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Where: Corner Office, 515 15th St. NW; (202) 661-2400; marriott.com/hotels/travel/waswh-w-washington-dc
Hours: Monday-Friday, 4-6:30 p.m.
Drink Specials: $8 tropical cocktails; $6-$7 glasses of wine and sparkling wine; and $4 beers
Food Specials: $10 pepperoni and margherita pizzas
Pros: D.C.’s W Hotel just came out the other side of a major refresh, including two new ground floor restaurants featuring wood-fired cooking: Cherry, and sister bar Corner Office. Despite the name that implies an air-conditioned room with a desk and a to-do list, the outdoor area of Corner Office is akin to a beer garden with its bocce courts, booths, tables adequate for groups of coworkers, and bean bag chairs. The $10 simple pizzas are crispy and cut into skinny slices, making them easier to share. Pair one with an $8 Mai Tai (normally $15).
Cons: Despite the fact that the bar boasts 38 rotating taps, the only two beers that are discounted to $4 during happy hour are Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and DC Brau Joint Resolution. A greater variety of brews would make this happy hour more robust, especially since the beer selections are under the care of a master cicerone—a sommelier for suds. While the bar is still new, it likely won’t be long until throngs of tourists discover it given its prominent location on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.