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Bullfeathers of Capitol Hill is a restaurant and bar on 410 First Street SE in Washington, D.C., in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. It has opened recently under new ownership. The new owners are Tony Harris, Med Lahlou, William Walls and Jessica Mulroy. It has achieved some degree of fame for its association with congressional staffers and members who have been patrons, and as a place where "lobbyists take Hill staffers to down martinis."[1]

The restaurant has been variously described as "one of Capitol Hill's key upscale watering holes"[2] and "a favorite House-side dive."[3]

Its name comes from President Theodore Roosevelt's favorite euphemism for "bullshit."[4] The logo of the restaurant is a depiction of Roosevelt. It was founded in 1979 by Gordon King.

Bullfeathers, Capital Hill is also the location of the Annual SWTA Legislative Breakfast[2]

The political activist Ralph E. Reed, Jr. had a religious experience while at Bullfeathers on a Saturday evening in September 1983. Regarding the experience, Reed said "the Holy Spirit simply demanded me to come to Jesus." He walked outside the pub to a phone booth, thumbed through the Yellow Pages under "Churches," and found the Evangel Assembly of God in Camp Springs, Maryland, He visited the next morning and became a born-again Christian. [5]

The political website PoliticsPA named it to their list of restaurants frequented by politicians.[6]

The restaurant also figured in the Mark Foley scandal. Reports indicated that Mark Foley approached a former 18-year-old intern at Bullfeathers and asked for an email.[7]


  1. ^ Stone, Daniel. "Newsweek - National News, World News, Health, Technology, Entertainment and more... | Newsweek.com". MSNBC. Retrieved 2009-10-06. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b Evans, Deane (1988). "Bullfeathers taps saloon market". Findarticles.com. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Gone Are The Days". Roll Call. 2006-02-01. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  4. ^ Brown, Jules (2008). "Washington DC". Penguin. p. 297. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Nina J. Easton, Gang of Five, 201-202
  6. ^ "2002 Politics PA Restaurant Guide". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. Archived from the original on 2003-02-02. 
  7. ^ "Foley Saga No Shock to Some". Latimes.com. 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2009-10-06. [dead link]

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Coordinates: 38°53′4.7″N 77°0′20.3″W / 38.884639°N 77.005639°W / 38.884639; -77.005639