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Brunch is for suckers. Being an adult is all about getting tipsy right before it’s dark, not right after it’s bright. The weekend happy hour is an under-appreciated, helpful way to make your weekend better and/or cheaper. Staying out to 5 a.m. is never a good idea. Indulging in a half-priced well-made cocktail at 5 p.m. is always a good idea.

Every day

Agua 301

  • 301 Water St SE

Happy hour is every day from 3:30 to 7 p.m. as well as late night happy hour from 9 p.m. to closing.

Bar Charley

  • 1825 18th St NW

All weekend happy hour runs 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Black Jack

  • 1612 14th St NW

Can a dive bar be sanitary and take credit cards? Maybe. Do they have cheap beer across from the Verizon Center? Doesn’t everybody? Has your Tinder date who works on the hill been there before? Certainly. Picking Black Jack over, say, Rocket Bar, is like picking Stella over Beck’s. Happy hour runs 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and all day long on Sunday. -Brandon Weight

The Board Room

  • 1737 Connecticut Ave NW

This Dupont Circle spot is ideal for small groups that don’t want to communicate via smartphones but needs some sort of catalyst for conversation. Happy hour runs Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. -Brandon Wetherbee


  • 2233 Wisconsin Ave NW

At Breadsoda, it’s not out of the ordinary for a total stranger to challenge you and your friends to a spontaneous chess tournament, or to find yourself playing the Nintendo Wii against some hip couple’s children. With a happy hour that lasts from noon to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.), you can grab one of the craft beers they have on draught before warming up your shuffleboard arm. Featuring an outdoor patio and a plethora of different games, Breadsoda is an all-around great place to goof off. -Michael Young


  • 901 U St NW

You’re going to end up here, most likely against your will, because someone in your group wants to be on the rooftop. Try to convince them to go to the rooftop on Fridays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Happy hour makes this place a bit more bearable. -Brandon Wetherbee


  • 1501 9th St NW

Happy hour is from 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays and 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.


  • 1443 P St NW

3 to 7 p.m. at the bar and 4 to 6 p.m. on the patio.

Crisp Kitchen + Bar

  • 1837 1st St NW

Every day is happy hour from 5 to 9 p.m.


  • 931 H St NW

30% off drinks and bar bites. One of the most extensive happy hour deals. 2:30 to 6 p.m. Friday. 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Booze Brews at DBGB


  • 1940 9th St NW

One of the most reliable rock clubs has one of the most reliable happy hours. Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 5 to 7 p.m. the bar offers $3 rail drinks, $2.50 Bud and a $3 special beer of the week. You’ll end up ordering fries too. Then more drinks. The roof is an easy place to lose time. -Brandon Wetherbee


Dino’s Grotto

  • 1914 Ninth Street NW

Dino’s Grotto in Shaw. Happy hour is all day on Sundays; perfect for chasing away (or at least prolonging) the fog from the night before. Burger is super legit, and $4 Negronis are ridiculous. Happy hour 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. -Logan Hollers

El Chucho

  • 3313 11th St NW

I have never gotten a seat at the bar at this place. I haven’t gone alone so maybe that’s the trick. I have gotten a table, but that’s not the bar. If you get a seat at the bar, good for you. $4 house margaritas, $4 beers and half-off tacos from 4 to 6:30 p.m. mean I can’t get a seat at the bar. -Brandon Wetherbee

Espita Mezcaleria

  • 1250 9th St NW

Afternoon happy hour begins at 4 p.m. Fridays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (that’s so early!) and ends 6 p.m.

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  • 1610 14th St NW

Ghibellina offers happy hour all weekend 3 to 6:30 p.m. Everyday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. you’ll likely to find a member of the BYT staff at Ghibellina drinking a cocktail and eating a pizza. -Brandon Wetherbee


Grand Duchess

  • 2337 18th St NW

Goodbye, Pharmacy. Goodbye, High Dive. Hello, Grand Duchess. Happy hour every day from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Grand Duchess

Green Lantern

  • 1335 Green Ct NW

Happy hour all weekend 4 to 9 p.m. Also, shirtless men drink free from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. and men in underwear drink for free from 12:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. We’re not telling you what to do. You’re an adult who can make your own decisions.


  • 1200 New Hampshire Ave. NW

There’s a Friday happy hour at the bar from 4 to 7 p.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Hank’s Cocktail Bar

  • 819 Upshur St NW

One of the longest happy hours, Hank’s in Petworth offers specials Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sunday 5 to 11 p.m. That’s the entire time they’re open on Sunday.


Hill Country

  • 410 7th Street NW

It seems like beer was made for BBQ or maybe BBQ was made for beer. The meats at Hill Country BBQ just FALL OFF THE BONE. It’s kind of a hidden gem right outside of Chinatown. You don’t expect it to be there then BAM YOU ARE COVERED IN RIBS. It’s super Metro accessible which is important for that weekend journey. Did we mention the meat yet? There is meat. Hill Country offers happy hour daily from 4 to 7 p.m. and late night from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. -Jenn Tisdale


  • 726 7th St NW

Every day from 4 to 8 p.m., this Chinatown basement bar offers $2 off beer and $5 rail drinks. Really great hideaway from a neighborhood you probably want to avoid from 4 to 8 p.m. -Brandon Wetherbee



  • 2201 14th St NW

5 to 8 p.m. all damn weekend.


  • 1414 14th St NW

Happy hour until 8 p.m. every day.

La Tasca

  • 722 7th St NW

If you’re going to the Verizon Center or Gallery Place Chinatown movie theater, it’s hard to top this special from 4 to 7 p.m. every day. $4 glasses of sangria (get the $18 pitcher instead) and $4 tapas make any sporting event/concert/movie better. -Brandon Wetherbee


  • 1110 Vermont Ave. NW

There’s happy hour every day from 4 to 7 p.m. and late night happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight. Always get the Brussels sprouts.

Little Coco’s

  • 3907 14th St. NW

Friday and Saturday happy hour is 5 to 6:30 p.m. On Sunday it’s all night long. Go for the amaro selection. It’s one of the best in the city. -Brandon Wetherbee

Little Coco's

Logan Tavern

  • 1423 P St NW

Friday 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 4 to 7 p.m.

Looking Glass Lounge

  • 3634 Georgia Ave NW

Whether rolling deep or flying solo, The Looking Glass Lounge should always be at the back of your mind. From 4 to 8 p.m., grab a $4 draft or rail drink and slip out back to the patio, where you can chain-smoke at the picnic tables while you catch up with old friends or make new ones. The staff is laid-back and friendly, and the crowd is generally really chill, which makes this spot perfect for some easygoing socialization. -Michael Young


  • 453 K St NW

Have a bite of incredibly zesty kimchi in-between drinks when you stop in at Mandu’s daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. on K St. In addition to $3 beers and $4 mixed drinks, the happy hour menu also offers some delicious dumplings (or “mandu”) for just $4. Also for $4, try a “Sojutini,” a sinfully sweet soju-based cocktail that comes in a variety of flavors ranging from mango to yogurt.  -Michael Young

Masa 14

  • 1825 14th St NW

I was so confused the first time I read Masa 14’s menu. It was raining and we were on the hunt to try a new restaurant and I’d heard good things, but sushi? And Pollo a la brasa? Que??? Fortunately it doesn’t matter, especially now that Latin-Asian fusion cuisine is officially cool, it’s all delicious. Their $5 drink happy hour isn’t just wine and beer, but their crazy awesome cocktails as well as $4 to $6 small plates. Why yes I will have a Caipirihina and a garden roll. Happy Hour at Masa 14 runs from 4 to 7 p.m. daily.  -Marissa Rubenstein

Penn Social

  • 801 E St NW

Relive your youth by having a cocktail and playing a game! We’re not just talking any ol’ game. We’re talking every game. Got a hankering for some corn hole? Done. Video game? No problem. GIANT GAME OF CONNECT 4? Sure. Plus any sporting event your little heart desires is probably playing on one of 800 screens. You can’t lose, unless you do. Happy hours goes 4 to 7 p.m. with $2 off drafts, $5 rail drinks and $6 glasses of wine. -Jenn Tisdale


Pop’s SeaBar

  • 1817 Columbia Rd NW

Fridays 4 to 7 p.m. and late night happy hour Saturdays and Sundays 10 p.m. to close.

Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro

  • 1801 18th St NW

Every day 4 to 7 p.m.

Shaw’s Tavern

  • 520 Florida Ave NW

Friday 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 5 to 7 p.m.


  • 915 F St NW
  • 186 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD

3 to 9 p.m.


The Pig

  • 1320 14th St NW

All weekend 3 to 7 p.m.

Thip Khao

  • 3462 14th Street NW

My new favorite spot for weekend happy hour is Thip Khao. Laotian happy hour? Yes. It’s fabulous. I don’t know if they do it in Lao, but they do it well in America. From 5 to 7 p.m., every day including weekends, you can enjoy $5 scotch and sodas and old fashioneds, and $3 beers. Snacks include crispy curry puffs, spicy fried peanuts tossed with kaffir lime leaves and dried chilies, and best of all, fried tofu, enrobed in a thick sweet-spicy-sour sauce. Happy hour snacks are all $5, and portions are extremely generous. After camping out and enjoying the happy hour food and drinks you can stay for dinner and treat yourself to a delicious, spicy Laotian meal. -Priya Konings


  • 1940 11th St NW

For a wine-centric happy hour on the weekend I head to Vinoteca. The happy hour deal runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and includes discounted wines by the glass, combined with $6 to $8 small plates that include mushroom crostini, artichoke soup, a mozzarella, squash and kale salad, roasted beet salad, and much more. The food is good and the wine is even better. What else could you want on a Saturday afternoon? -Priya Konings

The Wonderland Ballroom

  • 1101 Kenyon St NW

I feel THE MOST comfortable in this bar. In fact I’d like to call their Happy Hour a Comfort Hour. Great bars both upstairs and down and now that the weather is warming up I’m probably going to live on that patio. Bonus: Eat the mac n’ cheese. Happy hour available every day from 5 to 7 p.m., $2 off drafts and rail drinks. -Jenn Tisdale




  • 1527 17th St NW

Specials on food, beer, wine and cocktails from 3 to 7 p.m. Excellent if you can duck out of work early on Friday. Come back on Sunday to get the same deals from 5 p.m. to close. -Brandon Wetherbee

ANXO Cidery

  • 300 Florida Ave NW

Half off all pintxos, select cider, beer, wine, cocktails, and vermouth from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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Bar Deco

  • 514 8th St SE

Happy hour drink and food specials from 3 to 7 p.m.

First Look: Bar Deco

Belga Cafe

  • 514 8th St SE

Happy hour is 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. for the bar. Sunday’s, happy hour is from 4 p.m. to close.

Black Cat

  • 1811 14th St NW

Friday night’s happy hour includes episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. They know their demographic. -Brandon Wetherbee



BLT Steak

  • 1625 I St NW

$8 glasses of wine and $6 Heinekens aren’t great but the $1.50 oysters and $8 roasted bone marrow is great. Available 5 to 7 p.m. at the bar.

BLT Steak


Cafe Citron

  • 1343 Connecticut Ave NW

Friday and Saturday night happy hour 5 to 8 p.m., and late night happy hour 9 p.m. to midnight.

Circle Bistro

  • 1 Washington Circle NW

This Foggy Bottom bar/restaurant is usually dead on weekends, making it a perfect meeting place for small groups before a long night out. Good stop if you’re headed to the Kennedy Center. Happy hour runs 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday -Brandon Wetherbee

City Tap House

  • 901 9th St NW

Walk just a little bit past Chinatown’s unruliness, and you’ll arrive at City Tap House. For every step you took away from spots around 7th and H, you increased your chance of quality of food, draught list, and cleanliness tenfold. Reward yourself accordingly. Happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m. – Brandon Weight

Cuba Libre

  • 801 9th St NW

Happy hour runs from Sunday to Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

cuba libre

District Distilling

  • 1414 U St NW

$3 sliders, $4 daily biscuit, $5 chicken biscuit, $6 select draft beers, $7 glasses of wine, $8 cocktail shots on draft, $9 District Distilling cocktails from 4 to 7 p.m.

District Distillery Beer Cocktails-28

El Centro

  • 1819 14th St NW
  • 1218 Wisconsin Ave NW

I will go to all sorts of crazy lengths for an El Centro margarita. I’ve driven from Virginia to their 14th Street location at 8 on a Sunday morning just to ensure that NOTHING, not even the lack of Sunday brunch parking, would get in the way of my margarita consumption. They have a great happy hour, not only because the aforementioned tequila drinks are only $5 but it’s also on a rooftop. El Centro Happy Hour runs from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the bar only, year round. -Marissa Rubenstein


  • 1942 9th St NW

The injera tacos are part of the happy hour special. Drink specials are available too. 5 to 8 p.m.



  • 808 7th St NW

Head on over to Fadó from 4 to 7 p.m. on Fridays.

Flight Wine Bar

  • 777 6th Street NW

Enjoy their sweet sweet happy hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Franklin Hall

  • 1348 Florida Ave NW

$2 off all drafts and rail cocktails from 4 to 7 p.m.

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Meridian Pint

  • 3400 11th St. NW

The Booze and Bites Happy Hour runs 5 to 7 p.m.



  • 401 7th St. NW

$5 house margaritas, $3.50 draft beer, $10 Mezcalero Boilermakers from 3 to 6 p.m.



  • 401 7th St. NW

If this was everyday from 5 to 7 p.m., we’d be there two more days from 5 to 7 p.m. $5 classic margaritas and 2 for $5 tacos. There’s a reason this happy hour is packed by 5:15 each evening. -Brandon Wetherbee


Roofer’s Union

  • 2446 18th St NW

Roofers Union has a case of having it all, great location, amazing food, and one hell of a rooftop. Grab a table by the edge and survey your Adams Morgan kingdom below. I once spotted a friend walking by so I snapped their pic and texted it to them, like a real weirdo! Hey, that’s what roofs are for. Happy hour is not on the roof, just on the first floor from 5 to 7 p.m. on Fridays. -Jenn Tisdale



  • 2204 14th St NW

$5 Sake Hour features both food and drink specials. Friday 4:30 to 8:03 p.m.


  • 223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.


  • 1640 14th St NW

This basement bar is often overlooked. Sandwiched between the always busy Ghibellina and always busy Pearl Dive, Sotto is a nice, quiet hideaway, at least during happy hour. This place also gets busy. But usually not during happy hour. Order the cured meat and cheese board or sausage sampler. 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. -Brandon Wetherbee


  • 715 Florida Ave NW

Food and drink specials from 5 to 7 p.m.



  • 2459 18th Street NW

Someone you know is there right now drinking coffee and pretending to work on a laptop. Have a drink near them while they pretend to work. Happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m. -Brandon Wetherbee


Black Cat

  • 1811 14th St NW

Saturday’s happy hour includes episodes of Doctor Who. They really know their demographic. -Brandon Wetherbee

Cafe Citron

  • 1343 Connecticut Ave NW

5 to 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight.

City Tap House

  • 901 9th St NW

See Friday. Plus bottomless mimosas on Saturday.


  • 1640 14th St NW

5 to 7 p.m.

Thunder Burger & Bar

  • 3056 M St NW

4 to 7 p.m.



  • 1527 17th St NW

Specials on food, beer, wine and cocktails from 5 p.m. to close. This can double as brunch part 2. -Brandon Wetherbee

Belga Cafe

  • 514 8th St SE

Sunday’s, happy hour is from 4 p.m. to close.

Black Jack

  • 1612 14th St NW

Sunday’s happy hour runs all day long.

Cuba Libre

  • 801 9th St NW

4 to 7 p.m.


  • 2459 18th Street NW

Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.