Tired of hitting the same old spot for happy hour? There are plenty of bars to hit up in the DC area, however not all happy hours are created equal. To get the most bang for your buck, check out one of these bars for the best happy hour specials every night of the week in DC.
The 201 Bar
201 Massachusetts Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Head on over to this “modern tavern” for happy hour and enjoy more than 50 craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails and a delicious full-service menu. The 201 Bar offers a variety of happy hour specials including $3.50 rail drinks on Mondays, $5 specialty cocktails on Wednesdays and $10 Bud Light buckets after 9 p.m. on Fridays. The tavern also offers daily food and drink specials, such as $6 flatbread pizzas and $4 house wines. Nosh on tasty items like truffle mac and cheese or the drunken mussels, or save some room for a delicious dessert, like the homemade donut holes. The 201 Bar offers comfortable seating, an executive lounge area and plenty of televisions to catch the game.
3241 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Enjoy delicious classic Mexican dishes like homemade tacos, taquitos, empanadas and enchiladas and the best margaritas this side of the Rio Grande River. Bandolero is a two-story restaurant and bar with a “Day of the Dead” decorative theme. In addition to tasty Mexican-inspired meals, the restaurant and bar features a drink menu that’s heavy on the tequila, such as the Anejo Manhattan. Enjoy “Bandido Hour” specials like $4 cans of Tecate and $6 margaritas every day of the week. Bandolero also offers daily food specials including $5 tacos and $6 shrimp cocktails. Enjoy tasty menu items like the salsa trio, suckling pig tacos or the snapper ceviche.
621 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
Although known for having the best organic, sustainable and fair trade coffee in the DC area, Pound also offers awesome happy hour food and drink specials. Try the chili cinnamon popcorn or the tater tots for $4 or the hummus platter for $6. The ultra-personable coffee shop also offers wines by the glass for $5 and craft beers for $4. Stop by in the morning and enjoy tasty breakfast items like the bacon, egg and cheddar croissant or a homemade pastry, or enjoy a delicious evening meal like the spicy romesco pasta bowl or the butter-seared gnocchi. Pound also offers lattes of the week, half-priced bottles of wine and smoothies of the week.
Cause – The Philanthropub
1926 9th St N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Why pour your hard-earned cash down the proverbial drain when it can be spent supporting local and internationally known charitable organizations instead? Cause – the Philanthropub donates 100 percent of its net profit to select organizations including Martha’s Table, an organization that supports developing sustainable solutions to prevent poverty in the DC area, and Agora Partnerships, an organization that helps solve critical problems in Latin America nations and communities. Enjoy happy hour specials like $5 for all draft beers, select wines and homemade cocktails or $5 food specials including tater tots and a market salad. Cause features six beers on tap, more than 20 bottled or canned beers and a variety of signature cocktails. Share yummy plates like the general tso-style chicken wings or the farmstead cheese board, and leave your guilt at the door.
601 Pennsylvania Ave N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Ranked number four in the annual Washingtonian Very Best Restaurants 2013 list, Fiola offers drool-worthy meals and appetizing happy hour specials. Enjoy $4 beers and $6 specialty cocktails and wine as well as a variety of small plates between $5 and $8 Monday through Friday. Fiola is well known for its handcrafted meals including its five-course savory menu creations and its exquisite pasta dishes. Try the Chilean turbot and prawns or the beef tenderloin tartare. Fiola features an extensive wine list as well as coffee drinks, pastries and even a power lunch menu.
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