Killer Happy Hours at High-End DC Restaurants

By Olga Boikess  |  February 21, 2014

When winter weather has you needing serious pampering, but your budget strings pull tight, there’s a ready answer. Check out the happy hour deals at some of DC’s high-end venues. It’s really possible to indulge in (relatively) affordable artisanal cocktails along with examples of their top-flight cooking, while you cool out (or warm up) in chic surroundings. 

Where: Central

When:  5-6: 30 PM, Monday- Friday

Eat: At his Penn Quarter French/American, adorable slider versions of Michel Richard’s gourmet burgers, or a mini of its decadent mushroom/grilled cheese sandwich go for $3 each. His famed fried chicken is another discounted nibble.

Drink:  Check out the Booze du Jour calendar here to learn about its half-priced wines, special suds and featured cocktails for happy hour. 

Good to Know: There are themed drink deals every night. Wednesday is when wine buffs find discounts on normally pricey bottles.

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202-626-0015

Where: Fiola

When: 4-6 PM, Monday – Friday

Eat: Savory bites at this Penn Quarter Italian include salumi or formaggi ($5, each) a piadina filled with prosciutto and cheese ($8) and Tuscan fries ($5).

Drink: An Aperol Spritz ($5) or a Manhattan or a Gimlet ($6), a Peroni ($4) and wine ($6) lubricate the mellow surroundings.

Good to Know: Sink into the cushy leather seats and troubles melt away.

Where: Source

When:  4- 6 PM, Monday - Saturday

Eat:  Guests can choose any three items from the izakaya menu featuring sushi, Asian dumplings, noodles, seafood, sliders and desserts for $22. 

Drink:  While there are no special deals on cocktails, or wine, there are several beer choices on this Penn Quarter Asian’s izakaya menu and guests can mix and match food and drink.

Good to Know:  The svelte lounge area where the izakaya menu is served, works as well for informal gatherings as for pre-theater bites.

575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-637-6100.

Where: Vidalia

When: 5-7 PM, Monday-Friday

Eat: Put the south in your mouth at this Golden Triangle destination with BBQ shrimp ($4.50) and pimento cheese ($3), or go in another direction with New England clam fritters ($4.50) or a banh mi slider ($3.50). There’s also the stand-by cheese and crackers ($3.50) and charcuterie ($4).

Drink:  Sip a Sazerac ($6.75) or a “special libation” ($8.50). Drafts start at $3.50, cans at three bucks. Wines by the glass go from $7.50-$9.

Good to Know:  Flattering lighting and comfortable settees make for a great, gathering scene . The bar menu changes frequently, keeping things interesting for regulars.

1990 M St NW: 202-659-1990.