Since today is (technically) a holiday, I’m keeping this blog post short and sweet. A lot of people I know have the day off today… I don’t. I’m bitter. So I’ll take it out on you guys.
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Happy hour is a magical time of the day. Cheap booze and food, lots of friends and deteriorating conversations through the evening result. Since I’m cheap (… and Indian), I love a good deal, and Happy Hour is as good as it gets. People always approach me to ask about good Happy Hour locations, as I have a running list going in my head. What can I say? I like my food and drink. (Well, I like my food… my drink of choice at the moment is a Diet Coke, as I don’t imbibe anymore…)
Hey… maybe I’ll celebrate Columbus Day by going to Happy Hour… hmmm…..
For your benefit, here are my favorite places in DC/Arlington. If you want to stalk me, you might see at these following places on any given day:
Vinoteca (U Street): Happy Hour Every Day!!! I particularly like the bar bites…. they are discounted quite a bit. Select wines are $5 per glass.
Heritage India (Dupont Circle): Tapas are 50%! (And good s**t too like golgappas and other “street” food… which I can’t make at home.) If you drink, there are good deals too.
Busboys and Poets(U Street/Chinatown/Shirlington): I find myself hanging out at their Shirlington location more than the DC one(s)… I actually have no idea what food/drink specials are available during Happy Hour – I go for the poetry readings and book signings.
Kramerbooks/Afterwards Cafe (Dupont Circle): I gotta support the local book stores. I’ve become totally useless… again, I know they have drink specials during HH… What? I don’t know. I go for the scene.
Free food. Need I say more? And I walk by the restaurant pretty much every day. It’s too easy to stop in.
Zaytinya (Chinatown): I just love their food. I love it more when it’s 50% off.
Kotubuki (Palisades): $1 sushi happy hour!!!! And probably the best cheap sushi in the area. (Note: I just looked at the website and there’s no mention of their Happy Hour. Well… it’s still cheap.)
There are many more places I have (and have not) been to. But you get the jist… Washington, DC is definitely Happy Hour City!
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So, recently, I had the “Happy Hour conversation” with some people I’ve known for a very, very long time. They don’t frequent happy hours, as they don’t drink. The man, in particular, is against anything that has to do with alcohol, smoking and gambling – any vice. He is very Indian, and has a thick accent. Try to hear the accent as you read this conversation:
Man: “No Disrespect, I know what a Happy Hour is… but why do people go after work to drink? I don’t understand…”
Me: “It’s just an opportunity to hang out with your friends after a hard work day. I go because everything’s cheaper during Happy Hour.”
Man: “I’m always invited by the office to this Happy Hour. Do you have to drink while you’re there?”
Me: “I just order a diet coke and some food. They have good food specials generally too. Very cheap.”
Man: “But why do they have to hang out in a bar? Why can’t people just go to a restaurant?”
Me: “Lots of restaurants have happy hour specials too. But you have to order them in the bar area.”
(Woman in background: “But what if people get… drunk?”)
Me: “Most of my friends do not get drunk at 5 PM. I trust that the man’s office won’t get drunk either. They’re just going to socialize over a few drinks. You don’t have to drink… again, just order a soda or some juice. It’s fun. You might actually like it.”
Man: “I dunno…”
It was a very weird discussion to have with my parents.