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Posted at 1:33 PM ET, 06/ 2/2009

Interns, Hop a Bus for Happy Hour

By Fritz Hahn

Intern season is underway, which means that the bars of Capitol Hill are teaming with a fresher, younger crowd. The Thursday night beat-the-clock happy hour at the Pour House should be packed this week, but most bars don't drive interns directly to their door.

And then there's Gin and Tonic.

Starting tonight, the Glover Park bar is offering "Intern Initiation Tuesdays," complete with a free trip on the Boomerang party bus from the corner of Second and D street SE to Wisconsin Avenue NW. (To board, riders must be 21-and-over and show a valid college ID or a badge declaring their intern status.) Buses leave the Hill at 5:30 and 6:30.

When they get to Gin and Tonic, partiers will find two-for-one drinks all night -- that's everything in the house -- shots, glasses of wine, draft beers, cocktails and pitchers.-- from 5 until 2. Note that anyone can get the deals, not just interns, so expect plenty of older (20s and 30s) G&T regulars scoping out the interns and buying drinks.

(Honestly, though, while the idea sounds kind of sketchy, it's naive to think that's any different than what happens every summer at the Front Page's always-slammed Thursday happy hour or at Capitol Lounge on a Friday.)

The problem with this deal, though, is that the bus doesn't return to Capitol Hill at any point in the night, so interns who make their way to Glover Park will have to find their own way home after they've had a few drinks. Fritz Brogan, the co-owner of Gin and Tonic, paints this event as catering to the crowd that's not bunking down on the Hill; after all, he says, he attended Georgetown and spent his summers interning at the White House and some downtown lobbying firms. "There's very little in Georgetown and Glover Park for the interns ... even though a lot of them are living in the dorms at Georgetown or [George Washington University] or in the townhouses in Georgetown," he says.

Luckily for those who don't live within walking distance, multiple Metrobus lines that service Georgetown, GW and Foggy Bottom stop on that block, and cabs area easy to find on Wisconsin Avenue.

Our usual advice for interns applies here: Just because drinks are two-for-one doesn't mean you need to get hammered and/or start dancing with a dude 10 years older than you. And please put the badges away once you're on the bus.

And whether you're an intern or not, if you're interested in more dirt-cheap happy hour deals like this one, check our Free and Cheap Guide to D.C.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | June 2, 2009; 1:33 PM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Free and Cheap  
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hey, 10 years is ok. 20 or 30, maybe bad ;-)

Posted by: omarsidd | June 2, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh god, we really don't need drunk interns in addition to the already annoying young republicans in GP.

Posted by: aat04 | June 3, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Thats what I love about interns, man, I get older, they stay the same age

Posted by: Shaft_in_DC | June 3, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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