Best Happy Hours in Old Town Alexandria

May 9, 2022 | Inside Alexandria | By: The Goodhart Group

Who doesn’t love happy hour? Lucky for those of us that live and work here, there are plentiful options for Happy Hours in Old Town Alexandria. Whether you like beer, wine, cocktails or just the happy hour munchies, there is a fabulous option in Old Town near you! Wondering what THE best happy hours in Old Town Alexandria are? Let’s get started:

Bars On King Street

The Anchor Bar at The Fish Market

105 King Street

This casual sports bar and seafood restaurant offers happy hour specials every Monday through Friday from 4 – 7 pm. Order a draft beer served in its signature 32oz Schooner glass or one of its 40+ bottled domestic, import and craft beers. The Anchor Bar is one of Old Town’s best sports bars too. You can catch any local sports teams on one of The Anchor Bar’s 16 HD TVs (plus all of the Big Ten Network college football games). The Anchor Bar also offers live music every Wednesday and a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Warehouse

214 King Street

Happy hour at The Warehouse in the heart of Old Town runs every Monday through Friday from 4-7 pm at its antique mahogany bar. Enjoy $4 house wines and domestic bottles, $5 draft beers, and $6 rail drinks. Be sure to sample their small plates, which include the Frito Misto (fried shrimp, crawfish, calamari, zucchini, spicy remoulade) and onion straws. Stop to check out the caricatures of the local Alexandrians on the walls of its historic building.

Daniel O’Connell’s Restaurant & Bar

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112 King Street

Join Daniel O’Connell’s weekday happy hour from 3-6 pm with specials on beer ($4 Miller Lite, Yuengling, and Bullpen Pilser), $5 house wines, and $3.50 rail drinks. The starters are also discounted – be sure to try the Crispy Irish Egg Roll and the Dublin Nachos. This traditional Irish pub also offers live music and special sporting events several nights a week.


100 King Street

Happy hour at this authentic Italian restaurant and bar is every Monday – Friday from 3 – 7 p.m. in the bar, at the high-top tables, and in its cozy sofa lounge area. Specials include $5 pizzas and draft beers, $4 Sangria, $6 wines, and $7 cocktails. Mia’s specialty cocktail list is definitely worth checking out as well.

Don Taco

808 King Street

Stop by this Mexican favorite for happy hour every Monday – Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. to enjoy $2 off margaritas, $6 house red and white wine, $5 rail drinks and draught beer, and $7 Sauza silver tequila shots. You can also “Make Your Own Paloma” by picking your favorite tequila. Don Taco starters include $5 Mexican Street Corn and $10 Ceviche.

Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub

713 King Street

Happy hour is daily from 3 – 7 p.m. at this Old Town institution. Enjoy specials on Irish, craft, and domestic beers and $3.25 off Jameson Irish Whiskey. Select appetizers are also half off. Murphy’s offers live music many nights in genres from Irish acoustic to bluegrass to alternative rock. Sports fans flock to Murphy’s for its daily streamed baseball games (paired with a baseball-inspired menu) and college football lineup on Saturdays. Murphy’s upstairs room is reserved for Patriot fans during all New England Patriots games.

Bars In the Northeast Quadrant

TJ Stone’s

608 Montgomery Street

Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 – 7 pm in the Tap Room at TJ Stone’s, located in the north end of Old Town. Beer lovers will appreciate the more than 200 seasonal, craft, and staple beers made both locally and internationally. TJ Stone’s has 14 drafts with five rotating lines and live cask beers brewed especially for them.

Chart House

1 Cameron Street

Happy hour at this iconic waterfront restaurant runs Monday through Friday from 4 – 6:30 pm. The Chart House has an extensive wine list and offers flights of wine for your sampling pleasure. Be sure to try its signature libation, the Tableside Torched Apple Manhattan, made with Baker’s Bourbon, Berentzen Apple Liqueur, and Carpano Antica.

Blackwall Hitch

5 Cameron Street

This coastal-inspired restaurant is situated right in the center of Old Town’s lively waterfront. At Blackwall Hitch, happy hour is from 4 – 7:30 pm Monday through Friday. Try the “Dirty Hitch,” made Ketel One Vodka and olive juice, accented with bleu cheese stuffed olives. Enjoy live music from a variety of both local and touring musicians every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, and continuing Sunday morning during the buffet brunch special!

Bars In the Northwest Quadrant


606 N. Fayette Street

Happy hour at this French brasserie and wine bar is every Tuesday through Friday from 4 – 6 pm. Bastille’s happy hour specials include $7 house “coq-tails,” $5 house wines, and small plate specials including $6 pommes frites. Enjoy am extended happy hour on Wednesdays until 8:30 p.m.

Mason Social

728 N. Henry Street

This friendly neighborhood spot offers “Social Hour” Wednesday – Sundays from 3 – 7 pm — and all day Monday and Tuesday! Enjoy $2 off house wines and drafts, $6 house spirits, plus cocktail specials. Mason Social’s bar menu includes tasty treats like Nashville hot chicken tender, carnitas, and frickles.


Bars In the Southeast Quadrant


220 S. Union Street

One of Old Town’s newest dining options, Hummingbird offers a fabulous waterfront location with plentiful outdoor seating. Located within the Hotel Indigo at Robinson Landing. Visit on Wednesdays for half-off bottles of wine and beer. Try one of Hummingbird’s “cocktails to share,” like the Blackberry Sangria or the “Hot Lips” Margarita.

2 Pioneer Mill Way

BARCA is Old Town Alexandria’s newest riverfront neighborhood restaurant. BARCA, Spanish for boat,  styles shipyard chic and Catalonian coastal influence into a waterfront Pier and Wine Bar. Both indoor and outdoor locales serve up Spanish-Mediterranean small plates, wine, sangria, and cocktails plus weekend brunch. For happy hour, enjoy $7 wines, $6 sangrias, $5 wines, and $7 tapas. Happy hour deals are exclusively available in the wine bar.

Union Street Public House

121 S. Union Street

old town alexandria street namesHappy hour — with a great seasonal cocktail menu — at Union Street Public House runs every Monday – Thursday from 4- 7 pm in the Taproom of this renovated Colonial warehouse just off King Street. Happy hour specials include a dozen wings for $18 and $8 oysters on the half shell.

Vola’s Dockside Grill & Hi-Tide Lounge

101 N. Union Street

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This waterfront favorite has plentiful outdoor seating, perfect for people-watching. Vola’s happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 3 – 7 pm. Specials include $6 wine, cocktails, and beer and $3 and $5 drafts beers. Be sure to order the Chesapeake Crab Dip for just $5 or the addictive Smoked Fish Dip for $7.


213 Strand Street

This Old Town institution (“Old Town’s Favorite”) offers happy hour in its bar every Monday through Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m. with $4 rail drinks and $5 beers and discounted menu items.

Bars In the Southwest Quadrant

Joe Theismann’s Restaurant & Bar

1800A Diagonal Road

This restaurant, founded by a former Washington Football Team quarterback, offers happy hour in its bara area every Monday through Friday, from 3 – 7 pm. Locals and tourists alike enjoy this welcoming spot, especially for taking in the big game. Theismann’s happy hour specials include $4 draft beers from around the world, rail drinks, select wines by the glass, and $7 specialty cocktails. Bar fare is also on special during these hours. Be sure to try the sweet potato tots!

LaPorta’s Restaurant

1600 Duke Street

Happy Hour at LaPorta’s takes place every day from 3 – 6 p.m. with $2 off all food and drink items. Enjoy a glass of wine from its extensive wine list and its “classics” menu with happy hour treats like flatbread pizza and spicy chicken wings. As an added bonus, LaPorta’s offers live jazz nightly.

Sweet Fire Donna’s

510 John Carlyle Street

Visit Sweet Fire Donna’s in the Carlyle neighborhood any night from 3 – 6 p.m. for special prices on select food and drinks at the bar. Specials include $5 pork sliders and nachos.


Well, there you have it – our roundup of the best happy hours in Old Town Alexandria! Be sure to also check out our article on Alexandria’s best wine bars.

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