As you can imagine, thousands of furloughed government workers are having an effect on the D.C. bar scene.
BuzzFeed went to some favorite Capitol Hill watering holes to find out how the government shutdown is affecting their business.
Sonoma is an upscale bar frequented by many members of congress.
A bartender named Dominic told us members of Congress were getting "their buzz on" before voting to shut down the government.
Capitol Lounge, a favorite Hill staff bar, has been packed with furloughed staffers.
Bartender Scott Haller tells us that staffers are "pissed off."
But he is tired of being asked for free drinks.
And staffers are ordering less because they just can't afford it.
To bring in business, his bar is giving away free beer with a government ID.
Pour House is a Capitol Hill staple.
Bartender Dibri says staffers are coming like it's "vacation."
"Everyone is getting ripped up and blowing all their money. We had a bunch of people in the corner yesterday with signs that said, 'Federal Government Laid Us Off,' and they were doing carbombs."
Drunk staffers have been such a problem that they have had to bring in extra security just to manage them.
"They are getting rowdy. I have to cut them off regularly because they don't have work in the morning. It is like Friday night for them. Where I’d have less security on a Tuesday or a Wednesday, I have to have bring in more security."
And furloughed interns with fake IDs have been a pain in the ass.
Charlie is a Bartender at 201 Bar and Union Pub, both favorites of staffers.
He says staffers are drinking longer and getting "blasted."
He says one group of staffers came in after signing their furlough papers on Tuesday and drank for 12 hours.
"[A group of Hill staffers] came in at like 12:30 p.m, got some buckets. Eventually I was like alright guys last call. They drank the entire work day...for them it was like a Friday."
But Charlie is worried about his own paycheck if the shutdown continues.
Brad, the bar owner, says furloughed workers have been asking him for "two week" jobs.
But at least D.C. can rest assured, no matter how long the shutdown lasts, there will be plenty of booze left to drink.
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Jacob Fischler is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C.
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