When the winter is this brutal, we need a warm and cozy Happy Hour to remind us why we love DC even during a “bomb-cyclone.” The Fainting Goat delivers the comfy, charming vibes to take your mind off the frigid temps and get you focused on what really matters – creative cocktails and goat cheese fondue! Here’s why you should add this U Street spot to your winter (and every other season) HH repertoire.
It’s gorge. And what’s behind the bar, tastes as good as this bar looks. The Fainting Goat mixes up batch punch cocktails using fresh, inventive ingredients, and rotates a different punch on the HH menu periodically. We were lucky enough of to try them all, and they’re all damn good. We’re suckers for a good mezcal cocktail, and the Bien Tambien (Ilegal Mezcal, Marie Brizard triple sec, grapefruit juice) does not disappoint. It’s like a grapefruit, mezcal margarita, which will more than warm you right up. If you’re more into the darks, the Derby Day (Deadwood Bourbon, Pallini Limoncello, Starry Night Tea, Mint) will brighten up your palate. The punches are a steal at only $5 a pop during HH.
The G.O.A.T. – Goat Cheese Fondue
There’s fondue, there’s goat cheese fondue, and then there’s THIS Goat Cheese Fondue. The Fainting Goat’s namesake dish shines with this rich, creamy cheese skillet. The charred top gives it a nice outer layer to dig-into. Once you’re under that first layer of goodness, you reach maximum ooey, gooey, chunky cheese. The shareable dish is only $13 all day, everyday. It’s an even better buy at HH, when you’re pairing it with high quality wines at only $5 a pour (more on that next)! If you’re not in a cheese mood, the Crab Fritters (stuffed to the brim with lump crab) and the Flatbread (grilled leeks, fontina, apple, espelette) are worth every bite.
WINE ON TAP
Back in the day, when you heard that anything other than beer is on tap, you would immediately wonder wtf was going on. But joining the tap cocktail craze, the tap wines on offer at Fainting Goat are top-notch pours. When we visited, we had a choice of a Grenache or Jocelyn Combier from France, or a Prosecco from Italy. Each offering is carefully selected by FG’s beverage director to compliment the restaurant’s rich dishes. During HH, one white, one red, and one sparkling are offered up for just $5 each.
WARM YOUR WORRIES AWAY
We can talk about The Fainting Goat’s cozy ambience, the warm and welcoming folks behind the bar (shout-out to Chris!), or the head chef that just might make his way to your table to tell you about this dishes. From the moment you walk into the FG, you’ll notice the dark wood and rustic tones. Brick walls and classic, elegant chandeliers bring you into a world far removed from the cold-cold world outside. It’s a perfect spot for a date or to bring your crew for an elevated after work HH.
The Fainting Goat offers Happy Hour Monday-Friday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm