Happy hours: Happy on the outside

As April approaches, leaving a long winter of Snowmageddons behind, D.C. residents are taking their happy hours out into the beautiful early-evening sunshine.

Located just blocks from Capitol Hill at 1st Street SE is Bullfeathers, named after Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite invective. Occupying its current location just south of Capitol South Metro for the last 30 years, the bar has become an institution due to the occasional appearances of big-name politicians. But its main clientele are the aides, staffers and interns who come to enjoy the bottled beers and drafts for $3 and under. Although the Cannon Office Building blocks what would be a beautiful view of the Capitol, the insider atmosphere of Bullfeathers is worth a try.

Pour House on Pennsylvania Avenue is another haunt in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Sports memorabilia (heavy on the Pittsburgh Steelers) share the wall with plasma screen televisions. The Pour House shares a building with the more upscale Top of the Hill upstairs and the Bavaria-themed Scheiss Haus on the lower level. The happy hour lasts from 4 to 7 and offers $2.75 domestic drafts and $4 rail drinks, along with typical tasty bar grub. It may not be the most buttoned-down spot in the city, but it’s the perfect place for those who are looking to have a good time.

Lucky Bar, just south of Dupont Circle at 1221 Constitution Avenue, is a popular spot for the K Street crowd. It’s picked up a reputation as one of the rare places in town to watch Premier League and MLS soccer. The 3-to-8 happy hour offers drafts between $2.50 and $3.75 and rail drinks for $3.50. In addition to cheap beverages, happy hour specials include 50-cent tacos on Mondays and 25-cent wings on Tuesdays.