Government Shutdown Survival Guide


Deals and discounts available to federal employees during the government shutdown!

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AT&TFlexible payment options.

Sprint: Various payment options available.

T-MobileShort-term payment deferral and flexible payment options.

Verizon: Flexible payment options and a “Promise to Pay” program.


Across the Pond: 10% off your bill with government ID.

BBQ Bus: 25% off entire menu.

Baked by Yael: Free coffee, bagel sandwiches or small orders of soup each weekday to the workers who are going without pay to care for the animals at the zoo.

Bar Deco and Fish Market: $8 signature Manhattan’s and 20% off the entire check.

Brookland’s FinestHappy hour pricing all day long for federal employees.

Capitol Lounge: $5 drink specials started on December 22. Cocktails such as “Nothing Really Mattis” (Mad Dog 20/20 and Vodka) and “Mexico Will Pay for This” (Montezuma Blue tequila, orange juice and grenadine) have been added to the drink menu.

Catch 22: 15% off your bill.

Carmine’s: Free order of meatball sliders for federal employees from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m and a happy hour menu available all day long. PLUS, they’re featuring a “hard times cocktail” (Campari, bourbon, orange juice, simple syrup).

City Tap: Extended happy hour from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

City Winery: $1 glasses of its own City Winery wines on tap with a government ID.

Chef Jose Andres: Free sandwiches during lunch at each of his D.C. restaurants.

Charlie Palmer: Free fried chicken sandwich with a government ID.

Commissary: Bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s for $15 on weekdays with government ID.

DC BrauThe tasting room is matching discounts to the amount of days the shutdown lasts.

District Doughnut: Free coffee to federal workers with any purchase.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: Free dessert or appetizers all day weekdays with government ID.

Little Havana: 50% off all drinks with a government ID.

Pennsylvania 6: Happy hour from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., with specials including $5 mixed drinks, a draft beer and a house wine.

Taco Bamba’s Chinatown: One complimentary traditional taco with government ID.

Ted’s Bulletin: Happy hour prices on draft beer, wine and cocktails all day Monday through Friday with government ID.

The Brighton: 10% off with government ID.

Whole Foods Market: Complimentary spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, January 15th from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at various locations in the D.C. area.

Z-Burger TenleytownFree meal Thursday, January 10th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with government ID.

&pizza: Free pie between 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at any of their D.C. locations.


9:30 Club: From now until the shutdown ends or 11:59pm on Monday, January 14 (whichever happens first), buy a ticket and get one free to every 9:30 Club, The Anthem, Lincoln Theatre, and 9:30 Presents at U Street Music Hall show (so long as they’re not sold out and while supplies last) happening through February 8th. Just use the code 930Freebie in the promo code box. Limit 2 paid tickets per customer, for a total of 4 with freebies.​

Artechouse20% off admission ticket prices with code “DCISOPEN”

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: Free movies to federal employees at Stonebridge in Prince William County in January.

Capitol Hill Books10% off.

Clinton Museum Store42% discount for entire store.

National Building MuseumFree admission with a government ID.

Newseum15% discount on online tickets.

Shakespeare Theatre Company50% off tickets with code SHUTDOWN18.

Woodrow Wilson House: Free admission for with government ID or badge.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: 15% off tickets to BLKS with government ID.


Bank of America: Client Assistance Program is offering personalized financial assistance at 844-219-0690.

Chase: Available hardship programs at the Special Care Line at 888-356-0023.

Congressional Federal Credit Union“Relief Line of Credit” with an interest-free rate over 60 days is available for furloughed employees.

FedChoiceVisit their Furlough Center at

Navy Federal Credit UnionEligibility for interest-free loans for those who have direct deposit of their government pay.

U.S. Employees Credit UnionEligibility for interest-free loans for those who have direct deposit of their government pay.

Wells Fargo: Call 1-800-TO-WELLS for furloughed assistance.

Unemployment benefitsU.S. Office of Personnel Management fact sheet states that federal employees may be eligible for “Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees”.


Balance Gym: Free workouts from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a government ID.

CYCLED!: Government workers can sweat out the shutdown with Cycling, Barre or Yoga Sculpt class at the Silver Spring and Takoma Park location. With a government ID and promo code “SweatItOut@CYCLED!”, furloughed employees can get discounted classes.

Zengo Cycle: $10 off-peak (7:15 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 12 p.m.) walk-in classes plus free shoe rentals with a government ID.

The Bar Method: Two weeks of unlimited classes for new and lapsed clients for $39 with code shutdown.

Active Life DCMultiple free workouts in the D.C. area.

Crunch Fitness: Regular one-day free passes.

202strong: Free first class and up to five classes for $5 with a government ID.

Elevate Interval Fitness: Two free off-peak classes per week.


Giant and Capital Area Food Bank: Giant Food stores are partnering with Capital Arena Food Bank to provide free “pop-up markets” throughout the D.C. area Saturday, January 12th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The pantries will be free of charge for anyone with a government ID.


  • 6800 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA. 22306
  • 7074 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD. 20748
  • 10480 Campus Way South, Largo, MD. 20774
  • 12051 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD. 20852
  • 1050 Brentwood Road, Brentwood, Washington, D.C. 20018

Kraft: The company is opening a pop-up grocery store called “Kraft Now Pay Later” where federal employees can get free groceries with a government ID.


Community Forklift: 10% in-store discount with a government ID.

Washington Gas: Flexible payment arrangements for government employees.


Animal Welfare League of Arlington: Pet food offered for federal employees with government ID.

DC Pet Pantry: food assistance for animals with government ID and proof of DC residency.

Montgomery County Humane Society: Limited supply of cat and dog food available with government ID. Those in need are invited to stop at MCHS from 12pm – 4pm weekdays.

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