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Though I consider myself a loyal person, I’m in no way loyal to any single form of alcohol. Certain weather calls for certain drinks: bourbon in the cold months, and gin in the summer. Because few things are as refreshing on hot day as a solid gin and tonic. While fancy cocktails are all fine and dandy, there’s really something to be said about a classic standby. But maybe that’s just my loyalty speaking.

  • The Gin Joint has to have a good gin and tonic, otherwise how could it call itself a gin joint. Daily happy hour at this Woodley Park gin bar is from 4:30-7:00 P.M.

gin and tonic lily

  • Using the same logic as above, Tonic by name alone must have their gin and tonic game down, and they do. Happy Hour here is rocking, between Monday-Friday 4-7 P.M. they offer $4 drafts, bottles, rail drinks, and house wine.
  • Jackson 20 has a killer signature gin and tonic made with Bombay East Gin and homemade tonic. Also, the happy hour is one of the best available in Old Town. Everyday from 3-7 P.M. Jackson 20 offers drink specials that feature $2 Working Man beers.


  • If you happen to be getting sick of gin and tonics, it happens, the Southside at Hank’s Oyster Bar is good alternative. The Southside is another classic summer gin-based cocktail consisting of gin, cucumber, mint and simple syrup. It doesn’t taste like a mojito. Hank’s Oyster Bar features a double happy hour during week days from 5-7 P.M. and then again from 10-midnight.
  • Also, don’t forget to spend your next free saturday afternoon taking a tour of D.C. own awesome gin distiller Green Hat Gin. Then you can buy a bootle of there stuff and have your own personal happy hour anytime.

micheal scoot in funny hat