Mug Shots: Spicing Up Tonight’s State of the Union

Posted January 25, 2008 at 4:54pm

It’s that time of year again when Members of Congress crowd the House chamber to hear the president deliver his State of the Union address. While Bush’s speeches are often on the shorter side, they still have the potential to get tedious. If you’re looking to have a little more fun while watching, grab a friend and try one of these bars.

[IMGCAP(1)]Union Pub (201 Massachusetts Ave. NE) will be showing the address, which begins at 9 p.m., on some 30 televisions throughout the bar, with surround sound. Red- and blue-state martinis will be available for $5 each, as well as $2.50 house pints, $12 Yuengling pitchers and half-priced hamburgers and veggie burgers.

The bar will also be catering to “The Word Game,” in which groups choose words or phrases likely to pop up in the speech, and take a sip of their drink each time the president utters them.

“We’re right next to the Senate building so it’s a lot of staffers,” General Manager Lillian Darby said. “It does get pretty busy.”

Over on the House side, The Pour House (319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) will be showing the speech on a 10-foot projection screen in its upstairs bar, Top of the Hill. The speech also will be shown on TV screens in the main bar.

“We have had a party the last couple years so this is the first year it’s not a private event,” Manager Becky Henderson said. “We know that the clientele that come out to the bar on a Monday all really want to watch [the speech] so there’s no point competing [by showing sports].”

Top of the Hill will be offering its usual Monday night specials, which include $3 Miller Lite bottles, $1 off wine by the glass and half-priced appetizers.

Hawk ‘n’ Dove (329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) is the perfect place to go if you’re bringing a friend who may not be as excited about the speech as you are. The bar will show the State of the Union on the majority of its 16 televisions, but it will have a sporting event or two on mute for those who grow weary of the president’s rhetoric.

Viewers can sip on bottles of Miller Chill for $3.50 or pints of Yuengling for $3.25. Half-priced burgers also will be served until 10 p.m.

The Tune Inn (331 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) and Bullfeathers (410 First St. SE) will both be catering to the State of the Union crowd by extending their happy hour through the speech. At Tune Inn, all alcohol will be discounted by $1 with the purchase of food. Bullfeathers will be offering Miller Lite bottles for $2.50, Yuengling drafts for $3.25 and Captain Morgan and Coke for $3.50.