Bars open till 4 am: Where to get your drink on during the long holiday

late at night, an empty glass

In a strange coincidence, the Presidential Inauguration/Martin Luther King Jr. Day long weekend will also promote something quite opposed to public service—binge drinking.

Well, not necessarily, but over 150 District bars will be open for extended debauchery starting tonight until Tuesday, Jan. 22. The D.C. council approved later last calls for certain bars last summer as way to generate easy tax revenue for the District government during the period of inauguration festivities. The later closings are estimated to rake in $750,000 for the local government.

Not all bars are eligible to stay open, however: Only 154 have been cleared to serve liquor till the wee hours of the morning and only so long as they serve food until 2 a.m.

Recent graduate of Howard University’s math department  Roland Carter, now working as a Data Analyst at Friends of Choice in Urban Schools, produced a nifty interactive map detailing where the select establishments are and how far they are from the nearest Metro station. You can filter by Metro line, quadrant, and neighborhood.

Other than that, after the jump are Vox‘s choices for where to head to take advantage of later bar hours. Most Georgetown favorites—Tombs, Rhino, and McFadden’s (I guess?)—aren’t on the list. Take it as an opportunity to try some new places.

Georgetown and favorites
18th St Lounge
9:30 Club
Mason Inn

Adams Morgan
Madam’s Organ
Grand Central

Dupont Circle
Current Sushi
Lucky Bar
Dirty Martini
Mighty Pint
Sign of the Whale

Capital Hill / Downtown
Opera Ultra Lounge
W Hotel
Fado Irish Pub
Lotus Lounge
Living Social

U Street Corridor
Masa 14
El Centro

Foggy Bottom
Cafe Asia

Cleveland Heights
Uptown Tap House

Union Station
Rock and Roll Hotel


Vox isn’t 21 yet, so recommendations thanks to Design Editor Amanda Dominguez. Apologies if the neighborhood classifications are off.

h/t DCist

Photo: Lorenzo Maddalena via Flickr

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