It’s time for President Barack Obama to give his last State of the Union address Tuesday night, and that means people all over Washington, D.C. will be looking to say farewell to the president in style. The White House has promised a “nontraditional” speech, focused on big ideas and the future rather than specific policy initiatives.
Still, the president is likely to talk about policy areas where he believes the country needs improvement, such as economic inequality, criminal justice and gun control. In honor of the occasion, many bars and organizations are holding parties across the city to commemorate the president’s last four years and make Tuesday night one to remember.
The speech will take place at 9 p.m. EST Tuesday night. Here are some of the best places to watch it in D.C.
Shaw’s Tavern: 500 Florida Ave. NW
This bar is having a State of the Union watch party on its second floor, complete with half price pizza and burgers. And if you’re interested in some pre-event entertainment, there will be bingo with jello shots at 8 p.m. EST to benefit the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C.
Nellie’s Sports Bar: 900 U St. NW
This gay sports bar is hosting its annual SOTU watch party, which begins at 8:30 p.m.
Meridian Pint: 3400 11th St. NW
Here you’ll be able to watch Obama’s last State of the Union speech with sound and booze in the bar’s basement.
Washington Examiner SOTU Bingo: 201 Bar at 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE
The 201 Bar and Washington Examiner are teaming up to host a watch party that they promise is going to be “yuuuuggggggeee.” The first drink of the night is free, and there will be other prizes throughout the evening for bingo winners and runners-up.
Network for Progress SOTU Watch Party: Local Sixteen at 1602 U St. NW
Liberals looking to watch Obama’s last address with like-minded folk should check out the Network for Progress mixer and SOTU watch party. There will be D.C. council members as well as a variety of liberal organizations in attendance for an “open mic” networking hour from 7-8 p.m. before the speech begins.
African American Civil War Museum: 1925 Vermont Ave. NW
The museum is hosting a watch party with DC Statehood, and there will be refreshments offered. Festivities kick off at 8 p.m. EST.