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R. Lopez

D.C. Bars With Affordable Beers All Night Long

Cheap, no matter when.

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| R. Lopez

No need to wait for happy hour to have a great beer without dishing out lots of dollars. Here are bars that offer affordable cold ones from when they open their doors until they lock up for the night (Eater's defining "cheap" here as several options in the $3-$6 range). There's no need to rush from the office to score the daily deal with these bars. For only a Hamilton, drinkers can get a beer, pay the tax, leave the bartender a decent tip, and still have something left over for another round. And with more bars on the horizon, who's to say there won't be more budget-friendly bars added to this list? Cheers to that!

Readers, share other favorite spots for cheap beer in the comments.

—Updated by Missy Frederick

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bier Baron Tavern

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1523 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 293-1885
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With more than 600 beers at this West End bar, there has to be something that won't break the bank. And there is. More than a dozen stellar beers on there menu come in at $5. And many more go for $6.

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2. The Big Hunt

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1345 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 785-2333
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A divey bar for sure, Big Hunt has several beers that fall in the $4.50-$6 range.

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3. Galaxy Hut

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2711 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 525-8646
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Somewhere between Clarendon and Courthouse on Wilson Boulevard lies Galaxy Hut. There are more than two dozen beers on the bar's menu, and a few run $5.50 for a pint. Sister bar Spacebar also has some cheaper choices, and several pour size options can help keep costs down.

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4. Glen's Garden Market

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2001 S St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-5698
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The bar has 8 local beers on tap, and they are always $4 for a pour. The selection changes all the time, so it's worth visiting often to taste the new additions. Because this is a grocery store and not a bar "bar", the place closes down at 10pm. But there's always day drinking.

[Photo: Facebook]

5. JR's Bar & Grill

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1519 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 328-0090
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At this beloved gay bar, the beers on draft are about as cheap as they come. $3 for a pint of beer. That's right, only $3.

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6. Petworth Citizen & Reading Room

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829 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 722-2939
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Here $4-$6 will score plenty of brews — some recent options include Baltimore Beerworks Raven Special Lager, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager, Dales Pale Ale, and many others. Yet another reason to head to Petworth.

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7. Raven Grill

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3125 Mount Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 387-8411
One of the dive-iest dive bars in the city for sure. The Raven is a Mt. Pleasant institution with beers on the cheap. The decor is a bit...well-used, but what else would one expect? It's $3-4 for the basics there.

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8. Red Derby

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3718 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 291-5000
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Located in North Columbia Heights, the Red Derby is cash only. (There's an ATM inside.) Beers can be had for as little as $2 with many options in the $3-5 range. And don't forget a side of fried mac & cheese wedges.

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9. Right Proper Brewing Company

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624 T St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 607-2337
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Beer made on site for $4-$6? Done and done.

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10. Shake Shack

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1216 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 683-9922
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Yeah, this is a burger joint, and they just implemented a happy hour. But even when happy hour isn't in session, 16oz of the ShakeMeister Ale is only $5.25. Just mind the crowds.

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11. Vendetta

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1210-1212 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 399-3201
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The H Street bocce bar has several beers in the $6 and below range. Pair them with some bocce.

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12. We, The Pizza

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305 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-4008
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Pizza and beer are supposed to go together. And Chef Spike understands that. A 20 oz beer is $5. Or if a growler is more your speed, that'll be $16.

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13. Brookland Pint

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716 Monroe St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017
(202) 758-2757
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This new neighborhood hangout has about 10 beers in the $5-6 range.

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14. Lyman's Tavern

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3720 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 723-0502
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Lyman's Tavern has plenty of beers in the $3-6 range. Right now, choose from everything from District common to Cerveza supreme to Highway 128 Gose. Pair any with pinball.

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15. Open Road Grill & Icehouse

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8100 Lee Hwy Ste 300
Falls Church, VA 22042
(571) 395-4400
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Merrifield and Falls Church residents head here for beers in the $4.25-$6 range.

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16. The Big Stick

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20 M St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 750-7724
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It can be hard to find affordable beer around Nats Park. But The Big Stick has some can and draft options in the $4-$6 range, and it's right by the field.

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17. Bottom Line

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1716 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 298-8488
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This bar is known for its dirt cheap happy hour, but beers start at $3.75 during normal hours, with several priced around $5.

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18. Ivy and Coney

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1523 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Ivy & Coney's beer list may be small, but they're all in the $3-6 range. Right now, choose from options like Goose Island 312 and Bell's Two-Hearted.

[Photo: Facebook]

19. The High Dive

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2337 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Standard D.C. Brau beers are $6 here, while $4 gets drinkers Miller High Life.

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20. The Pug

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1234 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 388-8554
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You have to go the can route to get beers starting at $3 at The Pug (drafts here are $7 unless it's a local sporting event; then they drop to $5).

[Photo: Facebook]

1. Bier Baron Tavern

1523 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037
With more than 600 beers at this West End bar, there has to be something that won't break the bank. And there is. More than a dozen stellar beers on there menu come in at $5. And many more go for $6.

[Photo: Facebook]

1523 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20037

2. The Big Hunt

1345 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
A divey bar for sure, Big Hunt has several beers that fall in the $4.50-$6 range.

[Photo: Facebook]

1345 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

3. Galaxy Hut

2711 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Somewhere between Clarendon and Courthouse on Wilson Boulevard lies Galaxy Hut. There are more than two dozen beers on the bar's menu, and a few run $5.50 for a pint. Sister bar Spacebar also has some cheaper choices, and several pour size options can help keep costs down.

[Photo: Facebook]

2711 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

4. Glen's Garden Market

2001 S St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The bar has 8 local beers on tap, and they are always $4 for a pour. The selection changes all the time, so it's worth visiting often to taste the new additions. Because this is a grocery store and not a bar "bar", the place closes down at 10pm. But there's always day drinking.

[Photo: Facebook]

2001 S St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. JR's Bar & Grill

1519 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
At this beloved gay bar, the beers on draft are about as cheap as they come. $3 for a pint of beer. That's right, only $3.

[Photo: Facebook]

1519 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Petworth Citizen & Reading Room

829 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011
Here $4-$6 will score plenty of brews — some recent options include Baltimore Beerworks Raven Special Lager, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager, Dales Pale Ale, and many others. Yet another reason to head to Petworth.

[Photo: Facebook]

829 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011

7. Raven Grill

3125 Mount Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010
One of the dive-iest dive bars in the city for sure. The Raven is a Mt. Pleasant institution with beers on the cheap. The decor is a bit...well-used, but what else would one expect? It's $3-4 for the basics there.

[Photo: Facebook]

3125 Mount Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010

8. Red Derby

3718 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Located in North Columbia Heights, the Red Derby is cash only. (There's an ATM inside.) Beers can be had for as little as $2 with many options in the $3-5 range. And don't forget a side of fried mac & cheese wedges.

[Photo: Facebook]

3718 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

9. Right Proper Brewing Company

624 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Beer made on site for $4-$6? Done and done.

[Photo: R. Lopez]

624 T St NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. Shake Shack

1216 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Yeah, this is a burger joint, and they just implemented a happy hour. But even when happy hour isn't in session, 16oz of the ShakeMeister Ale is only $5.25. Just mind the crowds.

[Photo: R. Lopez]

1216 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

11. Vendetta

1210-1212 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
The H Street bocce bar has several beers in the $6 and below range. Pair them with some bocce.

[Photo: Facebook]

1210-1212 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

12. We, The Pizza

305 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
Pizza and beer are supposed to go together. And Chef Spike understands that. A 20 oz beer is $5. Or if a growler is more your speed, that'll be $16.

[Photo: Official]

305 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

13. Brookland Pint

716 Monroe St NE, Washington, D.C. 20017
This new neighborhood hangout has about 10 beers in the $5-6 range.

[Photo: Facebook]

716 Monroe St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

14. Lyman's Tavern

3720 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
Lyman's Tavern has plenty of beers in the $3-6 range. Right now, choose from everything from District common to Cerveza supreme to Highway 128 Gose. Pair any with pinball.

[Photo: Facebook]

3720 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

15. Open Road Grill & Icehouse

8100 Lee Hwy Ste 300, Falls Church, VA 22042
Merrifield and Falls Church residents head here for beers in the $4.25-$6 range.

[Photo: Facebook]

8100 Lee Hwy Ste 300
Falls Church, VA 22042

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16. The Big Stick

20 M St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
It can be hard to find affordable beer around Nats Park. But The Big Stick has some can and draft options in the $4-$6 range, and it's right by the field.

[Photo: R. Lopez]

20 M St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

17. Bottom Line

1716 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
This bar is known for its dirt cheap happy hour, but beers start at $3.75 during normal hours, with several priced around $5.

[Photo: Facebook]

1716 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

18. Ivy and Coney

1523 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Ivy & Coney's beer list may be small, but they're all in the $3-6 range. Right now, choose from options like Goose Island 312 and Bell's Two-Hearted.

[Photo: Facebook]

1523 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

19. The High Dive

2337 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Standard D.C. Brau beers are $6 here, while $4 gets drinkers Miller High Life.

[Photo: Facebook]

2337 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

20. The Pug

1234 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
You have to go the can route to get beers starting at $3 at The Pug (drafts here are $7 unless it's a local sporting event; then they drop to $5).

[Photo: Facebook]

1234 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

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