Happy Hour Guide

The Definitive DC Spring Happy Hour Guide

Sun’s out, fun’s out! Spring has sprung, the days are longer, and the Cherry Blossoms are blossoming. For Spring, we’re all about Happy Hours with airy, light filled vibes, fresh, bright cocktails, and seasonal bites. Here’s the definitive list of DC’s best spring Happy Hours.

  • Mola (3155 Mt Pleasant St NW) T-Fri(5:30-7:30p) & Sun (5:30-9p): Get in on the aperitifs trend at this Mount Pleasant haven. Mediterranean inspired dishes and sips whisk you to Spain, while the washed brick interior and floral murals will remind you its Spring even on DC’s chilly days. Pro-tip: Mola serves Capitoline Vermouth, a DC born and bred vermouth, so stop in for a springy spritz. Get the full HH deets here.

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  • El Techo (606 Florida Ave NW) – M-F (5-7p): The Shaw newcomer has been keeping us warm through the winter with Casa Verde DC, but in the Spring this gorge rooftop can flaunt its natural shine. With classic DC rowhouse views, spring florals that would make anyone jealous, and house margs featuring house made agave syrup, definitely add El Techo to your spring Happy Hour listGet the full HH deets here.

Photo by @ElTechoDC

  • District Winery (385 Water Street SE) M-F (3:30-6:30p): It wouldn’t be springtime without Rosé! District Winery is releasing its 2017 vintage on April 22, just another reason to head in for 1/2 off bottles and $8 glasses during HH. You’d be hard pressed to find wines this good in this great of a space for this fab of a price.  Snag a seat at the bar, grab a bottle, and take in the Anacostia riverfront views.  Get the full HH deets here.

Photo by @DistrictWinery

  • The Betsy (514 8th Street SE DC) T-Sat (4:30-6:30p) & Sun (4-8p): You know a Happy Hour spot is made for Spring when it’s only open seasonally, with the first season being… you guessed it… SPRING! Reopening at the beginning of April (exact date coming soon), The Betsy is a hidden rooftop gin bar behind Belga Cafe on Barracks Row. It’s super cute and gives you shabby chic vibes. The food is also top notch. The Watermelon and Feta salad screams fresh picked goodness. Get the full HH deets here.

Photo by @HappiedDC

  • Fig & Olive (3934 Palmer Alley NW) Everyday (4-7p): Seasonally inspired cocktails, creative crostini, and bright, lush interiors land Fig & Olive on the Spring Happy Hour list. Quite frankly, it’s a gem in any season, but with sunlight flooding the already glam interior, it’s a must try in the warmer months. Get the full HH deets here.

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  • Little CoCo’s (3907 14th Street NW) Everyday (5p-6:30p and all night Sun-Thu at the bar): Three words: Draft Basil Gimlet. A perfect, refreshing spring cocktail and on HH for just $6 every day and night. Keeping in theme, the Ciabatta with lemon ricotta is a lite and fresh bite. Best part: Little CoCo’s has a lovely street front patio where you can enjoy all of the tasty gimlets and bites your heart desires. Get the full HH deets here.

Photo by @HappiedDC

  • La Puerta Verde (2001 Fenwick St NE) Tu-Fri (5-6:30p) | Sat-Sun (3-5p): Ivy City is heating up with a slew of new restaurants and its signature industrial charm. This early Ivy City anchor is bringing fire to the HH scene, featuring festive margaritas and flavorful tacos and elote. The Mexico City inspired bar top offers an ideal spot to imbibe and take in the city sights. Get the full HH deets here.

Photo by @HappiedDC

  • Gin Joint (2317 Calvert St NW) Everyday (4:30-7:p): The Gin Joint is a hidden Woodley Park gem tucked within New Heights restaurant. The patio is full of lush greenery, and the house made tonics feature ingredients such as fresh blood orange and basil. Grab the gin and tonic of the day on HH for just $7 and nosh on bright HH bites such as pan roasted brussels sprouts. Get the full HH deets here.

Photo by @HappiedDC

  • Smith Commons (1245 H St NE) Everyday (4:30-7p and all night Monday): The interior of this H Street hotspot is full of warm winter charm, but the patio on the second level lets the sunshine in. Wood benches and a seasonal grill make Smith Commons a perfect HH choice when you’re trekking down the H Street corridor. Pro-tip: Get the pork belly tacos. Get the full HH deets here.
  • Vinoteca (1940 11th St NW) Everyday (5-7p): Nothing says spring like having a glass of white wine on a super airy, vibrant patio. Vinoteca offers fifteen top-notch wines for only $5 a pop. Grab a glass and pair it with their fresh cheese board while getting in a round of bocce ball. Get the full deets here.

  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon (2007 18th St NW) – Mon-Fri (5p-7:30p) and Tiki Bar (Th: 5-9p):  The open air rooftop at Jack Rose is the type of space you dream about. Views of the Adams Morgan skyline abound on the sleek, light filled terrace. On the cooler days, the roof retracts to keep you warm in DC’s indecisive weather. As the weather heats up, the Tiki Bar (at the back of the terrace) opens, with tiki drinks on HH until 9 on Thursdays. The fried mac & cheese balls are delish all year round. Get the full deets here.

Photo by Nandor Nagy Photography

  • China Chilcano | Everyday (4-6p) | 418 7th St NW: Penn Quarter may not have a ton of outdoor spaces, but you won’t miss the outside with the gorgeous and bright decor at China Chilcano. Their “Pisco Hour” features a classic Pisco Sour, a perfect spring sipping cocktail. The Sánguche de Chancho (pork belly in a fry bread topped with daikon, sweet potato and miso sauce) is actually kind of addictive. Get the full HH deets here.

Photo by @ChinaChilcano

  • Mi Vida | M-F (4-7p) | 98 District Square SW: The Wharf is a great spot for HH during the warmer seasons generally, but add margaritas and this amazingly beautiful bar, and you just may never leave DC’s latest waterfront cantina. Mi Vida draws on Chef Roberto Santibañez’ native Mexico and doesn’t disappoint with a taco and marg HH that is both elevated and accessible. Get the full HH deets here.

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