Where: ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar, 300 Florida Ave. NW; (202) 986-3795; anxodc.com
Hours: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
Drink specials: Half-off select cider, wine, beer, and vermouth
Food specials: Half-off all pintxos (Basque-style bite-sized snacks)
Pros: If you’ve been wanting to give cider a try, ANXO’s happy hour is the place to do it. Four of their ciders are half-priced during happy hour, as is a small selection of beer, wine, and vermouth. Try the cidre blanc, a bright and refreshing cider fermented with sauvignon blanc yeast, or, for sour beer lovers, opt for the sidra natural, a tart and funky cider fermented with the yeast from the apples themselves. All of the pintxos are half-off too, and with prices ranging from $1 to $2.50, you can definitely fill up. Highlights include montaditos, or mini sandwiches, like baby beets with sour cream and pine nuts. The sides and snacks, though not half off, are still reasonably priced, so you can round out your meal with a bowl of fried pig ears ($5) or, for the less adventurous, Brussels sprouts with serrano ham ($6).
Cons: The menu features a whole lot of cider and anchovies, so if you can’t stand either, or you don’t like snacks served on toast, ANXO may not be the spot for you. Also, while happy hour pricing is currently available on the patio, deck, and downstairs bar, the interior space is fairly narrow, so when winter descends, ANXO’s happy hour may start to feel a bit cramped.