It’s no secret the District’s best hours are DC’s Happy Hours. DC runs on Happy Hour, and all Washingtonians know not all Happy Hours are made equal. Some are too short, some don’t save you much, and others just aren’t that happy. With so many DC bars out there the Happy Hour is often what sets one apart. We put ourselves on the mission to find DC’s Best Happy Hours for each day of the week. To decide the best Happy Hours we looked 1) at how long it lasts, 2) how big the discounts are, and 3) if we’d actually want to spend time at the bar. It turns out DC’s Happy Hour scene is so good we decided to give a winner and runner-up for each day.
Winner: Bar Charley
It’s hard to beat an all-day happy hour, and Bar Charley delivers just that every Monday. Even though it’s one of the classier establishments on the list this Dupont watering hole feels right for a Monday. Best known for their cocktails and Tiki drinks the Happy Hour serves them up for just $6. Couple that with $2 off wine and select canned beers and you have Monday’s winner.
Runner-up: The Tombs
The Tombs is synonymous with Georgetown student life and they know how to please a student. With four different beers priced at $3 and house wines at just $4 during Happy Hour, it fits your student budget. Throw in the Happy Hour food menu where everything priced $8 or less and the ½ priced burger special you’re definitely getting a bang for your buck at this Happy Hour.
Winner: Johnny Pistolas
This Mexican cantina boasts two Happy Hours on Tuesday. They have their patented 2,3,4,5 Happy Hour from 5-7pm ($2 Tacos, $3 Tecates, $4 Pacificos, $5 Margs) and a late night happy hour from 10-12 ($3 Tecate, $4 Pacifico, $5 Margs, $6 Sangria). You can choose to chill at the bar or at tables on either level of this AdMo favorite. When it’s nice there’s a small balcony you can chill on too.
Runner-up: Cornerstone College Park
These deals are too insane to not include on this list. Cornerstone sells Domestic Drafts and Rails for just $2, Natty Daddy for $2.50, Jager and Swedish Fish shooters for $3, and the always dangerous Red Bull Vodka for just $4 every Tuesday. The only reason its runner-up is that the deals are from only from 10-cl and they’re located in College Park. Check their website for the insane deals they offer every day.
Stashed away in Glover Park Breadsoda is an AU student favorite. Filled with the best bar games (shuffleboard, darts, pool, & ping-pong) good times are always had here. Wednesday is prime time for a trip here since they offer all night happy hour and FREE bar games. Grab some friends and show them who’s boss without breaking the bank.
The name Shenanigans sums up this place perfectly. This Admo Irish pub (if you can call it that) is crazy. Known mostly for their $1 Rail Blitz (11-1130pm every Friday) Shenanigans boasts a offers great happy hour too. Offered all night on Wednesdays stop by for $3 lite drafts, $4 domestic bottles & rails, $10 lite pitchers, and other drink specials. Help keep the night going with a ½ priced burger as well.
Can you name me something better than $1 beers? The Madhatter delivers that holy grail of beer every Thursday from 8-cl. If $1 beers aren’t enough for ya they also do a $5 Makers Mark special. Be warned that this place is always packed on Thursday. Between the bar, the dancefloor, and some tables there’s something for everyone at this Dupont bar.
Runner-Up: Red Derby
On Thursdays we live for $1 beers. In a completely different package than The Madhatter, Red Derby delivers a jaw-dropping bargain of $1.50 beers. This dive’s all night happy hour is $1 off beer, wine, and cocktails. With Natty Boh, Strohs, and Bud Diesels (8oz) priced at $2.50 you can do the math. Boasting great music, cheap drinks, and a stellar rooftop this is one of our favorite spots in the Columbia Heights / Petworth area.
Winner: Union Pub
The only thing better than finding a Friday Happy Hour is finding a Friday All Night Happy Hour. Union Pub delivers just that serving $12.50 Bud Light Pitchers, $4 Rails, and $5 Select Beers all day on Friday. Right next to Union Station, UP has a HUGE outdoor patio, tons of TVs and a great staff. It’s the perfect place to start, or end, your Friday.
Runner-Up: Town Tavern
It’s hard enough to find a Friday Happy Hour let alone 4 hours worth. Town Tavern delivers with $4 domestic bottles, $5 mixed rails, $6 select drafts, $6 house wines from 5-9. Located in Admo Town Tavern is the perfect place to post with some homies and start the weekend off right.
Winner: DC Reynolds
This is the best deal we have on this list. DC Reynolds offers a BOGO happy hour from 5-9pm on Saturdays! You read that right. Buy a drink and get a drink ticket for a second drink for free. If BOGO isn’t enough, you are allowed to save your tickets to get drinks after happy hour is over. You just have to spend the tickets the same night you got them.
There aren’t many places on U St where you can get drinks for $3 or under. DC9 delivers with their Saturday Happy Hour from 2-6pm. Stop in for $3 Rails, $2.50 Bud Lights, $3 ‘Special beers” which rotate by week. On a nice day there isn’t a much better place than the DC9 rooftop and if you stay long enough you can prolly catch a show on the 2nd level.
This U St hotspot is perfect for Sunday Funday. With Happy Hour from 1-5pm you’re able to prolong your Saturday night hangover with $4 miller lite tall boys & Tecates, $2 off all drafts, $5 rail drinks & New Amsterdam vodka, $6 wine, & food specials. Hang out at one of the inside bars or on the rooftop. There’s no going wrong at Brixton.
Runner-Up: Big Hunt
The best way to keep the Sunday Scaries away is with Happy Hour specials. Make your way to the Big Hunt in Dupont for All Day $4 specials such on rail drinks, Bad Ass Amber Bock, Big Ass Wheat, Hard Ass IPA, Light Ass Brew, PBR, & Yuengling. Make sure to bring some quarters for the arcade games such as Big Buck Hunter and Skeeball.