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Washington DC Happy Hours

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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.



915 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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 – 4 hours, 7 days a week -  and stuffed with tempting treats including exotically spiced chicken wings and $5 draft beers.

When: 11:30AM – 8PM Monday to Friday, 4PM – 8PM Saturday & Sunday


Pearl Dive

1612 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

If you’re partial to oysters Pearl Dive might just offer the best Happy Hour in town. Alongside $5 draft beers and $8 vodka martinis, this popular ‘Oyster Palace’ serves up top notch Maryland oysters at half price.

When: 4PM – 7PM Monday to Thursday, 3PM – 7PM Friday



1544 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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 – 6PM Every day