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Posted at 2:31 PM ET, 07/30/2010

Something for the weekend: Saturday and Sunday happy hours

By Fritz Hahn

Most of us think of happy hour as being after work on weekdays -- generally from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday -- because that's when most bars and restaurants offer discounted food and drink. That's not always the case, however. You can save money on Saturdays and Sundays, too; you just have to know where to look. Here are three of my favorite weekend happy hours.

In Falls Church, the two-week-old Mad Fox Brewing Company is more like a Mad House on weeknights, with standing-room-only crowds jostling at the mile-long bar. The draw is a wide selection of ales and lagers brewed by Bill Madden, who has won multiple awards during a storied career at Capitol City Brewing Company, Vintage 50 and the now-closed Founders. There are at least six or seven of Madden's beers available at one time, including cask-conditioned versions. Beers fly on and off the taps quickly, but look out for the crisp, summery Kolsch; the rich Scottish-style Wee Heavy; and a very malty and pleasing American Pale Ale, especially if it's on cask.

Mad Fox's beers usually aren't expensive -- most are just $5 -- but everyday from 3 to 7 p.m., the price is slashed to $3. This is one of the best deals in town for beer lovers, and worth a special Sunday afternoon drive.

More suggestions after the jump.

During football season, Radius Pizza's Slice and a Pint Happy Hour was one of my favorite sports-viewing happy hours in town, offering a large slice of New York-style cheese pizza and a choice of any draft beer for just $5 whenever there was a game on. (It was also offered from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays.) Since the football specials worked so well, Radius now offers the same bargain all day Saturday and Sunday. Stop in between noon and 11 p.m. and grab a seat at the bar.

How about spending some of the waning days of summer outdoors? Hit Vinoteca and partake of the wine bar's great happy hour -- 20 wines offered for $5 a glass from 5 to 7 p.m. daily -- and play bocce on a specially constructed court on the back patio. Games are free and on a first-come, first-to-play basis, so early arrival is suggested.

-- Fritz Hahn

By Fritz Hahn  | July 30, 2010; 2:31 PM ET
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I just returned from paris and during the summer under the musee d orsay a peniche "concorde atlantique organise after work party on the terrace every sunday from 16 PM to 2 AM. entrance is free till 10 PM and cocktails beers etc are not very expensive. from 10 PM internationals famous dj came for mixing.
One another peniche under the Maison de la Radio organise after work parties this summer but every thursday from 7PM to 1 AM.
on the terrace delicious cocktails at 10 € and BBQ. at 9.30 PM start a fantastic cruise to discover Eiffel tower, Le Louvre, Notre Dame, ever the top of the american church... till 10.30-11.00 Great !
more info for info I think is during all august and the begining of september for both after work in paris

Posted by: nycvalerie | July 31, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

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