Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to break free from the confines of “normal” dining hours. It’s no secret that the District loves a good happy hour but what about cheap eats for night owls? What about those of us seeking liberty and pursuit of all things delicious at any time of the evening? This is America, after all, and its citizens deserve equal opportunity dining regardless of the time of day.
Luckily, many District establishments agree and are doing what they can to promote the best in eating and drinking until the sun comes up. We’ve gone ahead and found the best cheap bites, drafts, sangrias–you name it–all for those up ’til dawn. Night owls, we salute you.
Atlas District/Noma/H St.
- Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
1103 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20002
Featured on our Least Douchey Bars in DC list guaranteeing you won’t be disappointed by the drinks nor the crowd. The late-night happy hour is from 8:00PM-12:00AM so feel free to post-up, commitment is an expectation. Tallboys start at $1 at 8:00 PM and prices increase every hour until midnight.
- Granville Moore’s
1238 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
They call themselves “a gastropub with a healthy Belgian fetish” which means they have a killer selection of Belgian beers. For the late night special choose from $3 shots of Powers, $4 cans of Leffe, $4 16oz can Stella, $4 rotating draft; and $9 wings, $15 mussels. Monday – Thursday 5 p.m. to midnight, Friday 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to midnight.
- Dangerously Delicious Pies
1339 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
This is special is damn dangerous. After 5:00 PM enjoy two savory pies, two sweet pies, and two drinks all for $24. We recommend ordering the heavenly S.M.O.G., otherwise known as the Steak, Mushroom, Onion, and Gruyere pie.
401 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Oyamel’s new late night happy hour features delicious tacos, like the Yucatan-style-pit-barbequed Shenandoah Vallery pork taco. You’ll need a drink to go with that foodgasm, pick from their menu of rotating seasonal drinks. Peeked your interest? We recently got a taste of Oyamel’s happy hour, read more/salivate over the photos here.
- Clyde’s at Gallery Place
707 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Clyde’s pretty much has a happy hour for every occasion or drink your bargaining heart could desire. Sundays-Thursdays there’s a mid-day Oyster Happy Hour (3:00PM-6:00PM) and a late-night happy hour from (10:00PM-1:00AM) and all raw bar items are 1/2 off. Every night they have $5 Drink & Wine Specials, $2.50 PBR, $4 Coors & Yuengling (3:00PM-6:00PM), and the late night (10:00PM-2:00AM) additionally offers $5 Jamesons, Fireballs, Patron XO Cafe. While you’re enjoying your cheap drinks you’re going to get hungry, and you’ll be pleased to know Clyde’s has a late-night food bar menu (10Pm- 1 AM) all $8. For all my winos out there, Monday you can get six wines for just $15 a bottle.
- Cuba Libre
801 9th St NW Ste. A, Washington, DC 20001
This downtown/Chinatown spot offers a late night menu on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. We hope you like small plates and empanadas. (Just kidding, we’re sure you do.)
- Toro Toro
1300 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005
- City Tap House
901 I Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
One of our favorite recent Chinatown additions, City Tap House offers an incredible variety of beer as well as gastropub food with flare. On their late-night menu (Sunday-Thursday 11:00PM to 12:30AM and Friday & Saturday 11:00PM – 1:30AM) you can order bites like bacon popcorn and candied peanuts or the Ten Spice Wings. Feeling even hungrier? Try their flatbreads or the Korean Short Rib Tacos or Sweet Corn & Crab Hush Puppies.
- Legal Sea Foods
704 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
The late night food special includes a half a dozen oysters for $6; tuna, salmon, or classic sliders for $3.95. Yeah, it’s a chain, but yeah, it’s one of those reliable chains where the food is actually good. (A diamond in the rough.) You can go Monday – Thursday 10:00PM – 11:00PM, Fridays 11:00PM – 12:00AM.
- Fado’s Irish Pub
808 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
“Food, Drink, Banter,” otherwise known as your three favorite things. . For their late-night happy hour: $4 Yuengling and Molson in cans; $4 Fireball and Paddy’s Bee Sting shorties; $5 Blue Bull and Vodkas. Check it out Monday – Saturday: 10:00PM – 3:00AM, Sunday: 10:00PM – 2:00AM.
- Daily Grill
- 1200 18th St NW
Every hour is happy hour on Monday’s at the Daily Grill. With $5 well drinks and some awesome grub, it’s the perfect place to drink away your Monday blues.
- Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
This D.C. classic is offering fantastic late night deals on their seafood and if you haven’t checked out their late-night menu, you’re not a real D.C. resident. From 11:00PM-1:00AM all oysters, clams, crab claws, shrimp, and all platters are 50 percent off. If you’re feeling adventurous, order the Orca Platter and split between friends; this deal only sets you back $50 during their late-night menu and it’s a total steal.
- Hank’s Oyster Bar
1624 Q St NW, Washington, DC 20009
This classic D.C. watering hole offers Late Night Happy Hour every night from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.! There is a half-priced raw bar with oysters, clams, ceviche, and old bay shrimp. BONUS: Enjoy $1 oysters at the bar. Nothing not to love.
- 18th Street Lounge
1212 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
We could (and have) spent countless evenings at ESL and hope to until the end of time. Their late-night happy hour, we’ve found, is doing nothing to keep us out, so who are we to fight it? On Thursdays from 9:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. you can grab $5 Dos Equis, Cuba Libre, and Rum Runner, and we recommend you do.
- Julia’s Empanadas
- 1221 Connecticut Ave. NW
These delicious empanadas are available until 4 a.m. on weekends. Specials include an empanada, a fruit empanada, and a soda all for $7.87. Or if you’re trying to be healthy, get an empanada, a soup, and a salad for $8.55.
- Kramerbook & Afterwords Grill and Cafe
1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Buy a book, order a beer, talk that intelligent talk while listening to live music. They’re open until 1:00AM daily and on Friday and Saturdays they’re open until 3 a.m. with varying specials including late night brunch.
1319 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
The amount of drink specials they offer is overwhelming. Let’s begin: Monday (5:00PM-Close) get 1/2-off bottles of wine; Tuesday (8:00PM-Close) get 1/2-priced drafts; Wednesdays (8:00PM-Close) you’ll find $2 Coors Light Bottles and $4 Stoli Vodka Drinks and it’s mug night; Thursdays (8:00pm-Close) you can order $1 beer and $5 Makers Mark.
BONUS: Happy Hour Specials (4:00PM-8:00PM): $3 Rail Cocktails, $5 House Wines, $5 Appetizers, $3 Miller Lite & Yuengling Drafts, $4 Frozen Mango Margaritas, $5 Orange Crushes. Get yo’ drank on!
- Bar Charley
1825 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
This little basement bar is one of our favorite hideaways along 18th Street, so it’s no wonder we’d end up here during late-night. On Mondays they offer all night happy hour (4:00PM- 11:00PM); feel free to snack on their brand new spring menu that includes tuna tacos and chicken liver biscuits.
- Maddy’s Bar and Grille
1726 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Friday midnight to close (2:00AM) you’ll find late-night happy hour specials including five bottles of Miller Lite for $15 or five bottles of Corona Light for $20 , $4 shots of Jameson, Jaegermeister, or GM and MUCH MORE.
1601 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Spend mondays at Circa drinking seasonal, original cocktails cocktails and half-off wine from 10:30 PM- 1:00AM. BONUS: They’ve got an adorable patio where you can enjoy said specials and people-watch the night away.
- Café Citron
1343 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Love sangria? Then you’ll love the late-night happy hour at Cafe Citron on Fridays and Saturdays (4:00PM-Midnight). Here you can imbibe $5 Sangria & Tinto de Verano, in addition to more $5 rotating drink specials.
U Street/14th Street
- El Centro D.F.
1819 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
This is one of our go-to Mexican joints in the District; it’s got a lot to love, from cheap taco Tuesdays to a bright and cheerful rooftop patio, plus a variety of guacamoles and, now, one of our favorite late-night menus. Late night runs from Wednesday-Saturday 11 p.m. to late.
- Masa 14
1825 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Richard Sandoval’s 14th Street spot offers an array of small plates on special Sunday-Thursday from 5 p.m. to close.
- Drafting Table
1529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
If you’ve been looking for beer-specific happy hours, Drafting Table is your best bet. This 14th Street beer haven serves up $4 drafts from 4:00PM-1:00AM Sunday-Tuesday. The rest of the week they offer a Late-Night Beer Happy Hour (Wed-Thurs 10:00PM- 1:00AM, Fri-Sat 10:00PM- 2:00AM).
- El Centro D.F.
1218 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Drink deals for every day of the week! This El Centro location offers Sangria Sunday, where you can enjoy 1/2-priced Sangria (5:00PM-11:00PM). On Margarita Wednesday you can order $5 margaritas all night (ending at 11:00PM). Spend Thursdays in their Tequileria Lounge where happy hour returns from 10:00PM-11:00PM and ladies drink free from 11:00PM-Midnight. Maybe you’re feeling bold ? Go dancing at their International Night on Friday and Saturday from 11:00PM-3:00AM.
- Paulo’s Ristorante
1303 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
You can’t go to Paulo’s for late-night drink specials, but they do have an array of late-night food options. Starting at 10 p.m., you can come in and get your pizza on.
- Morton’s Steakhouse
3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Longtime fans of late-night know there are specials to be found at steakhouses. Taste your way through a rotating $5 bites menu at happy hour from Sunday-Thursday, 4:30PM to 6:30PM, then again from 9:30PM to 11:00PM.
6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
The newest in the Black family is not only a restaurant–it’s a venue.You’ll find a ton of great shows (stay updated here), as well as a number of shot-and-beer combos, burgers, duck confit Cubanos, cookie plates and more. In essence, it’s well worth the trek up to Takoma Park.
- St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar
3433 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Love mussels? SURE YOU DO. Head up to Cleveland Park for 1/2-off wine and mussel pots for your late-night happiness at St. Arnold’s and all night happy hour Monday and Tuesday.
Mount Vernon Square
- Alta Strada
- 465 K St NW
Get $4 beer and $6 wine along with some delicious eats every Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. to midnight.
- Green Lantern
1335 Green Ct NW, Washington, DC 20005
“DC’S QUEER CHEERS.” If you like shirtless men and drinking, take advantage of Green Lantern’s all night happy hour Monday-Wednesday.
- District Commons
- 2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
From 10 p.m. until closing on Monday-Friday’s this Foggy Bottom eatery is serving nightly specials all for $12.
7271 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
And we couldn’t call it a late-night guide without including Jaleo’s late-night happy hour menu, available on Saturday nights from 10:00PM to Midnight. Enjoy $5 wine and sangria as well as $4 beer and $8 specialty cocktails. Feeling peckish? Try the discounted bites like Patatas Bravas, mini burgers made from the acorn-fed, black-footed ibérico pigs of Spain, and the Salmon tartare and trou roe cone.