5 Bars Where You Can Drink Away Bad Financial News

Washingtonian Recommends

Our Washingtonian Recommends lists bring you the best places to eat, drink, and be entertained—all selected by Washingtonian editors.

1. The Big Board

If the concept isn’t too painful for you, beer prices at this stock market-themed H Street bar drop depending on how many people are ordering. You can check current prices and selection on its website.

2. Recessions

Can’t beat the name, and the décor will remind you that things could always be worse.

3. Ghibellina

Its really good pizza-based happy hour runs from 4-6:30, and you can stare sadly at Le Diplomate, remembering the days when you could afford it.

4. Bar Charley

Happy hour runs all night on Mondays, with deals on beer, classic cocktails for $6, and discounts on chicken wings, fries, and burgers.

5. Dino’s Grotto in Shaw

A $4 local tap, $8 signature cocktails, and half off snazzy bar food like duck neck and fried tomatoes. All served in a basement that will protect you from memories of the world outside.

Senior editor

Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.