Set your clocks for the Comey Hearing Covfefe.
Shaw’s Tavern in Washington, D.C., opened early on Thursday morning to screen former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“You know you want to watch the drama unfold this Thursday,” the bar wrote on its Facebook event, “The Comey Hearing Covfefe.” “Grab your friends, grab a drink and let’s COVFEFE!”
The bar opened its doors at 9:30 a.m. and offered $5 Russian vodka shots, an “FBI” sandwich (a play on the BLT, it will feature fried chicken, bacon and iceberg lettuce) and an “FBI” breakfast (French toast, bacon and ice cream).
Patrons lined up to get in, with one Twitter user captioning a photo of the scene, “Current line to watch Comey hearing at Shaw’s Tavern in DC stretches for over a full block right now…”
The line outside Shaw’s Tavern in DC, where Comey testimony is being shown on all big-screen TVs. pic.twitter.com/kxsmOJICOc
— Peter Jamison (@PeteJamison) June 8, 2017
But I swear I’m here for work. Hello from Shaw’s Tavern, where they are opening shop early so people can watch hearing. Look at line. pic.twitter.com/0ShQCsgzDJ
— Lissandra Villa (@LissandraVilla) June 8, 2017
Current line to watch Comey hearing at Shaw’s Tavern in DC stretches for over a full block right now… pic.twitter.com/8OrAr3Irvq
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) June 8, 2017
A Comey-themed menu at Shaw’s Tavern. “I think I’m going to get the FBI breakfast. And then at 11 I’m getting some vodka,” a guy tells me. pic.twitter.com/XcmMK7lVZz
— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) June 8, 2017
Once inside, someone at the scene tweeted that the bar was filled with “eerie silence” as the proceeding started.
Eerie silence in Shaw’s Tavern as the Comey hearing gets started… pic.twitter.com/KHEL3rJB9n
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) June 8, 2017
I’m live at Shaw’s Tavern this morning, and it’s lit pic.twitter.com/rlhEjHLBLZ
— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) June 8, 2017
— Bob Barnard (@barnardfox5dc) June 8, 2017
Rob Heim, general manager of Shaw’s Tavern, tells PEOPLE he was inspired to host the event after a friend invited him to watch Comey’s testimony over drinks. Since Heim had to work that day, he decided to bring the party to him.
“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.”
On Facebook, more than 340 people have RSVPed yes to the event, while 2,500 have expressed interest in attending.
To accommodate the hundreds of expected attendees, Heim said the bar will open its second floor and show the hearing on up to 10 televisions.
“It should be a fun atmosphere,” Heim said. “We’re always pretty busy for any sort of political event but this is definitely the first congressional hearing that we’ll be showing.”
Patrons of Shaw’s won’t be the only ones on the edge of their barstools. Another bar, Duffy’s, will open early for the hearings and serve Covfefe cocktails, while The Pug is catering to patrons who prefer their drinks without a side of politics.
Given the gravity of Thursday’s Comey hearings, Pug opens at 11:00 a.m. @ruckusdeleon will be showing HGTV and or law and order reruns.
— The Pug (@thepugdc) June 5, 2017
Indeed, the whole country is gearing up for “Comey o’ clock.”
48 hours till Comey o’clock
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 6, 2017
There just may be a popcorn shortage after Comey’s testimony. Definitely must watch TV. We’re going to hear abt 45s obstruction of justice https://t.co/asVSU3jpcT
— gb (@usageb170) June 4, 2017
Is Beyoncé doing the Comey hearing halftime show or are we stuck with goddamn Coldplay again?
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) June 6, 2017
Twitter engineer making final preparations for Comey testimony day. pic.twitter.com/5DHmtfxBaS
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) June 6, 2017
Get your popcorn ready. The hotly anticipated congressional hearing — which will likely focus on private meetings between Comey and President Donald Trump — is set to air live on the three major television networks: ABC, CBS and NBC.
from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/politics/dc-bar-comey-hearing-covfefe/