These politically inspired bars have exactly what you need on Inauguration Night.
Off the Record has the last bit of election memorabilia you’ll ever need: illustrated coasters of Clinton and Trump.
Can’t snag a ticket to an inaugural gala? You can still go out on January 20 to partisanly party in style, because some of DC’s swankiest watering holes will be open that Friday night. In Georgetown, the Four Seasons’ Bourbon Steak Lounge will feature the winning drink of the presidential cocktail campaign it conducted during the fall. The four candidates all honored former presidents: Give ’Em Hell, Harry (Truman), Sherry Cobbler (Buchanan), The Chief (Hoover), and Wizbanger (named for a bomb and lauding Eisenhower, a WWII general before he occupied the Oval Office). Right next door, Eno is launching a flight of wines saluting Air Force One’s new First Passenger: The flight features three wines from New York and Pennsylvania in honor of Donald Trump.
Looking for an inauguration souvenir? At the Hay-Adams’s Off the Record, you can collect a coaster designed by cartoonist “KAL” Kallaugher, who engaged in some equal-opportunity caricaturing during the campaigns. The lounge at 701 is midway between the Capitol and the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, so plunk yourself there to toast the upcoming executive/legislative honeymoon (maybe?). To hail the new Chief Exec under the watch of a POTUS past, head to either Lincoln or Teddy & The Bully Bar. If you’re in a meditative mood and don’t want to be disturbed by broadcasts of the balls, hunker down at The Oval Room, which—a rarity among today’s saloons—has no TV.