Like a classic work of Victorian literature, a trip to the bar often begins with an introduction to colorful characters and ends with the revelation that everyone in the room is related to each other. Continue an age-old struggle with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of pub fare and drinks at Capitol Lounge.
Situated just east of the nation's most famous dome, Capitol Lounge floats a menu of hearty pub fare atop an ocean of more than 50 beers. Starters such as secret-sauce-tossed classic wings ($10), bacon-flecked potato skins ($9), and fried mini crab cakes ($10) lay the foundation for main dishes and weed out any tablemates that secretly only eat Play-Doh. Each plate of fish ‘n’ chips flaunts 6 ounces of pollack fillet ($12), as well as jalapeño tartar sauce that can serve as an invigorating shot between frothy mugs of Bell's Two Hearted Ale ($7/glass). Patriotic wines also abound in red and white varieties, which patrons can mix together to get blue.
The eclectic tavern, which counts many beltway bigwigs as patrons, spans three distinctive rooms. The warm, wood-enclosed Kennedy Room hosts the main bar, and the green and wiretapped Nixon Room showcases natural light bouncing off a frame-covered wall. The Loser's Lounge, where exposed bricks and sleek leather seating form a handsome retreat, summons patrons to the basement to sip brews while simultaneously failing at landscaping chores.
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.
229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, District of Columbia 20003Get Directions