Happy Hour Guide

Take Me Out to the Happy Hour..err..Ball Game!

The Nationals season is in full swing (pun intended)! There’s no better way to get into the baseball spirit than by knocking back some cold ones before the first pitch, especially when said cold ones are on special during happy hour! Here are our six picks for where to snack and sip pre-Nats games.

Declaration has an extensive happy hour selection, including beer, wine, cocktails, & food.

When it comes to variety, the second outpost of this pizza-centric restaurant tops them all. Before heading into the ballpark, fill up on a wide range of items including macaroni & cheese, baked chicken wings, mini meatball hoagies, pizzas, crostinis, fried Mozzarella and more. For drinks, enjoy $8 select cocktails like the American Mule (Deep Eddy vodka, ginger, fresh lime), The Rickey (Ford’s gin, becherovka, cucumber soda, fresh lime), Old-Fashioneds, Manhattans, and more; $7 select house wines; $5 select beers, or choose a spirit for a $6 drink.

Pro Tip: Bring your crew! The fully stacked happy hour menu makes it a prime spot for gathering with a group of friends, with something for literally everyone.

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No matter what day of the week a Nats game falls on, you’re covered with happy hour deals at the Waterfront Mexican restaurant Agua 301. With an extensive happy hour menu, Agua 301 offers five different tacos in addition to other snacks and shareable items like guacamole, empanadas, tostadas, flautas and nachos on the food menu. Wash it all down with $4 beers, $5 wines, and $6 select margaritas and sangrias. If that wasn’t enough, drink specials are also available on the late night happy hour menu from 9pm to close every.single.day.

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For a more upscale pregame experience, head to Chloe. You’ll be able to nosh on items including sheep’s milk ricotta crostini (do yourself a solid and GET. IT!), crispy cauliflower, sauteed potato gnocchi and chicken liver mousse toast (all food items priced at $10 or under). Sip on a selection of discounted glasses of wine and $7 draft beers.

Pro tip: Make sure to grab a spot at the bar to enjoy the happy hour specials!

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Head to District Winery, DC’s first winery, for happy hour deals like $8 select glasses of wine, $5 select beers, and food specials including fried Brussel sprouts, marinated olives, beet falafel, artisanal cheeses, and one of our all-time fave HH bites, the wild mushroom toast.

Pro Tip: Plan to get to the bar area right as happy hour kicks off as it’s only offered in the bar area and is known to get real crowded real fast.

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Due South is king when it comes to Southern-inspired bar bites like pulled pork nachos, chopped brisket sliders, squash puppies, and smoked wings during happy hour. Pair your game day grub with $5 beers, $6 select wines, and $8 cocktails (Kentucky Mule; Whiskey of the Day served neat or on the rocks).

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Justin’s Cafe is a Navy Yard institution, offering a progressive happy hour every Monday-Friday. Starting at 4pm, enjoy $3 draft beers, $4 rail drinks & house wine, and $5 Firefly vodka/bourbon drinks . The deals increase by $1 by the hour starting at 6pm. Food deals include $6 sliders, bread sticks and chicken tacos. 

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Headed to the game? What’s your favorite drinking post before or after Nats games? Tell us in the comments!

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