While it’s unclear how much the rest of the country is eagerly awaiting Thursday’s testimony from former FBI Director James Comey, for Washingtonians, the event is must-see TV, prompting some bars to open as early to host viewing parties.
And yes, one bar, Shaw’s Tavern, will be serving a special “covfefe” cocktail, named after President Donald Trump’s mysterious Twitter typo.
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Rob Heim, general manager of Shaw’s Tavern, told People magazine that he got the idea after a friend invited him over to watch the testimony. Since he had to work, he thought why not host a viewing party at the bar.
“I remember I was visiting my mom at the time and she said, ‘Who would watch that?’ And I said, ‘In D.C., people would watch it.’ But I was shocked by how much interest we got in just a couple hours.”
Thursday we are opening early for our Comey Hearing Covfefe! pic.twitter.com/o7o2XsFzl2— Shaw%27s Tavern (@ShawsTavern) June 6, 2017
The bar will also offer FBI-themed food such as the FBI sandwich (fried chicken, bacon and iceberg lettuce) and the FBI breakfast (French toast, bacon and ice cream).
Another bar, aptly called The Partisan, will open early and offer themed cocktails, including "The Last Word" and "Drop the Bomb."
Duffy's Irish Pub will have another version of the "Covfefe cocktail."
Duffy%27s getting in on the Comey watch party action pic.twitter.com/HvDT35YMHR— Tierney Sneed (@Tierney_Megan) June 6, 2017
The Capital Lounge, which normally opens at 4 p.m., will open at 9 a.m. so that Comey watchers can get an early start.
Comey’s hearing is set to start at 10 a.m. local time and is expected to cover conversations between Comey and President Trump about Russia’s meddling in the election and what, if any, role was played by former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
If you don’t want to wait, Comey released his prepared remarks Wednesday.
Of course, not everyone is interested in the event, prompting one bar, The Pug, to host a party free of news about the testimony.