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Free food at HH's

What restaurants have free food happy hours 9or otherwise)? I know Ella's no longer has free pizza HHs.

La tasca has free paella fridays at 6pm, m-f.

bailey's in the ballston mall has a free food station weds at 6pm. I wrote about it on dcfud.com.

I think bamboule (sp?) in friendship hts has a free appetizer or something on happy hours. Any others?

Art openings have free food. any good resource for that?


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  1. LOVE this topic. Nothing I can think of (other than Ella's, which as mentioned above no longer does free pizza), but keep 'em coming!

    1. Vidalia's Tuesday wine tastings are usually accompanied by appetizers at the bar.

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      1. re: katecm

        Thanks. Apparently Bistro Lepic has free wine tastings tuesdays too.


        Can you guys recommend some good free wine tastings. I like ones that are kind of happy hour ish (not just a few ppl) and have free munchies if possible. And, yeah...first fridays artwalk in dupont counts. :)

      2. Birches in Canton has a free taco bar Monday nights (might only be through football season though) and $2 drafts.

        Kooper's in Fells Point has a free buffet on Fridays 4-7.

        Mick O'Shea's in Mount Vernon also has a free buffet Fridays 4-7.

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        1. re: Chowtimore

          Taco Fiesta in Harbor East has a free buffet on Fridays.

        2. I believe that Town and Country at the Mayflower Hotel has free food from 5-7. I don't think there are drink specials during happy hour and drinks are fairly expensive, but last time I was there (granted it was over a year ago), they had a decent spread, including ravioli.

          1. BTW, check out gregslistdc.com, a happy hour event list. I found the anniversarry party of vegetate there and got some free apps. :)

            1. equinox's fall fridays happy hour has lots of great complimentary snacks and some good drinks, it starts at 5 i believe.

              1. Ceiba has one free appetizer a night for HH, I believe. Town and Country in the Mayflower sets up a buffet of 2-3 appetizers between 5-7pm. Usually pretty basic, but sustenance nonetheless. I didn't realize that Ella stopped serving free pizza. That's too bad. Great topic!

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                1. re: jcwexler

                  mayflower is pretty good -- but so crowded. the hoggy people piling up their free food is off-putting. as well as the middle-aged working girls at the bar.

                  1. re: alkapal

                    That was a really nasty comment. Are you referring to hookers or the bartenders?
                    Either way it doesn't affect you does it...unless you are in the market...

                    1. re: DCDOLL

                      i'm referring to the girls at the bar, who are obviously working -- not all females at the bar. i don't think there are any female bartenders, iirc.

                      and dcdoll, you have your own little "nasty" comment, don't you? my comment was factually based. and that i find the scene offputting? that is my opinion.

                2. I thought I recall either Morton's or Daily Grill doing free filet mignon sandwiches during HH

                  1. Bare Bones in Ellicott City does a HH buffet as long as you're drinking something (alcoholic or not).

                    1. I haven't been there in years, but when I used to go to the Rams Head in Savage Mill for happy hour, they always had free food (and half price draught beer). Maybe they still do.

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                      1. re: 4X4

                        Good call on Ram's Head. Monday through Friday they have a different Happy Hour food special each day. I know Friday is usually wing night, but not sure about the rest of the week.

                      2. I just found this gem last week...Maggiano's in friendship heights offers an array of brushetta (sp), cold cut sammys, salad, pasta, olives, etc...My boyfriend and I went home stuffed and satisfied :)

                        1. FYI Vocelli's Pizza is giving away free slices of pizza at their DC area locations 5-7 Tuesdays. Heard it on the radio.