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Where: Convivial, 801 O St. NW; (202) 525-2870; convivialdc.com

Hours: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays and Mondays

Drink specials: $5 DC Brau Pilsner or Allagash White; $7 wines by the glass; $7 house-made juices; and an $8 Kir Royale cocktail

Food specials: $3 cheeses; $5 desserts; more than two dozen savory dishes, including house potato chips with onion dip, $4, fried chicken coq au vin mini bites, $8, and a fried fish sandwich, $11.

Pros: If you’re on a budget, a $17 quiche lorraine with a salad seems pretty steep. When you turn up for happy hour, however, the price is knocked down to a very reasonable $9. With so many food options and the expanded hours on Sundays and Mondays, you can tailor this happy hour to be whatever you need—a place to grab appetizers and a drink while catching up with friends or a spot to treat yo’self to dessert and a glass of wine on the way home from a lousy date. 

Cons: You have to pay $4 extra for fries since they don’t come with the discounted sandwiches, but the math still works in your favor. The raclette burger with fries on the regular menu costs $18 and only costs $10 on the happy hour menu, so you’re still getting a $4 discount if you add fries. More cocktail options would also be nice. Note that happy hour pricing is only available at the bar and the high-top tables surrounding it.