North America, United States, District of Columbia

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 owners also own Tunnicliff's at Eastern Market. 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." The past owner is Stratton Liapis. Bullfeathers is home to popular Capitol Hill Bartender, Nick Bardis. The restaurant has been variously described as "one of Capitol Hill's key upscale watering holes" and "a favorite House-side dive." The restaurant claims that its name comes from an expression of President Theodore Roosevelt, who supposedly used the term "bullfeathers" as a euphemism for "bullshit." The logo of the restaurant is a depiction of Roosevelt. It was founded in 1979 by Gordon King. 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. The political website PoliticsPA named it to their list of restaurants frequented by politicians. 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.