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Neighborhood Happy Hour Crawl: H Street NE

by Mara Kurlandsky on Mar 16, 2015 in Roundups for Argonaut

In terms of neighborhoods in the District, it’s hard to beat H Street Northeast for sheer volume of entertainment options. This 1.5 mile stretch from North Capitol to 15th Street NE is packed with live music venues, restaurants, theaters, coffee shops, galleries and, of course, bars. The H Street Corridor has gentrified rapidly over the last decade, and it looks like the trend will continue. The future (along with the new Whole Foods) will bring even more places to chow down and imbibe.

Despite your one friend who is always complaining that it’s too far, H St. NE (also known as the Atlas District) is quite easy to access. In addition to being walkable from Union Station, there are multiple bus lines that service the H St Corridor (90, 92, 94, D4) with your best bet being the X2, which runs the route the planned streetcar would if it could just stop hitting parked cars.

So, no more excuses—it’s time to get drinking on one of D.C.’s liveliest streets. Here are our top five picks for happy hour on H.

DC Harvest
When you hear the words “upscale farmhouse kitchen and bar” you might not think great value, but you’d be wrong. Relative newbie to the Corridor, DC Harvest has been getting rave reviews for its locally sourced eats and offers up one of the best happy hours around with $5 local drafts from Starr Hill, DC Brau, Port City and Atlas Brew Works, plus $6 signature cocktails like the refreshing Harvest Rickey (Green Hat gin, lime juice, club soda) and the New-fangled (get it?) which is mixed with Catoctin Creek rye, orange, grapefruit bitters and pineapple juice. Happy hour is 5–7 PM everyday with additional late night happy hours from 11 PM–1 AM on weekend nights. (517 H St., NE; 202-629-3296)

H Street Country Club
A true classic on H Street, this bar/mini golf emporium isn’t just your favorite place to host a birthday party, it’s also a great place for happy hour as you putt-putt your way through scale models of Washington landmarks. Happy hour is 4–7 PM, Monday through Friday, with $3 Dos Equis and Miller Lite and $5 margaritas. Additional daily deals include free mini-golf with entree on Mondays, all night happy hour on Tuesday, $1 tacos on Wednesday and $5 Pimm’s Cup plus $4 golf if you’re wearing plaid on Thursdays. (1335 H St., NE; 202-399-HSCC)

The Argonaut
One of those rare hidden gems everyone is always talking about, the Argonaut, located all the way at the end of the corridor at 15th Street NE, is a cozy tavern with a relaxed vibe. It may not be the fanciest establishment, but it’s the place you linger long into the night, especially if it involves $3 glasses of wine and select $10 bottles. Draught beer is half-off during happy hour, a great deal for their 12 taps which are primarily local microbrews. Happy hour runs from 4–7 PM, Monday through Friday. (1433 H St., NE; 202-250-3660)

Vendetta
This bi-level bar is H Street’s love letter to Italy, or what D.C. hipsters think of Italy: primarily Vespas and bocce. The vibe can skew clubby as the evening gets late, so the best time to visit is during happy hour. In addition to $3 PBR, you can toast to all things Italian with $4 Prosecco on tap and $4 Peroni. Happy hour is every day from 5–8 PM. (1212 H St., NE; 202-399-3201)

Driftwood Kitchen
This Mediterranean-influenced spot opened last fall and got straight to business with a happy hour that includes snacks to keep you from falling off your barstool. Monday through Friday from 4–7 PM, enjoy $4 cans of beer, $5 glasses of wine and mixed drinks, $4 hummus and $7 charcuterie. Add in a killer view of the Capitol and a dog-friendly patio and you’ve got the makings of a serious favorite neighborhood joint. (400 H St., NE; 202-803-2651)

Bonus: After your happy hour fun times, stumble into Dangerously Delicious Pies for some of their absolutely mouthwatering slices both savory and sweet (mmm, chess pie…), and take advantage of the 2 for $5 deal on Natty Boh’s to keep the night going. (1339 H St., NE​; 202-398-7437)


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