The Dish: 5:01 Happy Hour at Art and Soul

A deliciously cheap happy hour alights on Capitol Hill.

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ArtBar Courtesy of Art and Soul

ArtBar Courtesy of Art and Soul

In a neighborhood I find woefully slim on dining options, Art and Soul stands out. Located between Union Station and Judiciary Square, the fine dining pickings are slim. Chef Art Smith‘s restaurant in the Liaison Hotel has only two real competitors, in my opinion: Vidalia and Charlie Palmer Steak. And neither of those two have a happy hour as delicious or as accessible as Art and Soul‘s newest 5:01 happy hour.

The new happy hour menu is built to please – diners have options of small plates, wines by the glass (at a huge discount), beers, and cocktails ($6 each! A STEAL!) or go for the gold with seven different food + wine pairings for only $10 a pair.

Fried green tomatoes are a stand out, as are the house-made kettle potato chips. You must not miss the Crispy Duck Wings, paired with a 2007 Riesling, Mercer Estates, Yakima Valley. The wings also go well with seasonal local beer for $4 each. The jerky changes meats, but the duck jerky I tried was sweet and had a great texture. There’s nothing healthy about the menu Executive Chef designed, but it sure does satisfy after a long day on the Hill.

The 5:01 happy hour runs from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. every Monday through Thursday. Art and Soul is located in the The Capitol Hill Liason Hotel, 415 New Jersey Avenue NW.

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