“Lulu’s Winegarden Launches “Golden Hour”: a Sunny Weekday Happy Hour with Queso, Wines, Ranch Water + Good Vibes”

From a press release:

“Lulu’s Winegarden, casual southwest-inspired wine bar from the team behind Michelin-honored Royal, has just launched its first-ever happy hour, “Golden Hour.” The sunny weekday happy hour, hosted Tuesday through Friday everywhere throughout the restaurant, features specials on some of Lulu’s best-selling bites (including a new limited-season hatch chile burger), wines by the glass and bottle, cocktails, craft drafts and Mexican beers.

1940 11th Street, NW courtesy Lulu’s Winegarden

The U Street wine bar-meets-beer garden, which opened just one month before the pandemic, is thrilled to bring a bit of sunshine to Washingtonians in the form of its sunny, happy Golden Hour. Food specials range from $6-$10, while Lulu’s already-affordable wines by the bottle are just $35, and glasses are $9. Ranch Water, a cult-favorite cocktail hailing from West Texas, is just $9, while craft drafts are $7, and Tecate tallboys are $6. Unique to most happy hours, Golden Hour can be enjoyed everywhere throughout the restaurant (including Lulu’s three charming plant-filled patios) on weekdays (Tuesday-Thursday from 4-6pm, Friday from 3-5pm).

Known for chef/partner Cable Smith’s reimagined dinner party fare with hints of the southwest, many of Lulu’s most-loved dishes are available during Golden Hour, including White Queso with freshly-fried heirloom corn tostadas for dipping ($9, reg. $12); a fiery Whipped Feta dip spiced up with hatch chile harissa ($9, reg. $12); fancy sauce-topped shoestring House Fries ($6, reg. $8); a fresh, greens-packed Avocado Lime Caesar ($8, reg. $11); and a new happy-hour only Hatch Chile Burger, griddled with melted kraft cheese, fancy sauce and peak-season hatch chiles from New Mexico ($10).

Wine lovers can choose from 20+ interesting, diverse wines from small producers, all just $35 per bottle. Wines include a slightly-effervescent txakoli rosé, a carbonic French Carignan, a crisp and mineral-driven Muscadet, and a food-friendly côtes du rhône. And for those who prefer to enjoy a glass at a time, nine wines by are just $9 each by the glass.

One of Lulu’s most popular cocktails, the Working Chef’s Ranch Water (a riff on the west Texas cult favorite cocktail with pineapple-infused tequila, house lime cordial and Topo Chico) is just $9 during Golden Hour; plus a rotating craft draft (currently Solace Brewing Company’s Crazy Pils) for $7 and Tecate tallboys for $6.

Golden Hour at Lulu’s Winegarden is hosted Tuesday-Thursday from 4-6pm and Friday from 3-5pm. Guests can make reservations via Resy, or walk-in if space is available.”

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