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Happy Hour at the Mighty Pint

Happy hour

Editorial Review

The current economic climate has had an obvious effect on bars and clubs, perhaps most notably by the number of specials to lure in extra business. But few can match the Mighty Pint, which opened in the old Madhatter space on M Street in May, when it comes to deals that leave your wallet feeling a little more full.

Every Thursday, for example, the Pint's "Flip Night" lets customers attempt to win free drinks with a flip of the coin. No matter what drink you order after 8 p.m., your bartender flips a coin. You call the toss, your drink is free. You lose, you pay the usual price.

And that's saying nothing of the regular-ol' happy hour, which runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day -- a full nine hours -- and offers $3 pints of Guinness, Yuengling, Miller Lite or Blue Moon and $5 pints of mixed drinks.

(This is one place where "pint size" isn't an insult -- it's the way all draft beers and cocktails are served.)

But when happy hour is winding down and you're getting ready to settle up, one of the personable bartenders will sidle over and say something like, "Hey, just wanted to let you guys know that we've got specials that start at 8 p.m."

Those specials include 25-cent wings and $1 off all beers on Mondays; $2 22-ounce Miler Lite drafts and $6 22-ounce cocktails on Tuesdays; $2 16-ounce PBR cans on Wednesdays; or the flip-for-a-free-drink deal on Thursdays, which also includes $1 slices of pizza. All those deals start at 8 p.m. and run until close.

-- Fritz Hahn (Oct. 1, 2010; specials updated June 13, 2011)