Party Earth Review A favorite of budget-minded staffers and football-loving college kids, Capitol Lounge lies in the middle between the raucous insanity of Adams Morgan and the trendy offerings in nearby Dupont Circle. Three bars keep the... ... read full review
231 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
Blue, Orange Lines: Capitol South, Eastern Market
M 4pm–1am, Tu–Th 11am–2am, F 11am–3am, Sa 10am–3am, Su 10am–2am
Capitol Hill, Washington, DC –
A favorite of budget-minded staffers and football-loving college kids, Capitol Lounge lies in the middle between the raucous insanity of Adams Morgan and the trendy offerings in nearby Dupont Circle.
Three bars keep the joint’s fifty-plus beers close at hand – from bare-bones domestics to craft imports – while the grub runs the gamut from pub standards to specialty burgers lathered in blue cheese.
Like in any proper DC joint, the exposed brick walls in the vintage-style Nixon Room are awash in political memorabilia, slogans, campaign ads, and cartoony caricatures, including plenty of the room’s presidential namesake.
Properly dressed Hill workers drop in during the week for specials like Tuesday’s 25-cent wings and Wednesday’s $5 ribs, saucing up their ties as they enjoy a game on one of the TVs above the bar in the Kennedy Room.
The venue might not take sides politically, but Michigan fans will find a home when it comes to watching the Spartans and Lions do their thing, while most of the young party crowd that shows up on weekends heads straight to the basement, where pool, shuffleboard, and (over) drinking at the third bar are the only games anyone’s playing.
A step above a dive just steps from the Capitol Building, Capitol Lounge is where politics give way to pints and the only lobbying is by folks trying to snag a turn at the pool tables.
College students, post-grads, Michigan fans, hungry tourists on a budget, and lots of young Hill staffers, 20s to early 30s+.
Several TVs tuned to sports.
Three jukeboxes stocked with mostly rock, classic rock, and contemporary favorites.
Pool tables and a shuffleboard table.
Traditional American pub grub like nachos, wings, and pizza, as well as specialty burgers topped with artisan cheeses, fried crab balls, and barbecue fare. Brunch menu on weekends. Happy Hour M–F 4–7pm.
Brunch menu $7–$13, appetizers $6.50–$10, soups/salads $5–$11, burgers and grub $7–$14, specialty pizza $14. Beer $4–$7/glass or $14–$26/pitcher, wine $6–$7/glass or $30–$35/bottle, cocktails $5.50–$6.50+.
Casual to business casual: t-shirts, jeans, sports jerseys, button-downs, polos, suits, skirt suits, dress pants, blouses.
Tuesdays for 25-cent wings and to shake off the early-week blues, or Friday and Saturday nights to see how broke young staffers tie it on.
The Pour House (319 Pennsylvania Street) is a sports bar that hosts Skeeball tournaments and trivia nights, offers a Friday night Happy Hour that runs late, and of course promises plenty of football on the TVs.