By Kate Oczypok - 02/24/09 03:33 PM EST
of the Hill
319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Closest Metro: Capitol South
The Pour House on Capitol Hill has slowly made a name for itself over the years. Formerly a Steelers bar, the place still holds a back wall to its Pittsburgh memorabilia and airs Steelers games.
The Pour House, at street level, is home to more than 15 televisions. Now, the bar is open until 2 a.m. Monday through Thursdays and Fridays and Saturdays until 3 a.m.
The Top of the Hill is the upper bar that is frequently in high demand for private parties.
The upper bar offers an extensive list of wine, champagne and martinis. Scheisse Haus is the basement-level bar with a jukebox and pool tables.
Top of the Hill’s nightly happy hour is 5:30-8 p.m., with $4 Amstel Lights and Blue Moon bottles, and $1 off wines by the glass. Wednesday’s nightly special is $5 Cuervo margaritas, quesadillas and nachos. Scheiss Haus’s and the Pour House’s specials Wednesday evening are $5 burgers and $12 Yuengling pitchers.
The Hawk ‘N’ Dove
329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Closest Metro: Capitol South
The Hawk ‘n’ Dove, an older Irish bar on Capitol Hill, is home to six rooms with options for everyone. Their happy hour specials are some of the better ones, with complementary fried popcorn shrimp on Thursdays, when I attended happy hour.
The bar is also open until 3 a.m. on weekends, boasting a famous “Midnight Breakfast” which includes ham, bacon and sausage served with an English muffin and french fries for $8.95, or a 5-ounce steak for $10.95.
Other happy hour specials include a Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. special, $1.95 domestic bottle drinks and $2.00 rail drinks perfect for the new young staffers who just moved onto Capitol Hill.
Wednesday’s special at the Hawk ‘n’ Dove is Miller Lite drafts, which are $1.95 all day until 9 p.m., or a bucket of Corona or Dos Equis for $10.
201 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Closest Metro: Union Station
Lounge 201, only six years old this year, has made its name by presenting itself as your cool, comfortable meeting place.
It’s a great bar tucked off Union Station that’s decorated in a lot of reds. Owner Matt Weiss also owns the Union Pub and Politiki.
Lounge 201’s menu boasts an extensive mojito and martini selection, with plenty of creative nicknames such as the Casablanca (vodka, peach schnapps and champagne) and the Sinatra (blueberry vodka, white cranberry juice, fresh lime juice and tonic water).
Lounge 201 also has a lot of small dishes for those arriving hungry after work.
Noteworthy selections include the Kobe beef sliders and four different kinds of flatbreads including The Capitol Hill (which is Lounge 201’s special tomato sauce, mozzarella, blue cheese onion and bacon). For those with a sweet tooth, Lounge 201 offers mango sorbet and chocolate lava cake.
The bar is open from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. Weekends and Mondays are for private events only.
Wednesday’s happy hour special is half-price wine by the glass all night.