Sunshine, sliders and sangria: the possibilities are endless at a summer happy hour in the D.C. area. Shake up your routine this season and meet up for a drink and a good time at any of these spots!

1. Commissary

This is one happy hour that's hard to beat in terms of affordability. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the patio and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. indoors, all drinks are under $7. Nosh on tacos, mac n' cheese, edamame and a whole lot more for $7 or less. On Tuesdays, they also sell draft beer for $2. Did we mention the outdoor patio? 1443 P St. NW, Washington, D.C.

2. Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro

Complete with scenic patio seating and a bocce court, Vinoteca offers a large $5 wine list and an affordable small plates menu. Its happy hour runs every day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m, making this an ideal choice for the weekend. 1940 11th St NW, Washington, D.C.

3. Lavagna

With $4 beer, $7 cocktails, daily food specials and a dog-friendly patio (yes, that's right!), Lavagna is a prime Capitol Hill spot for a casual afternoon this summer. Happy hour is Tuesday-Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Be sure to try some some 25% off wine by the glass! 539 8th St. SE, Washington, D.C.

4. Lauriol Plaza

Best known for its rooftop view of Dupont, Lauriol Plaza sells beer and margs for just $3.99 and offers half pitchers of margaritas for $11.95. The rooftop happy hour runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and the regular happy hour is 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday-Friday. 1835 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

5. Chaplin

Perhaps one of the prettiest outdoor happy hour sites, Chaplin offers half-priced beer, cocktails and wine by the glass from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday. It's also home to a slightly different cuisine than the standard: Japanese fare Ramen and appetizers!

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