I almost don’t want to share about our recent happy hour at Ghibellina, because selfishly, I don’t want to get the word out TOO much! How is this place not overly swamped after work? Sure, it was busy—but I felt like we stumbled upon a hidden gem…
Chris and I were looking for a nice date night happy hour in the city a few weeks ago. We wanted to try somewhere new that felt nice, but that wouldn’t be too stressful moneywise. Chris did some research and stumbled upon Ghibellina, an Italian gastropub located on the 14th Street corridor and created by the owner of the incredible Acqua Al 2. Ghibellina’s happy Hour goes until 6:30pm at the bar, offering half off pizzas and artisan cocktails for only $5-6! Check out this beautiful photo of Ghibellina’s current fall cocktails (from their Twitter account):
Dining at the bar is underrated (and Washingtonian Magazine agrees, according to their “Secret Rules of Dining” in this month’s issue!). Especially if you’re out with just one or two other people, it can be a great way to get seated quickly (unless, of course, you’re hitting a happy hour at prime time—and we did have to wait a little bit at Ghibellina). Your service is often more personal and quick, because bartenders are skilled at customer service and efficiency. If it’s happy hour, you can take advantage of great deals. If it’s not, most restaurants serve their full menu at the bars nowadays, so you’re not missing out. Eating at the bar can be a win-win all around!
At Ghibellina, we each tried two cocktails. I had the Toscana Autunnale (new amsterdam gin, lime, apricot puree, basil leaves) and Sangria Piazza Signoria (merlot, brandy, triple sec, cassis, apricot puree, plum bitters, fresh pears). Chris drank the Campanile (ezra brooks bourbon, becherovka, apple cider, ginger shrubb, cinnamon) and the Ghirlandaio (ezra brooks bourbon, peach liqueur, peach syrup, black tea).
We split an Salsicce e Cipolla pizza (sausage, provolone, wood-roasted onions, oregano, peperoncino, grana). An interesting characteristic of Ghibellina pizzas is that you actually cut them on your own with a pair of scissors!
While sharing just the one pizza led us to snacking at home afterwards, it was a great deal for what we got and a cheaper way to experience a snazzy environment with quality food and upscale drinks. We’re planning a date for tonight and it’s tempting to go back to Ghibellina!