UPDATED: The Snow-Day Drinking and Dining Specials Have Begun

A storm is coming—a storm of deals.

Snow, snow, come our way, we want happy hour all day. Image via Shutterstock.

The skies may still be clear, but just like shoppers rushing out for milk and eggs, restaurants are readying for the snowstorm with dining specials and discounts. We’ll update the list as more become available. In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed for a second Snowpocalypse/happy hour extravaganza.

Alba Osteria

Here’s a more generous offer than most: bottomless dinner. If it snows more than four inches by Thursday at 5, any guests who brave the weather will have the run of the dinner menu for $35 from 5 to close (à la carte is also available). Fingers crossed!

The Argonaut

H Street neighbors—and anyone who can make it there—can head in for a special brunch at 10.

Bar Dupont

This Dupont Circle hotel bar has set up an outdoor snow garden with hot drinks and an ice sculpture contest (judging is at 1:30).

Black Squirrel

Burger night begins at noon on Thursday if the federal government closes, so head over for half-price patties at lunch.

BLT Steak

Celebrate the snow with half-price cocktails at the bar all day—$6 instead of $12.

The Board Room

Stop in for free games over $5 hot buttered rum and free cookies until 6, and happy hour all day long.

The Bracket Room

The doors to this lady-friendly sports bar in Arlington open at noon tomorrow, with deals including $2 PBR, $3 drafts, $5 house wines, and $7 roasted-tomato soup.


Find happy hour all day at the bar and in the dining room, including $5 meatball sliders and garlic bread parmigiana, and $5 cappuccino bowls.

Carolina Kitchen

The entire menu is 20 percent off.

Casa Oaxaca

Snow-day specials are currently set for Wednesday and Thursday. Warm up tonight with $10 mezcal tasting flights, and $4 house margaritas and sangría at the bar. Thursday you’ll find a special platter with flautas, sopes, and a flavored margarita for $15.

Cashion’s Eat Place

Drop by for happy hour pricing all night, including half off wines by the glass, $5 craft brews, and $7 cocktails.

Chi-Cha Lounge

Smoke $15 hookahs all night while sipping $6 chocolate martinis.

Clyde’s Chevy Chase

You’ll find half-price drafts and burgers while supplies last.

Den of Thieves

This new 14th Street spot opens at 8 with DJ Nightbird spinning and $5 vodka drinks at the bar.

El Centro

Both the 14th Street and Georgetown locations offer happy hour all day.

Et Voila

Snowbound in the Palisades? Troop over for a hot-chocolate cocktail, and get Delirium Tremens beer on the house during lunch and dinner.

Fuego Cocina y Tequileria

Happy hour lasts all day.


It’s buy-one-get-one-free hot spiked apple ciders until 4 today.

Guarapo Lounge

This Arlington spot extends its happy hour and lights $15 hookahs.

H Street Country Club

Here’s a deal you can have, snow or no snow: $1 tacos and Miller High Life beer from 5 to 6 on Wednesday.

The Heights

Channel brunch with $6 Bloodys alongside $3 chocolate-chip-ginger cookies all day.

Hill Country

The market opens later than usual today—1 PM—with a limited menu, but you’ll find all-day happy hour specials.

Jack Rose

Warm up with $5 hot cocktails all night, including bourbon-spiked cider, mulled wine, and a chai tea toddy.


Each location offers something a little different. Bethesda has an all-day happy hour; Crystal City serves up pumpkin soup with goat cheese croutons ($11); and DC serves up black bean stew with a glass of sangría ($12).


Buy a sandwich or salad at either the Foxhall Road or the downtown location and receive a small cup of chili for free.

Kangaroo Boxing Club

This Columbia Heights spot opens at noon with the full dinner menu and $5 Dark and Stormy cocktails from noon to 5.

Legal Sea Foods

Dark and Stormy cocktails for $10 are the name of the game.

Logan Tavern

Hot drink specials include cinnamon-rum hot chocolate and a Patrón tequila cappuccino for $6 from 3 to 7 and $8 the rest of the day.

Maple Ave.

Here’s something a little different: Take a picture with your snowman holding an “I love Maple Ave.” sign, post it on Facebook or tweet @MapleAve147, and a $50 gift certificate could be yours. The restaurant is closed otherwise.


A bevy of deals include half-price burgers all day and night (opening at 4), $4 Stella Artois, $6 wines, and $10 spiked cider; a deejay spins from 8 to midnight.


The special lineup includes a four-course sushi dinner ($35), complimentary edamame, and $10 specialty cocktails.

Menu MBK

The market is open and doling out free hot chocolate.

Mintwood Place

If five inches of snow fall in front of this Adams Morgan spot by Thursday at 5, you’ll find the entire menu offered at happy hour prices.

Nellie’s Sports Bar

Head over starting at 2 for $2 Miller Lights and house vodka drinks.


The recently Obama-approved restaurant offers a $12 combo with tortilla soup, a margarita, and Oaxacan hot chocolate.

P.J. Clarke’s

Head over for $5 single-malts all day.

Radius Pizza

Opens at noon today with $5 hot toddies and $12 pitchers until 7.

RedRocks Pizzeria

The Arlington, Columbia Heights, and H Street locations offer $10 lunch specials and happy hour all day, while Old Town opens at 3 for happy hour.

Roofers Union

Try out a new restaurant and get a snow-day deal all in one: a house-made sausage and a beer for $14.

Seasonal Pantry

The grilled cheese/tomato soup deal continues, plus there are six seats currently opened for the Supper Club tonight.

Sign of the Whale

The Dupont bar holds a “blizzard bash” from 8 to close with $2 domestic drafts and $3 mixed drinks.


Happy hour all day includes $2 off draft brews and cocktails and $5 glasses of red, white, and sparkling wine.

Taco Bamba

While many Virginia spots are closed, Victor Albisu’s remains open with a warm sweet-corn-milk drink and a cinnamon-flavored Mexican coffee.


While many places in Union Market are closed (see below), TaKorean opens at noon today with discounts like $2 tacos, $6 rice bowls, and $3 beers.

Tortilla Coast

Both the Logan Circle and Capitol Hill locations serve happy hour-priced food and cocktails from 3:30 to 8; the Logan location also offers trivia tonight.


Happy hour runs all night with 20 wines and beer priced at $5, discount snacks, and $5 mugs of mulled wine.

Westend Bistro

The flakes have yet to fall, but you can still sip a Snowed In cocktail at this Foggy Bottom spot, which blends Stoli vanilla vodka, Root liqueur, Godiva, and Baileys Irish Cream ($12, usually $15).


The king of free-meat wagers is at it again, this time offering complimentary fries if it snows five inches or more at the Tenley location. Use the password “let it snow.”


Eat lunch or dinner over a half-price bottle of wine.


Happy hour all day!


Bayou Bakery: closed.
Dolci Gelati: closed.
Pizzeria Orso: closed for lunch.
Quench: closed for lunch; call for dinner updates.
Scion Restaurant
Sweetgreen: All DC, Maryland, and Virginia locations are closed.
Sonoma: closed for lunch.
Smucker Farms: call for hours due to Metro closures.
Toki Underground: closed for lunch.
Closures in Union Market: Righteous Cheese, Buffalo and Bergen, Bazaar Spices, Salt & Sundry, Union Market Flowers.
Vidalia: closed for lunch.
Woodward Table and Woodward Takeout Food: Closed.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.