DC Businesses Offer Helping Hand to Federal Employees Amid Shutdown


Duffy's Irish Pub Duffy's Irish Pub on U St. has $2 beers (Miller Lite, Natty Boh, Coors Light and Pabst Blue Ribbon tallboys) and $5 Jameson shots after 10 p.m. through Thursday during the shutdown. As the bar's facebook page says, "Just because you can't work doesn't have to mean you can't live it up a little!"

Kangaroo Boxing Club Looking for an earlier fix? BBQ restaurant and bar Kangaroo Boxing Club, on 11th St., is offering $3 screwdrivers from noon to 5 p.m. Those with government ID get their first one free.

Meridian Pint Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights is promoting its "local ales for budgets ails," opening early for lunch with three local drafts priced at $5. An additional 10 percent off will also be offered to federal employees with a valid government ID until 5 p.m.

D.C. Reynolds Restaurant and beer garden D.C. Reynolds on Georgia Ave. is offering buy one get one free drink specials from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day of the government shutdown.

Mockingbird Hill For any federal employee in need of a drink, Mockingbird Hill is offering a free glass of sherry to government employees who show their ID.

The Daily Dish Feeling thirsty but not trying to get your drink on? The Daily Dish, located in Silver Springs, is offering a free cup of coffee without additional purchase to all government workers for the duration of the shutdown. Members of Congress pay double.


Though the National Zoo's panda cam has gone dark and the Smithsonian museums have shut their doors, there's still plenty of fun to be had in D.C. as a number of institutes are waiving usual admission fees or offering perks for furloughed workers.

The National Geographic Museum The museum is waived its usual admission fee ($11 for adults, $7 for children) and allowing visitors in for free on Tuesday, though the deal did not apply to groups of 10 or more. Check back to see if the deal is ongoing. Current exhibits include "Lions & Tigers & Bears: Through the Lens with National Geographic" and "One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity."

The National Museum of Women in the Arts This is the only museum in the world dedicated to exhibiting creations by female artists. It waived its usual $10 adult admission fee on Tuesday for anyone with a government ID. Check to see if the deal continues through the week. Current exhibits include "Awake in a Dream World," a career retrospective of artist and author Audrey Niffenegger, and public art installation "New York Ave Sculpture Project."

The Phillips Collection America's first modern art museum will remain open and waive its $12 adult admission fee to view the permanent collection, including works by Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh, for the remainder of the week.

Fibre Space in Alexandria Got a case of museum fatigue? Fibre Space in Alexandria is offering free knitting classes (regular price is $75) between 1 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day of the shutdown for furloughed workers with a government ID. Yarn and needles can either be brought from home or purchased in class.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue If you're just looking to hang out, the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue is hosting "Shutdown Central," a place where affected employees and the general public can enjoy free coffee, food and Wi-Fi while killing time playing Political Ping Pong, board games and getting a much needed dose of Rob Lowe via constant streaming of "The West Wing."

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