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Crazy Aunt Helen’s on Barracks Row just unleashed happy hour at its 26-seat bar.
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Fresh New Happy Hours to Try This Fall in D.C.

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Crazy Aunt Helen’s on Barracks Row just unleashed happy hour at its 26-seat bar.
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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 fresher and old favorites that recently unveiled or revived discounted deals for post-work camaraderie or weekend drinking. And some hot new bars around D.C. have happy hour specials right out of the gate.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

MI VIDA

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At D.C.’s new Mi Vida, sample the modern Mexican restaurant’s most popular snacks at once with a platter of chicken taquitos, shrimp cocktail, steak skewers, empanadas, and chicharrones ($35 for three; $47 for four; and $59 for five). Chicken wings also go for $2 each, taquitos are $6, and queso fundido is $8. Tequila cocktails start at $7, wine is $7, and beers are $5. For Taco Tuesday, get two for $9 during happy hour. Deals run 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Mi Vida’s “Fiesta de Botanas” platter can be supersized for parties up to five.
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Dolce Vita Coastal Mediterranean Cuisine

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Logan Circle’s Mediterranean hotspot unleashes happy hour under its new chef Jose Picazo (weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) with $5 beers, $6 reds and whites, $7 bubbles, and $8 rail drinks. For food, there’s $7 bites like Moroccan potatoes, spanakopita, and churros.

Saddle up to a royal blue seat at Dolce Vita for happy hour.
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Marcellino Pane & Vino

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The surprise new Northeast wine bar from Stellina Pizzeria’s Italian-born restaurateurs Antonio Matarazzo and Matteo Venini starts aperitivo hour this week (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Get a drink, cheese and meats board, stuffed fried olives, warm focaccia, and more for $25. An Italian sushi board filled with crudo, salmon, mozzarella, and anchovies is $10 more. Any other drink after the first is $8.

The 14th Street NW standby for North Indian fare unleashed an all-new happy hour this month. Daily deals at the bar, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., include chef Sanjay Mandhaiya’s new naan kathi rolls stuffed with lamb, chicken, paneer, or chickpeas (starting at $7). There’s also $10 cocktails like a Ginger Bliss (rum, elderflower liqueur, ginger, and lime), $2 off drafts, and $10 off bottles of wine.

Naan kathi rolls are new for happy hour (starting at $7).
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Ghostburger

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At Shaw’s month-old, burger-fueled replacement to Espita, drinks stick to happy hour prices all day. Come in anytime for $7 Mojitos and $8 American spritzes (a bitter Italian adult root beer) and a La Carina cocktail (vodka, hibiscus, lime oleo), with a selection of beers starting at $4.

Ghostburger opened in September with all-day happy hour pricing on cocktails.
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Lady Madison

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The Madison Hotel’s swanky lobby-level lounge downtown unveiled weekday happy hour in September (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) with $10 Old Fashioneds and margaritas, $6 beers, $8 wines, and $9 bar snacks like wings, hummus or calamari.

Lady Madison’s stylish bar area.
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Michele’s

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Chef Matt Baker’s lobby-level restaurant at the Eaton hotel riffs on the McDonald’s value meal every Monday. A $30 all-night special includes a koji-cured double smash burger with fries and beer-and-shot combo. Supersize the meal with an apple hand pie and scoop of vanilla bourbon ice cream. (And daily happy hour — 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and starting at 3 p.m. on weekends — includes $2 off dishes like crawfish hushpuppies and ceviche and $10 cocktails and wines.)

bartaco

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Bartaco’s first D.C. outpost debuted a new “High Tide” happy hour in August (weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) featuring $8.50 cocktails (Palomas, Mojitos, and Caipirinhas); $7.50 wines by the glass; and Monopolio lagers for $5.50.

Bartaco serves $8.50 Palomas at happy hour.
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Karma Modern Indian

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Karma Modern Indian debuts Tuesday-to-Friday specials in the bar area (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.) featuring a rotating cocktail of the day for $12; house spirits and glasses of wine for $11; beers for $7; and all kinds of naan starting at $5.

Opaline Bar and Brasserie

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The cozy Parisian brasserie with a dog-friendly patio debuted weekday happy hour this month (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Look for $12 cocktails like a chocolate Old Fashioned, turmeric spritz, and Beefeater gin and tonic; $6 beers; $9 wines; and discounted bar bites like $10 truffle fries, $2 Nashville hot chicken wings; and $3 East Coast oysters.

The Sofitel’s chic French bistro Opaline now offers weekday happy hour.
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Succotash Prime

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The opulent Penn Quarter destination for chef Ed Lee’s Southern comfort foods and bourbon cocktails just extended happy hour hours big time. Food and drink deals now run 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and starting at 4 p.m. on weekends.

A look inside Succotash Prime’s dining room.
A look inside Succotash Prime’s dining room.
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Clarendon Ballroom

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Arlington’s newly reopened nightclub Clarendon Ballroom now offers 5 p.m.-to-8 p.m. deals on its rooftop deck from Wednesdays to Fridays. Look for $5 margaritas, $5 glasses of wine, $3 domestics, $5 seltzers, and $6 rails.

The neon-lit rooftop bar at Clarendon Ballroom hosts happy hour a few nights a week.
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Crazy Aunt Helen's

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Capitol Hill’s color-soaked diner just debuted a new happy hour at the bar with discounts on comfort food favorites like boiled peanuts, Deviled eggs, and fried green tomatoes, as well as cocktails, house wine, spiked punch, and draft beers ($5-$12). Available Monday and Wednesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There’s also new late-night deals (Thursday, Friday and Saturdays) from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Fried green tomatoes with homemade pimento cheese run $11 at happy hour.
Crazy Aunt Helen’s

MI VIDA

Mi Vida’s “Fiesta de Botanas” platter can be supersized for parties up to five.
Rey Lopez for Mi Vida

At D.C.’s new Mi Vida, sample the modern Mexican restaurant’s most popular snacks at once with a platter of chicken taquitos, shrimp cocktail, steak skewers, empanadas, and chicharrones ($35 for three; $47 for four; and $59 for five). Chicken wings also go for $2 each, taquitos are $6, and queso fundido is $8. Tequila cocktails start at $7, wine is $7, and beers are $5. For Taco Tuesday, get two for $9 during happy hour. Deals run 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Mi Vida’s “Fiesta de Botanas” platter can be supersized for parties up to five.
Rey Lopez for Mi Vida

Dolce Vita Coastal Mediterranean Cuisine

Saddle up to a royal blue seat at Dolce Vita for happy hour.
Laura Chase De Formigny for Dolce Vita

Logan Circle’s Mediterranean hotspot unleashes happy hour under its new chef Jose Picazo (weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) with $5 beers, $6 reds and whites, $7 bubbles, and $8 rail drinks. For food, there’s $7 bites like Moroccan potatoes, spanakopita, and churros.

Saddle up to a royal blue seat at Dolce Vita for happy hour.
Laura Chase De Formigny for Dolce Vita

Marcellino Pane & Vino

The surprise new Northeast wine bar from Stellina Pizzeria’s Italian-born restaurateurs Antonio Matarazzo and Matteo Venini starts aperitivo hour this week (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Get a drink, cheese and meats board, stuffed fried olives, warm focaccia, and more for $25. An Italian sushi board filled with crudo, salmon, mozzarella, and anchovies is $10 more. Any other drink after the first is $8.

Pappe

Naan kathi rolls are new for happy hour (starting at $7).
Pappe/official photo

The 14th Street NW standby for North Indian fare unleashed an all-new happy hour this month. Daily deals at the bar, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., include chef Sanjay Mandhaiya’s new naan kathi rolls stuffed with lamb, chicken, paneer, or chickpeas (starting at $7). There’s also $10 cocktails like a Ginger Bliss (rum, elderflower liqueur, ginger, and lime), $2 off drafts, and $10 off bottles of wine.

Naan kathi rolls are new for happy hour (starting at $7).
Pappe/official photo

Ghostburger

Ghostburger opened in September with all-day happy hour pricing on cocktails.
Josh Phillips/Ghostburger

At Shaw’s month-old, burger-fueled replacement to Espita, drinks stick to happy hour prices all day. Come in anytime for $7 Mojitos and $8 American spritzes (a bitter Italian adult root beer) and a La Carina cocktail (vodka, hibiscus, lime oleo), with a selection of beers starting at $4.

Ghostburger opened in September with all-day happy hour pricing on cocktails.
Josh Phillips/Ghostburger

Lady Madison

Lady Madison’s stylish bar area.
Lady Madison/official photo

The Madison Hotel’s swanky lobby-level lounge downtown unveiled weekday happy hour in September (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) with $10 Old Fashioneds and margaritas, $6 beers, $8 wines, and $9 bar snacks like wings, hummus or calamari.

Lady Madison’s stylish bar area.
Lady Madison/official photo

Michele’s

Chef Matt Baker’s lobby-level restaurant at the Eaton hotel riffs on the McDonald’s value meal every Monday. A $30 all-night special includes a koji-cured double smash burger with fries and beer-and-shot combo. Supersize the meal with an apple hand pie and scoop of vanilla bourbon ice cream. (And daily happy hour — 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and starting at 3 p.m. on weekends — includes $2 off dishes like crawfish hushpuppies and ceviche and $10 cocktails and wines.)

bartaco

Bartaco serves $8.50 Palomas at happy hour.
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

Bartaco’s first D.C. outpost debuted a new “High Tide” happy hour in August (weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) featuring $8.50 cocktails (Palomas, Mojitos, and Caipirinhas); $7.50 wines by the glass; and Monopolio lagers for $5.50.

Bartaco serves $8.50 Palomas at happy hour.
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

Karma Modern Indian

Karma Modern Indian debuts Tuesday-to-Friday specials in the bar area (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.) featuring a rotating cocktail of the day for $12; house spirits and glasses of wine for $11; beers for $7; and all kinds of naan starting at $5.

Opaline Bar and Brasserie

The Sofitel’s chic French bistro Opaline now offers weekday happy hour.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

The cozy Parisian brasserie with a dog-friendly patio debuted weekday happy hour this month (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Look for $12 cocktails like a chocolate Old Fashioned, turmeric spritz, and Beefeater gin and tonic; $6 beers; $9 wines; and discounted bar bites like $10 truffle fries, $2 Nashville hot chicken wings; and $3 East Coast oysters.

The Sofitel’s chic French bistro Opaline now offers weekday happy hour.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Succotash Prime

A look inside Succotash Prime’s dining room.
A look inside Succotash Prime’s dining room.
Rey Lopez for Eater DC

The opulent Penn Quarter destination for chef Ed Lee’s Southern comfort foods and bourbon cocktails just extended happy hour hours big time. Food and drink deals now run 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and starting at 4 p.m. on weekends.

A look inside Succotash Prime’s dining room.
A look inside Succotash Prime’s dining room.
Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Clarendon Ballroom

The neon-lit rooftop bar at Clarendon Ballroom hosts happy hour a few nights a week.
Albert Ting for Clarendon Ballroom

Arlington’s newly reopened nightclub Clarendon Ballroom now offers 5 p.m.-to-8 p.m. deals on its rooftop deck from Wednesdays to Fridays. Look for $5 margaritas, $5 glasses of wine, $3 domestics, $5 seltzers, and $6 rails.

The neon-lit rooftop bar at Clarendon Ballroom hosts happy hour a few nights a week.
Albert Ting for Clarendon Ballroom

Crazy Aunt Helen's

Fried green tomatoes with homemade pimento cheese run $11 at happy hour.
Crazy Aunt Helen’s

Capitol Hill’s color-soaked diner just debuted a new happy hour at the bar with discounts on comfort food favorites like boiled peanuts, Deviled eggs, and fried green tomatoes, as well as cocktails, house wine, spiked punch, and draft beers ($5-$12). Available Monday and Wednesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There’s also new late-night deals (Thursday, Friday and Saturdays) from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Fried green tomatoes with homemade pimento cheese run $11 at happy hour.
Crazy Aunt Helen’s

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