Wednesday, February 20 is an official snow day the nation’s capital, which means bars and restaurants are opening early, serving warming cocktails, and running a flurry of food and drink specials — including all-day happy hour — to coax customers out of their cozy homes.
Here’s a running list:
3201 New Mexico Avenue NW
Find $15 margarita pitchers and half-priced pizzas from noon to 9 p.m.
2052 West Virginia Avenue NE
The solar-powered brewery and tap room in Ivy City is pouring starting at 4 p.m. and pairing its new apricot IPA The Precious One with arcade-style games.
717 6th Street NW
The Chinatown bar has all-day happy hour with $5 DC Brau Corruption IPA and Bud Light, $6 house wines, and $6 rail cocktails. There’s also discounts on nachos, pork belly truffle fries, wings, flatbread, and tacos.
3126 12th Street NE
Snow day specials call for $4 hot cider, $11 spiked hot cider, $14 salmon patty melts with melted mozzarella cheese, lemon tartare sauce, and spinach on a soft hoagie bun with Old Bay fries.
City Tap Penn Quarter and Dupont
901 9th Street NW / 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW
Both City Tap locations have drink and dessert specials, including $5 select draft beers, $6 house wines, $7 select mixed drinks, and $7 cookie dough smash.
1350 Okie Street NE
The Ivy City winery is encouraging group drinking with half-off wine bottles across its first floor barrel room starting at 5 p.m. Tonight there’s also a live performance from R&B groups Men At Large and The Rude Boys.
1805 14th Street NW
The Logan Circle hangout is opening early at noon and doing happy hour drink prices all day alongside $1 cookies.
4914 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland
The months-old Maryland restaurant is celebrating its first big snow day with a three-veggie combo for $10, free Eritrean coffee, and all-day happy hour.
555 8th Street NW
It’s happy hour all day at the Penn Quarter hotel bar, which means $8 Old Fashioneds and Oaxaca Bee cocktails (chamomile-honey, lime, and tequila or mezcal). Wines pours are also cheaper, along with $6 select beers.
Valor Brewpub is offering all-day happy hour, which includes $7 bites.
Commissary is serving breakfast until 4 p.m. and will kick off happy hour at 3 p.m.
Little Havana is offering $7 drinks and half-price appetizers all night starting at 5 p.m.
Mezcalero is selling half-price guacamole with a meal, $5 house margaritas, and $4 beers.
Neighborhood Restaurant Group
ChurchKey has a hot chicken sandwich and Bluejacket beer combo for $15.
At Rustico’s two Northern Virginia locations, find free hot chocolate and marshmallows and half off all large format bottles. Snow day activities call for board games and converting its private dining room into a kid zone, complete with a projector playing family movies.
The Sovereign will offer a complimentary taster of draft beer with the purchase of any of its Flamecakes ($12) aka a Belgian thin crust flatbread (good for any 4-oz. pour of beer $5 and under).
Bluejacket will highlight chef Marcelle Afram’s chicken tot pie, boozy mulled cider, and free hot chocolate for kids.
Owen’s Ordinary will serve its sharable chocolate s’mores fondue for $15, featuring marshmallows, graham crackers, and fresh fruit, as well as warming cocktails like a Chai tea hot toddy and spiked apple cider for $11 a pop.
1350 Eye Street NW
Cups of hot cocoa are a dollar all day, and doctored up orders include Winter is Coming ($14) with amaretto, baileys, whipped cream, and a cinnamon stick, or the Hazelnut Hug ($11) with crème de cocoa, Frangelico, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings.
1205 11th Street NW
The Logan Circle restaurant’s first “Georgian Wine Wednesday” series is still on for tonight. For the remainder of month, find $20 discount bottles of the wines of Orgo from a Georgian winemaker who’s friend with co-owners Jonathan and Laura Nelms.
Spot $1 hot chocolates at each taco shop, as well as all-day happy hour in Vienna, Springfield and D.C.