Tunnicliffs Tavern offers a cheap late-night menu on Thursdays.
If it’s Tuesday, it’s taco night at the Argonaut. Seriously good fish tacos are $3 each (or $2 for chicken or tempeh), a bargain for cilantro-flecked, corn-tortilla-wrapped goodness. Bonus: Happy hours at this undersea-themed H Street pioneer knock a buck off draft beer. 1433 H St. NE. 202-250-3660 argonautdc.com
The Star and Shamrock’s Reuben sandwich, possibly one of the best sandwiches on Capitol Hill, is half-price on hump day. Five bucks for slabs of rye bread piled with house-cured corned beef and from-scratch sauerkraut? Yes, please.
1341 H St. NE. 202-388-3833 starandshamrock.com
Early bird specials are for retirees — or people who can leave work at reasonable hours. Save your appetite for later, when Tunnicliff’s Tavern’s late-night menu kicks in. Beer-sopping bar classics, such as burgers and pizza, are all $7 at this Eastern Market tavern.
222 Seventh St. SE. 202-544-5680
On Fridays, Hamilton’s Bar & Grill offers one of the best beer deals with $1 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon, the beloved brew of hipsters and blue-collar workers. A party-like atmosphere and out-of-the-way location make it a solid spot to kick off the weekend.
233 Second St. NW. 202-347-6555 hamiltonsdc.com
Nothing says, “Hello, weekend!” like a daylong Bloody Mary bender. At funky gas-station-themed Trusty’s Full-Serve Bar (dig the schoolbus-turned-bar upstairs), all the Bloody Marys or screwdrivers you can swill will set you back a wallet-friendly $14.
Nothing wards off the dread of another week of Congressional session — or cures a hangover from Saturday’s Bloodies — like (another) daylong Bloody Mary bender. And with the Pour House’s bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas during its weekend brunches, you can imbibe among friends — and on the cheap. Endless trips to the Bloody Mary bar are $13; while all the mimosas you can (not should) drink are $15.
We’ve all heard that adage about nothing being free. But whoever first said that must not have spent much time on Capitol Hill, where there are loads of freebies to be found — if you know where to look.
Here’s what you can get without forking over a single dime:
So they look a little like something your middle school cafeteria might have served, but with a few shakes of hot sauce and a cold beer, the tacos that the Hawk ’n’ Dove offers up Friday nights are perfectly satisfying. The gratis food starts flowing at 5 p.m. sharp.
329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-543-3300
Settle in at the upstairs piano bar of the Banana Café during happy hour, and you’ll probably see platefuls of on-the-house nibbles emerging from the kitchen. Quesadillas, mozzarella sticks or zucchini sticks make great accompaniments to the drink specials ($3 margaritas, rail drinks and domestic beers are available from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.).