With all eyes on the country’s capitol Tuesday, Washington’s local watering holes will be filled with DC staffers, political wonks and interns gathering to watch U.S. President Barack Obama give his annual State of the Union address. Among other things, the president is expected to reveal his plan for overhauling the country’s tax system, which will include raising taxes on capital gains and slapping new fees on institutions that borrow heavily.
The president’s biggest talking point will almost certainly be the economy, but he is also expected to reveal his plan for free community college for some students and to address U.S. airstrikes against ISIS, also known as the Islamic State militant group. He will also touch on immigration reform, which Obama took action on last year with a series of executive orders aimed at keeping some immigrant families from being deported.
The SOTU is scheduled for 9 p.m. EST. Here are five places to catch the address in the capitol. And for the best SOTU drinking games, click here.
Ventnor Sports Café. 2411 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
The sports bar is offering $1 Jell-O shots every time the president says a word of your choosing. Its menu is typical sports bar fare – burgers, sandwiches and wings.
Shaws Tavern. 520 Florida Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
The DC gastropub offers half-price pizzas and burgers, $5 Sam Adams and $5 house wines.
Hawk ‘n Dove. 329 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast, Washington, DC 20003
Join Hawk ‘n Dove for $5 wells and $5 house wine, just steps from the U.S. Capitol building off Pennsylvania Avenue.
Meridian Pint. 3400 11th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20010
The craft beer joint will be playing Obama’s SOTU speech downstairs.
Nellie’s. 900 U Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
The gay sports bar will have its annual SOTU viewing party. The night is hosted by GLASS Caucus, a non-profit which focuses on issues affecting the LGBT community.