Deals, goodies and freebies around DC for federal employees during the government shutdown

People walk up the steps even though the National Archives is closed with the partial government shutdown, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Furloughed federal workers may be feeling the effects of the partial government shutdown both mentally and financially. However, plenty of local businesses and organizations are working to easy to pain with freebies and discounts for until the shutdown ends.

In terms of the shutdown, here's what is and isn't open across the DC-area, a growing list of resources, programs and seminars and financial tips for furloughed employees on how to manage their budget.

From discounted admission at paid museums, to cheap drinks during happy hour, to free haircuts -- here are the places across the DMV where you can score a deal during this partial government shutdown:


Food and Restaurant Deals


The chain will offer free pizza to government workers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day of the shutdown. The deal was moved from lunchtime after the first week of the shutdown.

Capitol Lounge

Capitol Lounge is offering federal employees with on-theme cocktails for $5. Drinks include: 'Nothing Really Mattis,' 'Mexico Will Pay for This,' and the 'Border Wall Banger.'

Across the Pond Restaurant & Pub

Federal workers get 10 percent off with government ID at Across the Pond Restaurant & Pub. This deal is not valid on in-house specials.

City Tap Penn Quarter

City Tap's Happy hour has been extended from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day during the shutdown. Within the happy hour, deals include: $5 select drafts, $6 house wines and $7 beer and a shot combo.

The Brighton

Federal workers can show their federal ID for 10 percent off their order at this spot on The Wharf starting at 11 a.m. every day.

Z Burger

Z Burger's Tenleytown location will be offering a free burger, fries and drink for government workers affected by the shutdown from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The offer is good for one free meal per person to furloughed government workers with ID.

The Queen Vic

Federal government employees can show the bartender a federal ID during the shutdown for an 18 percent discount. Visit the bar's website for more information.


SweetGreen is offering federal government employees without a paycheck a free signature salad between Jan. 11-Jan. 13. Just show your government ID at any SweetGreen location.


1310 New Hampshire Ave, NW

Washington D.C. 20036

Firefly is extending happy hour pricing on food and drinks for federal employees to continue throughout dinner service. Also, during weekday lunch service, Firefly will honor a percentage off the entire bill for federal employees that is commensurate with the length of the government shutdown (e.g. 21% off on Day 21, 22% off on Day 22, etc.) through the end of January. Restaurant Week promo would not apply.


1430 Rhode Island Ave, NW

Washington D.C. 20005

Radiator is offering a glass of the Furlough Fix, a complimentary cocktail, to all federal employees during the government shutdown. The team is also bringing back the Burger-Beer-Shot combo for $22, and will donate $2 from each combo to a federal agency affected by the shutdown.


2121 P Street, NW

Washington D.C. 20037

Urbana is offering their popular $10 Pizza + Beer special (margherita pizza and happy hour beer) to all federal employees any time and every day of the week during the government shutdown.

Wings Over - College Park

Wings Over will be serving free wings and sandwiches to any guests with a current federal government ID at their College Park location on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13.

Coppi's Organic

Coppi's Organic is running a special for furloughed workers. Happy hour will be available Monday through Saturday all night in addition to 30% off of meals every Sunday with a valid federal employee ID until the shutdown ends.


Arts, Entertainment & Adventure


Customers can save 20 percent off admission to ARTECHOUSE's exhibit New Nature, a high-tech look at the outdoors. Plug in the promo code DCISOPEN when booking tickets online. The DC Is Open campaign is offering a number of discounts.


Newseum goers can purchase tickets at the Newseum's website. Participants during the shutdown can get a 15 percent discount on tickets.

Whole Foods

Twenty Whole Foods grocery stores in the D.C. area are hosting complimentary spaghetti dinners from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night as a government shutdown continues to impact local workers.

Spaghetti dinners will be held at the following Whole Foods locations:

Washington, D.C.

Foggy Bottom: 2201 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

H Street: 600 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

P Street: 1440 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

South Capitol Hill: 101 H Street SE,Washington, DC 20003

Tenleytown: 4530 40th Street NW,Washington, DC 20016


Arlington: 2700 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201

Ashburn: 19800 Belmont Chase Drive, Suite 160, Ashburn, VA 20147

Fair Lakes: 4501 Market Commons Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033

Old Town: 1700 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Pentagon City: 520 12th Street South, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22202

Reston: 11660 Plaza America Drive, Reston, VA 20190

Springfield: 8402 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield, VA 22152

Tysons: 7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043

Vienna: 143 Maple Ave. East, Vienna, VA 22180


Bethesda: 5269 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20816

Friendship Heights: 4420 Willard Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Kentlands: 316 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878-5454

Rockville: 11355 Woodglen Drive, Rockville, MD 20852

Silver Spring: 833 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910

Riverdale Park: 6621-B Baltimore Ave., Riverdale Park, MD 20737


Other services

The Neighborhood Barbershop

On Jan. 13 from Noon until close, the Neighborhood Barbershop is hosting their 'Shutdown Cutdown' event. The Falls Church barbershop is giving free haircuts for furloughed federal government employees (with appropriate ID).


Take an indoor cycling class at CYCLED! of Silver Spring, or try a cycling, barre or yoga sculpt class at the Takoma Park location. Use the code "SweatItOut@CYCLED!" to sign up, and to show your government ID at check-in.

Sweat DC

Furloughed employees are offered a free two-week pass. This Petworth studio is known for 45-minute, high-intensity core-cardio-strength classes. The Sweat Strong class uses higher levels of equipment, more dynamic moves and can offer more of one-on-one attention for participants.

Bishops (Dupont Circle)

Bishops is offering free haircuts to all government employees affected by the Government Shutdown of 2019. Offer valid with federal government IDs. For first time clients, your haircut is free. Returning clients are eligible for a 25 percent off discount.


Sporting Events

George Mason University

The George Mason University athletic department will offer complimentary tickets to men's and women's basketball games for federal employees impacted by the government shutdown. The offer is available for all regular season home men's and women's basketball games during the furlough.

The offer may be redeemed only on the day of the game at the EagleBank Arena box office.

Federal employees are limited to two complimentary tickets per contest and must show a valid government ID. This offer is based on availability.

George Washington University

George Washington is offering tickets to all men's and women's basketball games with a government ID or by calling 202-994-GWTIX.

Howard University

Howard is offering all federal employees free tickets to both men's and women's games during the government shutdown. Just present your government ID to the box office on game day. The offer lasts until the government reopens.

American University

During the current federal government shutdown, AU Athletics has announced that throughout the month of January, all federal government workers may receive two free tickets to home athletic events at American University - including upcoming men's basketball, women's basketball and wrestling events in Bender Arena.

With a valid federal government ID, fans will receive free admission for themselves and a guest to support and cheer on the AU Eagles to victory.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University's department of athletics is offering free tickets to upcoming men's and women's basketball games for federal employees during the current government shutdown.

The offer is extended for the men's home games against: Providence (1/12/19) and Marquette (1/15/19) at Capital One Arena and home women's games against DePaul (01/11/19) and Marquette (01/13/19) at McDonough Arena during the shutdown.

Additional games may be announced.

University of Maryland

The Maryland athletic department will offer two complimentary general admission tickets for federal government employees to Saturday's women's basketball game vs. Michigan on Jan. 12 and the men's basketball game against Wisconsin on Jan. 14.

Capital City Go-Go

Federal Government employees — Get 2 free tickets to each of the next home game -- Jan. 12, 7 p.m. -- at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. For details, visit their website at:


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