Thursday, July 21, 2011

Friday happy hour in Arlington

While I usually have Friday's off (love the 4 day work week option), last week I was in the office.  About halfway through the day, I gchatted the husband to see if he wanted to meet in Arlington for happy hour!  We usually can't do this together, mostly because of Cady, but I'd left a little later in the morning and if we went early enough, we could still get home close to our regular time.  We had $50 left in the budget for the week, and we just couldn't not use it!  So after some back and forth, we decided on Fireworks, on Clarendon Blvd right in Courthouse.  It's owned by the same people who own Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg, so we knew it was going to be good.  (there's also a Fireworks in Leesburg, too)

It was a huge place.  Since it was a little toasty to sit outside, we opted for the bar.  Actually, right about where this photo was taken.  The patio was really big, with big red umbrellas, and lots of people were outside enjoying the evening.  The bar and restaurant were relatively empty when we got there, but had a steady stream of people through the afternoon coming in and was crowded when we left.

They have a great happy hour 3 pm-6:30 pm Monday - Friday.  They have a handful of beers on special for $3.50 - of course none of those were the ones husband wanted...but with 33 beers on tap, he found some disgusting piney IPAs to enjoy.  They also have a red and white sangria on special for $4/glass - I tried both.  The red is the better of the 2, but I'd stay away from those...they just weren't great, and the bartenders knew it.  I think it's time to switch up the recipes.  They also had a white and a red glass of wine for $5.  I had the tempranillo, and it was very good, especially for $5!

Since we really didn't have any food at home...we decided to take advantage of their $5 pizza special!  First we got the mixed greens salad to share - it was very fresh and full of corn, cucumbers, tomatoes and sunflower seeds.
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They have 5 or 6 10" pizzas on happy hour special that you can choose from, of their 15 total options.  We went with the Firecracker and the Sopranos.  Both were very good, but the roasted mushrooms and onions on the Sopranos were just delicious.

They have a huge regular menu, lots of sandwiches and other items.  We'll certainly go back there again, and hopefully soon!  Put it on your list!

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