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Pubs Pitch Their Suds to Thirsty Ballplayers

Corrections Appended

As softball season kicks off, so does another summer of Congressional post-game pub visits. Whether your team is celebrating a victory or drowning its collective sorrows after a loss, you’ll need this roundup of Capitol Hill bars pitching specials all season long.

[IMGCAP(1)]On the Senate side, Union Pub (201 Massachusetts Ave. NE) will offer softball specials on Monday nights. The only catch is that the players must be wearing their uniforms.

“If the teams come out with six or more people, they will get their first pitcher of Union Pub amber on us,— general manager Libby Darby says. Union Pub will also offer $3 house pints, $12 pitchers of Yuengling and $5 barbecue chicken quesadillas all night.

While Monday is the only night that the bar offers softball specials, it does offer other discounts throughout the week. On Wednesday nights, Union Pub offers $1.50 Budweisers and Bud Lights as well as buckets of five for $7.50. Golden margaritas are also offered on special for $5. The bar offers $10 pitchers and $4 Smirnoff-flavored cocktails on Thursdays.

Across the Hill at Hawk ’n’ Dove (329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) teams can drink their way to an end-of-season party. The bar will be offering $8.95 pitchers of Miller Lite and Bud Light, with every sixth pitcher being charged to the house.

Teams that frequent the bar throughout the season can earn a discount at the end of the summer. If a team keeps all of its receipts and turns them in at the end of the season, it will receive a credit equal to 10 percent of the pre-tax total to be used toward a team party. This deal is good to all teams, no matter which league they play in.

“Even if you are the Hush Puppies and you play in the Sourdough League,— manger Paul Meagher jokes.

A few doors down, Capitol Lounge (229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) has softball fever. The bar signed on this year as the official sponsor of the entire U.S. House Softball League, in addition to sponsoring 10 teams.

Throughout the season, Cap Lounge will be offering specials to all House league teams. Manager Adam Manson says the deals haven’t been finalized but that beer distributor Capital Eagle Inc. is on board with the sponsorship and will help provide discounts.

“There will be a couple of bucks off each bottle here and there,— Manson says. “We’re bringing in six bottles of beer for them and then a bucket of beer.—

The bar will also offer discounts on food. Manson says he plans to offer pizza, wings and chicken tenders on special to teams in uniform.

Over at the Billy Goat Tavern (500 New Jersey Ave. NW), which sponsors Roll Call’s own EditOrioles, softball teams can sip on $12 pitchers or $4 14-ounce rail drinks. The Billy Goat is a good pick if you’re hungry after the game: In addition to budget-friendly beer, the Billy Goat offers cheap grub, like a $3.25 cheeseburger.

The Pour House (319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) will be offering $10 Bud Light and Miller Lite pitchers and $5 appetizers to all softball teams every night of the week. Regardless of the softball season, the bar offers $10 Bud Light and Miller Lite pitchers on Thursday nights, making it a good stop for a big group.

Keeping with the pitcher trend, My Brother’s Place (237 Second St. NW) will be offering $10 pitchers of domestic light beers to all sports teams. The bar will also serve $4 and $5 shooters, rotating the type of liquor each week.

By no means is this list exhaustive. If you’ve got a hot tip on summer softball specials, e-mail us here.

Correction: May 5, 2009

The article misstated which softball teams will be eligible for beer specials at the Capitol Lounge. The specials will be available to all House league teams.

The article also incorrectly reported the details of the specials offered at Pour House. The bar will be offering $10 Bud Light and Miller Lite pitchers and $5 appetizers to all softball teams every night of the week.

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