You’re going to kick your night off with a happy hour, because that's by FAR the happiest way to kick off a night in DC. To help you out, we’ve identified the eight best places to boozily start your evening, whether you're looking to drink your way through a massive brewery or snack on a super-grilled cheese.
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Urbana Dupont Circle A Jackson doesn’t get you much these days… maybe one-and-a-half small plates on 14th Street? But at Urbana, $20 gets you a gourmet pizza (truffles! prosciutto!), mussels, and a Manhattan -- all taken sitting down on a fancy pants couch or chair like some kind of sultan. Well, a sultan who drinks Manhattans.
Stoney’s Logan Circle Everyone remembers where they were when they had their first Stoney’s super-grilled cheese. And if you haven't had one yet, you'll remember this moment when you first heard about it, because you're going to go get one. Wash down the perfect symphony of bacon, tomato, onion, and good ole' American cheese with $3 drafts and $12 pitchers.
Bluejacket Navy Yard Sure, they’re too new and too cool to be fixated on hooking you up with drink specials. But who needs specials when you can drink your way through $3 tastes of the 20+ drafts brewed on-site? Fries smothered in General Satan's Sauce are as fun to eat as they are to order, unless you hate spice, in which case get the house-made tater tots and a little more toughness.
Mandu Adams Morgan & Mount Vernon The $4 sojutinis come in flavors like mango, peach, and pineapple and pack enough punch that you should just go ahead and get the fruity drink because it's delicious and you're secure in your masculinity, right? Of course, there's also something to be said for $3 beers, especially when they're washing down $4 dumplings.
Sushi Taro Dupont Circle For that friend that defines happy hour as the time to experience how the other half lives, this is your jam, as you can score half-off sushi (ALL sushi!) in the bar area. Drink prices also get sliced thinner than the hamachi you're about to scarf down.
Barcode Farragut North The patio is heated through the Winter, the lounge is always bumping if the elements frighten you, and the rail drinks go down even smoother when they're half-off. Just be sure to clear out before bottle service kicks in or the arrival of the check will mean a decidedly unhappy hour (for real, that's how long you'll be staring at it).
DC Reynolds Petworth So neighborhoody it’s almost as cheap as drinking on your own couch (even moreso when they're running their BOGO of ANYTHING special until 9p). Plus, you can watch Pawn Stars on a sweet patio while appreciating their unique take on the DC flag. Mustaches > stars.
El Chucho Columbia Heights It’s simple. $4 margaritas, $4 beers, and $4 tacos you gotta eat with gloves. No combo brings about happiness faster than cheap booze and eating messily with your hands. Not even pizza Combos, and those bring LOTS of happiness.