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Living Your Best Summer Happy Hour Life Part 3: Grabbing a Pre-Nats Game Margarita at Mission

Summer is (literally) in full swing, and nothing says summer in DC like enjoying a Nats game on a sunny afternoon. This year, the district has yet another reason to sing “take me out to the ball game.” The newly opened Mission Navy Yard is serving up a buzz-worthy happy hour every day of the week, even on game days (hells yes!).

Read on to see why you should make swinging in for pre or post game margs your personal Mission this summer.

  • Margaritas On Tap in the Heart of the Action

Mission Navy Yard, a sister restaurant to the uber popular Mission DuPont, is located directly outside of Nats stadium. You can’t get any closer to the stadium without a ticket. And even if you have a ticket, we all know that the long lines, ballpark prices, and haphazard cocktails in the stadium are far less than ideal.

Not to worry – Mission Navy Yard is pouring up top-notch margs on Happy Hour every single day. The Draft Margarita ($8 on HH) is batched with El Jimador Silver and fresh lime juice, while the Tropical Margarita ($10 on HH) steps it up a notch with Avion, fresh pineapple and mango juice. And Mission is so close to the stadium, you can literally have a drink and run back to your seat. Margarita break, maybe?

  • A Bar That Knocks it Out of the Park

Great happy hour across from the stadium – you may be thinking this is too good to be true. Or, if it is true, it’s going to be too hard to get a drink because this spot must always be packed, right? While the crowds do congregate at Mission (because, why not?!), this bar is more than capable of catering to the masses.

Mission boasts an impressive 4 bars, one of which is the district’s longest bar at 150-feet with 8,000 cubic-feet of draft lines (more than a mile). The 16 draft lines include ten for beer, three for wine/prosecco and three for margaritas and cocktails. With this long list of draft bevies, you won’t have to wait long for a drink here.

Photo courtesy of Mission Navy Yard

  • Fan Fare You Can Take to the Home Team

While the expansive bar anchors Mission, the Mexican fare definitely holds its own. Chef Roberto Hernandez, formerly of Corner Table Restaurants and some of South Florida’s top kitchens, brings fresh, expertly prepared Mexican flavors to the menu.

The Nachos Volcan ($8.50), topped with queso fundido, pickled jalapeños, Mexican crema drizzle, pico de gallo, guac, and queso fresco are not to be missed. You can also add your choice of protein (+$5) – we say go with the Carnitas! The quesadilla is filled with all of the cheesy goodness you can ask for.

  • Oaxaca Vibes in the District

As soon as you step foot into Mission, the Mexican tiled staircase will capture your eye and sweep you away to Oaxaca. Owners Fritz Brogan and Reed Landry called on heralded design firm, Streetsense, to blend authentic Mexican flare into Mission’s industrial building.

Exposed pipes overhead counter vibrant textures and hand-carved stone work, bringing energy and buzz to the space. Each room of this massive venue has an unique charm, and you’ll want to explore them all with a margarita in hand.


Mission Navy Yard offers happy hour seven days a week from 4-7pm, and Thurs-Sat from 10pm- close.

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