The Gov’t Has Shut Down. You Have Not.
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. And when life gives you a furlough, you... find someplace to
take the edge off. Like these places, where you can find happy hours, Oktoberfests and shutdown specials
this week. So here’s how to keep yourself busy during your days off.
Buy One, Get One. All Day. Outside.
Well, at least it’s going to be nice all week. So sleep in, then head to DC Reynolds’s 25-foot bar out
back, where they’re upping the ante on their usual buy-one, get-one-free happy hour. By starting it at
11am. We’re not even sure Congress will be awake by then.
At least someone is catering to your needs. Like the folks at Sixth & I, who are turning two of its
rooms into “Shutdown Central”—a daily setup of gratis food, coffee, wi-fi, ping-pong, board games and
West Wing reruns. Martin Sheen would never have let this happen.
Oyster Shooters and Beer Flights
Hopefully this thing doesn’t last 31 days, but if it does, Brasserie Beck’s bar has you covered. All
month, they’re pouring a flight of three Belgian and Belgian-style beers, plus three oyster shooters with
beer cocktail sauce, for 15 bucks. It beats dropping an oyster in your beer.
Like Happy Hour on Steroids
The longer the shutdown drags on, the longer your happy hour drags on at Urbana. Tonight, you can get your
$8 pizzas, $7 cocktails and dollar oysters for an extra hour, till 8pm. Tomorrow, things will go until 9pm,
and Thursday till 10pm. Because you may not have to get up the next day.
Just because it’s government-shutdown season doesn’t mean it stopped being Oktoberfest. Here, then,
Pizzeria Paradiso is kicking off its Autumn Fest with its 40-odd draft lines spewing pumpkin ales, harvest
ales and Oktoberfest beers. Nothing says “unrequested time off” like orange lagers.