DC’s Newest Eaglet Is Named “DC9” And DC9 (The Nightclub) Famous

Photo by Hannah Swearman at DC9.

The National Arboretum’s Last Baby Bald Eagle, DC9, fully hatched last night! Woohoo! For those who want to party (or are looking for an excuse to party midweek), head to the nightclub that bears the same name: DC9. The club offers eagle-themed specials throughout the week.

By cosmic coincidence, the nightclub – located on Ninth Street, northwest – and the baby eagle – the ninth to hatch in this particular nest – share the same name, for now at least. The American Eagle Foundation is planning a naming campaign and will release details once finalized. However, DC9 owner Bill Spieler hopes the feathered girl will keep her current name. “Who wouldn’t want a bald eagle with the same name as your business?” he says.

When Spieler discovered DC9 was hatching yesterday, he said he “scrambled” – “egg pun”, he adds – in celebration. Last night, the club’s first-floor televisions broadcast live from the nest, home to DC’s beloved bald eagle couple, Mr. President and LOTUS. “When we started to see the egg crack, we were like, ‘Look, look, look!'” Spieler said.

But the party is not over. The club will continue to broadcast the nest live and offer eagle-themed specials until Friday. Eat $4 deviled eggs and toast to new life with DC9’s special Bald Eagle cocktail, a festive mix of Espolòn tequila, pink grapefruit, cranberry juice, lime juice, lemon juice and simple syrup.

While you’re there, take part in an eagle egg hunt. The club placed nine hidden eggs on the first floor. Find them all and get $1 off your tab.

Jerry C. Greiner