Run by Jon Harris, formerly of The Gibson, the bar at Firefly has become a stellar cocktail spot in its own right. Cocktails there usually run $13, but you can grab one of Firefly's house cocktails for a paltry $5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The happy hour selection includes popular classics like a Moscow Mule and Boulevardier. Throw in a tantalizing happy hour snacks menu (deviled eggs and pork rillettes anyone?) and Firefly's happy hour is a great opportunity for a classy evening without breaking the bank.
The Big Hunt
The Big Hunt is a Dupont mainstay. Pay no attention to the hunting arcade machines and creepy mounted human heads—you're there to enjoy some of Big Hunt's house brews. Everyday from 4 to 7, their Bad Ass Amber Bock, Big Hunt Lager, and Lite Ass Brew are only $2.50. Throw in $1 off all other draughts and Big Hunt offers a solid selection of craft beers for a steal.
Just a few doors down from Big Hunt, Madhatter offers a well rounded happy hour. $3 rails, $3 Bud and Yuengling, and $5 house wines, but the notable addition here are the Frozen Mango Margaritas ($4) and Orange Crushes ($5). If you're looking for something a little more fun, these icy, fruity drinks will definitely help take your mind off the grind and bring back thoughts of warmer months. Madhatter's happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Happy hour at Urbana, one of Dupont's best wine bars, goes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Affordable options include flutes of $5 sparkling (Simonet Blanc de Blancs) and $5 house whites and reds that rotate daily. $1 oysters and $8 Neapolitan pies make this a great spot for a date or catching up with friends.
Mix up your happy hour routine at Sushi Taro: from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the bar, all drinks (excluding large bottles and mixed drinks) and sushi are half price. That includes an extensive list of sake, sho-chu, and Japanese beers (not just Kirin and Sapporo!). The vibe is quiet enough for conversation, and the sushi might convince you to duck out of work early.
Mandu's 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour offers a novel, but very compelling pairing: sojutinis and mandu (Korean dumplings). The sojutinis ($4) come in two varieties: aloe and yogurt. Both recall distinctive, smooth Asian flavors and are extremely drinkable. Paired with dirt-cheap dumplings, it's a different take on happy hour but one you may find yourself coming back to once you've tried it.