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R. Lopez

These D.C. Bars Were Made for Day-Drinking

Because sometimes it just can't wait until 4 or 5 p.m.

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It's a familiar situation. Coworkers sneak out of work early — like 2 p.m. early. They head to their favorite bar around the corner. Oops; it doesn't open until 5 p.m.

It's a frustrating situation, but it can be avoided. Here are 14 bars that open early enough to accommodate day-drinkers both on weekdays and the weekend. Consider them for festive days and irresponsible decisions.

—Additional reporting by Meredith Bethune

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Bluejacket Brewery/The Arsenal

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The Arsenal is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. weekdays, and until 2 a.m. weekends.

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Boundary Road Restaurant

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As long as you don't day drink on a Monday (then, they open at 5:30), Boundary Road kicks things off at 11 a.m.

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Boundary Stone Public House

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Boundary Stone opens at 11 a.m. daily, and keeps things going until 2 or 3 a.m.

Brine kicks things off at 11:30 a.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. on the weekends.

Cantina Marina

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Cantina Marina's open 7 days a week during the warmer months starting at 11:30 a.m.

Duke's Grocery

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Head over to Duke's starting at 11 a.m. (10 a.m. on weekends).

El Centro D.F. 14th Street

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El Centro opens at 11 a.m. (though the rooftop doesn't kick things off until 5 p.m.)

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Mad Hatter

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Dupont's Mad Hatter opens at 11:30 on weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends.

Pop's SeaBar

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Pop's SeaBar kicks off the action at noon daily, but starts at 3 p.m. during the winter.

Rappahanock Oyster Bar

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Enjoy the ambiance of Union Market by hitting up Rappahanock starting at 11 a.m.

Stan's Restaurant & Lounge

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Sidle up to divey Stan's beginning at 11:30 a.m. (save Saturdays, when they open at 4).

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The Eddy Bar

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The Eddy Bar at Hank's on the Hill opens at 11:30 weekdays and 11 a.m. weekends.

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The Partisan

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The bar at The Partisan opens daily beginning at 11 a.m.

The Royal

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Food offerings switch depending on the time of day, but The Royal kicks things off at 7 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends.

Bluejacket Brewery/The Arsenal

The Arsenal is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. weekdays, and until 2 a.m. weekends.

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Boundary Road Restaurant

As long as you don't day drink on a Monday (then, they open at 5:30), Boundary Road kicks things off at 11 a.m.

https://www.facebook.com/boundaryrd?fref=ts

Boundary Stone Public House

Boundary Stone opens at 11 a.m. daily, and keeps things going until 2 or 3 a.m.

Brine

Brine kicks things off at 11:30 a.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. on the weekends.

Cantina Marina

Cantina Marina's open 7 days a week during the warmer months starting at 11:30 a.m.

Duke's Grocery

Head over to Duke's starting at 11 a.m. (10 a.m. on weekends).

El Centro D.F. 14th Street

El Centro opens at 11 a.m. (though the rooftop doesn't kick things off until 5 p.m.)

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Mad Hatter

Dupont's Mad Hatter opens at 11:30 on weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends.

Pop's SeaBar

Pop's SeaBar kicks off the action at noon daily, but starts at 3 p.m. during the winter.

Rappahanock Oyster Bar

Enjoy the ambiance of Union Market by hitting up Rappahanock starting at 11 a.m.

Stan's Restaurant & Lounge

Sidle up to divey Stan's beginning at 11:30 a.m. (save Saturdays, when they open at 4).

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The Eddy Bar

The Eddy Bar at Hank's on the Hill opens at 11:30 weekdays and 11 a.m. weekends.

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The Partisan

The bar at The Partisan opens daily beginning at 11 a.m.

The Royal

Food offerings switch depending on the time of day, but The Royal kicks things off at 7 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends.

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