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It’s going to hit 80 degrees today. And Dacha opened for 2016 yesterday. So it’s time for a happy hour hotline roundup of some of our favorite patios.

Dacha Beer Garden

The best drinking-outside-on-a-corner-legally-in-a-beer-garden destination in D.C. opened March 8. It’s superior to the beer prison on 14th and S because if you can’t find a seat at Dacha you don’t have to drink your beer next to a dumpster. Also, the mural at Dacha is better than at beer prison. Happy hour runs Monday through Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m. and features $10 boots and $5 singles.


Cafe Saint-Ex

Off of 14th St, but not on 14th St, unless you want to sit at one of the few tables on 14th St, Cafe Saint-Ex is a good, reliable happy hour option regardless of nice weather. But there’s nice weather so drink outside. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. with $5 wines and cocktails, $2 off beer and food specials.

Compass Rose

Can’t get a seat at Cafe Saint-Ex and still want to drink outside? Go next door to Compass Rose. If there’s no seating outdoors, which may be the case everywhere because it’s 80 degrees in March, just stay at the bar and drink whatever Allison Lane recommends. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m. with $1 off drafts and rail drinks and $4 food specials.



We’re counting the very large, very enclosed by a hotel space that is Poste in our roundup. Find yourself downtown but want to hide from downtown things like work? Go to Poste. Find yourself downtown with work people you like and are sick of places with a roof? Go to Poste. This place doesn’t need to have happy hour specials but they do so take advantage. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. with $6 beers and wines, $8 cocktails and spirits and food specials starting at $4.

American Ice Co.

An oldie but a goodie. American Ice Co.’s very large front patio is somewhat blocked off from V St. so you can’t see the school located across the street and that’s good because who wants to be reminded of school when you’re trying to drink while the sun is out? Happy hour runs Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m. with $5 Narragansett, $4 Astra and $6 for an Astra and shot of rye. Get the shot and a beer special and if you don’t want the shot give it to a friend and they’ll most likely buy your next drink. No one should have to tell you this, but some people just don’t understand that if you give someone a shot, they’ll most likely buy the next round.