Cheap Vino: A Guide to Half-Price-Wine Nights in Washington

By: sara levine, Jessica Sidman, Sophie Gilbert

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Looking to drink good wine without spending a lot? Discount-wine nights are great for oenophiles, novices who want to learn about new wines, and anyone just looking to enjoy an inexpensive bottle or two with dinner. Restaurateurs tend to offer wine deals early in the week to increase business on slower nights—most promotions are on Sunday and Monday. So when the weekend’s over and it’s time to get back to the grind, you can kick off your week on a fun note with wine and dinner at one of these restaurants.

Have a favorite half-price-wine night that we missed? Please leave it in the comment section—we’d love to know about it!

SUNDAY

Clyde’s of Georgetown, Reston, and Tysons Corner and the Tombs. At the American restaurants in this local chain, all wines except “cellar selections”—the most expensive bottles on the list—are half price.

Indique. This Cleveland Park Indian restaurant pours half-price bottles from noon to closing.

Lia’s. At Geoff Tracy’s Italian spot in Chevy Chase, all wines are half-price all night in both the dining room and the bar.

Vidalia. Half-priced bottles are on offer with the Southern-influenced American cuisine at one of the Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants. Vidalia also offers free wine tastings and canapés in its wine bar Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 6:30.

SUNDAY AND MONDAY

Dino. This wine-centric neighborhood Italian spot in Cleveland Park offers “wine madness”—one-third off all wines more than $50—all night on Sunday and Monday. Tuesday and Thursday, there’s no corkage fee for those who bring their own bottle.

SUNDAY, MONDAY, AND TUESDAY

Peacock Cafe. This Georgetown haunt is popular for weekend brunch, but it’s also worth an evening trip: All bottles in the $60-and-under category are half off all night. At sister restaurant Peacock Grand Cafe in downtown DC, you can bring your own bottle on Monday without paying a corkage fee if you buy an entrée.

MONDAY

Black Market Bistro. Jeff and Barbara Black’s cozy restaurant in a historic Victorian house offers select bottles for half price.

Bombay Bistro. All wines available by the glass are offered for half price by the bottle at this Rockville Indian restaurant.

Boulevard Woodgrill. After 5 at this chic, wine-centric Clarendon spot, all bottles on the wine list are half off.

Clyde’s of Columbia and Chevy Chase, Willow Creek Farm, and  Tower Oaks Lodge. These Clyde’s locations offer the same deal on Monday as their siblings do on Sunday: All bottles except “cellar selections” are half off.

Cafe Deluxe in Bethesda, Tysons Corner, and Cleveland Park. All bottles at this local Modern-American chain are half off.

Chef Geoff’s. At both locations of this lively American bistro, all bottles are half price.

Daily Grill (1310 Wisconsin Ave. NW;202-337-4900). At the Georgetown location of this traditional American bar and restaurant, any wine on the list is half price after 4.

Heritage India. All bottles on the list are half off at the original Glover Park location of this elegant Indian restaurant.

Indique Heights. All wines offered by the glass are available for half price by the bottle at this stylish Indian destination in Chevy Chase.

Iota Club & Café. Half-price wine is available all night at one of Virginia’s best music venues.

Olazzo Bethesda and Silver Spring. At this homey Italian spot, all bottles are half off if you purchase entrées.

Tonic. Buy two entrées at the Foggy Bottom location of this comfort-food hangout, and get a free bottle of wine to go with them.

Veritas. Around 30 to 40 selected bottles are half price on Mondays at this tiny, sleek wine bar, with some good bargains at the upper end of the list.

MONDAY AND TUESDAY


Town Hall. This relaxed neighborhood tavern and bistro in DC’s Glover Park offers half price on any bottle all night.

MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

At Teatro Goldoni, pay half price for any bottle normally under $100 weekdays 5 to 8.

TUESDAY

Cava. All 46 bottles of wine—including a sizable Greek collection—are half off at this Greek mezze restaurant and wine bar in Rockville.

TUESDAY AND THURSDAY

Jack’s Restaurant & Bar. All wines and Champagnes—$18 to $195 per bottle—are half off at this Dupont restaurant.

WEDNESDAY

The Diner. At this 24-hour Adams Morgan hangout, customers get half-price wine and Champagne all night.

Little Fountain Cafe. This quaint, romantic restaurant in Adams Morgan offers half-price wine with dinner all night.

Tonic. This restaurant/bar in DC’s Mount Pleasant has the same deal as its sister in Foggy Bottom: Buy two entrées and get a free bottle of wine. At the company’s pizza outlet, Radius (at the same address), the Wednesday-night wine deal extends to either two entrées or one large pie. 

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