This thing you should try: cheap beer and bocce at Pinstripes’ late-night happy hour

February 20
Playing a game on Pinstripes' indoor bocce courts is just $4 per hour after 8 p.m. on weeknights. (Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)
(Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

Bowling and bocce are not the only reasons to head to the expansive Pinstripes in Georgetown. The new entertainment complex also has one of the best happy hours in the neighborhood.

From 3 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and again from 9 p.m. to close, all draft beers are $3, all house wines are $4 and all “premium” mixed drinks are $5. On the beer front, the six predominantly local choices include Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA, DC Brau’s Citizen Belgian Pale Ale, 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison and Devils Backbone’s Vienna Lager, at prices that are unheard of almost anywhere else in the city. Pair this with some late-night bocce ($4 per person, per hour after 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday) and you’ve got a pretty solid and affordable night of entertainment.

That’s not to say the place is perfect: The bar area is so blandly beige that it feels like a hotel lobby, and the cocktail menu is full of “handcrafted” chocolate martinis and red appletinis. (Also, bocce costs $10 per person per hour on Friday and Saturday? Ouch.) But for cheap beer and an excellent indoor bocce court, it’s worth a visit tonight.

Pinstripes, 1064 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-625-6500. Late-night happy hour Monday-Thursday from 9-11 p.m.

Fritz Hahn has written about bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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