Nando’s Peri-Peri

The South African-style chicken joint has prepared a “Boneless Chicken, Spineless Congress” promotion whereby furloughed feds can enjoy a free butterflied chicken breast at any area location. Participants must claim the deal via Nando’s Facebook page and flash a valid ID.

“Members of Congress need not apply,” the restaurant specified in an email blast.

Passion Food Hospitality

All the Passion Food properties (DC Coast, Ceiba, Acadiana, District Commons, Burger Tap and Shake, Fuego, PassionFish) are in full-time happy hour mode — half-price appetizers, $5 margaritas — until the shutdown ends.

Pork Barrel BBQ/2132 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.

The former Hill staffers behind this smokehouse are looking out for their own by serving up one pulled-pork sandwich, per day, to furloughed employees until the shutdown ends. ”Must have gov ID & EXCLUDES CONGRESSMEN,” the former congressional aides warned the Twittersphere.

Quill Bar and Lounge/1200 16th St. NW

$2 “furlough fries” available at the bar all day; no ID required.

Taqueria Nacional/1409 T St. NW

Daily happy hour deals — $2 margarita or draft beer with the purchase of any two tacos on Mondays, $1 taco with purchase of any margarita or beer on Tuesdays, $9 trio (chips and salsa, one taco, one margarita) are good anytime — extended from 11 a.m. to close, until the shutdown ends.

ThinkFoodGroup

Cheflebrity José Andrés is treating all furloughees to a free sandwich, available 3-5 p.m. daily at any TFG property (Jaleo, Oyamel, Zaytinya) until the shutdown ends. ID required.

Gratis foodstuffs, available for dine in or carryout, include:

Jaleo — Flauta de Jamon Serrano (Barcelona’s bread brushed with tomato and extra virgin olive oil, jamón Serrano, manchego cheese)

Oyamel — Torta Pancita (Spiced “36 hour” Shenandoah pork belly, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, Dijon mayonnaise)

Zaytinya — Chicken Schwarma (garlic-lemon marinated chicken, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, lavash bread with garlic sauce)

Urbana/2121 P St. NW

Progressive happy hour — usually in effect 4-7 p.m.; one extra hour will be tacked onto the tail end each night (so, 4-8 p.m. tonight, 4-9 p.m. Wednesday) — resetting every Monday, until the shutdown ends. Expect $1 oysters (served by the half- and full dozen), $5 bar snacks, $6 Absolut mixed drinks, $6 house wines and $7 specialty cocktails.

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