Where: Zorba’s Cafe; 1612 20th St. NW; (202) 387-8555; zorbascafe.com
Hours: Mondays through Fridays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Drink Specials: Draft beer and wine from $3, bottled beer from $3
Food Specials: Half-priced hummus and tzatziki
Pros: For a cool $5.45, you receive your choice of house wine or draft beer as well as a generous pile of pita artfully arranged around a helping of hummus or tzatziki. The Dupont Circle Greek restaurant’s liberal interpretation of happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) means you can take advantage of the spacious seating options, including an outdoor patio strung with white lights popular with the post-work crew. Zorba’s has been in business for more than three decades, and its homey atmosphere is palpable—from the warmth of the staff to the kitschy photos of an unnamed pelican that adorn the walls.
Cons: Don’t go to Zorba’s happy hour for showy culinary panache, or if you’re seeking a chic environment complete with dark wood and mood lighting fit for well dressed young professionals. If not for its staggering cheapness compared to other District hotspots, Zorba’s fare might not be worth a special trip. But a drink and a well portioned appetizer for less than $6 is nothing short of miraculous.