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The Red Hen’s new Aperitivo Hour is the first time the 9-year-old restaurant has offered a a full happy hour menu
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15 Hot New Happy Hours Around D.C.

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The Red Hen’s new Aperitivo Hour is the first time the 9-year-old restaurant has offered a a full happy hour menu
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More Washingtonians are back at the office, which means the return of a treasured tradition: happy hour. And D.C. has no shortage of standout destinations for a cheap drink with colleagues when the clock strikes 5 p.m.

This map focuses on both new spots and old favorites that recently unveiled or revived discounted deals for post-work camaraderie.

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1. Summer House Santa Monica

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11825 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 881-2381
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From now until Labor Day, Summer House in North Bethesda is keeping the weekend spirit going with Summer Mondays, featuring the happy hour menu all day. The discounts run every Monday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There are options like $6.95 pizzettes, $5.95 parmesan truffle fries and $5 Nachos to eat, alongside drinks like $11 sangria and $8 glasses of wine.

2. Queen’s English

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3410 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 751-3958
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Natural wine gets the spotlight at this critically-acclaimed Columbia Heights restaurant’s new happy hour. Natty Wine Hour, runs daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Queen’s English’s outdoor covered patio. There’s a constantly-revolving selection of intriguing natural wines for $45 a bottle. (A recent example is Paleokerisio, a semi-sparkling orange wine from Greece with tasting notes described as “sparkling peanut butter, honey, baked quince.”) Pair with starters from the Hong Kong-inspired menu like mala shrimp cocktail with charred scallion aioli and guajillo oil.

3. The Fainting Goat

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1330 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 735-0344
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On U Street, The Fainting Goat is rolling out what it’s calling a “Tinder Tuesday” happy hour, aka a date night spread with cocktails and snacks for two for $45. The new happy hour is going down every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with cocktail carafes in options like Aperol spritz or mango. margaritas. To eat, there are snacks like a meat and cheese board piles with charcuterie and cheeses, plus candied nuts, confit olives, homemade jams, and grilled bread.

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4. The Red Hen

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1822 1st St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 525-3021
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Chef Mike Friedman and team just debuted a full happy hour menu for the first time in The Red Hen’s nine-year history. The Aperitivo Hour offers rotating $5 cans from Maryland’s Manor Hill Brewing, $7 wines by the glass, and two $8 cocktails: the Capasso Spritz with Capasso Aperitivo, prosecco, and sparkling water and the Assembly and Soda with Assembly Gin, orange bitters, and sparkling water. Snacks include marinated olives and salami, artichoke crostini with toasted hazelnut romesco sauce, and swirls of whipped ricotta on crostini with black truffle sauce, wildflower honey, and sea salt. Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the bar only.

Marinated Castelvetrano olives and more Red Hen happy hour dishes
The Red Hen’s new Aperitivo Hour is the first time the 9-year-old restaurant has offered a a full happy hour menu
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5. Doi Moi

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1800 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 733-5131
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Doi Moi takes happy hour so seriously, diners can now enjoy $4.50 bao buns and steamed dumplings and $8 daiquiris and $5 Singha drafts two times a day. Head to the color-soaked bar with a big patio on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and again from 9 p.m. to close (10 p.m.) Monday through Thursday to participate.

6. Destino

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1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 866-0933
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Served daily from 4 to 6 p.m., Destino’s “Cócteles Clásicos” menu means $3 off margaritas and micheladas, alongside new snacks for spring like queso Oaxaca topped with cacao nibs and olive oil, or classics like homemade chips and dips.

7. Fitzgerald’s

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1232 36th St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-0009
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Head to the preppy Georgetown hangout for happy hour Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Martinis and Manhattans go for $10, and same for red, white, and rosé wines. All draft beers are $5.

8. dLeña

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476 K St NW Suite D
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 560-5999
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Happy hour plans in Mt. Vernon Triangle should include a visit to this upscale Mexican eatery. Available at the bar only, find lime, strawberry, and mango margaritas starting at $6, wines for $6, and beers for $5. Munch on tostado, truffle cotija fries, and barbacoa tacos (weekdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.). Richard Sandoval’s Latin sister spot Toro Toro offers $7 mojitos and $9 smoked swordfish dip (weekdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.).

9. KitchenCray - H Street

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1301 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 396-2729
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Every Friday, KitchenCray’s H Street location offers $7 drinks and $7 appetizers like shrimp tossed in mumbo sauce and Jamaican jerk wings between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. There’s also a late-night happy hour from 10:30 pm. to 11:30 p.m.

10. Modena

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1100 New York Avenue NW, Corner of H and, 12th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 216-9550
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The Northern Italian place hellbent on tradition has enough on the happy hour menu for a full meal and then some. “All Night Happy” runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, while a shortened version takes place Wednesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the bar, lounge or patio. After settling on wine or cocktails, snack on arancini balls, potato gnocchi, fried calamari, and more. Finish the evening with delightfully sweet limoncello.

11. Cranes

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724 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 525-4900
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Guests can pop by this Michelin-starred Spanish kaiseki spot for happy hour between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Seasonal food and drink specials include shrimp tempura, shishito peppers, patatas bravas, and oysters. Sip on cocktails, mocktails, beer, wine, and sangria by the glass or pitcher.

12. RĀKO

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2016 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(571) 312-4817
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At RĀKO Cafe in Rosslyn, there’s a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with half off wine.

13. Gatsby

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1205 Half St SE Suite #105
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 817-3005
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Gatsby celebrates happy hour all day long in Navy Yard. This glam art deco diner showcases playful twists on classic cocktails from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Patrons can find deals on their Jim Beam Highball, Greta’s Punch, and Ice Box Daiquiri, as well as diner bites like crispy calamari, wings, smash burgers, and more.

14. Bammy's

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301 Water St SE Suite 115
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 599-4400
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From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, Bammy’s expanded menu includes Bam burger, spicy tots, and jerk wings, plus a pimiento fried chicken sandwich and a Jamaican jerk pork sandwich. Drinks consist of $5 Heineken on draft in addition to Caribbean Crush and Vodka Coloring Book cocktails, plus wines by the glass. Guests can enjoy the deals all over the restaurant, including the patio. 

15. The Majestic

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911 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 837-9117
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Looking for a new happy hour on King Street in Old Town? The Majestic recently expanded its outdoor patio and debuted a new happy hour too. The deals are going down Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.in the dining room and patio, and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the bar. Find half off specialty cocktails, with discounted drafts at $5 and glasses of wine at $6. To eat, there’s $7 burger sliders, $7 sourdough toast with heirloom tomatoes, and $8 short rib fries.

1. Summer House Santa Monica

11825 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852

From now until Labor Day, Summer House in North Bethesda is keeping the weekend spirit going with Summer Mondays, featuring the happy hour menu all day. The discounts run every Monday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There are options like $6.95 pizzettes, $5.95 parmesan truffle fries and $5 Nachos to eat, alongside drinks like $11 sangria and $8 glasses of wine.

11825 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852

2. Queen’s English

3410 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Natural wine gets the spotlight at this critically-acclaimed Columbia Heights restaurant’s new happy hour. Natty Wine Hour, runs daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Queen’s English’s outdoor covered patio. There’s a constantly-revolving selection of intriguing natural wines for $45 a bottle. (A recent example is Paleokerisio, a semi-sparkling orange wine from Greece with tasting notes described as “sparkling peanut butter, honey, baked quince.”) Pair with starters from the Hong Kong-inspired menu like mala shrimp cocktail with charred scallion aioli and guajillo oil.

3410 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

3. The Fainting Goat

1330 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
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On U Street, The Fainting Goat is rolling out what it’s calling a “Tinder Tuesday” happy hour, aka a date night spread with cocktails and snacks for two for $45. The new happy hour is going down every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with cocktail carafes in options like Aperol spritz or mango. margaritas. To eat, there are snacks like a meat and cheese board piles with charcuterie and cheeses, plus candied nuts, confit olives, homemade jams, and grilled bread.

1330 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. The Red Hen

1822 1st St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Marinated Castelvetrano olives and more Red Hen happy hour dishes
The Red Hen’s new Aperitivo Hour is the first time the 9-year-old restaurant has offered a a full happy hour menu
Red Hen

Chef Mike Friedman and team just debuted a full happy hour menu for the first time in The Red Hen’s nine-year history. The Aperitivo Hour offers rotating $5 cans from Maryland’s Manor Hill Brewing, $7 wines by the glass, and two $8 cocktails: the Capasso Spritz with Capasso Aperitivo, prosecco, and sparkling water and the Assembly and Soda with Assembly Gin, orange bitters, and sparkling water. Snacks include marinated olives and salami, artichoke crostini with toasted hazelnut romesco sauce, and swirls of whipped ricotta on crostini with black truffle sauce, wildflower honey, and sea salt. Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the bar only.

1822 1st St NW
Washington, DC 20001

5. Doi Moi

1800 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Doi Moi takes happy hour so seriously, diners can now enjoy $4.50 bao buns and steamed dumplings and $8 daiquiris and $5 Singha drafts two times a day. Head to the color-soaked bar with a big patio on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and again from 9 p.m. to close (10 p.m.) Monday through Thursday to participate.

1800 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Destino

1280 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Served daily from 4 to 6 p.m., Destino’s “Cócteles Clásicos” menu means $3 off margaritas and micheladas, alongside new snacks for spring like queso Oaxaca topped with cacao nibs and olive oil, or classics like homemade chips and dips.

1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. Fitzgerald’s

1232 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Head to the preppy Georgetown hangout for happy hour Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Martinis and Manhattans go for $10, and same for red, white, and rosé wines. All draft beers are $5.

1232 36th St NW
Washington, DC 20007

8. dLeña

476 K St NW Suite D, Washington, DC 20001

Happy hour plans in Mt. Vernon Triangle should include a visit to this upscale Mexican eatery. Available at the bar only, find lime, strawberry, and mango margaritas starting at $6, wines for $6, and beers for $5. Munch on tostado, truffle cotija fries, and barbacoa tacos (weekdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.). Richard Sandoval’s Latin sister spot Toro Toro offers $7 mojitos and $9 smoked swordfish dip (weekdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.).

476 K St NW Suite D
Washington, DC 20001

9. KitchenCray - H Street

1301 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Every Friday, KitchenCray’s H Street location offers $7 drinks and $7 appetizers like shrimp tossed in mumbo sauce and Jamaican jerk wings between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. There’s also a late-night happy hour from 10:30 pm. to 11:30 p.m.

1301 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

10. Modena

1100 New York Avenue NW, Corner of H and, 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

The Northern Italian place hellbent on tradition has enough on the happy hour menu for a full meal and then some. “All Night Happy” runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, while a shortened version takes place Wednesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the bar, lounge or patio. After settling on wine or cocktails, snack on arancini balls, potato gnocchi, fried calamari, and more. Finish the evening with delightfully sweet limoncello.

1100 New York Avenue NW, Corner of H and, 12th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

11. Cranes

724 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Guests can pop by this Michelin-starred Spanish kaiseki spot for happy hour between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Seasonal food and drink specials include shrimp tempura, shishito peppers, patatas bravas, and oysters. Sip on cocktails, mocktails, beer, wine, and sangria by the glass or pitcher.

724 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. RĀKO

2016 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

At RĀKO Cafe in Rosslyn, there’s a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with half off wine.

2016 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

13. Gatsby

1205 Half St SE Suite #105, Washington, DC 20003

Gatsby celebrates happy hour all day long in Navy Yard. This glam art deco diner showcases playful twists on classic cocktails from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Patrons can find deals on their Jim Beam Highball, Greta’s Punch, and Ice Box Daiquiri, as well as diner bites like crispy calamari, wings, smash burgers, and more.

1205 Half St SE Suite #105
Washington, DC 20003

14. Bammy's

301 Water St SE Suite 115, Washington, DC 20003

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, Bammy’s expanded menu includes Bam burger, spicy tots, and jerk wings, plus a pimiento fried chicken sandwich and a Jamaican jerk pork sandwich. Drinks consist of $5 Heineken on draft in addition to Caribbean Crush and Vodka Coloring Book cocktails, plus wines by the glass. Guests can enjoy the deals all over the restaurant, including the patio. 

301 Water St SE Suite 115
Washington, DC 20003

15. The Majestic

911 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Looking for a new happy hour on King Street in Old Town? The Majestic recently expanded its outdoor patio and debuted a new happy hour too. The deals are going down Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.in the dining room and patio, and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the bar. Find half off specialty cocktails, with discounted drafts at $5 and glasses of wine at $6. To eat, there’s $7 burger sliders, $7 sourdough toast with heirloom tomatoes, and $8 short rib fries.

911 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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