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Best bars near the Convention Center

Fritz Hahn  |  Updated 07/20/2012

Whether you need to kick back after a long day of meetings or want to catch up with fellow attendees, these bars fit the bill.



Washington, DC

The Southern-themed restaurant offers $5 cocktails and $4 beers during its weekday happy hour, along with half-price appetizers, such as biscuits and gravy, pork sliders and bread-and-butter pickles.


Bar 7

Washington, DC

Located next door to the Passenger, Bar 7's happy hours feature discounted drinks, hip-hop DJs and occasional live music.


Cuba Libre

Washington, DC

A chain with branches in Atlantic City and Philadelphia, the Havana-lite Cuba Libre isn't on this list for its Epcot-ish decor or so-so food, but because it's a huge space -- perfect for bringing a group, unlike many bars near the Convention Center -- and there's a decent happy hour with $5 drinks that begins at 4:30.


New York Avenue Beach Bar

Washington, DC

An empty parking lot on New York Avenue became a summer destination thanks to almost 80 tons of sand, tiki bars dispensing frozen drinks and cans of beer, corn hole games, and picnic tables and adirondack chairs for relaxing. The place can be a zoo on weekends, but after work, it's as laid-back as a trip to the ocean.


Oya Restaurant & Lounge

Washington, DC

A sexy and sophisticated sushi lounge, Oya offers a great happy hour with discounted sushi, snacks and cocktails. Even better: It runs until 8 p.m.


R.F.D. Washington

Washington, DC

With 30 taps and 300 different bottled beers, R.F.D. has one of D.C.'s largest beer selections and frequently offers microbrews for $4 at happy hour.


Sixth Engine

Washington, DC

This handsomely preppy watering hole occupies the historic Engine Co. No. 6, offering a good selection of beers, some inventive cocktails and a large sidewalk patio.


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