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14 Hot New Happy Hours Around D.C.

Back in the office? Here’s where to go when it’s quitting time

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The 12-seat mahogany bar at Fitzgerald’s.
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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Salazar

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1819 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 621-6114
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The space formerly occupied by El Centro is keeping the Tex-Mex theme alive for 14th Street NW guests and residents alike. Happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends) includes $1 chips and salsa, $4 tacos, $8 quesadillas, $4 Coronas, and $24 pitchers of margaritas.

2. 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 bao buns and steamed dumplings and $7 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.

3. Dolce Vita Coastal Mediterranean Cuisine

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1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 506-4872
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The new Mediterranean restaurant on 14th Street NW just debuted happy hour starting with a lineup of meze bites and drink deals. Snack highlights ($10) include crab stuffed piquillo, spanakopita, and sweet treats like churros and kunafa della vita (manchego, halloumi, Massaya orange liqueur). Drafts start at $5, red and whites are $7, and cocktails are $10. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A brick-lined entrance with images of Italian stars and blue seats
Dolce Vita’s welcoming committee includes Italian celebrities Sophia Loren and Toto.
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4. 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 newly launched “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.

5. 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.

6. 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 the upscale Mexican eatery that turns one next month. 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 just reopened with $7 mojitos and $9 smoked swordfish dip (weekdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.).

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Inca Social

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1776 Wilson Blvd Unit #1
Arlington, VA 22209
(571) 312-7664
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Arlington’s lively Peruvian place has an epic daily happy hour (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.), with $6 Latin Ice cocktails and sangria; $5 wines; and $6 snacks like chicharron and pulled pork tostones. Weekday specials include two Peruvian-style tacos for $10 on Tuesday, while $5 all-day margaritas on Thursday cost just $2 for ladies during happy hour.

11. RĀKO

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2016 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(571) 312-4817
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Visit RĀKO Cafe in Rosslyn every Wednesday night between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and enjoy their $50 cheese or mezze board plus bottle of wine specials as part of their weekly “Wine Wednesdays” deal.

12. Smokecraft Modern Barbecue

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1051 N Highland St
Arlington, VA 22201
(571) 312-8791
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Satisfy barbecue cravings after work with a visit to owner and pitmaster Andrew Darneille’s Clarendon hotspot. No food specials yet, but drink deals include $2 off draft beers, domestic cans, house wines, and rail drinks Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the bar.

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 pimiento fried chicken sandwich and 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. 

1. Salazar

1819 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The space formerly occupied by El Centro is keeping the Tex-Mex theme alive for 14th Street NW guests and residents alike. Happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends) includes $1 chips and salsa, $4 tacos, $8 quesadillas, $4 Coronas, and $24 pitchers of margaritas.

1819 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

2. Doi Moi

1800 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Doi Moi takes happy hour so seriously, diners can now enjoy $4 bao buns and steamed dumplings and $7 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

3. Dolce Vita Coastal Mediterranean Cuisine

1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
A brick-lined entrance with images of Italian stars and blue seats
Dolce Vita’s welcoming committee includes Italian celebrities Sophia Loren and Toto.
Laura Chase de Formigny/Dolce Vita

The new Mediterranean restaurant on 14th Street NW just debuted happy hour starting with a lineup of meze bites and drink deals. Snack highlights ($10) include crab stuffed piquillo, spanakopita, and sweet treats like churros and kunafa della vita (manchego, halloumi, Massaya orange liqueur). Drafts start at $5, red and whites are $7, and cocktails are $10. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Destino

1280 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Served daily from 4 to 6 p.m., Destino’s newly launched “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

5. 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

6. dLeña

476 K St NW Suite D, Washington, DC 20001

Happy hour plans in Mt. Vernon Triangle should include a visit to the upscale Mexican eatery that turns one next month. 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 just reopened with $7 mojitos and $9 smoked swordfish dip (weekdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.).

476 K St NW Suite D
Washington, DC 20001

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. Inca Social

1776 Wilson Blvd Unit #1, Arlington, VA 22209

Arlington’s lively Peruvian place has an epic daily happy hour (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.), with $6 Latin Ice cocktails and sangria; $5 wines; and $6 snacks like chicharron and pulled pork tostones. Weekday specials include two Peruvian-style tacos for $10 on Tuesday, while $5 all-day margaritas on Thursday cost just $2 for ladies during happy hour.

1776 Wilson Blvd Unit #1
Arlington, VA 22209

11. RĀKO

2016 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Visit RĀKO Cafe in Rosslyn every Wednesday night between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and enjoy their $50 cheese or mezze board plus bottle of wine specials as part of their weekly “Wine Wednesdays” deal.

2016 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

12. Smokecraft Modern Barbecue

1051 N Highland St, Arlington, VA 22201

Satisfy barbecue cravings after work with a visit to owner and pitmaster Andrew Darneille’s Clarendon hotspot. No food specials yet, but drink deals include $2 off draft beers, domestic cans, house wines, and rail drinks Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the bar.

1051 N Highland St
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 pimiento fried chicken sandwich and 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

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