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State of the Union Watching and Road Closures (Take 2)

by Prince Of Petworth January 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm 12 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user [F]oxymoron

Sorry there was a glitch in the commenting yesterday:

“Dear PoPville,

Any good bar recommendations for watching the State of the Union? (Particularly in the H Street area?)”

For H St, NE – where do you think would be the best spot – Argonaut (1433 H St NE)? Smith Commons upstairs (1245 H St, NE)? Star and Shamrock (1341 H St, NE)? The Big Board (421 H St NE)?

How about elsewhere in the city? Anyone hear of good specials?

And here’s a list of street closures from DDOT:

The U.S. Capitol Police has provided the following information for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address that will take place in the U.S. Capitol at approximately 9:00 p.m. tomorrow, January 24, 2012.

Restricted Access – Capitol Square
The Capitol Square will be restricted to event credentialed authorized pedestrians only beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

Street Closures
The U.S. Capitol Police will put the following street closures affecting vehicular traffic into effect on January 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. and will lift these street closures when this event has concluded:

North Side of Capitol Square
D Street, NE between 2nd Street, NE and Louisiana Avenue, NW
C Street, NE between 2nd Street, NE and Louisiana Avenue, NW
Constitution Avenue between 2nd Street, NE and Louisiana Avenue, NW
Delaware Avenue between Columbus Circle and Constitution Avenue, NE
New Jersey Avenue, NE between Louisiana Avenue, and D Street, NE
Pennsylvania Avenue between 1st Street, and 3rd Street, NW
East Capitol Street between 2nd Street, and 1st Street, NE/SE
1st Street between Columbus Circle, NE and C Street, SE
1st Street between Louisiana Avenue, NW and Washington Avenue, SW

South Side of Capitol Square
Maryland Avenue, SW between 1st Street, and 3rd Street, SW
Independence Avenue between 2nd Street, SE and Washington Avenue, SW
C Street between 1st Street, SE and Washington Avenue, SW
Delaware Avenue between Washington Avenue, SW and C Street, SW
New Jersey Avenue between Independence Avenue, and D Street, SE
South Capitol Street between Independence Avenue and D Street, SE/SW

  • Anonymous

    I’lll be stuck at home alone watching all by my lonesome. Bring beer!

    So cute, my 3 year old calls it the “Barack Obama Flag” & I just love it.

  • anon

    “The Big Board” is closed Tuesdays, so: not there.

    • Mischa

      how did your icon get these cool shades??

      • anon

        Dark Magic

        • dt

          I prefer light magic.

  • Independent

    About the State of the Union:
    I don’t watch in public – I have to be at home where I can have the remote in hand, ready to channel surf away when it gets too much. That’s not a partisan statement; it’s been true for me for years, regardless of who’s in office. This one could be worse than usual though – the election is not for ten months; I am in no mood for a full-blown campaign speech yet.

    And whatever one thinks of Reagan, I regret that he turned the speech into a show & tell moment – who’s in the gallery? I don’t care.

  • Anonymous

    All four Busboys locations are having watch parties. I know it’s not on H Street, and I don’t know about specials, but they generally draw a pretty chill crowd (and the food is fantastic.)

  • Anonymous

    Ventnor Sports Bar (on 18th) has a viewing party and does a jello shot special during the SOTU, when the POTUS says a particular word or phrase.

  • At first I thought the pic for this post was a clever take on Obama and the unemployment measure U1 (Persons unemployed 15 weeks or longer, as a percent of the civilian labor force). Clearly, I am a huge data (and Scrabble) nerd.

  • Smith Commons will be open and showing the address. Great drinks and food. good crowd.. Come on by!!!

  • Anonymous

    Boundary Stone is airing it too… I’m in agreement with Independent… Political afterthoughts at a bar would end me either in handcuffs or on a gurney…

  • JCM

    Do other cities have SOTU watch parties or is this a DC thing? Not a rhetorical question – I’ve never watched one anywhere else.


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