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A Sprinkling of SOTU Watch Parties

Where to socialize through Obama's last State of the Union (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).
Where to socialize through Obama's last State of the Union (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Washington comes out for the State of the Union, and HOH has compiled some of the better-sounding watch parties for those who like to talk back to the screen. Washington Examiner SOTU Bingo
Where : 201 Bar, 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE
When : 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Host : Washington Examiner
Perks : “Your first drink is on us and we’ll have many prizes for SOTU BINGO winners and runners-up. This is one political contest where there are no losers,” organizers brag.  

#SOTUPROGRESSPARTY: Mixer & President Obama’s FINAL State of the Union Address
Where : Local Sixteen, 1602 U St. NW
When : 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Host : Network for Progress
Perks : Pay $5 cover online for drink ticket, food and one raffle ticket or pay $10 cover at the door for drink ticket, food and two raffle tickets.  

2nd Annual LBJ Washington Center State of the Union Watch Party
Where : Cashion’s Eat Place, 1819 Columbia Road NW
When : 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Host : LBJ Washington Center
Perks : Free event, cash bar and “a variety of hors d’oeuvres.”  

Politics & Pints
Where : Capitol Lounge, 231 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
When : 7 p.m.
Host : The Fix’s Chris Cillizza
Perks : $1 off drinks, Diageo Cocktail of the Month, half price pizza and a trivia competition.  

Red, White & Blue Early Dinner before MLK and State of the Union Events
Where : The Fourth Estate Restaurant, 529 14th St NW
When : 5 p.m.
Host : The National Press Club
Perks : “The a la carte dinner menu in the Fourth Estate includes Duck Breast Jalapeno Poppers, Wild Mushroom Cassoulet, Pecan Crusted Rack of Lamb and accompanying wines.”  

And here are a few you’ll need more than our guidance to get an invite to.

Speaker Ryan State of the Union Reception
Where : H-324
When : 6:30 p.m.  

Leader Pelosi State of the Union Reception
Where : H-204
When : 6:30 p.m.  

Buffet Reception for Congressional Members and Their Families
Where : H-324
When : 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the room will stay open after the SOTU for lawmakers to rejoin their families.
Host : Members and Family Committee

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