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 – 7pm. 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 TV’s (plus all of the Big Ten Network college football games). The Anchor Bar also offers live music every Wednesday.
111 King Street
Boasting “College Town Prices” in Old Town, Bugsy Pizza’s offers happy hour from 4 – 7pm every Monday-Friday. Beer prices range from just $2.50 (Bud Light, Miller Lite, Blue Moon) to $3.50 (Port City IPA, Stella Artois, Yeungling, and “Bugsy’s Brew”). Wine is just $3.25 per glass. Come hungry – happy hour appetizers are just $5 each and include Bugsy’s Meatball Sliders, Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip, and much more.
Daniel O’Connell’s Restaurant & Bar
112 King Street
Join Daniel O’Connell’s weekday happy hour from 3-7pm with specials on beer, wine, and select well 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.
119 King Street
The Wharf’s happy hour runs Sunday through Thursday from 4-7pm and features $4 bottles, $5 draft beers, and glasses of house wine are discounted $2. Specialty cocktails are discounted $2 as well. Sample The Wharf’s small plates, especially the shrimp and blue crab fritters with a spicy Sriracha aioli for just $6!
214 King Street
Happy hour at The Warehouse in the heart of Old Town runs every Monday through Friday from 4-7pm 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.
480 King Street
Jackson 20, adjacent to the Alexandrian Hotel in the heart of Old Town, is perhaps best known for its Tuesday dog-friendly “Yappy Hour” from 5-8pm in the warmer months. Jackson 20 offers an extensive list of American wines, an impressed array of creative cocktails, and modern Southern cuisine. Perhaps Old Town’s longest happy hour, it runs Monday through Friday from 2-7pm
Magnolia’s on King
703 King Street
Magnolia’s on King is located in a 200-year old historic building in the heart of the King Street action. Happy hour takes place every evening from 5:30 – 7pm in the first floor Magnolia Room and second floor Palm Lounge. Try Magnolia’s signature Old Fashioned cocktail. Other specials include half-priced wine Mondays, “Two for Ten” Tuesdays (an appetizer & local beer for just $10) and Whiskey Wednesdays featuring half-priced premium whiskey tasting flights.
607 King Street
This Spanish tapas bar and restaurant in the heart of Old Town offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 – 7pm featuring sangria, Spanish wines, draft beer, and tapas. Visit La Tasca on Tuesdays for half-priced bottles of wine all day, and if you love flamenco, plan your visit for a Thursday evening!
Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub
713 King Street
This Old Town institution offers quite the happy hour line up. Try Margarita Mondays from 3 – 7pm, Tuesday Trivia Night and ½ price burgers, or 40¢ Wing Night on Wednesdays from 4pm to close. 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.
801 King Street
Southern-inspired Hen Quarter’s happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 3 – 7pm. Be sure to try their Southern Fried Pickles or Pimento Cheese Fondue. Enjoy live music (Meredith Seidel) every Thursday from 6:30 – 9:30pm.
Hank’s Oyster Bar
1026 King Street
Hank’s Oyster Bar features “Oyster Hour” every weekday 5:30 – 6:30pm (in the dining room and bar) and from 3-7pm (in the bar only). Hank’s boasts extensive whiskey and creative cocktail menus. Try Hank’s late night happy hour with a half-price raw bar from 10pm-12am every night.
1120 King Street
Happy hour at Vermilion runs every Monday through Friday from 4 – 7pm. Draft beers (Sierra Nevada pale ale, Devils Backbone Vienna lager, and Piivo pils) and house spirits are just $4 and wines and Vermillion’s “seasonal punch” are $5. Vermillion’s $5 appetizers include hushpuppies, house-cut fries, pimento dip, parmesan potato croquettes, and frickles.
1600 King Street
Brabo’s happy hour takes place daily 5 – 6:30pm with offerings such as its signature martinis (made with Citadelle gin, dolin dry vermouth, and orange bitters) and daiquiris (made with white rum and lime sugar). Happy hour snacks include Belgian Mussel Pots, Blistered Shishito Peppers, and Bison Tartare.
Bars In the Northeast Quadrant
608 Montgomery Street
Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 – 7pm 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. Monday is half priced wine bottles night. Additionally, every month, TJ Stone’s features a local beer and a special red & white wine (offered by the glass or bottle). Football fans can indulge in drink specials and a $5 football snack menu during any NFL game or Saturday college football game.
1 Cameron Street
Happy hour at this iconic waterfront restaurant runs Monday through Friday from 4 – 6:30pm. 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.
5 Cameron Street
This coastal-inspired restaurant situated right in the center of Old Town’s lively waterfront. At Blackwall Hitch, happy hour is from 3 – 7pm 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!
Hank’s Pasta Bar
600 Montgomery Street
Sister to Hank’s Oyster Bar is Hank’s Pasta Bar in North Old Town. Its happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 – 7pm with $5 beer and wine, the $6 bartender’s choice, a shot featuring one of the bar’s newest creations. Looking for a creative cocktail? Try the “everything you see i owe to spaghetti” made with vodka, pear, lemon, and basil.
Bilbo Baggins Global Restaurant
208 Queen Street
Bilbo Baggins, open in Old Town for more than 30 years, offers happy hour every Monday through Friday 5 – 7pm its Green Dragon Pub. The pub is known for having one of the best craft beer lists in Old Town, with 12 taps and well over 100 bottled beers. If you prefer cocktails, try “Gandalf’s Cask Manhattan.”
Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster BBQ
220 North Lee Street
This newer restaurant serves up far more than just award-winning barbecue! Head over to the bar 4 – 7pm every Monday through Friday for its “Brisket + Moonshine” happy hour, which features Belle Isle Premium Moonshine, Chopped Brisket Sliders, and Buffalo Pork Rinds. Myron Mixon’s happy hour includes specials on both drinks (try the Cedar Smoked Old Fashioned!) and tasty Southern-style snacks.
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 – 7pm and weekends from 12pm – 5pm. Bastille’s happy hour specials include $6 house coq-tails, $5 house wines, and $2 off beers and small plates, which include French classics like pommes frittes and moules.
728 N. Henry Street
This friendly neighborhood spot offers “Social Hour” every weekday from 3 – 7pm. Enjoy specials like the $5 Mason Punch, made with vodka, house-made tarragon syrup, and grapefruit juice. Select beers, wine, and house spirits are also just $5. Mason Social’s bar menu includes tasty treats like reuben egg rolls, carnitas, and frickles
Bars In the Southeast Quadrant
109 S. Saint Asaph Street
A 19th-century firehouse transformed into an American brasserie and bar, Columbia Firehouse is rich in history. Happy hour takes place every weekday in the barroom from 4 – 7pm. Drink specials range from draft beers, to wines; from margaritas and daiquiris. Choose from signature appetizers including fresh oysters, crispy reuben rolls, wings, sliders, and more!
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. Hummingbird happy hour is every weekday from 2:30 – 6:30pm at the bar. Specials include $5 draft beer and rail drinks and $6 house wines. Hummingbird’s signature “Slushy Cocktails” (cosmos and piña coladas) are just $7.
Virtue Feed and Grain
106 S. Union Street
Virtue Feed & Grain, housed in a historic Old Town feed house with river views, offers a fabulous happy hour with $4 wine, sangria, and draught beer. Virtue’s signature cocktails, like the Commonwealth Spritzer, made with New Amsterdam gin, lemon-thyme syrup, and prosecco, are just $7. Sample from their menu of $3 happy hour plates, which include pork barbacoa tacos and scotch eggs.
Union Street Public House
121 S. Union Street
Happy hour at Union Street Public House runs every Monday – Thursday from 3- 7pm in the Taproom of this renovated Colonial warehouse just off King Street. Looking to catch some Thursday night football? Go to Union Street for the “3 Stars Thursday” special each week during football season – a bucket of five beers for just $15. Be sure to try the oysters too!
Vola’s Dockside Grill & Hi-Tide Lounge
101 N. Union Street
This relatively new addition to the Old Town dining scene offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 – 7pm (as well as Oyster happy hour Monday). In the adjacent Hi Tide Lounge, try the frozen Tide & Fog cocktail, made with rum, gin, cognac, sherry, lemongrass-ginger syrup, and citrus juices. Vola’s seafood starters can’t be beat, especially the crab dip and conch fritters. Vola’s offers plenty of outdoor seating for people-watching and stargazing in the warmer weather.
213 Strand Street
This Old Town institution (“Old Town’s Favorite”) offers happy hour in its bar every Monday through Thursday from 4 – 7pm (until 9pm on Fridays). Wednesdays evenings are $5 Martini Night! Or try Chadwick’s Crimson Tide, made with Clyde May’s Alabama Whiskey, ginger beer, and cranberry juice.
Bars In the Southwest Quadrant
Joe Theismann’s Restaurant & Bar
1800A Diagonal Road
This restaurant, founded by a former Redskins quarterback, offers happy hour every Monday through Friday, from 4 – 7pm. Locals and tourist 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 and select wines by the glass. Bar fare is also on special during these hours. Be sure to try the baked pretzel loaves with beer cheese!
227 S. Washington Street
Society Fair’s happy hour features an ever-changing menu of wine, beer, cocktails, and snacks. It runs every Monday through Friday from 4-7pm. The best part? Everything is priced at just $5! Society Fair’s wine (and cheese) list are curated by their knowledgeable chef, sommelier, and fromagier.
1600 Duke Street
Happy Hour at LaPorta’s takes place every Monday through Friday with $3 rail cocktails, select beers, and wine. Enjoy a strawberry mojito or one of LaPorta’s many other scratch-made cocktails or a glass of wine from its extensive wine list. Its “classics” menu is also half-price during happy hour and includes happy hour standards like wings and nachos, as well as Italian flatbread pizzas. 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 4 – 7pm 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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