City Paper is not for tourists
Where: Burger Tap & Shake, 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; (202) 587-6258; burgertapshake.com
Hours: 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays; all day Sunday
Drink specials: $5 draft beers and ciders and $5 mixed drinks and glasses of wine
Food specials: None during happy hour, but BTS serves a $10 combination of a basic burger, fries, and soda Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a $10 burger and beer combination nightly at 9:30 p.m.
Pros: There are ample draft beer choices in a variety of styles, like the 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison, Allagash White, and Devil’s Backbone ERA Pale. Only a handful of selections carry an asterisk, signifying they’re exempted from happy hour pricing. If you prefer something stronger, score a whiskey soda, gin and tonic, or other simple mixed drink for $5 as well. (Only discounted drafts are available during the all day happy hour on Sunday). Saving on beer frees up some dollars to snack on sweet potato fries ($3) or spring for a Southern Comfort burger ($8.50) with pimento cheese, a fried green tomato, vidalia onions, and bread and butter pickles.
Cons: You’ll be tempted to consume your $5 brews outside on the patio where are there are picnic tables ideal for larger groups, but remember that BTS is around the corner from the George Washington University Hospital emergency room. Every time you hear a siren, you’ll be forced to pause your conversation and confront your own mortality. It’s also a bummer that happy hour ends so early and that there aren’t any bona fide food specials tied to happy hour.