DC bars to open early, offer specials for Cohen testimony

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Michael Cohen is testifying before Congress this week, and that can only mean one thing in Washington: Bring on the booze!

A host of watering holes in the nation’s capital tell ITK they’ll be opening their doors for watch parties centered around the testimony of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse committee believes it has evidence Trump requested putting ally in charge of Cohen probe: report Vietnamese airline takes steps to open flights to US on sidelines of Trump-Kim summit Manafort’s attorneys say he should get less than 10 years in prison MORE ‘s former longtime personal attorney and “fixer.”

On Wednesday, Cohen is speaking to the House Oversight and Reform Committee, an appearance that comes between two days of behind-closed-doors testimony to the Senate and House intelligence panels.

The public testimony is quickly shaping up to be must-see TV for political junkies and Trump’s critics, with The New York Times reporting that Cohen will use his Oversight remarks to describe the “lies, racism and cheating” he says the president engaged in.

Duffy’s Irish Pub in D.C.’s H Street NE neighborhood says it’ll be showing all the action via “eight large flat screen TVs with stadium surround sound tuned in to the Cohen Show” starting at 10 a.m., when the hearing begins.

In addition to its signature Bloody Marys, Duffy’s says it’s creating a new, happy hour-priced “Flipper Cocktail” that will “only [be] available for this event.” While Duffy’s owner, Casey Callister, wouldn’t divulge the recipe for the Cohen-themed drink, she told ITK it’s “Russian influenced, a little bitter and 100 percent pardon free.”

It’s not the first time the drinking destination has opened up early for a distinctly #thistown event. In 2017, Duffy’s welcomed a standing-room-only crowd as patrons packed in to catch former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyExpect little closure on collusion ‘Dear Attorney General Barr’: Advice from insiders Rosenstein: My time at DOJ is ‘coming to an end’ MORE ‘s first public testimony after he was fired by Trump.

Shaw’s Tavern on Florida Avenue NW also says it’ll be raring to go at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, opening early for “anyone that wants to watch the hearing.” The eatery will have its lunch menu available before it can legally start selling beer, wine and alcohol an hour after the Cohen drama begins. “We will have five TVs with sound,” general manager Rob Heim said.

And while it won’t open until 11 a.m., we hear Valor Brewpub will be serving its lunch menu and will have the Cohen testimony playing on its TV sets throughout the veteran-inspired Capitol Hill restaurant.