Look at it this way: a government shutdown equals more time—and reason—to drink. And whether you are furloughed or not, there are plenty of food and drink specials around town. We’ll continue to update this list as long as the shutdown lasts. If you know of other promotions, email us at hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com.

This post was updated Oct. 2 to reflect the most current deals.


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 throughout the shutdown—no purchase necessary. Members of Congress pay double.

Duffy’s Irish Pub

2106 Vermont Ave. NW

Show a federal government ID through Thursday after 10 p.m. and get $2 beers (tall boy PBR, Natty Boh, Miller Lite, and Coors Lite) and $5 Jameson shots.

Osteria Marzano

6361 Walker Lane, Suite 140, Alexandria

Present a federal government ID and receive half-off select pizzas as well as $3 for select draft beers and $4 for hours liquors. There’s also a happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays with $4 drafts and wines by the glass at the bar.

Ovvio Osteria

2727 Merrilee Dr., Merrifield

Bring a federal government ID and get a complimentary bruschetta appetizer during lunch (12 to 3 p.m.) when the restaurant offers any two menu items for $12.


Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

1308 G St. NW

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

Del Campo 

777 I St. NW

Until the furlough ends, happy hour prices will be available to anyone with government ID at the bar.

DC Reynolds

3628 Georgia Ave. NW

Buy a drink, get one free from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day the government is shutdown. Not limited to government employees.

Mockingbird Hill 

1843 7th St. NW

Free glass of sherry for any federal employee with ID 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.

Taylor Gourmet

All locations

Furloughed workers with government ID get 10-percent off and a free cookie with the purchase of any hoagie or salad. The deal will last as long as the shutdown.


3417 Connecticut Ave. NW

Bring a government ID and get happy hour prices—including half-price wine and draft beers—all day long, every day throughout the shutdown.

Ireland’s Four Courts

2051 Wilson Blvd., Arlington 

Happy hour specials have been extended all day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with $3 Yuengling drafts, $4 Blue Moon drafts, $5 Guinness pints, $4 rail drinks, and half-off appetizers.

Uptown Tap House

3412 Connecticut Ave. NW

Happy hour will go from 4:30 p.m. to close Wednesday through the end of the shutdown. Federal employees with ID will receive a free dessert (while supplies last).


1515 14th St. NW

All patrons in the bar area can enjoy “B-S” (butternut squash) ravioli for $10 and select red and white wines for $5 during the shutdown.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

1939 U St. NW

Government workers or contractors who present an ID will receive 20-percent off any size frozen yogurt with unlimited toppings.

The Original Pancake House

7703 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 12224 Rockville Pike, Rockville; 7395 Lee Highway, Falls Church

All furloughed government employees receive a 15-percent discount with IDs.

Weygandt Wines

3519 Connecticut Ave. NW

Furloughed government employees with ID get 25-percent off all wines and 15-percent off beer and spirits.


2121 P St. NW

For every day the government is shutdown, happy hour extends an extra hour. Tuesday’s happy hour will go from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday’s will end at 9 p.m., Thursday’s at 10 p.m., and so on. Deals include $7 cocktails, $6 glasses of wine, $5 bar bites, and $1 oysters.

Jaleo, Zaytinya, and Oyamel

All locations

Chef José Andrés is giving furloughed employees with government IDs a free sandwich every day throughout the shutdown from 3 to 5 p.m.


All locations

Try the 50/50 Ethiopian express blend with either of the coffee shop’s pour over coffees for $5.


1335 2nd St. NW

Get half-off all meals from 12 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. and $2 beers all day with a government ID.

Hill Country Barbecue 

410 7th St. NW

Government employees with ID get happy hour specials all day throughout the shutdown, including $3 PBRs, $5 well shots and drinks, $5 margaritas, and $20 margarita pitchers.

Granville Moore’s

1238 H St. NE

All patrons can get $1 Stellas, $5 brisket sandwiches, and $5 for select Belgian beers. Doors open at 1 p.m. on Oct. 3.

Shaw’s Tavern

520 Florida Ave. NW

After some mishaps with Tuesday’s  shutdown deals, the restaurant plans to offer $2 house wines and draft beers from 5 p.m. to close on Oct. 2—with government ID. The deal can’t be combined with any other special pricing.

Bayou Bakery 

1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington

Show a government ID for a free order of beignets with the purchase of any size coffee beverage.


314 Carroll St. NW

Bring a government ID for a 10-percent discount on all soups and salads. Members of congress? “No soup for you.”

Smucker Farms 

2118 14th St. NW

Furloughed government employees get 10-percent off through October.

Port City Brewing Company 

3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria

The Alexandria brewery’s tasting room is offering 20-percent off draft pints and growlers of Essential Pale Ale—”since no one is ‘non-essential,'” says founder Bill Butcher. The deal is open to all.

The Coupe

3415 11th St. NW

Happy hour goes from 2 to 8 p.m.  with 50-cent deviled eggs with gravlax, surryano-wrapped dates, hush puppies, Sriracha-glazed wings. Also: $3 Natty Bohs, $4 rum punch, and $5 house wine. The deal is open to everyone.

Taylor Charles Steak & Ice

1320 H St. NE

Furloughed employees get 10-percent off their cheesesteaks.

Scion Restaurant

Dupont and Silver Spring locations

Happy hour specials are extended during lunch until the shutdown ends with half price drafts, $5 glasses of wine, $4 rail drinks, $6 cocktails, plus appetizer specials

Crios Modern Mexican

2120 P St. NW

Happy hour specials are extended during lunch (open Wednesday through Friday) until the shutdown ends with $5 margaritas, half-price drafts, $5 wines by the glass, $4 rail drinks, and $2 off appetizers and tortas.

Trummer’s on Main

7134 Main St., Clifton, Va.

Bring a government ID and get half-off all wines by the glass, beer, and cocktails from 5 to 7 p.m. The deal is available every day except Saturday and Monday (when the restaurant is closed) until the shutdown ends.

BLT Steak

1625 I St. NW

Here’s a “raw deal” discount: anyone with a government ID gets $1 oysters (normally $3) all week.


1940 11th St. NW

Happy hour has been extended until 9 p.m. with 15 wines for $5 a glass and discounted small plates to anyone with a government ID.

8407 Kitchen Bar

8407 Ramsey Ave., Silver Spring

Free soup with any purchase at the bar when you show your federal government or military ID. The deal is good throughout the shutdown while supply lasts.

Acre 121 

1400 Irving St. NW

Happy hour extended for everyone until 8 p.m. Patrons with a government ID get a burger (or veggie burger or pulled pork sandwich) and beer for $10. The restaurant has a new general manager, chef, and menu as of last week.

Lou’s City Bar

1400 Irving St. NW

All day happy hour through the duration of the shutdown for patrons with a government ID.

Art and Soul

415 New Jersey Ave. NW

Happy hour runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Show a government ID and your second drink is on the house.


223 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

Get $2 DC Braus or $4 bottles of beer as well as half-off small plates with government ID.

Glen’s Garden Market

2001 S St. NW

From 10 a.m. and noon all week, get a free pint of beer with a federal government ID. Pints are $4 the rest of the day.


1212 H St. NE

Drop by during the shutdown with a federal government ID for a free prosecco on draft.

Quill at The Jefferson

1200 16th St. NW

Until the shutdown ends, get $2 Furlough Fries with red pepper dipping sauce. Deal is open to everyone.

West End Cinema

2301 M St. NW

Half-price popcorn and sodas for federal employees with ID during the government shutdown.

Passion Food Hospitality restaurants

Get $5 specialty cocktails at Ceiba, Fuego, District CommonsDC Coast, and Acadiana all day throughout the shutdown with a government ID.

Brasserie Beck

1101 K St. NW

The two-course lunch menu is $20 for federal and military employees throughout the shutdown. Also, $2 bitter/sour “Shot Down” drinks are available all day.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

1517 Connecticut Ave. NW

Happy hour prices for all from open to close, including $5 for all beers, rail drinks, and house wine. Members of Congress pay double.


1110 Vermont Ave. NW

Try the Filibuster punch with kumquat-infused cachaca, Chairman’s spiced rum, and orange-vanilla rooibos tea, The $42 punch bowl serves four to six people.

Bread & Chocolate 

105 N. Union St., Alexandria 

Get a free tall coffee at the location at the Topedo Factory with a federal government ID.

DNV Rooftop Lounge

1155 14th St. NW

Happy hour specials extended all night for weekdays throughout the shutdown.

Bardia’s New Orleans Cafe

2412 18th St. NW

Get 20-percent off the entire menu and drinks during the shutdown.

Nando’s Peri-Peri

All locations

Federal government employees with ID get free butterflied Peri-Peri chicken breast in Nando’s “Boneless Chicken, Spineless Congress” promotion. Visit Nando’s Facebook page to redeem the offer. Members of Congress need not apply.

Madam’s Organ

2461 18th St. NW

The first beer for federal government employees with ID is free during happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. until the shutdown ends. All food items are half-price.

Boundary Road

414 H St. NE

Happy hour all day includes $5 local beers, $5 Green Hat Gin and tonics, and a $6 “Non-Essential Combo” (Narragansett Tall Boy and a shot of Old Overholt Rye). Specials apply to everyone.


5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Get a free margarita pizza with a federal government ID as long as the shutdown lasts.


600 14th St. NW 

Get $6 margaritas and $6 taco platters (with three tacos) during the duration of the shutdown.

Level One

1639 R St. NW

Half-price burgers until the shutdown ends.

Flying Dog Brewery 

4607 Wedgewood Blvd., Frederick

Throughout the shutdown, furloughed government employees with ID can get free tours and tastings of the brewery Thursdays and Fridays at 4, 5, and 6 p.m. plus Saturdays at noon, 1, 3, and 4 p.m. Reservations are not required. First come, first serve.


1323 Connecticut Ave. NW

Happy hour extends from 4 to 8 p.m. throughout the shutdown with discounts on three unique beers picked by beer director Greg Engert (De Dolle Oerbier Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Avery Dugana Imperial IPA, and Bear Republic Tartare Berliner Weisse). Wines on tap are $3 and “Punch It Out” punch with gin, triple sec, grapefruit, lemon, and pink peppercorns is also $3.

P.J. Clarke’s 

1600 K St. NW

Get a free draft beer with the purchase of any Hamburger Deluxe with a government ID. One per customer.

Town Tavern

2323 18th St. NW

Show your government ID for free tacos with every drink purchase until $10. Mega margaritas are $8 and Coronas are $4.

Cork Market & Tasting Room

1805 14th St. NW

Government employees with ID receive 10-percent off on wine, beer, and retail items.

Cork Wine Bar 

1720 14th St. NW

Happy hour pricing on wine all day until “Hill kids start acting like grownups and end this insanity.”

Union Pub

201 Massachusetts Ave. NE

$3 “Shut It Down” whiskey shots and $6 pizzas from 3 to 5:30 p.m.—for all patrons.

The 201 Bar

201 Massachusetts Ave. NE

$15 growlers and $4 mystery beers all day, every day.

Park Tavern

202 M St. SE

All federal employees (except Congress) get 10-percent off their checks.

Hank’s Oyster Bar 

Bring your government ID for happy hour prices at the bar all night at the Dupont and Hill locations. Oysters are $1 all night at the Alexandria location, also with ID.

Custom Fuel

1747 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Show a government ID and get any “vintage” pizza and a Bud or Bud Lite for $10 throughout the shutdown.

Dacha Beer Garden 

1600 7th St. NW

Show your government ID and get a free small Fru Kolsch beer from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 2

Mr. Yogato

1515 17th St. NW

Frozen yogurt is 25-percent off from noon to 7 p.m.

Thomas Foolery

2029 P St. NW

Order in an angry voice during Angry Hour (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and get $1 off all drinks. 

Pizzeria Paradiso

All locations

As long as the shutdown lasts, get Port City Essential Pale Ale bottles for $2 with government ID.

Mick’s Restaurant and Sports Lounge

2866 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, Va. 

Free appetizers with the purchase of any meal with a government ID. There’s also $4,50 hurricanes until the shutdown blows over.

Mango Mike’s 

4580 Duke St., Alexandria

Free nachos or quesadilla for any federal government employee with ID beginning at 4 p.m. One per day. Excludes members of Congress.

Kangaroo Boxing Club

3410 11th St. NW

Get 10-percent off the whole check this week and an additional 5-percent every week after that with a federal government ID. Double price for members of Congress.

The Blaguard

2003 18th St. NW

Get $2.50 PBR tall boys from open (12:30 p.m.) to close with government ID. (Members of Congress excluded.) Almost all dishes are $10 or less for lunch or dinner. There will be different deals each day the shutdown goes on.


D.C. and Arlington locations

Get 40-percent off all menu items (excluding alcohol) plus $2.95 beer with government ID.

Capitol Lounge

231 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

Get your first draft beer free with government ID every day of the shutdown.

Pork Barrel BBQ

2312 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria

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


3101 K St., NW

Present a government ID and receive 20-percent discount on food as long as the shutdown lasts. Members of Congress excluded.

Chi-Cha Lounge

1624 U St. NW 

All Federal Employees get 20-percent off on food throughout the shutdown


2039 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

20-percent discount on food during the shutdown for federal government employees with ID.


3241 M St. NW

Margaritas are $6 and two tacos go for $5 for the duration of the shutdown. Not limited to government employees.

Union Street Public House

121 South Union St., Alexandria

Get half-price burgers and happy hour prices all day in the taproom with government ID.

Righteous Cheese at Union Market

1309 5th St. NE

Bitter about the shutdown? How about some bitter hops? Righteous Cheese will serve free mini-pairings of Thornbridge Halcyon IPA and Montgomery’s Cheddar with any dine-in purchase at the bar. Must have D.C. or federal government ID. The deal is good Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

1905 Bistro & Bar 

1905 9th St. NW

Available to everyone while supplies last: artisanal sausage, 3 sides, plus beer for $15 beginning at 5 p.m.

Cashion’s Eat Place

1819 Columbia Road NW 

With a government I.D., you can get happy hour pricing and 50-percent off select appetizers through the entire night during the shutdown period.

Todd Gray’s Watershed

1225 First St. NE

The Black Angus Burger is half-off during lunch (11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday) until the end of the shutdown. Federal I.D. is needed. Dine-in only.

Retrospect Coffee and Tea

1020 19th Street NW

Flash a government I.D. and you can get free French press coffee, pour-over, or espresso between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. during the shutdown.

Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place and Nick’s Riverside Grill

3000 K St. NW; 3050 K St. NW

From 11 a.m. until sundown throughout the shutdown, Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place as well as Nick’s Riverside Grill are offering happy hour pricing. In addition, federal and District employees with ID get a 30-percent discount on their meals. These deals cannot be combined with any other discounts.


3435 Connecticut Ave. NW

With a government I.D., you can buy one free cocktail, beer or wine and one free desert for as long as the shutdown persists.

Cafe Pizzaiolo 

2800 S. Randolph Street, Arlington; 1623 Fern St., Alexandria; 4906 Brenman Park Dr., Alexandria 

There are multiple deals and discounts here: You can get any pint and large slice for $7 at they Shirlington and Fern St. locations (Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and a bottle wine and a large pizza at their Cameron Station location for $25 (Tuesday-Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m.). At all three locations on Monday through Thursday, you can get any 12-inch two-topping pizza and a pint for $15, and two large 16-inch pizzas with two toppings each for $25. Government ID is required.


3407 Connecticut Ave NW

All alcohol (beer, wine, liquor and craft cocktails) is 50-percent off, and you can get any three of chef Billy Klein’s menu items for only $21. Federal ID or “a compelling argument that [you’ve] in any way been inconvenienced or even annoyed by the furlough” is required. This deal is good for all hours that the restaurant is open.