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Happy Hour plus Great Food

Ellen Mar 26, 2009 06:32 PM

I was at Jaleo in Penn Quarter last night and at the bar wines by the glass and beer are half price until 7. What's even better are the $4 tapas (not all but a decent assortment), most of which are $6-8 on the regular menu. The half price raw bar at Old Ebbit is an old favorite. I also understand Black Salt has good specials during happy hour although I haven't gotten over there for that. Are there any other worthwhile restaurants downtown offering good happy hour deals?

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    dcandohio RE: Ellen Mar 27, 2009 05:32 AM

    Cieba has both drink and food specials at the bar on weekdays. I can't remember the details, but there is a bar menu and the bar staff are very friendly and helpful.

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      Elyssa RE: dcandohio Mar 28, 2009 08:48 AM

      I agree with the recommendations for Ceiba (besides food specials, they also give a free appetizer which changes each day. I think the list is on the website) and PS7. My favorite happy hours in the area.

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      dcfoodie13 RE: Ellen Mar 27, 2009 07:20 AM

      I'd highly recommend PS7s happy hour. They have wine and cocktail specials (probably beer too) and have delicious appetizers offered at a discount. I don't think it is quite as cheap as Jaleo, but IMO it's an excellent deal for the quality you are receiving.

      1. ktmoomau RE: Ellen Mar 27, 2009 07:24 AM

        Oya has food and drink specials and they run late. Equinox has happy hour on Friday I haven't been to but it looks great.

        Second PS7.

        1. littlew1ng RE: Ellen Mar 27, 2009 11:14 AM

          equinox goes on and off with theirs. i'm not sure what they're doing right now but usually have good specials with free munchies.

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            ktmoomau RE: littlew1ng Mar 27, 2009 11:18 AM

            Right now they have a cherry theme. They had a chocolate one before and cider one this past fall.

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              littlew1ng RE: ktmoomau Mar 27, 2009 12:13 PM

              the cider one was so awesome. the snacks they served with the cocktails was incredible. and they weren't stingy either — as soon as we finished one small plate they'd bring out another. i'd love to have dinner there sometime if it wasn't so expensive. have you been for the cherry one yet???

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                crackers RE: littlew1ng Mar 28, 2009 04:52 AM

                Johnny's Half Shell can really put the Happy in happy hour. $5 drafts, $8 cocktails. My favorite eats are the generous bowl of outstanding gumbo ($6), oysters ($20/dozen), charbroiled oysters ($8/half dozen), and ahi tuna sliders ($2.50). 4:30-7:30, M-F, and they have free (!) validated parking under the building.

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                dcfoodie13 RE: ktmoomau Apr 1, 2009 04:58 PM

                Is the cherry theme for the month of April or was that March? I love equinox and don't make it there much for dinner and was hoping to check out the happy hour.

                I checked the website and couldn't find any information - does anyone know how long the happy hour runs? How many complimentary appetizers do you get (i.e. does it depend on the number of drinks ordered etc...)?

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                  hotel RE: dcfoodie13 Apr 2, 2009 06:04 AM

                  Vidalia also has a great happy hour deal.

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                    mselectra RE: dcfoodie13 Apr 3, 2009 07:30 AM

                    Re the Equinox question: With the cider happy hour in the fall, they would just bring out the food, quite small servings (maybe a bite or two), and pass them out, basically as fast as servers could get them out. I've only been once, and it was very very crowded, and so we didn't get very much food. It's not really a good space for a crowded happy hour, imo. The servers were good, but it seemed like an awful lot of work for them, for free food (and I wondered how much of the tips they'd get). The dishes I did manage to snag were really great.

                    I'd guess the cherry theme is now, with the Blossom Festival.

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