Drink Up for Cheap: Weekend Happy-Hour Deals in Washington
Why pay more to drink just because it’s the weekend? You can get cheap drinks even if it’s not Monday through Friday. We found all sorts of Saturday and Sunday specials at bars throughout Washington. Bottoms up!
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At Agraria Tuesdays through Sundays from 3 to 5, you can score $4 rail drinks and Yuengling, Miller Lite, and Dos Equis drafts; $14 beer buckets; and $5 martinis and house wines. Food specials include $6 steamed mussels, a $7 charcuterie plate, two-for-$5 pork sliders, and more.
Saturday nights at Asylum in Adams Morgan mean the Miller High Life Countdown: Starting at 5, the beer is a quarter for a bottle—but the price goes up 50 cents every hour.
In Capitol Hill’s Barracks Row neighborhood, Banana Café’s upstairs piano bar offers $3 margaritas on the rocks, domestic beers, and rail drinks and $3.75 Jose Cuervo margaritas seven nights a week from 5 to 7:30. A bonus: free hors d’oeuvres when you order at least one drink.
Head to Bangkok Joe’s Saturday and Sunday nights from 5 to 7 for the Thai Street Food Happy Hour, when appetizers cost $2 to $4 and specialty martinis, mixed drinks, beer, and wine are all half price.
The Adams Morgan billiards bar Bedrock Billiards has $10 buckets of Bud and Bud Light on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 7. Enjoy the special with friends while playing pool, darts, or board games.
Glover Park’s Breadsoda has a daily happy hour from 4 to 7 during which Viking, Guinness, Peroni, Miller Lite, rail drinks, and house red and white wines are $4.
Saturdays at Bullfeathers on Capitol Hill, enjoy Miller Lite drafts for $3.25 and Bloody Marys for $3.50 all day. From 3:30 to 6:30, there are also food specials, which include $2 mini-burgers; $4 wings, chicken quesadillas, and mozzarella sticks; and $3.50 nachos and spinach-and-artichoke dip.
On Saturdays between 4:30 and 7:30, Cafe Asia in downtown DC sells nigiri sushi for $1.25 a piece and selected draft beers for $2.50.
Saturdays from 4 to 8, the Dupont Circle hot spot Cafe Citron offers mojitos, sangrias, and cocktails for $4 and Corona and Miller Lite for $3. It also serves discounted appetizers.
Through the end of November, Capitol City Brewing Company near Union Station is hosting a patio party from noon to 8 on Sundays, which includes a $2 price tag on all of its beers plus some food specials.
On Saturdays and Sundays from 11 to 8, Finn MacCool’s Irish Publick House serves domestic pitchers for $10 and premium pitchers for $15. Food specials include $5 chili cheese fries, Buffalo wings, chicken tenders, Irish nachos, and more.
Froggy Bottom, a favorite bar of nearby George Washington University students, has drafts, rail drinks, and shooters for $2 starting at 9 on Saturday nights.
The Capitol Hill institution Hawk n’ Dove offers $1.95 domestic bottles from noon to 9 on Saturdays and Sundays and $2.25 Yuengling on Sundays from 6 to 9. Burgers and chicken sandwiches are half price Sunday from 6 to 10.
Saturdays from 8 to 11, the Hill bar Kelly’s Irish Times has “all you care to drink” Miller products for $15, half-price burgers, and 25-cent wings.
Every day from 4 to 7, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe in Dupont Circle serves $4 draft pints and glasses of house wines.
L’Enfant Cafe in Adams Morgan offers Stella Artois and rail drinks for $4 and glasses of house red, white, and sparkling wines for $5 everyday from 6 to 7:30.
Saturdays and Sundays from 4 to 7, La Tasca in Penn Quarter has $3.50 draft beer, sangria, and house wine and $5 margaritas. Sundays, bottles of wine are half-price. There’s also a $2.50 happy-hour food menu.
In the upstairs lounge at Le Chat Noir in Friendship Heights, glasses of wine are half price on Saturday nights from 5 to 7. The lounge usually screens art-nouveau and silent films.
Adams Morgan’s Little Fountain Cafe and its upstairs bar Angles offer $1 off all drinks from 6 to 9 every day of the week. On Sundays starting at 4, you can also score a two-for-one hamburger deal.
Perhaps the most creative happy hour we’ve heard of, M Bar at the Renaissance M Street Hotel serves $4 drinks featuring male-named brands—think Sam Adams, Jose Cuervo, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, and Captain Morgan. The special is available all day every Saturday and Sunday starting at 11.
Here’s a great deal: McFadden’s hosts a $20 open bar on Saturdays from 8 to 11.
The downtown cigar lounge Ozio serves $5 regular martinis, $6 premium martinis and glasses of wine, $3 beers, and $4 rail drinks. The specials run Saturdays from 6 to 8.
Rhino Bar & Pumphouse offers bottomless Bloody Marys Sunday afternoons and $3 Miller Lite bottles and $8 pitchers in the evenings.
The über-mod martini bar Tapatinis hands out one free martini per customer Saturday nights from 7 to 8. After that, sip Gray Goose, Bombay Sapphire, and Jose Cuervo martinis for $5.
UPDATE: Tapatinis is now closed. We regret the error.
Adams Morgan’s Toledo Lounge, one of our favorite dives, offers $3 rail drinks and $2 drafts from 6 to 8 on Saturdays. Sundays have the same drink specials—but they last until 9—plus a half-price burger deal.
Top of the Hill has half-price wine bottles on Saturday nights starting at 7.
The Columbia Heights gem Wonderland hosts a daily happy hour from 5 to 8 that includes $3 rail drinks and $2 off draft beers, plus foot-long hot dogs and and chili dogs for $3.
There are two happy hours every day at the Austin Grill in Bethesda: From 4 to 7 and 10 to midnight, you can score $4.50 margaritas, $2 beers, and $3 appetizers, including tacos and quesadillas.
Head to Austin Grill’s Rockville outpost on Sundays for an all-day happy hour with $3.50 Blue Moon and Shiner Bock, $4 rail drinks and margaritas, and more. There are also deals on food, including wings, chicken and beef quesadillas, tacos, and sliders.
Dogfish Head Alehouse serves up discounts on draft beers, cocktails, wine, and appetizers on Sundays from 4 to 7.
Franklin’s Brewery & Restaurant in Hyattsville has a happy hour every day from 4 to 6:30. It includes $1 off house drafts and mixed drinks, $3 house red and white wine, and 20 percent off wine bottles. Food specials: $3 off onion rings, pot stickers, and chicken quesadillas and $5 off crab quesadillas.
The Bethesda Jaleo location offers half-price house wines and $3.50 sangrias, draft beers, and rail drinks every day from 5 to 7:30.
Michael’s Pub takes $1 off drinks and $2 off appetizers Saturdays from 4 to 6.
At Rehab, score buy-one-get-one-free drink specials on Saturdays from 9 to 10 and Sundays all night.
Santa Fe Café serves $2 domestic bottles and rail drinks from 4 to 7 everyday. Stick around until 9 on Saturdays and you can get $2 Coors Light bottles and rail drinks and $2.50 Reyka Vodka and Van Gogh Double Espresso drinks.
From 11 to 7, head to Union Jack’s for a 22-ounce Yuengling (on Saturdays) or Miller Light (on Sundays) for $10. Games of pool are also half-price on Sundays.
Saturdays from 4:30 to 7:30 at Cafe Asia’s Arlington outpost, you can get nigiri sushi for $1.25 a piece, draft beers for $2.50, and sake for $2.
From 6 to 9 on Saturdays and Sundays, the Continental serves $3 beers—including Miller Lite, Yuengling, and more—and $4 rail drinks.
The Arlington dive bar Galaxy Hut has a seven-days-a-week happy hour from 5 to 8, which features $1 off pints and $3 off pitchers.
Have a favorite weekend happy hour we didn't mention? Tell us about it in the comments!