Shutdown Specials and Activities Around Town

Photo by PoPville flickr user justinbc

From Meridian Pint [11th and Park Rd, NW]:

“We will open for LUNCH at noon. We will be offering 3 different $5 to help out those who are about to receive a smaller paycheck. We will also be offering a 10% to those who can provide a Federal ID from 12-5pm.”

From Sixth and I [6th and I St, NW]:

“As a government shutdown looms, Sixth & I is opening its doors to affected employees and anyone else who needs a place to hang out during this period of uncertainty. Should a shutdown go into effect, Shutdown Central will begin Tuesday, October 1 at 10:00 am and be open each weekday until an agreement is reached.

Government employees comprise a significant portion of Sixth & I’s community so we wanted to make sure that they had a place to go should they be affected, generating the idea behind Shutdown Central.

Throughout the day, there will be Political Ping Pong (red versus blue, with photos of certain government officials on the paddles), bipartisan board games, reading materials, constant streaming of The West Wing, and an informal meeting space with all of the essentials for non-essentials—free coffee, food, and Wifi.”

Lots more after the jump.

From Duffy’s [2106 Vermont Avenue, NW]:

“These specials with any Federal ID Mondays Thru Thursdays after 10pm as long as the shut down lasts:

$2 Brews – Tall Boy PBR, Natty Boh, Miller Lite, Coors Light

$5 Jameson shots”

From Z Burger:

“Because of #GovernmentShutdown #FREE #Burgers @zburger AtTenleySW (4321 Wisonsin Ave, NW) ,ColHgts (3301 14th St NW) & Arl (3325 Wilson Blvd) for Federal #Furlough Workers11a-1p&5-7p 1/PersnW/id #shutdown”

From Sprinkles cupcakes [3015 M Street, NW]:

“Federal employees can show their employee ID at the Sprinkles store in Georgetown and receive a free cupcake on Tuesday, October 1st.”

From the National Building Museum [401 F Street, NW]:

“In the event of a government shutdown, the National Building Museum will remain open during regular hours: Monday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm; Sunday, 11 am–5 pm.”

From Menchie’s [1939 12th Street, NW]:

“20% off any size portion of Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, with as many toppings as you want!”

From Posto [1515 14th Street, NW]:

“In the event of a government shutdown, POSTO will offer the following “Shutdown Specials” for the duration of the shutdown for ALL patrons seated in the BAR AREA (Bar and Communal Table).. You only need to spend a Lincoln ($5) and a Hamilton ($10) for a delicious dinner!

“B-S” Ravioli $10
Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli in brown butter, sage, and garlic, with crushed amaretti cookies.

Glass of Vino for $5
rosso piceno superiore doc montepulciano/sangiovese – de Angelis (red) $5
inzolia/grillo blend sicilia igt – Fondo Antico (white) $5


In appreciation for famed Italian cookbook author Marcella Hazan who passed away on Sunday, POSTO will be offering a Granita di Caffè con Panna (Coffee Granita with whipped cream) dessert special using Marcella Hazan’s recipe all this week for $5.”

From Granville Moore’s [1238 H Street, NE]:

“#shutdown #daydrinking starts 2 pm Tuesday w @superninjashon $1 Stella n @ChefTeddy specials”

From Jose Andres:

“@chefjoseandres: a free sandwich for people furloughed, 3-5 pm, everyday until it’s over @jaleotapasbar (480 7th St NW) @ZaytinyaDC ( 701 9th St NW) @oyameldc (401 7th St NW)”

From DC Reynolds [3628 Georgia Ave, NW]:

“We’ll be open for BOGO (buy one get one free) from 11-9. Let us know if your getting an unpaid holiday?”

From Kangaroo Boxing Club [3410 11th St, NW]:

“$3.00 Screwdrivers from Noon to 5pm! Your first one is free with a Federal ID!”

From the National Museum of Women in the Arts [1250 New York Avenue, NW]:

“I wanted to let you know that the National Museum of Women in the Arts will offer free admission to any furloughed employees in the event of a government shutdown. The employees just need to show their federal government IDs at the admission desk. This will include our two special exhibitions American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s and Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger.”

From the Coupe [11th and Monroe St, NW]:

“50cent Happy Hour Extended for Government Shutdown 2-8 pm

Dine For Pennies With The Coupe’s Happy Hour Specials:
Normally Available Monday through Friday 5:00 to 8:00 pm; however for the Government Shutdown, The Coupe will extend it’s incredible Happy Hour specials from 2-8 pm including, 50 cent Sriracha-Glazed Chicken Wings, Deviled Eggs garnished with gravlax, chives, and creme fraiche, Stuffed Medjool Dates with spiced Marcona Almond and Camembert Cheese, wrapped in Surryano Ham, all perfect for sharing. Our newest vegetarian option is our Roasted Corn Hush Puppies.
To wash it all down, The Coupe offers drink specials include $3 Natty Boh’; $4 Rum Punch and $5 House White and House Red Wine.”

From Thaaja [1335 2nd St NE]:

“Government Shutdown Throwdown! 50% off Thaaja meals 12-2PM and 5-7PM with federal government ID. $2 beers all day! Congressmen and Women pay double…”

From President Lincoln’s Cottage [Upshur and Rock Creek Church Rd, NW]:

“President Lincoln’s Cottage, the only designated National Monument in Washington, DC and the only National Monument in the country that operates as a private non-profit without federal support, will remain open for tours throughout the government shutdown. For the duration of the government shutdown, employees of the federal government will receive 50% off adult admission with the presentation of a federal government ID. President Lincoln’s Cottage is open from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Saturday and 10:30 am – 4:30 pm on Sunday.”

From Acre 121 and Lou’s City Bar [14th and Irving St, NW]:

“Acre 121, which has a new GM, Chef, and all new menu as of last week, is offering extended happy hour until 8pm for all, plus patrons with a government ID get $10 Burger, BBQ, & Beer specials: choice of The 121 Burger, House Made Veggie Burger, or Pulled Pork Sandwich with select draft or bottled beer for $10.

Lou’s City Bar is offering happy hour all day for the shutdown to patrons with a government ID. Today is slider specials priced at 2 for $5 and 4 for $9, plus a select beer, wine or cocktail for $5.”

From Cork Wine Bar (1720 14th St NW) and Cork Market (1805 14th St NW):

“Cork Market & Tasting Room: 10% off to all government employees on wine, beer and retail items — Government ID Required

Cork Wine Bar: Happy Hour Pricing on Wine — All Day All Night until the Hill kids start acting like grownups and end this Insanity”

From Kramerbooks [1517 Connecticut Ave NW]:

“In recognition of the government shutdown, we are offering Happy Hour prices for all from opening to closing (in the bar only): $5 all beers, rail drinks; house wine. Members of Congress pay double.”

From Annie’s Ace Hardware [ 1240 Upshur St NW]:

“The Government May Be Shut Down but We Aren’t

Now’s the time to tackle some big or small projects around the house. Show your Federal Government ID Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5p.m. and receive 5% off on your total purchase…Go ahead, paint that living room, clean up your yard, fix that wobbly handle that’s been driving you nuts. We’ve got all you need and happy, helpful folks to answer your questions. This offer is good on all regularly priced items and will continue until the government shut down ends! No rain checks or special orders but you can combine with Ace reward coupons.”

From Howard Theatre:

“WHAT: The historic “theater for the people” is offering special ticket pricing to this week’s upcoming shows to Federal government employees affected by the government shutdown

WHEN: Federal government employees can receive free entry to the following shows:

Tuesday, October 1 | 8pm Michael Rose with Sly & Robbie

Wednesday, October 2 | 8pm Big Boi of Outkast with Killer Mike, Fishawk and Renegade

Friday, October 4 | 7:30pm & 10:30pm Take 6

Saturday, October 5 | 7:30pm Alice Russell

Sunday, October 6, The Howard Theatre will offer a 50% off discount to federal government employees to Rufus featuring SLY STONE

WHERE: 620 T Street NW, Washington DC

WHY: Because the government may be shut down, but the show must go on

HOW: Federally-employed music fans MUST come to The Howard Theatre box office with a valid federal government ID to gain entry to the shows listed above.”

From Glen’s Garden Market [2001 S St, NW]:

“We wanted to reach out and let you know that we will be holding a Snark & Sarcasm #Shutdown2013 Party for all “non-essential” goverment employees. Your first round is on us from 10am-12pm, all week. Drafts from our all-local taps are only $4 after that.

Craft beer will get us through this thing, friends.

We are a new part neighborhood grocery, part full-time farmer’s market in Dupont Circle. 2001 S STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC (FRONT ENTRANCE ON 20TH STREET)”

From Piola [2208 14th St, NW]:

“40% of all food and $2.95 for any beer with proof of gov’t I.D.”

From Clyde’s:

“Clyde’s of Georgetown:

All Cans of Beer $3
Leinekugel’s Summer Shandy Draft $4
Starr Hill Starr Pils Draft $4
All Absolut and Maker’s Mark Cocktails $4
Fireball and Rumchata Shots $4
Rosemount Shiraz $5 Glass
Blue Plate Specials under $10

Clyde’s of Chevy Chase:
20% entire check with valid government ID (excluding lobster special)”

From the Dance Institute of Washington [3400 14th Street, NW]:

“Attention D.C.! The Dance Institute of Washington is now offering a 2 for 1 Adult Dance Drop-In special for all government employees who have been furloughed in light of the recent shutdown! Beat Your “Government Shutdown” Blues In One Of Our Modern, Hip Hop, Ballet, Or Zumba Dance Classes Now!

If you are a government employee who is currently furloughed, just make sure that you present your official Government I.D. to our front desk staff when paying for your first class to receive the special 2 for 1 offer!”

9 Comment

  • justinbc

    That photo is actually from Mockingbird Hill, where they’re also giving away a free glass of sherry to all Federal employees!

  • Prince Of Petworth

    Gotta give props to @mlxa

    “DC’s Vietnamese restaurants are really missing out if they’re not offering a “Pho-lough” Special during shutdown.”

  • clevelanddave

    The 6th and I thing seems kinda silly. We’re not working for a few days, not thrown out on the streets.

    • Thank you. This is getting ridiculous. The number of people I had in my bar today expecting deals for federal employees beyond the normal happy hour deals, like they’re some trod upon class, had me sick. If you were really that concern about your wallet, you would stay home and save a little, instead of throwing a Shutdown Party like you’re a kid and school was cancelled.

      • Good luck to “your bar” when we do head home and start eating beans and rice to make it. The deals are to get us in the door when we know we can’t afford it…

      • Hey big bad anonymous bar man… why not post the name of your establishment so we know where to NEVER go…

  • Old Dominion Brewhouse at the Convention Center has Happy Hour Specials ALL DAY with a government ID during the government shutdown. HH Specials include $3.75 draft beers (31 beers on tap) $5 food specials and $4 sushi roll specials (except no sushi on Wednesdays)

  • Imagination Stage is also offering 50% off tickets to weekday performances of “Lulu and the Brontosaurus” during the shutdown. Use code “Shutdown” online or through the box office to redeem!

  • Are government contractors eligible?

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