The Definitive List of Happy Hours at the District Wharf

Happy hours at the Wharf are coming back and offering daily drink and food specials. Here’s the definitive (and alphabetical) list of happy hours at The Wharf, and where to find the bargains.

*  Some Wharf properties have not yet returned to offering a happy hour. We will update this list as new happy hours are announced.

Cantina Bambina 

Located above Transit Pier, Cantina Bambina provides the closest views of the Washington Channel and nearby marinas. It’s an open-air bar and known for its fun vibes and great bartenders. Bambina forgoes traditional happy hours for daily specials and events.

Daily specials include:

  • Modelo Monday – $6 Modelos

  • Tito’s Tuesday, $2 off Titos’ cocktails all night long, and

  • $6 Pacifico Beer every Wednesday

Bambina hosts Sunset Cinema, a weekly movie night on Transit Pier, during summer. 

The Grill

The Grill Martini. Credit: Rey Lopez

The Grill celebrates happy hour Monday-Friday from 3pm-6pm with a fun menu featuring grilled lamb skewers ($3 per), crispy calamari ($13), Oysters of the half shell ($2/oyster),  caramelized onion dip ($9) and the Grill Burger ($15). 

The drink list includes draft beer, wine, and specialty cocktails like The Grill Martini ($11) and Grill Punch ($8 glass/$39 pitcher). View their full happy hour menu and make a reservation online or by calling 202-916-5996.

Hank’s Oyster Bar

Located near Recreation Pier at 7th Street, Hank’s has extended outdoors areas including its patio to ensure social distancing.

At Hanks HH is referred to as “Oyster Hour” where you can get $1.50 oysters and beer, wine, and cocktail drink specials ranging in price from $5 -$8.  Oyster Hour is available every Tuesday-Friday from 3pm-6pm. Make a reservation online or by calling 202-817-3055. Happy Hour Menu.




Kaliwa sangriaKaliwa celebrates happy hour from 3pm – 6pm daily with $6 beer and wine specials and $6 snacks such as kimchi rice, chicken satay, grilled pork skewers, lumpiang shanghai, and mango salad. 







La Vie

La Vie’s ornate Mediterranean decor, located high above the promenade at District Square, has broad views of the marina and beyond making this chic location a happy hour favorite.

Happy Hour is Monday – Thursday, 5pm -7pm and features a “cocktail of the week” for $9, house red, white, or bubbles for $9, beer for $6, and an oyster shooter for $6. Happy hour food ranges from $9-$12 and includes hummus, arancini, grape leaves, truffle frites, spanakopita, meatballs, and kefta sliders. Happy Hour Menu

Mi Vida

Mi Vida MargaritaMi Vida is a high-quality Mexican restaurant located at District Square near Transit Pier.  The space is beautiful and provides lots of outdoor seating for social distancing.

Happy hour is held every Monday-Friday from 3pm-6pm. The happy hour menu features beer for $4 and wine and cocktails for $6. Food option range from adoobo-rubbed chicken wings ADOBADAS ($2 each), tacos dorados $6; queso fundido $8, and tantanachos $11.
Tuesdays are even happier because it’s Taco Tuesday at Mi Vida. Enjoy two tacos for $9. Make a reservation online or by calling 202-516-4656. Happy Hour Menu


Officina - Wharf DCOfficina is an Italian inspired culinary collective with something for everyone.  The multi-level location includes a cafe, trattoria, and rooftop terrazza with stunning views of the Washington Channel.  Happy hour is Tuesday-Friday 5pm-7pm and includes $8 wine, $6 Peroni, and $8-$10 cocktails.  Officina’s $3 HH eats might be the best steal at the Wharf and features: carnaroli risotto, pizza al taglio, and crostini.  Happy Hour Menu

Rappahannock Oyster Bar

Rappahannock Oysters

Happy hour Tuesday-Friday 5-7pm

Dozen Oysters for $12; Select Beer and Wines for $4





Tiki TNT

The lone distillery at the Wharf is Thrasher’s Rum and conveniently includes an on-site bar and restaurant, Tiki TNT.

Happy hour is Monday – Friday 3pm – 6pm. The HH rum drinks range from $5-$7 and include Thrasher’s rum; Frozen Rum & Coke, and the house daiquiri.  Beers for $4.  Food specials include Hawaiian classics such as Spam musubi, crystal shrimp dumplings, tiki wings, and tiki tots.














Whiskey Charlie 

Whiskey Charlie

Whisky Charlie, which sits high a-top of the Canopy Hotel was made for happy hours because of its spectacular views of the Washington Channel sunsets and the U.S. Capitol.  The HH food menu includes good eats ranging from $12 – $18 and features wings, nachos, flatbreads, and even chocolate cake. Happy Hour Menu


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