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Posted at 4:28 PM ET, 01/23/2006

Back to the Lounge

By Fritz Hahn

Late-breaking news from the Hill: Capitol Lounge's main bar is reopening tonight, almost five months after it was gutted by fire. The smaller side bar and basement Shriner's Lounge reopened Dec. 9, but the much larger main room needed a little more work.

If you've been missing the discounted wings and pizzas, though, you'll have to wait a little bit longer; the kitchen isn't fully functional at this point.

Still, $2.50 drafts and $3.50 rail drinks sound like a pretty good deal.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | January 23, 2006; 4:28 PM ET
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Hallelujah! All is well again in Washington. Once the wings are back, life will be complete.

Nice job, owner Joe. Thanks for spending what it took to bring the Lounge back to life. We patrons appreciate it!

Posted by: S. Johnson | January 24, 2006 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Is it $2.50 drafts at all times, or is that just a Happy Hour special?

Posted by: AC | January 24, 2006 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Gosh I am glad that you decided that the Lounge is cool now that it burned down.

If you are going to act like an ass go to the Hawk n' Dove chief.

We don't want you there.


Posted by: dcduckLounge Veteran | January 24, 2006 6:24 PM | Report abuse

That fire was a sign - the neighborhood had one too many putrid third rate sh*tboxes for entry level bureaucrats to get drunk in. Maybe the new incarnation will be something different, but don't hold your breath. Hallelujah indeed.

Posted by: AndyGriffith | January 25, 2006 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I recognized the Lounge for what it is - a cheap drinks sort of place. But the condition of it's bathroom (filthy) always sortof spoke volumes about the place. The owner is opening a ton more places on the Hill. I'm hoping he pays more attention to bathroom hygiene in these other places, as Hill residents that aren't interns aren't going to be too keen on wading through filth.

But, at least the food is better than Hawk and Dove (or Hack and Puke, as locals know it). I was once served a burger in Hawk and Dove that was nearly the consistency of a hockey puck.

Posted by: Hillman | January 27, 2006 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Andy and Hillman have it right. If you're 22-years old and looking to pick up an intern, Cap Lounge is for you. If not, get on the Metro because every bar on the Hill (except maybe 201) is only becoming more and more like it.

Posted by: Fitzy | February 15, 2006 3:51 PM | Report abuse

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