Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar…

Two scientists walk into a bar…

What sounds like the beginning of a rather bad joke is actually a fun program created by the Fleet Science Center in San Diego that LabX brought to DC on October 11th! During Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar®, local scientists enjoyed something we all appreciate: a good conversation in a local bar. Participants joined them, and asked them anything they wanted! The scientists were easy to spot – you could just look for the sign that read: “We are scientists. Ask us anything!”

Our first Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar® event took place October 11 in five locations around the city:

Bar Time Science Fields
Capital Cider House 4:30 – 6:30 Environmental Science/Water Resource Management, Chemical Engineering/Materials Science
3 Stars Brewing 6:00 – 8:00 Cancer Research, Physics/Engineering/Earth Science
Cotton & Reed 6:00 – 8:00 Neuroscience, Ecology/Evolutionary Biology
Royal Bar & Kitchen 7:00 – 9:00 Inorganic Chemistry, Infectious Disease/Epidemiology
Smith Public Trust 7:30 – 9:30 Chemical Physics, Plant Genetics/Food and Ag Policy

No tickets or registration was required. You could just show up, grab a drink, and ask a scientist!

We’d love to hear about the questions you asked and see photos of the fun, so please share your experience using #2scientists on social media and don’t forget to tag @labxNAS!

Are you a scientist who wants to participate in future Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar® programs? Email us at!

Scientists answer questions at the #2scientists event
Glass of cider and button.
Capital Cider House glass of cider with a #2scientists button. Photo courtesy Keri Stover.



Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar is a registered trademark of the Fleet Science Center.