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The weather is awful. We’re cold, wet, and tired. Complaining can be fun sometimes, especially when you and your friends all have the same thing to complain about. Maybe that’s just me. Regardless, you should go to one of these places for happy hour after work today or anytime this week if you don’t want to venture past 14th and T.


Get $5 wines and cocktails and $2 off draft beers at Café Saint-Ex’s happy hour. Options include cleverly named cocktails like Coming In Fast (vodka, aperol, pineapple, and orange soda), Up In The Air (Edinburgh gin, rosemary, currant, and lemon), and the Corpse Reviver #2 (absinthe, lemon, and sparkling). Snack options include a bowl of buttery popcorn, French Bread Pizza, Half-Smoke Pigs in a Blanket, and Confit Grilled Chicken Wings. We’ll be there Thursday night for Super Best Friends Forever.


Bar Pilar’s Monday through Friday happy hour goes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Get a glass of Alto Lima Vinho Verde and other wine for $5. Beer goes for $5 and so do the other cocktails. Are you sensing a theme? You can also order the Corned Beef Tongue Reuben Slider, Green Circle Farms Fried Chicken Slider, and Pimento Cheese Empanadas from the apps menu.

Bar Pilar Brightest Young Things


Compass Rose’s Monday through Friday happy hour goes from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. The deal is $1 off drafts and rail drinks and $4 food specials. The signature Compass Rose cocktail has Georgian sparkling, pomegranate liqueur, and rose water and sounds delicious.


Happy hour at Matchbox is from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Get $5 drafts, $7 cocktails, and $6 wines to accompany your choice of snacks from the bites menu like  Cheesy Garlic Pizza Sticks, Fried Calamari, and Mini Meatballs. Get a glass of wine from Lake County California where the weather is likely a lot better than it is here.


The Black Cat’s Red Room qualifies as being one of the least douchey bars in DC AND is on 14th Street. The bar opens at 5:30 on Monday through Friday and has no cover charge. With a laid back atmosphere and cheap drinks there’s no reason to not check this place out.


We’re recommending the Quarter and Glory happy hour fresh off of our First Look from last week. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cocktail menu is like a short novel but in a good way, you know? If it’s too overwhelming you can always opt for one of their draft beers or carefully selected red or white wines. The exposed brick walls inside will make you feel equally cozy and  pretentious (but it just looks so cool that the last part is okay).

Quarter + Glory


Mulebone is fresh on the DC restaurant and bar scene, like very new. Mulebone’s ‘beverage director’ makes mean punches (pictured below) including bourbon punch, bubble punch, and milk punch. It seems worth visiting with a good group of people so you can try all of the punches, maybe make the person who’s always late try the milk punch.

Bubble Punch