Located just east of its namesake building, Capitol Lounge welcomes residents, visitors, and sports fans to its three politically minded barrooms and offers a menu of casual pub fare and a list of more than 75 beers. Upon entering the basement, the warm browns and leather textures of the Losers Lounge invite visitors into its chic and windowless expanses amid exposed brick and leather booths. The clink of balls on pool tables entertains players between sports plays on TV or before bites of classic wings tossed in house hot sauce.
Upon entering the Nixon Room, patrons are immediately ensconced in vintage decor, including bar-style dining seating, framed magazine covers of the former president, and an antique cigarette machine. For a bar experience with the feel of a neighborhood gathering place, guests step inside the Kennedy Room, with its wood-paneled ceiling that arcs atop crowds as flat-screen TVs pipe in sports and bartenders mix up cocktails and pour glasses of wine. Two covered outdoor patios also welcome visitors in the spring and summer.
Sound Excursions describes their carefully curated group experiences as "field trips for adults." It's easy to see why: every outing takes groups to a new realm of Washington, whether it's the frothy shores of Puget Sound, inland forests and mountains, or tables at Seattle's thriving restaurants. The events held at these diverse locations range from culinary workshops on topics such as sushi-making and moonshine-tasting, to adventurous excursions with whitewater rafting or kayaking, to laid-back themed party cruises. For many outings, luxury transportation is provided.
Exposed beams, ecto-cooler-hued walls, and colorful seating give the bar a cool, futuristic, Ghostbusters'-day-off feel. Filling the industrial-looking interior are three full bars, eliminating waiting times. While sipping on bottled beers ($4–$6) or a glass of wine ($5–$7), take on a friend at one of six shuffleboard tables, seven pool tables, or six dartboards. Rocket Bar also boasts 14 draft selections ($4–$6), rail drinks ($5), and call liquors ($6.50), which provide enough throat lubrication to sing along with one of the two jukeboxes. Apply the value during happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) to take advantage of reduced rates and specials, including $4 glasses of wine, draft of the month, rail drinks, and champagne. Challenge your neighborhood to dart games, host a Bastille Day party, or watch the game on one of 17 HDTVs.