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Editors' Pick

Go-To Happy Hours for the Weekend


Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you have to stay inside on the weekend. Addie’s at Park Potomac has an enclosed patio with heaters that keep the space plenty warm for cornhole and giant Jenga. After a couple rounds of games, and $7 Manhattans, order the $9 duck nachos—lime creme fraiche, tomatillo salsa and cilantro complete the riff on a bar-food classic. If you’d rather cozy up, there are booths, high-tops and a 20-seat bar inside. The ambience is fun and inviting—quirky vintage home goods line a bookshelf, door knockers adorn a wood-paneled wall. Happy hour runs from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday (also Tuesday through Friday). Their $9 green curry mussels should help you fight off the Sunday Scaries.

12435 Park Potomac Ave., Potomac, 301-340-0081,

All Set Restaurant & Bar

Go to All Set Restaurant & Bar for the $1 local oysters, stay for the $6 cocktails. The Hot Toddy—cinnamon-infused whiskey, ginger syrup and lemon—should warm you right up this winter. If you really want a steal, opt for a $2 can of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Management says they go through 450 cans a month. All Set’s $3.50 fish tacos, served with spicy coleslaw and avocado lime ranch dressing, are also popular. Nestled among office buildings on a downtown Silver Spring side street, the restaurant’s blue and white nautical interior may make you long for summer. Catch happy hour over the weekend from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to close on Sunday.

8630 Fenton St., Plaza 5, Silver Spring, 301-495-8800,

Brickside Food & Drink

Brickside Food & Drink in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle covers all the sports bar bases: Sunday happy hour with $6 wings, eight high-definition TVs, plus a 13-foot projection screen. The all-day Sunday happy hour also includes $16 buckets of Miller Lite and $6 cheeseburgers. If you’re feeling nostalgic, take advantage of the bar’s old-school Nintendo Entertainment System. Their collection of 8-bit games includes Top Gun, Metroid and John Madden Football. With food and drink specials until 2 a.m., you might have a little too much fun to make it into work the next morning.

4866 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 301-312-6160,

La Malinche

Miss out on Taco Tuesday? No worries. You can find $6 chicken or steak tacos, two to an order, every day of the week at La Malinche in Silver Spring. Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays, too) and includes $5 and $6 classic tapas such as patatas bravas, Spanish meatballs and calamari. If it’s a high-ticket item you’re after, order Mejillones al Vapor—steamed mussels with garlic broth. It’s a generous serving for $6. Wash down your meal with homemade sangria at $4.75 a glass and $21 a pitcher. The Blanca Sangria, a mix of white wine, brandy and peaches, and spiced with cinnamon, is fit for the winter season.

8622 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301-562-8622,

Nantucket’s Reef

Don’t be fooled by the New England theme—Rockville seafood restaurant Nantucket’s Reef is a neighborhood haunt. The daily happy hour is from 3 p.m. to close and includes $6 Dark & Stormies—muddled lime, dark rum and ginger beer—and $2 off appetizers. Sure, they serve $9 Wicked Mussels, prepared with chorizo sausage, pico de gallo and lemon butter, but the $5 Old Bay-seasoned cream of crab soup also stakes a claim on the menu. Don’t expect to run into many Patriots fans on Sundays; management says they stick to playing Redskins and Ravens games on the bar TVs.

9755 Traville Gateway Drive, Rockville, 301-279-7333,