State of the Union Roundup: Where to Watch in DC

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Going to a State of the Union watch party may sound like a strange idea to people outside the D.C. area, but it’s a long-held tradition for residents of the nation's capital.

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump will make his first State of the Union address. You can watch at 9 p.m. on your couch, but it may be more fun to win a “Fire and Fury” shot or try a “Covfefe Cocktail.”

Here's our round-up of the best watch parties:

201 Bar

The most creative drink menu goes to this Capitol Hill hotspot. For $5 each, pick up a “Fake Moscow Mule”, the “Most Tremendous Daiquiri,” “Covfefe 75” and “Stable Genius Shots” with Fireball.

Ventnor Sports Cafe

Ventnor will host its 13th Annual SOTU Watch Event. This year, the two-story Adams Morgan establishment will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to Ayuda, an organization offering legal and social services to local immigrants.

The Wonderland Ballroom

Win a special “Fire and Fury” shot by screaming “bingo” at the community dive bar in Columbia Heights. According to the party’s Facebook event, volunteers from Lady Parts Justice DC will be handing out Cheetos to “throw at the screen during moments of heightened anxiety.”

Duffy's Irish Pub

Fifteen screens will broadcast the address at the pub on Vermont Avenue. They will have drink specials all night, bingo and a “Covfefe Cocktail” with no cover charge.

Nellie’s Sports Bar

The popular nightspot on U Street will have $15 buckets of Budweiser products all night in honor of the speech.


Barrel is offering free shots of Old Overholt whiskey in its Elixir Bar for every time Trump says "fake news" during his speech. The Elixir Bar will also offer $5 draft and canned beers starting at 8 p.m.

Satellite Room

This bar has a $1 “cheap shot” available for every time Trump insults someone. In addition to early drink specials and prizes, Satellite Room is promoting a bingo game including squares that say "Fake News" and "HUUUGE" as "a game fitting for the occasion."

Union Pub

Union Pub's watch party also features Trump bingo with drink prizes for winners. Their specials start after 5 p.m. and include $4 select bourbons, $5 rails and $12.50 Bud Light Pitchers.

Local 16

This U Street bar will provide a raffle grand prize as well as $5 beer, wine, rail drink, and appetizer specials after 6:30 p.m. According to the Facebook event, the viewing party will be hosted by a political group called Network for Progress.

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