After a long week explaining away your boss’s latest snafu, where does the political wonk go to unwind? A cruel wit once said that Washington, DC is “Hollywood for ugly people,” and like their entertainment brethren the policy minded like to party hard. Here are five spots to relax your overachieving, ambitious brain, have a beer and some onion rings and … talk about work.
Bullfeathers: When Teddy Roosevelt wanted to curse in public he would instead say “Bullfeathers.” This no-nonsense pub and sports bar features 31 micro-brews and outdoor seating perfect for summery DC nights. The food is pure middle class Americana with a menu featuring a plethora of chicken sandwiches, burgers and steak. Recently renovated and stripped of its former grungy charm, many regulars have been disenchanted by its newly shiny interior, although wood paneled walls still give it that summer house library feel so popular with the government set.
Bullfeathers, 410 First Street SE
The Tune Inn: All ye who enter this hidden dive bar be sure to be a card carrying friend of the donkey. A legendary greasy spoon, this dark, game filled bar (patrons talk of being seated next to a mounted deer butt) has been a favorite hang-out of Democratic members of the house for years. Super friendly staff, cool regulars, yummy bar grub and cheap well drinks make it what many consider to be the best bar in DC. After the historical health care bill passed, a large group of Democrats came to the Tune Inn to celebrate. The party of the people indeed!
331 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave. SE