After a hard day of work at the office or wrangling little ones at home, enjoying an adult beverage and some good food can be a great reward. However, it’s often difficult to find happy hours that cater to both parents and kids. That’s why we’ve collected a selection of Metro-friendly restaurants that offer the best of both worlds—places where you can enjoy a drink and keep the kids entertained. Now, that’s something to toast to.
Savvy diners might be familiar with the Capitol Hill location, but this new spot near the U Street Metro is perfect for a family happy hour. All-day breakfast, homemade pop-tarts, counter seating and TVs playing kid-friendly movies make this a unique city dining experience. And that’s before we even get to talking about the milkshakes, which come in a variety of flavors for kid (S’mores) and grown-up (Tequila Sunrise) tastes alike.
1818 14th St., NW (U Street)
Don’t be fooled by this Dupont Circle restaurant’s declaration of “Angry Hour” from 5 pm-7 pm—it just means you’ll get to save a dollar on a drink when you order in your best “angry” voice (now, won’t Junior get a kick out of that?). Otherwise, this 1980s-themed spot is all about keeping kids and parents happy. With Mario Kart Wii, grilled cheese sandwiches, more than 40 bottled beers, ice cream floats and some very unique rules (i.e. come dressed as Carlton from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and do the running man just like he did for 10 percent off any menu item), you can embrace your inner fool with no worries.
2029 P St., NW (Dupont Circle)
The Waterfront Market
This brand-new restaurant in Old Town Alexandria features tasty sandwiches and a freestyle Coke machine for kids, and yummy sushi with beers from Port City Brewing for adults. With a primo location right on the Potomac River, your kids will love watching the boats coming in and out of port and the planes flying overhead. Take the trolley from the King Street Metro station for another treat before dinner.
7 King St. (Alexandria, Va)
If you’ve got a craving for pizza and beer, this Adams Morgan spot can fill it, with mouthwatering creations made from fresh, local ingredients and a host of craft beer selections. Kids will enjoy checking out the open kitchen, where they can see chefs throwing and spinning dough, and the daily Tyke Time Happy Hour (from 5:30 pm-7 pm) gives you a chance to get one free kid’s meal for every adult meal purchased.
2436 18th St., NW (Adams Morgan)
Comet Ping Pong
Be warned—it’s a little wild inside this Chevy Chase hotspot, but your kids will have a blast playing ping pong with friends new and old. The balls cost 50 cents but otherwise the tables are free, giving little ones a great activity while you enjoy a cold beer and wait for one of the restaurant’s unique thin-crust pizzas, which have been featured in Food & Wine and Southern Living.
5037 Connecticut Ave., NW (Chevy Chase)
Do you have a favorite place to enjoy happy hour with kids? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
Photos courtesy of The Waterfront Market via Facebook, Mellow Mushroom via Facebook, Ted’s Bulletin via Facebook, Comet Ping Pong via Yelp, Lia M. via Yelp