Best Under-the-Radar Happy Hour

Sushi Taro
1503 17th St. NW, (202) 462-8999
If you show up at 17th and P streets NW around 5 p.m., you might think that all those people huddled on the sidewalk are waiting for a table at Little Serow. But many of them have caught on to a slightly better-kept secret: the happy hour at Sushi Taro next door. The Japanese restaurant doesn’t advertise it, but from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on weekdays at the bar, its regular sushi menu and all alcoholic drinks (minus large bottles and mixed drinks) are half off. For some of city’s freshest fish and best selections of sake, this is a downright steal. It’s best to show up at least 45 minutes to an hour before the restaurant’s 5:30 p.m. opening. After all, there are only 11 seats.