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It’s National Novel Writing Month, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a self-proclaimed writer with the next Great American Novel on the way to participate. For all of those who write for a living, don’t write for a living, tried writing and totally gave up, or just want to grab a drink this week, we’re compiling some ~classic~ writers’ favorite drinks. And of course, where you can get them for cheap this week in D.C.


William Faulkner: Mint Julep – For a good mint julep that will have you saying “As I Lay Dying,” at the bar, Teddy and the Bully Bar in Dupont is the place to go. Happy hour is all week, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Truman Capote: Screwdriver – Forget Breakfast at Tiffany’s – if you’re channeling your inner Capote, you’re having brunch. And a boozy brunch at that. At La Tomate in Dupont, bottomless screwdrivers will only cost you $15. Their eggs Benedict looks pretty good, too.

Dorothy Parker: Whiskey Sour – Celebrate Whiskey Sour Wednesdays at Red Derby from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. It’s also burrito night (win), and $1 off everything behind the bar (also win).

Ernest Hemingway: Mojito – For a Cuban mojito with plenty of flavor priced around $5, Café Citron’s happy hour is Monday and Saturday, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Just don’t forget to have a pair of sunglasses ready in the morning to ease your hangover headache when you realize that The Sun Also Rises.

Stephen King: Beer – You could probably go to any happy hour for a good beer if you’re feeling like a King, but Scion Restaurant in Dupont has plenty of exceptionally good options during their Monday through Friday happy hour from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m, where beers are half-price. They used to have Flying Dog’s Kujo imperial stout beer, which I’m just going to assume is named after Cujo, but it doesn’t look like it’s available on their menu anymore. *sad face*

Jack Kerouac: Margarita – Tortilla Coast in Logan Circle is going to hook you up with a $5 rock marg with agave nectar and fresh lime juice, and frozen margaritas on weeknights from 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. You will not want to get On the Road after a couple of these.

Carson McCullers: “Sonnie Boy” – This is something that you can just make at home, since it’s basically known fact that writers don’t leave the house. It’s a simple combination of hot tea and sherry. Keep it in a thermos to be authentic to McCullers.