Washington DC Happy Hours

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With Generator set to open an exciting new property in America’s seat of power we decided to take a look at what Washington DC has to offer, beyond all the obvious political stuff. One thing quickly emerged as the US capital’s proudest attraction – Happy Hour.
You might initially be less than impressed by this questionable boast. Sure, Happy Hours are great - who doesn’t love a spot of cheap late afternoon drinking? - but there’s nothing particularly unusual about them. It doesn’t take long, however, to realise that DC does Happy Hours better than anywhere else. In DC Happy Hours stretch across entire afternoon and deep into the early evening. They also tend to go beyond a couple of quid off a pint by offering compelling cut-price deals on some seriously tasty grub. It turns out that the DC Happy Hour really is something to be proud of.
The great thing about the DC Happy Hour is that you’ll find it exists in some form pretty much everywhere. Nonetheless, some Happy Hours are better than others. We’ve done our best to pick out the best of the best.



Something of a DC institution, Vinoteca’s vino-centric Happy Hour means it’s hard to beat if you find yourself overcome by a late-afternoon hankering for wine. This chic U Street spot supplements quality wine at $5 a glass with selection of discounted small plates.
When: 5PM – 7PM Every day
1940 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001


This lively three level English-style pub might not resemble your average South London boozer but it’s a dependably fun spot to hang and have a dance, if the mood takes you. Which it likely will after enough $4 beers. Beer-friendly food options include a wide selection of inventively loaded dogs.
When: 5PM – 7.30PM Monday to Friday
1PM – 5PM Saturday and Sunday
901 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001


We’re not familiar with Top Chef alumnus Edward Lee but his stateside celebrity chef status has secured a pretty sweet premises for SUCCOTASH, which serves up swankified southern food in a palatial former bank. The Happy Hour offering is generous – 5 hours, 7 days a week -  and stuffed with tempting treats including exotically spiced chicken wings and $5 draft beers.
When: 3PM – 8PM Every day
915 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Pearl Dive

If you’re partial to oysters Pearl Dive might just offer the best Happy Hour in town. Alongside $5 draft beers and $7 vodka martinis, this popular ‘Oyster Palace’ serves up top notch Maryland oysters at half price.
When: 4PM – 7PM Monday to Friday
1612 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009


This stylish and buzzy new sushi bar in Shaw offers an appealingly upscale Happy Hour with two hours of bargain sushi to gorge on upstairs and a 4-7 bubbly hour offering half price vintage champagne downstairs.
When: 4PM – 7PM Every day
Sushi Happy Hour: 4PM – 6PM Every day
1544 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001


Tacos and margaritas? Yes please. Espita Mezcaleria is no run of the mill taqueria and its southern Mexican cuisine is especially pleasing when tacos are just $4 a pop and washed down with a margarita or mezcal for $6.50.
When: 4PM – 6PM Monday to Friday
2.30PM – 6PM Saturday and Sunday
1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001


One of DC’s top restaurants, this sophisticated Italian offers excellent seafood and fine waterside views, at unsurprisingly bracing prices. Happily, Fiola also does a temptingly decadent Champagne Happy Hour, complete with delicious discounted bar snacks.
When: 4PM – 7PM Monday to Friday
3050 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007