Capitol Lounge, a popular sports bar in DC’s historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, is permanently closing its doors on Sunday, September 20.
The business has been operating at 229 Pennsylvania Avenue, Southeast, with its motto “No politics. No Miller Lite.” since May 1996.
It has been drawing many Hill staffers and college sports fans with its wide-ranging beer list and happy-hour specials.
It is with the heaviest of hearts to report that our last day of service will be Sunday, 9/20. It’s been a great 26-year run, and we’re most proud of the way our management and staff have handled incredible adversity over the last 6 months.
Thanks to all for the love & support. pic.twitter.com/erxDPkvFdX
— Capitol Lounge (@CapLounge) September 10, 2020
“It’s been a great 26-year run, and we’re most proud of the way our management and staff have handled incredible adversity over the last six months. Thanks to all of the love & support,” Capitol Lounge tweeted on September 10.
Despite the owners didn’t specifically cite the coronavirus pandemic as a reason for the closure, the bar is known to have started financially struggling after the outbreak. It turned to takeout and delivery in March, and opened a newly covered patio area in June, according to Eater DC.
Capitol Lounge also announced this week that it applied to the Facebook Small Business Grants Program five months ago, but it was rejected.
Honestly forgot we applied for this….5 months ago. pic.twitter.com/dGHD9SFPbv
— Capitol Lounge (@CapLounge) September 9, 2020