Row of beers

Two Scientists Walked Into a Bar on Oct. 24, 2019

Two scientists walked 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 now brings to DC! During Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar®, local scientists enjoy something we all appreciate: a good conversation in a local bar. The scientists are easy to spot – just look for the sign that reads: “We are scientists. Ask us anything!”

Our recent Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar® event took place October 24, 2019 in 11 locations around the DC area:

Bar Time Science Fields
Wisdom 5:30 – 7:30 Botany/Volcanoes
Craft Beer Cellar DC * 5:30 – 7:30 Sustainability Practices/Brewing
Lost Boy Cider (Alexandria) 5:30 – 7:30 Chemical Physics & Optics/Chemistry, Climate & Drinking Water
Capital Cider House 6:00 – 8:00 Human Paleobiology/Climate Impacts, Geology & Chemistry
Denizens Brewing (Silver Spring) 6:00 – 8:00 Drug Development/Microbiology
Denizens (Riverdale Park) 6:00 – 8:00 Food Safety & Microbiology/Planetary Science & Seismology
Red Bear Brewing ** 6:30 – 8:30 Material Science/Chemistry & Art Conservation
The Royal 7:00 – 9:00 Experimental Physics/Infectious Disease & Public Health
Pub and the People 7:00 – 9:00 Infectious Diseases & Public Health/Bioengineering & Synthetic Biology
Present Company Public House 7:00 – 9:00 Climate Change & Human Health/Immunology & Cancer Drug Development
Pie Shop 7:30 – 9:30 Environmental Microbiology/Synthetic Biology

* The Craft Beer Cellar event is a free tasting with Allagash Brewing Company. For additional details, visit their calendar of events.

** ASL interpretation available

No tickets or registration were required. You could just show up, grab a drink, and ask a scientist! You can read more about our earlier events in articles from the Washington Post and the San Diego City Beat.

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 Stoever.



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