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Where: Kapnos, 2201 14th St. NW; (202) 234-5000; kapnosdc.com (bar area only)
Hours: 5 p.m. to close Mondays through Thursdays; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 5 p.m. to close on Sundays
Drink specials: $5 beers including MIC Saison and DC Brau Public Ale; $6 wines by the glass; $7 draft cocktails
Food specials: $6 bites include grilled haloumi, marinated olives, a falafel gyro, and four other small dishes. $7 bites include a mini lamb gyro, octopus skewers, spanakopita, and others. $14 flatbread comes with three spreads of your choice.
Pros: It’s easy to remember a happy hour that repeats every day of the week. Comforting thought: “It’s 6 p.m., I can go to Kapnos.” Bartenders are pleasant and may top off your drink. The crowd is sedate and inoffensive.
Food options abound by happy hour standards. If your goal is to get full, order the tomato flatbread, which is basically pizza. The grilled haloumi—a warm slab of cheese with black pepper honey drizzled on top—satisfies in cold weather.
On a Saturday at 5:30, the bar was filling up but not yet full. Thirty minutes later, bar seats were occupied and new guests were sitting at the tables behind the bar.
Cons: The early bird catches the worm at happy hour, as he does in many endeavors. Kapnos’ happy hour is more fun at the bar than at the high-top tables behind it, so try to arrive on time. And while the bar bites are good, the regular menu is better, so you might get suckered in.