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Bridget Johnson


October 1, 2013 - 6:39 am

Restaurants and bars around the Beltway are offering free and discounted food and drink to furloughed federal employees on the first day of the shutdown — with some expressly stating that members of Congress aren’t eligible.

A sampling of the deals, being rounded up and updated by Washington City Paper:


2413 Columbia Pike, Arlington

The cocktail bar will offer Furlough Foolery—a fall-inspired punch with bourbon, apple, and celery—for $4 a glass during happy hour from 5 to 7:44 p.m. weekdays.

The Daily Dish

8301 Grubb Road, Silver Spring

Get a free cup of regular coffee—no purchase necessary. “It’s on our house (as opposed to the House of Representatives),” the restaurant writes on its Facebook page.


3015 M St. NW

Show a federal government ID and receive a free cupcake on Oct. 1.


All D.C. locations

Federal workers can get a free burger when they show their government IDs. The promotion will continue every day of the government shutdown from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

1308 G St. NW

Show a federal or District government ID and receive one free doughnut or chicken purchase as long as the shutdown lasts.


425 7th St. NW

Carmine’s CEO Jeff Bank is offering any of the restaurant’s nine private rooms for free to President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House Speaker John Boehner to hammer out an agreement over spaghetti and meatballs. For the rest of us, there’s the $12 Olive Branch cocktail with Plymouth gin, olives, pickled onions, and rosemary.

Pork Barrel BBQ

2312 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria

Free pulled pork sandwich for any government employee with ID—excluding congressmen.

Union Tap House

3412 Connecticut Ave. NW

Happy hour will go from 4:30 p.m. to close. Federal employees who bring in their furlough notices will receive a free dessert (while supplies last).

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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it isn't enough that they dine at the public trough? now they get preferential treatment in public places? if i lived in the DC area i'd boycott any place that gave the gov't "workers" freebies not available to all.
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Can you blame them? DC is a company town. A lot of restaurants rely on fed works having lunch, dinner or happy hours. If they stay home, no business.
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The lines may rival those of soup kitchens. We'll see if this lasts.
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