After having been plied with so much free coffee, sandwiches, oil changes and Knitting Lessons during the government shutdown, it’s been hard to adjust to paying for things again. We’re starting to know how the White House fox must have felt when he got the boot. Where are the days of bank lollipops? The days of free toys with our food? A free personal-pan pizza every time we read five books?
Don’t fret! Those days are still with us. We’ve rallied up some little-known deals around town. Here are some handsome rewards you can have with small (but worthwhile) purchases.
1610 U St., NW
Monday through Friday, 4:30 to 8 p.m.
During happy hour at the oldest bar in DC, free popcorn can be scored at the bar with any purchase. And don't worry – with over 20 craft beers on tap, so there’s plenty to choose from.
Edgar Bar & Kitchen
1127 Connecticut Ave., NW
Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Mayflower’s latest restaurant celebrates happy hour by providing a free flatbread bar (stocked with piping hot pizzas) and $3 drafts.
3241 M St., NW
Sunday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (bar area only)
With tacos, Crazy Corn, and the El Bandolero margarita on special for between $4 and $6, we already feel like we're winning. Don’t go loco, though. Bandolero's margaritas pack a serious punch – so much of one that their homemade chili-dusted corn nuts are always served alongside 'em.
Capitol City Brewing
1100 New York Ave., NW
4001 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA
All day, every day
Who doesn’t have a hankerin’ for a warm soft pretzel? Today’s our lucky day! In fact, every day is. You can get a whole basket of them with any drink purchase at the pub.
1333 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Thursday, 5 p.m. to close
Cash-strapped interns have flocked to the free taco bar for years, and we're about to join 'em. With pulled pork, chicken, tortillas and all the fixin's for the perfect taco – how could we say no? Oh, and did we mention – you can snag a cerveza for just two dollars.
1843 7th St., NW
Life isn’t just about ham and sherry, so Mockingbird Hill gives you dishes of free olives, peanuts or tasty house-made walnut brittle to pair with any choice of sherry. Yes, please.