Happy Hour In The Nation’s Capital

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From early evening gatherings to late night lingering’s, the options are bountiful!

Washington restaurants ready for fall’s return by offering tempting bar fare, delicious cocktails and happy hour menus.  First up is the Cleveland Park hot spot Ardeo+Bardeo, located at 3311 Connecticut Avenue, NW,20008, which invites guests to enjoy $4 draft beer, $5 rail drinks, $6 red and white wine, and a $7 signature “cocktail of the day” exclusively during happy hour, Monday through Friday, from 5 PM to 7 PM.  New additions on the cocktail menu include the A&D Dreams, chi infused rum, vanilla simple syrup, steamed milk and finished with grated nutmeg; Kiss Me Kate, muddled fresh cranberries, fresh lime juice, Aviation gin, PAMA Pomegranate liqueur, ginger beer and garnished with a cinnamon/clove/sugar rim, as well as the Mr. Roosevelt, made from a combination of Buffalo Trace bourbon, fresh squeezed Ruby Red grapefruit juice, St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram and honey simple syrup.  For the perfect pairing, a variety of savory snacks are available for just $3 each.  Standouts include Skuna Bay Salmon Croquettes with mustard aioli; Crispy Southern Style Deviled Eggs with Skuna caviar, bacon jam and micro basil; Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Alabama white, biscuit crumble, and Crispy Chickpeas with garlic oil, fennel pollen and espelette. Valet parking is available after 6 PM for $8 and the restaurant is metro accessible on the red line, Cleveland Park station.  For more information, please call (202) 244-6750 or visit  www.ardeobardeo.com.

In Dupont Circle, Agora, located at 1527 17th Street, NW, 20036, offers authentic Turkish and Greek cuisine.  Happy hour is available Monday through Friday, from 3 PM until 7 PM, exclusively at the 14-seat bar.  Guests can enjoy Bacardi and Stolichnaya drinks for $5 each along with Efes Pilsner, Mythos Hellenic Lager and Peroni Lager beers for $4.  A selection of red and white Turkish wine is also available for just $6 each.  Flatbreads & Spreads are also available at a discounted price of $4 to $5 per order.  Highlights include Hitpiti, roasted red peppers, feta, thyme, and olive oil; Lahmacun, wood-fired Turkish flat bread topped with ground beef, lamb, tomatoes and parsley; Taramosalata, spread of cured roe, as well as Sujukla Pide, wood fired flat bread topped with spicy Turkish sausage, kasar cheese and pesto.  On Monday guests can opt for 50% off a selection of wine bottles as well.  For more information or reservations, please call (202) 332-6767 or visit the website at www.agoradc.net.

Daikaya, located at 705 6th Street NW, 20001, recently introduced a happy hour menu showcasing innovative Japanese fare and libations.

Available Monday through Friday, from 5 PM to 7 PM, Daikaya’s happy hour is hard to beat with $4 draft Sapporo beer, or a shot of shochu and a beer for $6.  A selection of wine by the glass is also available, each priced at $6.  Highlights include Essay Steen Chenin Blanc; Castillo del Baron Monastrell, and Szigeti Grüner Veltliner Sparkling.  Guests can also opt for an eight-ounce carafe of Gekkeikan’s house sake, a traditional shochu chu-hai, or the izakaya’s unique Sesame Street — made with Beniotome sesame shochu, ginger beer, yuzu, and bitters — also priced at $6 each.

Guests won’t go hungry with the featured $3 small plates of authentic Japanese fare, including Aji fry, panko fried horse mackerel. Diners can also enjoy Chicken Karaage; Beef Tongue Skewers with jalepino “yuzu kosho”; Edamame with garlic and chili, as well as Shiokara, a classic snack to go with sake, with whipped goat cheese and orange marmalade.  Small plates on the happy hour menu change periodically so guests are encouraged to come back again and again to see what other Japanese dishes are available.  For more information please call (202) 589-1600 or visit  www.daikaya.com or Facebook.com/Daikaya.

Cuba Libre Restaurant Rum & Bar, located at 801 9th Street, NW Suite A, 20001, offers a Latin-inspired recipe for a fun-filled happy hour from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Sunday through Friday, with Caippy Hour.  The perfect way to end the workday, Caippy Hour showcases delicious Caipirinhas, including a new Guava Caipirinha flavor.  Each of these specialty cocktails is priced at $5 during Caippy Hour.  Additionally, glasses of house wine, sangria and bottles of Tecate, are also available for $4 to complement the $4-$5 “small bites” menu.  Dishes on this menu include Frituras de Malanga, a traditional Cuban appetizer of purple taro root, garlic and cilantro fritters served with tamarindo ketchup; Chicharrones de la Pollo, crisp marinated chicken, tostón bites with fresh jalapeño pepper and spicy mojo picante, as well as Mamá Amelia’s Empanadas, hand chopped chicken, corn, sweet peppers and Jack cheese served with a aji-sour cream dipping sauce. For additional information please call (202) 408-1600 or visit  www.CubaLibreRestaurant.com.

Penn Quarter’s landmark 701 Restaurant, located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 20004, welcomes fall with a special happy hour offering that is easy on the wallet.  Guests can sip on featured $7 cocktails and $6 wines by the glass from 3 PM to 7 PM daily in 701’s sleek lounge.  Current libations include The Blonde, with The Botanist, St. Germain, grapefruit juice and candied zest, and the Old Pennsylvania with Koval American Oat White Whiskey, Cardamaro Amaro and cardamom bitters, as well as a boutique selection of red, white and sparkling wines by the glass. Current vintages include Montelliana Processo, Cielo Pinot Grigio, Schloss Saarstein Riesling, Auka Malbec and Kenwood Pinot Noir.  For those with an appetite, small plates are also featured on the patio menu from 3 PM until closing. Priced from $3 to $8, choices include Smoked Deviled Eggs with jalapeno powder; Duck Confit Tater Tots; Kettle Popcorn with ranch powder and Merguez Meatballs with stewed peppers.  A selection of “701 Classics” is also available with highlights including Crispy Calamari with caper-paprika aioli; the 701 Burger with aged provolone and balsamic onions, and the Cheese Plate with three assorted cheese served with house made preserves and warm bread priced at $10 to $15 each.  For more information call (202) 393-0701 or visit www.701restaurant.com.

The newly opened nopa Kitchen + Bar, located at 800 F Street, NW, 20004, offers a 14-seat bar and adjacent lounge perfect for lingering over cocktails or grabbing a quick bite.  Monday through Friday, from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, nopa offers 20% off all wines by the glass, craft beers as well as classic and signature cocktails including the Barstow to Vegas, cilantro-lime infused Milagro Silver, agave nectar and jalapeno; the Chinatown Shake, Grey Goose Poire, Bold Rock hard cider, plum bitters and sage; Blood & Sand, Black Bottle Scotch, Maraschino, Dolin Rouge and blood orange puree, as well as and the 800 F & Tonic with Plymouth Gin, and house-made tonic, lavender, and ginger infusion.  For the perfect pairing, guests can enjoy savory snacks from Executive Chef McCarty’s fall menu.  Current standouts include Ancho Chili-Glazed Baby Back Ribs; Roasted Almonds with sweet chili; Twice Fried Chicken, and Blue Cheese Fondue with fruits and vegetables.  Prices range from $5 to $12 each.  Additionally, nopa is offering two signature drinks throughout the Capitals and Wizards seasons.  The John Wallbanger is made from a combination of Galiano, bourbon, and apple juice and the Ovi & Oates is made with maple and oatmeal infused vodka, cinnamon-pumpkin syrup and cream.  Guests are encouraged to stop by nopa for a nightcap as both libations are available at half price after a Capitols and Wizards win at the Verizon Center.  For additional information please call (202) 347-4667 or visit  www.nopadc.com.

Located in the Chinatown neighborhood at 704 7 Street, NW, 20001, Legal Sea Foods offers happy hour at the bar, Monday through Friday, from 4 PM to 7 PM, as well as late night, Monday through Thursday from 10 PM to close, and Friday from 11 PM to close.  Patrons can enjoy select oysters on the half shell at the discounted price of .89 cents each, as well as a selection of small plates.  Priced from $2.50 to $3.95, standouts include Buffalo Calamari with red hot sauce and blue cheese; BBQ Kettle Corn, crispy chickpeas and toasted peanuts; Blackened Fish Tacos with lettuce, tomato and Sriracha aioli, as well as the Tuna Burger with roasted red pepper sauce. With the Verizon Center situated across the street, and just a short walk from the Convention Center, Legal Sea Foods is a convenient and delicious destination for gathering with co-workers or friends after work.  For more information or reservations please call (202) 347-0007 or visit http://www.legalseafoods.com/.

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