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You could go broke sampling all of D.C.'s great bars, but why waste your money on full-price drinks when there are so many bar deals in the district? After-work cocktails are a long-held tradition in this town--no doubt thanks to all the high-pressure political jobs and too-tight neck ties--but such habits don't need to break the bank; check out our list of the best happy hours and ongoing bar deals Washington, D.C.
Updated: September 08, 2010
It's hard to believe, but true: Midtown Loft (the casual bar one floor up from Midtown the club) offers free draft beer from 5pm to 6pm Tuesday through Friday nights. The only catch? Servings can be small, and there's often only one bartender during this hour, so a line can form. Go early! Other drink specials last until 8pm.
Want an excuse to drink copious amounts of beer in celebration of the Irish year-round? This Jewish deli slash Irish pub celebrates St. Patrick's Day on the 17th of every month. Stop by the H Street bar for drink and food specials, live music and giveaways.
Citysearch Dictator Connie H says that the "$4 Smirnoff martinis available all night Thursdays can't be beat!" This Metro Center spot also offers $4 appetizers from 3pm to 7pm Monday through Friday, as well as drink specials--$3.25 selected domestic drafts, $3.75 rail drinks and $4 premium rails and house wine--until 8pm.
Citysearch fan Kaoru Y. recommends happy hour at this popular Jose Andres restaurant--overseen by "Top Chef" Mike Isabella--available in the bar Sunday through Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm and Tuesday through Thursday from 10:30pm to 11:30pm. Find selected $4 wine and beer--a steal in a restaurant like this--and selected $4 mezze.
Happy hours at The Front Page are popular among D.C.'s younger set, and it's because the bar deals can't be beat. From 4pm to 7pm Monday through Friday, get house red and white wine, rail drinks or Bud Light, Miller Lite, and Front Page Ale drafts for just $2.75. On Wednesday, Bud and Bud Light are $2.75 from 7pm to close, and Thursday night features $2 Miller Lite and Corona bottles from 4pm to close and a three-for-$1 taco bar from 5pm to 7pm.
This downtown restaurant's $7.95 beer special on its 33.8-ounce "Super Mugs" is available--along with some food deals--at the bar from 3pm to 7pm daily and all night Mondays and Tuesdays. Additionally, all bottles of wine are half off on Mondays.
Happy hour at this Dupont Latin bar is Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm and Saturday from 4pm to 8pm; expect rotating specials on cocktails--such as $3 mojitos on Tuesday and $5 sangria on Saturday--as well as discounts on beer and "tasters" such as ceviche, wings, and chips and salsa.
Sunday through Thursday during the summer, get discounts on all draft beer, as well as half-price bottles of wine and $24 pitchers of sparkling white peach sangria from 10pm to 1am. On Tuesdays you can also get discounted baskets of fried chicken with biscuits and Butternuts Brewery canned beer.
Through August 14, 2010, many Golden Triangle restaurants and bars will be offering buy one get one free deals after 5pm, and select parking garages will extend their hours and offer a flat $5 fee from 5pm until midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. At Public, get a free drink with the purchase of any entree. For more deals, visit: http://bit.ly/aeFb1c
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4pm to close, Froggy Bottom Pub offers a $7.25 pitcher special--Miller and Bud on Mondays, Froggy Bottom Lager on Wednesdays, and Miller and Yuengling on Fridays--a deal that makes regulars of GW and Georgetown University patrons.
Though not actually a gathering place for biology nerds, Science Club's Monday through Thursday all-night deals will make you feel smart. From 5pm to 2am, Science Club's specials include $3 Yuengling and PBR, $4 Guinness and Amstel Light, and $4 Rail Drinks. You can find these deals on Friday nights, too, but only until 9pm.