- Grab a stool at Commissary in Logan Circle. (Photo: TBD Staff)
7:00 p.m.. OK folks, that's it for me, but keeping tweeting your evening shenanigans using the #TBDnight hashtag.
Also, stay tuned tomorrow for a special edition of #TBDnight in which we'll keep you posted on just about everything post-rally. That kicks off at 4 p.m.
6:53 p.m.. I just tried to pull the cheapest move ever: ordering a happy hour food special for carry-out. Unfortunately that doesn't fly here at Commissary, so save yourself the embarrassment.
Oh, and the photo Ryan Kearney sent in was taken at Continental.
6:41 p.m..Are you on a first date and at Liberty Tavern? If so, I'm sorry but The List's Jenny Rogers can spot you a mile away. She reports, "I see some strained convo and some sexy eye contact. Entertaining!!"
And over here in Commissary, some of the much-desired comfy chairs have opened up. Hurry to grab one!
TBD's Ryan Kearney has sent me an artsy photo from somewhere in the happy hour-universe, although I have no clue as to where exactly it was taken. Anyone want to take a guess?
- (Photo: Ryan Kearney)
6:32 p.m. Pure Lounge on U Street will be hosting a Howard University Yard Fest after party, but get there before 9 p.m. for happy hour. They have $1 drinks. Wow.
Elsewhere, Chinatown Coffee Co. is running an Absinthe happy hour until 7:30 p.m.
6:23 p.m. The real question begging to be answered is how crowded are bars tonight with all of the out-of-towners flocking to D.C. ahead of tomorrow's Stewart/Colbert rally? This is what I'm just dying to know!
In the meantime, enjoy TBD's Erik Wemple's thoughts on chain restaurants' nomenclature:
"They spend time riffing on product names. So no surprise whatsoever that the Chinatown chapter of Hooters (825 7th St. NW) has a nice moniker for the 22-ounce version of its draft beers that go for $3.50. This special is available for drafts of Bud, Bud Light, Coors, Coors Light, and Yuengling. Just ask for the 'Big Daddy.'"
6:17 p.m. The oddly-warm weather earlier this week may have fooled some, but sorry folks, fall is officially here. Why am I just proclaiming this? Well Policy has a brand new fall beverage and food menu they just rolled out today, so head to the 14th Street spot to see what's on it.
Jenny Rogers of The List has no idea what the happy hour specials are at Liberty Tavern, but she does know the important stuff: "lots of good looking 29 year olds. Crowded."
And just in case you are interested in drinks and not 29-year-old men, TBD's Dave Jamieson has sent me the specials at Liberty Tavern: $3 drafts, half-priced wine by the glass, and $5 industrials, "whatever those might be." The specials end at 7 p.m., so hurry on over.
6:08 p.m. Every bar stool is now officially taken at Commissary, my #TBDnight post. Also, those of you looking for a cheap drink while you do some work on your laptop are also out of luck: all of the comfortable, power outlet-accessible chairs in the middle of the restaurant are now taken.
And over in Georgetown, the Daily Grill has appetizers available for $2.95 to $3.95.
TBD's Rebecca Cooper has got the Arlington area covered for you, people. She reports that all is quiet at Summers in Court House "but people are trickling in." Get half-priced wings, mozzarella sticks, and something called "super nachos." Also, beer specials go until 8 p.m.
5:51 p.m. TBD's Erik Wemple reports that Ozio on M Street is running happy hour specials until 8 p.m.
"Anybody who's ever jogged past Ozio knows that the happy hour specials there start not with bottled Miller Lite or Yuengling drafts or grasshoppers, but rather: With martinis!" writes Wemple. "They're $5 or $6, according to an employee who was in a hurry and thus unavailable to elaborate on what sort of martini costs $5 and what sort of martini costs $6."
Ryan Kearney reports that Continental has happy hour specials until 8 p.m. with drafts of Yuengling, Miller Lite, Northern Lights IPA, and Drop Top Amber on sale.
Ryan also informs me that "Booby Tuesday's" is his nickname for "Ruby Tuesday's." So, there you have it.
5:44 p.m. It just occurred to me that I neglected to include the happy hour deals from my post here at Commissary in Logan Circle: cocktail specials for $4.50, selected wines for $4.50 a glass, and beer bottles for $3.25.And may I recommend a grilled burger with fries for just $5.75. Why, that could be dinner!
More from TBD's Rebecca Cooper: "plenty of room at Velocity 5 in Courthouse, table section even has a bit of a family [happy hour] vibe. $3 drafts, $4 rail drinks til 8."
So if you have the kids with you but you also want a cheap drink, head to Courthouse, I suppose.
5:36 p.m. TBD's Rebecca Cooper sends a report that "bar seats already full at Kitty O'Shea's in Courthouse, but there are tables, and it's toasty warm inside. $1 off beers."
Also from the TBD team, Ryan Kearney just sent me a photo from Booby Tuesday's in Rosslyn. Yes, I was afraid to open the email attachment to take a look but thankfully it's not a photo of boobs but of a tiny, but completely full, bar. Perhaps wait it out to score $5 "premium" drinks, as they last all day.
5:23 p.m. TBD's own Erik Wemple sends me a recommendation for the cheap, the jobless, and those near Capitol Hill: Hawk'n'Dove, where a complimentary taco bar began at 5 p.m.
"A H-n-D employee said 'I don't know how long that will last.' — which makes a good pitch for people to hustle over to this joint at 329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE," Erik writes. "Also, domestic bottles of beer are 2.50 till 7 pm. And $3.50 will buy you a pint of Hawk amber ale till closing time. Appetizer of the night is crab balls and hush puppies for $5."
Also, @CorbinHiar has kindly requested that TBD set me free of these #TBDnight duties. It's quite alright, though; manning this blog is a sacrifice I'm willing to make so that the rest of you in the D.C.-area can make the best of your post-work hours. And yes, you're welcome.
5:13 p.m. For those of you dying to know what your mistress-of-#TBDNight ceremonies is drinking, take a gander: Commissary's "very berry" smoothie, made of strawberries, blueberries, low fat vanilla yogurt, pomegranate juice, and yes, whey protein. I apologize in advance for making everyone feel very unhealthy, but I promise to eat a burger tonight to make up for it.
5:04 p.m. More news from the happy hour world: No. 9 Lounge in Del Ray has specials on Blue Moon and selected wines from Planet Wine. TBD's Andrew Beajoun, who is currently ruling the #TBDNight world, tweets the wine specials include "definitely a red and a white."
Over in D.C., score $3 Miller Lite drafts, Yuengling, and rail liquors until 7 p.m. at Cleveland Park Bar & Grill. Also, get $3.25 for domestic bottles, Yuengling, Miller Lite drafts, and pay $4 for rail drinks until 9:00 p.m. at Atomic Billiards.
4:56 p.m. Is everyone staying at work late today? What gives? I'm surprised that folks haven't cut out early en masse given all the anticipation for tomorrow's Stewart/Colbert Rally.
For those of you who just can't stand to be in your cubicle any longer, TBD's Andrew Beaujon has details on some happy hour-less spots. Where should you not expect 4 to 7 p.m. deals? Cheesetique, tweets @abeaujon.
4:45 p.m. TBD's Lisa Rowan reports that the National Zoo closed at 4 p.m. to set up for Brew at the Zoo. Also setting up is 105.9 The Edge, where they will be broadcasting from the Zoo Cafe across the street. Lisa says, "Stop there beforehand folks! Bet there's free stuff!" The only thing better than cheap stuff is free stuff.
4:30 p.m. I'm broadcasting live from Commissary in Logan Circle, where bar stools are in short supply. Seems like the early birds of the happy hour scene have already claimed their positions, but there are still plenty of seats in the restaurant. I'll be here until 7 p.m., so stop by!
Ragtime in Courthouse is getting into the spirit of the weekend (and of tonight's WVU game), TBD's own Rebecca A. Cooper reports. "Although I'm betting people won't be sitting on the patio with this chilly wind!" They have $3 Miller Lite & Fordham Scotch Ales, plus $5 wine specials.