The Best Happy Hours in Your DC Neighborhood

From half-price pitchers to a deal that spans seven hours.

Washington, DC’s office buildings may still be quiet, but happy hour remains an essential part of the city’s culture. Neighborhood bars are back to serving up rounds of cheap drinks or discounted bar snacks after work. The best happy hours offer a variety of options at prices that feel like steals—or at least make ditching the work-from-home loungewear worthwhile. And with flexible work schedules becoming the norm, there’s more opportunity to hit specials that start earlier in the day or scout for weekend options. The next time the urge for a post-shift beverage hits, let this neighborhood guide point you in the right direction.

Adams Morgan

Jack Rose Dining Saloon
When: Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 7:30 pm
The Deal: Whether you want to spend your time upstairs on the open-air terrace or downstairs in the main bar area, you can take advantage of happy hour deals at this whiskey-focused bar. You’ll have to pay full price for pours from the vast whiskey list but if you stay away from spirits, you can get $2 off select draft beers and wines along with half-priced bar snacks like crawfish deviled eggs and jalapeno hushpuppies.

Punch Bowl Social
Punch Bowl Social

Ballston (Arlington)

Punch Bowl Social 
When: Wednesday through Friday and Sunday from 4 to 6 pm
The deal: Bowling, karaoke, and arcade games await at this Ballston Quarter mall adult playground. Happy hour deals will get any party started off right, with specials like $5 cocktails and $3 surprise beer cans along with discounted drafts, well drinks, and wine. For food, nosh on bar fare like Buffalo fries topped with blue cheese ($5) or a single patty burger ($7). Punch Bowl’s activities are also half price.

Tortilla Coast Capitol Hill
Tortilla Coast Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill

Tortilla Coast 
When: Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 7 pm
The deal: It’s little surprise why the generous specials on frozen margaritas, beer, and Tex-Mex snacks remain a go-to for Hill workers, even during this era of flexible schedules and telework. Drinks start at $4 for bottles of Mexican lager and inch up from there, hitting $6 for wine or sangria and capping off at $20 for a pitcher of margaritas, served frozen or on the rocks. Tacos are $3 a pop, queso and chips are $5, and more substantial food like nachos or grilled wings are $10.


Rocket Bar 
When: Every day from 4 to 8 pm
The deal: Underground with darts, pool tables, and other arcade games, Rocket Bar is a downtown spot made for the city’s younger set. Every single day of the week, you can get rail drinks, wine, and the draft of the month and still get change for a $5 (but don’t forget to use that extra dollar to tip!).

Clarendon (Arlington)

When: Monday through Friday from noon to 7 pm
The deal: Make a date with the Clarendon location of this lively Balkan spot and its generous selection of $5 drinks and $4-$5 small plates. Sip the vodka-based kiwi smash, a classic margarita, or go for a cold beer or glass of house wine. Savory dishes range from garlic bean dip to a ground beef and veal kebab and “drunken” mussels with rakia, garlic, and capers.

Bar Charley
Bar Charley

Dupont Circle

Bar Charley
When: Monday all day, Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 6:30 pm, and Friday through Saturday from 4 to 6:30 pm
The deal: Bar Charley is a go-to for classic and Tiki-inspired cocktails, and they’re less than $10 during happy hour. The bar slings Suffering Bastards and Giggle Water on tap, in addition to mixing up old favorites, for $7.95 each. Narragansett tallboys run $4 and wines by the glass are $1.50 off. Among the food specials are a $15 wagyu burger and $7 Catalan fries, which come topped with romesco, chimichurri, manchego cheese, and a fried egg.

The Admiral
When: Wednesday from 4 pm to close, Thursday to Sunday from 4 to 6 pm
The deal: This spacious Dupont Circle bar pours Tito’s vodka palomas, Mission margaritas, and spiked black raspberry lemonade for $9 a glass or $27 a pitcher during happy hour. For an extra kick, order a shot of Jameson whisky for $6.50 or take $2 off select draft beers. Food includes comfort bites like Parmesan fries for $7 or a basic quesadilla for $8.50, with proteins available for an additional few bucks.

North Italia
North Italia

Foggy Bottom

North Italia 
When: Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 pm
The deal: Look past the fact that this Italian restaurant is a national chain and embrace the $16 bottles of house red or white wine and $10 Margherita or cacio e pepe pizza at its bar happy hour. The shareable chef’s board is also a deal at just $15, with lots of cured meats and cheeses. Draft beers and glasses of house wine or sangria are just $5.

El Centro, D. F.
El Centro, D. F.


El Centro
When: Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 pm
The deal: Richard Sandoval is serious about his love of Latin food, and during happy hour, he really turns up the heat with $6 margaritas and cocktails, and $5 beers and wines to help get your evening started. Cocktails here pack a punch, so order up some $6 nachos or quesadillas or $3.50 tacos ($3 on Tuesdays) filled with chipotle chicken tinga, roasted zucchini, or adobo marinated pork.

When: Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 pm and Sunday from 6 pm to close
The deal: Most people come to Pinstripes for bowling or bocce, but the best secret is the bar’s generous happy hour. Draft beers are just $4 each, and the lineup highlights craft options from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Wines and well drinks are $5 and $6, respectively. The menu is easy to make a meal of, with shareable flatbreads and appetizers priced between $8 and $12.

Lulu's Winegarden
Lulu's Winegarden

U Street

Lulu’s Winegarden
When: Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 6 pm, Friday from 3 to 5 pm
The deal: Happy hour is now golden hour here, anchored by $35 bottles of wine selected from Lulu’s impressive and quirky list. Glasses of wine or ranch water are $9, and a tallboy of basic Mexican lager is an affordable $6. Southwestern-inspired bites range from white queso dip and tostadas ($9) to an avocado lime Caesar salad ($8) and a hatch chile burger ($10).

The Smith 
When: Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 pm
The deal: Yes, it’s a New York City import. Once you get past that mental block, The Smith offers some nice options for discounted evening drinks. Draft beers, most of them local, are $6. Cocktails, like the customizable mule or the Midtown Manhattan, are $10, and wines by the glass are $8. The kitchen turns out great food options, too, and highlights include $2 raw oysters, $6 chips with blue cheese fondue, and a burger-and-a-beer combo for $19.

Tiki TNT & Potomac Distilling Company
Tiki TNT & Potomac Distilling Company

Tiki TNT
When: Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 pm
The deal: The Wharf can be an expensive neighborhood, so snagging $5 daiquiris and $7 “rum in Cokes” at this Island-themed rum distillery is more than worth a trip down to the waterfront. Food follows the tropical theme, with options like Spam musubi, vegetable spring rolls, and tiki wings.


Al Dente 
When: Daily from 4 to 7 pm
The deal: American University students and neighbors should take note of Al Dente’s daily happy hour of half-priced Neapolitan pizzas and other Italian dishes and small plates. Draft beers are $4, wines and rail drinks are $5, and special cocktails (try a mojito or two) are $6. Both indoor bar and outdoor seating is included in the deal, pending availability.

Logan Circle

When: Monday through Friday from 5 to 6 pm
The deal: For more than 50 years, Stoney’s has been home to gooey grilled cheese sandwiches and cheap brews served in a home-y and unassuming atmosphere. And although it’s happy hour is now literally only an hour, it remains a solid option for some cheap food and drink around Logan Circle. Come by for $5 rail drinks and house wine or a $4 draft of Stoney’s amber and pair it with a $6 personal pizza ($10 for a whole), onion rings, or the noted grilled cheese.

Black Jack 
When: Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 6 pm, Friday from 5 to 7 pm, Saturday from 3 to 5 pm, and all day Sunday
The deal: While the $5 beers, $8 whiskey of the day cocktails, and wine discounts are nice, it’s the food that makes Black Jack’s happy hour a destination. The garlicky Addie’s Mussels are outstanding, as are the half-priced pizzas, sized large enough to share.

Mission Navy Yard
Mission - Navy Yard

Navy Yard

When: Daily from 4 to 6 pm and Sunday football specials
The deal: There’s something for every taste at Mission’s Navy Yard happy hour, including both inside and outside seating across from Nationals Park. Sip on a house margarita for $9 a glass or $26 a pitcher, or go for a Tito’s vodka raspberry lemonade for a few dollars more. Guests can also take advantage of $2 off select 16- or 22-ounce beers, ideal for a pregame drink. A large platter of Nachos Volcan is a solid deal for sharing at $10 ($4-$6 extra with meat added).

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

Penn Quarter

When: Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6pm
The deal: Grab some friends for hora feliz and split a pitcher of Oyamel’s most popular cocktails, like its tequila or mezcal margarita ($44) or classic rum mojito ($42). If you’re on your own, you can have the same drinks for $8 or $9 each or $6 wine and $5 beer. Tacos are $3, and other “antojitos” like the shredded chicken tamale verde for $5.


When: Daily from 4 to 7 pm
The deal: This ramen spot is best known for an extensive menu of draft cocktails, and happy hour is the perfect time to imbibe. You can get concoctions with house-made ingredients like Wilder Bros orange peel gomme syrup for half-off during happy hour, or opt for traditional drafts of the brewed variety, which are also half-price along with wines by the glass.

Duke's Grocery
Duke's Grocery

Woodley Park

Duke’s Counter 
When: Monday through Friday from noon to 7 pm
The deal: Not only do the drink discounts start at noon, but they party on for seven whole hours. At one of the longest happy hours in the District, you can drink select draft beers, glasses of wine, and rail drinks for just $5 each. That means whether you’re at Duke’s Counter in Woodley Park or at Duke’s Grocery in Dupont Circle or Foggy Bottom, you can use your savings for an order of decadent truffle mac and cheese as a side (and reward for your money savvy). Plus, select bottles of wine are half-off from 7 pm until close on Monday nights.

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Travis Mitchell is a DC-based food and drink writer. Follow his travels and eating adventures on Twitter at @travisjmitchell and Instagram at @_travisjmitchell.