The President’s State of the Union (SOTU) address is one of the most important days of the year for DC political wonks. It’s an opportunity to hear from the President on his agenda, and an attempt to rally members of both Chambers to get along and do what’s best for the country.

This year’s SOTU will have a somber tune following the Arizona shootings that severely injured Congressman Giffords and 12 others, and killed six. There’s even an attempt to have Democrats and Republicans sit together in a show of bipartisanship.

Nevertheless, staffers, wonks and other revelers will gather together to toast (er, roast?) the President, the Congress and the 112th agenda at local watering holes. There’s even a drinking game that countless viewers use, although I’ve seen many varieties so don’t limit yourself. An example can be found here.

My top five picks for the venues you’ll want to peruse are below. There are others I’m sure but I like to keep my picks on where the action is: Capitol Hill!

Bullfeathers (reopening on Jan. 24th)
Capitol Lounge
Hawk ‘n Dove
Lounge 201
Union Pub

Honorable Mentions: Tortilla Coast, Ventnor Sports Cafe

FamousDC thanks Nightlife Correspondent @BlairDC for sharing her favorite State of the Union DC bars.