Capitol Lounge

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Capitol Lounge Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC's Capitol Hill is a popular bar for young staffers to drink, play some pool, repeat. Grab a drink with them at Party Earth DC. Washington, DC United States 38.8870348175578 -77.0023959875107
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Capitol Lounge - Bar in Washington, DC.
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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

  • Metro:

    Blue, Orange Lines: Capitol South, Eastern Market

  • Phone:

    202-547-2098

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M 4pm–1am, Tu–Th 11am–2am, F 11am–3am, Sa 10am–3am, Su 10am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Capitol Lounge Review

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Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC's Capitol Hill is a popular bar for young staffers to drink, play some pool, repeat. Grab a drink with them at Party Earth 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.

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Tip from Lucas:

The Lounge has a solid brunch menu to keep you going no matter how hard you played the night before, including bourbon pancakes that clearly combine the two greatest inventions in the world.

  • Crowd

    College students, post-grads, Michigan fans, hungry tourists on a budget, and lots of young Hill staffers, 20s to early 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Several TVs tuned to sports.

    Three jukeboxes stocked with mostly rock, classic rock, and contemporary favorites.

    Pool tables and a shuffleboard table.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    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+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to business casual: t-shirts, jeans, sports jerseys, button-downs, polos, suits, skirt suits, dress pants, blouses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    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.

Capitol Lounge User Reviews

Average rating:
Capitol Lounge is a Great Place to Bond
Henry B. Apr 26, 2013
As the name clearly suggests, Capitol Lounge typifies its environment. Facing the Nation’s Capital, Capitol Lounge is a low- key lounge, lacking the glamor of U-street lounges, or the Dupont fashion; but it manages a serene blend of youthfulness, class, fun and professionalism-- a feat that is easier said than done. Usually filled with D.C interns, and hill staffers and young reporters and networking-seekers and neighborhood sports aficionados and political junkies, the Capitol Lounge environment tends to be very intimate--with waitresses who coquettishly call their clients by name and, ever so often, sit down for a flirtatious chat. It is a nice place to talk sports or politics (and, sometimes, even something totally worthless, just for the sake of it), while unwinding from a hard day's work. It offers plenty of good food, and low-priced drinks. And, every once in a while, it even offers a lasting friendship or connection--sometimes even a new career. In short, Capitol Lounge is a nice place to relax, have fun, bond and get lucky (assuming you have not been cursed by anybody, of course)!
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