It's Your Birthday So Don't Pay for Anything!

Everyone loves free stuff, and there's no other time like your birthday to feel especially entitled to not have to pay a cent. Places around D.C. have gotten into the birthday spirit, and offer discounts or free food for your special day.

Bangkok Bistro:
They advertise "eat free on your birthday" on their website. You can snag a free entree and an icecream sundae for dessert.
3251 Prospect St. NW

DSW Shoes:
Sign up for their DSW Rewards program, and in addition to year-round savings, you'll receive a birthday certificate with discounts.
1301 S. Joyce St., Arlington, VA

California Tortilla:
Free burrito on your birthday, but you have to show up on the actual day.
728 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

It may not be a whole cake, but at least you can get a free cupcake for your birthday.
1506 U St., Washington, D.C.

The Palm Restaurant:
Join their 837 Club and you get a free 3lb lobster on your birthday. Membership costs $25, but you get a gift certificate for $25 after you sign up.
1225 19th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Palm Beach Tan:
If you go in on your birthday, you can score a free tan.
3690 E. King St., Alexandria, VA

Ventnor's wants to make sure you're good and drunk when you're turning another year older. As a part of their birthday club, you get $50 in free drinks on your birthday, so you can start off another year with a hangover. 2411 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Free Yoga:
A number of local studios offer a free class to add a little "ommmm" to your day. Try Flow, Tranquil Space, or Quiet Mind.

If nothing on the list appeals to you, you can always go to your favorite restaurant or bar's website and sign up for their mailing list. Chances are that if they ask for your birthday when you join, you can expect some kind of birthday special treatment. Also, when you make reservations through Open Table, you can mention in the comments section that you're celebrating a birthday and hope for the best. At the very least you'll probably get a free (slightly out of tune) rendition of the Here are just a few of the places offering birthday specials when you sign up online:

Austin Grill

Baskin Robbins
Free ice cream scoop, and $3 off an ice cream cake.
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BD's Mongolian BBQ
Free stir fry.

Caribou Coffee
Free drink.
Click here to view the coupon.

Coldstone Creamery
Free creation.

Hollywood Video
Free birthday rental.

The Melting Pot
Free chocolate fondue for two.

Buy one, get one free.

For a list of other places, click here and choose "Disctict of Columbia" from the pull down menu.

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