Best Happy Hour Spots In Washington, D.C.

May 4, 2011 2:53 PM

After a long day of work, nothing beats spending some time at a great happy hour. Looking for a place to unwind with a cold one, chat with friends and munch on something after a day with your nose at the grindstone? Check out the cheap drinks and food specials at some of the best happy hour spots in Washington, D.C. — Amy Gardner McNeal

Science Club

1136 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 775-0747

The happy hour at Science Club starts early and lasts all night on weeknights. With three levels of seating available, this is a great place to bring a big group after work. If you hate elbowing your way up to a crowded bar, you’ll love the spaciousness of Science Club. The laid-back yet funky atmosphere makes it a good place to chill out and enjoy some great food and drinks. In addition to the drink specials, its full menu of delicious vegetarian food is also available. Be sure to check out the excellent selection of Chilean wines. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.; closed Sunday.


1823 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 292-6686

Have a great time without busting your budget at Recessions, in the heart of the District. The 28-ounce “King Kong” drafts and $4 appetizers will get your evening off to a good start. The quirky vibe is half house party, half neighborhood watering hole. Recessions also offers a full food menu, video games and pool. The service is excellent, the place is lively, and the drinks are cheap. It is easily one of the best happy hour spots in Washington, D.C. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; closed Sunday.

The 51st State Tavern

2512 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 265-2444

This neighborhood bar, near the Foggy Bottom Metro, has long been known for its awesome happy hour. Every day, including weekends, The 51st State serves up cheap but good drinks in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. It’s a great place to unwind and catch up with your friends. The antique bars and booths give it that classic old watering hole feel. The bar staff is attentive, and the food is good. If martinis are your beverage of choice, don’t miss this place — it has a great happy hour martini special. Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.

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