Happy Hour Gets Earlier & Earlier

Photo: Nycci Nellis @ Q by Peter Chang

'Cause We're Happy! A few months ago, we got an email asking where all the Happy Hours had gone. The kind reply was that we were still knee-deep in Covid and restaurants aren't able to offer price specials just yet --- and yet, now a whole slew of Happy Hours and Cocktail Shindigs are back. Shaking, stirring and pouring:

All Set Happy Hour
All Set is hosting Happy Hour every Wednesday to Sunday. Guests can enjoy Oysters on the ½ Shell and cocktails like the Boston Tea Party (tea infused vodka and lemonade) or the Pretty in Pink (tequila, prosecco, lemon, cranberry and triple sec). Beer, a rotating seasonal punch, and wine are also available at happy hour prices and range. 8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5, Silver Spring, MD; 301.495.8800 allsetrestaurant.com

Caribbean-inspired Bammy's offers Happy Hour, and has food and drink specials like Red Stripes, wine by the glass, cocktails like their Caribbean crush and vodka coloring book. 301 Water Street SE Suite 115; 202.599.4400; bammysdc.com

Café Riggs
Happy hour's back with the new Banker's Hour at Café Riggs. Named after the historic Riggs National Bank, the hotel's happy hour includes gougeres with mornay and veggie burger sliders, beer, wine, seasonal cocktails and the Banker's cocktail (housemade grapefruit cordial with Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & rose). 900 F Street NW; 202.788.2800; riggsdc.com

Joe's is offering a happy hour deal where guests can enjoy select half-priced oysters on the half shell, signature cocktails, wines by the glass and draft beers, as well as a host of snacks including french dip sliders, and more. 750 15th Street NW; 240.489.0140; joes.net

Las Gemelas
Las Gemelas is offering happy hour every day until 6:00 p.m.The highlight of the menu is their "Daily Tea Punch," which is available until it's gone. The punch is Beverage Director James Simpson's creative take on menu development, so guests can get a great deal and be part of the Gemelas menu ideation. There is also a selection of wine, beer, and additional cocktails available. The team at Taqueria Las Gemelas just launched their "Bees Knees" frozen drink which includes gin, lemon, honey, passionfruit, and a hint of fresno chile to spice it up for Fall. 1280 4th Street NE; 202.866.0550;  lasgemelasdc.com

Lulu’s Winegarden
Lulu’s Winegarden has launched it’s “golden hour” which is hosted Tuesday through Friday everywhere throughout the restaurant, features specials on some of Lulu’s best-selling bites (including a new limited-season hatch chile burger), wines by the glass and bottle, cocktails, craft drafts and Mexican beers. 1940 11th Street NW;  luluswinegarden.com

Mon Ami Gabi 
Mon Ami Gabi is offering happy hour deals on draft beers, wines, and cocktails. Small bites include pork belly sliders, caesar salad, and more. 7239 Woodmont Avenue; 301.654.1234;

Pennyroyal Station
Pennyroyal Station has launched a new happy hour menu featuring discounted drinks and creative takes on dishes. Drinks include the attitude adjustment (light and dark rum, blackberry, pineapple, orange juice, citrus, pomegranate simple syrup, and angostura bitters), and more. 3310 Rhode Island Avenue; 240.770. 8579;

NEW:  Rako Coffee
RAKO's happy hour menu features natural wine made from women-owned, women-grown, and women-made winemakers, as well as house-made cocktails using locally sourced alcohol. RAKO's happy hour food menu includes New American, seasonal, and fresh light fare offerings such as a fig and goat cheese crostini and strawberry and manchego salad. 2016 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA; 571.312.4817;

Shilling Canning Co
Shilling Canning Co has recently added a happy hour on Wednesdays through Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p. Enjoy wines and cocktails, beers, and several small bites, including Orchard point oysters, truffle popcorn, and more. 360 Water Street SE; 202.554.7474;

Summer House
Summer House is offering a happy hour menu in the bar area. Guests can choose from discounted beers, wine, and a variety of small bites like house-made chips, tavern-style pizza, and more. 11825 Grand Park Avenue; 301.881.2381;


NEW:  The Freshman 
The Freshman is offering a new Date Night Deal on Saturday when diners can get two entrees and one bottle of wine for $62.50. They also are offering Martini Monday with martinis for a low price. 2011 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA; 571.257.7250;