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Word on the Hill: Cinco De Mayo

Derby Day tomorrow

La Loma on Capitol Hill serves strawberry margaritas. (CQ Roll Call file photo)
La Loma on Capitol Hill serves strawberry margaritas. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

It’s Cinco De Mayo, which comes at a great time as both chambers are on recess.

Lawmakers hit the airports Thursday afternoon so that could mean a fun Friday for you.

Here are some things going on in D.C.:

Union Pub: The Capitol Hill bar, located on the Senate side, opens at 11:30 a.m. and has $4 tequila shots and $7 frozen margaritas, as well as other frozen cocktails. There will also be $5 LandSharks and Bud Light Lime, among other drinks on special. Chips and guacamole will be $6.98 and they have a bunch of other Mexican food options. (201 Massachusetts Ave. NE)

201 Bar: Also on the Senate side, 201 Bar opens at 11:30 a.m. and has margaritas, Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila shots, Blue Point Macho Muchacho and O’Connor Brewing El Guapo IPA all for $4. For food, there will be tacos for $3. (201 Massachusetts Ave. NE)

Mission: The DuPont Circle restaurant and bar opens at 11 a.m. for brunch and has specials all day and night, including $4.50 Tecates and $8 margaritas. They also have a DJ coming and surprise giveaways will start at 9 p.m. (1606 20th St. NW)

Espita Mezcaleria: A Southern Mexican-inspired restaurant in Shaw is releasing a new beer, Chamomile Saison, which is a combination of Mexican flavors. It will be available from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. (1250 Ninth St. NW)

Saturday is Derby Day

At Barrel, on Capitol Hill on the House side, the cocktail menu entitled “Inner Circle” is available from 10:30 a.m. to close. There will be specialty cocktails named in a owner/rider form to go with the derby theme and giveaways, including free frozen mint juleps. In the kitchen, there will be derby favorites like Hot Browns. (613 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told HOH in February that “it would be hard to make the Derby great again since the Derby’s already great.”

When votes on the health care bill are on May 4 …

Overheard on the Hill

“With this president… everything is subject to change.”— A senior White House official to reporters.“The trickle-down crowd is now having a beer party in the Rose Garden.” — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., after Republicans went to the White House to celebrate passing their health care bill.


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Happy birthday to …


Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., 83.


Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., 51.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., 35.

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., 65.

What’s going on?

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John T. Bennett and Rema Rahman contributed to this report.

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