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20 D.C. Happy Hours to Try Right Now

Where to find cheap beer, food deals, and deeply discounted wines

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Rather than compiling an encyclopedia of every single happy hour deal around, this map focuses on the best deals the DMV has to offer.

These bars and restaurants offer drastically discounted dishes, dirt-cheap drinks ($5 sangria and $6 wine by the glass), and extra-long time windows, some even stretching all day long on weekends. From iconic standbys like the Occidental and Joe’s Seafood to brand new options like Echo Park and Immigrant Food, here are 20 happy hours to scope out right now.

Note: The featured bars and restaurants are not ranked. The map is arranged geographically from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mussel Bar (Multiple locations)

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7262 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 215-7817
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Chef Robert Wiedmaier's Belgian chain runs a happy hour (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) that takes $2 off drafts and $3 off glasses of wine with $5 cans of select beer, $6 rails, $1.50 daily oysters (minimum of six); a $15 slider trio with fries; and $10 pizzas. On Monday, the happy hour deals go all day. Tuesday means $1 oysters, and Wednesday brings AYCE mussels for $29.

2. Red Derby

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3718 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 291-5000
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Enjoy $1 off every beer, wine, and cocktails from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the week — including all night on Thursdays — at the neighborhood watering hole.

3. Chef Geoff's

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3201 New Mexico Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 237-7800
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Chef Geoff's offers drink deals ($10 super mugs, $7 wines) and discounts on food ($5 off burgers, $4 off gourmet pizzas) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, as well as all day on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Go big or go home.

Posted by Chef Geoff's on Tuesday, January 9, 2018

4. Echo Park DC

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2014 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 864-6272
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The pizza-slinging replacement to Gaslight Tavern boasts an after-work special from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $2 off draft beers and wine. A $10 “Pizza & Pils” combo includes a slice (cheese, pepperoni, white, or Margherita) from Andy’s Pizza, a 14-ounce Eggenberg Pils, and a house limoncello pour.

5. Archipelago

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1201 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 627-0794
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From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, tiki drinks like piña coladas and Ti punch go for $8 and select beer and wine retail at $4 and $6, respectively. The U Street favorite also boasts an array of appetizers like $6 dan dan noodles and $5 hot chicken steam buns.

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6. Bar Charley

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1825 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 627-2183
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Bar Charley’s happy hour deals, which include select $6.95 cocktails and tiki drinks, $1.50 off wines by the glass, and discounts on canned beers and food specials, run from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends, and from 5 p.m. to close on Mondays.

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Tiki drinks at Bar Charley.
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7. THRōW Social/Kick Axe Throwing

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1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(833) 454-2529
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Ivy City’s brand new “footbowl” and indoor curling funhouse boasts happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Enjoy $6 draft beer (excluding Sour Monkey), $7 house wine, $7 rail drinks, $6 cheese or pepperoni pizza, and $7 hummus.

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8. Pearl Dive

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1612 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-4307
(202) 319-1612

Pearl Dive's happy hour on weekdays is extensive, with half-priced drafts, $6 wines, $7 vodka martinis, half-priced oysters, and $11 mussels from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Get it in the dining room on Mondays, too.)

9. Espita

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1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 621-9695
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Now available everyday from 2:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., head to Shaw’s Oaxacan getaway for $6 IPAs, $6.50 cocktails and $7 glasses of wine. Munch on various small bites and salsas for $3.50 and three for $12 tacos.

Brightly colored murals in a dining room at Espita Mezcaleria
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10. Supra

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1205 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 789-1205
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This Georgian-themed restaurant offers discounted Georgian wines by the glass, their take on a Moscow Mule ($7) , sangria ($5), and food specials — including variations on khachapuri — from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

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11. Boqueria (Multiple locations)

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1837 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 558-9545
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There are options aplenty during daily happy hour at Boqueria (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.). At their latest Penn Quarter location, sip on pitchers of sangria (starting at $29), cocktails ranging from $6-$8, and $5 bottled beers. Traditional Spanish tapas such as pan con tomate and patatas braves are all available for a reduced price.

12. Sospeso

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1344 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 827-3123
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This Atlas District eatery offers drink specials ($4 canned beers, $6 house wines, $6 to $8 cocktails, $10 beer and bourbon combos, plus discounted bar snacks (hummus, crispy potatoes) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays at the bar only.

#happyhour every M-F 5-8. That’s right. It goes to 8pm! Come hang. #dchappyhour #dchappyhours

Posted by Sospeso on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

13. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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750 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 489-0140
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The glitzy seafood spot for the power set offers a renowned four-hour daily deal starting at 2:30 p.m. The cavernous Banking Hall bar cuts prices in half for oysters on the half shell, cocktails, wines by the glass, and draft beers. Other cheap happy hour options include an Alaskan King crab roll, dry aged ribeye dip, and lobster deviled eggs ($4.95 each).

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14. Immigrant Food

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1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 681-3848
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Take a tour around the world from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the new fast-casual venture next to the White House from Seven Reasons chef Enrique Limardo. Bites include $6 Taj Mahal chicken sliders, global nachos for $7.75 and patatas braves for $4.50. Wash it all down with $6 beer, wine, and sangria.

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15. Old Ebbitt Grill

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675 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-4800
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D.C.’s top-grossing tavern slashes prices on oysters and shellfish platters in half twice a day, every day: from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Monday through Thursdays and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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Old Ebbitt Grill
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16. The Occidental

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1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-1475
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The longstanding favorite among the D.C. political scene offers food and drink specials from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday. Wash down half-priced bar food (Monday through Friday only) like shrimp ravioli and jerk chicken spring rolls with $4 beer, $5 wine and $7 cocktails.

Oysters Rockefeller at The Occidental
Oysters Rockefeller at The Occidental
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17. Central

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1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 626-0015
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Central offers $5 draft beers, select $8 cocktails, $8 house wines, and discounted food specials (gougeres, gourmet chicken nuggets, onion-bacon tarts) from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

18. Ambar

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2901 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 875-9663
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The Balkan brand’s generous happy hour offers a $5 menu. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays find deals on beer, wine and specialty cocktails — and Balkan specialties like urnebes dip and Ambar’s signature French fries. Its Capitol Hill location is currently under the knife and returns in the spring with a new look.

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Discount cocktails are part of the happy hour deals at Ambar.
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19. Mission (multiple locations)

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1221 Van St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 810-7010
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An undisputed favorite when the Nationals play at home, Mission’s daily happy hour draws crowds before, during and even hours after the reigning World Series champions play. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, delight in $25 pitchers of margaritas, $5 beers and $9 plates of nachos, wings, and queso fundido.

Wooden ceilings and furniture, a full window view and wooden flooring in Mission’s Cactus Room Mission Navy Yard/official photo

20. The Thompson Bar Room

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221 Tingey St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(855) 949-1949
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Navy Yard’s new lobby-level hotel bar (adjacent to Roman seafood spot Maialino Mare) offers cocktails and glasses of red, white, and prosecco for $8 and pints of beer for $5. The daily deal runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

1. Mussel Bar (Multiple locations)

7262 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Chef Robert Wiedmaier's Belgian chain runs a happy hour (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) that takes $2 off drafts and $3 off glasses of wine with $5 cans of select beer, $6 rails, $1.50 daily oysters (minimum of six); a $15 slider trio with fries; and $10 pizzas. On Monday, the happy hour deals go all day. Tuesday means $1 oysters, and Wednesday brings AYCE mussels for $29.

7262 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

2. Red Derby

3718 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

Enjoy $1 off every beer, wine, and cocktails from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the week — including all night on Thursdays — at the neighborhood watering hole.

3718 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

3. Chef Geoff's

3201 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

Chef Geoff's offers drink deals ($10 super mugs, $7 wines) and discounts on food ($5 off burgers, $4 off gourmet pizzas) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, as well as all day on Mondays and Tuesdays.

3201 New Mexico Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

4. Echo Park DC

2014 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The pizza-slinging replacement to Gaslight Tavern boasts an after-work special from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $2 off draft beers and wine. A $10 “Pizza & Pils” combo includes a slice (cheese, pepperoni, white, or Margherita) from Andy’s Pizza, a 14-ounce Eggenberg Pils, and a house limoncello pour.

2014 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

5. Archipelago

1201 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Archipelago DC punch

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, tiki drinks like piña coladas and Ti punch go for $8 and select beer and wine retail at $4 and $6, respectively. The U Street favorite also boasts an array of appetizers like $6 dan dan noodles and $5 hot chicken steam buns.

1201 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Bar Charley

1825 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
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Tiki drinks at Bar Charley.
Rey Lopez/Bar Charley

Bar Charley’s happy hour deals, which include select $6.95 cocktails and tiki drinks, $1.50 off wines by the glass, and discounts on canned beers and food specials, run from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends, and from 5 p.m. to close on Mondays.

1825 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. THRōW Social/Kick Axe Throwing

1401 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002
The bar at Throw Social DC Rey Lopez/for Throw Social DC

Ivy City’s brand new “footbowl” and indoor curling funhouse boasts happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Enjoy $6 draft beer (excluding Sour Monkey), $7 house wine, $7 rail drinks, $6 cheese or pepperoni pizza, and $7 hummus.

1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002

8. Pearl Dive

1612 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009-4307

Pearl Dive's happy hour on weekdays is extensive, with half-priced drafts, $6 wines, $7 vodka martinis, half-priced oysters, and $11 mussels from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Get it in the dining room on Mondays, too.)

1612 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-4307

9. Espita

1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Brightly colored murals in a dining room at Espita Mezcaleria
Espita Mezcaleria
R. Lopez/Espita

Now available everyday from 2:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., head to Shaw’s Oaxacan getaway for $6 IPAs, $6.50 cocktails and $7 glasses of wine. Munch on various small bites and salsas for $3.50 and three for $12 tacos.

1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. Supra

1205 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

This Georgian-themed restaurant offers discounted Georgian wines by the glass, their take on a Moscow Mule ($7) , sangria ($5), and food specials — including variations on khachapuri — from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

1205 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

11. Boqueria (Multiple locations)

1837 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

There are options aplenty during daily happy hour at Boqueria (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.). At their latest Penn Quarter location, sip on pitchers of sangria (starting at $29), cocktails ranging from $6-$8, and $5 bottled beers. Traditional Spanish tapas such as pan con tomate and patatas braves are all available for a reduced price.

1837 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036

12. Sospeso

1344 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

This Atlas District eatery offers drink specials ($4 canned beers, $6 house wines, $6 to $8 cocktails, $10 beer and bourbon combos, plus discounted bar snacks (hummus, crispy potatoes) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays at the bar only.

1344 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

13. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

750 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Joe’s Seafood dining room Joe’s Seafood/official photo

The glitzy seafood spot for the power set offers a renowned four-hour daily deal starting at 2:30 p.m. The cavernous Banking Hall bar cuts prices in half for oysters on the half shell, cocktails, wines by the glass, and draft beers. Other cheap happy hour options include an Alaskan King crab roll, dry aged ribeye dip, and lobster deviled eggs ($4.95 each).

750 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

14. Immigrant Food

1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006
Loft seating at Immigrant Food Immigrant Food/official photo

Take a tour around the world from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the new fast-casual venture next to the White House from Seven Reasons chef Enrique Limardo. Bites include $6 Taj Mahal chicken sliders, global nachos for $7.75 and patatas braves for $4.50. Wash it all down with $6 beer, wine, and sangria.

1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006

15. Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Old Ebbitt Grill
Old Ebbitt Grill
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D.C.’s top-grossing tavern slashes prices on oysters and shellfish platters in half twice a day, every day: from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Monday through Thursdays and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

675 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

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16. The Occidental

1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Oysters Rockefeller at The Occidental
Oysters Rockefeller at The Occidental
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The longstanding favorite among the D.C. political scene offers food and drink specials from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday. Wash down half-priced bar food (Monday through Friday only) like shrimp ravioli and jerk chicken spring rolls with $4 beer, $5 wine and $7 cocktails.

1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

17. Central

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Central offers $5 draft beers, select $8 cocktails, $8 house wines, and discounted food specials (gougeres, gourmet chicken nuggets, onion-bacon tarts) from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

18. Ambar

2901 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Ambar DC cocktails
Discount cocktails are part of the happy hour deals at Ambar.
Ambar/official photo

The Balkan brand’s generous happy hour offers a $5 menu. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays find deals on beer, wine and specialty cocktails — and Balkan specialties like urnebes dip and Ambar’s signature French fries. Its Capitol Hill location is currently under the knife and returns in the spring with a new look.

2901 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

19. Mission (multiple locations)

1221 Van St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Wooden ceilings and furniture, a full window view and wooden flooring in Mission’s Cactus Room Mission Navy Yard/official photo

An undisputed favorite when the Nationals play at home, Mission’s daily happy hour draws crowds before, during and even hours after the reigning World Series champions play. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, delight in $25 pitchers of margaritas, $5 beers and $9 plates of nachos, wings, and queso fundido.

1221 Van St SE
Washington, DC 20003

20. The Thompson Bar Room

221 Tingey St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Navy Yard’s new lobby-level hotel bar (adjacent to Roman seafood spot Maialino Mare) offers cocktails and glasses of red, white, and prosecco for $8 and pints of beer for $5. The daily deal runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

221 Tingey St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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