The 2018-2019 Federal Shutdown Specials

Specials 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 Washingtonian, DCist, Eater, 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

Mostly Only Available During Late Afternoon/Evening or Weekend Daytime Due to Biz Hours

  • &pizza – free pizza 3-5p everyday ($5 pies available to contractor employees) [ENDED 1/20, now visit Broccoli Pizza location in Shaw from 11a-6p for free hot meals]
  • DC Brau – Special hours (Tues/Wed 3-8p, open at 4p Thu, and 3p Fri) + Discount on beers in tasting room based on day of shutdown (32% on 1/22, e.g.) + Free flagship beer via Pay It Furloughed 
  • Valor BrewPub (Barracks Row) – HH 4p-close + $7 food specials (only available on weekends)
  • City Winery (Ivy City) – $1 glass of City Winery wine on tap (open at 5p weekdays, 2p weekends)
  • Satellite Room (Shaw) – $2 pizza slice special + pizza/shot combo special (open at 5p, closed on Mondays)
  • Capitol Cider House (Petworth) – extended HH 4-8p (closed Mon-Wed, open 4p Th-Fri, 11a wknds)
  • Dacha (Shaw) – $10 Pilsner boots (winter hours: open 4p M-Th, 3p F, noon wknds)
  • Ten Tigers (Petworth) – $7 Sapparo + shot combo (open 5p Wed-Sun, closed Mon-Tues)
  • The Bird (Shaw) – HH extended all night at bar + $5 beer/shot Shot Down for What combo special (Narranganset can and something else) (open 5p M-Th, 4p F, 11a wknds)
  • Little Havana (Columbia Heights) – half-off drinks (open 3p M-F, 10a wkdys)
  • Dino’s Grotto (Shaw) (bar only) – HH all day (so extended from 7-10p & noon-5p on Saturdays, already all day Sunday/all night Monday) – includes $4 select drafts, $6 house wine/prosecco/bellini, $8 signature cocktails and $5 bar snacks [contractor employees on furlough can also get this] (open 5p M-Sat, noon Sun)
  • Nama Sushi (Mt. Vernon Square) – “Take Me to Japan” glass of sake – 1st one free to feds (open at 5p)
  • Tico (14th/Logan) – Rum With Us punch – 1st one free to feds (open at 3p M-F, 10a wknds)
  • Alta Strada (Mt. Vernon Square) – Overflowing Prosecco glass – 1 free to feds (open at 4p M-F, 10:30a wknds)
  • Reliable Tavern (Petworth) – $8 Old Fashioneds, $5 house beers, and discount on crystal clear ice to take home (open at 5p M-Sat, noon Sun)
  • The Queen Vic (H Street) – 18% off check (open at 5p M-F, 10a wknds, sometimes earlier for soccer)
  • Wisdom (Cap Hill East) – 15% off (open at 5:30 except Sun, when open at 5p)
  • Atlas Brew Works (Ivy City) – Free flagship beers via Pay It Furloughed. + possible 15% discount on others (open at 4p M-F, 11a wknds)
  • Rock and Roll Hotel (H Street) – HH all night after 6p on rooftop ($3 PBR, $4 Bud/Light/rails, 1/2 price wings, $1 off everythign else (usually just til 8p on show nights and all night long on non-show nights)
  • Sweetgreen (all over) – free signature salad 6-8p Fri-Sun 1/11-1/13
  • Tiki TNT (The Wharf) – all day HH ($4 daiquiris made with the house Thrasher’s Rum, $4 beers, $5 wine and $9 frozen drinks, plus $3 steamed buns and $7 wings or tots) (open 3p M-F, 11a wknds)
  • GCDC (Downtown) – starting Thu Jan 10 – $5 select cocktails after 4p
  • Rebellion (Dupont) – 2 oysters for $1
  • Hellbender (Ft Totten) – special HH Sat Noon-7p ($5 full pours) (already on Wed-Fri 5-9p and Sun Noon-8p)
  • Federalist Pig (Adams Morgan) – free beverage w/ any purchase M-F
  • Morris American Bar (Shaw) – $6 Old Fashioneds (open at 5p)
  • The Passenger (Shaw) – 20% off (excluding HH and specials) + special guest furloughed feds bartending Shutdown Saturdays (1/12, 1/19)
  • Lucky Buns (Adams Morgan) – free beer, side dish or dessert
  • El Centro (Georgetown & Logan Circle) – free guacamole or house margarita
  • 3 Stars (Fort Totten) – claim payitfurloughed beer
  • Local Sixteen (U Street) – free pizza + $3 Miller Lite/$4 DC Brau flagships/$4 rails
  • Slash Run (Petworth) – free draft beer
  • Cortez (Shaw) – HH pricing on beverages all night Wed/Thurs which includes all beers $5 (mostly normally $8), frozen drinks $8 ($10), normally just 5-7p
  • Ivy Room at Republic Restoratives (Ivy City) – 20% off (closed M-W, open 5-11p Th-F, Noon-11p Sat, Noon-5p Sun)
  • The Crown and the Crow (Logan Circle) – $2 Dogfish Head American Beauty beer starting Fri 1/25


  • Free museums:
    • National Building Museum
    • Woodrow Wilson House
    • Phillips Collection
    • Lincoln’s Cottage (call ahead to reserve tickets, and bring your federal ID. 202-829-0436, ext. 0, note guided tour not available rest of Jan.)
    • Newseum
    • Madame Toussad’s
    • U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center, Library of Congress, Holocaust Museum, U.S. Botanic Gardens also free like usual
  • Artechouse – use DCISOPEN code for 20% off
  • Capitol Hill Books – 15% off
  • Kreeger Museum – free poster
  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre – use code SHUTDOWN for 15% off BLKS show (Feb 4-March 3). Show fed ID
  • Shakespeare Theatre – use code SHUTDOWN18 for 50% off trio of plays written by David Ives (Jan 3-Jan 6)
  • Studio Theater – use code DCisOPEN and show ID for 20% for KINGS or ADMISSIONS, expires Jan 23rd
  • Arena Stage – 40% discount using code GVT40 for show Kleptocracy
  • Miracle Theater – $5 tickets
  • Fitness [More found here]
    • Balance Gym – 1-4p M-F – free access (locations on Capitol Hill, Foggy Bottom, Glover Park, Thomas Circle)
    • Vida Fitness – redeem at for a free workout or class of choice
    • Elevate Fitness – 2 free off-peak classes/week
    • Biker Barre: $15/class rate or $150/10-class pack
    • Bar Method – 2 weeks of unlimited classes for new/lapsed with code “shutdown” for $39

Specials for everyone during shutdown:

  • City Tap House Penn Quarter – 4-10p extended HH inc. $5 select drafts/$6 house wines/$7 beer & shot combo
  • Pennsylvania 6 (Downtown) – extended HH 3-9p includes $5 mixed drinks/drafts/house wine + food specials (normally 4-7p)
  • Dock FC (Ivy City) – all beer buckets are $25 + Dock Pilsner pitchers $20 (this is a special??)
  • Ari’s Diner (Ivy City) – all Adult Milkshakes are half-priced
  • Acqua Al 2 (Eastern Market) – wine bottles half off at bar (who gets a wine bottle at the bar?)
  • Casolare (Glover Park) – “Treason to Believe” (like a White Russian) – $5
  • Nama Sushi (Mt Vernon Square) – “Take Me to Japan” glass of sake – $5
  • Tico (14th/Logan) – Rum With Us punch – $5
  • The Riggsby (Dupont) – Mulling With You warm, mulled red wine – $5
  • Solid State Books (H Street) – select wine/beer $5
  • The Midlands (Park View) – open at Noon + $5 Irish Coffees & BOGO Local drafts til 7p + free wifi
  • Due South (Navy Yard) – HH starts at 2p instead of 3:30p (includes $5 select beer/$6 house wine & rails/$8 Kentucky Mule or Whiskey of Day)
  • Quill at the Jefferson (Downtown) – $2 fries
  • Meridian Pint (Columbia Heights) – Beat the Clock deals on Genessee: 50 cents 5-5:30p, $1 5:30-6p, $1.50 6-6:30p, $2 6:30-7, $2.50 7-7:30p, $3 7:30-8p, $3.50 8-8:30p
  • Meatball Shop (14th/Logan) half-off draft beer/Meatball Shop-branded wine/well drinks + 50 cent mini buffalo chicken balls
  • Kaliwa (The Wharf) – all day HH (open at 11:30a)
  • Right Proper Shaw – M-Th 5-7 $4 select beers and $3-5 shared bites

Good specials to take advantage of year-round

  • Duke’s Grocery – HH 12-7p M-F
  • Duke’s Counter – HH 12-7p M-F
  • The Royal – HH 12-7p Monday, 3-7p T-F
  • Hamilton’s Bar and Grill – $1 PBR and High Life Fridays (open at 11a)
  • EatBar – $4 beers, cocktails, wine and bites M-F 4-7p

Deals don’t include one-off/time-limited specials appreciated like those by District Winery, Union Pub, Madam’s Organ, DC Harvest, Penn Social, We The Pizza etc.


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