The Best DC Happy Hours if You’re Hungry

Mintwood Place. Photo by Scott Suchman

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Sushi Taro

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.

Mintwood Place

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.

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.