It appears as if the weather is finally cooperating in the District which means more time to sit outside before it becomes humid and unbearably hot. Whether covered or open, patio bars are the place to be for happy hour as spring is in full bloom. Impress your friends and family who are visiting or better yet treat yourself, you deserve it.
Espita Mezcaleria 1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 MON-FRI 4PM-6PM & SAT/SUN 2:30PM-5PM
In the heart of Shaw, Espita Mezcaleria aims to focus on Oaxacan cuisine while incorporating ingredients from the Mid-Atlantic region. Believing that happy hour should be enjoyed where one is comfortable, they offer up their tacos ranging from roasted vegetables to al pastor. Not in the mood for food? Then go all in for the mezcal, where it is offered in cocktail, carafe, and shot form.
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Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar 300 Florida Ave. NW Washington, DC 20001 MON-FRI 5PM-6:30PM
If you haven’t crossed off Northern Spain on your bucket list just yet, don’t fret as you’re in good hands at Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar. Order three or more of their pintxos and receive a $1 off each one which should be difficult when you have Marcona almonds and sliced roasted pork loin sandwiches to choose from. Select ciders, beers, wines, cocktails, and vermouth are 1/2 price. Here’s to looking at you cider house punch.
Dirty Habit 555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004 MON-FRI 4PM-7PM
We’re not here to judge and neither is this gorgeous bar located inside of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco. Had a super rough day at work? Choose a 4oz or 8oz pour of wine for $5/$9 respectively. With $6 beers and $8 cocktails, this happy hour will not break the bank.
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Whaley’s 301 Water St SE Ste 115, Washington, DC 20003 DAILY 5PM-7PM
There is something awesome about partaking in happy hour while practicing conservation that should speak to the environmentalist in us all. If oysters are your thing, Whaley’s offers these delicious mollusks for $1.25 a piece with a portion of the proceeds going to Anacostia River Keepers; yes the same river that is lazily flowing by. All draft beers are $5 while house cocktails are $9; however, try the bartender’s choice as we’ve never been steered wrong.
Colada Shop 1405 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009 THURS 4PM-CLOSE
Currently operating two locations and a third opening soon, Colada Shop wants to make sure you know it’s one of the hottest happy hours in town with its Havana Nights every Thursday. Be ready for Instagram-worthy photographs while grooving to Caribbean beats on their rooftop garden patio (14th Street location). Cocktails are $6 and empanadas are $2, and you should definitely get both.
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Hill Prince 1337 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002 TUES-FRI 5PM-7PM & SAT/SUN 3PM-7PM
Venturing over to the Northeast quadrant? Then head over to Hill Prince. Hello $4 snacks, $5 beers, $6 wines & $7 cocktails. Yet it is their garden bar that truly has us swooning. Bright whites and calming greens make this courtyard feel like a little piece of paradise while maintaining its neighborhood bar vibe.
The Graham Georgetown Rooftop Lounge 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, DC 20007 THURS 5PM-8PM
Enjoy sweeping view of Georgetown and beyond from this rooftop bar particularly during Thursdays on the Rocks from 5-8PM. Though the cocktail list isn’t specified, special pricing is guaranteed; however this bar is really a place to people watch and be seen, cocktails are optional.
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Takoda 715 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 TUES-FRI 5PM-8PM
Rooftop bars are coveted, especially along the bustling U Street Corridor. Step into a beautifully designed space at Takoda where the frozen drinks and sparkling wine shine. Half price appetizers such as rosemary parmesan tots and various alcoholic beverages are noticeably marked down with an easygoing bar staff.
The Salt Line 79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003 MON-FRI 3PM-6PM (Not available during Nationals’ home games or special events.)
Uncomplicated happy hours are the best. With 1/2 off local oysters, $3 Narragansett Lagers, $5 draft beer and wine selections, and $7 cocktails, it doesn’t get any more straightforward than this. A riverside patio provides a nice opportunity to catch the sun’s rays as well as a nice breeze while savoring a cold one. BTW, they just launched an all night Monday happy hour starting at 4:30PM and added their beloved coddies and stuffies appetizers for $5 a piece. If you haven’t tried either, what are you waiting for?
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The Brig DC 1007 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003 MON-FRI 3PM-7PM
If you are looking for a happy hour that doesn’t end before you get off of work then The Brig might be your jam. In addition to pint and liter beer selections, snag a couple of $4 tallboy cans. Not a beer drinker? No problem as $5 glasses of sangria and $7 Jack Daniel’s cocktails are also available.