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The Best After Work Happy Hours in the D.C. Area

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By Morgan Carter
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The last email of the work day has been sent. And you know what that means: the happiest happy hour is upon us. Instead of immediately heading home after the day is done, rouse your coworkers and head to one of these happy hours in the DMV area.

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Colada Shop

Multiple Locations

Escape the bustle of the work week with a visit to this all-day Cuban cafe and eatery. Kick back with calle ocho cocktails for $9 or a cocktail pouch for $11. And for much needed eats, order a few empanadas (the golden beet and goat cheese is always a winner). With four locations in the DMV area—Dupont Circle, Fairfax, VA, Potomac, MD, and the Wharf—a visit to Cuba is finally within reach. 

Happy Hour: All locations: Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m.

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Hook Hall

Northwest Washington

Need a place to bring the entire office? Head to Hook Hall. This massive tavern and beer garden houses a number of games, perfect for a little friendly competition. Play giant Connect 4 or challenge your boss to a round of skee ball. In between victory (or defeat), sip on $5 house wines and mixed drinks, $4 lagers, or order a $20 mystery bucket for the whole crew. 

Happy Hour: Wednesday through Friday, 3-6 p.m.

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The Freshman

Arlington, VA

Looking for a laidback spot to bring a client? The Freshman is the answer. Head to this all day café for happy hour specials in the dining room and at the bar, offering $6 draft beer, $7 select wines, and $8 margaritas and sangria. For meetings that run a little longer, stay to nosh on salads, pastas, and sandwiches.

Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m.

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Inca Social

Multiple locations

Back to back Zoom meetings got you beat? Liven up with a visit to Inca Social. This Peruvian hotspot has the cure, with $2 dollars off beer, $5 glasses of vino, and $6 select cocktails. Fried chicken sliders and pulled pork tostones are also on offer, sure to rouse anyone out of a work week slump.

Happy Hour: Arlington, VA and Vienna, VA: Every weekday, 3-7 p.m.

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THRōW Social + Kick Axe DC

Northwest Washington

What’s a little bonding over axe throwing? Let off some steam by booking a lane at Kick Axe DC. And when you need to soothe your throwing arm, kick back with happy hour specials, including $5 draft beer and well drinks, $10 specialty cocktails, and $20 buckets of Old Time Lager. And if throwing sharp objects seems like an HR issue, play it safe with giant Jenga and giant Connect 4.

Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 4-6:30 p.m.

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Sfoglina

Multiple locations

Sfoglina stands as an ode to the Italian dolce vita, or the sweet life. And after experiencing their happy hour, we can see why. Head to this lovely trattoria and sip on a select menu of beers, cocktails, and wines. And for a true escape to Italy without using your PTO, order Nonna Palmina’s Meatballs for a taste of tradition. 

Happy Hour: Downtown and Rosslyn: Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m.; Van Ness: Daily, 3-6 p.m.

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