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It’s almost 4th of July and the nation’s capital is in complete patriotic overload. If that isn’t your thing, fear not. Here’s a lineup of places to go if you’re looking to escape the red, white, and blue.


Do you like wine? Beer? Mojitos? Margaritas? Alero offers phenomenal drink specials on all of these libations and more. Bring some friends, stake out a table, and order some pitchers to kick off your un-American celebration from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Grab some quesadillas or plantains to snack on while you consume probably way too much alcohol because the drink deals are way too good to pass up.

Nazca Mochica

Swing by Nazca for $8 pisco sours, $6 wines, and $5 beers from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. They also offer an array of Peruvian delights during happy hour, like yucca with Huancaina sauce. Face it, pisco sours are so much better than the Miller Lites you could be drinking at a barbecue tonight.


D.C. is incredibly well-known for its Ethiopian food. Etete offers a great happy hour featuring $4 wine and beer plus $6 specialty cocktails. Take advantage of the deals Monday through Friday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Snack on some dishes like injera tacos or berbere ribs during happy hour.



Sick of hot dogs and hamburgers? Check out Graffiato’s array of $5 small bites during happy hour, like polenta fries with a smoked garlic aioli or a fresh caprese salad. Don’t miss out on $5 wines and draft beers and $6 specialty cocktails from 3:00pm to 7:00pm daily. Nothing washes down some delicious Italian bites better than a cold Peroni. Closed July 4.

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Dino’s Grotto

Craving more Italian food and drink? Stop by Dino’s for $4 beers, $6 wines, and $8 cocktails (including their many variations on the negroni- yum). Happy hour is every day from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the bar and is available all day on Sundays. Make sure to order some $5 small plates to enjoy, like a fried mozzarella sandwich with a side of minestrone soup.