Are you a wine geek but don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket while exploring some new wines? Or maybe you just want to drink a lot of wine without shelling out a lot of money. Either way, you are in luck! Click through our list of favorite wine happy hours to keep both your pallet satisfied as well as your wallet happy.
D.C.’s urban winery by the waterfront is the perfect spot to unwind after a long day of work. Or even a slightly shorter day – their brand new happy hour goes from 3:30-6.30 p.m. Monday -Friday at the bar. During this time, get all District Winery bottles at half off (now that's a deal!), or try one of their happy hour glasses, which go for $8. In case you need another reason, the waterfront views there are the perfect backdrop.
Le Desales is the kind of tucked away spot where you want to enjoy a few glasses of wine while catching up with a friend or two. From 4-7p.m., this cute and contemporary French brasserie offers a variety of interesting wines in the $7 range per glass. With its modern artwork and cozy interiors, this spot speaks of lazy afternoons sipping wine in Parisian cafes.
During happy hour on Tuesday –Friday from 5-7 p.m., this casual wine bar offers $5 glasses of wine, but the real deal is in getting one of their 64 ounce jugs for half price instead. The jugs are no joke – they hold 12 glasses of wine, and you can’t go wrong in picking one of eight draft wine selections that you can choose from. This space is tiny, so make sure you get there early!
Located in the beautiful neighborhood of Bloomingdale, this charming spot boasts a large patio and a happy hour with $6 glasses of wine. Typically, a white, red, and a rose are on offer, but it’s the type of spot where their interesting wine list and budget friendly prices leads you to move on from trying a glass to picking something off their bottle list.
If you are like most people, you probably have not tried enough Georgian wine. Lucky for you, that’s exactly what’s on offer at D.C.’s first Georgian restaurant, and the $7-8 glasses are what you need to try to convince you to drink more of it! And who am I kidding, while you are there, you might as well also stuff your face with one of their cheese filled khachapuri breads.
One of the more low key spots on U Street, Bin 1301 Wine bar has a pretty good wine selection and a happy hour (which goes all night on Mondays) with a few different wine options as well as vermouth and sherry. Choose from a selection of $6 glasses, $25 bottles, and enjoy the neighborhood bar vibe.
Can you have a wine list in D.C. without Vinoteca? One of the best happy hours around, you can enjoy $5 glasses of wine from a selection of about 15 everyday from 5-7 p.m. And while you are there, get yourself a cheese and charcuterie plate to enjoy in their beautiful back patio.
Proof continues to attract a fun and interesting crowd and is a favorite in the neighborhood for their lively atmosphere and excellent selection of international wines. During happy hour, glasses of wine go for $8 and there are always a couple of bottles on offer for $35.
Ambar has been extremely popular for their “all you can eat” Balkan experience brunch and dinner programs, but their happy hour is a good deal too. $5 house wines with a choice of white, red, or sparkling are the primary focus, and every time I have been the pours have been generous!
I’ll confess, I’m really here for the $1 oysters during happy hour, but it’s only made better by the $6 deal on glasses of wine! Nicely priced wine and oysters – sounds like a great happy hour to me!