“Work Hard, Play Hard” is always the DC motto, and that is probably why there are so many amazing Happy Hours in DC. It seems that nobody ever wants to go straight home after work, so stopping off at a truly great Happy Hour offers the chance to unwind, eat, drink, and really deconstruct everything that happened that day.
Happy Hours often offer the chance to embrace the familiar, with all of your favorite foods and drinks. But the ever-expanding options in DC means you can also find some new favorites and incorporate them into your rotation. And the late days and warm weather of summer provides the perfect time to revisit some of your old standbys and try some of the newest, best Happy Hours in the city. Let’s go!
Old Faithful: DC Reynolds: (website) Known for BOGO Happy Hour, DC Reynolds is one of those places where you can always go to have a good time, great food, and see someone you know. With Trivia Nights and Movie Nights, not to mention an incredible menu and Happy Hour that goes on from 5-9 Monday through Saturday, you’ll have a hard time coming up with a reason not to hang out here.
Award-Winning: Front Page: (website) Specialty cocktails, a huge patio, a menu of favorites, and a sense of history make this Dupont Circle restaurant and bar a staple for great Happy Hours (and brunches). TacoBout It Thursdays with a free taco bar and $2 Corona will get your weekend off to a great start, even if you have to work on Friday. And DJ and Dance Nights may mean that Happy Hour gets extended into the wee hours. Totally worth it.
Elegant: Number Nine: (website) Located in the heart of Logan, Number Nine is part upscale cocktail lounge and part party central with generous pours at its 2 for 1 Happy Hour. The upstairs video bar offers a variety of programming, including sports, movies, and music videos hosted by a rotating group of VJs. Great vibe whether you want to relax or socialize.
Authentic: Ri Ra: (website) Billing itself as “A Real Irish Local Pub,” the gorgeous Ri Ra is named for an Irish phrase that translates as “devilment, or good fun”. And with fantastic food, great beer, and world-class whiskeys on offer, you are bound to have some good fun at this Georgetown pub. Happy Hour Specials Monday through Friday offer half-price appetizers to enjoy with your drinks. And the incredible design elements, often using salvaged artefacts and materials, will transport you to another time and place.
Hottest: The Salt Line: (website) If you want to leave work and feel like you’ve been transported to a New England oceanside vacation this summer, you must stop at Dock 79 next to Nationals Park to experience The Salt Line. The waterfront setting, indoor and outdoor bars, and incredible New England cuisine and raw bar have made this everybody’s favorite new hangout. Using locally sourced fish through their partnership with Annapolis’s Old Line Fish Co., the food is the freshest to be had. And the inventive cocktails, including slushy mixed drinks, will ensure you want to hang out as long as possible.
Most Anticipated: Game of Thrones Pop-up: From The Drink Company, who brought you Christmas, Stranger Things, Cherry Blossoms, and Super Mario pop-up bars, comes this summer’s must-do, a tribute to Game of Thrones. Opening June 21, you’ll be able to drink in immersive rooms, like the House of Black and White, the Red Keep, and other homages to Martin’s obsession-inducing novels and the HBO show. Drinks range from The North Remembers, the Dothraquiri, and Milk of the Poppy. Want to go hard-core authentic? Baltimore’s Charm City Meadworks will be serving mead on draft. Get your costumes (and your Insta hashtags) ready—it’s going to be a scene.
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