Thanksgiving week is something to celebrate. Not only is there a feast on Thursdays and shopping on Friday, but there’s a short work week and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is reserved for letting loose with friends and family. Here are some of DC’s hottest bars to get your drink on for Black Wednesday.
Bier Baron Tavern & Restaurant
1523 22nd St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
With 50 seasonal taps and more than 500 bottled beers, this unassuming Dupont bar is the perfect place to wind down the short work week before Thanksgiving day. With its draft plus burger for $10 happy hour special from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., you can grab some nosh and save some cash for your shopping weekend. Many nights often feature entertainment in the upstairs bar, or you can chill with your friends or family at one of the tucked-away tables in the downstairs area.
1737 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Harken back to those good old times with your family when you used to sit around the table and play board games at the popular Dupont bar Board Room. With more than 20 games that you’ll remember from being a kid like Hungry Hungry Hippos, Battleship, Uno, Connect 4 or Sorry, you’ll have plenty of fun without having to invest in a bunch of games. The game rentals are $1-$5 and go perfectly with draft beers available by the glass or pitcher.
3628 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
When you want to save your cash for Black Friday, DC Reynolds is the perfect place to drink up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. With its buy-one, get-one special, you get one drink of equal or lesser value for free when you order two drinks. The special cannot be shared between people, so you wind up drinking at least two drinks during happy hour which is Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Grab a bite of the delicious, locally crafted menu of modern American fare and chill on the patio where there are often movies or sports shown.
1337 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
For an amazing array of craft brews including several cask ales, head over to Churchkey for a pint. This popular 14th Street bar near Logan Circle features a well-rounded list of drafts picked by beer director Greg Engert. The menu is laid out by tasting profile, but most beers are so artisanal that very few Washingtonians will be able to select from the menu, which is why the servers and bartenders are the best source for figuring out exactly what you’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to tell them what you want or normally drink and they’ll suggest something you’ll love. Don’t want to commit to a pint? Try the taster size portions. And definitely order the disco fries to help soak up the brew. Starting with the crispy French fries, the disco fries are topped with sausage gravy and Grafton cheddar cheese, which will prepare your stomach for the turkey day food coma.
H Street Country Club
1335 H St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
When you want to get out with your friends and have a good time, head over to the popular Atlas District to H Street Country Club for great drinks and games. The margaritas and cocktails are especially good. On Wednesdays, happy hour specials run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Then grab your putter and play a few rounds of mini golf on the second floor putting green. The course is enough of a challenge for even the avid golfer, but easy enough that you can still have fun after a few rounds at happy hour. There are also other games like skeeball, a giant Jenga puzzle and shuffleboard.
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