Best High End Happy Hour in DC
Good morning all,
I want to get a debate (and info sharing going) on the best high end happy hour. I am looking for places that would normally be quite expensive and is much cheaper and reflective of the cuisine or just has fantastic deals during happy hour.
My current choices:
Pizzeria Paradiso Half Price drafts on Tuesday and Wednesday
Taberna Half Price Tapas
Tabaq $5 menu
Ella's $5 pizzas
In my view, there's nothing that remotely compares to HH at Old Ebbitt's Grill -- half price on everything at the raw bar. A dozen littlenecks for 5 bucks. Their sumptuous Orca Platter (with lobster) is half of $95. However, it's only 3-6 p.m.(plus late at night), and parking can be a problem. But if you're looking for a HH bargain, you've found it.
Johnny's Half Shell has a wonderful HH from 4:30 - 7:30pm. $5 drafts, $8-9 premium cocktails, and some of the best HH bar food in town. Try the oyster bar ($20/dozen), the $2.50 Asian tuna sliders, $6 fried oyster plate, $6 file' gumbo (some of the best in town), and $8 char-broiled oysters (6) on the half shell. All of these are considerable savings over their regular prices. And to top it off, great bartenders and complimentary parking in the building's garage.
I recommend Cafe Deluxe's happy hour - 4;30 -7:00. I know the one on Wisconsin Ave in Cleveland Park near the National Cathedral. (There is also one in Bethesda. ) $4 wine and drafts. Great sandwiches for $4. Lots of food for that price. My favorite is the Tilapia BLT. There is a burger and grilled chicken along with artichoke dip.It's a neighborhood place with lots of regulars and great bartenders (Brian on Tuesday and Thursday nights - he makes the best bloody mary in the city)
PS7's happy hour is great, they have $4 house white, red and sparkling wine. All their food is $7 the tuna sliders and half smokes were good, I didn't really like the spring rolls.
Zengo also has a happy hour, but I haven't been yet.
Keithdcl in another thread said that the Helix Lounge has a good happy hour, too.
To me Clyde's and Old Ebbitt's afternoon delight and raw bar happy hour specials are some of the best deals in DC for the amount and quality of items you get for the price.
In another happy hour thread I posted about a bunch of NOVA places that have good happy hour, under I think a wed night tapas and wine thread.
I like Cafe Asia's sushi happy hour. And Oya has a sushi happy hour too.
not an amazing happy hour but great space is Poste. They have hpapy hour monday thru friday 4-7 and they serve 4 dollar beers and house wine along with 4 dollar truffled fries which are tasty. I have never had much luck at poste with the food (although many people rave about it), but the space is really nice outside with couches and open spaces
My 2 favorite are Taberna and PS7. Both offer excellent food and drinks and a significantly reduced price. On top of that the food doesn't seem to suffer from a happy hour deal, but instead offer you a glimpse at what a full meal has to offer.
Also don't forget Ceiba. They offer free appetizers and a special reduced price drink daily. The apps and drinks are listed on their website.