Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Tour in Washington, DC

Urban AdventuresFirst St NE & East Capitol St NEWashington, DC 20004
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What better way to immerse yourself in Washington DC than by engaging in a lively debate while strolling through national monuments and ending with a pint (or two)? This tour begins at the U.S. Capitol Building where you’ll hear stories of the American government, iconic figures, and revolutionary policies. Then, conclude your Washington DC experience at a top bar on historic Barrack’s Row.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • Tour begins at 3:00 pm.
  • Tour duration: approximately 2 hours long.
  • Meets in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.
  • Children are allowed on the tour, but may not consume alcohol if underage.


from Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Tour
Washington, DC is the center of American government and politics – and this tour will let you experience all the political action and participate in the debate! Our guides will act as educators and facilitators and give you all the information, history, and context you need to have a lively debate with your fellow guests and, who knows, we may solve some issues while we’re at it! Even if we don’t change any policies, we’ll still end the tour at a bar where the drinks will cement our friendships and loosen our tongues.

Your Washington, DC tour begins at the heart of the city, the U.S. Capitol Building. Here, you’ll discover the origins of the city, the inner workings of the American government, and some incredible stories about U.S. politics as you stand right in front of the building that started it all. Discuss the development of the city as you gaze upon the Capitol, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress.

Next, we’ll wander up one of the most historic streets in the city while engaging in a lively political discussion and debate, all led by your guide. Opinions welcome, but keep it friendly!

During our journey we’ll pass and discuss some of the most historic places of Capitol Hill, including the Eastern Market, the Old Navy Hospital, and the Marine Core Barracks. Find out where all the movers and shakers meet outside the office, and uncover the changes the neighborhood and city have undergone. You’ll be fascinated by the how you can see the origins of the city in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Finally, we’ll check out the oldest commercial district in the city, Barrack’s Row. There, your local guide will point out some of the best spots to eat, drink, and socialize in the city, before ending our Washington tour at one of our favorite bars on the Row.

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Jill B
Abbots Ripton, United Kingdom
"DC Craft Cocktail Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2019 NEW
First of all, my bad I guess for not noticing the fine print about the 2 1/2 hour tour only including the first cocktail. However, if you’re charging $94 per person that should include a drink in each bar! The tour is basically a circle around the Verizon center into 3 bars and did NOT go into any hip speak easys where cocktails are $20+ Our tour guide was a sweet young lady but after the first 5 minutes she didn’t say much about DC and prohibition or anything historically interesting about bars or cocktails in the area. The first bar, sort of a sports bar, we got a cocktail making demonstration and the one cocktail. Then to a crowded bar, with no reservation and had to wait 1/2 hour to order a drink. The last bar was in a hotel where we may have had a reserved section and they treated us to a glass of homemade bubbly because I complained about the value of the tour. This could have been an historically really interesting tour if planned out better and with a knowledgeable guide. So, don’t waste your money! Read reviews on bars in DC and make your own reservations. The owners of Urban Adventures should go on tours with companies that do it right to learn how to organize a good city tour. I recommend Paris or London City Walks. Urban Adventures got enough money out of the 6 of us to pay for the airfare over there!
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Toulouse, France
"Tastes of Adams Morgan"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 14, 2019 NEW
I was the only guest for my experience in Adams Morgan. Nima, my guide, has very well adapted the tour to my diet. We had a great time and he also gave me good directions for the rest of my trip. To mix food and history made the tour very interesting. Thank you for this moment !
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Cape Town, South Africa
"Custom tour, amazing guide, brilliant sights"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 08, 2019 NEW
What an amazing adventure. I was visiting DC for work and the office kindly arranged a "best of DC" tour for us. Our guide, Chris, took us to a wide array of sights: along the National Mall with stops for pictures at the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, MKL Jr and Lincoln Monuments, up into Adams-Morgan, along to H-street in NE and then to the Capitol. Along the way we got all the historical information we could possibly want, some local anecdotes and tips for some tasty restaurant visits. We had such a great afternoon and got to see the best of DC in a climate controlled tour bus! I would definitely recommend DC Urban Adventures, specifically Chris, to get a good feel for the city and some helpful insights into its history.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
"Customized bus tour of DC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 08, 2019 NEW
My office had an international group visiting the U.S.and we were looking for an activity that would provide a good overview of DC. I inquired to Urban Adventures if they could provide a customized tour: I wanted something that would allow the visitors to see the main sights on the DC Mall, with opportunities to take photos there, but I also wanted them to see more of DC to get into some of the historical neighborhoods. Urban Adventures worked with us to identify the perfect itinerary and tour guide. Super helpful to us was that they also organized the transportation and included that in the price - they picked us up from the hotel, took us to several of the monuments downtown, then we drove up to see the Adams Morgan and Atlas neighborhoods which were great counterpoints. Our guide was Chris and the visitors loved him - one remarked "He is so passionate about his work!" He was extremely knowledge about the area, is a DC local, and has a good sense of humor. He chatted with our fellows and got to know them a little bit, which I believe made the experience all the more enjoyable and personal for them. The bus was a great option for people to cover a lot of ground quickly, especially in winter weather where our folks were not wanting to be outside for long lengths of time. Finally, we really appreciate that they organized for our guests to have a snack and a hot drink during the tour, and worked with our budget to make it fit. All this was really appreciated and I highly recommend them. I would definitely work with them again.
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Melbourne, Australia
"Great experience with Nima!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 27, 2019 NEW
I had a wonderful time on the Monuments by Night tour with our guide Nima! The tour was extremely informative and Nima is incredibly passionate about his work. We were able to see pretty much all the monuments on the National Mall and received an extensive overview. I would strongly recommend considering this tour- I went in Jan 2018 when there were less tourists because of the government shutdown which meant no crowds, and it was one of my favourite experiences!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Tour

When does the tour begin?
Tours begin at 3:00 pm.

How long is the tour?
Tours are approximately 2 hours long.

Where does the tour begin?
Meet your tour guide in front of the Capitol Building at the corner of First St NE and East Capitol St NE.

Where does the tour end?
The tour ends at Molly Malones located at 713 8th St SE, Washington, DC.

Are children welcome on the tour?
Yes. Children ages 6 to 11 are welcome on this tour. Children under the age of 6 may join for free. Please note that the tour ends at a historic bar, where underage individuals are not permitted to consume alcohol.

What should I wear?
We recommend wearing comfortable, weather-appropriate attire as well as sturdy walking shoes. While you will not be walking during the tour, closed-toe shoes are the most comfortable for touring Washington DC.

Is a tour guide gratuity included in my price?
No. Tips for tour guides are always appreciated, but not required or included in your tour price.

Is the tour rain or shine?
Yes. A little rain won’t ruin the fun. However, in the case of extreme weather, your tour may be canceled. Your tour guide will contact you in this rare situation.

Does the tour include a stop for food and drinks?
Yes. The tour concludes at a bar in historic Barrack’s Row.

Can I smoke on the tour?
No. Smoking is prohibited while the tour is in progress.

Will I need to walk anywhere?
With the all-electric Red Roadster, guests do not need to walk. Sit back and enjoy touring Washington DC.