Food & Drink

These are DC's 8 best happy hours

Published On 12/04/2013 Published On 12/04/2013
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DC Reynolds
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1. Bluejacket 300 Tingey St SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Navy Yardnear Se)

With 20 beers on draught and another five cask beers, Bluejacket ought to be able to satisfy even the pickiest of your beer-drinking friends. Enjoy some snacks at the bar or save some room and wait until 5:30pm for short ribs or sweet potato gnocchi from Arsenal -- Bluejacket's in-house restaurant.

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2. Urbana 2121 P St NW , Washington, DC, DC 20037 (Dupont Circle)

With a swanky lounge vibe, Urbana offers a classic Italian menu from Chef Ethan McKee that features artisan pastas, fresh-caught seafood, and locally grown vegetables. You can't go wrong with the bucatini with jumbo lump crab or the diver scallops. The cocktail program as Urbana is just as classic and quality, brimming with Italian liqueurs and house-made ingredients, plus a happy hour that never disappoints.

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3. Stoney's 1433 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Logan Circle)

This handsome yet understated Logan Circle sports bar serves up wing platters, nachos, pizzas, and cheap domestic brews -- all the comforting grease and suds you'll need while you watch the latest NFL game. Stoney's has a laid-back neighborhood feel that locals love, but things do tend to get rowdy during game day, particularly when the Denver Broncos, the bar's team of choice, are playing. As you're glued to one of the many TVs, you'll want to indulge in the legendary Super Grilled Cheese, an after-school snack turned bar food with an addictive buttery crunch and obviously-fake-but-obviously-tasty American cheese. Order the original Super (with tomato, bacon, and onion), or ask for it “Freddy Style" and, well, see what happens.

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4. Mandu 453 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Penn Quarter)

This is the larger, Downtown location of Dupont's Korean diner -- rocking decorative wooden ducks and bamboo flooring that creeps up to the ceiling, the spot's serving latenight eats like Korean Tacos.

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5. Sushi Taro 1503 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

Sushi Taro doles out authentic Japanese and seafood, and during their happy hour, you can get half-price regular sushi and alcohol!

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6. Barcode 1101 17th street NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Downtown)

Brought to us by the Lima/Ultra Bar crew, Barcode's rocking LED-lit black booths (bottle service available!) and a huge bar framed with white marble, while serving up late-night fare like eggplant frittatas with grated pecorino romano.

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7. DC Reynolds 3628 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010 (Petworth)

A "home-cooking", drink-slinging Petworth tavern, Reynolds is named for the owners' (seemingly oxymoronic) Fairfax favorite, and mixes in dartboards, a jukebox, and DC flag paintings with the original steel beams & bricks from the building's former tenant, a pharmacy. DC Reynolds has a relaxed atmosphere and spacious back patio, which is ideal for enjoying one of their three special beer-and-a-shot combos.

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8. El Chucho 3313 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010 (Columbia Heights)

For such a small establishment, El Chucho has an impressive bevy menu (making for an awesome happy hour), complete with a variety of margs, spiked sodas, and a 'tail list that includes specialty drinks like the Senor Clusterf*ck.

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