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The D.C. Bar Crawl

You should vote because no matter whose confetti gets tossed in November, D.C.'s favorite pastime will never change: drinking too much and arguing too loudly about politics. If you find yourself in D.C., you might want to spend an hour or two observing this strange local ritual, where young men in khakis..

You should vote because no matter whose confetti gets tossed in November, D.C.'s favorite pastime will never change: drinking too much and arguing too loudly about politics. If you find yourself in D.C., you might want to spend an hour or two observing this strange local ritual, where young men in khakis and loafers can be brought to the brink of dueling over a New Republic article that neither has read-sort of like full-contact, IRL blogging. Whether it's ambition-drunk Capitol Hill interns lured by 10-cent wings and Miller Light or hotshot lobbyists sipping 20-year-old single-malts, here are the ten best places to eavesdrop on the conversation.

1. The Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th Street

LOOK FOR: Congresspeople, dignitaries, other assorted honorables, and their respective security detailsThe establishment's favored establishment, est. 1856 one block from the White House. Bush held his second inauguration party here in 2005. "The worst party ever," says bartender Jason Parsons. "They spent a pretty penny renting out the whole restaurant, expecting 700 people. Maybe 130 showed." In the off season, he says, "congressmen whoop it up more than senators. We often get the black Chevy Suburbans pulling up. Security will dash in and search the place."By day the scene is wholly civilized, with tourists lunching alongside White House staff, but nighttime can get rowdy. How rowdy? It depends on who's in power. "When the Democrats are in house, the party scene is better, but Republicans spend more money," he says. "That doesn't mean they tip better."

2. Pennsylvania Ave. pubs

in the 300s on Pennsylvania Ave.

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