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Where to Spot Snow Day Specials In D.C.

Deals for day drinking indoors

Two rows of wooden tables with bar stools, lit by two dramatic chandeliers falling from a wood paneled ceiling
The Sovereign is one of many Neighborhood Restaurant Group eateries running snow day specials.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

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:

Al Dente Restaurant

3201 New Mexico Avenue NW

Find $15 margarita pitchers and half-priced pizzas from noon to 9 p.m.

Atlas Brew Works

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.

Bar Deco

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.

Brookland’s Finest

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.

City Winery

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.

Cork Wine Bar & Market

1805 14th Street NW

The Logan Circle hangout is opening early at noon and doing happy hour drink prices all day alongside $1 cookies.

Delina’s Eritrean Urban Kitchen

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.

Dirty Habit

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.

EatWell DC

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.

Pennsylvania 6

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.

Taco Bamba

Multiple locations

Spot $1 hot chocolates at each taco shop, as well as all-day happy hour in Vienna, Springfield and D.C.