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Best of Brookland: Top 5 Happy Hours

Brookland: Home to Catholic University; the Franciscan Monastery; the Arts Walk at the Monroe Street Market; and a flourishing food & drink scene. We love that this residential neighborhood has maintained its low-key, locals-centric vibe as new restaurants & food establishments have been popping up. And an extra bonus, there are lots of solid happy hour offerings. Take a quick metro ride to the Brookland-CUA metro stop (on the red line) to explore these inviting neighborhood gems with praise-worthy happy hours. #supportlocal #gethappied

Smith Public Trust is a spot you can easily feel comfortable in. It has an eclectic, trendy vibe – from the cutouts of Meek Mill and Benjamin Franklin on the walls, to the variety of seating options.

For happy hour, pull up a stool at the bar for $5 single-pour drinks, red wine, white wine, and draft beers. What’s a single-pour drink? Some would call it a rail drink, but Smith Public Trust uses better booze than that! We’re talking Smirnoff Vodka, Captain Morgan White Rum, Old Forester Bourbon, Damrak Gin—not bad for 5 bucks!

The draft beer list includes locals like DC Brau, Atlas, and 3 Stars. The actual beers on happy hour change, but usually include Ommegang Witte.

Pro Tip: Stick around after happy hour to see the occasional live band!


Photo by Smith Public Trust

Primrose is a chic, French-inspired wine bar & bistro. The intimate interior is adorned with feathery chandeliers, elegant glassware, and light blue walls that add a sophistication and elegance to the approachable, relaxing atmosphere.

Happy hour includes beer, wine, a cocktail, and food. Currently the beer is a $5 draft– Kronenbourg, 1664, Euro Pale Lager, Obernai, FR. $7 wine specials include a sparkling, white, red, & rosé. And if you’re a gin drinker, you’ll love the classic cocktail on happy hour: the French 75, made with Citadelle gin, lemon, simple, & crémant.

For happy hour food, indulge in pommes frites (French fries) that are not too thick-cut, not too thin, but JUST RIGHT and served with ketchup & mayo for $5, or a more substantial French dip sammie made of shaved beef, gruyere cheese, and some of those just-right fries.

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Steel Plate has an extensive happy hour selection, including beer, wine & food.

There are typically 8 different draft beers to choose from for $5-6 each. Your options range from local, like Right Proper’s Raised by Wolves, or a rotating beer from DC Brau; to international, like the Eggenberg pilsner from Bauerei Schloss in Austria, or a classic from Ireland—Guinness. Go even more basic for a $3 can of Natti Boh or Busch Light, if that’s your thing.

And if you prefer wine, choose from a red or white for $5.

Pair your happy hour beverage of choice with one of their many happy hour bites, like $7 wings, $8 duck croquettes, and $4 tempura kale. The atmosphere here is uber inviting. The décor is the perfect collaboration of rustic and industrial, with elements like exposed brick and Edison lights.

BONUS: Happy hour is offered on the patio, too!

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Want to be outdoors? Or watch sports at a bar? OR enjoy food & drinks with friends or family? Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen has you covered! Located at the corner of 12th & Jackson, NE, the rustic yet casual restaurant boasts exposed brick and a District flag painted on the wall. Very DC.

Happy hour specials include $4 rail drinks, $5 select drafts, and $6 house red or white wine. Beer drinkers: there are typically about 6 draft beers on happy hour, so you’ll have some options! Though there aren’t happy hour specials on food, the onion rings are a must-get.

BONUS: Happy hour is available throughout the restaurant, patio, and bar!

Photo by Rachel Lyn

Tastemakers is one of DC’s latest and greatest community kitchen & food halls. The 8,000 square foot food incubator offers food options from some of DC’s best small and mid-sized food start-ups, aka taste makers. Offerings range from coffee and bagels; to tacos, meatballs, & cheesesteaks; to ice cream & cookies. Plus a vegan maker too!

Happy hour is at the establishment’s resident bar—Benjamin’s on Franklin—and includes $5 local drafts (Hellbender’s Bare Bones Kolsch, Right Proper’s Haxan porter, Atlas’ California Common, and DC Brau’s The Public) $8 classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned, Negroni, Dacquiri, Gin Rickey, Moscow Mule, and Manhattan; and $8 Boilermakers (shot and a beer).

This is the perfect spot to come as you are, unwind, & support local.

Photo by Rachel Mastandrea

Are these your faves too? Did we miss your favorite Brookland HH spot? Let us know in the comments!

Cover Photo by @KubertSmith

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