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Where: Bodega, 3116 M St. NW; (202) 333-4733; bodegadc.com
Hours: Sundays through Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Drink Specials: $6 specialty cocktails, $5 wine by the glass, $5 rail cocktails
Food Specials: Choose from 10 $5 pintxos (small snacks).
Pros: Nestled between a Starbucks and a Patagonia on Georgetown’s most bustling strip, Bodega is a Spanish restaurant specializing in tapas and bullfighting decor. Belly up to one of the lounge’s two bars to enjoy $5 glasses of wine paired with a basket of free bread in a festive red and black atmosphere. Coming to Bodega with a bigger crew? Split a pitcher of red wine sangria for $18 and share a selection of 10 flavorful snacks. The tortilla española (potato, onion, and egg omelet) and the dátiles con tocino (crispy fried dates wrapped in bacon) are favorites. The plates may be on the small side—they are tapas, after all—but the $5 price means you can mix and match until you’re full.
Cons: Happy hour is only available in the bar areas, so be sure to time your post-work sangria outing to ensure you can snag a spot. Here’s a tip: If the bar in the front is too crowded, walk to the back of the restaurant and look for high tops near the back bar. Happy hour is served there, and it’s a more intimate space.