A bar in Washington has created a politically-charged cocktail menu for the US government shutdown

A bar in Washington has devised a political cocktail menu in the wake of the US government’s shutdown over funding disagreements.

US National Capitol in Washington D.C. (Photo: Tupungato/iStock)

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be unable to report for work on Monday, as the US Senate struggles to end a government shutdown which came into effect at midnight on Friday 19 January.

The shutdown came after lawmakers failed to agree on a spending bill that would dictate the distribution of funds to state-operated facilities until the middle of February 2018.

Capitol Bar — a bar and restaurant on Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill — was quick to capitalise on the political meltdown with a range of cocktails made available the moment lockdown went into effect.

Drinks include the “Have you ever met a Haitian?” made with banana-flavoured Bacardi rum, pineapple juice, cranberry soda and  “guilt”, and the “Affordable Beer Act” — a can of National Bohemian beer spiked with Motezuma Blue tequila.

The drinks have even been made affordable for those whose paycheques will take a hit thanks to the lockdown, as Capitol is selling the cocktails for just $5 (£3.60) to anyone carrying a federal employee I.D. card.

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