A few D.C. gay bars are offering specials to federal employees while the government remains closed.
• Number Nine (1435 P Street, N.W.) is offering a $3 Absolut “Shutdown” special Monday through Thursday starting at 9 p.m. just after the two-for-one regular happy hour special. One does not have to be a federal employee to get the special.
• Level One (1639 R Street, N.W.) is offering half-priced burgers every day from 5-8 p.m. until the shutdown ends (offer available to anyone). Drink discounts are also available.
• At MOVA (2204 14th Street, N.W.) federal employees can get one free well cocktail or 10 percent off their check total if they show valid government ID.
Other bars say their regular prices are reasonable enough that those prices should suffice.
“Tonight is flannel night at Phase 1,” says Manager Angela Lombardi. “If you wear flannel, there’s a ton of $3 and $4 drink specials. That’s a pretty damn good deal.”
Managers at Nellie’s and JR.’s echoed similar sentiments.
“We are really cheap already, so we really can’t go any lower,” says Dave Perruzza, manager of JR.’s
Freddie’s Beach Bar and Town Danceboutique are also maintaining their regular prices. Several calls placed to Ziegfeld’s/Secrets were not immediately returned. No “shutdown” specials are listed on its website.
MOVA Manager Korosh Yazdanpanah says a federal employee who visited the bar Thursday gave him the idea, even though the person was “essential” and thus, working.
“Even though he’s working, he was just saying there’s a lot of uncertainty about whether he’ll get paid on time,” Yazdanpanah says. “So we decided to offer something a little different.”