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DC’s only happy hour to draw lines is this 11-seat luxe sushi counter, where all of the jewel-like nigiri and rolls and most drinks—including high-end sakes—are half off Monday through Friday, 5:30 to 7. 1503 17th St., NW; 202-462-8999.
Both locations pack in crowds that eat and drink like fish, with specials such as $8 martinis and $5 ceviches, crab sliders, and fried oysters—offered evening and late night. 7187 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-358-6116; 11960 Democracy Dr., Reston, 703-230-3474.
If you want a full dinner at a discount, head to this Adams Morgan bistro where its craveable classics—tagliatelle Bolognese, a 28-day dry-aged cheeseburger—are part of happy hour alongside wines by the glass. 1813 Columbia Rd., NW; 202-234-6732.