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The question “what do I do with my hands?” has vexed concertgoers for ages. For those who don’t regularly use large arm gestures in their dancing, the answer is simple: you hold your drink. Keeping these venue-related happy hours in mind will give your hands something to do and prevent you from having to slip next door to pound a shot in-between sets.

  • In case you haven’t heard, there’s a brand-spankin’-new happy hour at the Black Cat with $4 select beers and rails! On Friday, they’ll also be showing The Wrath of Khan (a fabulously strange film that you don’t have to be a Trekkie to enjoy) with drink specials in loving memory of the late, legendary Leonard Nimoy.
  • Look forward to an all-night happy hour at Rock & Roll Hotel on days there are no shows, or get there between 6-8 on concert nights to grab a $3 PBR tallboy and some half-priced wings.
  • DC9 has a delightfully cheap happy hour, with $3 rail drinks. There’s also a $3 beer of the day, and the Friday happy “hour” actually lasts a full 4 hours from 4-8. Pre-gaming your Friday night show just got a lot easier.
  • Though they don’t have a consistent or structured happy hour system, drinks at Velvet Lounge are pretty cheap for the area as it is. On show nights, they also often offer Natty Boh for just $2 upstairs.
  • The Pinch in Columbia Heights also has some pretty rad bands come through every week, and if you get there between 5 and 7 on weekday evenings, enjoy a $2 discount on draughts of craft beer and premium liquor.