1990 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle, Farragut North
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday from 5 to 7: half-price wines, specialty cocktails, and libations; a selection of bottles and drafts for $3.50; changing menu of $3.00 bar bites (think house-made charcuterie and rillettes).
This white-tablecloth, Southern-inspired restaurant has one of the best happy hours in town: Monday through Friday 5:30 to 6:30, sommelier Ed Jenks offers a free tasting of three wines, and James Beard Award–winning chef R.J. Cooper pairs them with bite-size hors d’oeuvres, also free. The booze isn’t discounted, but a mint julep ($9.75) packs enough punch to count as two drinks. And like everything else at the bar, the complimentary nibbles—spiced corn nuts, marinated olives, miniature cheddar puffs—are a cut above.