I love happy hour.
It’s so good just to relax with coworkers over drinks and food, talking about anything and everything but work. We don’t fight over who pays the bill. We don’t stress over who has seniority. And we get to try different restaurants for specials.
I’m going to miss happy hour once we move. It’s not going to be the same without my people here. It’s about the company every bit as much as the food and drink.
My recommendations for happy hour in DC’s Chinatown area:
- Nando’s in Chinatown. No food specials, but $5 pitchers of sangria that are tasty. They use cinammon or another spice in it that gives it a distinct flavor.
- Austin Grill. $5 margaritas, relatively cheap beers, and half-price on some appetizers. The swirly margarita is a combination of strawberry and lime; have them rim the glass with sugar, and you’re totally set.
- RFD. The place to go if you like beer. They have over a hundred to choose from, hailing from all over the world. However, the food and the service often leaves a lot to be desired.
- Thunder Grill in Union Station. Love this place! Mango margaritas for less than $5. So good!
- Ella’s near Chinatown. Quasi-cheap sangria and pizza specials, but the bar area is tiny (very few places to sit) and the pizza we had recently left everything to be desired.
- Gordon Biersch. Good beers, good food, and pretty good specialty drink specials, including $5 fruity drinks. It gets crowded pretty quickly but is yummy.
- McCormick & Schmick’s. The specials are all right: $2 hamburgers and fairly inexpensive beers. But happy hour is the only time I’d hit them up; regular meals are pricey.