Weekend Happy Hour Guide

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.

Everyday

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

Breadsoda

  • 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

Brixton

  • 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 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m. Happy hour makes this place a bit more bearable. -Brandon Wetherbee

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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 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, 4 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. -Brandon Wetherbee

Clyde’s Gallery Place

  • 707 7th St NW

OK, so on one hand, it’s Clyde’s. On the other hand, it’s a Clyde’s in the second-largest tourist magnet in D.C. On the third hand, it’s a local chain. And if you’re seeing three hands, it’s because you got baked and saw Interstellar and you want a cheap drink that isn’t in a bowling alley and you need to wrap your mind around four goddamn dimensions and get that whole lobster away from me bro. Early happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m., late night from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. -Brandon Weight

Commissary

  • 1443 P St NW

3 to 7 p.m.

DC9

  • 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

DGS

  • 1317 Connecticut Ave NW

If you can get a seat at the small bar in the back, this happy hour is an excellent start to date night. Happy hour runs everyday from 4 to 7 p.m. and features $3 to $4 beers,$6 glasses of wine, $6 to $9 cocktails and small plates starting at $4. We recommend getting one or two things to eat to share, one cocktail and one beer. -Brandon Wetherbee

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Dickson Wine Bar

  • 903 U St NW

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 until 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. -Logan Hollers

Eat The Rich

  • 1839 7th St NW

With $1 oysters and drink specials, Eat the Rich is the nightcap at your apartment when you’re actually out of any liquor besides Kahlua and out of any food besides grainy mustard. Early happy hour Friday 5 to 7 p.m. for $1 oysters and drink specials, late night happy hour Friday and Saturday 11 p.m. to close and Sunday 9:30 p.m. to close for $1 oysters and drink specials. -Brandon Weight

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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 4 to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the bar only, year round. -Marissa Rubenstein

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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

Ghibellina

  • 1610 14th St NW

Everyday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Ghibellina offers happy hour. 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

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Green Lantern

  • 1335 Green Ct NW

4 to 9 p.m.

Grillfish

  • 1200 New Hampshire Ave. NW

Friday 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Helix Lounge

  • 1430 Rhode Island Ave NW

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 3 to 7 p.m. -Jenn Tisdale

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 daily special from 4 to 7 p.m. $4 glasses of sangria (get the $18 pitcher instead) and $4 tapas make any spoting event/concert/movie better. -Brandon Wetherbee

Le Grenier

  • 502 H St NE

Half off all beer, wine, and cocktails, every single day – tough to beat $6 cocktails to start a Saturday evening…

Lincoln

  • 1110 Vermont Ave. NW

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

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Mandu

  • 1805 18th Street NW
  • 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. 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. The flagship location on 18th St. is much smaller and more intimate, while the location on K St. has a busier and trendier feel. -Michael Young

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 to 4 to 7 p.m. with $2 off drafts, $5 rail drinks and $6 glasses of wine. -Jenn Tisdale

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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. -Jenn Tisdale

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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 3pm to 7pm, 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

Vinoteca

  • 1940 11th St NW

For a wine-centric happy hour on the weekend I head to Vinoteca. The happy hour deal runs from 5-7pm and includes discounted wines by the glass, combined with $6-$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

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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 everyday from 5 to 7 p.m., $2 off drafts and rail drinks. -Jenn Tisdale

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Friday

Agora

  • 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. -Brandon Wetherbee

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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

 

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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. -Brandon Weight

Cafe Citron

  • 1343 Connecticut Ave NW

4 to 7:30 p.m.

Chez Billy Petworth

  • 3815 Georgia Ave NW

5:30 to 8 p.m.

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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. Late night happy hour runs 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.- Brandon Weight

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Cuba Libre

  • 801 9th St NW

5 to 7 p.m.

Fadó

  • 808 7th St NW

4 to 7 p.m.

 

Flight Wine Bar

  • 777 6th Street NW

5 to 7 p.m.

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Mari Vanna

  • 1141 Connecticut Ave NW

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-$6 small plates. Why yes I will have a Caipirihina and a garden roll. Happy Hour at Masa 14 runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday, at the bar. -Marissa Rubenstein

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Oyamel

  • 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

Policy

  • 1904 14th St NW

5 to 7 p.m.

 

Science Club

  • 1136 19th St NW

Science Club is great because it’s really a few different types of bars in one place. Quiet booth, loud bar, sunny patio. Your friends will want to sit on the patio but there will be no more available seating on the patio to you’ll head to the loud bar. Happy hour runs from 5 to 8 p.m. -Brandon Wetherbee

Sonoma

  • 223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Thunder Burger & Bar

  • 3056 M St NW

4 to 7 p.m.

Tryst

  • 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

 

Saturday

Black Cat

  • 1811 14th St NW

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

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Cafe Citron

  • 1343 Connecticut Ave NW

4 to 8 p.m.

City Tap House

  • 901 9th St NW

See Friday. Late night happy hour runs 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Flight Wine Bar

  • 777 6th Street NW

5 to 7 p.m.

Policy

  • 1904 14th St NW

5 to 7 p.m.

Thunder Burger & Bar

  • 3056 M St NW

4 to 7 p.m.

Sunday

Agora

  • 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

The Argonaut

  • 1433 H Street NE

8 p.m. to close

Black Jack

  • 1612 14th St NW

See above. Sunday’s happy hour runs 3 to 10 p.m.

Cuba Libre

  • 801 9th St NW

5 to 7 p.m.

Tryst

  • 2459 18th Street NW

See Saturday. Happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m.