Capitol Hill Home Bar Serves One-Day Suspension

Posted February 15, 2010 at 5:19pm

Hill denizens looking to end Presidents Day weekend with a pint at the Capitol Lounge will have to venture elsewhere Monday night, as the beloved watering hole’s alcohol license has been suspended.

But fear not, loyal Lounge patrons. It’s just for one day.

The D.C. Alcohol and Beverage Regulation Administration issued the citation to the Lounge for being over its mandated occupancy number, according to James Silk, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Avenue bar.

The problem was quickly resolved, Silk said, and the agency allowed the bar to select a day of its choosing to serve the one-day suspension. Bar officials chose today, and also used the time to host its employee holiday party, which had been postponed because of the recent snowstorms.

“Sorry to say but were [sic] closed tonight for our Holiday Party,” the bar tweeted. “Had to squeeze it in sometime between blizzards.”

The Lounge will reopen at 11 a.m. Tuesday, but still — don’t try to order a Miller Lite.