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Best area happy hours for beer lovers

(in my best Troy McClure voice)

Greetings fellow beer drinkers,

This is Tony Budny. You may remember me from our local beer column, Screaming Into the Void. I am here to tell you about the best local happy hours for people like us, who like to relax in the evenings with a cold one. Craft beer will be the main focus, but I will also include happy hours of note outside of the realm of small(ish) breweries. I’m sure eventually the Brewers Association will update the definition to include many of those breweries anyway.

Happy hours in the DMV

The list is broken down by geography for easy searching. For DC, because of the high volume, they are ranked them in groups based on how good the deal is compared to the region. We are DC Beer after all. 

Unless the beer is killer, anything $6 or above for a pint for happy hour didn’t make the list. Deals of $1 or, in most cases, $2 off drafts didn’t make the cut on this list either, with special consideration for venues that have a great selection of drafts beyond a few flagship offerings.

This list isn’t meant to be all-encompassing, just a good list of locations that offer affordable craft beers. Also, I have only included happy hours I was able to confirm either through a personal visit or on the venue’s website.

We will revise the list as necessary. Check the date for when the latest update was made and if you have any suggestions, please to send them to us and we’ll update it.

Maryland Happy Hours

Silver Branch Brewing – 8401 Colesville Rd #150, Silver Spring, MD  

  • $5 real ales
  • Monday – Friday, 3-7 pm
  • LATE NIGHT – $5 Glass Castle pilsner with a shot. Beers and shots may rotate. 

Quarry House Tavern – 8401 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD

  • $2 off all drafts
  • $2.50 PBR/Miller
  • 7 days a week, 4-7 pm

Rock Bottom – 7900 Norfolk Ave. Bethesda, MD

  • $2 off house-brewed beers
  • Mon – Fri 4-7 pm, Sun – Thu 9 pm – close, and Fri & Sat 10 pm – close

Denizens Brewing Co – 1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 4550 Van Buren St, Riverdale, MD

  • $5-6 drafts Mon all day, Tue – Fri 4-6 pm

Black’s Bar and Kitchen – 7750 Woodmont Ave. Bethesda, MD

  • $5 rotating local draft beers

DC Happy Hours


Biergarten Haus – 1355 H Street N.E.

  • $6 select half liters, $10 select liters
  • 4-7 pm Mon-Thu

Wunder Garten1101 First St NE

  • $5 drafts Mon-Thu, 4-7 pm


Right Proper Brewing – Shaw and Brookland locations 

Roofers Union – 2446 18th St NW

  •   Tuesday #GEEKNIGHT: half price on all bottled beer, no corkage fee for bringing your own

Pizzeria Paradiso – 5 locations in the DMV- click the link for specific locations

  • $3 off drafts Tue and Wed 5-7 pm

The Sovereign – 1206 Wisconsin Ave NW

  • 4×4 happy hour Mon – Fri, 5-6:30 pm
  • $4 Bluejacket Lager Farm, De La Senne Saison Du Meyboom, Allagash White, Thiriez Extra (rotating occasionally)


DC Reynolds – 3628 Georgia Ave NW 

  • Buy one drink, get one of any drink (equal or lesser value- non-transferrable)
  • 5-9 pm Mon-Sat

Anxo – 300 Florida Ave NW

  • Thursday – 50% of all beer
  • Friday – 50% off all drafts, including beer
  • 5-6:30 pm

Smoke and Barrel – 2471 18th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.

  • 50% of all drafts 5-7 pm Wed 

Midlands – 3333 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC

  • Buy one, get one on all local drafts Mon-Thu 5-7pm

DC Brau –3178 Bladensburg Rd NE Suite B, Washington, DC

  • Half price flagship pints every Friday, all night- 3-11 pm

Virginia Happy Hours

Galaxy Hut – 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

  • Half-priced tater tots with the purchase of a pitcher
  • Two beers featured for $4 a pint or $13 a pitcher
  • A featured pilsner for $3 per pint or $10 per pitcher
  • Every day, 5-7 pm

Ted’s Bulletin – 6 locations in the DMV (click for specifics)

  • $2.75 select draft beers and bottles, including local options

Cheesetique – 3 locations in Fairfax, Del Ray, and Mosaic

  • $5 beers, 4-7 pm daily

Rustico – 4075 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, and 827 Slaters Ln., Alexandria, VA

  • $2 off drafts Mon-Fri 4-7 pm

Virtue Feed and Grain – 106 S. Union St Alexandria, VA

  • $4 select draft beers
  • Mon, 11:30 am – 7 pm and Tue – Fri, 4-7 pm

Westover Market & Beer Garden – 5863 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA

  • $2 off drafts 5-7 pm Mon-Wed

Last updated August 2, 2019

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