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A column dedicated solely to the latest and greatest in affordable alcohol (and food, we guess) consumption news in DC. Never say we don’t love you. A LOT.

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  • FIRST UP:  for permanent access to more free stuff than EVER and endless happy hour opps – We JUST announced the new-and-improved BYT VIP program, called VIPERS (yes!) which is all about making your life better with awesome things like: Paid reserves at select (already) sold-out shows, hugs-heavy bus trips to where-the-hell-is-that venues like Merriweather Post Pavilion, pre-release MP3s and promo CD downloads, members-only ticket giveaways and discounts, priority line-jumping at BYT events, tons of loot we get from labels and PR people that we don’t know what to do with, exclusive pre-pre-pre-sales, monthly secret happy hours where you can huddle amongst the rest of the VIPER elite + pick up extra schwag, super sweet Vipers-only pow wows with some of your favorite musicians, artists and  local celebs…. and, well, anything else we can think of. SO-SIGN UP.

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HAPPY HOUR NEWS:

  • HOORAY-all sorts of early starting happy hours (just in time for summer and (hopefully) shorter office days):
  •  701 Restaurant welcomes summer with a special extended happy hour. From the press release:  “Guests can enjoy the inviting terrace overlooking the Navy Memorial fountain and sip featured $7 cocktails and $6 wines by the glass from 3 PM to 7 PM daily beginning June 17th until September. In case of inclement weather, happy hour specials can be enjoyed in 701’s sleek lounge.”
  • GRAFFIATO as of last Friday and running through August 30, Graffiato will be offering a Friday happy hour from 2pm-6pm that includes $5 market punch, $5 house red and white wines, $5 draft Montelvini Prosecco and $5 draft beer (DC Brau, Lagunitas IPA, Peroni).
  • AZUR -ALSO as of last Friday, Azur will be offering its popular Oyster happy hour early on Fridays. From 3-7pm, the Penn Quarter seafood restaurant will be serving up $1 oysters and select $5 draft beers and $6 cocktails.

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  • ART and SOUL – Art Smith’s Capitol Hill Southern restaurant is offering a patio happy hour that includes: Seasonal punch by the glass ($7) or bowl ($30), $5 small bites, including pickles, boudin balls and scotch eggs, select $7 cocktails and wines by the glass, select beers for $5 or $27 for a bucket of 6. The menu will be available Monday–Friday from 4pm–7pm.
  • DEL CAMPO – STEPPING UP the game with an 11:30 AM start on Fridays –  Victor Albisu’s (extremely delicious) new eatery just launched Street Food Fridays, during which Chef Albisu will offer one or more traditional South American street food favorites for carry-out only from the patio, beginning at 11:30am. First up is the Chori-Pan, a sandwich of chorizo, pulled pork, rapini and sweet pickle chimichurri on a baguette for $8. The restaurant will also be offering its $7 happy hour specials in the bar and on its patio from 11:30am-7pm on Fridays.

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  • ONTO MORE:
  • TORTILLA COAST in Capitol Hill is celebrating 25 years of business with events Thursday-Saturday this week, including a RETRO HAPPY HOUR on Thursday, June 20th which will go on from 3:30 to 8:00pm with retro pricing on happy hour items and a trivia night thrown in. On top of that on Friday, June 21st- is Guest Bartending Night, on Friday, June 21. TortillCoast has teamed up with the Capitol Hill Community Foundation who has established a special fund to provide help as needed in the aftermath of the June 5 Frager’s Hardware fire.  Neighbors concerned about the store’s employees and other businesses impacted are encouraged to come out and join local firefighters to make it a charitable evening dedicated to raising donations.  From 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., the fine firemen from Engine 18 & Truck 7 who risk their lives to put out the flames, will shine behind the bar, making it a fun and memorable night for all. On Saturday-there is an ALL YOU CAN EAT FAJITAS SITUATION HAPPENING.

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  • PERMANENT HAPPY HOUR ADDITION TO YOUR ROSTER: Showtime just opened in Bloomingdale and it is pretty amazing.  The bar will be open 7 days a week (2pm during weekdays, and 3pm on the weekend), is a cash only establishment (there is an ATM though) and no, there is no cocktail menu here. The bar staff is an all-star round-up of 14th street veterans from Black Cat and Saint-Ex and if anyone knows how to serve a beer-and-a-whiskey in town, it is them. The fact that there will be a rolling $5 special on those helps as well. The beers are not too fancy either , with Natty Boh and Tecate cans starting at $3, and a trim but solid four draft beer selection includes Bells Oberon and DC Brau Public Ale. Also on the menu: $4 wine

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  • ALSO-Looking for a good happy hour spot in Clarendon? ZAGAT has you covered.
  • BONUS: Oyamel has had one of our favorite happy hours for  forever ($5 classic margaritas and wine, $4 beers, $4 bites!) and now with their  gorgeous new (and BLESSEDLY EXPANDED) bar is finished there is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON NO TO MOVE IN, and we’ve got the photos to prove it

GODSPEED.

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Your recommendations, of course, welcome in the comments (And if you want your happy hour included in one of the future lists/have a happy hour to recommend email us at: [email protected])

good luck:

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