Food

Free Food, Cheap Booze, and More Tax Day Specials

Centrolina pours free coffee to get you through Tax Day. Photograph by Scott Suchman

After a weekend holed up in your apartment Googling tax deductions, it’s time to reconnect with the world. That means getting together with friends for free food, soaking up as much sunshine as possible (hello patio dining), and even popping some happy hour-priced bubbly–all on a newly-modified budget, of course.

 

Alphonse Italian Market & Osteria

1212 U St., NW

If bureaucratic reality has you daydreaming of an Italian vacation, this U Street eatery offers the next best thing. Happy hour runs all night, Margarita pies go for $10, and a $5 negroni menu will restore your faith in la dolce vita.

 

BLT Steak

1625 I St., NW

For those who like it straight and boozy, head to this downtown steakhouse for 50% off of all alcoholic beverages, all day long (or as long as you’re standing).

 

California Tortilla

Multiple locations

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California Tortilla gives away a free order of chips and queso with any purchase. Just mention the secret password. Hint: it’s the name of the only thematically-appropriate Beatles song (Taxman).

 

Centrolina Mercato E Oysteria

974 Palmer Alley, NW

Your best bet for a happy start to this otherwise unhappy day: Centrolina, where baristas pour free drip coffee in the market from 8 am to noon.

 

Del Campo

777 I St., NW

Whether you prefer beer, wine, or cocktails, all come tax-free at Del Campo’s bar (we’re partial to the smoky margaritas). The promo is offered all day long. 

 

Drift on 7th

1819 Seventh St., NW

Happy hour runs from 11:30 am to 11 pm with a menu of $5 plates including sliders, fish tacos, and an intriguing dish called “tots n’ tentacles.” Draft beer, house wine, and rail liquors are also poured for $5. The only thing not $5 today? Their $3 fries.

 

Great American Cookies

Multiple locations

Each and every customer to stop by Great American Cookies on Monday is entitled to some extra “dough” in the form of a free chocolate-chip cookie. 

 

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks

1652 K St., NW, Washington, DC; 145 National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD

The happy hour at this surf-and-turf stalwart runs all day long. At the K Street location, that means bites like edamame and hummus go for $3, and domestic drafts are just $4.50, while you can take on more substantial fare for $5, $7, and $9.

 

Hard Rock Cafe DC

999 E St., NW

This special requires a bit more effort, but the payoff is juicy. From 6 to 8 pm you can “sing for your supper” and get a Legendary Burger on the house. (Backup singers will be available to help you hit those high notes).

 

Liberty Tavern

3195 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA

It’s the little things that show a restaurant cares, like Liberty Tavern opening their happy hour at 2 pm rather than 4 pm so the tired taxpayers can start their week off right.

 

Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza

Multiple locations

Craving comfort? Grab a friend and head to this local New Haven-style pizza chain, which offers a buy-one-get-one-free deal on slices.

 

Poste Moderne Brasserie

555 Eighth St., NW

This Penn Quarter spot offers 10% off the total bill on both dining and drinks all day. An added perk: catching the sunshine in the expansive outdoor courtyard. 

 

Slate Wine Bar + Bistro

2404 Wisconsin Ave., NW

Pop in any time from 11:30 am to 10 pm for bites from chef Danny Lledó’s melting-pot happy hour menu, where draft beers go for $5, house wine and cocktails $7, and $5 to $9 global snacks like tarte flambée flatbread with crème fraîche, onions, and apples. 

 

Trummer’s on Main

7134 Main St., Clifton, VA

Get a taste of luxury for half-off at this Clifton spot, which serves local stingray oysters garnished with strawberry and elderflower. Wines by the bottle or glass are also 50% off, including bubbly.

 

World of Beer

Multiple locations

This sporty craft beer chain with locations in Virginia and Maryland offers a “beer refund” for customers. In Maryland, this means your first draft brew is free, while Virginia drinkers will get $5 off their bills.

 

Assistant Editor

Hayley is an Associate Editor at Washingtonian Weddings. Previously she was the the Style Editor at The Local Palate, a Southern food culture magazine based out of Charleston, South Carolina. You can follow her on instagram @wandertaste.