Nothing goes together like pizza and beer, but why settle for a boring slice when you could have a tasty Neapolitan pizza paired with an Italian microbrew or nice Italian red wine for a similar price? While researching this week’s cover story on the array of pizza options available in the D.C. area, our thoughts also turned to happy hour — specifically, pizza-focused happy hours that offer deals on both drinks and a either quality slice or a whole pie. But watch where you sit: Some of these deals are offered only at the bar.
1400 Irving St. NW. 202-332-7383.
We love the New Haven pizza at Pete’s, but we love it most during happy hour, which runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. daily at the Columbia Heights store. For $5, take your pick of a slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza, which comes with a pint of Peroni.
2208 14th St. NW. 202-986-8729; 1550
Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-528-1502.
What’s better than discounted pizza and beer? Free pizza and discounted beer. During Piola’s daily happy hour, which runs from 4:30 to 7:30 on weeknights, servers come around every few minutes bearing trays of treats. Sometimes it’s a slender slice of pepperoni or the spinach-and-bacon Tours white pizza; sometimes you receive prosciutto toothpicked to a piece of melon or bruschetta topped with cured meat and a ball of mozzarella. (After the staff has passed through the room, they leave the freebies on the bar for anyone who needs seconds.) If you can’t subsist on snacks, any whole pizza on the menu is $6.78 from 4 to 5 p.m. and $7.89 from 5 to 6. Drink specials, meanwhile, include $4 draft beers, $5 house wines and $6 cocktails, including sangria and caipirinhas.
Pizzeria da Marco
8008 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda.
Bethesda’s home of traditional, wet-centered Neapolitan pizza puts two pies on its happy hour menu, which is available from 4 p.m. until close Monday and Tuesday and from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The marinara ($5) gets its flavor from garlic, oregano and basil; the margherita classica ($5.50) is the expected mix of fresh mozzarella, basil and parmesan. Wash them down with $3 drafts, $2.50 and $3 bottles of beer, or a choice of Italian wine — three reds, three whites — for $4 per glass or $15 per bottle.
Three locations: 3282 M St. NW.
202-337-1245; 2003 P St. NW.
202-223-1245; 124 King St., Alexandria.
The three branches of Pizzeria Paradiso appeal to both craft beer nerds and pizza fans, especially those on a budget. Monday through Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m., every draft beer is half-price, so you’ll pay $3 to $5 for ales from Mikkeller, Allagash and Birrificio. The Italian-style pies, fresh from the wood-burning oven, cost $12 for personal-size or $18 for a 12-inch version. (At the Georgetown branch, note that happy hour is offered Tuesday through Thursday throughout the basement Birreria but is at the upstairs bar on Monday.)
3155 Mount Pleasant St. NW.
Radius’s bar is tiny, but the values at this Mount Pleasant pizzeria are large. Oversized New York-style slices are $3, plus an extra buck per topping, whether you choose Gorgonzola cheese, sopressetta or sweet Italian sausage. A glass of house red or white from the predominantly Italian list is $4, as is a pint of craft beer or a rail cocktail. On Monday night, a slice with beer or wine costs $7; even better, a beer and two slices is $9 and a beer and three slices is $10.
1036 Park Rd. NW. 202-506-1402.
The happy hour menu at RedRocks varies by location — the restaurant on H Street NE doesn’t include discounted pizza, for example — but we prefer the options at the original Columbia Heights location. From 4 to 7 p.m. on weeknights, take your pick of a basic 11-inch cheese pizza ($7), a pepperoni pizza ($8) or upgrade to a margherita with basil and buffalo mozzarella ($9). Pints of Peroni are $3, rail drinks cost $5 and any wine by the glass is $2 off.
Seventh Hill Pizza
327 Seventh St. SE. 202-544-1911.
The cheery little Seventh Hill Pizza offers a great alternative to the usual Capitol Hill happy hours. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. daily, grab an eight-inch cheese pizza with a charred, puffy crust for $5. The drink special is often a $3.50 pint of Yuengling, but the selection rotates.