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The Bars of Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill is a great place to be. It is the center of the nation's political discourse. It is also the center of a vibrant social scene for young, upwardly mobile congressional staffers and the people who lobby them. If it seems like more business is conducted during happy hours than office hours, you are entirely correct.
Capitol Hill bars don't cater to the famous or rich - those establishments are more often found near K Street. Congressional staffers are notoriously underpaid, so these establishments cater to cheap drinks and outstanding food specials. This creates an odd mixture of young people in suits keeping their college drinking skills alive. Even though these establishments cater to the worker bees, it isn't unusual to spot a Member of Congress enjoying an evening with the vulgar crowd. Throw in a few wide-eyed youngsters during the summer "intern season," and Capitol Hill bars are a great place for people watching.
Located to the south of the Capitol, all House side bars are easily accessed by the Capitol South Metro station on the Orange and Blue line. Most are located in the same 2-block section of Pennsylvania Avenue, while Tortilla Coast and Bullfeathers can be found right next to the Metro station. Bars on the Senate side can be accessed by Metro from Union Station. All the listed bars are within a 2-3 block walk. Parking is difficult to find in this area, so use the Metro or take a taxi...read more »
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