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I’ve found a new happy hour gem—a spot that requires me to leave my stomping grounds of Logan Circle and Shaw and do so with pleasure.

Nestled up Connecticut and hidden behind the metro lies Bar Civita, a charming Italian restaurant with simple, clear Italian fare and a delightful ambiance. The Woodley Park spot has a tented patio with potted plants hanging from the ceiling, providing both shade and charm. Inside, the space is bright, white, and airy. With its wooden tables, gold sconces, and bakery cases, Bar Civita reminds me of a vintage mercantile and bakery. I truly loved the space.

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The patio is perfect for a summer happy hour with your girlfriends. Because if you can’t drink rosé on the beach in Southern Italy, aperitivo on a patio is a distant second choice.

The happy hour menu is filled with classic Italian options, available at a discounted price from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. White, rosé and red wines are available by the glass ($6) or in a carafe ($20). Naturally, we went with a carafe of rosé, which was a steal to have on special.

You can’t have wine without cheese and charcuterie, as there’s an enormous board available at happy hour. And, of course, olives as well—this completes an Italian happy hour. The ingredients were all fresh, high-quality, and warrant a return visit.

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The stand out dishes at happy hour, however, were the French fries and meat balls. The substantial frites arrived piping hot and greasy, covered with a mix of Oregano and Pecorini cheese, and served with a lemon Parmesan Hollandaise for dipping. The hearty Pugilese meatballs were served in the classic style, with rustic Italian bread for dipping.

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After wrapping up our meal, we immediately made brunch reservations for a few weeks later–and left full, happy, and tipsy on Italian fare into the hot summer night.

Bar Civita
2609 24th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

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