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Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties

On Monday, August 21 the nation will experience a once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse. While it will only get to 82% here in the district, bars are still offering great deals to party under the sun in the dark.

Some places include special glasses, but some do not. Remember you can’t look directly at the sun during the eclipse so be sure to protect your eyes. Local libraries and Warby Parker stores are giving away free eclipse-viewing glasses (while supplies last) and the American Astronomical Society has a list of vendors.



CityBar DC is hosting a lunch buffet on the rooftop for the eclipse and starting their regular happy hour at 1 p.m. Featured drinks include Troegs Sunshine Pils and Victory Moonglow Weizenbock beers. Tickets are $20 at the door and $15/person in advance and can be purchased here.

DNV Rooftop Bar will start its happy hour at 1 p.m., specials include $4 Sapporo drafts and $5 house wine. The full menu, including frozen cocktails and boozy Popsicles, is also available. Pick up a pair of free protective glasses and groove to DJ Lee while waiting for the sky to darken. The Little Miss Whoopie truck will be outside with moon pies from 1 to 4 p.m., and the first 99 customers get a moon or whoopie pie for half price. 

Fairmont Hotel is throwing a “Here Comes the Sun, But Wait Until Dark” party starting at 11 a.m. in its courtyard. Specials include $10 Dark Side of the Sun rum cocktails, $5 Blue Moon and Corona beers- fun fact: a “corona” is the plasma around the sun visible during an eclipse. Oatmeal raisin moon pies are available for $5, and everyone receives a free pair of protective glasses.

Radiator‘s rooftop bar and pool deck is open to the public starting at 1 p.m. for an extended happy hour with $5 beers, $6 wine, and $7 orange crushes and frozen drinks. Free eclipse viewing glasses will be available.

Top of the Gate is featuring two cocktails created especially for the eclipse viewing event at the Watergate Hotel’s rooftop bar. The rum-based Eclipse Pico, $16, is garnished with a blackened orange, making the cocktail resemble the eclipse. The bar opens at 1 p.m. for viewing (glasses not provided).

Shaw’s Tavern is making use of its large outdoor patio for eclipse viewing 1-4 p.m., offering $4 blue moons, $6 sunny delight crushes, and $10 eclipse burgers along with house made moon pies and a DJ. Eclipse-viewing glasses will be provided.



National Air and Space Museum and Udvar-Hazy Center will have public programs with safe viewing through solar telescopes and free glasses beginning at 1 p.m. Family activities, which begin at 10:30 a.m. downtown and 11 a.m. in Chantilly, include making pinhole eclipse viewers and planetarium shows. The downtown museum will also feature shadow puppets, stories and an appearance by Mindy Thomas, the host of NPR’s “Wow in the World.”

The National Archives will have special solar telescopes at its Constitution Avenue entrance from 1 to 4 p.m. and will have a display inside with archival material about previous solar eclipses.

The National Zoo has solar telescopes on loan from the Air and Space Museum set up on Pachyderm Plaza from 1 to 4 p.m., and free safety glasses will also be available.


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