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Inauguration Weekend Brunch Guide

Did I read that right? 150 bars were given the OK to stay open until 4 a.m. this weekend? That, on top of the marathon of Inauguration balls that you’ll be running to and from, means there will be plenty of brunching in between. You’ll need to catch your breath and trade notes with friends, of course.

Plus, if you didn’t snag that seat next to Beyonce and don’t feel like battling the crowds on the National Mall on Monday, you can cozy up in a District brunch spot with a television and a plate of bacon. No judging here! Here’s where we recommend you do just that.


The bottomless-and-endless Mediterranean tapas joint in the gayborhood will be serving up its brunch menu all three days this weekend: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
The Bitches say: A. Read the review here.

Bar Pilar
The 14th Street spot will be serving brunch on Monday, beginning at 11 a.m. They’re also offering a “Four More Beers” menu featured $7 Tall, Dark and Elected, The Donkey Punch, and The Mormon After.
The Bitches say: B. Read the review here.


Chef Aaron McCloud will be serving up brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Monday, because of the restaurant’s proximity to the National Mall, it will open for brunch at an astonishing 7 a.m. and will stay open until 4 p.m.
The Bitches say: Phenomenal. Read the review here.

CoCo Sala
Get a two-course set menu (main course and dessert, most likely chocolate) during brunch Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for $26. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.
The Bitches say: A. Read the review here.


City Tavern Club
On Monday, join The Delaware State Society for an Inaugural Brunch, and watch the swearing in on TV from the warmth of the Long Room. All you can eat and drink, $125/person, by check only. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information or reservations, call 240-429-5090.

Daily Grill
With locations in Georgetown and Dupont, this staple spot will be open for brunch on Monday. Can’t go wrong there.
The Bitches say: A-. Read the review here.


Celebrating the Inauguration and honoring Martin Luther King, Chef Todd Gray has created a special brunch menu that features beloved dishes of both King and Obama. The three-course menu includes things like the Obama Family Chili, MLK’s Fried Chicken Paillard, and more. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The Bitches say: On our list to try!

Want a brunch dance party? Lima is serving up a plated brunch all day Monday, along with hookah and bottle service. You can get a spot on their heated patio and enjoy the people-watching—then go dance.
The Bitches say: On our list to try!

Peacock Cafe
The Georgetown staple will be open for brunch Sunday at 9 a.m. and Monday at 10 a.m. Chef Maziar will be serving a few new specials for the Inauguration.
The Bitches say: A. Read the review here.


Red Rocks Pizza
Both locations (Columbia Heights and Alexandria) will be open for brunch at 11 a.m. all weekend long. So, eat some pizza and chill out—we know you hate crowds but love breakfast pizza.
The Bitches say: B+. Read the review here.

The Ritz-Carlton
Saturday, there’s a special brunch event and fashion show hosted by the California State Society. There will be a fashion show by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and a luncheon (you say luncheon, we say brunch-eon) at the Ritz at 11 a.m. Tickets are $250, get them here.
The Bitches say: On our list to try!


The Source
Our favorite pick for Best Bloody Mary, the famous dim sum spot in the Newseum is serving up brunch by Chef Scott Drewno on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from noon to 3 p.m.
The Bitches say: A+ and our Best Brunch of the Year in 2012. Read the review here.

Get some of the South in Washington at one of our favorite brunches in town, SoHo, in Adams Morgan. The restaurant will be serving up bottomless brunch Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Don’t miss the fried chicken and waffles, our pick on the menu.
The Bitches say: A-. Read our review here.

St. Gregory Hotel
A special brunch event, Desire to Aspire: A Young Professionals Empowerment Brunch, will bring celebrities, influencers, and young leaders together at the St. Gregory Hotel on Saturday to empower them to affect change in their community. Get tickets here.
The Bitches say: On our list to try!

Ulah Bistro
Ulah Bistro is having its own Inauguration Sunday, as the cozy U Street spot is starting a special jazz brunch this Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. They’re also open Monday for brunch. If you miss it this week, don’t worry, unlike the Presidential Inauguration it’s now a weekly event.
The Bitches say: A-. Read the review here.

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