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Bars That Open at 8am

Now and again, you find yourself needing (okay, wanting) an adult beverage at the oh-so-inconvenient hour of 8am. And with DC liberalizing its laws on early-morning consumption, we thought you could use a list of where they don’t bat an eye at AM imbibing. Feel free to laminate.

Founding Farmers

Founding Farmers

Brunches are packed to the rafters here, but weekday mornings bring IMF execs along with the occasional doctor just getting off the graveyard shift at GW.
Why You Might Be Here: The doctor just stitched you up and the prescription wasn’t quite strong enough.
What You’ll Be Drinking: A Corpse Reviver No. 2.

The Tune Inn

The Tune Inn

By night: the Hill’s favorite dark dive, where you can get a beer-battered burger. By morning: a slightly brighter dive, where your omelets are stuffed with bright orange cheese.
Why You Might Be Here: A Jimmy Stewart–esque filibuster.
What You’ll Be Drinking: A PBR.

The Tune Inn, 331 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave SE, 202-543-2725

Lucky Bar

Lucky Bar

Sure, you could head here, one of the city’s top soccer bars, for a 1pm game. But if the time change really conspires against you, they open early with a full English breakfast.
Why You Might Be Here: Euro 2012.
What You’ll Be Drinking: A bucket of Tecates.

Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill

Before the tour groups arrive, you can settle in at a table here and get all high-level over The Breakfast Club, a ham-and-bacon-stuffed french toast sandwich.
Why You Might Be Here: It’s off the record. But it involves Bernanke.
What You’ll Be Drinking: A Bloody Mary.

Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern

Here you can get short rib hash with poached egg on the weekend. An early-morning restorative, not so much. For that, you’ll have to come back during the week.
Why You Might Be Here: You have family in town. You didn’t invite them.
What You’ll Be Drinking: The American Martini Sampler, a flight of three different vodkas.

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