Mug Shots: Thursdays Are Key on the Hill
One thing you will learn early on as a Congressional intern — so long as you are at least 21 years old — is the importance of Thursday nights. It’s easily the rowdiest night on Pennsylvania Avenue, not to mention the cheapest.
[IMGCAP(1)]You go out on a Thursday and you’ll see many of the people you see at work, only they’ll have a few drinks in them. That girl you’ve been eyeing from the office across the hall — she’ll be there, as will that staff assistant from your office. Thursday night is the time to bond with these folks over beers.
The beauty of Thursdays — aside from the fact that you only have to get through one more day before reaching the sweet relief of the weekend — is the pricing at local bars. So scrap together your change, grab a few friends and check out these Capitol Hill watering holes.
Cheap pitchers are plentiful on Pennsylvania Avenue. Over at Capitol Lounge (231 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) — which recently underwent a much-needed facelift — Bud Light, Capitol Amber and Yuengling pitchers cost $10. If you’re looking to go a bit more upscale, pitchers of Bell’s Beer, Dogfish Head IPA and Starr Hill Pale Ale go for $12, while pitchers of Brooklyn Lager and Rogue Dead Guy Ale will set you back $14.
A few doors down at Pour House (319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) — a personal favorite from Mug Shot’s time as an intern — Bud Light and Miller Lite pitchers are $10. Also, happy hour is extended until midnight, meaning appetizers are $5 and Svedka and Jim Beam drinks go for a mere $4.
The real deal here lies in the basement bar, Scheiss Haus, which means “s— house— in German. But don’t let the name deter you from taking advantage of the dollar beer special. On Thursday nights, bottles of Budweiser and Bud Light are practically given away at $1 each from 5 to 8 p.m. Bottle prices go up to $2 from 8 p.m. to midnight and then to $3 for those still there from midnight until the 2 a.m. closing. The bar — a major intern hangout — features pool tables, comfy couches, several televisions turned to the night’s various sporting events and a great jukebox.
If you’re willing to travel a little farther east on the Hill, the Ugly Mug (723 Eighth St. SE) on Barracks Row offers “big ass beers.— These 20-ounce mugs are $5 and include Miller Lite, Coors Light, Bud Light, Yuengling and Amstel Light. If you prefer hard liquor, the bar offers $4 rail drinks, not to mention $7 cheese pizzas.
If it’s been a long day and your heels are killing you and you don’t want to go far to imbibe, look no further than Bullfeathers (410 First St. SE). This bar — named for the famed Teddy Roosevelt expression — is less than two blocks from the Cannon House Office Building and offers budget-friendly food and drink. On Thursday nights from 4 to 8 p.m., margaritas are $3.25, while Sam Adams drafts and Coronas are $3.50. The bar also offers inexpensive menu items such as chicken quesadillas for $4, nachos for $3.50 and mini burgers for $2.
Drinking options on the Senate side are limited, though there is always Union Pub (201 Massachusetts Ave. NE). This staffer favorite offers $10 house pitchers on Thursday nights in addition to $4 Smirnoff cocktails. These deals are in addition to the bar’s usual happy hour specials, which run from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and include $3.50 rail drinks, $3 kamikaze shooters and $4 Southern Comfort and lime shooters.
Another Senate-side option is My Brother’s Place (237 Second St. NW). While this haunt is hard to find — it’s tucked behind Charlie Palmer’s, next to the Department of Labor — it is definitely intern-friendly when it comes to pricing. Harpoon Hefeweizens are available for $3 from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, and $2 rail drinks are served between 9 and 10 p.m. The bar also offers $2.50 domestic bottles from 9 p.m. until closing time.