Barred in DC: The 2018-2019 Federal Shutdown Specials


pecials for shutdown which started December 21st and affected 40% of government (many furloughed employees, many working with delayed pay). More specials can also be found at WashingtonianDCistEater, plus guides on things to do at BYT and WCP ;the WBJ/Top Shelf exploration of the business reason for shutdown special is great. Follow @barredindc on Twitter for updates. [The one-off event Fri, Jan 25th at Players Club is great, Noon-4p with free Timber Pizza, Stella Artois and games. First 250 to enter with gov’t ID]

Federal Employee ID Required:

Every federal employee with an ID, even if not in an agency affected (if you’re a contractor I bet your badge will work) will get the benefits of these shutdown specials, since benefits have to federal government-wide (for my edification I’ve bolded the ones I’ve been to):

Take Advantage Daytime During Week (also night unless otherwise; some closed Mondays so check):

  • Jose Andres restaurants (all in PQ/Chinatown except stated) – free sandwich from 2-5p everyday (tip at least $2 on the sandwich and order at the very least a non-alcoholic drink, unless you’re actually working with paycheck indefinitely delayed and are thus pressed for time)
    • Oyamel – torta suadero (brisket)
    • Zaytina – chicken schwarma
    • China Chilcano – pan con pollo (chicken salad)
    • Jaleo – Flauta de Jamón Serrano (ham)
    • Beefsteak (Dupont/Foggy Bottom) – beefsteak burger
    • America Eats Tavern (Georgetown) – pulled pork
  • Carmine’s (PQ/Chinatown) – $6 bittersweet cocktail/ HH menu all day at bar + free sliders 2-4p at bar (open at 11:30a)
  • Capitol Lounge (Cap Hill) – $5 drink specials (open 4p M-W, 11a Thu-Fri)
  • The Brighton (The Wharf) – 10% off food (open 11a, 10a wknds)
  • Brookland’s Finest – HH pricing all day (open 11a M-F, 10a wknds)
  • The Big Stick (Navy Yard) – extended $4 all drafts/house wine/rails HH (11:30-7p instead of just 3-7p) + 18% off food (open 11:30a)
  • Catch 22 (Brightwood) – 15% off final bill (not applicable to HH) (open Noon Tue-Sat, 11a Sun, closed Mon; BOGO select 3-5p Tue-F)
  • District Doughnut (Barracks Row, Gtown, The Wharf) – free coffee with purchase (open 7a/8a depending on location)
  • Mr. Henry’s (Eastern Market) – HH all day/night (open 11:15a M-F, 10a wknds)
  • Commissary (Logan Circle) – $15 bottomless mimosas or bloodys, Mon-Fri 8a-4p
  • Espita (Shaw) – half-priced margarita or Mayahuel mezcal (so $6.50 instead of $13) (open 11a, closed 2-4p M-F; 10:30a wknds)
  • BKK Cookshop (Shaw) – all day HH (noon-10p, normally 4-7p): $5 wine, $5 draft Singha, $3 BeerLao, & complimentary wontons w/purchase (open at noon)
  • DC Reynolds (Park View) – 11a-2p – $6 sandwich + non-alcoholic beverage deal (reduced from $9) + during BOGO hours (5-9p M-F), feds can claim free drink from others who’ve left BOGO ticket (open at 11a)
  • Beau Thai (Shaw, Mt. Pleasant) – all day weekdays HH (open at 11a)
  • Breadfurst (Van Ness) – staff discount, apparently 30% (open at 7a M-F, 8a wknds)
  • Casolare (Glover Park) – “Treason to Believe” (like a White Russian) – 1st one free to Feds (open all day)
  • The Riggsby (Dupont) – Mulling With You warm, mulled red wine – 1st one free to feds (open all day)
  • Cork Wine Bar (14th/Logan) – all day HH specials (open at 11a)
  • Across the Pond (Dupont) – 10% off check (not combine with normal specials) (open at 11a)
  • Taco Bamba (Chinatown location only) – one traditional taco (open 8:30a M-F, 10a wknds)
  • Sonoma (Capitol Hill) – 20% discount (excludes HH and other promos) any time open (open 11:30a M-F (closed 2:30-4:30p), 5 Sat, 11a Sundays)
  • Pizzeria Paradiso (Dupont, Gtown Spring Valley, other locations) – $30 meal for 2 includes 2 apps and 1 large pizza – available to Fed employees & contractors (bring business card)
  • Bar Deco (PQ/Chinatown) – $8 Manhattans + 20% off bill (excluding booze) (open 11:30a M-F, 11a wknds)
  • BBQ Bus Smokehouse (Brightwood) – 25% off (open at 11a, closed M)
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar (Dupont, Cap Hill, The Wharf) – all day HH + 1/2 off select items
  • Ted’s Bulletin (14th/U, Cap Hill) – all day HH for draft beer, wine, & cocktails M-F (open for drinks at 8a)
  • Supra (Shaw) – 1 free HH menu item with the purchase of any wine, beer, cocktail, or Georgian soft drink. HH also extended during the shutdown, from 2-6p (instead of 3-6p)
  • Charlie Palmer Steak (near Cap Hill) – 11:30a-2:30p free Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with citrus slaw, tomato, and cajun remoulade -add fries + a Blue Point Toasted Lager for $12
  • Rasa (Navy Yard) – 25% off bowls + all day HH (open at 11a)
  • Nando’s (possibly only Navy Yard) – 20% off food
  • Willie’s (Navy Yard) – all day HH
  • Gordon Biersch (Navy Yard) – 20% off
  • Toki Underground (H St) – $5 classic ramen bowl from 11:30a-2:30p Tues-Thurs
  • Good Stuff Eatery (Cap Hill location only) – free snack fry and fountain soda w/ purchase of burger
  • Santa Maria Taqueria (Cap Hill) – BOGO Sauza Tequila Margarita
  • LEON (Downtown) – 50% off
  • Equinox (Downtown) – 20% off
  • Via Umbria (Georgetown) – free Aperol spritz
  • Homestead (Petworth) – free shot
  • Penn Commons (PQ/Chinatown) – $3 Bud Light drafts
  • RiRa Georgetown – free shepherd’s pie
  • Emissary (Dupont) – all day HH
  • Radiator (Logan) – free “Furlough Fix” cocktail
  • Shop Made in DC (Dupont) – claim Pay it Furloughed Beer
  • Kramerbooks (Dupont) – free dessert or appetizer on weekdays
  • Tryst (Adams Morgan) – 10% off
  • Bestoli’s Pizza (Adams Morgan) – 50% off food
  • Luwich Cafe (Capitol Hill) – 25% off for feds and family
  • Mirabelle (Downtown) – free Tiger burger
  • Milk Bar (Chinatown/PQ) – free coffee or cereal milk soft serve)
  • District Winery (Navy Yard) – Half price bottles and entrees at restaurant, and half price flights at tasting bar

See the full list here 

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