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There is a bar on every block uptown. With a median age in D.C. of 33 and high-stress occupations as the norm, the hours between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. are, to some, the happiest hours of the weekday. But, with so many options and a new bar-restaurant opening every week, it’s essential to identify quality over quantity. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite “safe-spaces” for happy hour that includes some well-known D.C. staples, but also a few new, low-key joints you may want to check out. Take a look at a few places that will provide the evening wind-down you long for or the end-of-week turn-up you need.

There are few things more desirable than an array of drink specials when sleeping late the next morning is an option. Up first, we have some favorite spots that offer weekend happy hours. Can you say, “I’ll have another round?”


Smith Public Trust
3514 12th St. NE

From live music to live podcasts, Smith Public Trust hosts a wide variety of events. But did you know they offer happy hour every single day from 5-7 p.m. and all day on Monday? Yes, every day, including Saturday and Sunday.


The Park at 14th
920 14th St. NW

This popular club venue offers happy hour Thursday and Friday from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 6-7:30 p.m. Protect your stash and have the crew meet you here for the pre-game instead. Do yourself a favor and order the wings and mac and cheese everyone raves about.


901 New York Ave NW

Happy hour here is reserved at the bar, mezzanine, and patio lounge Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 3-9 p.m. You can leave work early and get a head start on your friends or extend your Sunday brunch into the evening. Either way, this elegant interpretation of Louisiana cuisine will not disappoint.


Next, we have a couple of new locations to add to your Shaw/U St. experience. Because we love the usual scene, but … “whew chile,” D.C. is small, and sometimes you need a quick escape.

801 Florida Avenue NW

Opened in 2016, the 801 team prioritizes simplicity, quality, and good vibes. Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. and Sundays from 5-10 p.m. Add this location to your list of D.C. rooftops. Get there soon before you’ll need a coat. Good people and good vibes only.


Diet Starts Monday
2005 14th Street NW

This clothing brand turned bar, restaurant, and retail store is the perfect opportunity to broaden your Shaw neighborhood experience. With cocktails honoring Black celebrities, and a food menu that changes regularly, Diet Starts Monday epitomizes “doing it for the culture.” They offer happy hour Thursdays and Fridays from 5-7 p.m. but follow their Instagram dietstartsmonday__ to stay-up-to-date.


In D.C., networking is as important as looking both ways before you cross the street. Schedule your next casual meeting at one of these spots. What are your favorite happy-spaces? Let us know @wibridgedc.

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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