Some of the best happy hours and drinks specials can be found at hotel bars. Depending on your style and mood, DC hotel bars come in a variety atmospheres and decorum. Try one of these bars after a long day of work or when in need of a great drink in a great setting.
14K Restaurant And Lounge
Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel
1001 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
The 14K Restaurant and Lounge is home to the Hamilton Crowne Plaza. This bar is the place to be at happy hour. The outdoor terrace offers great views of K Street as well. The lounge has happy hour specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Specials include premium draft beer pints for $4 , premium well drinks for $4 and house wine for $4.
The Living Room
515 15th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
While the W Hotel has three bars on the premises, the one to visit is The Living Room. Its motto is “Our Living Room is your living room.” This fun and trendy lobby bar is a great place to hang out and have a few drinks. Either enjoy the live DJ, the specially designed board games or grab one of the complimentary books while sipping on a cocktail. The Living Room makes you feel at home among friends and strangers.
Blue Duck Lounge And Bar
1201 24th St N.W.
Washington, D.C 20037
The Blue Duck Lounge and Bar is an upscale haven inside Park Hyatt Hotel. It is located in the Foggy Bottom area. The cocktail menu has an array of seasonal and classic drinks. For something more refined, Blue Duck has an extensive list of cognacs, bourbons, gins, scotch, calvados, Armagnac and vodkas. Order from the cheese menu and you will have one mellow evening from the bustle of the work day.
Dupont Circle Hotel
1500 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Bar Dupont is a part of the Dupont Circle Hotel. Happy hour for this bar is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This French-infused bar offers a lunch and bar food menu. Some of its specialty cocktails include French Addiction, Dupont Comso and the 10 Cane Mojito. It also offers cocktail pitchers for certain drinks.
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The Jefferson Washington DC
1200 16th St N.W.
Washington, D.C., DC 20036
Quaintly nestled in the Jefferson Hotel is the Quill. A throwback to President Jefferson’s Monticello, you can unwind from a long day at work in this bar. It offers signature and seasonal cocktails, or try on of the herbal-infused creations. Quill also has a food bar menu that is available until 12 a.m. The Quill has an outdoor terrace for those who crave a cigar with a cognac.
1155 14th St N.W.
Washington, D.C., DC 20005
The Zentan Rooftop Bar located in Donovan House Hotel is a must see. It is an urban oasis alongside a pool and cabana setting. You can even reserve a cabana or the entire rooftop for private dining or a group event. Happy hour, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., includes selected cocktails, beer and wine for $5. This is a regular spot for the Thomas Circle, Dupont Circle and Logan Circle crowd.
1315 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C., DC 20036
Bar Rouge adds to the atmosphere of the Hotel Rouge. This modernized bar provides its patrons with a “Red Hot” happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. In conjunction, it also hosts wine hour every day from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bar Rouge is a sought-after place for its exclusive VIP Party room. Also, on Tuesday evenings, the bar has half-price bottles of wine.
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