For our concluding week of blog posts, I decided to give you guys a look at the locations I have been to for Happy Hour. I enjoyed each location but there are a slew of other bars and restaurants that deserve to be on this list as well. So, I implore you all to explore the various watering holes in DC and let us know in the comments section of other places we should mention in this list. Bottoms up!
Jazz in the Garden @ the National Gallery of Art on the National Mall
Entrance is FREE! It’s held every Friday during the summer. The jazz music is awesome! The downside is that the garden gets so packed with people. I saw people literally crawling under bushes and squeezing into every nook and cranny for a spot to park themselves. However, I think it is worthwhile to go at least once for the experience. Drinks are also quite expensive and the lines for drinks can get really long.
201 Bar is one of the nicer bars that I have frequented. It’s a bit more on the expensive side, but it wasn’t too crowded and the noise level was manageable. It was nice to just sit around with colleagues and friends with a beer and talk without yelling every word. It is also right by Union Station so if you work around there, it’s a pretty convenient walk.
So this place is supposed to be a night club and really hoppin’. They also have pretty good deals for happy hour! The prices alone are enough to attract me to go again. However, it can get really crowded and super loud! This is the place to be if want cheap drinks and to pretend to be able to hear other people talking.
It’s in Dupont Circle (close to Foggy Bottom) and the happy hour drinks here were even cheaper than The Park at 14th. Although the happy hour menu is very limited, you can still get beer for $3 and wine for $5. But other than these prices, there really isn’t anything special about this place. Although, they did have a live jazz band come in and play/sing.
There are plenty of other places out there that I still have not tried yet. There are places that have ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS on certain day(s) of the week! I will update the name of this place when I figure out the name. I only listed the ones I have been to in case you need some help choosing a place. The point is that this is DC and there is plenty of variety and choices when it comes to socializing and drinking!
If you’re interested in the DC Nightlife, I’ve been told that U Street, Dupont Circle, and Adams Morgan areas are the places the go. Check out these places while you’re in DC and ENJOY YOUR FREE TIME!
Raise your glasses!