You can’t pay a visit to DC without partaking in one of Washingtonians’ all-time favorite activities—happy hour. After-hours drinks are practically an institution in here, so stop by one of these top spots to enjoy an post-work drink.


This U Street wine bar is a go-to spot for DC residents, meaning it fills up fast. Head over early to grab a table so you can enjoy the hotspot’s drink specials. And don’t forget to make your way to the patio to check out the outdoor bocce court, where you can try your hand at one of the District’s favorite games.

1940 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-9463

Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar

Located only a short, two-minute walk from the Capitol Hill Hotel, this Italian restaurant in Eastern Market has a pretty tempting happy hour special. Sip $5 beers or $6 specialty wines from 4:30 pm to 7.30 pm on weekdays and treat yourself to some discounted food specials too.

223 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-8088


Get together a group of friends or coworkers for post-work sangria at this Dupont Circle Spanish spot. This sleek, super-trendy bar also offers plenty of options for after-office dining that you can split with your drinking companions (we’re partial to the manchego).

1837 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 558-9545

Red Derby

There’s cheap and then there’s Red Derby cheap. This divey, Columbia Heights spot is the perfect place to take your hipster friends. You can drink $2 PBRs starting from 4 pm onwards… and did we mention that drink specials go until 2 am?

3718 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
(202) 291-5000

The Capitol Hill Hotel

After a long day of sightseeing, there’s nothing quite as relaxing as pulling up to the hotel and sinking into a couch. From Monday through Thursday at 5 to 6 pm, hotel guests can head to the lobby the Capitol Hill Hotel’s daily wine hour, when guests can relax downstairs with a free drink. And don’t worry- despite the name, this activity is definitely not vino-exclusive. Kids can also enjoy free non-alcoholic beverages while their parents sit back with a happy hour drink, on the hotel.

200 C St SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-6000