While hotel bookings, restaurant sales and incomes sank during the government shutdown, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray reported an increase in alcohol sales.
The District has been running on emergency funds -- blocked from spending its own tax dollars. Thousands of federal workers in the city and beyond have been furloughed, resulting in a loss of retail and restaurant tax revenue.
"[During the shutdown, we've had] 13,000 fewer hotel bookings and about a $2 million loss in revenue," Gray said. "The one area where we've seen an increase is the alcohol tax has increased in the District in Columbia. I won't try to speculate as to why."
Alcohol sales increased 3 percent in the first week of October 2013 compared to the first week of September 2013.