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11 Early Happy Hours to Try Now
Plus a few weekend options for your day-drinking delight. By Anna Spiegel
Forget posting up in a dark bar. Airy places like Azur make afternoon drinking feel like a day at the beach. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.
Comments () | Published June 21, 2013

It’s officially summer: the days are getting longer, the workload lighter, and the chances of slipping out for an afternoon drink significantly higher. Luckily, several restaurants and bars take the “five o’clock somewhere” seriously attitude and offer afternoon discounts for thirsty patrons well before the sun goes down. Check out these 11 spots, all ready to liquor you up before the clock strikes 4. (Note that many also serve discounted drinks during regular evening happy hours as well.) Have a favorite daytime watering hole? Tell us about it in the comments.

Azur

You may have already checked out the regular oyster happy hour at Frederik De Pue’s nautical-chic Penn Quarter spot, but now it starts even earlier on Friday, to kick off your weekend in style.

Specials: $1 oysters, $5 draft beers, and $6 cocktails

Hours: Friday 3 to 7


Black’s Bar & Kitchen

The sleek Bethesda seafood spot does it up on Sunday with a host of all-day specials at the bar and on the patio.

Specials: Discount draft beers, Champagne cocktails, and $5 Bloody Marys

Hours: Sunday 11 to 5


Cantina Marina

All-day specials on the Southwest waterfront make Cantina a prime spot for posting up by the Potomac and whiling away the afternoon.

Specials: Discounts vary by day, but the lineup includes deals such as $3 Tecate cans, $5 Yuengling pints, and $10 Coronaritas.

Hours: Specials offered daily 11:30 to close


Chef Geoff’s and Lia’s

Take it easy on those supermugs when you’re hitting the all-day happy hours at Chef Geoff’s four locations and the Italian-themed sister restaurant, Lia’s.

Specials: In addition to the infamous $9 supermugs, you’ll find an array of specials on wines, beer, and food at each location; check the individual menus for details.

Hours: All day Monday and Tuesday, and 3 to 7 Wednesday through Sunday


Del Campo

Chef Victor Albisu’s Latin grill is off to a strong start, and the new Friday happy hour deal on the outdoor patio and at the bar only makes it better.

Specials: $7 wines, cocktails such as margaritas and mojitos, and $4 Peroni. Also look for “street food Fridays” on the patio, where South American street fare is available to go if you want to drink and dash.

Hours: Friday 11:30 to 7


Dino

There’s no shortage of dining and drinking deals at Dino. If you’re craving happy hour on Sunday afternoon, the Cleveland Park Italian joint is happy to provide.

Specials: “Three for all” happy hour at the bar includes $3 off all cocktails, glasses of wine, beers, and antipasti, as well as a $6 daily cocktail.

Hours: Sunday 3 to 7


Evo Bistro

Feel like splitting a half-price bottle of wine for lunch on Friday? This McLean tapas spot is your place, with additional afternoon specials.

Specials: A variety includes half-price bottles until 2:30 on Fridays, and discount glasses of wine, tapas, and Champagne throughout the week.

Hours: Monday through Friday 3:30 to 6:30


Graffiato

Mike Isabella welcomes summer with a new happy hour on Fridays at the bar. Forget the bikini bod and order chicken with pepperoni sauce (it’s baaaack!) to soak up the booze.

Specials: $5 beverage specials on cocktails and wines.

Hours: Friday 2 to 6 through Labor Day


Hamilton’s Bar & Grill

This divey downtown spot is no-frills, as are the specials: namely dollar beers on Friday.

Specials: $1 PBR and Miller High Life all day.

Hours: Friday 11 to close


Look

When the occasion calls for a liquid lunch on K Street—the collapse of your lobbying firm, perhaps?—hit up the newish restaurant-lounge for one of the longest happy hours in the city.

Specials: $5 Absolut cocktails, house wines, and beers, and $7 well cocktails.

Hours: Monday through Friday noon to 7


701

Head to the terrace overlooking a picturesque fountain near the Mall for discount sips and a special patio menu at Ashok Bajaj’s American eatery. (Note: the bar inside is the place to be if it’s raining.)

Specials: $6 glasses of wine, $7 summery cocktails, and $3 to $8 snacks like smoked deviled eggs and duck confit tater tots.

Hours: Daily drink discounts 3 to 7, patio food menu offered 3 to close

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