Sunday, April 3, 2011

La Tasca - Chinatown Happy Hour Review

722 17th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Happy Hour Served Everyday from 4pm - 7pm
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Specials: $3.50 Draft Beer, $15.00 Bottles of Wine, $15.00 Pitchers of Sangria, Select $3.00 Tapas
Restaurant Website: Happy Hour Specials

When you walk into La Tasca you are transported to Spain! The restaurant is large and it is important to note that there is a second bar downstairs if the main bar gets too full. On a weekend night you can expect to find a live band performing Spanish music. 

You can't go wrong with Sangria and La Tasca offers 10 varieties! The refreshing Spanish concoction combines varieties of wine with fresh fruit and sometimes triple sec and / or brandy. If it's your first time visiting La Tasca stick with the originals first: Cava Sangria, a sparkling white sangria with triple sec, brandy, grape juice and blueberries or the  Traditional Sangria Tinta, a red wine sangria with triple sec, brandy, apples and oranges. If your looking to explore with your sangria, my all time favorite is Agua de Sevilla! It is a sparkling white wine sangria prepared with pineapple juice and whipped cream. A pitcher normally offers about 6 glasses. Don't forget to finish up the fruit in the sangria, it's the best part!

Enjoying our Sangria!

While typically happy hour is only at the bar, on Thursday half-price sangria is served throughout the restaurant until 9 o'clock. That makes a pitcher of Sangria even cheaper than it is at happy hour averaging around $11.50 a pitcher!

The tapas selection for happy hour varies but I have yet to encounter a tapas I didn't like. Many of the tapas tend to be fried (eggplants, calamari, potatoes, croquettes) but there is also a great selection of proteins and paella. If you are looking to fill yourself up for dinner, order about 3-4 tapas.

Stay tuned for my next post because happy hour is the best hour and there is no better place to spend it than in the nation's capital. 

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